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Ben-Gurion Airport is empty amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Government shuts down incoming and outgoing flights until end of month

On Saturday only 2,394 people tested positive but very few tests administered • Death toll stands at 4,361, some 1,000 of which in January

CENTCOM general to visit Israel as Biden admin. looks to deal with Iran

McKenzie’s upcoming visit comes at a time of increased tension in the region due to Iran’s continued aggression.

Galatz army radio

Closing Army Radio: The beginning of the end of Israel's public broadcast

There is something anachronistic about an army station in a democratic country.

24/01/2021
Ambassador Eitan Na'eh in Abu Dhabi

Israel opens embassy in UAE

The embassy is in a temporary structure until a permanent one is found.

UAE cabinet approves opening embassy in Tel Aviv

The UAE and Israel agreed to normalize relations in August, a deal forged largely over shared fears of Iran.

By REUTERS
24/01/2021
Rivlin calls on new top cop to be responsible

Rivlin calls on new top cop to be responsible

“We trust you to enforce rules with wisdom and sensitivity. You are the Police Commissioner of all Israelis – Jews and Arabs. You are responsible for public order for all of us,” said Rivlin.

Israel and UAE to start student exchange program

The student exchange program comes following a normalization agreement between the two countries.

24/01/2021

Former Islamic Movement head, Sheikh Abu Najm, shot to death in Jaffa

Another man was also injured in the shooting, and was evacuated to Wolfson Hospital independently. He is classified as being in serious condition.

Rav-Pass by HopOn

You can now pay to ride the bus via app, but it's still not so simple

However, while the apps streamline the payment process substantially, there are some quirks that users may find confusing.

24/01/2021

Ron Huldai: We are ready to reopen all the cultural institutions today

The Tel Aviv municipality has been supporting the cultural centers within the city for over a year, and Huldai said it was high time those laces were opened to the public.

By NERIA BARR
24/01/2021

Security forces arrest Palestinian planning terror attack

The arrest was carried out in cooperation between Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operatives and Border Police anti-terror officers.

By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
24/01/2021
Israelis attend a protest in Tzfat, following the death of a young settler. Ahuvia SAndak, 16, was k

24-year-old settler from Givat Ronen arrested after assaulting soldiers

The troops used riot control measures and to disperse the stone throwers, one of whom approached a soldier and shoved him before being arrested. The same individual was carrying a gun.

Bnei Brak street scene, April 3

Police made secret deal not to enforce lockdown in Bnei Brak - report

It seems the deal came to an end following clashes with Vizhnitz hassidim Thursday.

Dr. Raphael Angel from the conference.

Abrahamic Business Circle Founder says “We believe in economic diplomacy”

“I have never had an issue being a Jew here in this country,”

Yehuda Meshi Zahav

ZAKA chairman loses father to COVID while still sitting shiva for mother

"Death has knocked on our door ... landing stroke after stroke on us. All within 30 days. Our pain is as large as the ocean, who shall heal us?," ZAKA chairman Yehuda Meshi Zahav wrote.

Vizhnitz grand rabbi instructs schools to open

“I hereby order in the open that Vizhnitz schools be opened and that these words be published in the official ultra-Orthodox Hamodia newspaper tomorrow.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jews pray outside their home in the city of Bnei Brak on January 14, 2021, during the

Police arrive in Bnei Brak to find vandals, equipped to disperse crowd

The residents protesting the police were ultra-Orthodox extremists belonging to teh Vizhnitz Hasidic dynasty. The protesters numbered in the dozens.

The nitty-gritty of traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic

Airlines will need to verify that every passenger from two years of age and up have provided a negative test result or proof of having recovered from COVID-19.

Coronavirus vaccination: Teens 16-18 begin getting the jab

The health funds will receive an influx of additional doses in order to make the teen campaign possible.

Yoav Gallant

More time, fewer tests: Israeli matriculation exams change due to COVID

Gallant to students: ‘your future is promised just as it was for those before you’

23/01/2021
Labor primaries

Labor to elect new leader, again

There are seven candidates for the 37,104 eligible Labor party members to choose from, with current MK Merav Michaeli strongly placed ahead of a field of less well-known candidates.

Poland seeks to mirror Israel's vaccination efforts

The Speaker of Poland's Senate opened the discussion to 50 MPs, praising Israel's vaccination success and noted that Poland looks to mirror said efforts.

Navalny protests hit Israeli streets as Tel Aviv calls for his release

Protesters gathered near the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv, carrying signs in Hebrew, English, and Russian reading "Free Navalny."

