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Former police commissioner gave advice to anti-Netanyahu protest leaders

The former commissioner, during whose tenure Netanyahu was indicted, gave advice on how to handle police actions during protests.

By MAARIV ONLINE
22/06/2021
Palestinian students arrive to their first day of school in Nablus, West Bank ,on September 6, 2020.

EU commissioner calls to reconsider aid after antisemitism in PA textbooks

The commissioner's remarks came the day after the European Commission released the report showing instances of antisemitism and incitement to violence in PA textbooks.

A UAV used in an IAF test of an airborne High-Power Laser Weapon System.

Israel successfully downs targets using airborne laser system

Trials over several days were led by the Defense Ministry's Research and Development unit.

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Bennett aims for ‘no surprises, no daylight’ with Biden administration

Rivlin White House visit seen as test case for Bennett-Biden relationship; Netanyahu argues “no surprises” policy limits Israel on security matters.

The Palestinian vaccine fiasco is how Netanyahu ran Israel - comment

Can Israel move on from chaos now that the vaccine dispute with the Palestinians, new diplomatic initiatives with the UAE, a Mount Meron investigation and 36 new diplomatic postings approved?

Israel's COVID policy shift: 'Strongly' recommends young teens vaccinate

Health funds reported massive spikes in youth signing up to be inoculated over the last few days due to outbreaks at schools.

Yossi Guggenheim, 12, getting vaccinated

Israel urges parents to vaccinates kids ages 12-15 amid COVID outbreak

After several outbreaks in Israeli schools, officials and experts discuss a new testing structure at Ben-Gurion, quarantine enforcement, and a requirement to wear masks.

Lapid to be first-ever Israeli minister to visit UAE next week

No Israeli cabinet ministers visited the UAE or Bahrain since the Abraham Accords were announced.

Nigerian ambassador is last to present credentials to Rivlin

Nigerian Ambassador Nart Augustine Kolo was the last ambassador to present credentials to President Reuven Rivlin prior to the conclusion of Rivlin’s seven-year term as president.

Nine-year-old cancer patient performs on stage with Ishai Ribo

Nine-year-old Daniel was invited to sing on stage with Ribo after he impressed him at a performance on the oncology department he received treatment at several months ago.

Outgoing intel minister: Israel should topple Hamas; Give Gaza back to PA

The outgoing intelligence minister said that in place of Hamas, Israel should hand over Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.

Evyatar outpost eviction can take place after seven days, IDF says

The outpost was illegally built in May in the aftermath of a terror attack at the Tapuah Junction which claimed the life of 19-year-old Yehuda Guetta.

Acre Fringe Theater Festival returns to celebrate 42nd anniversary

The Acre International Fringe Theater Festival is celebrating its 42nd anniversary by returning to its original Old City home after being held virtually last year.

By NELL SCHWARTZ
21/06/2021

Yeshaya’s ‘funny valentine’

All told, the three-dayer will take in 14 shows, opening with a veteran saxophone playing member of the local jazz scene fronting a tribute to Israeli early 1970s musical Kazablan.

21/06/2021
Pride flag raised over the Israeli Foreign Ministry, June 21, 2021.

Israel's Foreign Ministry waves LGBTQ Pride flag for first time

“The Foreign Ministry and its workers are leading a message of tolerance, brotherhood and freedom,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted.

Public Security Minister Bar Lev promises to protect Women of the Wall

The announcement follows violent protests against egalitarian prayer at the holy site.

By BEN BARUCH
21/06/2021

Veteran journalist Arye Mekel passes away, age 75

Veteran journalist, diplomat Arye Mekel interviewed all the big names in politics.

Looking for a job? Startup nation is on a hiring spree

While Israel's hi-tech sector soars, breaking its own fundraising records every month, companies are having trouble recruiting the talent they need to catch up with their ambitions.

