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Israel's pension system ranked third-best in world

The Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index rated Israel's pension system 74.7 out of 100, giving it a B grade.

By ZEV STUB
19/10/2020
Police question maskless man, arrest him in suspicion of murdering spouse

A separate woman was found beaten to death shortly after, husband attempted suicide.

Tiberias man arrested for molesting 11-year-old girl

The investigation raised suspicions that Agbaria used to also have conversations of a sexual nature with a friend of the victim (also 11 years old) and tried to persuade her to meet with him as well

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett tour Mount Avital in the Gola
Netanyahu tells Likud he's not worried about the polls

"I never succeed in the polls, only in the elections," Netanyahu said.

19/10/2020
Finance Minister Katz extends Disability Grant Law for children

As part of the law passed in the Knesset, disabled children will receive grants in two installments.

19/10/2020
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Special report: IDF not prepared for chemical weapons attack

Englman recommended that the commander of the land forces lead a campaign to improve combat units’ readiness for chemical weapons warfare.

ZAKA volunteers transfer body of 42-year-old found alone days after he died
ZAKA calls for public vigilance as 121 people found dead alone this year

‘The neighbors told us that after a terrible smell began leaking into the stairwell, they called the police.’

19/10/2020
Humanitarian aid provided by the Israeli embassy in Panama
Israeli Embassy in Panama helps isolated border tribe

‘In this unique operation, a historic debt was repaid that the State of Israel owed to the Panamanian people.’

55% of Israelis think recent lockdown was politically motivated

The survey also highlighted the lack of trust in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to manage the coronavirus crisis.

Netanyahu boards ship from UAE to highlight economic boost from ties

“Everything that arrives here will simply lower the cost of living and every citizen of Israel will feel it in his pocket."

Comptroller: Israeli will not reach its energy goals

In early 2020, the state failed to reach its goal in wind-turbine produced power, 2.6 megawatt to the 730 megawatts that were called for.

MK Yair Lapid speaks during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling on him to qu
Lapid: Fine yeshivas NIS 100,000 for violating coronavirus restrictions

"An educational institution that doesn't abide by the law wouldn't get a shekel from the state."

19/10/2020
Man prays at Western Wall amid coronavirus
Tourism Ministry invites world to send 'enote' to Western Wall

Submissions will be collected from October 19 through October 21, 2020.

Gaza border area closed due to IDF engineering work

Israeli farmers were earlier ordered not to work in areas near the Gaza border due to concerns of possible sniper fire.

19/10/2020
The sun rises over Haifa Bay, 2006.
Police arrest suspect for attempting to incite violence, IDF kidnappings

The unnamed male suspect, from the Northern Israeli-Arab town of Daburiyya, projected the calls to violence while participating in a protest organized in support of an Islamic Jihad terrorist.

Haredi children return to school amid the coronavirus crisis
30,000 ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students return to school today

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky told ultra-Orthodox school principals to open their doors the day before.

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Russian fighter jet flies close to Israir passenger flight over Cyprus

While the passenger plane was never put in serious danger, it was not an isolated incident, with multiple civilian flights in the area having been interrupted by Russian fighters that day

Man marries at hospital so his father with coronavirus can watch from afar

"We all teared up when the groom waved excitedly to his father from the area [where the chupa was]," said the coronavirus ward's head nurse.

Flood breaks out in Jerusalem coronavirus hotel

Though the water was not particularly deep, it was hot, and video of the incident showed steam rising from the water.

Israelis protest against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Habima Square in Tel Aviv on O
Black Flags protest group opens for first time in Bnei Brak

Hundreds in Israeli city of Bnei Brak reportedly join, though some dismiss effort as cynical ploy.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
19/10/2020
Rishon beats Beersheba in Balkan battle

Nahariya, Hapoel Tel Aviv also victorious • Maccabi Tel Aviv falls to Olympiacos on buzzer-beating 3.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/10/2020
Members of the Unemployed Union in Israel protest outside the Tel Aviv Government Complex, calling f
Almost 1m. Israelis unemployed, half below the age of 34

The report revealed that during the month of September, both women and young people were more likely to file for unemployment, and at rates higher than even during the first wave.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu climbs out of the 'Rahav,' the fifth submarine in the navy's fleet
A-G Mandelblit rejects appeal to expand case 3000 investigation

He further noted that there is no reason to intervene in Netanyahu's sale of personal stocks before the submarine acuisition, in accordance with his initial decision on the case.

