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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Netanyahu: 'Trump deal is a once-in-history opportunity'

Such an opportunity “to secure Israel’s future,” will not come again, Netanyahu warned.

Bar Refaeli calls on followers to vaccinate their kids.
Bar Refaeli names her first son David

The couple celebrated the baby’s bris at their home with close friends and immediate family.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Robyn Hitchcock’s fertile mind

Psychedelic folk legend returns to Tel Aviv next week.

25/01/2020
Fran Drescher doesn’t mind being single, she has a ‘friend with benefits’

“It’s delightful and delicious but I’ve got a big life,” she said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Liberman says 'live and let live' on religious conflict in Knesset

Guest Column: Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman discusses the main points of the controversy that has paralyzed the political system.

Netanyahu, Gantz to meet with Trump separately for political reasons

Netanyahu and Gantz had originally been expected to meet with US President together, which Gantz opposed

Getting set for drumming

Famed jazz drummer Jeff Ballard to share his secrets with Israeli students.

25/01/2020
Clipa Theater takes on Shakespeare

The show will have its opening night on Wednesday, January 29th at 8:30pm and will include English subtitles.

By CARMEL MADADSHAHI
25/01/2020
Nature, spa and culinary festival at Gilboa

Winter is perhaps the best time to visit the Gilboa area and adjacent valleys.

By TALY SHARON
25/01/2020
Rashida Tlaib retweets unverified claim Israelis killed Palestinian boy

The tweet claimed that the boy was kidnapped by “Israeli settlers, assaulted and thrown in a water well"

Liberman: Netanyahu is running away from Jordan Valley sovereignty vote

"Instead of going the 2.4 kilometers to the Knesset to apply Israeli sovereignty over the valley in three votes in one day... [Netanyahu] prefers to fly 9,476 to Washington."

By ARIK BENDER/MAARIV
25/01/2020
The week in pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their snaps and shots from the week.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Amir Peretz slams Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

Peretz even attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "His presence created an ideological crunch because he caused everyone to engage with him instead of the welfare of the people.”

By ERIC BENDER/MAARIV
25/01/2020
A year after the Brumadinho disaster in Brazil, memories are still fresh

IDF delegation led by Col. Golan Vach spent days searching through mud to find bodies of victims.

RPG attached to balloons found outside Sde Boker in southern Israel

Sde Boker is some 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) from the Gaza Strip.

THE DELEGATION of Major League Baseball stars to Israel pose at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikva y
Baseball field in Israel honors the memory of terror victim Ezra Schwartz

Last week, Israeli teens and their parents, joined by Israel’s Olympic baseball team, which is preparing for the Tokyo games this summer, held a groundbreaking for 'Ezra's Field.'

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/01/2020
Jordan to hold boxing qualifiers after move from Wuhan

The death toll from the virus rose to 41 on Saturday, with more than 1,300 infected globally, but most of the cases and all of the deaths so far have been in Wuhan.

By REUTERS
25/01/2020
The exploitation of a tragedy: 8-year-old found dead in Jerusalem

Missing boy found drowned in Beit Hanina • Hanan Ashrawi, Rashida Tlaib retweet claim ‘settlers kidnapped, executed’ youth

25/01/2020
Ministry of Tourism wishes Chinese tourists pleasant new year

Chinese people around the world will be celebrating the Year of the Rat.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Yad Vashem, Facebook partner to commemorate Holocaust victims

Seeking to further widen the impact of the project, the IRemember Wall is now available in English, Hebrew, French, Spanish, German and Russian.

25/01/2020
Benny Gantz has awoken from his post-election slumber.
Benny Gantz expected to refuse Trump's invitation to White House – report

Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that the president had invited Netanyahu to show him the Middle East peace plan, and that the prime minister had suggested that Gantz be invited as well.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Yaffa Issachar meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin together with Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu
Russia: Issachar hasn’t yet asked for pardon, delaying possible release

‘I believe Putin. If he says everything will be okay, I believe everything will be okay,’ jailed woman says

By REUTERS , LAHAV HARKOV
25/01/2020
PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Jan. 24, 2020
Netanyahu, Rivlin meet with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

The Ukrainian president presented Netanyahu with a letter containing three stories from the Holocaust in Ukraine.

24/01/2020
Storms in Israel, 2020
Jerusalem prepares for winter weather as temperatures drop

The cold wave is expected to last the entire weekend. Rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout the country on Friday. Snow may fall on mountains in the north and high peaks in the center.

24/01/2020
Graffiti on a mosque in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa, Jan. 2020
Residents, officials condemn price tag attack on Jerusalem mosque

The graffiti on the wall of the mosque read, "[They're] destroying the Jews? Kumi Ori will destroy the enemy!"

