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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.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden

US-Israel ties: A time to refrain from fretting - analysis

“The Jewish people and their history have always held a special place in my heart,” Biden wrote in his letter.

03/03/2021
International criminal court

US State Department says ICC has no jurisdiction investigating Israel

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

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

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

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.”

El Al Israel Airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod

Coronavirus: Gov’t approves reopening of Israel’s skies

Beginning Sunday 3,000 citizens a day will now be allowed to enter the country.

Doni Silverstein, Owner of Urbun Cafe

Restaurants excited, skeptical for reopening after coronavirus lockdown

The government voted to open restaurants next week for the first time in more than two months.

02/03/2021
AVICHAI MANDELBLIT

A-G institutes lengthy approval process for foreign vaccine aid

Israel has already donated about 22,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

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

MK Yitzhak Pindrus

Conversion controversy: Haredi MK labels female IDF converts 'shiksas'

“She is not Jewish and if someone marries her the father needs to sit shiva, rip his clothes and recite kaddish,” Pindrus said.

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
Ayman Safadi

Ashkenazi meets with Jordanian FM, Netanyahu greets UAE ambassador

"It is necessary to resume serious and effective negotiations to achieve a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution."

Israelis, New Yorkers participate in solidarity chess tournament

The two-hour event was aired live on various Facebook pages, with the $2,000 prize divided among outstanding participants.

'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.”

Ibrahim Hamed, the driver accused of running over a man Sunday night in Mea Shearim

Arab who ran over man in Mea She'arim: I was sure they would kill me

“They wanted to kill me because I’m Arab. When I turned onto the street, they started attacking me and throwing rocks at me,” Ibrahim Hamed said.

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.

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment reports in gov't offices rose by 7.5% in 2020

The increase in cases occurred despite the significant decrease in workplace interaction due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Captura de Pantalla

Israeli-Colombian food-tech startup Demetria helps industry wake up & smell coffee

Until now, coffee-bean quality has been determined solely by cupping, a manual, expensive, time-consuming process carried out by the industry’s certified tasting experts.

Israeli drones, European hacking software used in Myanmar coup - NYT

Jerusalem was supposed to end all military exports to Myanmar, after allegations emerged that weaponry was being sold to the army.

Gideon Sa'ar: Palestinians must be stopped from seizing control of Area C

In the past he has attacked Netanyahu for not doing enough to halt illegal Palestinian building in Area C, and he continued in that vein on Sunday.

Holocaust survivor Miriam Linial

Holocaust survivor Miriam Linial celebrates 100th birthday with friends

"We did not know what a day would bring. It was a difficult and unbearable time in the ghetto and every day we saw people being sent to die 'like lambs to the slaughter.'"

Yair Netanyahu ordered to pay NIS 500,000 in defamation lawsuit

The decision to charge him was made after the prime minister's son did not file a letter of defense and also did not accept the lawsuit - claiming that it is "ridiculous and delusional."

By GADI ZAIG
02/03/2021

Netanyahu meets with mayors to encourage COVID vaccination in Arab sector

The prime minister stressed that there are vaccines available for all citizens, with no exceptions.

Mordechai Ansbacher

Mordechai Ansbacher, one of last Eichmann trial witnesses, dies in Jerusalem

He was known as one of the founders of Yad Vashem, and the first director of the Holocaust Museum.

Netanyahu trial: Prosecution files witness list for April 5 hearing

The initial witness list and evidentiary documents in the trial of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were finalized on Monday when the prosecution filed them with the Jerusalem District Court.

Court rules: Recognize Reform, Conservative conversions done in Israel for citizenship

High Court historic decision enrages the Chief Rabbinate and Orthodox political parties.

Eilat impressive in conquest of Mac TA

Casspi returns for yellow-and-blue ahead of crucial Euroleague contests vs CSKA, Valencia

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
01/03/2021

Coronavirus electronic bracelet pilot program launches

Israelis in a quarantine hotel demanded bracelets, leaving their rooms against regulations in protest.

Coronavirus: Restaurants, event halls, grades 7-10 to open Sunday

Coronavirus commissioner warns that Purim infractions might lead to Passover lockdown, asks to wait with new round of openings as R rate climbs to 1.

At the ceremony marking the 100th ordination of a graduate from Hebrew Union College’s Israeli Refor

Conversion ruling inevitable clash of democracy with sectarian monopoly

During those fifty years, calls for greater religious pluralism for non-Orthodox Jews in Israel have grown ever louder,

Coronavirus: Post-pandemic tourism hopes breed excitement, skepticism

Royal Caribbean will begin cruises from Israel as a test case, while locals are bitter and skeptical of government plans

01/03/2021
Reform Jews pray in Jerusalem [Illustrative]

Can't blame court: Knesset failed to settle conversion for 15 years

he court’s decision on Monday basically balances out the existing situation, recognizing conversions performed in Israel as well.

