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Rabbi asserts that coronavirus vaccines can 'turn' people into homosexuals

Israel Hayom reached out to LGBTQ advocacy group Havruta for a statement on the rabbi's comments, who said it's "currently gearing up to welcome our impending new members."

Tzipi Refaeli contracts COVID, debate over vaccinating inmates continues

Tzipi Refaeli, mother and agent of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, is currently serving a 16-months sentence at the Neve Tirza women's prison.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewing Gideon Sa'ar

Sa'ar to CNN: I intend to win, I believe Israelis will create the change

Interviewed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Gideon Sa'ar insisted that the Israeli society must be unified again as "divisions are very dangerous for the future of Israel."

Coronavirus: Vaccinations and lockdowns reveal Israel’s extremes

The extremes Israelis have experienced living through this year like no other are not exclusive to the pandemic.

15/01/2021

Border Police arrests two suspects in Jenin shooting - watch

The arrests were made on the basis of information from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

Aviv Geffen and Netanyahu agree on coronavirus aid for artists

The two agreed on the package at a meeting with Finance Minister Israel Katz and Culture and Sport Minister Chili Tropper.

By 2065, Israel will be most crowded nation on earth - good news

I’m one of those optimists who see our national birthrate as an expression of positive values, willingness to take on responsibility and confidence.

Palestinian police officers, wearing masks as a preventive measure against coronavirus

Three residents of Palestinian territories arrested in relation to murder

Two of the suspects were brought to a military court on Thursday and their arrests were extended 11 days.

Court orders Netanyahu prosecution to turn over additional documents

Some documents relate to top Netanyahu aides turned state's witnesses Nir Hefetz and Shlomo Filber.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a virtual meeting with Palestinian factions over Israel

Palestinian women: Increase in Council representation not enough

President Mahmoud Abbas amends election law, raising quota for women in Palestinian Authority legislature to 26%, not the promised 30%.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
15/01/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein seen during the vaccination of

Netanyahu: Ultra-Orthodox, Smotrich 'do whatever I say'

Where else would he pull mandates from? Ultra-Orthodox parties, and the Religious Zionist party, all of whom do "whatever I want."

By SARAH BEN-NUN
15/01/2021
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz speaks during an interview with Reuters in Athens, Greece, Ja

Israel's Energy Minister speaks with Gulf states counterparts

The four Arab states, in deals brokered by the United States, have agreed to set aside hostilities with Israel.

Israeli police reinforce regulations outside on Jaffa street on January 06, 2021, during the 3rd loc

17-year-old Palestinian pulls knife on female police officer

Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) forces were called in to investigate whether the attack was done with nationalistic motives, or whether it was an isolated incident.

A closing communique to the people’s coach - comment

The Sports Rabbi reflects on his decades of following the career of Oded Katash upon his departure from Hapoel Jerusalem to Greece.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/01/2021

Oded Katash officially takes over Greek basketball club Panathinaikos

Israeli basketball icon completes tenure at Hapoel Jerusalem • Lithuanian Adomaitis steps in

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/01/2021

Israel, Arab allies ‘on same page’ against Iran ahead of Biden transition

The official in Jerusalem confirmed that there is “no formal dialogue as so far,” between the Israeli government and the Biden’s transition team.

Health Ministry not concerned with COVID vaccination rate among haredim

This being the case, the number of those already with antibodies to the coronavirus in the ultra-Orthodox sector would be even higher, said the spokesman.

Syria, Gaza: How the IDF handles different threats to Israel - analysis

These days, the IDF can operate there multiple times a week – and that is the goal in this equation.

14/01/2021
(L-R) eTeacher CEO Yariv Binnun, Eastern Peak CEO Alexey Chalimov, and Appniv CEO Ido Niv

Under COVID, more Israeli start-ups outsource talent abroad

But the decentralized office brings up a new question: Does your team even need to be in the same country anymore?

14/01/2021

Gabi Ashkenazi: Assessing the legacy of Israel's foreign minister

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: Despite being kept in the dark by Netanyahu about the Abraham Accords, the former IDF chief of staff was able make an impact at the Foreign Ministry

Public Security Minister Amir Ohana with Israel Police chief nominee Kobi Shabtai

Cabinet will meet on Sunday morning to approve new police chief

Israel has not had a permanent police commissioner since December of 2018.

By ANNA BRESKY/MA'ARIV
14/01/2021
Soccer Football - International Friendly - Argentina v Uruguay - Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israe

‘Sporting, cultural events bring true face of Israel to the public arena’

Canadian-Israeli philanthropist Sylvan Adams is planning on returning to Dubai in February with his Team Israel Startup-Nation cycling team along with world-famous cyclist Chris Froome.