24/01/2020
Israeli High Court hearing on whether Netanyahu can form next government despite indictment he faces
Court rules against Liberman, in favor of Jewishness DNA testing

In the majority decision, penned by Justice Neal Hendel, it was determined that the petition didn't present sufficient evidence proving that the rabbinate's actions were discriminatory.

24/01/2020
Members of the Druze community holds Syrian and Druze flags as they sit facing Syria, during a rally
Druze town to receive new neighborhood due to housing crisis

"The planning was done with special care for the needs of the Druze community in the Golan Heights and while addressing the housing shortage."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/01/2020
Dissecting Amar’e Stoudemire’s decision to join Maccabi Tel Aviv

Injury depleted Maccabi Tel Aviv thrilled to sign 37-year-old big man to dismay of Hapoel Jerusalem

Cafe Europa
A new lunch in town: Cafe Europa

Cafe Europa introduces lunch, discontinues pinchos and aperitivo

By BUZZY GORDON
24/01/2020
CLASS IS in session at Shachar, the Rehabilitation Educational Medical Day Care Center at Jerusalem’
Ashira Women's Choir sings ALYN Hospital's praises

Over the years, Ashira has performed regularly a senior citizens’ facility in Beit Shemesh, and has hosted a number of fund-raising concerts for a variety of local organizations.

By CANDICE DAMELIN
23/01/2020
FROM LEFT: Cast members Victoria Gershkovich, Miriam Metzinger, Gavriel Weinberg and Daniel Fliegler
‘Of Thee I Sing’ injects humor into politics

Gershwin music and Marx Brothers comedy resonate and amuse on a stage near you

By YAKIR FELDMAN
23/01/2020
PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN and French President Emmanuel Macron share a warm embrace on Wednesday in Je
He met Peres, too

Very few of the heads of state dining at the table of President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday night had the privilege of meeting his immediate predecessor Shimon Peres.

AN ANNUAL falafel celebration helps David Dugo Leitner commemorate his mother and his survival
Jerusalem Affairs: Peggy Cidor's round-up

There is an update regarding the claim of a buyer of contested real estate located on plots belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church.

23/01/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin pose with world leader
World leaders gather in remembrance of Holocaust at Yad Vashem summit

US Vice Pres. Mike Pence vows to stand with Israel against Iran, calls Islamic Republic leading state purveyor of antisemitism.

FATIMA ABU ROOMI wages her feminist battles from within the community.
New art exhibit focuses on the life of women in religious societies

The exhibition title, “Trespassing,” spells out much of the guiding intent behind the show.

23/01/2020
Meir DizengoFf's grave
Trumpeldor Cemetery: The graveyard of Israel's most prominent figures

It’s been called a “graveyard that reads like a Who’s Who,” though it's namesake Joseph Trumpeldor isn't buried there.

Britain's Prince Charles visits the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, January 23, 2020
Prince Charles: Israeli genius is maintaining the NHS

The Prince, in Jerusalem for the World Holocaust Forum, also noted that his grandmother Princess Alice is buried at the Mount of Olives.

Cleaning the Shabbat table and portfolio diversification

As Shabbat approaches in the Katsman home, the tension becomes palpable.

By AARON KATSMAN
23/01/2020
THE NEW H. Stern store in Ramat Aviv
H. Stern launches Ramat Aviv store

The luxury jewelry brand H. Stern is launching a new store in the Ramat Aviv mall.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Calculating taxes
Holocaust survivors’ Israeli tax rights

As always, consult experienced tax advisers in each country at an early stage in specific cases.

By LEON HARRIS
23/01/2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian Authority warns Israel, US ‘not to cross the red lines’

A Fatah official warned that Trump’s plan would lead to an “explosion” in the region. “No Palestinian can accept this dangerous conspiracy.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C-L) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (C-R) with world
The World Holocaust Forum event has proved to be a remarkable day

The gathering of world leaders turned out to provoke a range of emotions.

23/01/2020
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump greets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year
Benjamin Netanyahu & Donald Trump: A tale of two political hearings

Netanyahu and Trump both find themselves facing trials by their critics

24/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump deliver statements
Analysis: Immunity, impeachment, Bibi and Trump

The politics of the current immunity and impeachment proceedings shaking Israel and the US are crucial, but the legal issues may prove even more decisive in the long-run.

U.S Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he stands next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah
Blue and White: Peace plan coinciding with immunity vote 'not coincidence'

“The goal is obviously to cancel the plenum or remove the spotlight from the plenum,” a Blue and White source said.

23/01/2020
Meat without borders
Israeli start-up aims to print real meat from cellular ink

From juicy plant-based burgers to lab-grown minute steaks, the sizzling competition over sustainable meat technologies is reaching boiling point.

