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Medical workers in protective suits treat patients suffering with coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
When it comes to coronavirus, could Israel become like Italy?

The answer relates to how many ventilators the country will really have - and when.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened of a total lockdown as coronavirus infects 2,369 Israel
Poll finds public gives good marks to Netanyahu on coronavirus

Low approval for Lapid, Edelstein, Gantz, Litzman

Jack Ma Foundation donates medical supplies from China to Israel

Two shipments departed from Shanghai, China and arrived in Tel Aviv earlier this week.

ISRAEL’S HOTELS are looking up.
Caesar Hotels to provide loans to workers on unpaid leave

Caesar Premier Hotels in Jerusalem, Eilat and Tiberias have closed their doors and put about 600 workers on unpaid leave in light of the coronavirus crisis

Coptic Easter baptism ceremony
Holy Week ceremonies in Jerusalem to proceed in limited format

Eastern Orthodox churches will still receive Holy Fire from Jerusalem.

25% increase in number of pets abandoned since the beginning of March.

The coronavirus has brought with it the unfortunate side effect of many more pets being abandoned.

Likud pushing for annexation even in coalition with Blue and White, Labor

Netanyahu could offer ambassadorships to disappointed Likud ministers left without portfolios.

Coronavirus: Israeli billionaire to donate NIS 10m. to hospitals, NGO

The Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, the Ichilov Hospital, and the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa will each receive NIS 3m and the Israel NGO Latet will receive NIS 1m.

IAF, USAF hold joint F-35 drill in southern Israel

Drill was given special permission to take place despite continued spread of coronavirus.

Only three international airlines still operating at Ben-Gurion Airport

While 140 airlines served Israel's largest airport prior to the coronavirus outbreak, only Aeroflot, United Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines are continuing operations.

In Jerusalem, a Palestinian family under coronavirus lockdown

Not only does she have to find ways to keep her own children busy, but she has to ensure her pupils are up to date with schoolwork online.

A sign near a gate in Zar'it northern Israel, August 28, 2019.
Dozens of Israeli towns close gates amid coronavirus outbreak

Hikers were still showing up in towns even with the restrictions on movement and the towns began to worry about infections, as many of them have older populations.

A Palestinian woman steps on a replica of an Israeli flag during an event marking Land Day near the
Land Day to be marked on balconies during coronavirus outbreak

Palestinians usually mark the day in violent clashes with soldiers in Gaza and West Bank

Additional El Al flights to evacuate Israelis in Australia, New Zealand

The two countries are the places in which there are the most Israelis seeking to return to Israel as more flights around the world are canceled.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy leans against sacks of onions at a food distribution center providing f
Social Affairs Ministry to issue 30,000 vouchers for Passover food

The total amount spent by the ministry will come to NIS 9 million.

16th Israeli dies of virus, Health Ministry predicts 150 critical patients

"I don't see a model in which we end this situation with a small number of intubated patients or deaths."

A man wears a face mask as he walks in a market in Ashkelon while Israel tightened a national stay-a
Mossad obtains 10 million more coronavirus masks for Israel

The Mossad also brought a few dozen ventilators, tens of thousands of more test kits and around 25,000 N95 masks – and is expected to bring even more medical equipment.

Firefighters inspect the aftermath of a fire, Petah Tikva, March 30, 2020
Body of woman, 70, found after Petah Tikva apartment fire

A partial collapse of the roof of the building was also discovered and a structural engineer was summoned.

Kinneret Galilee
Kinneret water level rises by 1 cm over 24 hours

The last time the Degania Dam was opened was in 2013.

Police officers in coronavirus protective suits
Israel’s National Library to document impact of coronavirus on Jews

The National Library of Israel has created an archive to document the impact of the coronavirus on Jewish communities around the world.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu with parliamentary adviser Rivka Paluch, who tested positive for coronavirus
Netanyahu, staff and family test negative for coronavirus

Cameras find Netanyahu doesn't have to quarantine

Labor's Amir Peretz, Itzik Shmuli mulling joining Netanyahu-led government

Labor MK Merav Michaeli: "I will call for a party conference and digitally vote against the government. I do not violate my promises to the voter."

