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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press statement at the PM's office in Jerusalem, o
Stormy cabinet meeting deadlocked on reopening of schools, businesses

Coronavirus cabinet meets Sunday to discuss putting first and second grade children in capsules.

TAU prof. receives rare, unrestricted grant of $2.5 mil

"The Polymaths Award is different. They tell you: 'Here are the resources. Do something completely new, take risks. Investigate wild ideas.'"

Apex Holdings, Virtuzone, slicks business arrangements with UAE

“We are excited to help the thousands of Israeli companies who are looking to create business operations in the UAE,” said Apex Holdings Executive Director and Co-Founder James Brenig.

Sudan agrees to negotiate accepting migrants deported from Israel

Migrant aid NGO says most Sudanese in Israel would prefer to stay.

Israeli parliament members vote at the Finance committee, during a vote on the 2017-2018 state budge
Senior Blue and White leaders believe no chance to pass 2021 budget

Should the 2021 budget be approved, Netanyahu would be practically unable to avoid handing over the premiership to Gantz in October 2021.

MDA volunteer saves the life of zookeeper at Ramat Gan Safari

The zookeeper, Amir Bendel, apparently had a heart attack while on a routine checkup on the kangaroo yard. He initially began to feel pain in his chest and then collapsed to the floor.

Foreign nationals on business can enter Israel with a permit

Under the plan, those entering the country will not be required to pass a COVID-19 test and will not need to isolate for two weeks once they arrive.

Israeli delegation of hi-tech entrepreneurs, investors, CEOs visit UAE

The Israeli delegation features 13 CEOs currently heading leading Israeli technology companies in the fields of cyber, finance, insurance and food.

The Market House Hotel
Gov't approves changes to NIS 300 mil COVID-19 aid package for hotels

Hotels no longer need to make a choice between applying to get a property tax waiver or receiving aid, which provides financial relief for small hotels.

The sun rises over the Dead Sea, Israel
Israel to reopen Eilat, Dead Sea, declare them 'green tourist islands'

Entry into the green tourist areas, which house around 30% of the country's hotel rooms, will be conditional on the presentation of an up-to-date negative coronavirus test.

Has Netanyahu rendered Israel's defense establishment irrelevant?

PM has a worrying pattern of keeping the defense establishment in the dark about crucial defense deals.

Cabinet approves Bahrain peace deal ahead of Knesset vote

UAE treaty passes final ratification vote in cabinet.

Israel among ‘handful’ of countries reporting wealth increase in 2019

Despite the global economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the number of Israeli millionaires decreased by only 154 people and now stands at 157,286, Credit Suisse reports.

The Gulf-Israel Women's Forum brings children draped in the flags of Bahrain, Israel and the UAE to
Kamir Strategy, Cosmopole, launch a month of Israel-UAE Biomed events

Among the companies taking part in the webinars are Galmed, MediWound, and Ayana Pharma

The week in readers' pictures

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

From vaccines to summertime fun, KKL-JNF plays crucial role in Israel’s battle with COVID

Israel is part of the global war against COVID-19 and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) is very much part of Israel’s campaign

By BENJAMIN SINGER
25/10/2020
Clean Energy Israel
Gov't approves plan for 30% of Israel's energy to be renewable by 2030

Israel's Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel opposed the plan, saying it places a problematic emphasis on natural gas, while setting a low bar compared to other developed countries.

Test tubes, taken by a health care worker, with plasma and blood samples after a separation process
Largest coronavirus testing facility in Israel to open in Jerusalem

The new lab is expected to have the ability to effectively churn out 50,000 coronavirus tests a day, which is currently the national capacity of the entire State of Israel.

Anti-Netanyahu protests take place throughout Israel, reports of violence

Major protests have been taking place in all of Israel's largest cities, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa.

25/10/2020
IDF launches 'Lethal Arrow' drill simulating war with Hezbollah

Large-scale, multi-front general staff drill will see thousands of troops take part.

Thousands of hi-tech jobs coming to Jerusalem with First Station expansion

The plan is one of three proposals approved by the municipality, adding housing and hotel units as well as expanded retail and commerce options to the surrounding areas.

Israelis and Sudanese promote solidarity and peace through game of chess

"It is the first time I think for Israeli players and Sudanese players to interact socially in sports," said one of the participants.

Joint List MKs, activists clash over PIJ hunger-striking prisoner

Video from the scene showed a right-wing activist shouting at the MKs followed by one of them reaching for the activist's phone.