Coronavirus: 67-year-old jabbed with five doses instead of one

This is not the first time that Maccabi staff administered an overdose of vaccination.

President Reuven Rivlin

Prisoners to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines next week

"We must not back down from our sacred Jewish and Democratic values that are a moral compass for us," said Rivlin.

People who arrived on a flight from England arrive to the Dan Panorama Hotel used as a quarantine fa

Man with Health Ministry ties sends ex to quarantine 4 times

The man was investigated for forgery by a public employee, breach of privacy, breach of trust and false imprisonment.

Meet the Bedouin unit protecting Israel's border, advancing the community

The battalion is much more than a combatting unit – it is also a device for non-Jewish Israelis and gain tools that will prepare for civilian life after their military service.

14/01/2021
The Bank of Israel building in Jerusalem

Bank of Israel to buy $30b. of foreign currency in 2021 as shekel soars

The shekel has appreciated more than 10% against the dollar since the beginning of 2020.

By REUTERS
14/01/2021

Israel, Slovakia to sign extensive defense export agreement

The Israeli radar systems will be interoperable with NATO defense mechanisms.

14/01/2021

Disgruntled Arab candidates search for new ‘political homes’

At this stage, it’s not clear whether the four parties comprising the Joint List – Hadash, United Arab List, Ta’al and Balad – would again run together in the next election.

High Court rejects Honenu attack on police probe of Ahuvia Sandak case

A three-justice panel including some of the court's most conservative justices supported the police approach of having the incident analyzed by two separate divisions of law enforcement.

Labor Party to hold leadership primary

Meirav Michaeli is set to run, challenged by advertising executive Gil Beilin and possibly by Itzik Shmuli.

14/01/2021

Starling flocks shift shape in the skies over Israel

The birds that come in from Russia and East Europe every winter, swooped, pivoted and soared, taking the shape of clouds and giant creatures in the skies.

By REUTERS
14/01/2021
Gaza man with disabilities conquers karate

Gaza man with disabilities conquers karate

"I wanted to prove to myself and the world that disability is in the mind and is not in the body and that nothing was impossible," Abu Amira said.

By REUTERS
14/01/2021

Snow falls on Mount Hermon - watch

The Hermon is currently closed to visitors due to the coronavirus lockdown.

KKL-JNF

Grapevine: Lock around the clock

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

This week in Jerusalem - A round-up of city affairs

What has been going on in Israel's capital this week?

14/01/2021
Israel's Knesset

Transitioning from Safra Square to the Knesset

A significant number of city council members have moved from Jerusalem City Hall at Safra Square to the Knesset, some even becoming cabinet ministers.

14/01/2021

Conquering the Israel Trail

Six people, including native-born Israelis and new and veteran olim, share about their experiences on the trail.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
14/01/2021
Dr. Avi Harlev

Doctor, reserve soldier found dead in IDF uniform in southern Israel

The doctor was on his way home in uniform from a meeting with his reserves unit before he was found shot to death in the Lahav forest.

14/01/2021

On the Israel Trail: A love letter to Israel

Some people complete the trail a bit at a time over a period of years; others, like Moss and her husband and son, hike the entire trail in one go.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
14/01/2021
David Kochav the first recipient in the Magen Avot V'Imahot program

Coronavirus: In 10 days, all assisted living residents will be vaccinated

Last week, MDA gave approximately 150,000 first-round vaccinations to workers and residents in these facilities.

Arrivals: ‘The feeder’

ELISHEVA LEVY, 53 FROM MANCHESTER TO JERUSALEM, 1989

The journey of an Iraqi-Israeli-British man and what he learned

In From Babylon to Jerusalem, Nathan (with an assist from his friend Andrew Edwards) reflects on his life.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
14/01/2021

The paradox of Israeli-Gulf relations behind the scenes

The formal recognition of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates was considered more important than extending sovereignty over a slice of the West Bank.

By COLIN SHINDLER
14/01/2021

Dating - Why everything is freezing, and not just the weather

Now it’s 2021 and nothing is as you envisioned.

By LORI SALKIN
14/01/2021

Israel's deal with Pfizer - Should your privacy be for sale?

If media reports are accurate, it appears that Israel is trading something far more precious than money in exchange for the inoculations: the privacy of each and every one of us.

Health and beauty pleasures to get you through lockdown

This week look for a new perfect scent, indulge in new ice cream flavors, add some glamour with Beyonce’s makeup and don’t forget to trim your beard in style.

