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EGYPTIAN AMBASSADOR Khaled Azmi with President Reuven Rivlin
Grapevine: Two people, three opinions

Movers and shakers of Israeli society.

The Mamilla shopping mall in Jerusalem
Business as usual in Jerusalem as online mall opens for locals

The mall, an initiative of the Jerusalem Municipality, is free for local businesses to join and will be promoted by the municipality through a variety of platforms.

31/03/2020
IAF attacks Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, November 20, 2019
Syria accuses Israel as 'hostile targets' shot down over Homs

Lebanese media also reported Israel tied to air strikes.

By REUTERS , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
How does Israel's NIS 80b. stimulus package compare to global efforts?

For many in the business sector there is little appetite to celebrate at all. Others, looking at measures implemented by other governments, are green with envy.

31/03/2020
Elite troops of the IDF will contribute to Israel's fight against coronavirus
IDF's elite Sayeret Matkal playing role in war against coronavirus

IAI and Invoytec to produce Israeli-developed ventilators in missile production plant.

Radar system protecting Israel’s borders will monitor coronavirus patients

Two military systems developed by Elbit and IAI will remotely monitor and measure vital signs

Gantz decides to exempt Knesset from Corona rules

"My goal is to enable the Knesset to function as well as possible under the circumstances," Gantz said.

31/03/2020
Jewish Agency and Ogen launch fund to fight coronavirus

To finance the initiative, Ogen allocated NIS 30 million NIS in lending capital.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
Knesset to approve Shin Bet surveillance of coronavirus-infected citizens

Ashkenazi: Bennett’s plan to allow NSO group to store surveillance data is intolerable.

An employee of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine
Israel tests coronavirus vaccine prototype on rodents at defense lab

Netanyahu's office said IIBR director had informed him of "significant progress" in designing a vaccine prototype and that the institute "is now preparing a model for commencing an animal trial."

By REUTERS
31/03/2020
Mossad Director Yossi Cohen
Is Mossad’s Yossi Cohen the future after Bibi-Gantz? - analysis

The spy chief has racked up major wins against Iran and the coronavirus, is scandal-free, has charisma and leans to the Right.

In time of coronavirus, a call to make Seder communally on balconies

“One people one table” invites everyone to join so that anyone left alone in their home can celebrate the Passover Seder with their big family - the nation of Israel.

SEPHARDI CHIEF Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Chief Rabbis: Don’t leave home to burn chametz for Passover

New instructions for religious observance issued by Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau in light of new coronavirus restrictions

As consumers scramble, Israel targets increased egg supply

The agriculture and finance ministries said they have taken the "exceptional" move to persuade shipping companies to change their routes for greater and faster imports.

31/03/2020
A Palestinian gunman holds a weapon during the funeral of Palestinian Yazan Abu Tabekh, who was kill
PA policemen enter east Jerusalem village to halt armed clashes

Anti-riot police were dispatched to Kufr Aqab on Monday after armed clashes erupted between residents and activists from the nearby Qalandia refugee camp.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman address the nation on the coro
Why is the Health Ministry preventing 20,000 daily coronavirus tests?

It’s been three weeks since news broke that the Weizmann Institute can conduct so many COVID-19 checks – so why isn’t it? "This can be the game changer Israel needs to combat the virus."

By BEN CASPIT/MAARIV , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to
Education Ministry: No decision yet made about school after Passover

Distance learning has proven itself. We have received excellent responses from teachers and students, if the situation persists, we will put in more agenda."

By CELIA JEAN
31/03/2020
Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
Moscow Jewish Museum Launches Online Exhibition on Love During Holocaust

Memories of weddings and secret dates in the ghetto, of forbidden gifts, of mutual care and support, of dreams of home, family, and their own country fill the space.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
A technological solution to ease the shortage in coronavirus diagnosis

The startup Hyro may provide a possible solution to the severe shortage of coronavirus testing capacity.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
UNSC welcomes Israeli-Palestinian cooperation against coronavirus

Israel has provided medical equipment for the PA to combat the pandemic, as well as guidance and cooperation with Palestinian medical crews.

Israeli gaming company, industry leaders launch campaign with WHO

"As part of this important response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Playtika is fully committed to helping people worldwide stay safe and feel connected."