Police positioned in Tur'an following continued violence between families

Police have been positioned in Tur'an for a few days in an attempt to defuse violent incidents that have been breaking out regularly in the last few days.

Tree planting event in Kibbutz Nahal Oz on the Gaza Border

Just as my ancestors planted for me…Tu BiShvat 2021 with JNF-USA

Tu Bishvat became a day for planting trees, and in 1908, Jewish National Fund and the educational system officially adopted this practice.

Oxford

Major donation secures Oxford University's famous Hebrew collections

Beyond the aforementioned works, the library holds a collection of Hebrew texts from all over the world, ranging from Western, Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and China.

23/01/2021

New court procedure implemented to protect victims of sexual offense

Under the new procedures, the ensemble of judges hearing sexual offense cases will be of mixed gender.

23/01/2021
AN ANNUAL falafel celebration helps David Dugo Leitner commemorate his mother and his survival

A Holocaust survivor has made falafel a symbol of Jewish resilience

David Leitner has made it a tradition to eat two falafel portions each Jan. 18 to celebrate his survival.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
23/01/2021

Police set up roughly 200 roadblocks to enforce COVID-19 lockdown

The roadblocks are meant to prevent Israelis from taken advantage of the sunny weekend ahead and travel the country, in violation of the lockdown.

Beny Steinmetz

Swiss criminal court finds Israeli businessman guilty of corruption

Steinmetz said he would appeal the ruling, which also included a 50 million Swiss francs ($56.48 million) fine.

22/01/2021
SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT Twitter

Social media sees 20% drop in Arab objection to normalization with Israel

Perhaps Arab states are beginning to approach normalization with Israel in a more positive light.

GIDEON SAAR in his Knesset office this week: Leadership is based on advancing your ideology, and the

Gideon Sa'ar among Bloomberg's top 8 people to watch in 2021

The New Hope Party leader was included in the list for his political advancements against former coalition partner and now-opponent, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Arab-Israeli 21-year-old killed after anti-violence protest

The young man was shot while parking his car with police forces close by.

Protesters cry out as construction accidents peak

Socialist activists protested the deaths of 67 construction workers during 2020 in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth, and Sakhnin on Friday.

Bnei Brak residents clash with police trying to enforce COVID lockdown

The incident was condemned by many politicians, including by ultra-Orthodox MKs who called on extremist factions in the ultra-Orthodox community to cooperate with the police.

Anti-vaccination coercion doctor launches party to ‘heal’ Israel

Dr. Arieh Avi believes his "Rapeh" Party can cross the threshold in Israel's next election.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews seen in the street of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim on a rainy

Journalist attacked by haredi mob in Mea She'arim

When he left his car to retrieve the camera tripod, he was bombarded by stones and trash bags, as well as other objects. He has sustained multiple injuries.

Joe Biden's calls for unity should be heeded in Israel

US-ISRAELI AFFAIRS: Some of what he was addressing in America exists here to the same damaging degree.

22/01/2021
The almost empty Ben Gurion International Airport, outside of Tel Aviv, on January 18, 2021.

Tourism expert to gov't: Israel is ignoring international travel protocols

"The rest of the world is adopting coronavirus travel standards that the Health Ministry has not even begun to examine," he said.

Airstrike in Syria

4 family members killed in alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria - report

The attack is the first one attributed to Israel to take place under President Joe Biden's administration.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein seen during the vaccination of

Israel Elections: Poll finds Yair Lapid, Gideon Sa'ar tied for second

Coalition can be formed without Likud, haredim and Arabs.

22/01/2021
Nava Fruchter Katz from Efrat

Efrat council member joins Labor leadership race

Ya’alon fields candidate who backs polygamy

22/01/2021
The citadel walls of the Tower of David Museum are illuminated during the "King David" light and sou

City of Jerusalem starts light project to illuminate historic buildings

The project is expected to be completed by June 2021, and will cost about NIS 6 million.

Settlers mark 30 days since Sandak's death, protest throughout West Bank

In one incident, a five-year-old Palestinian boy was injured after the vehicle he was in was stoned by settlers near the Givat Asaf junction.

Graffiti threatening Arab bus drivers found in Modi'in Ilit

Graffiti on one wall read "Death to Arab bus drivers."

Picking through trash in Tel Aviv's Carmel Market

About two million Israelis live below the poverty line - report

Bituach Leumi (National Insurance) published a short and overdue report from past data on poverty and inequality in Israel.