A member of medical staff swaps a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing, upo
Palestinians close factories producing fake coronavirus masks, sanitizer

Crackdown in response to complaints that products did not meet PA standards and regulations

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin talks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Nicosi
Rivlin takes up cause of treatment of elderly during coronavirus crisis

Rivlin underscored in all these conversations that the whole policy towards the elderly, especially Holocaust survivors, should be reconsidered.

ALONA BARKAT had plenty of good times as the owner of Hapoel Beersheba
Alona Barkat bails on Hapoel Beersheba

Once-beloved owner leaves soccer club’s helm after players reject salary reduction plan

‘Unorthodox’ – a too-tasteful version of reality

Most of the scenes set among the hassidim are completely in Yiddish.

TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
30,000 coronavirus tests per day: Too little, too much, too late?

Is taking so many tests ideal? Will it help curtail the spread of the virus or let Israelis out of isolation?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a speech at his Jerusalem office, regarding th
Netanyahu's corona scare proves political saga was too long - analysis

Britain's PM has the virus, but at least he also has a government

A closed Mikvah in the Ultra orthodox neighborhood of Meah Shearim, Jerusalem on March 25, 2020
Why didn’t the ultra-Orthodox take coronavirus seriously? - analysis

Why did it taken so long for the the community to take the epidemic and its dangers seriously?

The Digitell network for pro-Israel Online Activism at the Jerusalem Post annual conference, NY
Strategic Affairs Ministry holds Zoom meeting on pro-Israel advocacy

The discussion focused on the fact that the Corona epidemic has become fertile ground for the spreading of false and antisemitic propaganda against the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

Naftali Bennett and the coronavirus – analysis

All the criticism is fine and good and valid. What makes it a bit odd is that it is coming from Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.

Rescue flight carrying 206 Israelis takes off from Nigeria

The flight was organized by the Israeli Embassy in Nigeria with the goal of removing hundreds of Israelis who were left stranded after the closure of airports in Nigeria and its neighboring countries

A supermarket in the "purple industrial zone" of Petah Tikvah.
Coronavirus: How to avoid eating all day when confined at home

A nutritionist advises those social distancing and those quarantined how to maintain a healthy lifestyle

Olim friends from CA sworn into IDF with family watching via video

The families of both women, Omer Levi and Oria Zisso, had intended on flying in from the US for the induction ceremony until the coronavirus crisis made parents attending the ceremony impossible.

This week in readers' pictures - March 27

Jerusalem Post readers send us their best shots from the week.

The Digitell network for pro-Israel Online Activism at the Jerusalem Post annual conference in New Y
Ministry of Strategic Affairs Convenes Zoom Conference on Pro-Israel advocacy in age of Corona

The Corona epidemic has become fertile ground for the spreading of false and anti-semitic propaganda against the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

Merav Michaeli.
MK Michaeli calls for Labor Party members not to enter government

"Amir Peretz shaved his mustache and said "read my lips, I will not sit with Netanyahu." We still believe Amir, I still believe Amir," Michaeli said of the Labor leader's promise before the elections

Nefesh B’Nefesh – Keeping a Virtual Connection with New Immigrants

“It gave me incredible peace of mind to be able to reach out to Nefesh B’ Nefesh.”

TRAVEL ADVISER: Travel in the time of the coronavirus

Business travel too won't suddenly return to normal. There are no conferences planned for the summer, no Olympics in Japan.

Ultra-Orthodox rabbi Chaim Kanievsky
Leader of ultra-Orthodox world calls for lone prayer due to coronavirus

Rabbi Kanievsky ruled that anyone not obeying social-distancing orders is like someone trying to murder another, is responsible for causing their death; permits reporting them to secular authorities.

A tourist rests next to a camel under the stars near the summit of Mount Sinai
ASTROLOJEW: First the plagues, then the redemption

The celestial cycles have spoken: the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of January 12 kicked off these traumatic times.

Love of travel in the time of coronavirus: Why I kept going

Why do I keep traveling, even when it's clearly much safer and less stressful to stay home?

Gas station
Coronavirus causes fuel prices to drop in Israel, Energy Ministry says

One liter of 95 RON octane gasoline will cost NIS 4.89 including VAT, marking a reduction of NIS 1.03 or 17.4% since March.

Rivlin writes a letter to world leaders, wishes recovery from coronavirus

"The virus we are facing makes no distinctions for national borders, and international cooperation is vital in fighting it."