31/03/2020
Adler acquires Ado in huge European real estate deal

The combined group has assets of some EUR 8.5 billion in Germany.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
31/03/2020
Oded Forer
Finance chair: Gov't financial plan a 'collection of unclear headlines'

Dismissing that the Knesset committee will act as a "rubber stamp," MK Oded Forer said the plan must include compensation for severely affected industries, including the tourism industry.

31/03/2020
KOCHAVI – WITH newly appointed Defense Minister Naftali Bennett – is known as a perfectionist and re
IDF chief Kochavi tests negative for COVID-19, remains in quarantine

The three were in contact with a commander in the reserves who was diagnosed with the virus on Tuesday

Coronavirus patient jumps from third-floor hospital window

Before jumping, the man was considered to have mild symptoms. He had been transferred to the hospital from home care the week before.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
IDF soldiers during activities in the West Bank
Security forces arrest Palestinians terrorist suspects

Troops arrested father of deadly 2018 Givat Assaf, Ofra shooter

US troops in Iraq finally get Patriot air defense

Growing Iran-US tensions in the last year have led to US airstrikes in Iraq against Iranian-backed proxies, and this has angered the Iraqi government

Danon: UN must condemn Palestinian charge that IDF is spreading COVID-19

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov condemns Palestinian and Israeli incitement, but does not mention Abbas

Nefesh B'Nefesh offers new services in the wake of the coronavirus crisis

The most notable of the additional services provided has been to proactively reach out to those most vulnerable during the crisis, such as lone soldiers, the young and elderly, and the unemployed.

By CELIA JEAN
31/03/2020
600 IDF soldiers to join efforts in enforcing coronavirus guidelines

The soldiers will accompany Israel police officers and have a special tag. The commanders will also carry weapons.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
31/03/2020
Kibbutzim: Socialist communities in the age of social distancing

The consequences for agriculture and tourism impact all of Israel.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
31/03/2020
A Jewish ultra-Orthodox man looks onto a local billboard with instructions related to the coronaviru
Want people to follow coronavirus guidelines? Create trust

The haredim don’t trust the government and they haven’t for years. The same is true when it comes to Israeli-Arabs and the Arabs who live in east Jerusalem.

30/03/2020
Schoolchildren stand in the doorway and watch as ultra-Orthodox Jews prepare matza in Bnei Brak near
Efforts to remove sick from Bnei Brak intensify

Government, police increase efforts to stop spread of coronavirus in ultra-Orthodox sector

Government rolls out unprecedented NIS 80b. financial aid package

The Israeli Employment Service said that a total of 20,413 new applicants registered for unemployment benefits on Sunday night and Monday, bringing the total number of claimants to over 962,500.

31/03/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers a speech at his Jerusalem office,
Netanyahu says public should celebrate Passover, Easter, Ramadan alone

Government approved new set of restrictions * Another Israeli succumbs to COVID-19 * Despite suspicion, Netanyahu tests negative for coronavirus

Assisted living facility Migdal Nofim in Jerusalem
Nursing homes emerge as front line in fight against coronavirus

The danger presented by structures with a large number of people at risk began to be evident when, this month, several residents and members of staff of Migdal Nofim were diagnosed with the virus

No matzah shortage supermarkets, Economy Ministry state

Officials have been tracking the ongoing readiness of the food industry to produce food on a daily basis since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, and have included the availability of matzah.

Medical workers in protective suits treat patients suffering with coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus: The truth about Israel's ventilators

Medical personnel are concerned that Israel could soon look like Italy or Spain.

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

30/03/2020
Jack Ma Foundation donates medical supplies from China to Israel

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

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
30/03/2020
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

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
30/03/2020
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.

By OMRI RON
30/03/2020
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.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
30/03/2020
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.

30/03/2020
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.

By REUTERS
30/03/2020
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.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
30/03/2020
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."

30/03/2020
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 protective masks for Israel

It also brings a few dozen ventilators, tens of thousands of test kits, some 25,000 N95 masks, expects 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.

30/03/2020
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.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
30/03/2020
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

30/03/2020
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."

30/03/2020
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

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
29/03/2020
‘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

30/03/2020
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.

29/03/2020
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.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/03/2020
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

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/03/2020
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.

By LORELAI KUDE
29/03/2020
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?

By SCOTT LAIRD
29/03/2020
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.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/03/2020
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."

By CELIA JEAN
29/03/2020
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.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/03/2020
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.

29/03/2020
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.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/03/2020
Israel's war-between-wars campaign against Iran continues

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

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