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Top Likud MK on Netanyahu: 'He made all the possible mistakes'

"Why did he agree to give Gideon, Bennett, Gantz and everyone else the role of prime minister, just so he could not give it to anyone else in the Likud?" Edelstein asked.

Bennett in his first cabinet meeting sounds like Netanyahu 12 years ago

In his first cabinet meeting for the new government, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke on Iran and unity, not on haredim, sounding almost exactly like Benjamin Netanyahu.

20/06/2021

Meet the 36 new ambassadors approved to new posts around the world

MK Emilie Moatti congratulated the new appointees on Twitter, saying that former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been holding them as "political hostages."

The departure hall at the almost empty Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on January 25,

Vaccinated tourists, children 0-6, to be allowed into Israel from July 1

Children up to age six will be able to enter the country if their parents meet the vaccination requirements.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at his government's first security cabinet meeting, June 20, 2021.

Bennett: Iran ‘regime of executioners’ can’t get the bomb

“A regime of executioners cannot have weapons of mass destruction,” the prime minister stated.

Michaeli says public transport on Shabbat part of broader vision

Ultra-Orthodox MKs pan idea, describing it as ‘desecration’ of the day of rest.

Bennett, Netanyahu attend memorial service for 2014 Gaza War - Watch

"We are working to bring long-term peace, to strengthen the moderates and the Palestinian Authority and create a better reality for our neighbors in Gaza," Defense Minister Benny Gantz said.

Gov't approves state committee of inquiry into Meron disaster

Families of victims welcome govt decision, saying they can concentrate on memorializing their loved ones instead of campaigning to have the failures which led to the disaster investigated.

Police solve Lod murder of Yigal Yehoshua

Yehosua became the first Jewish resident of Lod to die from wounds he sustained during the recent wave of Arab riots in the city.

A Boeing 707 aerially refuels three F-15 Eagles

Boeing selects Elbit anti-jamming system for an F-15 operator

It provides full jamming immunity for multiple satellite channels and handles multiple interfering signals operating on concurrent frequencies.

Naftali Bennet at coalition meeting, March 11, 2018

Palestinian Authority slams Bennett gov’t for ‘emboldening’ settlers

The PA ministry also claimed that there is "a greater and more severe violence" practiced by the IDF against the Palestinians since the Bennet government was formed.

Yisrael Beiteinu MK Eli Avidar remains committed to new government

Even though Yisrael Beiteinu MK Eli Avidar was disappointed that he didn’t get an executive role in the new cabinet, he said he still supports the new government.

By BEN BARUCH
20/06/2021

Israel's tech ecosystem ranked #3 in the world

Israel also ranks second globally in Hardware & IoT, Health Technology, and the Software & Data industries.

20/06/2021

Israelis to pay just one Internet company from 2022

The reform will also minimize the number of dormant subscribers who pay about NIS 50 million a year for services they don't use.

20/06/2021
New housing units for couples in Jerusalem.

Can the new government slow rising housing prices?

"The problem is a lack of supply in the housing market," said the co-founder of First Israel Mortgages. "The only way to bring down prices is to build more homes."

20/06/2021

Stanley Lipschitz, popular Jerusalem restaurateur, dies at 75

Lipschitz, an immigrant from Johannesburg who was married to Linda Lipschitz, is survived by two children, Yaron and Yael, five grandchildren and two brothers, Anthony and Howard.

20/06/2021

Biden to host Rivlin at White House next week

The meeting comes ahead of Rivlin's exit from the President's Residence on July 7, when he will be replaced by Isaac Herzog.

Jerusalem residents divided on Netanyahu's exit from Balfour

Many citizens living in the area expressed continued support for Netanyahu, emphasizing his strength and their unwavering belief in his leadership.

By AVI GRANT , LAUREN MORGANBESSER
20/06/2021

Maccabi Tel Aviv wins league championship

Following the game, Omri Casspi, Israel’s first representative in the NBA spoke about perhaps having played his final game as a professional.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
20/06/2021
HATCH'S BREWS.

Beer brewery Hatch expands in Jerusalem

“We have two core values,” he declared. “The first is a commitment to beer of the highest quality, and our new equipment demonstrates this.”

By DOUG GREENER
20/06/2021

IDF seeking increased military cooperation with Gulf states under CENTCOM

Kohavi, who is in the US, believes that moderate Sunni states such as the UAE and Bahrain can deepen ties with Israel on security arrangements.

Mount Meron tragedy: Government to approve state commission of inquiry

On April 30, 45 men and boys, mostly ultra-Orthodox died in a mass crush on Mount Meron, the site of the tomb of Talmudic sage Shimon Bar Yohai.

