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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.

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

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

Meron tragedy: Cabinet to vote on Sunday to approve investigation

When Defense Minister Benny Gantz submitted his proposal earlier this week, he described the need for a state committee as “a basic ethical imperative"

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

Mnuchin, Friedman opening investment office in Tel Aviv

Friedman said that leading Mnuchin’s investment office in Israel is the rare job that combines business with working for a cause in which he believes.

COVID: New doc valid throughout 2021 to replace recovery, vax papers

Recovery certifications are expected to expire as early as June 30. Holders will be able to receive new documentation attesting their coronavirus status.

Israeli tech start-ups enjoy booming IPO market

These are all in addition to a bevy of new stock offerings on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and foreign exchanges since the beginning of 2021.

17/06/2021

Israeli crime boss Meir Abergil released from prison

Abergil was sentenced by the Tel Aviv District Court in 2018 to five years in prison for a combination of conspiracy to commit a felony, drug offenses and economic crimes.

Shiri Maimon takes part in a Na'amat video campaign against domestic violence. November 2020.

Israel, Australia to team up to prevent domestic violence

There was an 11.6% spike in domestic offenses in Israel amid the coronavirus pandemic, with 25,747 cases opened in 2020 compared to 23,077 in 2019.

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.

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
17/06/2021
THE JERUSALEM Symphony Orchestra.

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra heads to Germany

The orchestra, under the musical direction of maestro Steven Sloan, was invited by the concert halls in Hamburg, Berlin and Bochum.

CELLIST-VOCALIST Maya Belsitzman and drummer Matan Ephrat revisit Miriam Roth's children's classic '

Jerusalem Jazz Festival launches next week

The 40-year-old mother of four will showcase her latest recorded offering, Free The Dolphin, at next week’s Jerusalem Jazz Festival, and then on to the Israel Museum.

17/06/2021

Israel to hold concerts for people with autism, special needs

The instruments the orchestra features are as diverse as its members, including violins, guitars, percussion instruments, darbuka, pianos and singers.

Festivals to honor Agnon and Amichai and spotlight Jerusalem arts scene

The first international Agnon Festival will be held from June 21-23 at Agnon House, his home on Klausner Street which has been turned into a museum celebrating his work and his life.

The Ramatayim Men’s Choir prepares for its grand finale after 26 years

The June 23 concert promises to be a rousing and emotive occasion for all concerned.

17/06/2021

IAI signs 36 million euro deal with Germany

Some 69 tactical mobile radar systems are set to be delivered to Germany by 2023.

How Yair Lapid changed the world with his government-building strategy

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Those who praised Lapid will now be looking to see what results he delivers as foreign minister and what accomplishments the new government could deliver.

17/06/2021
AT THE bustling fair: The demand for literature rose during the pandemic.

Hebrew Book Week draws crowds at its post-pandemic opening in Jerusalem

The week-long event which typically takes place annually all over Israel went online due to coronavirus in 2020, but is back in full force.

By GABRIELLE ABRAMS , LAUREN MORGANBESSER
17/06/2021
MK NAFTALI BENNETT in the Knesset – he spoiled it all.

How Naftali Bennett’s kippah stays on his bald head and why it matters

Naftali Bennett, who took office this week, is the first prime minister in Israel's history to regularly wear a kippah. He’s also bald, which makes it a challenge to stay on.

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/06/2021
Traditional picture of the new government at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, June 14, 2021.

Photo of new ministers shows achievements, failures in treating divisions

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Staged, frontal, lifeless and nonexclusive, these pix are photojournalism’s antithesis. Nationally, however, they are reassuring, sending a message of stability and continuity.

Smoke and flames are seen following an Israeli air strike on a building in the Gaza Strip

Will every Israeli airstrike now be front page news? - analysis

The airstrike on Tuesday received major coverage on CBS, NBC, CNN, and other channels.

‘A CHALLENGE requiring the use of innovative advanced technologies is extreme changes in the charact

What will Israel's electricity reform mean for consumers?

Cellcom CEO Avi Gabay and others referred to the announcement as a revolution, while many were unaware that a radical change to the electricity field

17/06/2021
POOCH PLATFORM: Djanogly (left) and Zlatkin.

Dogs and disabilities: Two olim launch Dogiz walking service

Two olim, one from London and one from Khazakstan discovered their mutual love for dogs in a class on start-ups, and founded their own.

