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Finance Ministry offers grants for each employee returning to work

The draft proposal published by Finance Minister Israel Katz aims to provide employers with grants worth NIS 7,500 for every employee who returns to the workplace after June 1.

Jerusalem Film Festival opening event at Sultan's Pool, July 28, 2018
Jerusalem Film Festival announces ‘We Are One’ lineup

The Jerusalem Film Festival is one of 21 international festivals from 35 countries.

Israeli artists use Netanyahu's COVID-19 speeches as song lyrics

Even the song's title, translated as "Distancing is Love," is a reference to a speech given by Netanyahu on March 17th, when the world was only just starting to realize the scope of the Coronavirus.

An Israeli girl stands as she hold balloons at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem on May 13, 2020
Post COVID-19, one-third of Israelis stressed and anxious - CBS survey

The report, “Civil resilience during the coronavirus crisis,” was the first state-run survey of its kind conducted after the lockdown was lifted.

Checkmarx execs: Positive momentum drove acquisition during COVID-19

Checkmarx's CEO will speak about the company's $1.15 billion acquisition on The Jerusalem Post website on at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, organized by Startup Grind.

Expanded Norwegian Law set to pass Wednesday

Bill proposed to prevent indicted from seeking presidency

N12, Dana Weiss sue Yair Netanyahu for libel

Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, lashed out at the reporter and claimed she is in a “bribe-like” relationship with Attorney General-Avichai Mandelblit.

IDF teaches cadets the language needed to win the next war

Cadets in officers course are taking part in advanced field training in central Israel

New Olim and communal responsibility - watch

Nefesh B’Nefesh features pre-Shavuot Zoom program Wednesday evening

Alfred Dreyfus' descendant: Netanyahu’s trial is nothing like his

In an interview with French i24, Yael Perl Ruiz slams Yair Netanyahu for comparing his father’s trial to that of her great-grandfather.

Police search for missing dancer Ayman Safiah

Safiah was last seen on Sunday morning in the sea close to Neve Yam in Atlit.

Israel's northernmost start-up hub opens in Upper Galilee

In addition to welcoming start-ups, the center will also represent a facility for hi-tech companies based in central Israel but which are interested in expanding operations to northern Israel.

Israeli start-up focused on AI agricultural solutions secures $7 million

“We are thrilled to have JVP, an international leading VC fund, and Syngenta as strategic and industry expert investors to help fuel Greeneye’s growth,” said co-founder and CEO Nadav Bocher.

Malka Leifer, a former Australian school principal who is wanted in Australia on suspicion of sexual
Malka Leifer fit for extradition, judge rules

Jerusalem District Court rules that after six-year-long legal battle alleged sex offender Malka Leifer is fit for extradition, appeal of decision to Supreme Court likely.

Palestinians protest against the Deal of the Century Middle East peace plan in Bethlehem, Jan. 2020
COGAT warns of wave of violence as annexation plans progress

The statements by Abu-Rukun come as terrorist attacks in the West Bank are on the rise after a lull during the coronavirus outbreak.

Noble Energy violated Leviathan air emissions permit, says ministry

The Environmental Protection Ministry announced that it would commence enforcement proceedings.

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Four suspects arrested for attempting to steal weapons from IDF base

Indictments against the four men, including an IDF soldier, are to be filed on Monday with the Southern District Attorney's Office.

Israel rejects Chinese bid to build Sorek 2 amid pressure from the US

Friedman, Hendel discuss US warnings against Chinese involvement in 5G networks.

A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him
Cyberattacks target Israeli labs working on coronavirus vaccine

The attacks attempted and failed to damage the vaccine development process, but did not attempt to steal information.

El Al Boeing 777 258 ER
With El Al's fate in gov't hands, airline braces for crash landing

Coronavirus killed what was left of the national carrier’s struggling business. El Al needs both a bailout and management reforms; the future of Israel’s aviation industry hangs in the balance.

A general view of the pool at the Royal Beach Hotel in Eilat, Israel, June 12, 2018
Hotels returning to normal: High occupancy in Eilat over Shavuot

"In Eilat there is the highest rate of domestic tourism - 90%. For hotels based also on foreign tourism, the recovery will take a long time."

Jewish worshippers pray in full view of police on Temple Mount
A-G cancels indictment of woman who fought with police on Temple Mount

The woman was warned against committing further crimes, as the attorney-general could then consider renewing the legal proceedings.

Netanyahu meets with settler leaders in Gush Etzion after the US stated that settlements are not ill
47% of Israeli Anglos support West Bank annexation – i24 poll

The poll also found that a vast majority of French-speaking Israelis (90%) support an annexation of parts of the West Bank.