Samaritans celebrate Shavuot atop Mount Gerizim

The Samaritan religion closely resembles Judaism, but with several marked differences, including its own Torah written in their own ancient Hebrew, and Mount Gerizim being their holiest place.

US Defense Department approves replenishment of Israel's Iron Dome system

The Secretary of Defense announced during a Thursday congressional session that the request for military assistance has been approved and the US will transfer the requested amount over to Israel.

Screenshot of a conversation in the "Disturbing the Impurity March" WhatsApp group

'They will die': Violent threats made against Netanya Pride march

The Netanya Municipality refused to support the Pride event which took place on Friday.

20/06/2021

Police injured, vehicles set on fire in clashes in Deir al-Assad

Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev called for a formal investigation into the incident.

COVID: 45 students test positive, new cases at the highest in a month

The source of the infection might be a family who had recently returned to Israel from abroad.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at work in the Prime Minister's Office, June 14, 2021.

Palestinian anti-Israel politics prevent COVID-19 vaccinations

Missed opportunity does not bode well for Biden attempt at peace process

Netanyahu agrees to leave official residence by July 10

The departure will take place nearly a month after Bennett began the premiership last week.

A vial of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen as medical staff are

Palestinians reject Israeli deal to transfer over 1m. COVID vaccines

The announcement came after Israel delivered a first shipment of Pfizer COVID vaccine to the Palestinian Authority.

Three Labrador retrievers named Sadie, Tess and Yuki, and a Golden retriever named Samson, help dete

A nose for COVID? Israeli helps train dogs to sniff out coronavirus

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii has been teaching four dogs – three Labrador retrievers named Sadie, Tess and Yuki, and a Golden retriever named Samson – to detect people infected with corona.

New Samaria outpost named after Evyatar Borovsky who was stabbed to death by Palestinian.

Evyatar outpost appeals eviction order

The demarcation order opened the door to an evacuation as early as last Monday, but no evacuation took place and no date has been set for the eviction.

View of the Jewish settlement of Efrat and the surrounding fields, in Gush Etzion, West Bank, on Dec

Settler housing starts increase 46% in first quarter of 2021

The number of complete homes increased by 87% the first quarter of 2021, when compared to that same period last year, according to Central Bureau of Statistics data.

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz attends a conference of the Israeli Tel

Gantz to submit proposal for state commission of inquiry into Case 3000

The Submarine Affair is an ongoing scandal involving a multi-billion dollar submarine deal with Germany’s ThyssenKrupp AG.

IDF Chief of Staff Kohavi to fly to Washington Sunday, discuss Iran, Gaza

It will be the first visit by Kohavi and he is expected to try to persuade the Americans not to reenter the Iranian deal

Jacob Hotel: Israel welcomes a new chain

The new chain includes five unique hotels located in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Nahariya and Hadera.

Arab world considers Bennett to be weak and uncharismatic, experts say

Bennett has been a part of Israel's political system for 15 years, but the Arab world is just now creating an image of Israel's new prime minister.

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/THE MEDIA LINE
19/06/2021

Haifa Museum opens ‘Exhibition of Healing’ after unrest in Israel

Show celebrates museum’s 70th anniversary and includes works of 128 Israeli and Palestinian artists.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
19/06/2021

‘Mothers’ gives voice to silenced females - concert review

In opera, David Sebba allows the audience to meet women overlooked in biblical narrative.

Meat alternative companies Bio Meat Foodtech, Rilbite sign MOU

Bio Meat Foodtech is also in talks with a third party that is developing cultured fish products based on the technology that is part of the MOU.

Interest rates for 83-year-old Holocaust survivor, debtor reduced

The debtor allegedly owed a total of NIS 350,000 dating back to portfolio created 2006, from debts accumulated in the 1990s.

Israel's SlutWalk marches through Jerusalem

Jerusalem SlutWalk: Hundreds march to protest rape culture

The character of Jerusalem’s SlutWalk is influenced by the diversity of the city.

19/06/2021
Domestic violence (Illustrative)

Firefighter's promotion suspended after allegedly assaulting wife

The firefighter, following the assault, was allowed to go on leave for two weeks and returned to work to begin his officers course to eventually move up to the commissioner position.

Israel Border Police rescues child locked in car

The child, just a year and a half old, had managed to lock herself in the car after taking her mother's keys.

Michaeli outlines five point plan for Israel's Transportation Ministry

Transferring certain authorities to local councils would allow municipilities to individually conclude whether they would prefer to run public transportation services during Shabbat.

A fake moving truck titled "Crime Minister Movers" on Balfour comes to "Take Bibi home"

Bennett to Netanyahu: Leave Balfour residence within two weeks - report

The process is expected to last a few weeks, though N12 has reported that the legal adviser for the PMO has not yet set an official date for the transfer.

