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Analysis: Is Deri looking for a way out of his pledge to Gantz?

Gantz was promised the Prime Minister's office on rotation, but that pledge has been thrown into doubt.

Israeli female soldiers walk in front of a tank at the end of their tank instructors course
Knesset MKs press IDF to open more roles for women

“The IDF should take another step and adopt the law to open all roles to all genders without compromising on set professional standards.”

MK Yair Lapid speaks during a Knesset plenary session at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jeru
Blue and White mulling dispersing Knesset next Monday

But Gantz says budget dispute can still be resolved.

24/11/2020
Aircraft crashes near Mishmar HaNegev, Nov. 24, 2020
Israeli Air Force pilot, cadet killed in crash in the South

Israel Air Force investigating crash; all training flights suspended

Netanyahu trial postponed until February

The trial had been scheduled to start in January.

An individual practices voting in a Magen David Adom "coronavirus polling station"
Impact of coronavirus on elections: Still no absentee balloting

“Any dramatic change would have to pass in the current Knesset, and that is not going to happen.”

24/11/2020
Israel can sleep easy with Biden’s top foreign policy picks – analysis

Unclear what input Kerry will have outside his climate portfolio

24/11/2020
Netanyahu calls Jonathan Pollard, awaits his return to Israel

"You should have a comfortable life now that both of you can pursue your interests and take care of Esther with the best medical treatment in the world," Netanyahu said.

24/11/2020
Avishai Cohen’s fans choose their favorite songs

This is the first time the music of Avishai Cohen has been remastered and presented in such an exclusive way

By GUNDULA MADELEINE TEGTMEYER
24/11/2020
Holocaust survivors protest ‘racist’ candidate for Yad Vashem chair

‘How Eitam talks of our citizens and our neighbors reminds me of things said about us which I heard when I was a child,’ says one Holocaust survivor

Netanyahu, UAE Crown Prince nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The nomination was made by Lord William David Trimble – himself a past recipient.

Israeli police officers scuffle with demonstrators during a protest against Israeli prime minister B
Anti-Netanyahu protest leaders indicted for attacking, disturbing police

"Israel Police is becoming an executive arm of Benjamin Netanyahu's criminal and evil organization."

By MATAN VASSERMAN/MAARIV
24/11/2020
Reema Dodin to be first Palestinian-American White House staffer

During the Second Intifada in 2002, Dodin stated that "suicide bombers were the last resort of a desperate people."

24/11/2020
Prison cell block
Abuse survivor on life in prison: You can't imagine how bad it is

Dalal Daoud intends to educate the public on the tragic mishandling of domestic abuse.

24/11/2020
Ethiopian-Israeli activists to return to demonstrations

The demonstration comes on the fifth anniversary of what they claim is the Netanyahu government's failure to bring a cohort of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

24/11/2020
Malka Leifer, An Ultra orthodox teacher wanted in Australia for child sex abuse, seen on a screen vi
Seven indicted for sex crimes against minors after undercover operation

Adding Tuesday's indictments, the undercover sting operation has so far resulted in a total of 28 indictments being filed against 28 different defendants.

A protester holding an "Abuse isn't Love" sign at a protest against violence against women in Tel Av
Sexual abuse reports rose by 33% in Israel during COVID-19 pandemic

"Am I different because the eye does not see my injury? I suffered a very severe dissociative episode and I got to a point that I am not proud of with a very deep cut which endangered my life."

24/11/2020
Domestic abuse reports to WhatsApp hotline spike by 95% amid COVID-19

The Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality in the Knesset announced on Monday that sexual abuse cases rose by 33% throughout the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

24/11/2020
Mass fire breaks out in Jerusalem, trapping residents inside

The fire took several hours to get under control.

Parents accompany their children to the kindergarten in Tel Aviv as they return to kindergarden on O
Education Ministry report: 1,659 schoolchildren infected with COVID-19

Overall, schools and kindergartens saw lower rates of infection that the general population.

US Air Force tests new B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb with F-35A

Rare video footage shows the release of an inert version of the bomb from the stealth fighter's internal bomb bay.

Kinneret Galilee
Water Authority prepares to open Degania Dam amid high hopes for Kinneret

The opening of the dam will likely take place around April 2021 if the water level rises high enough.

24/11/2020
MDA fashions 3 custom vehicles to be used to transport COVID-19 vaccines

Until the vaccines arrive in Israel, the caravans can be used to transport and supply flu vaccines to the general public as well as gathering and holding coronavirus samples.

High Court: Inconceivable that there is no timeline for state budget

"How can this be justified from the perspective of the Knesset? Transferring this budget is one of the most important and basic functions of the Knesset" – Justice Neal Hendel.