21/06/2021

Israelis hesitant about flying abroad because of cost, not COVID-19

Many Israelis are hesitant to fly abroad due to the bureaucracy involved, fear of having to self-isolate and the added cost.

The site of the planned logistics center in Beit Shemesh.

Beit Shemesh builds new business center

The parties intend to jointly establish a two-story logistics center, with a total built-up area of approximately 50,000 square meters.

21/06/2021
The almost empty Ben Gurion International Airport, outside of Tel Aviv, on January 18, 2021.

Individual tourists are left confused amid Israel’s reopening plans

Individuals from abroad will be allowed to enter Israel beginning July 1, but without clear government guidelines, potential tourists are saying they are confused and hesitant.

By GABRIELLE ABRAMS , NELL SCHWARTZ
21/06/2021
The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt, is reopened in January after completion of a rest

Retired Israeli diplomat finds forgotten Jewish surnames in Alexandria

Jacob Rosen, Israel's former ambassador to Jordan, has published a study, including an English language list, of lost Jewish surnames from the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Clashes in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah amid continuing tensions

Palestinian media reported that residents in the neighborhood fired fireworks at Israeli security forces during the clashes in the neighborhood.

21/06/2021

Settlers submit master plan for Evyatar outpost to stave off eviction

Earlier this month, Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued a demarcation order which spoke of an intent to evacuate the outpost, but to date no steps have been taken against it.

UK embassy in Israel celebrates Queen's birthday with eco-friendly event

Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg also spoke at the event, in her first official appearance since the formation of a new Israeli coalition government.

Ariel University in the West Bank

Reuven Rivlin, Miriam Adelson to get honorary doctorates from Ariel U.

The honorary doctorates will be awarded at a special ceremony on June 22 during the university's PhD graduation ceremony.

Danny Sanderson

Danny Sanderson awarded B'nai B'rith prize for Israel-Diaspora relations

The citation is set to be presented at a special Hebrew-language event on July 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Jerusalem's Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood.

Israel to host FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup basketball qualifiers

The qualifiers will be held at Tel Aviv Port in an area converted into a basketball court with stands containing hundreds of seats for the general public, who may enter and watch for free.

Former NBA player Kadeem Allen joins Hapoel Haifa

Allen played 48 games in the NBA, including with the Boston Celtics in 2017-2018 and the New York Knicks from 2018 to 2020,

Gun in a holster (Illustrative)

Suspect indicted for shooting at school full of children in Negev

The suspect is charged with carrying out weapons offenses including possession and carrying of weapons and ammunition, firing a weapon and other offenses.

Settlers ramp up battle for Area C, with 14 West Bank marches

Organizers called on supports of the settlement movement to "stop with their feet illegal Arab control" as they explained that the "war for state lands" had moved onto a new level.

Top Likud MK on Netanyahu: 'He made all the possible mistakes'

"Why did he agree to give Gideon, Bennett, Gantz and everyone else the role of prime minister, just so he could not give it to anyone else in the Likud?" Edelstein asked.

Bennett in his first cabinet meeting sounds like Netanyahu 12 years ago

In his first cabinet meeting for the new government, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke on Iran and unity, not on haredim, sounding almost exactly like Benjamin Netanyahu.

20/06/2021

Meet the 36 new ambassadors approved to new posts around the world

MK Emilie Moatti congratulated the new appointees on Twitter, saying that former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been holding them as "political hostages."

The departure hall at the almost empty Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on January 25,

Vaccinated tourists, children 0-6, to be allowed into Israel from July 1

Children up to age six will be able to enter the country if their parents meet the vaccination requirements.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at his government's first security cabinet meeting, June 20, 2021.

Bennett: Iran ‘regime of executioners’ can’t get the bomb

“A regime of executioners cannot have weapons of mass destruction,” the prime minister stated.

Michaeli says public transport on Shabbat part of broader vision

Ultra-Orthodox MKs pan idea, describing it as ‘desecration’ of the day of rest.