By MAARIV ONLINE
22/01/2021
Hadassah Medical Center medical staff member receives the second round of the Covid-19 vaccine, at t

Nurses are helping Israelis bend the rules to get COVID-19 vaccines

Israel’s vaccination success — accompanied by a spike in COVID cases — is partially due to the country’s universal health care system, its tech savvy and its small size.

By SAM SOKOL/JTA
21/01/2021
An ambulance driving in the central Israeli city of Elad, April 5, 2020

Some hospitals to stop receiving ambulances due to financial woes

Health Ministry rules to begin vaccinating teens 16-18 as early as next week.

Netanyahu's right-wing reign suffers three blows in one week

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's credibility as a right wing leader took a beating this week, even as his numbers remained high in the polls.

Due to COVID-19, Holocaust Remembrance Day observed online

There will be a number of online programs that will mark this day, which is held on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

JSO’s ‘Days of Light’ marks Holocaust memorial

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (JSO), like numerous other purveyors of cultural wares these lockdowned days, has lined up an intriguing and attractive roster of shows for the near future.

21/01/2021

Israel Elections: Menachem Begin's son, Bennie, runs with Gideon Sa'ar

Sa'ar also drafted a granddaughter of former Likud prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, attorney Michal Diamant.

21/01/2021

Modi'in charitable initiative feeds families while supporting businesses

With the charity, the benefactors and the families supported being local, the initiative serves a symbol of togetherness within the Modi'in community.

Israeli Air Force F15 planes.

IAF: 'We need to be fit, sharp, and always ready to strike'

While it may seem as if Israel is going through a relatively quiet period along its borders at the moment, one branch of the IDF is busy 24/7 – in the air.

21/01/2021

Meretz's new Israeli-Arab candidate vows to fight for Jews, Arabs alike

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Together with Esawi Frej, who will be fifth on the list, Rinawie Zoabi will ensure that the party’s top five is 40% Arab, which she called courageous.

Nachman Shai: The IDF's most trusted voice during the Gulf War

HOMELAND AFFAIRS: The IDF spokesman during the Gulf War in 1991 recalls being the go-to authority for most Israelis during a period of uncertainty

By ORI LEWIS
21/01/2021
WILLY WORKMAN and Hapoel Holon progressed to the Champions League playoffs on Wednesday night.

Holon advances in Champions League

Victory over Cholet sends Israeli side to playoffs • Gilboa/Galil ousts Rishon in Balkan League

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
21/01/2021

Will Amazon build an AWS cloud server farm in Israel?

Other cloud providers like Microsoft, Google, IBM and Oracle have also been invited to submit bids.

21/01/2021
 Hapoel Beersheba vs Maccabi Haifa

Israeli soccer raring to get back on pitch

Leader Maccabi Haifa hosts Sakhnin • Mac TA visits Netanya • Beitar Jerusalem at K8

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
21/01/2021

Gantz decides to remove 'Galatz' radio station from IDF

Gantz said that the decision is a moral one, to keep the IDF out of politics, and not due to budget cuts.

21/01/2021

Protestors produce 'Hamilton' cover against Netanyahu, Israeli politicians

"They lock us in for months on end and bleed us dry with taxes" and "turn elections into farces."

Coronavirus in Israel: Some foreign yeshiva students getting vaccines

According to the Health Ministry, only Israeli citizens can get the vaccine.

Religious Zionist Party: We won't enter gov't unless outposts legalized

Religious Zionist Party head Bezalel Smotrich promised to place legalization of the outposts into the text of any coalition agreement his party would sign should it enter the government.

After a year of wait, Israel's vaccinated CEOs ready to travel overseas

While there are still a number of uncertainties about how air travel will open up, some CEOs are looking forward to catching up again with their overseas teams.

21/01/2021

Coronavirus closures hitting the self-employed hardest - report

When a similar survey was conducted in June, around 80% of self-employed respondents were working, half of which were working only part-time.

21/01/2021
MEN PRAY outside during the third nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in Bnei Brak on Thursday. (Yossi Zel

Police close Bnei Brak synagogue amid coronavirus restrictions

Police closed a synagogue in Bnei Brak on Wednesday that operated illegally even though it was supposed to be closed due to coronavirus restrictions.

A nurse prepares Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for inocula

Israel clears way for COVID vaccines to Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza

Goldin family calls to block jabs to Gaza until captives are released.