25/01/2020
Russian President Vladimir Putins meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sarah, ahead of t
Wasn’t this supposed to be about the Holocaust?

But the solemn message of the event was mostly drowned out in Israel this week by the circus surrounding it.

US Vice Pres. Mike Pence visits the Western Wall with Netanyahu - video

Pence arrived in Israel to participate at the central ceremony of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum taking place at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
ISRAEL’S FIRST prime minister, David Ben-Gurion
Ben-Gurion: Warts and all

Academic Tom Segev gives a no-holds-barred view into Israel’s hallowed founder.

By BEN FISHER
23/01/2020
Singing my way into old age

Though I’ve always loved to sing, I was a secret singer for most of my life.

By CAROL UNGAR
25/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with US Vice President Mike Pence at the US Embassy in Jerusalem
Pence invites Netanyahu, Gantz to Washington to discuss peace prospects

During their meeting at the embassy, Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump for moving the embassy to Jerusalem. He said that now he is seeking to give Israel the peace and security it deserves.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Gigawatt Global begins construction on landmark Burundi solar farm

The company inaugurated sub-Saharan Africa’s first utility-scale solar field in Rwanda in 2014. It is active in renewable-energy projects in 10 African countries.

23/01/2020
ZABŁUDÓW SYNAGOGUE, Poland, 1895.
Reviving a lost world: Bible stories wrapped into today

All conscious Jews share the one great tragedy that befell our people in Europe, the Shoah – the catastrophe – in English, the Holocaust.

Netanyahu, Gantz to travel to Washington next week to discuss peace plan

VP Pence says they were invited to discuss ‘regional issues as well as the prospect of peace in the Holy Land’ • Trump: Reports regarding plan details are ‘purely speculative’

Naama Issachar from Russian prison: I believe Putin, I am hopeful

Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova visited Naama in prison to oversee her conditions in jail.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Eran Tzur reflects on life in the public eye and ‘The Beast Within’

Jewish wisdom and culture remain an important source of inspiration for Tzur. “I am an atheist but have musician friends in Jerusalem who combine religious life with creativity."

23/01/2020
US Vice Pres. Pence vows to stand with Israel against Iran

Netanyahu calls on world leaders to unite against Iran, Macron, Charles, Prince of Wales, assert importance of Holocaust remembrance.

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the Memorial to the Deportation of Jews from France, January
Macron lays wreath at Memorial to the Deportation of Jews from France

The President met with Holocaust survivors and their descendants at the memorial event.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
23/01/2020
GAL GADOT
Gal Gadot fights vampire in a new ad

Gal Gadot is many things — superstar actress known for playing Wonder Woman, model and pitchwoman, IDF veteran, unofficial goodwill ambassador for Israel— and now she’s a fearless vampire hunter.

German artist Gunter Demnig puts three 'Snublesten', or Stolpersteine, in front of the Synagogue in
Cobblestones commemorating Holocaust turn a new corner

By tying a victim's fate to a capsule biography, the 'stumble stones' seek to reduce the epic scale of the Holocaust to a more comprehensible human story.

By REUTERS
23/01/2020
Market
With Holocaust forum here, a slow day at the Shuk

Yet, while some are aware of the conference occurring today at Yad Vashem and its topic, others are less informed and are more focused on the presence of Putin.

By CARMEL MADADSHAHI , HANNAH HEPNER
23/01/2020
Diamond
Luxury jewelry coming to Ramat Aviv mall

The luxury jewelry brand H. Stern is launching a new store in the Ramat Aviv mall.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Did Bennett teach Netanyahu
Bennett looks to demolish illegal Palestinian businesses at Ariel Junction

The defense minister reportedly gave the order after meeting with Tamar Ettinger, widow of Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, who was killed at Ariel Junction last year along with 19-year-old St.-Sgt. Gal Keidan.

The UK's Prince Charles meets with President Reuven Rivlin ahead of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum,
Prince Charles meets Rivlin, visits Israel Museum

UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis accompanies prince

What Kushner's canceled trip to Israel might mean

"There is no reason to release a plan now if one wanted it to be seriously considered," former ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told The Jerusalem Post.

IDF Kfir Brigade training exercise
Kfir Brigade to turn into maneuvering infantry force

IDF to make significant changes to largest infantry brigade

Putin Tel Aviv
Putin to receive 'Friends of Zion Award' in Jerusalem

The award, commissioned by Israel's ninth president Shimon Peres, will be presented to Putin on behalf of the Russian republic, which saved scores of Jewish people during World War II.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend dedication of the Memo
Putin and Netanyahu unveil Leningrad Siege heroes monument in Jerusalem

8.5-meter-high structure honors estimated 600,000 to 1.5 million Russians who died during 900-day Nazi blockade.

Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the Western Wall on January 23, 2020.
Ukrainian President gives up seats at Holocaust event for survivors

Yad Vashem criticized Zelensky's decision.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/01/2020
Yaffa Issachar meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin together with Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu
Vladimir Putin to Yaffa Issachar: Everything will be OK

Iran will be at the center of Netanyahu’s planned meeting with Putin, as well as a potential pardon for imprisoned Naama Issachar.

MDA
Young boy dead after falling from window, he had posted 'sick of living'

Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics arrived on the scene, provided first-response care and immediately transferred him to the hospital in critical condition.

By MAAYAN HARONI/MAARIV
23/01/2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin is greeted by Israel's Foreign Minister Israel Kazt after landing a
President Vladimir Putin, US Vice President Mike Pence land in Israel

World leaders are arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport throughout Wednesday and Thursday morning to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , AARON REICH
23/01/2020
An empty Knesset Plenum
Israel falls close to redline in corruption index

The country has fallen from being ranked No. 28 among the world’s countries in 2016 to No. 32 in 2017 and No. 35 in 2019.

Visitors at an exhibition, look at Nazi flags and banners bearing Swastikas, at Yad Vashem World Hol
Holocaust event in Jerusalem drags Israel into European memory wars

Determination to learn the lessons of the Holocaust has become mired in controversy even before it has started,

By SAM SOKOL/JTA
23/01/2020
The question of how teaching the Holocaust without firsthand witnesses

Holocaust educators are being forced to confront a fraught question: What will happen to the teaching of the Holocaust when the firsthand witnesses are gone?

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/01/2020
Congo African Grey parrot
Parrots worth NIS 1 million were found in a stolen truck

Border Patrol officers thwarted one of the largest cases of parrot theft from a parrot farm in Migdal HaEmek, northern Israel.

By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
23/01/2020
AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE left Hapoel Jerusalem after last year, and played in China for three months before
Amar’e to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv

Former NBA All-Star and Hapoel Jerusalem alum, 37, signs with yellow-and-blue after China stint

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
22/01/2020
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein share a j
Nancy Pelosi cracks impeachment joke during Knesset visit

The Senate began its second day of the impeachment trial while Pelosi and a bipartisan delegation of six members of the house were in Israel to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum.

Colorized ostraca (ink on clay inscriptions) from Samaria, the capital of biblical Israel. The inscr
Two scribes behind 31 inscriptions discovered in biblical Samaria

The landmark inscriptions list shipments of items such as oil and wine to Samaria over the course of at least seven years, providing a glimpse into the logistical infrastructure of the kingdom.

New International Holocaust Remembrance Day exhibit focuses on liberation

The self-explanatory title of the new video-based exhibition at the institute is Liberation – The First Moments.

22/01/2020
Rivlin Putin
Israel and Russia - using gestures to cement a critical relationship

Love him or hate him, Russian President Vladimir Putin is a key actor in the region.

22/01/2020
Banned poetry and the Kurdish question

Kurdish writer Firat Ceweri visits Israel to speak on writing in minority languages

A Palestinian Hamas-hired civil servant displays U.S. Dollar banknotes
Gaza families to receive more Qatari cash despite balloon attacks

Last month, Qatar delivered another cash grant to 75,000 families in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu apologizes for offending stutterers

Yigal Amir’s wife: Disqualify Labor-Meretz leaders

22/01/2020
Rivlin, world leaders vow to stand united against racism, antisemitism

The King of Spain Felipe VI took the podium on behalf of the guests reunited at Rivlin’s residence, starting his speech by quoting 12th century Jewish thinker Moises Maimonined.

German president meets with Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem

He said it had been important for him to meet with the survivors during his visit, and hear them.

Artificial intelligence
Ex-IDF intel chief Yadlin: AI, tech will not suddenly revolutionize war

Throughout history, anytime a new technology is introduced, it is eventually mitigated to some extent by countermeasures.

Producer Alexander Rodnyansky on being a Jewish Ukrainian filmmaker

‘People like to say Russia is a country with an unstable past.’

Macron is first French leader in over 20 years to visit Western Wall

The Western Wall, one of Judaism’s most holy sites after the Temple Mount, is politically significant because it is located in east Jerusalem.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
Israel launches tenders for desalination, solar power plants

According to documents published by the committee on Wednesday, the Western Galilee plant will be located about 1 kilometer in-land.

22/01/2020
Present Reuven Rivlin hosts some 40 heads of state and heads of delegations at the International Lea
Israel's Reuven Rivlin hosts heads of state in his Jerusalem home - watch

The dinner is taking place at the President's Residence.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
Emmanuel Macron
French President Macron orders Israeli police out of French church

Legally speaking, the church is a French-held territory outside of France and is under that country's protection.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/01/2020
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