7-year-old boy drowns to death at Tel Aviv's Charles Clore Beach

His mother had initially reported both of her sons missing, sparking a search operation by Tel Aviv's Marine Police Unit.

Jerusalem court: Police pressured woman to say she tried to runover cop

After reviewing the evidence, including body cam footage, the judge determined that "there was a powerful attempt to put words in the appellants mouth."

UK embassy in Israel celebrates Queen's birthday with eco-friendly event

Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg also spoke at the event, in her first official appearance since the formation of a new Israeli coalition government.

Mnuchin, Friedman opening investment office in Tel Aviv

Friedman said that leading Mnuchin’s investment office in Israel is the rare job that combines business with working for a cause in which he believes.

A bomb exploded in the home of Ynet's Arab affair correspondent

Police were called to the home of Ynet's reporter after a loud explosion was heard just two weeks after the shootings at his home.

AVICHAI MANDELBLIT

A-G vows to defend IDF soldiers from ICC war crimes probe

The attorney-general said Israel is closely following international legal developments and that it will “ensure comprehensive representation"

WATCH: IDF attacks targets in Gaza; Kohavi: Prepare for round of fighting

The strikes were carried out in response to multiple incendiary balloons launched which led to some eight fires in Israeli communities near Gaza.

Netanyahu shredded documents before Bennett took office - report

The illegal destruction of the documents was performed at the instruction of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to clerks in the office.

Israel and Spain will clean up the Mediterranean beach together

The initiative was originally scheduled to take place on Earth Day, April 22, but was postponed due to COVID restrictions in Spain.

18/06/2021

Meron tragedy: Cabinet to vote on Sunday to approve investigation

When Defense Minister Benny Gantz submitted his proposal earlier this week, he described the need for a state committee as “a basic ethical imperative"

More than 80 Christian leaders bless Bennett, express support for Israel

The letter was spearheaded by the Philos Project, an American nonprofit based in New York City that seeks to promote Christian engagement in the Near East.

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Net

Netanyahu, Gantz clash over Palestinian, Arab family reunification

The coalition needs the support of right-wing opposition MKs to pass the family reunification ordinance because it is opposed by Ra'am.

17/06/2021
PRIME MINISTER Naftali Bennett convenes his first cabinet meeting this week.

What do Bennett's first 100 hours say about his gov't going forward?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: After a week with a new government in position, the only sure thing to be gleaned is that it’s not going to be easy.

17/06/2021

This is the Lehava activist suspected of sex offenses on 17-year-old

Yitzchak Gabai, who served time in prison after a 2014 arson attempt on a Jerusalem school, is suspected of sexual offenses against a 17-year-old.

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

What will the Biden-Bennett relationship look like?

US-ISRAEL AFFAIRS: But as the dust settles after Bennett’s first week in office, the challenges remain the same.

THE CHIEF Rabbinate of Israel in Jerusalem.

Can the new gov't resolve Israel's deepest religion and state issues?

RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS: Can the legislation that the new coalition has stated it wishes to advance actually be passed?

Is mother-tongue English now a prerequisite for prime minister? - analysis

The answer to that question could decide who replaces Netanyahu as Likud leader, no matter whether it will be in a matter of months or years.

17/06/2021
Buji, Gila and Tamar: The newly named young deer at the Deer Valley Park in Jerusalem.

Oh deer! 3 young deer named after Herzog, Gamliel and Zandberg

The deer will officially be named Buji, Tamar and Gila, and will join the other young deer in the park born in recent years, whose names include the likes of Zoom, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Pfizer.

17/06/2021

COVID: New doc valid throughout 2021 to replace recovery, vax papers

Recovery certifications are expected to expire as early as June 30. Holders will be able to receive new documentation attesting their coronavirus status.

Israeli tech start-ups enjoy booming IPO market

These are all in addition to a bevy of new stock offerings on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and foreign exchanges since the beginning of 2021.

17/06/2021

Israeli crime boss Meir Abergil released from prison

Abergil was sentenced by the Tel Aviv District Court in 2018 to five years in prison for a combination of conspiracy to commit a felony, drug offenses and economic crimes.

Shiri Maimon takes part in a Na'amat video campaign against domestic violence. November 2020.

Israel, Australia to team up to prevent domestic violence

There was an 11.6% spike in domestic offenses in Israel amid the coronavirus pandemic, with 25,747 cases opened in 2020 compared to 23,077 in 2019.

SWEAT,’ A new Polish film about a fitness trainer with a massive social media following.

Jerusalem Highlights Week of June 18-24: Brooklyn Bake Shop

Brooklyn Bake Shop serves Jewish cakes and breads that taste like home and Cinematheque is premiering "Gates of Jerusalem."