Italian Zodiac clock
Horoscopes for Hodesh Heshvan 5781/2020 (October 18-November 16)

Transforming ‘mar’ (bitter) into ‘ram’ (greatness)

By LORELAI KUDE
18/10/2020
Is Israel a failing state? - analysis

The events on Sunday comprise the largest incident of civil disobedience ever witnessed in the Jewish state.

Halting the spread of the little fire ant

One of the country’s most tenacious pests, it’s almost invisible and its bites are painful and persistent.

By DOMINIK DOEHLER , ZAVIT/SCIENCE , ENVIRONMENT NEWS AGENCY
18/10/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
Gantz threatens to pass bill that would end Netanyahu’s career

Poll finds Bennett could form government without Likud, haredi parties, Arabs

18/10/2020
Coronavirus czar's team members threaten to quit over haredi schools

The health minister threatened to de-fund schools that opened against regulations.

Ilana Rovina
Arts pioneer Ilana Rovina dies

Ilana Rovina was extremely popular in the 1960s and 1970s, especially during the Yom Kippur War when she traveled constantly to the front lines to sing to the troops.

Dolphins spotted swimming near the coast of Netanya - WATCH

The sighting featured an estimated 8 individuals, including two calves. The school was seen playing amidst the waves.

Agreement gives powerful post to religious Zionists, ultra-Orthodox slates

The agreement gives the chairmanship of the WZO to the Likud, and initially chairmanship of KKL to Mizrachi Olami, the mainstream modern Orthodox and religious-Zionist slate.

A haredi family walks down the street in the Makor Baruch neighborhood of Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post photographer attacked by haredim

The Jerusalem Post's Marc Israel Sellem was attacked by an ultra-Orthodox couple while attempting to take photographs.

18/10/2020
Israel, Bahrain sign peace statement in Manama

The flight, number 973 like Bahrain’s country code for phone calls, is the first El Al flight to Manama.

Gov't approves deposit for large bottles, expected to encourage recycling

Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel called the step "a win-win-win situation."

Gov't approves budget for dealing with fire damage in Nof HaGalil

The plan is meant to provide Nof HaGalil with a budget of NIS 25 million that will be invested in rehabilitating public infrastructure and supporting residents.

The logo of Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Corp Ltd, the country's largest telecom group, is seen.
Bezeq operating license for Area C formalized after 36 years

Settler housing approval in Beit El 'meaningless' unless army base moved.

34 years after capture, Ron Arad's wife: 'Let's not repeat same mistakes'

In a moving Facebook post, Tami Arad recalled early years of hope and despair waiting for her husband to return home.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
18/10/2020
Majority of Arab News poll respondents happy Gal Gadot will play Cleopatra

The editors of the website seemed surprised by the results, headlining the article, “Shockingly, most Arab News readers in favor of Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Cleopatra.”

Enforce the COVID-19 laws with sensitivity and determination -analysis

One message that the disengagement sent is that when the Israeli government makes a decision that then gets the imprimatur of the Knesset, it will carry it out, regardless of how difficult.

18/10/2020
High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
Vetting of potential new state attorney starts despite Likud opposition

There has been no permanent replacement since December 2019.

Smuggling of 30,000 spoiled eggs from West Bank foiled near Jerusalem

According to the Agriculture Ministry, the eggs were unfit for consumption, and eating them could pose a real health risk for consumers.

The week in readers' pictures

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

A "Cyber Horse", made from thousands of infected computer and cell phone bits, TAU.
Coronavirus pandemic damaged students' education prospects - survey

About a quarter of students have also considered either quitting their studies or at least putting them on hold.

By OMRI RON
18/10/2020
Nuphar on this week's cover of La-Isha.
Celebrating life and womanhood: Eylon Nuphar

A breast cancer survivor who isn't afraid to confront society's beauty standards.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
18/10/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz at the weekly cabinet meeting, at the M
'Everything's ok': Gantz released from hospital after feeling unwell

"In times like this it's not worth it to take too many risks," said Gantz.

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum meets with UAE businessman Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor
Jerusalem deputy mayor, UAE businessman discuss economic ties

"Business and economy are the best foundation to bring peoples of different nations together. Their interest becomes common, the safeguard of a long-lasting cooperation."

Wedding with 150 people, found by police helicopter, violates COVID-19 rules

Israel Police gave out more than 4,000 tickets to people who violated coronavirus restrictions in the 24 hours between Friday and Saturday evening.

