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Noticing the Unnoticed banner, Days of Gratitude.
Three-day gratitude journey returns to combat coronavirus blues

Days of Gratitude, a subscriber service, provides three days of gratitude practicing activities every month, to "ground us in the moments that matter."

Settlers claim police destroyed religious objects in Yeshiva evacuation

Police forces ruined the ark, tore down a tent and confiscated electrical equipment violently, according to a representative from the Yeshiva.

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz inaugurates the Negev Energy thermo-solar power plant, August 2019
Steinitz convenes team to raise Israel solar energy to 30% by 2030

"The decision we passed in the government sets a huge challenge for us to reach 30% solar energy by 2030," said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz.

An Israeli gas platform, controlled by a U.S.-Israeli energy group, is seen in the Mediterranean sea
Israel in ‘weak countries club’ if it looks away while Cyprus acts – study

In six years, Israel has done nothing to challenge Cyprus's position that it may pump gas out of the Aphrodite-Yishai field.

Mossad, secrecy and Iran: How Israel reintroduced Persian fallow deer

An odyssey of espionage and revolutions led Israel to bring the once thriving biblical species back home.

Son of Elie Wiesel, former banking exec to chair Israeli fintech firm

Wiesel, within the role, will lead the fintech company towards becoming "industry standard," and will work on branding and presence while adding to strategic growth efforts.

Netanyahu: Gantz most political defense minister ever

Lapid ultimatum to Gantz: Back dispersing Knesset next week

Tel Aviv Marathon 2020
Annual Tel Aviv run to take place digitally

To assist with the individualized-style run this year, a link to an app will be sent out to all runners before the race, which will include instructions and interactive features.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
Netanyahu meets Saudi crown prince MBS, Pompeo in Saudi Arabia

The plane returned to Israel after only a few hours.

Gantz: Netanyahu hurt Israel by leaking Saudi trip

Defense and foreign ministers left in dark on PM's Saudi trip

Rabbi Kanievsky orders all haredi girls schools opened

The rabbi's instructions fly in the face of the government’s orders, which have only allowed a gradual reopening of schools and grades.

Israel listed as being second most expensive country to buy a home

Israel ranked number 38 out of 39 countries listed, where houses cost $9,780 per square meter, which accounts for 26.6% of a household's disposable annual income.

Coronavirus has affected the way mothers nurse their babies

While there is still no evidence that the virus can spread through breast milk, the Health Ministry recommends that mothers wear a mask and be strict about hygiene while nursing.

WILL THE Submarine Affair eventually sink Netanyahu?
What's A Commission of Inquiry? - explainer

One recent example of such a commission is the Winograd Commission, which was established to investigate after the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz at the Knesset plenum, Oct. 15, 2020
Gantz decides to probe Submarine Affair

The committee would not be able to force Netanyahu and his closest associates to testify. It will have four months to draft its report.

Memorial ceremony for David Ben-Gurion
On David Ben-Gurion's yahrzeit: The pettiness of politics - analysis

On the 47th anniversary of his demise, Ben-Gurion, who was occasionally capable of pettiness himself, might be turning in his grave at such a childish display of political pettiness.

THE TOWER of David Museum
Israel holds national forum on accessibility in museums

The forum participants noted the uncertainty of the pandemic that has hindered their ability to plan ahead.

Employees, mostly veterans of military computing units, use keyboards working at a cyber hotline
Mossad, Shabak: New cyber warfare training for national service girls

The "take-off" program has been running for several years, providing software engineering students with additional training in the cyber field

Matti Caspi and Shalom Hanoch, each a superstar in the music industry (September 23, 2018).
Israel's Finance Ministry to assist musicians through corona

The Finance minister has ordered the establishment of a joint team of ministry officials and Culture and Sport Ministry representatives to discuss aid for the Israeli music industry.

Palestinians light Christmas tree in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem,
Christmas in Bethlehem: Celebrations may be limited due to coronavirus

Christmas celebrations in the biblical town known as Jesus' birthplace are generally attended by thousands of people from across the globe.

A ball of fire and smoke rises during Israeli airstrikes in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip o
IDF strikes Hamas infrastructure in retaliation for rocket fire

Military investigating why Iron Dome wasn't activated; surprise drill in the south begins

Volkswagen plant in Emden (factory may not use Siemens' systems)
Michigan seeking to adopt Israeli industry 4.0 solutions

The coronavirus crisis has accelerated digitization and automation. As such, Michigan is aiming to adopt more of these solutions in order to have a competitive edge in the market.