By MATAN VASSERMAN/MAARIV
24/11/2020
Former PLO/PA Chairman Yasser Arafat: "this blood will spread on the land as it has spread on the Pa
PMW: PA highlights Arafat's call for martyrdom on anniversary of his death

Arafat died on November 11, 2004. He is commonly remembered for brokering peace accords with Israeli leaders, but the Palestinian Authority has chosen to highlight his calls for martyrs.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
24/11/2020
Tel Aviv Marathon 2020
Annual Tel Aviv run to take place digitally

To assist with the individualized-style run this year, a link to an app will be sent out to all runners before the race, which will include instructions and interactive features.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
24/11/2020
A woman walks near high-rise buildings in the high-tech business area of Tel Aviv
Israel named best country in world for women entrepreneurs

"We have seen the staggering extent of the disparity women in business face. But unlike any other economic downturn, Covid-19 has also paved the way for considerable progress."

24/11/2020
Mossad, secrecy and Iran: How Israel reintroduced Persian fallow deer

An odyssey of espionage and revolutions led Israel to bring the once thriving biblical species back home, "one of the most successful cases of the reintroduction of a species extinct in the wild."

24/11/2020
Ultra-Orthodox trust rabbis on COVID-19 far more than medical officials

Some 75% of those polled said they had “absolutely none” or “very little” confidence in the Health Ministry’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.

Jerusalem will light up in purple for people with disabilities

This will be done to raise awareness for incorporating children with disabilities into society.

By OMRI RON
24/11/2020
Police rescue abused and neglected animals
Two abused dogs discovered in Yarka village and Be'er Sheva - police

One was found neglected and extremely underweight, the other strangled.

By OMRI RON
24/11/2020
IDF soldiers in tank incident claim to report malfunction in the past

The event ended without casualties, and only the tank's driver was lightly injured.

By SARAH BEN-NUN , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/11/2020
Avihai Hollender
Musical rehab program for IDF soldiers suffering from PTSD facing closure

Between 10%-15% of injured soldiers suffer from PTSD, with about 4,000 people across Israel suffering from the condition.

Settlers claim police destroyed religious objects in Yeshiva evacuation

Police forces ruined the ark, tore down a tent and confiscated electrical equipment violently, according to a representative from the Yeshiva.

24/11/2020
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will have daily flights to Tel Aviv beginning in Ma
Israelis see attraction in easy UAE travel, but some have concerns

It’s unclear how the pandemic and the economic crisis it sparked will affect tourism numbers. But some Israelis are already making plans.

By SAM SOKOL/JTA
24/11/2020
Israel listed as being second most expensive country to buy a home

Israel ranked number 2 out of 39 countries listed, where houses cost $9,780 per square meter, which accounts for 26.6% of a household's disposable annual income.

Fifth, sixth graders return to school on Tuesday

Kanievsky calls to open all grades in haredi girls’ institutions against regulations.

Aryeh Deri during Shas Conference on February 10th, 2019
Deri: This is the Knesset's last chance - unite, or face elections

If Netanyahu and Gantz do not rise to Deri’s Yom Kippur challenge, they will find themselves going to elections between the Purim and Passover holidays.

23/11/2020
BEITAR JERUSALEM defender Ori Magbo (left) – who scored his side’s lone goal – vies for the ball aga
Hapoel Haifa earns shock derby triumph

Maccabi Tel Aviv sneaks by last-place Hadera • Beitar Jerusalem draws 1-1 with visiting Netanya.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/11/2020
Steinitz to Lebanese president: Let’s negotiate maritime border

The invitation came in light of Lebanon increasing its demands for more maritime territory than had previously been part of the negotiations with Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
Netanyahu meets Saudi crown prince MBS, Pompeo in Saudi Arabia

The plane returned to Israel after only a few hours.

Israeli singer Omer Adam performs live at the annual Kleizmer Festival in the northern Israeli city
Egyptian singer will go to court for snapping a selfie with Omer Adam

Mohamed Ramadan, Egyptian singer, posed with Adam in the UAE.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
23/11/2020
Foreign laborer shortage in construction will cause housing price hikes

In 2020, there were only 30,000 starts compared to 2019 when there were 55,000 starts.

Ethiopian arts festival Sigdiada endures online

Sigdiada started in 2012, and this year it marks its ninth edition.

Knesset pushes off Shin Bet corona surveillance matter

In the balance is whether the Shin Bet will continue its surveillance of the country’s infected citizens.

Israeli-Polish conductor Gabriel Chmura dies at 74

His life was a deeply moving artistic journey that had the merit of rejoining cultures and hearts.

