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US Embassy in Israel has 15,000 passport backlog due to COVID rules

Even in a normal year, the embassy in Israel is one of the busiest places in the world for US passports and reports of birth. Then, the coronavirus pandemic came along.

Israeli Rhythmic Gymnastics Team earns three medals at Tashkent World Cup

The national team is slated to participate in the upcoming Tokyo 2021 Olympics.


Prosecution preemptively strikes PM’s story on James Packer

The most notable of the three occasions that Netanyahu pushed for Elovitch to sell, was his request to sell Walla to Australian tycoon billionaire James Packer.

In blow to Netanyahu, Arab MKs help anti-Bibi bloc win control of Knesset

Anti-Bibi bloc aims to replace his ally, speaker Levin * PM says Bennett replacing him would be "absurd."

Chess pieces

Israelis, Serbs compete in chess tournament for Independence Day

The ceremony for the chess event was also attended by Israeli Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Yahel Vilan.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (R)

Netanyahu to A-G: I will appoint justice minister by May

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Attorney-General he will advance the appointment of a justice minister by May.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the 2021 International Bible Contest for Youth on Thursday, Isr

As time runs out, Netanyahu bloc pushing bill for PM direct election

Netanyahu holds a significant advantage over other prime minister candidates in polls.

Coronavirus vaccine less effective on leukemia patients – Israeli study

The response was lowest among patients who were in the process of receiving treatment, with only 16% of them developing antibodies.

‘Black Rain’ exhibition descends on Tel Aviv's Edmond de Rothschild Center

Inspired by science fiction, the exhibition is not about the genre as much as it “employs science fiction to discuss dystopia.”

American Judaism explored in new Israeli TV show 'The New Jew'

This series about “new” Jews will likely enlighten, entertain, annoy and offend viewers in different ways, but it does present a varied and interesting portrait of American-Jewish life.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu corruption trial

A-G to High Court: Netanyahu close to being unfit to serve as PM

The attorney-general said that the intensity of the prime minister's attacks on law enforcement had crossed lines that could serve as a basis for declaring him unfit if such deterioration continued.

Cafe Kadosh

Cafe Kadosh moves to Tzohar kashrut after ‘illogical’ demands of rabbinate

Cafe Kadosh, located in downtown Jerusalem, decided to leave their Jerusalem rabbinate supervision earlier this year following demands that the establishment put dairy labels on all display items.

Huge groups of migratory birds flock to Eilat for annual visit

The feathered guests come to Eilat every year as an important stop on their migration patterns, but their numbers are in sharp decline in recent years.


New site offers Israelis luxury cruises around the world

Israelis can book cruises to destinations like Alaska, the Caribbean, South America, Panama, the Baltic Sea, the Norwegian fjords and the Mediterranean.


Israeli Brown Hotel Group opens seven new hotels in Greece

The Tel Aviv group has earmarked Greece as the next destination for heavy investment and is planning for the establishment of 24 hotels and resorts throughout Greece, its islands and Cyprus.

Israel's first heatwave of the season, or 'Sharav,' to reach peak

In Israel, the beginning of the hot season is typically marked with strong winds, which locals call "Sharav."


Netanyahu: Naftali Bennett as Israel's prime minister is 'absurd'

Abbas ready to join Bennett-led government • Sa'ar: New Hope's view has not changed • Lapid blasts direct PM election bill


New York is home to 21 Israeli-founded unicorns

Each of these companies' global or US headquarters is based in Manhattan, establishing New York as the city with the second most Israeli founded unicorns in the world, behind Tel Aviv.

Shekels and dollars

Dollar to NIS 3.30 is 'the new normal' - Leumi

In contrast to recent years, the shekel-dollar rate is likely to hover around NIS 3.30 for the near future, according to Bank Leumi analysts.

The Bank of Israel building is seen in Jerusalem June 16, 2020.

Bank of Israel keeps benchmark interest rate at 0.1%

The inflation rate moved to 0.2% in March from 0.0% in February.


Abbas to J Street: US must rescind declaration of PLO as terror group

"A one-state solution, an apartheid state... is something neither, we nor the entire world would accept. A one-state solution will only perpetuate the conflict," Abbas said.

Netanyahu family threatens to sue former PM Olmert for slander - report

In a recent interview given to Democrat TV the former prime minister referred to the Netanyahu family as "mentally ill"

Netanyahu's trial: Yeshua was asked to censor a picture of Yair

This is the sixth day of the trial dealing with Yeshua's testimony, considered a key witness in the case.

