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A sea of haredim attend the funeral of Brisk yeshiva head Rabbi Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik

80% of Israelis angry with haredim, Arabs for conduct during corona crisis

Still, majority of both Jews and Arabs say both communities have ‘shared future’ together.

38-year-old woman murdered in Tira, masked assailant managed to flee

This is not the first attempt at Sura Mansour's life; her car was set aflame one month prior to her murder in what was suspected to be arson and an attempted threat to her life.

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz attends a conference of the Israeli Tel

After Mossad report, Gantz calls for investigation into security leaks

"It harms our troops, our security, and the interest of the State of Israel, and I think that there should be a thorough investigation.”

12/04/2021

Elovitch to Yeshua: I have problems all day with the PM

The former Walla CEO recorded calls from various defendants and players in the case and eventually produced the recordings to police, along with a massive number of texts.

Knesset committees not formed due to political deadlock

Without an Arrangements Committee, the Finance Committee and Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee cannot be formed.

12/04/2021

Remembrance Day: Haredim support reciting Tehillim for fallen soldiers

The initiative's founders emphasized its extra importance due to tensions between the general public and ultra-Orthodox society due to COVID-19.

Joint List MK Ofer Cassif after his brutal attack by police in Jerusalem, April 9, 2021.

Israel police officers questioned over Ofer Cassif beating

The police spokesperson claimed that Cassif refused to leave the area after officers declared the protest unlawful.

By ALON HACHMON/MAARIV ONLINE
12/04/2021
President Reuven Rivlin (C) and Central Elections Committee Chair Hanan Melcer (R) view ballots

Deputy chief justice Hanan Melcer retires

Rejects Israeli-Arab free speech objection to police cyber unit actions

Yesh Atid, Joint List, Meretz MKs exit Knesset plenum for Ben-Gvir speech

"This is the moment I've been waiting for," Ben-Gvir said. "The moment where I get up to speak and they, the supporters of terror, [Joint List MK] Ahmad Tibi, are exiting."

Diplomats gather for first ‘post-COVID’ event

Danny Danon, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, hosted the event, in which over 60 diplomats, including over a dozen ambassadors, mingled mask-free.

Father of fallen soldier gives back by aiding IDF lone soldiers

In 2013, Tzvika Goldman began helping them through "Benji's House," a home for lone combat soldiers.

Reuven Rivlin given farewells ahead of Independence Day

Rivlin will host members of the foreign diplomatic corps for farewells on Independence Day.

A branch of the variety store Flying Tiger Copenhagen

Two new international clothing, variety chains coming to Israel

Within the year, Israelis will enjoy access to the upscale clothing chain & Other Stories and the Danish variety store chain Flying Tiger.

12/04/2021
Israelis celebrate Independence Day on the beach, 2019.

Jewish population at lowest percentage since founding of Israel

Close to the establishment of the state, the Jewish percentage of the population stood at 82.1%, while today it stands at only 73.9%.

By MOSHE COHEN/MAARIV
12/04/2021
Ofer Cassif

Joint List MKs sworn in on Monday

Also swearing in were three MKs from UTJ and one MK from Shas.

12/04/2021
A masked student raises her hand on her first day back in school, November 1, 2020.

Coronavirus: 100 doctors express opposition to vaccinating children

The signatories stressed that children should be allowed to return to routine without needing the vaccine.

IDF's mental health officers drill

IDF's treatment of mental health 'insufficient' - Comptroller

One in four soldiers uses the army’s mental health services and meet with either a psychiatrist or mental health officer • report also finds deficiencies in the way that IDF handles firing ranges

12/04/2021

Israel's venture capital funding reaches $5.37b. in Q1 of 2021

Those numbers are more than double from the same quarter a year earlier, and 89% higher than the fourth quarter of 2020.

12/04/2021
IDF soldiers take shape of corona vaccine for Independence Day ceremony

For Independence Day ceremony, IDF soldiers take shape of corona vaccine

Known as the largest and the most watched ceremony in Israel, last year's torch lighting ceremony was cancelled after weeks of rehearsals due to the coronavirus pandemic.

KKL-JNF building in Jerusalem

KKL-JNF approves West Bank land purchases, pending final authorization

Back in February, the KKL-JNF Board of Directors voted to approve – in principle – KKL-JNF land purchases in the West Bank, for the first time in the organization’s history.

Eve of Remembrance Day for fallen IDF soldiers at Mount Herzl, April 14, 2013.

