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IDF commander: Soldier whose gun was stolen shouldn't be in Egoz

The soldier's gun was stolen around Shfaram in the early hours of Thursday morning by two assailants.

Israel is updating attack plans against Iran's nuclear sites - Gantz

Hezbollah has “hundreds of thousands of missiles” Defense Minister tells Fox News on Thursday. “What is going to happen to Lebanon?”

StopCancer group photo

Zohar Yakobson - Acting with compassion

Despite her unbridled professional success, some 10 years ago Yakobson was struck by personal tragedy, as her daughter Tal, was diagnosed with a rare cancer and passed away.

Jerusalem library to be opened as part of city development plan

The library will include thousands of titles available to read and borrow, as well as internet and multimedia access for residents of Jerusalem.

By HADASSAH BRENNER
05/03/2021

Making magic with Make-A-Wish-Israel

Founder Denise Bar-Aharon proudly reports that since its inception, Make-A-Wish Israel has granted 4,300 wishes to children.

Sigal Bar-On and Dr. Nurit Harel - A family affair

Bar-On says that International Women’s Day is the ideal time to bring up important social issues that are not discussed on a daily basis.

Netanyahu tells Kamala Harris he won't let Iran obtain nuclear weapons

During the call, Netanyahu and Harris agreed to advance cooperation of research and technological development in regard to the coronavirus pandemic between Israel and the US.

05/03/2021

Israel vows to fight ICC’s 'perversion of justice' of war crimes charge

“I'm going to fight for the truth: fight against this perversion of justice until it is null and void," Netanyahu says.

Israeli athlete Deni Avdija named to NBA’s Rising Stars team

Avdija, 20, has had an up-and-down rookie season, in part because of contracting COVID-19, which sidelined him for three weeks in January.

By ROB CHARRY/JTA
05/03/2021

IDF faces a new challenge: beard complaints

Two secular (and bearded) soldiers have launched a campaign against the religious facial hair exemption, as detailed in an Agence France-Presse article published Tuesday.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
05/03/2021
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Obesity adds extra COVID-19 risk, we need a national program - Edelstein

The Health Minister addressed the need to prevent obesity in Israel and help those struggling with it in honor of World Obesity Day.

Washington Wizards beat LA Clippers 119 to 117

Israeli singer Kobi Aflalo performs American National Anthem before the game.

Ultra Orthodox and secular Israelis clash in Beit Shemesh.

Orthodox and secular Israelis fight over Jewish conversion, but why?

A chief Haredi Orthodox ally of Benjamin Netanyahu called the decision “misguided [and] very troubling.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
05/03/2021

Who will ICC try to arrest if war crimes probe advances?

Netanyahu, Gantz, Ya’alon could be in ICC crosshairs - what will Israel do to try to defend them?

Meet the woman advancing the role of women in management

She runs a successful strategic consulting firm and advises leaders and countries around the world.

By CARMIT SAPIR WEITZ
04/03/2021

Israel Philharmonic Offers virtual backstage tour

Cohen, Meltzer, and Maoz take virtual visitors on a visit to the hidden underground areas of the Auditorium, including the vast musical library and the Philharmonic’s archives.

International Criminal Court is seen in The Hague, Netherlands September 27, 2018

Five key points on Israel’s latest ICC war crimes clash - analysis

What can Israel expect in the next round of its battle to stay out of The Hague?

Eurovision: Eden Alene song tries to connect separated Israeli families

Release of this clip marks the launch of IAC360, a new and innovative digital platform that can be found online at iac360.org.

Israel's conversion ruling: What it does and doesn’t do

RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS: The ruling, as significant as it may be, does not solve the question that has dogged the country since its establishment: Who is a Jew?

04/03/2021

Flaw of Return: Why Israel should stop offering automatic citizenship

MIDDLE ISRAEL: The Law of Return has lost its historic rationale and should now be replaced with a naturalization process much like the rest of the world’s nations.

Israeli Opera reopens with Hebrew classics, Rossini, biblical women

The opera is such a powerful cultural institution that it is often made fun of in popular culture.

Israeli one-man show festival relaunches amid mourning for its creator

Teatronetto Festival relaunches in a flurry of renewal and heartache as one of Yaakov Agmon’s final requests before his passing.

04/03/2021
Rabbi Motti Elon.

Convicted sex-offender Moti Elon relinquishes his rabbi title

"Elon was convicted of child sexual abuse, yet the Rabbinate steadfastly refused to remove his Rabbinic authority."

Monaco, Israeli startup accelerator to collaborate for first time

The two companies, Capsula TAU and Monacotech, both operate largely in the green energy domain.