Haifa hospital saves life of boy from Gaza suffering from kidney failure

"I would have given him my soul, my eyes, and that I should die so that he could live — anything to stop his suffering," said Sumar Tapash, Madchat's mother, who donated a kidney to help her son live

Why the Indian COVID mutation should worry Israelis - analysis

The Indian variant is a “double mutation.” One aspect of it appears to make the virus more infectious.

Israeli security forces guard as Palestinians protest

Hamas head in Tulkarm arrested by security forces - report

The suspect arrested is believed to be Idnan Ahmed Hassen Hader, head of Hamas in Tulkarm.

Illegal Bedouin settlements need Israel's support - World Likud

Bedouin communities suffer from extraordinary high rates of unemployment, poverty, criminal activity, violence against women, and Islamic radicalization.


Religious Zionist Party arrives at Damascus Gate following altercations

Recent violent altercations at the Damascus Gate concerned Religious Zionist Party MKs.

MDA delivers food baskets to Israeli-Arab city of Sakhnin during Ramadan

The program delivers, tahini, sugar, salt, halva, soups, drinks and sweets, among other items, to low income families unable to purchase the items for themselves.

Rabbi, yeshiva director violently assaulted in Jaffa

Bennett, right-wing politicians condemn incident as having ‘nationalist motivations, allege attack is part of series of ‘antisemitic attacks’ by Arab Israelis, Palestinians.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with family of disabled veteran Itzik Saidian

Defense Ministry promises immediate change in treatment of disabled vets

“Parts of this plan were ready already four months ago,” he said, “but due to the election we weren’t able to bring them forward.”

Yehuda Meshi Zahav, Chairman Israel's Zaka rescue unit speaks at a conference of the Israeli Televis

Meshi-Zahav to receive thousands of shekels in compensation from ZAKA

ZAKA has decided to transfer the money to him, even with the accusations against him.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden

Israeli cabinet ‘concerned the US wants an Iran deal at all costs’

The Biden administration is open to hearing Israeli concerns, but doesn’t seem to be taking them into consideration, the source added.

Lapid says Rivlin will give him next mandate

Yesh Atid leader reaches out to Shas, United Torah Judaism.


Air Force participates in a joint exercise in Greece

Air Force Chief Norkin: “Mutual learning will make us better prepared for a wide range of real-time scenarios.”


Jerusalem woman killed amid upsurge in violent crime in Arab sector

Takruri is the 35th victim of violent crime in the Arab sector since the beginning of 2021. She is the second woman murdered since the beginning of this year.

Israel to soon grant vaccinated tourists ‘green pass’

Israel is in advanced conversation with several countries in the European Union and North America to recognize vaccination certificates.

Israel, UAE, Greece, Cyprus summit sends message to Turkey - analysis

Ever since Israel signed the Abraham Accords in Washington last September, the threat that Iran posed to Israel and the Gulf countries has widely been seen as the glue cementing those relationships.

A healthcare worker hands over doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a doctor at Messe Wi

Israel to send COVID aid to Uruguay

The Brazilian mutation, known to be more infectious and thought by some to be more dangerous, has spread across South America – especially to Uruguay and Peru, which border Brazil.

Israel and Greece sign their largest-ever defense procurement deal

The agreement amounts to approximately NIS 5.4 billion and includes the establishment and operation of an International Flight Training Center for the Hellenic Air Force.


Plenty of jobs, but no work: Vacancies reach record high

The job vacancy for March was 4.43%, compared with 3.59% for 2019 and -2.47% in 2020, CBS said.


Coronavirus vaccine has no impact on fertility, Israeli study shows

A team from the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center compared ovarian follicle function in women who were vaccinated, who recovered from the virus and women who did not.

Geert Wilders

Likud sends support to anti-Islam Wilders while courting Islamists at home

Wilders tweeted his thanks in Hebrew and English response, and said he would like to visit Israel later this year.

Religious Zionist Party filed bill to authorize West Bank settler outposts

The private members bill filed by RZP MK Orit Stuck would give de-facto authorization to close to 70 outposts and would set a two-year timetable for their legalization.

Car pollution

Energy planning: Israel looks to reduce gas emissions by 80% by 2050

The strategic plan builds on new global trends like hydrogen and natural gas usage and the use of digital and smart grids.


Presidential candidate hints Netanyahu can no longer run

Shimon Shetreet aims to limit key power of president.


Direct flights between Israel and Bahrain starting in June

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the national airline of UAE, landed in Israel for the first time on Sunday.

Ono Academic College expands, builds multicultural campus

As part of the development, a major metropolitan boulevard will connect the campuses.