Ceremony to honor Moroccan Jews who died in sinking of rescue ship

Forty-four Jews were on board, all of whom lost their lives. This will mark the 60th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

EU funds unapproved Palestinian school in Jordan Valley nature reserve

The school was built in an Area C nature preserve without building permits from the IDF or the Israeli government.

By HADASSAH BRENNER
12/04/2021

Israeli, Lebanese singer collaborate on Arabic version of Hebrew song

The song has garnered both positive and negative attention within Israel and Lebanon.

Psychology (Illustrative)

Mental health programs frozen due to lack of state budget

Budget issues have plagued social services amid the ongoing political crisis, especially amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Youth from all over the world celebrating Israeli independence at the Western Wall

Israel's Declaration of Independence read at the Western Wall live

The event was broadcasted live throughout the Jewish world in English, Spanish and French, and thousands worldwide were able to watch the reading online.

Masa Fellows participate in memorial ceremony at Latrun

Global Jewish community to gather in honor of fallen soldiers - watch

Masa's program will tell the stories of soldiers and civilians who came to Israel from around the world and died while serving in the Israel Defense Forces or were killed in hostilities.

MOSSAD DIRECTOR Yossi Cohen.

IDF vs Mossad: National interest takes back seat for credit - analysis

The immediate background is multiple attacks on Iranian targets which the Islamic Republic or various reports are attributing to Israel.

Netanyahu, Gantz voice mixed messages to Austin in Jerusalem

Israel is getting proficient at providing the split-screen moment.

11/04/2021
LGBTQ flag

22-year-old assaulted by 15 suspects due to sexual orientation - report

According to the victim, he was leaving the bar after meeting his friends and was walking toward his car when 15 suspects jumped him and began punching and beating him.

Settler leader, Sudanese Ambassador meet after Israel boycott rescinded

The Samaria Regional Council head met with a Sudanese official in a move that signaled that the country's fledging normalized ties with Israel would also include the settlements.

Entry permits for foreign nationals now being granted, applicants say

Previously, unvaccinated foreign nationals could get entry permits provided they quarantined for the requisite amount of time.

Aryeh Deri during Shas Conference on February 10th, 2019

Shas leader demands term as prime minister

Netanyahu puts Deri in charge of wooing Sa’ar.

11/04/2021
PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennet

More than words: Why it matters Netanyahu and Bennett met in English

For two men who truly despise each other, perhaps it takes the language of Shakespeare to sit together while plotting how to stab the other in the back.

11/04/2021
New olim are seen having arrived in Israel

Brexit creating problems and financial risks for UK olim

Perhaps more serious is that the protection offered by a UK government-backed compensation scheme for investors who place funds with offshore insurance companies ended on December 31, 2020.

By ANDREW ALBUM
11/04/2021
The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011.

Settlers to tell ICC West Bank not occupied, Israel good for Palestinians

The initiative is not intended to be a formal response to the ICC proceedings or to supplant any actions by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Construction ministry launches renovation project for Holocaust survivors

Some 125 privately-owned and public housing apartments will be made more accessible as part of the project.

Joint List MK Ofer Cassif after his brutal attack by police in Jerusalem, April 9, 2021.

Joint List MK Cassif beaten, stepped on by police in Jerusalem - Watch

"When violence comes from the very people meant to protect the law, and is selective in nature, the violence becomes twice as bad," Cassif said.

Police officer who confessed to killing his wife found fit to stand trial

Diana's mother and sister, who were present during the discussion, were heard shouting toward Raz: "Raise your head, open your eyes, you've killed your own kids!"

One casualty in car explosion in Holon, police investigating - report

Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics pronounced the unidentified victim's death on the scene.

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Paws and pandemic: The coronavirus impact on Israel’s animal abuse crisis

“Sadly, we see cases of animal abuse all year long."

11/04/2021
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New in Israel: File your annual tax return online

The new system eliminates the need to physically submit the report with attached documents, and is available for filing for 2019, 2020 and onwards, the authority said.

11/04/2021
The Journal de Morges newspaper comes out the KBA rotary press at the Centre d'Impression Lausanne

Understanding the politics and messaging of leaks about military ops

The context of leaks and timing is important. Do they occur before the incident, or after? Who is leaking?

Talon raises $26m. in largest Israeli seed-funding round ever

The seed funding will allow the company to further develop its technology and expand the development team.

11/04/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem's Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, April 7, 2021.

Netanyahu denies rumors he will give PM job to Bennett

"They are not real," the spokesman said of the two options reported. "We have denied the report."