Mediterranean oil spill is ‘eco-terrorism’ by Iran, Israel says

Sources in the defense establishment said they were not familiar with Gamliel’s claim that the oil spill was the result of terrorism

Greenpeace: Iran eco-terror allegation 'reeks of election propaganda'

The practice of turning off tracking systems is commonly done by Iranian vessels to avoid detection for violating the trade embargo with Syria.

Huge infrastructure project brings water from the mountain to Jerusalem

With Israel a world leader for water technology and innovation, water resource consulting for other nations has become a significant part of Mekorot’s operations.

04/03/2021
A Magen David Adom emergency vehicle responds to murder call on July 30, 2013.

Three Bedouin siblings from Hura die after fire traps them inside house

The deceased children were identified as four-year-old Lila, three-year-old Khaled and one-year-old Avrar Mohammad Au Sabbith.

Outgoing deputy Mossad chief blasts Netanyahu for management of Iran threat

'Our situation today is worse than it was at the time of the [2015] nuclear deal," A., outgoing deputy head of the Mossad, tells Israeli paper.

Mossad, IDF blindsided by Gamliel's Iran 'eco-terror' accusation

Iran intentionally polluted the Mediterranean Sea and Israel’s shores in an act of ecological terrorism, Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said on Wednesday.

Israeli Navy boat

Israel’s maritime economic zone security in spotlight after oil spill

If the oil spill is terrorism, then it means national security focus needs to prevent future spills like this and other threats.

Ship accused of Israel oil spill shown anchored off Iran coast - In pictures

Photographs of the vessel, which Israel has accused of 'eco-terrorism', show the ship anchored off the Iranian coast.

Netanyahu blasts SNL joke as 'outrageous' on Fox News

"The interesting thing is that, not accidentally, many Arab citizens are voting for me," he said.

Unique Bedouin archive finds home at National Library of Israel

Over the past fifty years, Bedouin expert Dr. Clinton Bailey has documented and researched Bedouin life in the Sinai and Negev deserts.

Suspected pedophile: I tried to recreate Eilat gang rape with 13-year-old

According to the indictment, Sherf, 21, raped the girl on two different occasions, beat and strangled the girl, and offered drugs and alcohol to her.

Judean desert: A needed adventure after the coronavirus lockdown

A drive in the desert with the 3-door Defender 90 was the medicine we needed.

By AMI YACHIN
04/03/2021

Meet the Ariel University professor leading chemical detection research

Chemical detection sensing is needed to trace spoilage in mass food or beverage production facilities and may also alert to potential hazards in smaller workplaces.

By SUSAN DE LA FUENTE
04/03/2021

The pleasures, pains of an oleh depicted in new book

Living through the 1970s and 1980s in Israel, then returning to the US

Thrilling chapter in Israeli military history depicted in new book

Amos Gilboa produces a real-life thriller

By URI BAR-JOSEPH
04/03/2021

Signs of relief: What to buy for International Women's Day

While life slowly starts to make its way back to a kind of normalcy, it is time to look for better solutions for our best friend.

By NERIA BARR
04/03/2021

COVID-19: Haredim drift further from Israeli mainstream - opinion

This is the second in an in-depth series of articles examining key aspects of haredi society and its role in and influence on the country today.

Police arrest 12 suspects involved in riots, assaults in Mea She'arim

Five of the suspects arrested on Thursday are reportedly under the age of 18.

Meet the women leading Israel's Embassy in the UK

Tzipi Hotovely: Having a female ambassador changes the face Israel presents to the world.

A man uses a smartphone in New York City, in this picture taken November 6, 2013

NSO Group under renewed investigation by US - report

Probe may be part of larger Biden shift emphasizing human rights, scrutinizing Saudi Arabia.

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/THE MEDIA LINE
04/03/2021

Netanyahu: ICC war crimes probe is 'pure antisemitism'

"It decided that our brave and moral soldiers who fight against the cruel terrorists are the terrorists."

Participants in Israeli-made vaccine trials not eligible for green pass

Hadassah head Prof. Zeev Rotstein called on Defense Minister Benny Gantz to allow Israelis who participated in the trial to receive the pass.

A group of 137 immigrants from Brazil and Argentina landed in Israel

South American immigrants arrive in Israel after 40 days in limbo

Most of the immigrants had resigned from their jobs, given up their homes and withdrawn their children from school in advance of the scheduled Jan. 25 flight.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
04/03/2021

Chef Alon Shaya helped Holocaust survivor recreate recipes from his youth

He and his sister loved a roast turkey dish that involved pulling the turkey off the bone, grinding the meat and then packing it back on before baking.