Israelis Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu and Hisham Al-Sayed being held by Hamas in Gaza

Hamas willing to accept less prisoner releases in exchange deal - report

Israeli officials do not have high expectations from the talks.

Key Knesset vote to test Naftali Bennett's alliance with Netanyahu

Zohar: If Yamina does not back this proposal, it means it has joined the left-wing bloc, breaking its promises to its voters.


Israel one of eight countries to be on UK's travel 'green list'

“Israel must be the next most likely... it has vaccinated close to its entire population and case numbers are below even last year’s threshold.”

Why Smotrich could finish off Netanyahu - analysis

Had ideology been Smotrich's sole consideration, that could indeed have been praiseworthy. But there is plenty of politics involved as well.

One of the nine parrots found on a stolen bike near Beersheba, April 18, 2021.

Police find nine parrots in backpack of bike thief

Due to the current heat wave, the police officers watered the parrots. One was in such a concerning state that it was taken in for medical attention.

MDA mobile blood donation units

MDA calls for people to donate blood due to decrease in blood supply

The main type of blood needed is type O • MDA official: We need at least 1,000 blood donors every day

Public companies save 8% of payment costs due to unpaid leave - report

According to the report's authors, this shows that the unpaid leave model was ineffective at what it set out to do.

A protest by disabled IDF veterans in Tel Aviv, April 18, 2021

Disabled IDF veterans protest as Saidian remains in critical condition

Caregivers announce that they would be holding a full strike of services until the Defense Ministry fixes issues with their working conditions.

Drugs confiscated by Israel Police

Use of drugs, alcohol among Israeli youth tripled during COVID crisis

"More and more young people and teenagers have turned to alcohol and drugs to relieve boredom or deal with their distress."

Israeli competitors win medals in European Judo championship

Expectations were high as Sagi Muki had already won two European championships, in 2015 and in 2018.


Israeli web analytics company Similarweb files for NYSE IPO

The company said it would trade on the NYSE with the ticker symbol SMWB, but provided few other details.


IDF begins campaign to honor soldiers serving in reserve duty

The campaign includes over 2,000 prints throughout the country in dozens of local newspapers, as well as many digital advertisements honoring 253 soldiers.

An ambulance driving in the central Israeli city of Elad, April 5, 2020

Grand rabbi of the Spinka hassidic dynasty hospitalized - report

It is unclear what is wrong with the rabbi, other than that he was suffering from shortness of breath.

A bus burning from Molotov cocktails in the east-Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiya, April 9, 2021.

One dead, four hospitalized amid violent clash in east Jerusalem

Police near the Nablus Gate by the Old City used stun grenades.

Ramadan Kareem: Tel Aviv Municipality lights up for Muslim holy month

The message specifically mentioned Jaffa, the oldest part of the city of Tel Aviv which has a large percentage of Arab residents.

Jerusalem highlights April 16-22: What's new in Israel's capital?

The long, leading straight line, an intimate meeting with singer Shai Tsabari and turning the pages Against the Loveless World

Anti-Netanyahu demonstrators cry out against state holiday politicization

Protesters accused Netanyahu of "polluting" state ceremonies with political commentary in his own favor.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the 2021 International Bible Contest for Youth on Thursday, Isr

Netanyahu turns to Sa'ar as RZP remain firm in rejection of Ra'am

Smotrich posted video comparing Monsour Abbas to PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

In Israel, ‘COVID-19 could return in the winter’

Seven cases of highly infectious Indian variant detected in Israel

Israeli medical cannabis provider slated to export two tons to Australia

Seach has already begun exporting certain strains to its Australian customer Cannatrek, most recently shipping out 120kg of its "Black" and "Kush-Dan" varieties.

Equal Rights Commission releases annual report on state of disabled rights

Despite the cases of discrimination, there was a 44% increase in employment from disabled persons compared to 2019.

IDF prep school grads request greater role in Remembrance Day ceremonies

In the letter, the pre-military preparatory students said their school budgets be made conditional on the academy sending a representative to the graves of alumni on Remembrance Day.

A ball of fire and smoke rises during Israeli airstrikes in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip o

IDF strikes Hamas targets after rocket lands in Southern Gaza Strip

The IDF attack was carried out in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory earlier last night.

Israeli ninth-grader wins gold at European Girls Mathematical Olympiad

Ninth-grader Noga Friedman of Rehovot's De Shalit Middle School won a gold medal and Ya'ara Shulman, a tenth-grader who studies at Herzliya's Rishonim High School, won a silver medal.

Jimmy Fallon

Israel gets nod on Jimmy Fallon, confuses crowd with 'Zohan' joke

Their submission was: "Fauda meets Edward Scissorhands, meets Westside Story."