01/03/2021

Israel Elections: Israel needs leadership with empathy - analysis

Winston Churchill was blessed with this trait in abundance.

01/03/2021

Shira Haas to star in new show about Golda Meir

Barbra Streisand will executive produce Lioness, a drama series about the life of Meir.

Coronavirus: High Court limits Shin Bet surveillance of citizens

After March 14, Shin Bet can use surveillance only for citizens who don't cooperate or recall whereabouts to assist in epidemiological probes.

The IDF West Bank Courts continues to be disrupted by political and legal battle.

IDF to ask court to respect reprimand of commander of suicidal soldier

Appeal comes after district court blocked disciplining the commander

UAE Ambassador to Israel Muhammad Mahmoud Al Khaja with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi

First-ever UAE ambassador to Israel presents credentials

Ashkenazi: We have a historic opportunity to present a model of warm, comprehensive peace.

Anti-Netanyahu protest leader Amir Haskel attacked

"This is what Netanyahu's culture of incitement and division looks like."

By HADASSAH BRENNER
01/03/2021

Iranian, Israeli judo bromance to be subject of US miniseries

MGM and Tadmor describe this as a story of bravery and friendship against all odds, infused by the spirit of sportsmanship.

Nurit Zarchi wins Israel Prize in Literature and Poetry

Zarchi has written more than 100 books in a variety of fields, including poetry, fiction novels and children literature, as well as essays and articles.

Gov't fails to fix unconstitutional surrogacy law, requests more time

The state claims that the government and Health Ministry were too busy dealing with the coronavirus outbreak to take the time to deal with fixing the law.

01/03/2021

IDF identifies reservist who died in car crash

He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff-Sgt.-Maj.

01/03/2021

Who finds better deals shopping online? Men or women?

The study included an analysis of 66 million online transactions.

Central public library planned for Jerusalem

New central public library planned for Jerusalem

Residents will be able to borrow thousands of books from the library as well as have access to multimedia systems and internet access.

Israel to provide COVID vaccines to Sinai peacekeepers, official says

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 2,400 doses would be provided but did not elaborate on the terms or the timing of the handover.

By REUTERS
01/03/2021
Tel Aviv Magistrates Court shortly before hearing of Yarin Sherf, suspected of raping a 13-year-old

Yarin Sherf, accused of rape of 13-year-old, has arrest extended four days

Sherf is a known figure on the TikTok platform and has previously sent messages to women in a blatant and insulting manner.

By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
01/03/2021
Erman Skyman, (R) the Superintendent of the Tel Aviv police coastal patrol unit and Shlomo Maman, 44

Coastal Police rescues mother, five children from high tide

The family had set out earlier on a cruise, but lost control of the motor when a rope got tangled in it.

A poster illustrating the chained marriage of Rivka, 41, who has been refused divorce by her husband

Agunas are 'strangled' in abusive marriages - so they protested

"The pain in my heart is deep as I remain in a state of perpetual waiting," said Rivka, 41, one of the women featured on the posters in the protest.

Was the attack on the Israeli cargo ship successful?

Some link this incident to the unsuccessful attempts by Iran and its proxies to avenge the death of senior Iranian figures, such as top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

01/03/2021

How did Israel go from Start-up Nation to Stranded Nation? - analysis

Thousands of Israelis are sleeping on airport floors and benches, posting pictures to Facebook and Instagram that are reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal.”

Travelers at Ben-Gurion Airport in March - to bring tourists back to Israel is not an act of lunacy.

Will foreigners be allowed to enter Israel by Passover? - Explainer

Countries using different vaccination protocols and documentation methods make it hard to open borders.

European UNSC members: IDF must halt razing of Palestinian Humsa tents

Demarche issued to Israel, UN says 185% increase in demolitions.

Volunteers struggle to clean oil spill as new stains keep arriving

Pollution levels at Rosh HaNikra beach went up on Sunday to moderate-heavy as new stains washed ashore.

Israeli policemen detain a protester during clashes in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm el-Fahm

Umm el-Fahm freezes policing activities after violent weekend

Umm al-Fahm Mayor Dr. Samir Mahamid, who was injured during Friday's protest, has claimed that the police statement was "misleading at best."

KKL-JNF board in uproar over ‘undemocratic vote’ to buy Palestinian land

The KKL-JNF said in response that on Thursday the KKL-JNF’s board of directors approved a specific budget totaling NIS 138 million.

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