By MARGARET LITTMAN/JTA
04/03/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden

Fears Biden would adopt Obama policies against Israel premature - analysis

Several steps taken, and others not taken, have calmed fears that the Biden administration would take up at the tense point where Obama left off.

04/03/2021
International criminal court

Blinken: US stands with Israel, ICC lacks jurisdiction to hold investigation

The US “will continue to uphold our strong commitment to Israel and its security, including by opposing actions that seek to target Israel unfairly.”

ICC probe could place Netanyahu, Israel up a creek without a paddle

Israel’s battle for legitimacy, which has always been something of a David against Goliath affair, has now become even more of a mission impossible.

Actor Tzachi Halevy and TV anchor Lucy Aharish at their wedding, October 10, 2018

Lucy Aharish and Tsahi Halevi welcome baby boy

The website Pnai Plus published photos during the day of the couple entering the hospital and later reported that Aharish gave birth to a son. They announced her pregnancy last September.

A major hospital in Indiana rehearses its distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus: Vaccinated abroad? Here’s how to skip quarantine in Israel

Those who enter the country after being vaccinated abroad can undergo a serological test and if antibodies are found are exempt from the mandatory isolation, the Health Ministry said.

President Reuven Rivlin and Chief of Staff Lt.Gen. Gadi Eisenkot meeting with 70 influential teenage

COVID-19: Israeli teens file lawsuit over unequal restriction enforcement

High school students would usually be excited counting down the days until the last day of school, but are hurting socially and academically while learning in quarantine.

By GADI ZAIG
03/03/2021
International Criminal Court, The Hague

ICC is probing Israelis for war crimes: What happens now? - analysis

If Khan continues down Bensouda’s path against Israel, the next question is how quickly and whether there might be any threat to Israelis being arrested or indicted.

Bezalel Smotrich calls Reform, Conservative Jews 'brothers'

Religious Zionist Party leader praises Anglo immigrants to Israel for "knowing what it means to pay a price for their values"

03/03/2021

Hard of hearing Israelis 3.5 as likely to suffer from depression

Roughly one in ten Israelis reports loss of hearing capabilities. Due to stigmas about hearing aid technology an average Israeli will need three years to seek help.

Racist election campaign ad by Haredi UTJ compares Jewish converts to dogs

The video, titled 'Bark Mitzva' shows pictures of dogs with kippot (skullcaps), insinuating that the court ruling was so expansive and lenient that it would allow dogs to convert.

Six Israeli university programs in top 100 worldwide

The annual survey by QS Quacquarelli Symonds ranked 13,883 academic programs by subject at 1440 universities in 85 locations around the world.

03/03/2021

Jerusalem Women’s Film Fest touts female directors

The details of the in-person events are still being formulated and will be available soon on the festival website.

Israeli passengers wait to board the Lufthansa flight intended to bring them back to Israel, Februar

COVID-19: Flights from US already full after partial reopening of skies

'Flights for Pesach are full, but spring will be a great time to travel'

03/03/2021

Knesset uses High Court ruling to drop oversight of Shin Bet

Decreasing levels of infection rates may explain the lower level of action on the court’s part.

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz speaks during an interview with Reuters in Athens, Greece, Ja

Any nuclear deal with Iran should be 'improved' - Israel Energy Minister

Steinitz, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urged US President Joe Biden to put "enormous pressure" on Iran to change its behavior and dismantle its nuclear program.

By REUTERS
03/03/2021

Israel eyes COVID-19 vaccine regulation process with Austria, Denmark

Two European countries breaking with EU on producing vaccines against coronavirus mutations.

03/03/2021

Israel to open COVID-19 vaccine centers for Palestinian workers Sunday

The Palestinian Authority's vaccination program is still in its infancy, with only 10,000 vaccines made available in the West Bank and 22,000 in Gaza.

Jewish extremists stone homes in West Bank Palestinian villages - Yesh Din

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, a group of settlers entered Hawara and stoned vehicles, shattering the windows in two of them, Yesh Din charged.

Ethiopian women grieve after domestic murder

Ethiopian sex-slave victims appeal to court against Deri

Several of the women, who were kidnapped between the ages of 13 and 20 and tortured in the Sinai’s sex-slave trade, had been threatened with deportation.

Identiq's founders

Identity validation startup Identiq raises $47m.

It is building the world's largest Identity Validation Network, enabling companies to validate consumer identities, payment details and information without sharing or exposing any private data.

03/03/2021
IAI, Korea Aerospace Industries sign a MOU for manned & unmanned teaming systems

IAI, Korea Aerospace Industries sign MOU for teaming systems

“IAI has long relations with the ROK and the local industries and we are happy to join KAI, one of Korea’s leading companies to explore future opportunities," said IAI’s president & CEO, Boaz Levy.