11/04/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman at an awards ceremony for the

Shin Bet chief term extended a few months, after PM's new pick blocked

Nadav Argaman’s term was extended after Netanyahu’s expected new pick for the role was blocked by a combination of factors.

12-year-old British immigrant Yazmine Bloch

12-year-old girl raises NIS 70,000 for ALYN Hospital for her Bat Mitzvah

With coronavirus keeping guests from attending her coming-of-age ceremony, Yazmine Bloch requested that the gift money be donated to help children with disabilities at ALYN Orthopedic Hospital.

The stolen cattle found by Border Police on Highway 6 in the north, April 11, 2021.

Livestock cruelly stuffed into car, three men arrested - watch

When police opened it, they found a total of 88 animals in the cattle car, including 50 fully-grown goats and 30 kids, as well as eight sheep, all with an estimated value of NIS 100,000.

Bank Hapoalim

Bank Hapoalim named Israel's best bank by Global Finance

Global Finance chose winners based on which banks were able to meet the needs of their clients in challenging markets.

Happy birthday Tel Aviv! The city turns 112 on Sunday

In 1909, families gathered on the beach outside Jaffa and planned a neighborhood they called Ahuzat Bayit that later came to be known as Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv Pride Parade announced without municipality's knowledge

"They can call it pizza, it will not turn it into pizza. The parade is our brand," said an official in the Tel Aviv Municipality.

COVID: As crime rates drop, domestic, sexual offense rates rise

There was an 11.6% spike in domestic offenses and a rise in sexual offenses.

11/04/2021

Lag Ba’omer: There will be no entry limit at Mount Meron

In 2020, coronavirus restrictions saw the mountain closed to prevent mass gatherings, with only three bonfires allowed.

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

Bus driver attacked with stones, Molotov cocktails in east Jerusalem

"The day in which a bus driver will get killed is closer than ever."

Gallant to push to open schools in full right after Independence Day

The government rolled out a series of new reliefs for schools late Thursday night.

Protesters forcibly removed from outside Rivlin's residence

Clashes broke out between police and the demonstrators after an attempt to hang a banner that read "Liar" on the premise.

Italian Zodiac clock

Horoscopes for Iyar 5781: Lighting the way to soul-healing

Resist the temptation to blow off steam at whatever moves.

By LORELAI KUDE
10/04/2021

Maiden voyage – a tribute to the vaccination nation

The cruises are only for fully vaccinated Israeli adults and children with a negative PCR test. All crew members are vaccinated.

By DAVID ZEV HARRIS , MARK GORDON
10/04/2021

Hadassah ophthalmologist first Israeli to win top ARVO award

Prof. Jacob Peer, head of the Onco-Ophthalmology department at Hadassah, won the Joanne G. Angle award.

Vaccinated Israeli quarantining in Irish hotel claims unlawful detention

Aviezer had traveled to Ireland to be with her fiancee, and to begin a new job in Cork at the end of the month. She holds citizenship in Israel, the United States and Switzerland.

Israel refused trans woman transfer to women's prison, cited 'appearance'

During her time at Nitzan, she experienced repeated harassment from other prisoners on the basis of her gender identity, things she would not have received in a women's prison.

Russia honors Israeli youth group for World War II veteran education

HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed received an award from the Russian government for their educational activity about World War II veterans just in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Activists restore memorial of IDF soldier following murderer's release

An event was held in honor of Moshe Tamam, which included his mother Galia and brother Oren, members of Im Tirtzu, IDF soldiers and residents from nearby towns.

Israeli ambulance driver saves three lives in one day

Being the owner of his own private ambulance with all equipment required for medical emergencies, Merizan was able to arrive at the locations of the patients to save their lives quickly.

EU ambassador to Israel holds Holocaust memorial event in living room

Memory in the living room is a project in which small groups gather in a private home to talk about their family's experience with the holocaust.

How soon before the inevitable Biden-Israel showdown?

US-ISRAEL AFFAIRS: US restoration of financial assistance to the Palestinians is just the first roll of a stone that could become an avalanche.

David Lavi's workshop cancelled in Karnei Shomron in homophobic incident

Karnei Shomron Council head Yigal Lahav later confirmed the cancellation was due to Lavi's sexual orientation.

Border police dog

Border Police dog Cezar helps find stolen weapon, later destroyed - Watch

Cezar is considered the most accomplished dog in the Border Police dog unit, having the highest amount of findings of any dog in the unit.

Elor Azaria

Hebron shooter Elor Azaria opens bakery after his prison sentence ended

Videos of the incident, which went viral and brought widespread international condemnation.