Hadassah Ein Kerem coronavirus unit
Coronavirus cabinet to meet today against backdrop of spiking infection

Number of patients in serious condition on the rise • Netanyahu: More classes to resume Tuesday, as planned.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny
Could a panicked Gantz and Bibi unwittingly take Israel back to the polls?

Warring armies have learned the hard way through history that merely deploying troops was seen as an act of belligerency that led to unwanted war.

New immigrants from France disembark at Ben-Gurion Airport last year
Gov't approves fast-tracking immigrant medical professionals’ licensing

"We must strive to help immigrants integrate into the labor market in Israel, and this proposal is to realize the employment potential of new immigrants in medicine."

IDF strikes Hamas infrastructure in retaliation for rocket fire

Military investigating why Iron Dome wasn't activated; surprise drill in the south begins

250 cars unable to enter Eilat over COVID-19 restrictions, head back home

In addition, on Sunday morning, three people were caught trying to enter the city of Eilat using fake negative test results, which they had forged themselves.

Dr Raz Bar-Ziv
ScienceAbroad to hold first online symposium

Israeli talents living abroad will present their findings to 300 scientists here.

IDF tank flips over while being loaded onto truck - watch

The tank began accelerating wildly onto the moving truck before flipping upside down, barely missing a nearby commander.

Parents who completed the surrogacy process pose at the Men Having Babies conference in Tel Aviv in
Men Having Babies goes online to help solve Israelis’ surrogacy issues

MHB’s online surrogacy conference in Tel Aviv will inform gay men in Israel about surrogacy options.

Jewish enough
High Court demands Rabbinate explain Jewish-status investigations

The Chief Rabbinate has initiated investigations into maternal relatives of citizens without them ever having approached it or the rabbinical courts.

Shiri Maimon takes part in a Na'amat video campaign against domestic violence. November 2020.
Na’amat celebrity video campaign urges end to violence against women

The videos teach people what to do if a victim is too scared to ask for help.

Ivanka Trump unveils the seal at the opening of the new embassy of the United States in Jerusalem, M
Would Trump recognize Israeli sovereignty in east Jerusalem? - analysis

The Trump administration has been so strong on its Jerusalem policy that there are those who contend the administration has already made that leap.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will have daily flights to Tel Aviv beginning in Ma
Cabinet approves visa-free travel from UAE

US funding research in West Bank passes cabinet vote • New ambassador to Ethiopia approved

Foreign Minister Israel Katz attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Government approves new accountant-general

Approval of Yali Rothenberg after Rony Hizkiyahu’s departure marks a win for Finance Minister Israel Katz.

Silver pieces from Tel Megiddo
Dirty old money: Researchers reveal Iron Age silver forgery

"It is likely they used money that was already in the area from previous periods, to which they added the copper from the Timna area."

New Magen David Adom synagogue dedicated by Jerusalem Chief Rabbi

The MDA director expressed his gratitude that the donors choose to support the new synagogue as MDA is "fighting [coronavirus] around the clock."

Tax Authority working to help Holocaust survivors exercise tax benefits

Some 70% of the affected survivors had not filed any reports or requests for tax returns.

The week in readers' pictures

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

A crocodile spotted in the northern moshav of Beit Hanania
4-year-old airlifted to hospital after crocodile bite in southern Israel

"I heard screams - I went over and his hand looked like it had been torn off," the mother said.

A young Palestinian sits and two IDF soldiers stand at the entrance of the Qalandiya crossing, 2019.
Explosives placed by terrorists near Jerusalem over weekend

"The two successful operations over the weekend testify to the determination of the officers, who will continue to do everything in their power to arrest the terrorists and bring them to justice."

20% of returning Israeli travelers from Turkey test positive for COVID-19

Turkey's coronavirus outbreak has been particularly aggressive.

Anti-Netanyahu activist leader arrested on week 22 of nationwide protests

The Crime Minister movement responded in a statement, saying "Business as usual in the Jerusalem police who continue to abuse protesters and hunt down protest leaders."

Likud, Blue and White deal set to confirm ministerial appointments

The most significant appointment is that of the accountant general in the Finance Ministry, which Mandelblit has said must be filled as soon as possible.

Israeli leaders tell 'Post': Ready for Pollard's aliyah

Health minister says system will facilitate treatments for Esther Pollard's breast cancer.