03/03/2021

Palestinian Authority, Hamas welcome ICC decision to investigate Israel

The full war crimes probe against Israel and the Hamas terrorist group is expected to cover the 2014 Gaza War, the 2018 Gaza border crisis and other conflicts.

03/03/2021
 Next Insurance employees

Next Insurance acquires AP Intego

At Next Insurance, we’re modernizing a centuries-old industry to better provide small business owners with convenience, value and choice,” said Guy Goldstein, CEO and co-founder of Next Insurance.

03/03/2021
Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Elbit awarded $300m. contract to supply unmanned aircraft systems to Asian country

The company said that under the contract, it will provide its Hermes 900 UAS and associated sub-systems, as well as maintenance and support services.

03/03/2021

Israel has become a wedge issue due to progressive left - David Friedman

The former US ambassador to Israel said that he does not blame Trump for the Capitol riots that left five people dead and 140 injured.

Do Israelis prefer living in cities?

We set out to look for an urban life style culture (among those aged 20 and over).

By YAIR ASSAF-SHAPIRA
03/03/2021

Grapevine: Marvelous Marva

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Moroccan Jewish community thrown out of longtime Jerusalem synagogue

The synagogue is the last place of worship for the Moroccan community in the German Colony.

03/03/2021

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

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

03/03/2021

Lockdown lifted: Israel Museum reopens featuring Dutch art exhibit

After a long string of lockdowns, the beloved cultural institution has reopened. What's on show?

03/03/2021

Tel Aviv to launch return to outdoor shows at Bloomfield Stadium

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality announced Wednesday it is organizing four concerts for vaccinated residents who hold Green Passes.

Teacher shows children how to wash their hands at her kindergarten in Jerusalem. May 10, 2020

92.6% of Israeli kindergarten teachers vaccinated, recovered from COVID

"Many kindergarten teachers are reporting hostility directed toward them."

Parents suspected of abusing their infant child arrested by police

The suspected parents have denied all accusations made against them.

Jerusalem opens youth center in Shuafat, promoting city's Arab community

East Jerusalem is home to some 100,000 young adults between the ages of 18-35.

US Embassy in Israel to allow limited in-person appointments amid COVID

Services such as Passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and Federal Benefits (Social Security) appointments are now available to be scheduled in person.

Passengers at the Departure hall at the Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv on December 14, 2020.

Coronavirus: Where can Israelis fly now that the skies are reopening?

The cities of New York, Paris, Frankfurt, and Kiev - and possibly London - will be open to vaccinated Israelis come Sunday.

Former Israeli Minister Gilad Erdan attends a weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign Ministry

Erdan to UN: Iran responsible for attack on Israeli ship near Oman

In the letter, the ambassador emphasized that Israel has the right and will “take all necessary measures to protect its citizens.”

‘Shtisel’ Season 3 Netflix release date announced

The narrative picks up four years after the conclusion of the events of the previous season.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
03/03/2021
MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint List) at the Knesset August 8, 2018.

MK Tibi: I love the words mother and father and am against LGBTQ people

Tibi said that he would prefer not to get any help from LGBTQ people even if they protest alongside him.

ZAKA founder and chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav awarded Israel Prize

“In a month full of tears of pain and sorrow after the triple family loss that I have suffered, finally my eyes shed tears of happiness with the joyous news given to me"

By HADASSAH BRENNER
03/03/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with the first UAE Ambassador to Israel, Muhammad Mahmoud

Netanyahu welcomes first-ever UAE ambassador to Israel

“We are changing the Middle East; we are changing the world.”

Minister slams state for prosecuting Israeli who killed in self-defense

There is an ongoing debate in Israel about self-defense, especially in cases involving IDF soldiers shooting and killing Palestinian attackers

International Criminal Court, The Hague

Gantz says Israel moving to protect citizens from ICC

Justice minister’s comments contradict calmer messages from gov't experts.

02/03/2021

'Our Natural Right': Descendants of Declaration of Independence signers

The film tells the historic story through the voices of 10 adult grandchildren, all descendants of original signers of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

By KEN TOLTZ
02/03/2021
Passengers in Ben-Gurion Airport amid ongoing coronavirus restrictions, Feb. 2021

NGO to High Court: Appeal to reveal return process for Israelis abroad

According to the NGO, the special committee for granting exceptional entry into Israel must publicly justify its decisions to counter allegations of “systematic discrimination.”

Senior Palestinian officials vaccinated, PA ministry of health reveals

Members of the PLO Executive Committee aged over 65 and cabinet ministers have received the vaccine.

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