Bennett, Netanyahu attend memorial service for 2014 Gaza War - Watch

"We are working to bring long-term peace, to strengthen the moderates and the Palestinian Authority and create a better reality for our neighbors in Gaza," Defense Minister Benny Gantz said.

Gov't approves state committee of inquiry into Meron disaster

Families of victims welcome govt decision, saying they can concentrate on memorializing their loved ones instead of campaigning to have the failures which led to the disaster investigated.

Police solve Lod murder of Yigal Yehoshua

Yehosua became the first Jewish resident of Lod to die from wounds he sustained during the recent wave of Arab riots in the city.

A Boeing 707 aerially refuels three F-15 Eagles

Boeing selects Elbit anti-jamming system for an F-15 operator

It provides full jamming immunity for multiple satellite channels and handles multiple interfering signals operating on concurrent frequencies.

Naftali Bennet at coalition meeting, March 11, 2018

Palestinian Authority slams Bennett gov’t for ‘emboldening’ settlers

The PA ministry also claimed that there is "a greater and more severe violence" practiced by the IDF against the Palestinians since the Bennet government was formed.

Yisrael Beiteinu MK Eli Avidar remains committed to new government

Even though Yisrael Beiteinu MK Eli Avidar was disappointed that he didn’t get an executive role in the new cabinet, he said he still supports the new government.

By BEN BARUCH
20/06/2021

Israel's tech ecosystem ranked #3 in the world

Israel also ranks second globally in Hardware & IoT, Health Technology, and the Software & Data industries.

20/06/2021

Israelis to pay just one Internet company from 2022

The reform will also minimize the number of dormant subscribers who pay about NIS 50 million a year for services they don't use.

20/06/2021
New housing units for couples in Jerusalem.

Can the new government slow rising housing prices?

"The problem is a lack of supply in the housing market," said the co-founder of First Israel Mortgages. "The only way to bring down prices is to build more homes."

20/06/2021

Stanley Lipschitz, popular Jerusalem restaurateur, dies at 75

Lipschitz, an immigrant from Johannesburg who was married to Linda Lipschitz, is survived by two children, Yaron and Yael, five grandchildren and two brothers, Anthony and Howard.

20/06/2021

Biden to host Rivlin at White House next week

The meeting comes ahead of Rivlin's exit from the President's Residence on July 7, when he will be replaced by Isaac Herzog.

Jerusalem residents divided on Netanyahu's exit from Balfour

Many citizens living in the area expressed continued support for Netanyahu, emphasizing his strength and their unwavering belief in his leadership.

By AVI GRANT , LAUREN MORGANBESSER
20/06/2021

Maccabi Tel Aviv wins league championship

Following the game, Omri Casspi, Israel’s first representative in the NBA spoke about perhaps having played his final game as a professional.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
20/06/2021
HATCH'S BREWS.

Beer brewery Hatch expands in Jerusalem

“We have two core values,” he declared. “The first is a commitment to beer of the highest quality, and our new equipment demonstrates this.”

By DOUG GREENER
20/06/2021

IDF seeking increased military cooperation with Gulf states under CENTCOM

Kohavi, who is in the US, believes that moderate Sunni states such as the UAE and Bahrain can deepen ties with Israel on security arrangements.

Mount Meron tragedy: Government to approve state commission of inquiry

On April 30, 45 men and boys, mostly ultra-Orthodox died in a mass crush on Mount Meron, the site of the tomb of Talmudic sage Shimon Bar Yohai.

Samaritans celebrate Shavuot atop Mount Gerizim

The Samaritan religion closely resembles Judaism, but with several marked differences, including its own Torah written in their own ancient Hebrew, and Mount Gerizim being their holiest place.

US Defense Department approves replenishment of Israel's Iron Dome system

The Secretary of Defense announced during a Thursday congressional session that the request for military assistance has been approved and the US will transfer the requested amount over to Israel.

