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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.

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.

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.

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.

Beloved Jerusalem book exchange set on fire, books destroyed

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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."

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.

Erekat’s Hadassah care must be top priority for Israel - comment

Treating chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in a Jerusalem hospital should serve as a reminder of what it means to be a Jewish state.

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.

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.

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.

Israel, UAE initiate academic partnership following Abraham Accords

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

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."

Gantz, Esper sign declaration to ensure Israel's qualitative military edge

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

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.

Maccabi Tel Aviv aims to get back on track

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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."

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.

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.

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

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.

Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
Gantz to discuss 'issues relating to Israel's security' with Esper

He added that "while we combat the coronavirus pandemic, we need to remember that our enemies will not rest for one moment."

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.

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.

Coronavirus commissioner Prof. Ronni Gamzu
Ministers fail to decide on next stage of exit strategy

Edelstein: We need to learn lessons from reopening after first wave so we don’t have a third one.

Knesset opposition cries out against cancellation of to probe Netanyahu on Submarine Affair
Knesset vote to probe Netanyahu on Submarine Affair canceled

Supreme Court petitioned to overturn Knesset speaker's decision to revote

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.

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."

Iyad al-Halak, who was killed by Border Police a few weeks ago.
Prosecution leans toward 2nd degree murder for officer who shot Iyad Halak

The May 30 police shooting of Halak led to massive criticism of the police, with even the prime minister admitting that the shooting was a mistake.

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.

Maccabi Tel Aviv kicks off group stage vs Qarabag

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

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.

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.

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Did Bennett teach Netanyahu
Ex-Likud minister Limor Livnat: Netanyahu era is over, Bennett worthy

"Most of the MKs in the Likud today are Netanyahu's yes men," she said. "They don't criticize him, and so he promotes them according to that."

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.

L to R: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
Does the US see UAE ties as a way to curb Chinese investments in Israel?

Does this peace agreement, and now the Abraham Fund, serve an additional American foreign policy interest in another part of the world?

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.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks to reporters at the Pentagon on March 5
Mark Esper: Peace treaties aim to build 'security construct' against Iran

"So many... countries in the region recognize that the biggest concern they have... is Iran and its maligned behavior," he said • Craft responding to Zarif: "You can't have it both ways"

Economy Attaché: Israelis, Chinese closing deals online amid COVID-19

It’s important to remember that when a Chinese businessman says “we will invest” he also means “when you move to China” – something that an Israeli negotiator might be unaware of.

Abraham Fund puts ‘well-being of people first, regardless of creed'

The UAE and Bahrain are only the third and fourth Arab states to make peace with Israel, following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi visits Rambam underground coronavirus ward

"The IDF is committed to the war on our enemies and on coronavirus," said Kochavi, addressing the exposure of a terror tunnel near Gaza on Wednesday.

A NEW bride and groom visit a blossoming almond grove in Latrun on their wedding day in 2019.
Mit4Mit: How to plan a wedding during coronavirus in Israel

"The corona period has changed the world of weddings beyond recognition and has brought far-reaching changes," Mit4Mit CEO Oved Yosef said.

A scene from ‘Dear Comrades,’ being screened at the Arava Film Festival.
Arava Int’l Film Festival announces November program

The festival will feature the best of recent films from Israel and around the world.

Woman granted divorce ten years after husband cut contact

Once their marriage was finalized, she became aware that her new husband had serious financial problems he expected her to help handle.

A ROCKET IS fired toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip in February.
IDF strikes Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire - report

According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, the military struck an underground tunnel belonging to Hamas at the southern Gaza Strip.

Gal Gadot replaces Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in clip

Gadot has a slight resemblance to Taylor that has gone unremarked upon until now.

IDF seals the room of alleged killer of St.-Sgt. Amit Ben Yigal

Abu Bakar allegedly killed the soldier by throwing a rock at his head during a military operation in May.

The Jerusalem Municipality inaugurated the renovated municipal computer center
Moshe Lion re-inaugurates Jerusalem's renovated computer center

"I am happy to rededicate the Municipal Computing Center, which serves as a meeting place for the people working with computers."

MK Miki Zohar, 2019.
Miki Zohar: Budget on hold due to political considerations

Finance Minister Israel Katz responded to Zohar's statement in a tweet, saying that his words do not represent the position of the Finance Ministry.

PLO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE secretary-general Saeb Erekat speaks in Khan al-Ahmar on Thursday.
Saeb Erekat connected to ECMO machine

This was done in order to prevent possible lung injury associated with being put on a ventilator, which is more common in transplanted lungs.

Ultra-Orthodox defiance of COVID rules ratchets up Israeli society tension

Opening of Haredi schools on Sunday in violation of regulations sparks outrage.

Ruttensteiner holds court after busy run

Blue-and-white coach discusses National Team’s recent performances, coronavirus concerns and more.

Israeli forces stand at the scene of a car ramming in the West Bank that injured two soldiers, March
Terrorist involved in ramming attack in 2019 sentenced to 4 years in jail

Two of the involved terrorist were shot and killed by IDF forces on the spot, while the third one, a minor, was arrested and sentenced on Monday.

The Shas - Likud bloc is proving to be stronger than COVID - analysis

“There is no alternative to Bibi,” Shas MK Moshe Abutbul told Radio Tzafon on Tuesday.

70 Members of the Knesset sign pact of mutual respect

The MKs have promised to try to treat each other more cordially from now on.

The Opening of the 26th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem in 1964.
Are venerable Zionist institutions still relevant to Israel? - Analysis

Is the WZO really the best forum for debate between the Jewish state and the Diaspora? The nay-sayers have a strong argument.

The Tel Aviv Opera House.
For the Israeli Opera, the show must go on

"Now all we are waiting for is a government approval of our plan, so we can open our doors to the public,” said Israeli Opera general manager Zach Granit."

Students return for the new school year, September 1, 2020
Education Ministry blames Health Ministry's 'indecisiveness’ in reopening

A senior official in the Health Ministry said that his ministry is not prepared to return children in grades one and two to school because of “indecision in the Health Ministry.”

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