German officials expresses support for a Tel Aviv-Berlin Olympics in 2036

The Israeli Olympic Committee has not commented if it supports a joint bid with Berlin.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with family of disabled veteran Itzik Saidian

Gantz discusses reforming IDF Disabled Veterans Department

Following disabled IDF vet's self-immolation outside of the Ministry of Defense, Disabled Army Veterans Organisation meets with Defense Minister Benny Gantz to discuss reforming the system

WATCH: Muslims mark first Ramadan Friday prayer in Jerusalem

Some 10,000 vaccinated Palestinian worshipers from the West Bank were allowed entry into Jerusalem on Friday to participate in the first Friday prayer of the Ramadan.

The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.

Man in his 30s catfishes hundreds of teens, procures pornographic content

Man charged with indecent acts towards minors, sexual harassment, sodomy, fraudulence, and providing false information, after catfishing hundreds of teens on Instagram over several years.

Israeli police officers detain a Palestinian suspected of throwing stones during clashes

Police officer injured in riots near Jerusalem's Old City

The person suspected of attacking the officer was arrested.

Walla beats Supreme Court lawsuit from Taboola

Supreme Court Justice Yael Willner ruled this week that Walla should not be required to continue publishing Taboola's content recommendations.

The gunshot window of a car in Ramle, where a brawl between two rival families led to the arrest of

Violent clash between rival Ramle families leads to 69 arrests

None of the family members were injured in the string of incidents, but a bullet did lightly wound a police officer in his leg. The officer was taken for medical attention.

Hillel Fuld

The making of Hillel Fuld, Israel’s tech ambassador

“A lot of people follow me on social media, but I get asked several times every day, “what do you actually do?” Fuld says. “I want to share my story so people will understand what I am doing."

A radiologist examines breast X-rays after a cancer prevention medical check-up at the Ambroise Pare

COVID-19 vaccine can cause false positive on mammogram

Other vaccines, such as the shingles vaccine, pneumonia vaccine or the diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (D-TaP) vaccine, can cause the false positive as well.

Tummy tuck, liposuction, most preferred plastic surgery procedures

Breast augmentation also remains one of the most popular procedures in Israel, for both men and women, with some 16,000 undergoing procedures each year.

A ROCKET IS fired toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip in February.

IDF strikes Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

A rocket landed in an open area in Israeli territory earlier on Thursday, setting off rocket sirens in Sderot, Ibim and Nir Am in southern Israel.


Independence Day event held for first time at Museum of Tolerance

The museum, located between Zion Square and the neighborhood of Mamilla, is still undergoing construction.

DENI AVDIJA is averaging 6.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 23.5 minutes in 50 games played

Deni Avdija navigating the learning curve

Israeli rookie exhibits positive perspective on highs and lows of 1st season with Washington Wizards


Fair-feathered news: Israel welcomes first-ever Chinese pond heron

The bird itself is fairly common, but this is the first time it has ever been seen in Israel.


Israeli composer Oded Zehavi's works to be performed in Tel Aviv

The title of the new work, Arlozorov 178, was, naturally, spawned by Zehavi’s home address, wherein it was scored.


Digital art: Making art accessible, affordable to all

Digital art is the ideal medium to strike a balance between accessibility and exclusivity.

Israel's kings: How the coalition crisis is reshaping political norms

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The ongoing political crisis is creating a new normal in which anyone can reach the top.


Coronavirus shows olim how to organize, make their voices heard

IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS: Coming on the back of the pandemic and 10 months of not seeing their families for routine visits, this emotional distress has stirred something among the immigrant population.

Religious Zionist party head Bezalel Smotrich in Sa-Nur, April 15, 2021.

Smotrich: Arab parties are the enemy, no government can depend on them

In Sa-Nur, Smotrich clarified that the only option was a government with Likud, Shas, UTJ, Yamina and New Hope. Then, he would demand the settlement be rebuilt.

Israel Police looks to cast global net of cooperation in post-COVID world

POLICE AFFAIRS: In the fields of intelligence operations, science, medicine and technology, Israeli knowledge is in much demand, and the same can be said of the expertise of the Israel Police.

73 years later, sister visits where brother died defending Gush Etzion

He chose to help defend the kibbutzim in the Gush Etzion region, whose presence was considered essential to the defense of Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin and Education Minister Yoav Galant att

WATCH: Israel Prize Ceremony commences on Independence Day

This is the first year, the hosts noted, where the prize is equally given to men and women: four to men, four to women, adding up to the final eight.

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