In gaffe at anti-violence event, Netanyahu calls women animals

The Prime Minister's Office later said his comments were taken out of context.

23/11/2020
Defense Ministry cuts rental assistance for discharged lone soldiers

Lone soldiers by law are entitled to NIS 1,000 for 12 months following their discharge from the IDF – but the ministry says they no longer have the money.

Noticing the Unnoticed banner, Days of Gratitude.
Three-day gratitude journey returns to combat coronavirus blues

Days of Gratitude, a subscriber service, provides three days of gratitude practicing activities every month, to "ground us in the moments that matter."

By SARAH BEN-NUN
23/11/2020
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz inaugurates the Negev Energy thermo-solar power plant, August 2019
Steinitz convenes team to raise Israel solar energy to 30% by 2030

"The decision we passed in the government sets a huge challenge for us to reach 30% solar energy by 2030," said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz.

23/11/2020
An Israeli gas platform, controlled by a U.S.-Israeli energy group, is seen in the Mediterranean sea
Israel in ‘weak countries club’ if it looks away while Cyprus acts – study

In six years, Israel has done nothing to challenge Cyprus's position that it may pump gas out of the Aphrodite-Yishai field.

Son of Elie Wiesel, former banking exec to chair Israeli fintech firm

Wiesel, within the role, will lead the fintech company towards becoming "industry standard," and will work on branding and presence while adding to strategic growth efforts.

Netanyahu: Gantz most political defense minister ever

Lapid ultimatum to Gantz: Back dispersing Knesset next week

23/11/2020
Gantz: Netanyahu hurt Israel by leaking Saudi trip

Defense and foreign ministers left in dark on PM's Saudi trip

23/11/2020
Coronavirus has affected the way mothers nurse their babies

While there is still no evidence that the virus can spread through breast milk, the Health Ministry recommends that mothers wear a mask and be strict about hygiene while nursing.

WILL THE Submarine Affair eventually sink Netanyahu?
What's A Commission of Inquiry? - explainer

One recent example of such a commission is the Winograd Commission, which was established to investigate after the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

By DR. DANA BLANDER
23/11/2020
Defense Minister Benny Gantz at the Knesset plenum, Oct. 15, 2020
Gantz decides to probe Submarine Affair

The committee would not be able to force Netanyahu and his closest associates to testify. It will have four months to draft its report.

Memorial ceremony for David Ben-Gurion
On David Ben-Gurion's yahrzeit: The pettiness of politics - analysis

On the 47th anniversary of his demise, Ben-Gurion, who was occasionally capable of pettiness himself, might be turning in his grave at such a childish display of political pettiness.

Employees, mostly veterans of military computing units, use keyboards working at a cyber hotline
Mossad, Shabak: New cyber warfare training for national service girls

The "take-off" program has been running for several years, providing software engineering students with additional training in the cyber field

Matti Caspi and Shalom Hanoch, each a superstar in the music industry (September 23, 2018).
Israel's Finance Ministry to assist musicians through corona

The Finance minister has ordered the establishment of a joint team of ministry officials and Culture and Sport Ministry representatives to discuss aid for the Israeli music industry.

Palestinians light Christmas tree in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem,
Christmas in Bethlehem: Celebrations may be limited due to coronavirus

Christmas celebrations in the biblical town known as Jesus' birthplace are generally attended by thousands of people from across the globe.

A ball of fire and smoke rises during Israeli airstrikes in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip o
IDF strikes Hamas infrastructure in retaliation for rocket fire

Military investigating why Iron Dome wasn't activated; surprise drill in the south begins

Volkswagen plant in Emden (factory may not use Siemens' systems)
Michigan seeking to adopt Israeli industry 4.0 solutions

The coronavirus crisis has accelerated digitization and automation. As such, Michigan is aiming to adopt more of these solutions in order to have a competitive edge in the market.

Hadassah Ein Kerem coronavirus unit
Coronavirus cabinet to meet today against backdrop of spiking infection

Number of patients in serious condition on the rise • Netanyahu: More classes to resume Tuesday, as planned.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny
Could a panicked Gantz and Bibi unwittingly take Israel back to the polls?

Warring armies have learned the hard way through history that merely deploying troops was seen as an act of belligerency that led to unwanted war.

22/11/2020
New immigrants from France disembark at Ben-Gurion Airport last year
Gov't approves fast-tracking immigrant medical professionals’ licensing

"We must strive to help immigrants integrate into the labor market in Israel, and this proposal is to realize the employment potential of new immigrants in medicine."

IDF strikes Hamas infrastructure in retaliation for rocket fire

Military investigating why Iron Dome wasn't activated; surprise drill in the south begins

250 cars unable to enter Eilat over COVID-19 restrictions, head back home

In addition, on Sunday morning, three people were caught trying to enter the city of Eilat using fake negative test results, which they had forged themselves.