By OMRI RON
18/10/2020
The 66th "Speedo" Swim.
The latest coronavirus culture cancellation: Kinneret Swim

It's been around since 1954. This year, it will be cancelled for the first time.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
18/10/2020
Israeli industrialist Michael Strauss dies at 86

The former chairman of the Strauss Group is survived by his three children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

18/10/2020
Ilana Rovina
Israeli singer, actress Ilana Rovina dies after infected with coronavirus

Rovina was one of Israel's first pop stars in the '50s and '60s and released a string of hits.

Students and a rabbi at an ultra-orthodox school in B'nei Brak, July 2017
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox return to school, defying govt. decision

These children are living in deep red-zone areas, including Bnei Brak, Beitar Illit, and some Jerusalem neighborhoods.

Israeli border policewmen chat with local residents at the entrance to Bnei Brak as Israel enforces
Aid package announced as UTJ MK protests lockdown on COVID-19 red zones

A ministerial team presented an aid package for red zones that will remain in lockdown shortly, after MK Yaakov Asher canceled a committee meeting citing the lack of an aid package.

18/10/2020
George Deek, appointed Thursday as Israel's first Christian-Arab ambassador. He will serve in Azerba
Israeli envoy to Azerbaijan slams violence, threats on civilians

The ambassador noted that Israel stands in solidarity with their Azeri friends, and offered to provide humanitarian aid to the country.

Travelers at Ben-Gurion Airport in March - to bring tourists back to Israel is not an act of lunacy.
Travel Advisor: It’s a mad, mad world

How the coronavirus travel ban is affecting the Israeli psyche.

Dozens of Israelis make their way to Jerusalem in support of Armenia

The pro-Armenia protesters were seen coming in a long convoy of cars covered in red, blue and yellow - the colors that make up the Armenian flag.

Demonstrators flock to Balfour after mass protest ban lifted

Organizers said that recent cases of "extreme violence" against protesters have been encouraged by incitement coming "from above."

18/10/2020
Berkovic says people must question leadership after spat with Miri Regev

During the argument, Regev said Berkovic flip flops on issues like "a steak" and told him that until he apologizes for his words he will "never be the coach of Israel's soccer team."

Shai Nitzan defends both A-G and himself

Dismisses attack on him as a private call.

Right, Orthodox to control WZO

Blue and White will be offered the chairmanship of Keren Hayesod, the main fundraising arm for Israel outside the United States.

17/10/2020
Arab students twice as likely to quit studies amid coronavirus crisis

Arab students already face significant disadvantages compared to their Jewish counterparts, but the coronavirus has further exacerbated these.

Dog rescued in alleged abuse case in Umm el-Fahm
Umm el-Fahm resident abuses dog, viral video leads police to arrest him

The dog was treated and cared for by the relevant authorities.

17/10/2020
Israel is opening up: Stage one exit strategy

All the information you need to know about Stage One.

Will museums be forced to sell collections to stay afloat?

The decision to auction off more than 200 items from the museum was, in fact, taken long before COVID-19 was an abominable twinkle in anyone’s eye.

17/10/2020
Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways launches Hebrew website

Among some of the services include a 'discover' section highlighting activities.

17/10/2020
Fake news [Illustrative]
Flashbacks of fake news? You may have a better factual memory

The results of the study showed that misinformation reminders increased the ability of participants to recall facts and belief accuracy.

Company commander removed from post after causing coronavirus outbreak in unit

IDF says officer from elite Duvdevan commando brigade "knowingly" infected others with virus.

Two more cases of bird flu in Israel, ministry points to migrating birds

The first case was diagnosed at the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem in a swan, while the second case was discovered in chickens in a coop in Kibbutz Revadim.

Miracle birth in Tel Aviv: In uterine surgery saves unborn baby's life

The baby was born with a lump in its throat which blocked its airways, requiring an immediate intervention to survive.

A Magen David Adom ambulance [File]
73-yr-old succumbs to wounds after allegedly stabbed by grandson

An investigation looked into the mental stability of the young man as he allegedly stabbed his grandfather after being told off for touching a cat.

17/10/2020
Homes in the Beit El settlement, West Bank
Beit-El significantly reduced the number of COVID-19 patients within days

This was done, according to Beit-El mayor Shai Alon, due to intensive efforts on the part of the regional council.