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man dips cooking utensils in boiling water to remove remains of leaven in p
Energy Ministry warns: Clean Passover dishes during COVID-19 safely

Many people enjoy using the services of publicly placed containers which are full of boiling hot water as the amount of dishes involved is very big.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at a press conference
Gantz may block settlement annexation by new government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to apply Israeli law to all Israeli towns in the West Bank, in the framework of US President Donald Trump’s peace plan.

Shai Babad
Finance Ministry: Soaring unpaid leave to cost state NIS 15 billion

The number of unemployment benefit claimants has climbed to almost 939,500, or 22.6% of the workforce.

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett at the Defense Ministry on February 25, 2020.
Bennett calls for defense establishment to be responsible for corona fight

Bennett releases corona plan to do 30,000-50,000 tests to identify virus carriers quickly in order to restart the economy

Gantz is being accused of destroying the rule of law - or is he saving it?

Gantz's actions over the last year, including the deal currently being discussed, have helped guarantee that Netanyahu will face trial.

Polish composer Penderecki, who was inspired by Jerusalem, dies age 86

The world-renowned composer and conductor was hailed for such brilliant works as 'Saint Luke Passion’ and ‘The Seven Gates of Jerusalem.’

A member of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September
Theresa Halsa, last of the 1972 Sabena hijackers, dies age 65

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was a special operations soldier at the time, was wounded in the Israeli rescue operation which followed the hijacking.

Israel's war-between-wars campaign against Iran continues

IDF troops patrolling Israeli cities to enforce the nation-wide semi lockdown

A Jewish ultra-Orthodox man looks onto a local billboard with instructions related to the coronaviru
Gov't considering quarantining haredi cities over high coronavirus rates

Leader of the ultra-Orthodox world Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky finally instructs community not to pray together in prayer quorums.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the nation on the coronavirus outbreak, March 19, 2020
Government likely postponed to next week due to ongoing disputes

Netanyahu, Gantz meet all night then fight all day.

Ramat Gan residents ask mayor to build 'separation wall' near Haredi city

Ultra-Orthodox communities have seen high numbers of coronavirus patients, leading to controversial allegations toward Haredi Jews.

German journalist withdraws criticism of Israel as 'Corona Dictatorship'

The reporter faced allegations of antisemitism in his journalism.

Reuven Rivlin, Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu meet on September 23, 2019.
Netanyahu, Gantz meeting to finalize unity government deal

Final divides over justice minister, Knesset speaker

JUST GIVE HIM one more chance. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump at the W
Trump congratulates Netanyahu on not-yet-formed government

No final agreement has been reached between Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to form a unity government, but they have made strides in that direction.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recommends Israelis use the namaste greeting to avoid contracting
MPs from across Europe seek Israel’s advice on tackling coronavirus

Several ambassadors to Israel from Europe asked the experts how their countries could better cooperate with Israel.

Blue and White civil war set for Knesset on Sunday

Gantz, Ya'alon face rebellions in parties

Passengers, including Russian citizens, who are evacuated by train to Russia after Ukrainian authori
Thousands of Russians left in Israel as Moscow closes borders

The Israeli Tourism Ministry estimates 5,000 Russian citizens remain in Israel, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov said.

Schools close in Tel Aviv amid rocket threats
What should we be studying in times of corona?

The novel coronavirus crisis offers a truly rare opportunity for meaningful learning about social, cultural and political realities.

An aerial shot of a Tel Aviv beach
The panic of foreign owners of Israeli property

In ordinary days, pre-coronavirus, as you walked through the bustling cafés, you were, in fact, walking past real ghost apartments.

First the plagues, then the redemption

Horoscope for the month of April.

What do you do during a rocket attack amid coronavirus quarantine?

At the time of writing there's in Israel 59,49 people in quarantine and 3,460 diagnosed with coronavirus in Israel.

TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
Coronavirus test result errors may be a large problem

A doctor noticed the problem on Friday after seeing that the health insurance lab noted his patient as testing positive for the virus, while the health ministry noted the result as negative.

Police officers in coronavirus protective suits
Five found violating coronavirus regulations in Rishon Lezion

The Health Ministry announced on Saturday that 3,460 Israelis tested positive for the virus, 50 of whom are in serious condition.

HAREDIM WALK in Jerusalem in front of a ‘Men Only’ sign – the role of religion in public life will l
Haredi cities lead in number of coronavirus patients in Israel

Jerusalem and Bnei Brak lead the country in numbers of coronavirus patients; Zikhron Ya'akov at the bottom with 12 patients.