Former US Ambassador: Normalization agreement could 'generate momentum'

According to the former ambassador, "The US will need to be in dialogue with both Israelis and Palestinians," include Arab partners. This, in light of Iran's proximity to nuclear weaponry.

Peter Paltchik from Israel (blue) fights with against Gasimov Elmar (white) from Azerbaijan in the f
Israeli Judoka Peter Paltchik wins gold at European Championship

The result is a new career high, the previous being a bronze medal he won in the 2018 European Championships in Tel Aviv.

Dozens rescued from floods across Israel as first snow lands on Mt. Hermon

Rescue services helped an elderly couple escape their Ness Ziona home as it flooded.

Isra-Drama promotes international cooperation through Israeli theater

The annual festival introduces some 200 viewers from across the globe to the new theatrical works in Israel.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to The Jerusalem Post, November 20, 2020
Pompeo hints more Trump administration announcements on Israel to come

“There’s every reason to expect that the direction of travel for US policy with respect to Israel will continue.”

Employee tends to medical cannabis plants at Pharmocann, an Israeli medical cannabis company in nort
Nissenkorn publishes draft cannabis legalization bill for public comments

Comments and criticisms of the draft can be sent in for the Justice Ministry's consideration until December 11 at midnight.

The Travel Advisor: Pandemic fatigue is setting in

People are getting antsy about staying at home, tired of stay-cations and eager to get out of the country.

Israeli peripheries and non-central areas to get better cellular network

"The peripheries around Israel are national destinations and therefore need advanced infrastructure and full cellular coverage."

A banner depicts Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, and Israel Prime minister Benjamin Net
Ex-intel chief: Ideology’s big role in how politicians process intelligence

“This is part of democracy” with the voters choosing leaders with a certain ideology.

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem
UK lists Jerusalem separately from Israel on COVID-19 travel advisory

Starting on Saturday morning, travelers arriving in England from Israel will not have to enter quarantine.

IDF Chief of Staff: Don't touch the bereaved families

Kochavi fails to mention the name of the Farkash family in the letter which came several days after the demonstrators were condemned by politicians including the PM.

Indictments expected against anti-Netanyahu protest leaders - report

Senior police officers have said that a lot of pressure has been applied to the State Attorney to approve the indictments.

Israeli supermarket employs vertical farm start-up for selling produce

The new technologies eliminate the need to rely on outdoor growers and suppliers while also providing a fresher, more eco-friendly product which needs much less water and land to grow.

Malls mutiny: Stores open against Health Ministry coronavirus regulations

"There is no rebellion here," said one of the merchants. "There is a loss of livelihood and desperation."

Shalva Band to be honored with citation for firming Diaspora relations

Since 1992, the B'nai B'rith World Center has focused on recognized excellence in reported with regard to the Jewish Diaspora covering the topic of Israel-Diaspora relations.

Tokyo's Hello Kitty Land employs use of Israeli technology to remain open

Leveraging artificial intelligence, signal processing and machine vision capabilities, the developed technology that can transform cameras into a vital signs monitoring tool.

Family of murdered woman fear further retribution from fugitive ex-husband

The ex-husband deliberately crashed into his ex-wife’s vehicle and then emerged from the car and began stabbing her multiple times before fleeing the scene.

Effi Eitam is the wrong man for Yad Vashem - opinion

MIDDLE ISRAEL: The tragedy is that this nomination is led by a man raised by a historian who used to be historically sensitive.

Rosh Hanikra
Israeli man accidentally kayaks past Lebanon border, stopped by police

"Luckily, I saw a soldier from the other side. That's when I realized 'whoa, where am I?'"

Tel Aviv stores silent in the shadow of coronavirus

One store worker said stores had been selling "under the radar" - meaning off the books - since the start of COVID-19.

Comedians perform to benefit Krembo Wings, for children with disabilities

The event included some of Israel's biggest names in comedy like Assi Cohen, Adir Miller and Tom Yaar.

IDF says it will stop monitoring social media for coronavirus violations

Army and police tracing activities have concentrated on finding infected people who break quarantine, and on locating social gatherings.

DR. ARKADAI ZELTSER in the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.
750 Jewish and Holocaust scholars sign petition against Yad Vashem head

Eitam's critics say he is unfit to lead because he called for most Palestinians in the West Bank to be expelled and for Arab Israelis to be excluded from the country’s political system.

As a Holocaust historian, I’m horrified that a bigot may lead Yad Vashem

The mission of Yad Vashem is to teach values that stem from the lessons I learned from the rescuers: the importance of valuing human rights and respecting everyone.