Screenshot of a conversation in the "Disturbing the Impurity March" WhatsApp group

'They will die': Violent threats made against Netanya Pride march

The Netanya Municipality refused to support the Pride event which took place on Friday.

20/06/2021

Police injured, vehicles set on fire in clashes in Deir al-Assad

Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev called for a formal investigation into the incident.

COVID: 45 students test positive, new cases at the highest in a month

The source of the infection might be a family who had recently returned to Israel from abroad.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at work in the Prime Minister's Office, June 14, 2021.

Palestinian anti-Israel politics prevent COVID-19 vaccinations

Missed opportunity does not bode well for Biden attempt at peace process

Netanyahu agrees to leave official residence by July 10

The departure will take place nearly a month after Bennett began the premiership last week.

A vial of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen as medical staff are

Palestinians reject Israeli deal to transfer over 1m. COVID vaccines

The announcement came after Israel delivered a first shipment of Pfizer COVID vaccine to the Palestinian Authority.

Three Labrador retrievers named Sadie, Tess and Yuki, and a Golden retriever named Samson, help dete

A nose for COVID? Israeli helps train dogs to sniff out coronavirus

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii has been teaching four dogs – three Labrador retrievers named Sadie, Tess and Yuki, and a Golden retriever named Samson – to detect people infected with corona.

New Samaria outpost named after Evyatar Borovsky who was stabbed to death by Palestinian.

Evyatar outpost appeals eviction order

The demarcation order opened the door to an evacuation as early as last Monday, but no evacuation took place and no date has been set for the eviction.

View of the Jewish settlement of Efrat and the surrounding fields, in Gush Etzion, West Bank, on Dec

Settler housing starts increase 46% in first quarter of 2021

The number of complete homes increased by 87% the first quarter of 2021, when compared to that same period last year, according to Central Bureau of Statistics data.

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz attends a conference of the Israeli Tel

Gantz to submit proposal for state commission of inquiry into Case 3000

The Submarine Affair is an ongoing scandal involving a multi-billion dollar submarine deal with Germany’s ThyssenKrupp AG.

IDF Chief of Staff Kohavi to fly to Washington Sunday, discuss Iran, Gaza

It will be the first visit by Kohavi and he is expected to try to persuade the Americans not to reenter the Iranian deal

Jacob Hotel: Israel welcomes a new chain

The new chain includes five unique hotels located in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Nahariya and Hadera.

Arab world considers Bennett to be weak and uncharismatic, experts say

Bennett has been a part of Israel's political system for 15 years, but the Arab world is just now creating an image of Israel's new prime minister.

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/THE MEDIA LINE
19/06/2021

Haifa Museum opens ‘Exhibition of Healing’ after unrest in Israel

Show celebrates museum’s 70th anniversary and includes works of 128 Israeli and Palestinian artists.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
19/06/2021

‘Mothers’ gives voice to silenced females - concert review

In opera, David Sebba allows the audience to meet women overlooked in biblical narrative.

Meat alternative companies Bio Meat Foodtech, Rilbite sign MOU

Bio Meat Foodtech is also in talks with a third party that is developing cultured fish products based on the technology that is part of the MOU.

Interest rates for 83-year-old Holocaust survivor, debtor reduced

The debtor allegedly owed a total of NIS 350,000 dating back to portfolio created 2006, from debts accumulated in the 1990s.

Israel's SlutWalk marches through Jerusalem

Jerusalem SlutWalk: Hundreds march to protest rape culture

The character of Jerusalem’s SlutWalk is influenced by the diversity of the city.

19/06/2021
Domestic violence (Illustrative)

Firefighter's promotion suspended after allegedly assaulting wife

The firefighter, following the assault, was allowed to go on leave for two weeks and returned to work to begin his officers course to eventually move up to the commissioner position.

Israel Border Police rescues child locked in car

The child, just a year and a half old, had managed to lock herself in the car after taking her mother's keys.

