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UNGA approves five anti-Israel resolutions, but Palestinians lose votes

The resolutions are part of a package of close to 20 such texts that the UNGA passes annually. No other country has so many resolutions leveled against it.

People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustrat
Shirbit hackers demand almost $1 million in ransom money to stop leaks

The hackers have already published large collections of files containing the private information of customers and employees.

03/12/2020
TEDxJaffaWomen event
Israeli company Bizzabo raises $138 million amid demand for event software

Bizzabo's software has been used by major Fortune 100 companies in eCommerce, technology, education and media.

03/12/2020
Malka Leifer, An Ultra orthodox teacher wanted in Australia for child sex abuse, seen on a screen vi
How can pedophiles be stopped from entering Israel? - analysis

For all the media coverage that Leifer’s case has garnered, it is a separate phenomenon involving sexual predators which has become the greater problem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the Knesset, December 2, 2020
Netanyahu: Gantz 'needs to stop dragging Israel to elections'

Vote was on preliminary reading. Meretz and Yesh Atid-sponsored bills pass; bills sponsored by Yamina and Joint List fall.

02/12/2020
Who's at fault for Israel’s third coronavirus wave? - analysis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “lied to all of you."

Israeli public's attitude towards disabled people improving - survey

A decline was recorded in the percentage of those who believe that people with disabilities abuse state benefits – from 13% in 2019 to only 8% in 2020.

Bahraini minister: We will make peace with Israel a success story

“I believe strongly that the continuity and prosperity of this peace should be filtering down to common citizens of Bahrain and Israel.”

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syr
Israel in negotiations with Novavax to purchase COVID-19 vaccine

Two dozen coronavirus red zones named as criteria changes

Israel National Cyber Directorate Chief Legal Adviser Amit Ashkenazi
With no cyber law, can gov’t stop Shirbit-style cyberattacks?

Top cyber lawyer tells 'Post' how INCD gets companies to reduce vulnerabilities

The IDF's new Sa'ar 6-class corvette warship
Israel's new Sa'ar 6 warship arrives in Haifa from Germany - WATCH

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi: "This is a holiday for the State of Israel, the IDF and the Navy."

Leifer extradition appeal set for Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has already rejected several appeals by Leifer’s defense team on different aspects of her case.

Biton: No budget to legalize West Bank settler outposts

Right now the Civil Administration lacks the ability to service Israeli and Palestinians in Area C, according to Biton.

Sudan puts Israel ties on hold until US grants immunity

If Congress does not pass the bill before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, it would likely become a much lower-priority item and take months to get back on the agenda.

Orna Hozman Bechor wins second term as Chair of Ashdod Port

Over the past four years, Hozman Bechor has led the port in the face of increasing competition caused by the entry of new ports.

Israel Start-Up Nation finalizes roster for 2021, introduces Chris Froome

This will be ISN's largest lineup to date, comprising 32 riders from Israel and 16 other countries, as well as nine new cyclist signings which include the addition of Chris Froome.

Netanyahu, Gantz need action to back up their words – analysis

Mouthing words, but then acting in a different matter altogether, does not gain the public’s confidence.

02/12/2020
Czech Republic to open ‘diplomatic office’ in Jerusalem

The new office will be part of “efforts to further strengthen Czech-Israeli relations.”

Israel gives Palestinians tax funds, despite terrorist payments

The Finance Ministry confirmed that Israel paid NIS 3.768 billion to the PA, and only deducted the cost of services provided, not the “pay for slay” funds.

Israel, Ukraine free trade agreement to go into effect New Year's Day

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky highlighted positives of the agreement, a culmination of seven years of negotiations, through his Twiter account.

Aircraft crashes near Mishmar HaNegev, Nov. 24, 2020
Preliminary report received on crash that killed instructor, cadet

Not yet possible to determine cause of crash; plane had two malfunctions prior to accident; recording devices on plane severely damaged.

A Visa credit card is seen on a computer keyboard in this picture illustration
Visa, Keren-Shemesh program to support small businesses

Building a presence and conducting business activities online is a skill particularly relevant in these challenging times.

The story behind the miracle story

In the fraction of the second of a fateful fall he managed to thank God for the good life he’d lived.

Health professionals: there are no easy answers to coronavirus crisis

“We had to make decisions we never thought we would have to make about closing the skies and closing the country in lockdowns.”