25/10/2020
Aliyah Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata
Israel marks Aliyah Day with more 15,000 new immigrants so far this year

Aliyah way down on 2019 figures due to COVID-19 pandemic. Two new immigrants, one born in Bergen Belsen, one a pro-Israel US college activists tell their stories.

Ganit Goldstein’s 3D design, made of 100% recycled materials, presented at the exhibition
Israeli designer launches 3D-printed virtual reality fashion exhibition

Ganit Goldstein launched a virtual reality exhibition space to present one of the first fashion collections with cutting edge 3D printing.

The Bank of Israel building in Jerusalem
Bank of Israel leaves lending rate unchanged, QE program expanded

Leaving the lending rate at just 0.1% raises some concern due to the country's worsening financial crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hadassah Ein Kerem coronavirus department staff, on the roof of the hospital
Hadassah flyover to thank coronavirus medical staff

As part of the surprise, Hadassah's CEO, Prof. Zeev Rotstein, a veteran pilot, was among the 6 aircrafts pilot who circled in an organized structure above the hospital.

Israeli Arab lawmaker Jamal Zahalka
Joint List condemns normalization with Sudan

Former MK and chairman of the Balad party Jamal Zahalka calls for the Sudanese people to overthrow the government because of the normalization agreement.

 ‘Turkey Prince.’
Yehuda Barkan, actor and director, dies from coronavirus at 75

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin expressed their condolences.

Hinnom Valley
Jerusalem’s First Station complex to add housing, hotels, retail

Part of project will enlarge adjacent Margalit Startup City for hi-tech projects.

ISRAEL HAS to examine carefully how much the US wants to sell the F35 to the UAE.
Israel will not oppose US sale of F-35s to UAE

Joint statement by the PM’s Office and Defense Ministry says Gantz’s trip to Washington secured Israel’s QME, won't oppose sale of F-35 to UAE.

Police seeking to enforce mask rules attacked with rocks, discharges gun

Police officers at the scene later said that they felt their lives were threatened.

24/10/2020
Parents accompany their children to the kindergarten in Tel Aviv as they return to kindergarden on O
Cabinet to continue schools debate Sunday

The Education, Health and Finance ministries met throughout the weekend, but the meetings ended with no agreement.

Documentation of the working process including: a screenshot of a photo by Dan Robert Lahiani, a fil
Jerusalem's Manofim Festival takes to Zoom for 2020

This year’s online program runs October 27 to 29.

24/10/2020
Beloved Jerusalem book exchange set on fire, books destroyed

"Burnt books conjure up such dark times in our collective history. Disturbing."

24/10/2020
Sick with COVID-19, Saeb Erekat’s organs start to deteriorate

Erekat was admitted to the hospital earlier this week after suffering from coronavirus for the past month.

Bar-Ilan studies how breast cancer patients gain weight during treatment

"We hope that in the future we will be able to identify those women who are at risk for weight gain through a simple examination – and perhaps even suggest ways to prevent this phenomenon."

Israeli dermatological surgeon specializing in skin cancer wins award

The award is given annually to outstanding Mentors of the ASDS International Traveling Mentorship Program.

Overhead view of Beersheba
Tourism Ministry approves plans to develop cities in the Negev desert

The ministry intends to construct two new tourism complexes, one in the Beersheba River Park and the other in the Mitzpe Ramon Municipality.

Stanley Fischer
Fischer hopes to boost Israel's Bank Hapoalim as board member

Hapoalim, Israel’s largest lender, on Thursday elected Fischer to a three-year term on its board of directors.

By REUTERS
24/10/2020
El Al plane
Israel's El Al to resume Zurich flights, codeshare with Swiss

Last week, El Al resumed flights to Frankfurt and Amsterdam, while flights to Los Angeles, Miami and Kiev will restart.

By REUTERS
24/10/2020
PM Benjamin Netanyahu's supporters celebrate his birthday across Israel

A group known as "Netanyahu's loyalist" flew a helicopter draped with a banner wishing the PM a happy birthday.

Israel’s secret weapon: 800 channels on social media

Relations with Arab world, country’s global standing improve thanks to social media department deep within Foreign Ministry.

By FELICE FRIEDSON , URI COHEN/THE MEDIA LINE
23/10/2020
New coronavirus awareness campaign launches in ultra-Orthodox community

The campaign features posters labeled the same way obituary posters are typically labeled and emphasizing the different rates of infection in the different populations.

Yair Netanyahu makes a stormy appearance at Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court, December 2018.
Yair Netanyahu: The rise of the son

How much influence does the prime minister’s controversial progeny have on Israel?