Dogs and cats found in Ramallah apartment

40 cats and two dogs in neglected condition found in Ramallah apartment

The police arrested the 50-year-old man residing in the apartment after he threatened them, and he was taken to a psychiatric examination.

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

Israeli sibling rivalry turns into NIS 23m. lawsuit with Domicile, Grass

Domicile alleges the change of policy, upending 20 years of cooperation, was done in bad faith and is in violation of their agreements.

An American Airlines Airbus A321-200 plane takes off from Los Angeles International airport (LAX)

American Airlines to launch new direct New York-Israel flights

Flights begin May 6, tickets go on sale January 25.

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

Israelis returning from Dubai flip tables, break partition at corona hotel

"The people to blame are the representatives of the State of Israel who threw us in a hotel without reaching out to us or hearing us at all."

New photos show Golda Meir in Yom Kippur War operational meetings

Pictures released show prime minister Golda Meir meeting with top generals and soldiers in briefings

Jewish, Muslim EMTs perform lifesaving CPR in tandem

The two volunteers, EMTs Keren Ezouz and Imad Zoabi, responded to the scene after the mother of the victim alerted United Hatzalah that her son collapsed for unknown reasons.

Israeli medtech start-up receives FDA approval

The new upgrades to the company's flagship device include a revamped infusion pump, administration sets and accessories.

Tu Bishvat: For the first time ever, plant a tree via Zoom

Planting a tree in the Land of Israel has great meaning and creates a profound connection between the person planting the tree and the land.

'Father of kittens' at Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem passes away due to COVID

For decades, Younis would drive over 90 minutes from his home in Arara, an Arab-Israeli town in northern Israel, five times a week to feed the cats and birds at the compound.

21/01/2021

Rashida Tlaib says Israel 'racist,' denying COVID vaccine to Palestinians

According to the Oslo Accords, health and social welfare are under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, not the Israeli government.

21/01/2021
Solar panels at one of the projects of Enlight Renewable Energy

Gila Gamliel publishes video discussing green energy between Israel, US

In the video, she spoke about technologies being developed in Israel in the field of renewable energy storage.

21/01/2021

Stolen Israeli identities worth about $14 on the dark web

Israeli fullz are not the cheapest on the market, but also aren't the most expensive.

21/01/2021

A long-lost Elie Wiesel poem - A serendipitous literary finding

After his initial discovery of the long-lost poem, Mechael Pomeranz “contacted the Wiesel family agent with my ideas to highlight the poem.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
21/01/2021

Lockdown, according to Google

The current closure, imposed in late December, has affected almost exclusively the retail sector (including restaurants, cafes and recreation).

By YAIR ASSAF-SHAPIRA
21/01/2021

Grapevine: United in devotion

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Grand Mufti’s Jerusalem mansion to become synagogue

The synagogue will be part of a future 56-apartment Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem.

By GIL ZOHAR
21/01/2021

Yad Vashem marks Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

A number of poignant new online activities and content have been unveiled.

By HARRY BROWN
21/01/2021

Balfour protests: When rights of protesters shatter rights of neighbors

Tensions reach a boiling point between residents and those anti-Netanyahu protesters camped outside his residence on Balfour Street.

21/01/2021

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

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

21/01/2021

Tali Friedman: Leading the men at Mahaneh Yehuda market

As of two months ago, Friedman became the first woman to be elected chair of the Mahaneh Yehuda Merchants’ Association.

21/01/2021

Arrivals - A panoramic view

Shai Rubin - From Atlanta to Beit Shemesh, 2012

By ESTHER POSNER
21/01/2021

Aharon David Gordon - New access to a compelling early Zionist

Unfortunately, there is little available on Gordon for the English reader, until now.

By ARI ACKERMAN
21/01/2021

Israel's annual motor vehicle inspections - explainer

Do you have a safety vest? Inflated spare tire and tool kit?

By MORDECHAI ZUCKER
21/01/2021

Israeli autonomous drones safeguard power grid in hurricane-prone Florida

Monitoring technology provides potentially lifesaving assistance

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
21/01/2021

With Biden in the White House, these Israeli Elections will be different

Experts are divided on whether US President Joe Biden will try to tip the scales in favor of any candidate

By URI COHEN/THE MEDIA LINE
21/01/2021

Tu Bishvat: Trees in Jerusalem & the Judean Hills

A census of Jerusalem trees undertaken seven years ago by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel reported that some 4,900 trees in the city that are at least a half-century old.

By DAVID GEFFEN
21/01/2021
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