El Al announces new flights to multiple countries

The list of cities to which El-Al provides flights will be updated at the end of June.

Israel Police investigating suspected hate crime in Bedouin village

Under the writing, vandals also Spray-painted a Star of David.

A TORCH burns on Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl, 2017

Gabriela Sztrigler Lew to be Israel’s 73rd Independence Day torchbearer

"As a Jewish woman, it means the world to me to be part of an emergency response team. Since I was little, I always dreamed of making a change in the world," she said.

AVICHAI MANDELBLIT

Mandelblit: Appoint Justice minister to avoid coronavirus prison outbreak

Mandelblit urged Netanyahu and Gantz "once again" to appoint a Justice Minister as quickly as possible.

Israel's coalition snafu: 6 ways to end the ongoing political impasse

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: There remain at least six options for preventing additional elections and stopping influencers around the world from pitying our political quagmire.

09/04/2021

Remembrance Day: 43 fallen IDF soldiers in the past year

Remembrance Day ceremonies will be restricted this year due to COVID-19.

09/04/2021

Israel medics, hospital simulate terror scenario in surprise drill

The beach exercise was for the purpose of training first responders and medical staff from all organizations involved in how to respond to a terror attack resulting in mass casualties.

Asi Rosenberg, 42, signs millionth Adi card

Millionth person signs Adi organ donor card

The Adi card represents signees' willingness to donate their organs after their deaths.

Four Seasons to open a location in Israel - report

The location will be about a 10 minute walk from the beach.

Sheba Medical Center team at the Coronavirus isolation ward of Sheba Medical Center unit, in Ramat G

Sheba begins closing coronavirus emergency room as infection rates fall

Israel's first coronavirus patients were quarantined at Sheba Medical Center in February, after returning from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

09/04/2021

'Hasmhii Kol': Making the voices of women heard against domestic violence

While Maayan Rabani Neeman is not happy with the remuneration shortfall, she is far more concerned with the physical abuse meted out to women on a regular basis around the world

08/04/2021

Israeli Vocal Ensemble springs back to life

Despite the long break in performing, the choir members didn’t sit in despair during the drought season with their mouths tightly shut.

By MAXIM REIDER
08/04/2021

Iran, trial, coalition: The triple winds buffeting Netanyahu

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: These are just some of the prime minister's problems.

08/04/2021

The onus is on Bennett to undo the divisions Netanyahu caused

MIDDLE ISRAEL: A post-Netanyahu coalition’s main task will be to restore the consensus he set out to destroy.

Population in Israel, 1948-2019

What is Israel's population like in 2021?

Happy celebrations, Center or periphery.

By YAIR ASSAF-SHAPIRA
08/04/2021

Israel knows how to talk to ICC without legitimizing it - ex-IDF lawyer

STRATEGIC AFFAIRS: Eli Bar-On reveals how top IDF legal officials view biggest challenges, including next ICC prosecutor Khan.

A newsstand in Manhattan outfitted with ‘Fake News’ headlines was a stunt by ‘Columbia Journalism'

Grapevine: Smolenskin Clarification

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

This Week in Jerusalem: Green light

Vandalism, language, and memorials.

08/04/2021

Mayo to Med: Israel returns sea turtles after tar cleanup - Watch

Tube-fed mayonnaise served to expel oil that had been swallowed or inhaled by the snappers, while wipes and cotton buds were used to remove tar from animals' eyes, noses and mouths.

By REUTERS
08/04/2021

Shin Bet deputy chief R: Mossad, Shin Bet, IDF borders may need redo

Sharing intel so crucial, could even justify exposing assets.

Remembrance day, loved one’s legacies live on

There is no single way to convey feelings. That certainly holds true when trying to sum up a person’s life, and their accrued emotional baggage and legacy, in a matter of just a few minutes.

08/04/2021
WHILE SCOTTIE WILBEKIN (center) and Maccabi Tel Aviv provided some Euroleague highlights this season

Subpar Euroleague campaign for Maccabi Tel Aviv

With high hopes after last year’s condensed continental success, yellow-and-blue falls flat.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
08/04/2021
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lay a wreath during a ceremony held at the Yad Vashem Holo

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Netanyahu tells the story of Sara's father

"We told him, 'Go back, visit your hometown Bilgoraj [Poland].' He never went back. He didn't want to go back, he wanted to retell."

Wine Talk: Eat, drink and be merry

Perhaps the sagest advice of how to enjoy yourself on Yom Ha’atzma’ut was found on a 6th century BCE wine chalice discovered in Cyprus. 'Be Happy, Drink Well.'

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