Michaeli outlines five point plan for Israel's Transportation Ministry

Transferring certain authorities to local councils would allow municipilities to individually conclude whether they would prefer to run public transportation services during Shabbat.

A fake moving truck titled "Crime Minister Movers" on Balfour comes to "Take Bibi home"

Bennett to Netanyahu: Leave Balfour residence within two weeks - report

The process is expected to last a few weeks, though N12 has reported that the legal adviser for the PMO has not yet set an official date for the transfer.

7-year-old boy drowns to death at Tel Aviv's Charles Clore Beach

His mother had initially reported both of her sons missing, sparking a search operation by Tel Aviv's Marine Police Unit.

Jerusalem court: Police pressured woman to say she tried to runover cop

After reviewing the evidence, including body cam footage, the judge determined that "there was a powerful attempt to put words in the appellants mouth."

A bomb exploded in the home of Ynet's Arab affair correspondent

Police were called to the home of Ynet's reporter after a loud explosion was heard just two weeks after the shootings at his home.

AVICHAI MANDELBLIT

A-G vows to defend IDF soldiers from ICC war crimes probe

The attorney-general said Israel is closely following international legal developments and that it will “ensure comprehensive representation"

WATCH: IDF attacks targets in Gaza; Kohavi: Prepare for round of fighting

The strikes were carried out in response to multiple incendiary balloons launched which led to some eight fires in Israeli communities near Gaza.

Netanyahu shredded documents before Bennett took office - report

The illegal destruction of the documents was performed at the instruction of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to clerks in the office.

Israel and Spain will clean up the Mediterranean beach together

The initiative was originally scheduled to take place on Earth Day, April 22, but was postponed due to COVID restrictions in Spain.

18/06/2021

More than 80 Christian leaders bless Bennett, express support for Israel

The letter was spearheaded by the Philos Project, an American nonprofit based in New York City that seeks to promote Christian engagement in the Near East.

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Net

Netanyahu, Gantz clash over Palestinian, Arab family reunification

The coalition needs the support of right-wing opposition MKs to pass the family reunification ordinance because it is opposed by Ra'am.

17/06/2021
PRIME MINISTER Naftali Bennett convenes his first cabinet meeting this week.

What do Bennett's first 100 hours say about his gov't going forward?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: After a week with a new government in position, the only sure thing to be gleaned is that it’s not going to be easy.

17/06/2021

This is the Lehava activist suspected of sex offenses on 17-year-old

Yitzchak Gabai, who served time in prison after a 2014 arson attempt on a Jerusalem school, is suspected of sexual offenses against a 17-year-old.

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

What will the Biden-Bennett relationship look like?

US-ISRAEL AFFAIRS: But as the dust settles after Bennett’s first week in office, the challenges remain the same.

THE CHIEF Rabbinate of Israel in Jerusalem.

Can the new gov't resolve Israel's deepest religion and state issues?

RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS: Can the legislation that the new coalition has stated it wishes to advance actually be passed?

Is mother-tongue English now a prerequisite for prime minister? - analysis

The answer to that question could decide who replaces Netanyahu as Likud leader, no matter whether it will be in a matter of months or years.

17/06/2021
Buji, Gila and Tamar: The newly named young deer at the Deer Valley Park in Jerusalem.

Oh deer! 3 young deer named after Herzog, Gamliel and Zandberg

The deer will officially be named Buji, Tamar and Gila, and will join the other young deer in the park born in recent years, whose names include the likes of Zoom, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Pfizer.

17/06/2021
SWEAT,’ A new Polish film about a fitness trainer with a massive social media following.

Jerusalem Highlights Week of June 18-24: Brooklyn Bake Shop

Brooklyn Bake Shop serves Jewish cakes and breads that taste like home and Cinematheque is premiering "Gates of Jerusalem."

Grapevine: Putting on the Ritz

Sheldon Ritz has held different positions at the Dan Hotel chain for 23 years, a new food show about Yemenite food and a mask-free kiddush.

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