‘As if God doesn’t want us,’ millions of Arabs face coronavirus impact

As Mecca and Medina empty of Muslim worshippers, Arab regimes find themselves beseeching their people to stay home.

A rocket is fired towards Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip February 24, 2020
Israel strikes Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire

Rocket fire breaks lull in violence as both sides fight the coronavirus.

Rescue flight carrying Israeli travelers takes off from Costa Rica

In a combined operation which included several Israeli delegations in the area, travelers from Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica itself arrived on the flight.

Labor, Gesher consider joining Gantz in Netanyahu-led government

The expression of interest from both party leaders comes amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic facing the country, and following the split between the Israel Resilience party and Blue and White.

George Washington Bridge between New York City and New Jersey, 2018.
Israel Innovation Authority to develop 'smart cities' with New York

The program was originally announced as part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's solidarity and trade mission to Israel in July 2019, and will focus on designating up to five 'Smart Cities.'

Druze MK becomes first Gantz ally to rebel

Gantz: Lapid, Ya'alon wanted elections; Lapid: Gantz didn't join because of the coronavirus

INMATES WALK through the Hermon Prison in northern Israel last week.
Israel to release hundreds of prisoners to curb coronavirus spread

Prisoners who are found eligible under the new regulations will go on a 30-day "vacation," under house arrest conditions, at the end of which they will officially be released from prison.

Protesters to Chief Justice: Hands off our democracy

The protest was held against the Supreme Court's decision to force Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to hold a plenary vote, over which he has resigned.

Haredi residents of Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood
Doctors use posters to urge haredi communities to follow health guidelines

In a letter plastered on the walls of Haredi neighborhoods, they alert the population of the emergency of the situation.

Defense Ministry to rent 20 more hotels for Israelis in quarantine

The ministry is looking for hotels with at least 200 rooms in Tel Aviv and Gush Dan, the Sharon area, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

Israeli police officers seen during a raid on the ultra orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Meah Shearim
IDF to deploy 500 troops to enforce lockdown

PM Netanyahu warns of more restrictions

Latet, IDF, launch initiative to take care of elderly during coronavirus

"We have a more urgent national mission to help seniors in need of food and hygienic products so that they stay home," said Latet CEO and Executive Director.

Reading a book (Illustrative)
Free meet-ups offered with Israeli authors, poets, playwrights on Zoom

The events are intended to be either writing workshops or directed reading and will be open for free to the public.

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda breaks up quarantined Israeli journalists' argument

The argument over which Miranda score was best was broken up by the man himself, in Hebrew.

Real estate market
Rising antisemitism boosts sales of luxury homes in Israel - report

Multiple high-end apartments are available now, and developers are cooking up other luxury projects for the area, according to reports.

Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, attends an election campaign event, in Kfar Ahim, Israe
Benny Gantz: Fourth election is not allowed

"At the end of the path, I believe it is not allowed to drag Israel to a fourth election in this very difficult time when the country is dealing with the coronavirus crisis and its consequences."

Edelstein to 'Post': I am fighting for the Knesset's 'future independence'

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The former speaker doubles down on his decision to resign and to buck the High Court

A molotov cocktail hit a Border Patrol vehicle near the exit of the Yitzhar settlement.
Netanyahu condemns firebombing of Border Police jeep by Jewish extremists

Forces from both Border Control and the IDF scanned the area shortly afterwards in search of the culprits.

The High Court v the Knesset: A constitutional crisis years in the making

IN CONTEXT: This week witnessed a constitutional crisis decades in the making.

The three-phased attack on Israel's democracy

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Cold War hero Yuli Edelstein became cannon fodder in his master’s war on the judiciary.

The IDF wages war against an invisible enemy: Coronavirus

MILITARY AFFAIRS: The army is prepared to enforce a nationwide lockdown, while continuing the challenge of ongoing training and exercises.

Israel’s elders forced to take on coronavirus, loneliness

For many, social distancing from their immediate family could be a matter of life and death. With no end in sight, the distance can also mean increased feelings of loneliness and isolation.

A MAN wraps fresh matza during Passover in Ashdod in 2016
Corona Virus investing and Pessach: It’s time for Matza

A central aspect of Pesach relates to our current crisis.

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