Dr Raz Bar-Ziv
ScienceAbroad to hold first online symposium

Israeli talents living abroad will present their findings to 300 scientists here.

IDF tank flips over while being loaded onto truck - watch

The tank began accelerating wildly onto the moving truck before flipping upside down, barely missing a nearby commander.

Parents who completed the surrogacy process pose at the Men Having Babies conference in Tel Aviv in
Men Having Babies goes online to help solve Israelis’ surrogacy issues

MHB’s online surrogacy conference in Tel Aviv will inform gay men in Israel about surrogacy options.

22/11/2020
Jewish enough
High Court demands Rabbinate explain Jewish-status investigations

The Chief Rabbinate has initiated investigations into maternal relatives of citizens without them ever having approached it or the rabbinical courts.

Shiri Maimon takes part in a Na'amat video campaign against domestic violence. November 2020.
Na’amat celebrity video campaign urges end to violence against women

The videos teach people what to do if a victim is too scared to ask for help.

Ivanka Trump unveils the seal at the opening of the new embassy of the United States in Jerusalem, M
Would Trump recognize Israeli sovereignty in east Jerusalem? - analysis

The Trump administration has been so strong on its Jerusalem policy that there are those who contend the administration has already made that leap.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will have daily flights to Tel Aviv beginning in Ma
Cabinet approves visa-free travel from UAE

US funding research in West Bank passes cabinet vote • New ambassador to Ethiopia approved

Foreign Minister Israel Katz attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Government approves new accountant-general

Approval of Yali Rothenberg after Rony Hizkiyahu’s departure marks a win for Finance Minister Israel Katz.

Silver pieces from Tel Megiddo
Dirty old money: Researchers reveal Iron Age silver forgery

"It is likely they used money that was already in the area from previous periods, to which they added the copper from the Timna area."

New Magen David Adom synagogue dedicated by Jerusalem Chief Rabbi

The MDA director expressed his gratitude that the donors choose to support the new synagogue as MDA is "fighting [coronavirus] around the clock."

Tax Authority working to help Holocaust survivors exercise tax benefits

Some 70% of the affected survivors had not filed any reports or requests for tax returns.

The week in readers' pictures

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

A crocodile spotted in the northern moshav of Beit Hanania
4-year-old airlifted to hospital after crocodile bite in southern Israel

"I heard screams - I went over and his hand looked like it had been torn off," the mother said.

A young Palestinian sits and two IDF soldiers stand at the entrance of the Qalandiya crossing, 2019.
Explosives placed by terrorists near Jerusalem over weekend

"The two successful operations over the weekend testify to the determination of the officers, who will continue to do everything in their power to arrest the terrorists and bring them to justice."

20% of returning Israeli travelers from Turkey test positive for COVID-19

Turkey's coronavirus outbreak has been particularly aggressive.

Anti-Netanyahu activist leader arrested on week 22 of nationwide protests

The Crime Minister movement responded in a statement, saying "Business as usual in the Jerusalem police who continue to abuse protesters and hunt down protest leaders."

Likud, Blue and White deal set to confirm ministerial appointments

The most significant appointment is that of the accountant general in the Finance Ministry, which Mandelblit has said must be filled as soon as possible.

Peter Paltchik from Israel (blue) fights with against Gasimov Elmar (white) from Azerbaijan in the f
Israeli Judoka Peter Paltchik wins gold at European Championship

The result is a new career high, the previous being a bronze medal he won in the 2018 European Championships in Tel Aviv.

Isra-Drama promotes international cooperation through Israeli theater

The annual festival introduces some 200 viewers from across the globe to the new theatrical works in Israel.

21/11/2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to The Jerusalem Post, November 20, 2020
Pompeo hints more Trump administration announcements on Israel to come

“There’s every reason to expect that the direction of travel for US policy with respect to Israel will continue.”

Employee tends to medical cannabis plants at Pharmocann, an Israeli medical cannabis company in nort
Nissenkorn publishes draft cannabis legalization bill for public comments

Comments and criticisms of the draft can be sent in for the Justice Ministry's consideration until December 11 at midnight.

The Travel Advisor: Pandemic fatigue is setting in

People are getting antsy about staying at home, tired of stay-cations and eager to get out of the country.

Israeli peripheries and non-central areas to get better cellular network

"The peripheries around Israel are national destinations and therefore need advanced infrastructure and full cellular coverage."

Indictments expected against anti-Netanyahu protest leaders - report

Senior police officers have said that a lot of pressure has been applied to the State Attorney to approve the indictments.

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