Mullets find new home in Kinneret, help preserve lake's ecosystem

Populating the Kinneret with mullets usually takes place once a year. It's done in order to preserve the lake's quality of water by maintaining a balanced population of algae.

Knesset pushes off vote on custody bill

The bill would cancel the so-called Tender Years Clause, which since 1962 has guaranteed custody to the mother of all children if one of them is five years old or younger.

02/12/2020
Ask Jess: To gift or not to gift

Some timely words on coping with thorny conflicts involving stepchildren

By JESSICA FELDMAN
02/12/2020
Arab students (illustrative)
Court uses Jewish Nation-State Law to block funding for Arab students

State gets High Court postponement over law’s constitutionality.

Rivlin hosts injured IDF veterans to raise awareness for disabilities

Israel’s Defense Ministry has not yet moved with the times, continuing to refer to injured IDF veterans as "disabled."

Conserving your cash: More tips

“You can make a very good meal from an egg,” a friend told me, a comment that has stayed with me to this day.

UAE expects 'warm peace' and progress with Israel and Palestinians

“It's about the long-term vision, not immediate quick wins. It's about a vision against extremist views and interference,” says UAE Policy Planning Dept. director Jamal Al-Musharakh.

Children’s hope of a better future

A new film looks at Palestinian youngsters and how their lives are impacted by the continuing Israeli occupation of their living and breathing space.

02/12/2020
Grapevine December 4, 2020: Rahav of Rehavia

The movers and shakers in Israeli society

Getting away with the Israeli Land Rover Club

After months of lockdown in the city, an invitation for a drive on the slopes of the Golan Heights was exactly what the doctor ordered.

By AMI YACHIN
02/12/2020
Tel Aviv Museum of Art reopens

After two and a half months in which it was closed to the general public following the spread of the coronavirus in Israel, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art reopened last Tuesday.

Jerusalem Film Festival light up the Hanukkah season

The 37th Jerusalem Film Festival will run December 10-20 online.

People with disabilities disproportionately hurt by coronavirus pandemic

“The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the fact that the most vulnerable in society are hurt first and more than the rest of the population."

02/12/2020
 Israeli judoka medalists pictured alongside Canadian-Israeli philanthropist Sylvan Adams.
Israel to host judo Grand Slam in Tel Aviv

“It will be critical for Olympic qualification criteria, which ensures great competition. All the greats will be coming here to ensure their participation in the Olympics.”

In 24 hours: 1 woman dead, 1 injured, partners arrested in both cases

Police suspect that the woman died of an overdose or poisoning after she and her partner took drugs together.

02/12/2020
'Gov't distributes Band-Aids instead of solutions' - activists

Protesters dressed up as medical workers and handed out adhesive bandages to show the impact a lack of a budget is having on Israel's health system, as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Tel Aviv light rail
Israel ranked 31st in gender equality out of 100 countries

Israel's highest score was for Israeli women's access to education and its lowest was given for female-positive legislation.

02/12/2020
Gov't to invest NIS 50m. to help companies impacted by COVID-19

The pandemic has heavily damaged business activity in Israel; this project initiated by the Economic Ministry will aim at strengthening the economy.

Blue and White to vote to disperse Knesset today as elections loom

Netanyahu urges Gantz to keep government together, claiming that unity is needed to fight the coronavirus and save the economy.

02/12/2020
Israeli tennis player Mika Dagan-Fruchtman
Mika Dagan-Fruchtman first Israeli invited to UAE tennis tournament

Dagan-Fruchtman, 17, is from Raanana and is ranked among the top eight tennis players in Israel and among the top 200 in the world.

02/12/2020
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny
The Knesset dispersal bill will inevitably be an anti-climax - analysis

Netanyahu and Gantz and their parties’ ministers will remain together in the government. The tension between the two leaders will continue.

01/12/2020
Effi Eitam, seen at the Jerusalem Supreme Court during a hearing on oil searching in the Golan Heigh
‘No chance’ for vote on Yad Vashem chair, says Blue and White

Effi Eitam, who served as an IDF brigadier general and as an MK and minister for the hard-right National Union party, made a series of controversial comments during his political career

Benny Gantz
Blue and White propose gay surrogacy bill, opposed by Netanyahu faction

The Shas faction bashed Benny Gantz, accusing him of burning bridges on the way to an election.

01/12/2020
Education Min. will operate 'holiday schools' during Hanukkah vacation

The program is meant to provide Israel's kindergarten children and first and second-graders with a sense of continuity and a stable framework, which has been lacking.