By NERIA BARR
14/01/2021

Uri Bar-Ner - In the line of duty in diplomacy for the State of Israel

Former ambassador Uri Bar-Ner reflects on his long career in the ‘holy task’ of diplomacy for the State of Israel

By JORDANA BENAMI
14/01/2021

Gadi Golan - Israel’s last man in Morocco

In 1998 came the call to represent Israel in Morocco, an unusual posting.

Fifth Operation Rock of Israel flight lands in Israel

The immigrants will enter coronavirus quarantine for two weeks and then be reunited with family members who are waiting for them in Israel.

Palestinian Journalist Syndicate

Palestinian media outlets ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic

Dozens of journalists have been laid off, news stations have closed, making the beginning of 2021 brutal for Palestinian journalists.

By MOHAMMAD AL-KASIM/THE MEDIA LINE
14/01/2021

Shots fired at IDF forces on Gaza border

Maariv journalist Tal Lev Ram explained on 103FM that this is part of an ongoing process along the border.

13/01/2021
Israeli Police removing Joint List MK Sondos Saleh at protests against the visit of Prime Minister B

10 arrested as protesters gather in Nazareth ahead of Netanyahu visit

3 MKs were arrested, which shouldn't happen, as they have parliamentary immunity.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
13/01/2021
A meeting discussing the plans to develop the US embassy in Jerusalem, January 13, 2021.

Jerusalem approves expanded US embassy

The approved plans include expanding the current embassy site in Arnona, as well as the construction of a new embassy on Derech Hebron.

Maccabi Tel Aviv dealt tough home blow

Olympiacos rallies for Euroleague overtime conquest of yellow-and-blue ahead of Baskonia visit.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
13/01/2021

Netanyahu woos Arabs with ‘new age of brotherhood, prosperity, security’

Police drag protesting Joint List MKs away in what Knesset speaker called unacceptable behavior.

Bennett calls New Hope 'Bubble Party'

Sa'ar and Bennett have both declared their candidacy for prime minister in the March 23 election.

13/01/2021

Israeli, Moroccan envoys confirm cultural ties

The envoys met at the Moroccan Embassy a month after the two countries re-established ties under the US brokered Abraham Accords after a two-decade hiatus.

US envoy: Trump admin turning Middle East from challenge to positive force

“When you look at Israel on one end and the UAE on the other, it is difficult to find countries that did more to bring stability to their region."

Likud MKs applaud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his first trial hearing on Sunday

What does another Netanyahu trial delay mean for elections?

With the hearing moved back to February 8, does the court intend to start calling witnesses in March, maybe even the week of elections?

WILL THE Submarine Affair eventually sink Netanyahu?

German prosecutor closes bribery investigation into Submarine Affair

"There is no sufficient suspicion of criminal offenses against specific domestic persons," a spokesperson for the Bochum Public Prosecution Office said.

Elbit wins $166 million contract for a UK naval training program

Contract will be performed over a 12-year period.

13/01/2021

Rabbi Kanievsky repeats call for ultra-Orthodox to get vaccinated

The rabbi relented however at the beginning of the current lockdown and agreed that schools in the sector should close for “several days.”

Sheldon Adelson speaks during an inteview

Adelson death could tank Case 2000 against PM, indirectly harm Case 4000

Any loss in Case 2000 could also affect Case 4000, since part of the strength of the two cases is to show a pattern.

Amid COVID-19, new art exhibit 'Zooms in' on young lives

The exhibition name has a double meaning, hinting at the deeper gaze into the lives of the youth that the exhibition depicts, while also referencing the Zoom video conferences.

Israel, UAE sign visa-free travel agreement

The visa-free agreement will go into effect on February 12.

Esther Hurgan, the woman killed in a suspected terror attack in the northern West Bank on Dec. 21

Erdan pressed UN to classify Horgan as terror victim

Erdan wrote a letter of complaint. In the OCHA’s next report, it spoke this way of the attack.

Former NY consul-general Dani Dayan running with Sa'ar

Dayan shares Sa'ar's Argentine background

13/01/2021

Could the UAE become one of Israel's largest trading partners?

Israel and the UAE have a lot to learn from each other.

13/01/2021

Tourism minister: 'Tourists are the ones who can truly make peace'

"We expect to see 100,000 tourists from the Emirates soon."

13/01/2021

Rabat Jewish leader: You can’t have prosperity without peace, stability

Morocco is a bridge to Middle Eastern and Near Eastern investment to Africa

Israel's third lockdown: Know your unemployment rights

Financial advisor Suzy Kahati answered some of the most common questions about unpaid leave and unemployment rights.