By HOWARD BLAS
17/06/2021

ReFilm: Restored film classics to be shown at Jerusalem Cinematheque

After the year we have all had, the festival’s slogan – Rediscover, Revisit, Rejoice – could not be more appropriate.

DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH, where the author finds herself stuck despite wanting to live in Israel, lies un

Israeli culture shock after aliyah explored in new book

Sitting in my living room in Gush Etzion, reading about Sasson living in America while longing for Israel, made for a painful read.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
17/06/2021

Rivlin says goodbye to Supreme Court chief and justices

"The Israeli legal system is, without a doubt, one of the glorious achievements, and the clearest expressions of the Zionist dream, and Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel."

Khat disguised as basil found in Israeli shipment bound for Europe - WATCH

While Khat is a traditional herb, it is often used for recreation and medicine in many parts of the Middle East; The United States and several countries in Europe have outlawed the drug.

Israeli cyclist Omer Goldstein

Israeli cycling champion Omer Goldstein to compete in Tour de France

Goldstein is one of four Israelis competing with Team Israel Start-Up Nation and will seek to defend his Israeli title on Saturday.

Billboard displayed near Prime Minister Bennett’s home, June 17, 2021.

Billboard outside Bennett's house reminds him to 'eliminate Hamas'

Israel Victory Project also posted a graphic social media video with former quotes from Bennett regarding Hamas.

Rappelling at Mitzpe Ramon.

Israeli summer 2021: Sand surfing, rappelling and festivals

Over the last few years, the tourism sector in the Negev has undergone a big transformation, and there are many new attractions available to visitors.

By MEITAL SHARABI
17/06/2021
A cityscape of Tel Aviv is seen during the night-time in Israel May 27, 2017

Tel Aviv featured at number 55 on list of least stressful cities worldwide

The White City was in about the middle of the list, earning a score of 71.3 out of a possible 100.

Jerusalem SlutWalk

SlutWalk name change shows gov’t failure to protect women from violence

SlutWalk, a yearly demonstration against violence against women, returns with new name

17/06/2021

Israel keen to establish ties with SE Asia's Muslim nations - envoy

The region's three Muslim-majority states - Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei - sharply criticized the Israeli attacks during 11 days of hostilities in May.

By REUTERS
17/06/2021
President Reuven Rivlin

Winners of the 2021 Presidential Award of Volunteerism announced

The 2021 winners were informed by President Reuven Rivlin's spokesperson on Wednesday that they had won.

MENACHEM BEGIN just before his discharge from Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem; he had been a

Israel's sixth president: Meeting Menachem Begin at the hospital

He sat in his wheelchair (which he now needed as a result of a hip operation), looking not like a charismatic, strong prime minister, but as a frail and vulnerable elderly man.

'Untraditional party crashers' saved groom's grandfather at his wedding

When the groom's grandfather suddenly lost consciousness and collapsed in the middle of the hall, a United Hatzalah volunteer crashed the wedding to save his life.

VIEWING THE Iron Dome with CUFI founder Pastor John Hagee.

Does Nikki Haley’s road to the White House start in Jerusalem?

"Israel should not be fighting alone," said the former-US ambassador to the UN on a solidarity mission to Israel's rocket-ravaged south.

Middle East's largest Pride flag in Beersheba, June, 2021

Middle East's largest LGBT pride flag rolled out in Beersheba

"The huge Pride flag is a testament to our strength and power everywhere," said the chairwoman of the Agud-The Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel.

Herzog, Netanyahu attend memorial for Yoni Netanyahu

The audience included members of the former Trump administration including former United States ambassador to Israel David Friedman and former secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

By BEN BARUCH
17/06/2021

Biden and Bennett's cautiously optimistic start - analysis

Biden and Bennett have never met, in contrast to Netanyahu, who has known the US president for 40 years, but Biden waited almost a month to call Netanyahu, and rushed to call Bennett within 2 hours.

First deaf MK sworn in to Knesset, 13 new legislators join parliament

Deaf MK Shirley Pinto, an advocate for empowering people with disabilities, has cultivated a successful career supporting those in need.

16/06/2021

New US-born MK aims to fix ties with 'alienated progressive Jewish world'

"It is an honor to serve the third Jewish commonwealth and take part in the celebration of democracy."

16/06/2021
Thomas R. Nides, US President Joe Bide's likely candidate for Ambassador.