Coronavirus crisis: ‘This is the beginning of the third wave’

“We enjoy looking at the green part of the map, but the orange and red part is starting to rise,” Sharon Alroy-Preis warned.

Money returned to family of the deceased: 'I knew I had to return it'

It's not every day that you meet a business owner willing to return money to a client after a purchase has been made.

By JOSH ARONSON/ MAARIV
01/12/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
Gantz’s dilemma: Fight now or hope luck will shine once again - analysis

It is a dilemma with bad options for Gantz. Supporting Knesset dispersal means following Lapid's lead, going against dispersal means caving in to Netanyahu.

01/12/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv overwhelms Kfar Saba

Cohen leads yellow-and-blue with goal and two assists • Maccabi Haifa downs Beitar Jerusalem.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/12/2020
Netanyahu, Regev congratulate Israir for first commercial flight to Dubai

"When we land in Israel we clap our hands," Netanyahu noted, referring to an Israeli tradition of applauding whenever landing back in Israel after a trip abroad.

The Jerusalem Film Festival will light up the Hanukkah season

There is still a possibility that filmmakers will participate in in-person screenings with very small audiences, but nothing definite has been announced yet.

Personal information leaked in suspected cyberattack on Shirbit insurance

The blackShadow hacker group tweeted photos of ID cards, drivers licenses and forms containing private information including names and addresses.

01/12/2020
Can PM get 2nd court to show evidence undermining key state’s witnesses?

Main court issues split-the-difference ruling on evidence in dispute

Saudi Arabia officially approves Israeli flights over its airspace

In September, Saudi Arabia declared that it will be allowing all foreign civilian flights to fly over its airspace, but didn't mention Israel.

MK Miki Zohar, 2019.
Divorced men's group threatens coalition chair

Matan Kahane of the opposition Yamina Party said he would only agree to postpone the vote, if it would help the bill pass. But he said he saw no point if the Knesset is about to be dispersed.

01/12/2020
Dubai Port receives first shipment of goods from Ashdod

“This move will go down in the history of the two countries," Kimoha chairman Kiran Asher said.

Odelia Fitoussi
Israeli Odelia Fitoussi elected to UN panel for persons with disabilities

“I feel privileged to be a member of the CRPD – the place where Israel was a partner in creating a new language for people with disabilities."

Lev Tahor, Guatemala
Lev Tahor cult member fled Israel to Guatemala despite stay of exit order

"The community has been declared an abusive cult by the court, in light of the fact that within the community it is customary to punish minors and adults in a severe and cruel way."

By MATAN VASSERMAN/MAARIV
01/12/2020
An Israeli soldier wearing a face mask walking in Jaffa Gate, outside Jerusalem Old City on July 5,
Coronavirus pandemic brings dark times to Jerusalem's Old City

But a modern-day plague, the coronavirus pandemic, is now keeping the visitors away from the Old City and bringing hardship and heartbreak to residents.

By REUTERS
01/12/2020
Israeli tech company making water from thin air signs agreement in UAE

According to the company's website, its solutions are “perfect for villages, off-grid settlements and factories.”

Israel welcomes Bahraini trade delegation: ‘Meeting as equals'

Some 40 business and tourism leaders from the Gulf State will hold work meetings with Regional Cooperation Minister Ofir Akunis.

Keren Grinspoon Israel names new executive director

Arbel will replacing Galina Vromen, who is retiring from her role after serving KGI and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for 18 years.

Blue and White to endorse dispersing Knesset on Wednesday

Netanyahu: The Likud will vote in favor of unity

01/12/2020
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Knesset approves 'bereaved parents' specification on IDs

"This is the right thing to do, and it distinguishes us as a nation," head of the Knesset's Constitution Committee, MK Yaakov Asher, said.

Health Ministry working to survey children's diets during COVID-19 crisis

Parents are asked to take just a few minutes to fill out a survey available in both Hebrew and Arabic.

Even at 37 years old, Guy Pnini is a big contributor to the Israel National Team, and it was his lat
Israel clinches EuroBasket 2022 berth

Pnini, Mekel and Cohen lead blue-and-white over Poland, sealing perfect 4-0 qualifying record.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/12/2020
Amit Eastman nominated as next state attorney by Justice committee

The position has been mostly unfilled since December 2019.

Members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia
500 members of the Falash Mura community set to come to Israel

The Interior Ministry and Jewish Agency officials are processing the Falash Mura immigration requests.