A lioness seen with her 6-weeks-old Asiatic lion cubs, at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem on
In historic first, Jerusalem Biblical Zoo welcomes Asiatic lion cubs

The cubs will soon be shown to the public, since the famous Jerusalem zoo has opened its doors once again now that many of the coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

Progressive prayer platform by Western Wall still closed after 2 years

Jerusalem City Hall engineering department issued stop-work order against repair of wooden planks at site.

New legislation to increase technological cooperation between Israel, US

The legislation would enhance collaboration on the research and development of technology used for national defense.

TAU team to represent Israel in L’Oréal Brandstorm finals

The team was led by marketing researcher Dr. Irit Nitzan and Nurit Hod. It will represent Israel in the finals, which will be held online in June.

Beersheba VC fund moves to Kfar Saba in NIS 30m. deal

SIBF manages investments in Israeli technology companies and start-ups amounting to hundreds of millions of shekels, and recently began raising another $200m.

Schenfeld’s dilemma: To dance or not to dance

In one of her poems, Schenfeld writes, “Word replaced movement. Threw it out the door.”

Israeli cartoonist Michel Kichka explores coronavirus

One of the best-known Israeli cartoonists encourages his students at the Bezalel Academy of Art to draw about their shutdown experience

What on earth is media bribery, and should it be a crime? – analysis

How could Mandelblit indict Netanyahu for a nonexistent crime that is unheard of not only in Israel, but on most of the planet?

An exhibition at Expo Tel Aviv
Unconventional times test Israel's international convention industry

The Health Ministry is expected to publish regulations regarding the reopening of convention centers later this week.

El Al Worker's Committee members riot over management meeting with pilots

The meeting was called to discuss the return of more pilots to work full time, after El Al extended the unpaid leave of thousands of employees until June 30.

Magen David Adom medical team members, wearing protective gear, is handling a Coronavirus test from
Israel, India work together on rapid-result coronavirus test

The goal of tests with rapid results is to enable people “to go back to their routine as much as possible considering coronavirus will be with us for a while."

Eight new deputy ministers sworn in

New Knesset speaker meets with Rivlin

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu visits the Jordan Valley community of Mevo’ot Yericho in February
Netanyahu: We will move forward with annexation in July

Map committee member Levin denies Yesha Council complaint thatUS rejected settler changes to sovereignty map

Australia's handling of COVID-19 crisis opens door for Israeli businesses

"Australia is in the midst of its exit strategy, and unlike in other places, when there is a crisis or downturn they believe the way to move forward is through adaptability and innovation."

Prof. David Kazhdan becomes first Israeli to win the Shaw Prize

Prof. David Kazhdan is one of the great luminaries of the representation theory, his originality and knowledge are incomprehensible.

Kochavi fires officer, censures 4 others for role in soldier's suicide

Cpl. Niv Lubaton committed suicide after he was being recruited as a source by Military Police.

Are deep security ties between Israel and Jordan at risk? – analysis

King Abdullah has warned of a major clash with the Hashemite Kingdom should Israel follow through with annexation. That wouldn't be good for either side.

Lapid accuses Netanyahu of attempting coup

"Are there any principles you are still willing to fight for?" Lapid asked his former political allies.

The scene of a suspected car ramming attack near Hebron
IDF soldier who lost leg in terror attack released from hospital

Sgt. Shadi Ibrahim was struck two weeks ago in the south Hebron Hills; Two Palestinians shot by IDF in West Bank

Jerusalem Municipality presents record NIS 11.2 billion budget

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday morning that he had ordered a special project for the development of Jerusalem worth NIS 200 million

At rally, cultural sector questions reopening plan

The movie industry is feeling the pressure acutely because the big summer releases, such as Wonder Woman 1984 with Gal Gadot, have been postponed until at least the fall.

Ehud Olmert: Netanyahu will go to prison for many years

Prime Minister will go to jail for many years says former prime minister.

GDP contracted by 7.1% in first quarter, sharpest drop in 20 years

The dramatic drop comes after GDP expanded by 4.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Religion, civil law, and love - watch Matan's Pre-Shavuot program live

Matan, a pioneer in the field of advanced Torah learning for women for over 30 years, presents a special day of learning online

Dichter: Trump map worrisome, settlements should be annexed

Binyamin Regional Council head Israel Ganz, who hosted Dichter, told him that “We must safeguard the settlements, and they in turn will safeguard us.”