Miki Haimovich (left) and Osnat Mark (right)
Israeli town’s elections cause uproar in Parliament

Parties in governing coalition accuse each other of promoting voter fraud, arm-twisting

Sigd holiday, November 16, 2020
New website seeks to connect Israeli society with Sigd holiday

Stories of the Ethiopian Aliyah are covered with 17 members of the community recounting their harrowing experience as well.

ISRAEL FORWARD Manor Solomon (10) celebrates with his teammates after scoring for the blue-and-white
Blue-and-white beats Scotland

Solomon's first National Team tally helps Israel avoid Nations League relegation with 1-0 home triumph

By Uriel Sturm
Rapid Sofia coronavirus test device in action
Fearing false positives, hospitals scrap Sofia COVID-19 testing kits

"This goes against the most basic of medicals tenets – do no harm," said one of the hospital directors.

LGBTQ flag
LGBTQ+ NGO wins court ruling saying Jerusalem Municipality discriminated

The Jerusalem Open House is advocacy NGO for the Israeli LGBTQ+ community, and manage a community center in Jerusalem to which it is requesting funding for.

Bette Midler and Hans Zimmer to appear with Israel Philharmonic

The event will be broadcast globally on December 6 at 9 p.m. Israel time, and will be free for the public.

Meet Mansour Abbas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's unlikely ally

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The head of the United Arab List aims to change Israeli politics forever

Rivlin visits Dead Sea coronavirus Green Zone belt

The coronavirus cabinet had approved Eilat and the Dead Sea area as green zones effective from November 18.

The logo of state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
Gantz: Privatization of Israel Aerospace Industries approved

"We will continue to monitor the process and ensure that it is done responsibly, efficiently, and while serving the security, economic, and market needs of the State of Israel," said Gantz.

What does the Sudan-Israel peace deal mean for Sudanese migrants?

SOCIAL AFFAIRS: Out of the tens of thousands of asylum-seekers who came to Israel in the past 20 years, only a handful has gotten refugee status.

Gantz unlikely to support Eitam for Yad Vashem chair

Sources close to Blue and White leader say he will only support a ‘statesman-like and apolitical figure.’

Is Yad Vashem being politicized? – analysis

It is not only Effi Eitam’s candidacy for chair that has aroused accusations of politicization, but also reports of other possible appointments at Yad Vashem.

SARAH WEIL (right) and Jewish educator and trans-activist Yiscah Smith wrap themselves in a flag
78% of Israel's trans community have considered suicide in past year

According to the study, there are significant gaps between transgender people and the general population in different job sectors, levels of income, and overall well-being.

Pompeo in first Golan visit: Israel has right to defend its sovereignty

The US did not consider Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan Heights as legitimate until US President Donald Trump reversed the policy in March 2019.

President Reuven Rivlin was awarded the Washington Institute Scholar-Statesman Medal
Rivlin awarded prestigious Washington Institute Scholar-Statesman Medal

The award celebrates outstanding leadership that exemplifies advancing Middle East peace through sound scholarship and a discerning knowledge of history.

Snoop Dogg teams up with SodaStream to help save the environment

Accompanied by his "nearly extinct friend," a sea turtle sporting an Israeli accent, Snoop Dogg noted that "smalls things" are the most meaningful, and can have a large impact on saving the planet.

The angels in our lives

How often in our lives have we said: “You’re an angel!” – and meant it – to friends who have been there for us when we most needed them?

Grapevine, November 20, 2020: Special quality

The movers and shakers of Israeli society.

Renting an apartment during the pandemic

One-third of renters have asked their landlords to reduce their rents or to delay payments. Among those whose household incomes have been affected by the pandemic, that number was 43%.

Points of Contact: Helping Anglos wed

Points of Contact is a closed Facebook group of more than 560 volunteer matchmakers (called Point People) working primarily on behalf of marriage-minded religious Anglo-Israelis.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
What do happiness managers do in a corporate environment?

Learn more about the hottest new job title that has reached Israel.

Appreciating art from home

The “Mundane Heights” exhibition, which opened virtually a couple of weeks ago, is an aptly and oxymoronically named venture.

This week in Jerusalem - A round-up of city affairs

What has been going on in Israel's capital this week?

The Jerusalem Jazz Globus Festival returns

The 16th Jazz Globus Festival takes place on November 22-26; although, like almost every cultural event these days, events will be streamed online.

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