13/01/2021

Fitch confirms Israel's A+ credit rating

Fitch projects real GDP growth of 5.4% in 2021 and 4.1% in 2022, after a contraction of 3.9% in 2020.

13/01/2021

Tel Aviv remains Israel's leading aliyah destination despite COVID

In 2020, approximately 11% of all new immigrants to Israel decided to live in Tel Aviv, with the city retaining its status as Israel's leading city for olim.

By GADI ZAIG
13/01/2021
A businessperson working at his computer (Illustrative)

Israel ranked 30th best country for starting online business

Israel was found lacking in poor mobile Internet speed, lack of secure Internet servers and limited co-worker spaces.

13/01/2021

Israeli fintech company Rapyd raises $300 million

The company was originally called CashDash when it was founded by three Israelis in 2016.

13/01/2021
Demonstration against Israeli PM Netanyahu outside his residency in Jerusalem

Protests in Jerusalem: 7 arrested near Netanyahu's house

The protesters used clown horns and claimed to have done so in accordance with the noise law and the High Court ruling, insisting that they were allowed to do so.

Sheldon and Miriam Adelson at the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem

Adelson: Paid to play, and played in a huge way - analysis

Adelson was a lightning rod. Those who liked the candidates and the causes he supported thought him an angel, those who liked neither saw him as a malevolent wizard.

13/01/2021
President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder

Ronald S. Lauder addresses UAE-Israel Conference

Lauder said that his involvement in building a Jewish school in Dubai and the sight of so many Israelis visiting the Emirates in recent weeks are encouraging signs of normalcy and inclusiveness.

Sarona Market

Israelis help struggling store opened in memory of terror victim

Following a report by 'Yediot Athronot' detailing the plight of Alon and the difficulties he has encountered during the pandemic, the store received hundreds of orders

‘Netanyahu brought Israel increased mortality, a third wave and lockdown’

Telem’s Hagai Levine to ‘Post:’ Throughout COVID-19 crisis, political considerations and personal interests determined the decision making

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu introduces the new Golan Heights community of Ramat Trump, or Trum

Despite Capitol violence, Israeli town still named after Donald Trump

In Washington DC, President Donald Trump’s administration is unraveling following an insurrection by his supporters.

By SAM SOKOL/JTA
13/01/2021

Israel to advance West Bank building 3 days prior to Biden inauguration

The Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria is scheduled to hold two separate meetings Sunday, one for Palestinian projects and one for settler projects.

Former minister forces South African MK out of Knesset after four days

Izhar Shay not quitting was revenge for Blue and White taking Cotler-Wunsh from Telem

12/01/2021

‘Does someone have to die for West Bank outposts to be legalized?’

“We have heard all the excuses,” Bartfeld said as he attacked the latest one, which was blaming Benny Gantz.

Parties unite in calls for Gantz to leave politics

Gantz: “Blue and White is a stable party.”

12/01/2021

Flash grenade placed outside Israeli soccer player's parents' house

Atzili is currently in the process of finalizing his signing with Maccabi Haifa FC, after he left Maccabi TLV last year for the Cypriot Apoel Nikosia following statutory rape allegations.

Sheldon Adelson, Jewish self-made tycoon, passes away at 87

PM remembers ‘champion of the Jewish people’ • Rivlin: He strengthened bonds between Israel and America.

Israel Olympic

Doha Masters: Judoka Sagi Muki wins bronze medal in Qatar

Israeli Judo champion defeats South Korean Judoka Lee Seung-su in a waza-ari at the Doha Masters competition in Qatar.

Sukkah doppelgangers reinvent contemporary Jewish artistry

Lea Mauas and Diego Rotman’s vision explores immigration & destiny

Mekorot chief to address Israel-UAE conferences

The CEO of Israel's national water company will discuss how Israel and the UAE can preserve water for the Middle East.

Keeping inevitable differences with Biden in perspective - analysis

As differences between Washington and Jerusalem will emerge, there will be those who will fan the flames.

12/01/2021
President Reuven Rivlin

Rivlin sees Beit Issie Shapiro transform lives of special needs children

Rivlin has paid special attention to people with special needs, as well as to those who have overcome disabilities.

Technion invents rapid, simple COVID-19 test for work and home

The new NaorCov19 test will be implemented as part of an innovative four-layer protective plan to ensure the Technion campus is safe during the pandemic.

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz seen during a visit on the Israel-Leban

Gantz at Syrian border: 'We do not sit and wait, we act'

"We continue to be vigilant at all of our borders. We have acted and will continue to act against anyone who tries to challenge us from near or far," the defense minister said.

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