Lapid downplays option he will add Blue and White MKs to Yesh Atid

Lapid said he would prefer his own MKs who did not give into temptation to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition.

30/11/2020
Former IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot
A new left wing party won't change the country's fortunes - analysis

Casting longing eyes toward Eisenkot as some kind of political savior seems a relic of a bygone era.

30/11/2020
L to R: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
Jerusalem Post, Khaleej Times team up for first-ever Dubai conference

“We are moving toward an era of progress, prosperity, peace and friendship in the Middle East."

30/11/2020
App could replace Shin Bet tracking of COVID-infected citizens

The traffic light app would parallel the ministry’s traffic light rating system for cities.

Israeli flag flies at the Israeli Embassy in Washington
Israeli envoys take caution after Fakhrizadeh hit, retaliation threat

Ushpiz called for “the highest level of vigilance and alertness to any unusual activity."

IDF tells troops in closed units to prepare for another closure

With a rise in coronavirus cases, the military warns of a possible third closure.

National Library welcomes Hannah Senesh archive

A suitcase containing her poems, songs, diaries, letters and other items was found in Kibbutz Sdot Yam, where she had been living before taking on the mission, about a year after her death.

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum meets with UAE businessman Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
Mizrahi, Sephardi traditions open doors to Middle East peace

“Mizrahi Jews need to take a more active role in peace building because we have a similar culture and our stories show we are indigenous to this region and land.”

Czech trucks to the rescue

Tatra fire-fighting trucks in Israel

Netanyahu preparing for official visit to Egypt - report

In the future, a bilateral meeting is planned between the economic delegations of Israel and Egypt.

By ANNA BARSKY/MAARIV
30/11/2020
Rivlin hosts org. helping soldiers, terror victims before Giving Tuesday

People who want to contribute to this or any other worthy cause can do so throughout Giving Tuesday, which is a global celebration of generosity in which people give back to the community.

SavorEat plant-based hamburger
SavorEat becomes first food-tech IPO on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

SavorEat has developed a unique technology to produce plant-based meat alternatives.

Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed, both sides say

The Lebanese security source said the reason for the delay was Israel's rejection of Lebanese proposals.

By REUTERS
30/11/2020
Palestinians light Christmas tree in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem,
City of Bethlehem says 'Christmas will not be canceled'

"This Christmas from Bethlehem there will be a message of hope to the whole world, that the world will recover from this pandemic."

By REUTERS
30/11/2020
Defense Minister Benny Gantz at Shield of Israel headquarters
Benny Gantz tours Shield of Israel headquarters

"We see that there is an increasing trend in morbidity, we see that there are quite a few red zones, and this requires us, as a system, to improve enforcement and information."

Celebrating 20 years of JIC

Jewish International Connection has its annual gala on Sunday, December 6th at 8 p.m. Israel, 1 p.m. EST.

By JODI SAMUELS
30/11/2020
Israeli, Thai artists portray life amid COVID-19

"This exhibition is proof that even in difficult moments, creativity of the people can shine through and help lighten the hearts of those who see it."

Chess pieces
Israel, New Zealand face off in virtual chess games amid COVID-19

Upcoming events are also set to be held on Tuesday with Chile and Spain.

Philippines awarded special certificate for support of Jews in Holocaust

"The Jewish people have a long memory and President Quezon deserves to be remembered for his brave act of kindness during such a dark period of Jewish History," said David Yaari.

Policeman sexually pressures woman in crisis, gets community service

"The defendant abused his job and his uniform to satisfy his sexual desires for a weak and vulnerable woman," said the judge.

30/11/2020
Israel's Paz Oil swings to Q3 loss on refining margin drop

Profit was also impacted by an impairment charge due to the decrease in the value of the Paz Ashdod Refinery’s assets of about NIS 201 million.

By REUTERS
30/11/2020
Not all disabilities are visible, but everyone has at least one

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical services, including those for people with disabilities, have been put on hold.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Can he work together with his fellow ministers?
PM to court: Police tried to bully all witnesses to lie against me

In an unusual strategic move, the defense tried to use allegations that Ritman and Alsheich have made against Netanyahu as the basis for the prejudice accusation.

The Bank of Israel building is seen in Jerusalem June 16, 2020.
Israel central bank to hold key rate despite strong shekel - Reuters poll

The Bank of Israel foresees growth of 1% to 6.5% in 2021.

By REUTERS
29/11/2020
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