3,500-year-old plate depicting power struggle in ancient Negev discovered

Imri Elia, a resident of Kibbutz Niri, found the small engraved clay plate featuring two human figures near Tel Jemmeh.

A man wears a face mask for fear of the coronavirus as he takes the train to Haifa, on March 17, 202
Israeli researchers develop 'self-disinfecting' mask amid coronavirus

In recent weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the hands of governments across the globe to require their national constituency to wear face masks when venturing out of the house.

IDF soldiers searching the area after West Bank stabbing attack
Attempted stabbing attack near Shiloh, no IDF soldiers injured

The Palestinian WAFA news agency reported that a number of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian shepherds in the plain between Mughayir and Turmus Aya, located near Shiloh

Undercover agent helps police arrest over 60 arms, drug traffickers, May 25, 2020
Undercover agent helps police arrest over 60 arms, drug traffickers

During the operation, the agent bought 5 M-16 assault rifles, 3 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 4 sidearms and 3 explosives, as well as 10 kilograms of cocaine and over a kilogram of heroin

Dershowitz on Netanyahu trial: 'Israel should be deeply ashamed'

Dershowitz added that if the prosecutors wanted to charge Netanyahu with a crime there should be certain precedents and parameters set around what constitutes the exploits as actionable offenses.

Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich speaks in Knesset
Committee led by Netanyahu delays book of fmr. police chief Alsheich

The former police commissioner was responsible for gathering evidence that is currently being used in the ongoing corruption trial against Netanyahu.

A SCREEN grab from the film ‘Viral.’
CoPro documentary market to take place online

The CoPro Market, which is celebrating its 22nd year, normally takes place in Tel Aviv.

ISRAEL PORTNOY: If you don’t have some major tragedy then things won’t really be real.
From the flames

Israel Portnoy recovers from last year’s devastating fire in Mevo Modi’im with the help of his music.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Head of Mossad Yossi Cohen
Netanyahu thanks Mossad chief for purchasing coronavirus medical gear

The Mossad received heavy criticism for its purchases in late March after a covert operation accidentally brought 100,000 incomplete coronavirus test kits to Israel from an unidentified Gulf state.

The country needs to come first, not Netanyahu – analysis

All these allegations have a common denominator that reveal what the public has known about Netanyahu for years: this is a man who enjoys the good things in life and is obsessed with media coverage.

How will Netanyahu's trial look if the judges let him drag it out?

For those who thought that the next court date of July 19 is when witnesses will be called, it is not even close.

Edelstein, Tropper announce end to culture restrictions in June

The announcement comes after nearly three months of no theater or stage shows, but will it be enough to save live performances?

The enigma behind the Negev's 1,500-year-old Christian communities

Remains of over 180 houses were also revealed by the researchers, together with many agricultural installations including dams, cisterns, wine presses and a pigeon tower.

Buses to allow 75% capacity starting Thursday, trains return in June

Intercity buses will increase from 23 passengers to 46 passengers, and urban buses will increase from 20 to 49 passengers. Taxis will allow two people at a time.

Buses to allow 75% capacity starting Thursday, trains return in June

Intercity buses will increase from 23 passengers to 46 passengers, and urban buses will increase from 20 to 49 passengers. Taxis will allow two people at a time.

THE WEST BANK town of Efrat, with Bethlehem in the background.
Peace Now petitions court to halt Efrat E2 settler building project

Palestinians hold that the portions of the land are private Palestinian property and should never have been allocated as state land.

Likud MKs applaud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his first trial hearing on Sunday
Israel vs. Benjamin Netanyahu: The circus is just beginning

Netanyahu highlighted the way he’s different from many other defendants in his opening remarks, calling for all the hearings to be broadcast live online.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz attends the Knesset's Remembrance Day service, April 26, 2020
Gantz tiptoes through trial of reluctant partner Netanyahu

Exactly a year ago, Gantz fiercely attacked Netanyahu at a pro-democracy rally in Tel Aviv.

The week in readers' pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their best shots from the week of May 17, 2020.

Government adds NIS 14 billion to coronavirus financial aid package

Finances will also serve the acceleration of infrastructure projects, including connecting businesses to optical fiber cables, and to enable advance payments of so-far unclaimed deposits by soldiers.

No matter the outcome of Netanyahu's trial, Israel loses – comment

If Netanyahu is convicted, half the country will believe that he was railroaded, and the other half will lose faith in the political system. If acquitted, faith in the justice system will be lost.

Netanyahu's trial begins outside the court – analysis

Will Netanyahu’s strategy of preaching to the public instead of pleading to the court succeed?