Tom Nides, next US envoy, ‘understands Israel well’

Next US envoy to Israel ‘an excellent diplomat and real statesman’

Moroccan king Mohammed VI

Moroccan king congratulates Bennett on premiership

“I’m happy to send you warm blessings and a wish of good luck in honor of your election as prime minister of the State of Israel,” the king wrote.

No-confidence vote filed against new government

One was filed by Likud faction chairman Miki Zohar, another was filed by Shas and United Torah Judaism.

16/06/2021
Ben-Zion Gopstein

Lehava activist interrogated for sexually assaulting underage girl

"He started to touch me: leg, hands, back, face. I froze. He kissed me on the forehead and I said, 'Stop, stop, I'm not comfortable.'"

Diaspora Affairs minister urges equality for all denominations in Israel

Incoming minister Nachman Shai says that Israel must provide assistance to the Diaspora and its help, saying that Israel can provide help on ‘education, Jewish identity, and attachment to Israel.’

'Most damaging termites in the world' emerge from nests in Petah Tikva

The public was reminded that the termites are not dangerous to humans but that they can do substantive damage to property, and harm the environment, making it important to locate the nests.

Senior ultra-Orthodox rabbi: New gov't wants to make people non-religious

Haredi MKs pledge not to work with ultra-Orthodox advisers who work with new government.

Pride flag at Jerusalem Pride march, June 2021

'Death to the gays' scrawled on rainbow heart in Yehud

The incident comes the night before a Pride event for LGBT families in Yehud-Monosson.

16/06/2021

Russian ambassador to Israel, Klil discuss aluminum collaboration

“It is an honor to host the Russian ambassador at the plant, and the visit may open new collaborations in the field of aluminum.”

PHENOUMENON by T.H.E. Dance Company.

Israel to hold dance festival entirely in virtual reality

VR Dance Jerusalem is an international festival, which will introduce audiences to VR as a means to experience dance performance.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
16/06/2021

Karim Khan, new ICC chief prosecutor, to decide Israel’s fate

When she ruled against Israel in March moving toward a full war crimes probe, she was acting as part of a group of internationalists who focus on getting justice for killed civilians.

HAGAI BILITZKY – bringing jazz to the Israel Festival.

Jerusalem Jazz Festival lights up Israel Museum

The results of that 17 years-and-counting odyssey from the A train into the textures, sonic undercurrents and spirit of the east will be out there for all to enjoy at the Israel Museum next week.

16/06/2021

Young Evangelical support for Israel drops by half in 3 years – study

Some 44.7% support the establishment of a Palestinian state today versus only 35% three years ago.

Efrat a 'pioneer' on LGBTQ+-religious Zionist discourse - mayor

"As an elected official I am committed that each and every one of the community of which I am a leader will feel wanted and accepted, [and] belong to it," wrote Revivi.

16/06/2021
gigi bella hadid

Bella Hadid and Al-Jazeera share slanderous quotes of PM Bennett

Naftali Bennett is under fire as misquoted comments about the Prime Ministers' intentions to kill Palestinians have been shared by Bella Hadid and Al Jazeera publication, AJ+.

By GABRIELLE ABRAMS
16/06/2021
Interns from around the world coming to Israel to work at Israeli companies and organizations.

Hundreds of foreign students to work in Israeli companies

While short trips can light a spark, a two-month program is not a trip – it’s a foundation. The program is not a trip - it's a foundation [for] the start of long-term relationships that last years.

By YONI HEILMAN
16/06/2021
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen as he arrives for a court hearing at the District Cou

Prosecution, defense push to delay Netanyahu's trial for 3 weeks

New evidence from former Walla CEO and key witness Ilan Yeshua's cell phone interrupts case.

Isaac Herzog to become Israel's 11th president on July 7th

Following the swearing-in ceremony, there will be a transition ceremony at the President's Residence, where President Reuven Rivlin will formally and symbolically hand over the keys to Herzog.

19-year-old to be indicted for sexually harassing underage girls online

The suspect is also currently being interrogated on suspicion of committing obscene sexual acts against a minor under the age of 14, as well as the possession of child pornography.

Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in Jerusalem, as Jewish groups conducted a flag march

Messages from Flag March participants: ‘Jerusalem is ours’

Participants could be seen dancing in the streets, singing and proudly waving Israeli flags for hours as they walked the designated path and security officials stood guard.