23/10/2020
Abused women, women's orgs. 'horrified' by MKs' comments on anti-abuse bill

"What the Members of Knesset said is horrifying," said Amalia, a mother of three who lives in a shelter for abused women. "It is horrifying that there are people like that who sit in the Knesset."

23/10/2020
Why is the once rising Joint List falling fast in polls?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Ayman Odeh’s Joint List would fall from the 15 seats it received in the last elections to 11 if Israelis headed to the polls today.

23/10/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu, Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky (second from right) and Knesse
Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People

Natan Sharansky's memoir explores his struggles within the USSR, and during his Israeli political career.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
23/10/2020
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Did Bennett teach Netanyahu
Netanyahu’s lead over Bennett rises to 10 seats in new poll

The gap between Likud and Yamina grew from a low of five seats in an October 8 Panels Research poll and seven last week.

23/10/2020
Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards
IDF strikes Gaza after two rockets fired towards southern Israel

This was the third time within a week that rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel.

23/10/2020
Israel, UAE initiate academic partnership following Abraham Accords

This agreement will open the door to joint research projects and databases, as well as publications.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
23/10/2020
Benjamin Netanyahu, Jared Kushner and Avi Berkowitz
Berkowitz: Biden win could harm normalization deals with Israel

“I am nervous, if I am just being completely honest,” said Avi Berkowitz, special representative for international negotiations to US President Donald Trump.

Israel's Independence Day flyover passes above the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Ramat Gan
Hospital flyover to salute COVID-19 frontline workers around Israel

Lt. Col. (Res.) Dan Sion, the lead pilot for the flyover, thanked MDA for their "endless giving in difficult conditions."

By SARAH BEN-NUN
23/10/2020
Gantz, Esper sign declaration to ensure Israel's qualitative military edge

Both Gantz and Esper delivered remarks on the importance of the meeting.

23/10/2020
Israeli journalists attacked while covering COVID-19 haredi communities

Members of Israel’s haredi Orthodox minority increasingly blame the media for their ills, including stringent lockdown conditions.

By SAM SOKOL/JTA
23/10/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv aims to get back on track

After three straight Euroleague losses, yellow-and-blue on the road to face Khimki Moscow

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/10/2020
Courage in Motion ride not slowed by coronavirus

Despite travel difficulties, annual Beit Halochem cycling event to benefit disabled IDF veterans takes place in Israel and Canada.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
22/10/2020
Mayor Moshe Lion greets children on the first day of school, September 1, 2020.
Moshe Lion powers through the coronavirus bazaar

Lion is convinced that only through talks can he get things moving and obtain the best results.

22/10/2020
Republicans in Israel: Extend US pledge not to uproot settlers to outposts

"President Trump has already recognized Israel's legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria," said Marc Zell, who hopes that formalizing outposts will follow.

A wedding huppa (illustrative)
Grapevine, October 23, 2020: Wedding Ward

The movers and shakers of Isareli society

Inside Ticho House, 2015
Examining the work and legacy of Anna Ticho

The writer, a nephew of the Tichos, delivered these comments at the opening of the Anna Ticho “Lifescape” exhibit, on October 25, 2018.

By CHARLES TICHO
22/10/2020
Right-wing, Orthodox bloc makes big gains in WZC agreement

The right-wing, religious-Zionist and ultra-Orthodox bloc of the World Zionist Congress took control of the major Zionist organizations, other than Jewish Agency.

Israel Start-Up Nation’s Martin wins Vuelta stage

After consecutive third-place finishes, Irishman pulls off late attack to claim emotional victory for blue-and-white team in Spain

By REUTERS
22/10/2020
Israel's first female F-35 pilot made deputy commander of 116th squadron

Prior to flying F-35s, Capt. S. flew F-16s, and soon began flying the advanced stealth fighter jet for the 116th, based out of Nevatim in the South.

PICO Ventures co-founder brings Jerusalem, and its youth, to UAE

Elie Wurtman believes the second largest economy in the Arab world could help Israelis engage with people from dozens of previously unexplored markets.

Vocal tasters and testers: 23 Israeli Music Festival to go online

This year’s significantly pared-down edition will take place at 1 p.m. on October 30 and goes by the title of “From the Drawer to Song – Choir Lab.”

22/10/2020
High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
High Court appears to back Shin Bet coronavirus surveillance

A heated part of the hearing was where Gan Mor accused the state of using the Shin Bet because they do not trust citizens to tell the truth.

The Tiktok unit works in conjunction with police cyberunits that deal with general cybercrime
Israel Police's TikTok Unit taps into under-the-radar crime

"We are seeing a lot of people with no criminal background making videos of themselves carrying out crimes."