Coronavirus unemployment crisis deepening for Arab-Israelis

Data published by the Employment Service also showed that young Arab men were most affected by dramatic changes in the workforce.

"Dreyfus trial" reads a placard held by a protestor during a pro-Netanyahu demonstration outside the
Pro-Netanyahu protesters denounce judicial system, law enforcement

Placards comparing Netanyahu trial to Dreyfus tidal, together with cries of “antisemites,” “leftists,” “post-Zionists” and “Israel haters,” were just some of the messages disseminated.

The IDF’s tactical start-up innovation Pilot program

"It's a matter of time before Hezbollah has technology like AI."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recommends Israelis use the namaste greeting to avoid contracting
Netanyahu to ask court to broadcast trial live

"They don't like it that I am not a poodle."

Alyn care center brings joy to Jewish, Arab disabled kids in lockdown

Shachar, the Rehabilitation Educational Medical Day Care Center within the Alyn Orthopedic Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Jerusalem offers medical care, nursing care and para-medical treatment

A bus driver wears a mask following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan
Partition to be installed on buses to protect drivers from coronavirus

"At the level of fatigue of our drivers, the next accident that will claim a human life seems just around the corner."

Watch: Protesters outside PM residence pop open champagne in celebration

The opposition Yesh Atid Party and the Black Flag movement have organized protests at dozens of junctions across the country under the banner: “Corrupt and Disconnected – We are sick of you.”

Netanyahu, prosecution fight over trial start date

The legal war runs parallel to the public opinion war.

Rivlin gives thanks to world’s oldest Righteous Among the Nations, 101

In his letter, Rivlin wrote to Kozminska that he had “great admiration for your courageous acts of humanity and bravery during the dark days of the Second World War in Poland.”

Woman falls into Western Wall shaft, moderately injured

United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Maor Nachum was one of the first responders to arrive at the scene.

Who are the judges who will decide Netanyahu’s fate?

Bar-Am’s record on white-collar crime is less extensive than the other two judges, putting him in the neutral category. However, with less experience in this area, he is more likely to defer to them.

Government limits coronavirus cellphone surveillance to "special cases"

Circumventing parliament in March, as the coronavirus spread, the cabinet approved emergency regulations that enabled the use of the technology, usually deployed for anti-terrorism.

Netanyahu: Khamenei is putting himself in danger by threatening Israel

PM spoke with leaders of Sudan and Chad, and expressed wish to increase ties with more Muslim countries.

How can Israel mitigate the risk from Chinese investments?

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington-based think tank that hosted a simulation review of Chinese investments in Israel, has released a summary with its key findings.

El Al to reportedly test demand with series of international flights

A modest number of pilots and other relevant staff will be brought back from unpaid leave for the pilot program, it was reported.

EL AL plane lands in Turkey to collect coronavirus aid for US

El Al's Dreamliner aircraft, which was converted to be able to carry cargo, landed in Istanbul on Sunday and took 24 tons of humanitarian equipment for the fight against the coronavirus.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Elovitch's former lawyer: Good chance Netanyahu will be acquitted

"The judges will hear what everyone has to say and will examine them well – and the more they decide that these actions are not felonies, they will not hesitate to acquit."

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Israeli app allows online psychiatric evaluations for mental health patients

This is the first time a replacement service to hospitalization has been made available in Israel.

Israeli Hodaya Monsonego released from prison to house arrest in Peru

Hodaya, 24, who is cognitively impaired, faces criminal charges of smuggling narcotics after she was found with 28 kg. of cocaine in her luggage.

Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Church of the Holy Sepulchre to re-open Sunday following extended closure

The church was forced to close its doors to the public in late March due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel’s relations with China are creating a storm

For too long, Israel has cozied up to China while ignoring potential ramifications or fallout with its greatest ally, the United States.

Yesh Atid activists protesting on road to court
Protests against Netanyahu to take place across Israel

The Black Flag movement is planning on having dozens of buses and a chain of cars surround Netanyahu's official residence with the slogan “the man indicted for corruption is not my prime minister."

Netanyahu to be Israel's first sitting PM on trial - case opens today

Key to Sunday's hearing is how quickly or slowly the judges decide to move the trial forward.

A photo taken overnight by a resident opposite the offshore Leviathan natural gas platform
Gas production renewed at offshore Leviathan platform

Initial investigations found that the incident was caused by an error in the gas detectors on the platform, causing the alert to be activated due to concerns of a leak. The alert was a false alarm.

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