By LAUREN MORGANBESSER
16/06/2021

Attempted stabbing, ramming attack thwarted near Jerusalem

The terrorist was shot and killed by IDF soldiers. One soldier was lightly injured and treated at the scene.

Apartment prices in Israel, consumer price index rise

One index showed that the prices of fresh fruit jumped by 13.7%.

"Blood Brothers" blood donation campaign by IDF and MDA, Oct. 2019

271,305 blood donations given in Israel in past year – MDA

Hundreds of thousands of blood donations helped save the lives of about 800,000 patients.

Rivlin bids Germany's Merkel farewell, thanks her for supporting Israel

'You are a personality that brings the free world to understand why should we remain always part of the free world, part of democracy,' Rivlin told Merkel.

Tel Aviv-Jaffa listed among 50 finalists in 2021 Global Mayors Challenge

The Bloomberg Philanthropies challenge had cities submit ideas addressing the most significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jewish EMT volunteer saves life of electrocuted Arab man

United Hatzalah EMT found the worker near an electrical box, lying in a puddle of water.

Abuse illustrative

Psychologist accused of sexually assaulting patients, autistic minor

The well-known psychologist was accused of committing numerous sexual offenses over a period of years.

Bar-Ilan submits petition to require education on human rights, democracy

In the petition, the claimants say the Education Ministry knowingly neglected to implement civic education, based on government recommendations, for decades.

People walk in front of a picture of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Israel's parliam

Netanyahu, unilateralism and the Palestinian conflict — 13 takes

Netanyahu began on a high note, with an outstretched hand to the Palestinians in 2009, but by the time he left office, a two-state solution seemed unfeasible.

Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in Jerusalem, as Jewish groups conducted a flag march

17 Palestinians arrested in clashes amid Jerusalem flag march

At least 33 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli security forces.

Yair Naveh

Bennett considering Yair Naveh as next national security adviser

Naveh, 63, was the highest-ranking religious Zionist in the IDF. He was the head of the IDF's Home Front Command and Central Command, before serving as deputy chief of staff in 2010-2014.

New gov't will fight ‘I’m not anti-Israel, just anti-Bibi’ stance - comment

For years, Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressives said they were not anti-Israel, just anti-Netanyahu. Now we will see.

15/06/2021

An extraordinary story of a Saudi Arabian woman - film review

Al-Mansour burst onto the international cinema scene in 2012 with Wadjda, a movie about a young girl who enters a Koran competition in order to buy herself a bike.

IDF holds first annual conference on digital transformation

The IDF’s Digital Transformation Division was formed two years ago to take all the potential that is happening in the civilian world and bring it to the military.

An Israeli man holds an Israeli flag outside Jerusalem's Old City

Jerusalem flag march sets out amid high tensions

The march will pass through the Arab market which lies just inside Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter on the seam with the Jewish Quarter.

Yellow-and-blue draws first blood in finals

Wilbekin powers Maccabi Tel Aviv past feisty Gilboa/Galil in Game 1 of best-of-three series

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
15/06/2021

How will Bennett handle the Mossad?

On Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu, in his final speech as prime minister, claimed that Naftali Bennett would be more risk-averse in using the Mossad to disrupt Iran's nuclear program.

Shas spiritual leader: Boycott Israel's government

Rabbi Shalom Cohen calls on MKs, Shas officials and heads of institutions to refrain from any contact with the new ‘wicked government,’ says God will provide.

82-year-old man drowns in the Dead Sea

"Sadly, at the end of an exhaustive hour of CPR, the man was pronounced dead at the scene."

Bennett's government pushes off anti-Netanyahu bill

Michaeli: "I would rather stop thinking about Netanyahu and focus on helping the citizens of this country."

15/06/2021
Yisrael Beitenu head and former defense minister MK Avigdor Liberman

Will 'Sundays off' reenter Israel's national agenda?

Over the years, there have been various initiatives to make Israel's week look more like that of other countries, to no avail.

15/06/2021

Netanyahu fails to move up Likud primary

Likud MKs fight over sparse posts in Knesset available for them: faction chairman and Knesset State Control Committee chairman.

15/06/2021

Bennett purges Yamina of MKs who opposed new government

A domino effect is expected among Yamina candidates as Naftali Bennett works to ensure that MKs remain loyal.

15/06/2021
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