By DUDI FATIMER
22/10/2020
An empty classroom in Israel (Illustrative)
TA, Bnei Brak mayors release plan for 'immediate, safe' school openings

Unlike the Education Ministry plan presented earlier this week, in response to directives of the Health Ministry, this plan does not call for the hiring of additional teachers.

Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during joint press conference with German Foreign Ministe
Sudan premier ready for Israel ties if parliament approves -sources

The subject is sensitive in Sudan, which used to be among the hardline Arab foes of Israel.

By REUTERS
22/10/2020
CR7 Drive sports drink by Herbalife24
Trending: Learning to live with corona

Coronavirus is here to stay - for now. These companies are seeing it as an opportunity.

By NERIA BARR
22/10/2020
Team Israel Start-up Nation at the 2020 Tour de France.
Team Israel Start-Up Nation paves a path to peace

Sylvan Adams promotes the significance of people-to-people contact.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press statement at the PM's office in Jerusalem, o
Netanyahu on coronavirus: Despite numbers falling, they will rise again

The lockdown "brought the numbers rapidly down, but they’ll climb back up because the virus is the virus is the virus."

Yehuda Glick hands out heart tokens outside the Likud polling station, February 2019.
Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick wants to run for President

Glick explains why he has what it takes to replace Reuven Rivlin

22/10/2020
Police confiscate 54 cows, detain 6 people suspected of damaging state land

The six people detained are suspected of illegally entering farmland, damaging property, trespassing and breaking forest regulations.

Israeli Aerospace Industries' Heron UAV to fly for EU

The estimated scope of the deal is tens of millions of dollars, and it is another expression of confidence in the capabilities of the marine Heron UAV.

Sudan agrees to normalize relations with Israel - report

The report indicated that the formal and public announcement on the normalization of relations is expected to take place in the next few days.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking out a barred window
Netanyahu’s diplomatic legacy no longer hinges on early elections

It is unusual for the diplomatic agenda of an Israeli prime minister and that of a US president to be so strongly linked as those of Netanyahu and Donald Trump.

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Reprisal of Simon Wiesenthal play streams online

In keeping with the times, the play, economically titled “Wiesenthal,” is digitally available anywhere in the world until Oct. 28.

By TOM TUGEND/JTA
22/10/2020
Police allow participation of 300 hassidim in illegal funeral -report

The report indicated that the hassidim weren't wearing masks and did not keep the required distance from each other according to the Health Ministry's guidelines.

Rosh Hanikra border crossing
Car-theft transfers via security fence breaches on the rise - research

Ituran increased the use of technological means to prevent car thefts among them: deploying drones with the 80 Ituran enforcement squads and using LPR cameras.

Friedman: US position is never evacuate settlements

“When we feel we've exhausted these efforts, of course we will help Israel formalize its boundaries, including communities in Judea and Samaria.”

Pope Francis celebrates the Mass of Saint Peter and Paul, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, J
Pope says homosexuals should be covered by civil union laws

"What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that," he said.

By REUTERS
21/10/2020
Protest against violence against women in Jerusalem
Thousands protest violence against women across Israel after murders

"If there were two people killed this week by terrorism the earth would shake."

21/10/2020
Zionist Congress headed for showdown over top jobs

"We have attempted to reach other solutions, but right now, our intention is to move forward with the same deal," Miki Zohar said.

21/10/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv kicks off group stage vs Qarabag

Storied Azerbaijani champion visits Bloomfield for Europa League duel with yellow-and-blue.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
21/10/2020
Netanyahu plunged to new depths in submarine scandal vote – analysis

What matters is that because Zohar did not have the coalition ready in time for the key vote and lost, suddenly Israelis are talking about submarines again.

21/10/2020
You could be in Israeli star Hanan Ben-Ari's new music video

Ben-Ari added that the videos should be videos and not pictures. If the videos catch three generations of family members together, then that's "magic," he said.

Yitzhak Tshuva agrees to sell 70% of stake in Delek Israel

Delek has suffered amid the coronavirus pandemic, seeing shares fall as deep as 87% over the year.

Greece likely to become red country next week - report

As of Wednesday evening, there were 34 countries that were considered green countries.

Two-thirds of mikvaot don’t have operating license

Absence of operating license raises concerns over proper management of standards at mikvaot.

Firefighters work to rescue construction workers trapped under collapsed scaffolding, Oct. 21, 2020
5 workers injured in scaffolding collapse in Beit Shemesh

Two worker are in serious condition and at least one is intubated, while three others are in moderate condition.

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