By OMRI RON
17/10/2020
Bracing for long distance learning in Israeli higher learning institutes

EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS: Institutions of higher learning and students are bracing for another semester of socially distanced intercourse.

Kayaking on the Jordan River with Abu-Kayak
Israeli kayakists take advantage of coronavirus lockdown to clean river

The three used kayaks and diving suits from their work to remove hundreds of glass and plastic bottles from the stream, in addition to plastic bags, chairs, speakers and even tables.

Remembering victims of the Second Intifada, February 2004
Remembering the Ramallah Lynching, 20 years later

The lynching was perhaps a watershed moment in Israeli-Palestinian relations, and set the course of the next five years of great suffering.

16/10/2020
Police claim viral video of clashes between officer, civilian distorted

Following the outbreak on social media, police released a full version of a video with a full statement detailing what occurred during the confrontation.

Safed's coronavirus statistics data.
How did Israel's Safed lower its high coronavirus numbers?

The city found a path towards stopping coronavirus in its tracks by refusing to rely solely on the government's policies and being resourceful.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
16/10/2020
Part of a M-16 body rifle that was seized by the Border Police.
Police arrest 2 Palestinians allegedly involved in weapons trafficking

The two Palestinian suspects from Nablus were arrested with an M-16 automatic weapon.

How the corona chief of staff has handled the crisis

MILITARY AFFAIRS: It’s a battle Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi never imagined he’d be leading, but the fight against the coronavirus is what fate has tasked him with.

Former Shin Bet deputy-director Yitzhak Ilan
Former Shin Bet deputy director Yitzhak Ilan died from COVID-19 at 64

He was considered to be the living Israeli who has investigated and interrogated the largest number of terrorists.

Lawyer scams Holocaust survivor and flees - report

They paid him his dues totaling NIS 83,000 and waited for the next steps. The lawyer fell off the grid.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
16/10/2020
Can Israeli democracy be hijacked?

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Netanyahu may have changed, but the Jews haven’t, and they will confront autocracy in the future as their forebears did in the past.

An Israeli border police officer detains a Palestinian protester  demonstration in east Jerusalem
Police arrest four Palestinians trying to infiltrate into Israel - watch

The suspects were arrested during Border Police operations in the villages of Bidu, a-Ram and Katana.

AVICHAI MANDELBLIT
Previous AG Yehuda Weinstein: Mandelblit's decision was 'sound'

"It would've been better if this conversation had never happened, but the fact remains that it was a conversation between two friends," he said.

By MATAN VASSERMAN/MAARIV
16/10/2020
Naftali Bennett tells LGBTQ community on Instagram: 'I love you very much'

"I'm about respecting each individual -- live and let live," the MK said.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
16/10/2020
Palestinian members of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement seen duri
Rights groups denounce rise in Gaza death sentences

Victim’s son: We demand execution of criminal who killed our father.

By SANAA ALSWERKY / THE MEDIA LINE
16/10/2020
Local authorities call for rapid testing to create coronavirus-free zones

Haim Bibas, chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel, presents new testing system

73-year-old man dies in Beersheba house fire

Firefighters put out the fire and found a 73-year-old man unconscious, with extensive burns.

JVP concludes program to bolster NYC cyber sector with global event

The featured start-ups specialize in multiple cyber disciplines, ranging from malware protection to cryptographic management to anti-phishing software.

Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
Should Gantz’s threat to go to elections be believed?

He earned the moniker by threatening repeatedly to quit Netanyahu’s government and support initiating an early election before backing down.

16/10/2020
Poll: Over half of voting public want Netanyahu to quit politics

Among Likud voters, 28% want the prime minister to go

16/10/2020
Has Israel traded the settlements to arrive at Iran’s shores? - analysis

Israel’s UAE vote was also about Iran and the end of the arms embargo

Has Israel traded the settlements to arrive at Iran’s shores? - analysis

Israel’s UAE vote was also about Iran and the end of the arms embargo

Israeli TV series peers into the Yom Kippur War's ‘Valley of Tears’

Amsel, a veteran writer in the Israeli television industry, has been working for a decade as co-creator and co-writer on Valley of Tears, a heralded series about the Yom Kippur War.

Bayern Munich holds off Maccabi Tel Aviv

Despite late run vs Munich, yellow-and-blue plagued by turnovers in Euroleague defeat at home

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
15/10/2020
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