Grapevine: Putting on the Ritz

Sheldon Ritz has held different positions at the Dan Hotel chain for 23 years, a new food show about Yemenite food and a mask-free kiddush.

THE JERUSALEM Symphony Orchestra.

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra heads to Germany

The orchestra, under the musical direction of maestro Steven Sloan, was invited by the concert halls in Hamburg, Berlin and Bochum.

CELLIST-VOCALIST Maya Belsitzman and drummer Matan Ephrat revisit Miriam Roth's children's classic '

Jerusalem Jazz Festival launches next week

The 40-year-old mother of four will showcase her latest recorded offering, Free The Dolphin, at next week’s Jerusalem Jazz Festival, and then on to the Israel Museum.

17/06/2021

Israel to hold concerts for people with autism, special needs

The instruments the orchestra features are as diverse as its members, including violins, guitars, percussion instruments, darbuka, pianos and singers.

Festivals to honor Agnon and Amichai and spotlight Jerusalem arts scene

The first international Agnon Festival will be held from June 21-23 at Agnon House, his home on Klausner Street which has been turned into a museum celebrating his work and his life.

The Ramatayim Men’s Choir prepares for its grand finale after 26 years

The June 23 concert promises to be a rousing and emotive occasion for all concerned.

17/06/2021

IAI signs 36 million euro deal with Germany

Some 69 tactical mobile radar systems are set to be delivered to Germany by 2023.

How Yair Lapid changed the world with his government-building strategy

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Those who praised Lapid will now be looking to see what results he delivers as foreign minister and what accomplishments the new government could deliver.

17/06/2021
AT THE bustling fair: The demand for literature rose during the pandemic.

Hebrew Book Week draws crowds at its post-pandemic opening in Jerusalem

The week-long event which typically takes place annually all over Israel went online due to coronavirus in 2020, but is back in full force.

By GABRIELLE ABRAMS , LAUREN MORGANBESSER
17/06/2021
MK NAFTALI BENNETT in the Knesset – he spoiled it all.

How Naftali Bennett’s kippah stays on his bald head and why it matters

Naftali Bennett, who took office this week, is the first prime minister in Israel's history to regularly wear a kippah. He’s also bald, which makes it a challenge to stay on.

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/06/2021
Traditional picture of the new government at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, June 14, 2021.

Photo of new ministers shows achievements, failures in treating divisions

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Staged, frontal, lifeless and nonexclusive, these pix are photojournalism’s antithesis. Nationally, however, they are reassuring, sending a message of stability and continuity.

Smoke and flames are seen following an Israeli air strike on a building in the Gaza Strip

Will every Israeli airstrike now be front page news? - analysis

The airstrike on Tuesday received major coverage on CBS, NBC, CNN, and other channels.

‘A CHALLENGE requiring the use of innovative advanced technologies is extreme changes in the charact

What will Israel's electricity reform mean for consumers?

Cellcom CEO Avi Gabay and others referred to the announcement as a revolution, while many were unaware that a radical change to the electricity field

17/06/2021
POOCH PLATFORM: Djanogly (left) and Zlatkin.

Dogs and disabilities: Two olim launch Dogiz walking service

Two olim, one from London and one from Khazakstan discovered their mutual love for dogs in a class on start-ups, and founded their own.

By HOWARD BLAS
17/06/2021
DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH, where the author finds herself stuck despite wanting to live in Israel, lies un

Israeli culture shock after aliyah explored in new book

Sitting in my living room in Gush Etzion, reading about Sasson living in America while longing for Israel, made for a painful read.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
17/06/2021

Rivlin says goodbye to Supreme Court chief and justices

"The Israeli legal system is, without a doubt, one of the glorious achievements, and the clearest expressions of the Zionist dream, and Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel."

Khat disguised as basil found in Israeli shipment bound for Europe - WATCH

While Khat is a traditional herb, it is often used for recreation and medicine in many parts of the Middle East; The United States and several countries in Europe have outlawed the drug.

Israeli cyclist Omer Goldstein

Israeli cycling champion Omer Goldstein to compete in Tour de France

Goldstein is one of four Israelis competing with Team Israel Start-Up Nation and will seek to defend his Israeli title on Saturday.

Billboard displayed near Prime Minister Bennett’s home, June 17, 2021.

Billboard outside Bennett's house reminds him to 'eliminate Hamas'

Israel Victory Project also posted a graphic social media video with former quotes from Bennett regarding Hamas.

Rappelling at Mitzpe Ramon.

Israeli summer 2021: Sand surfing, rappelling and festivals

Over the last few years, the tourism sector in the Negev has undergone a big transformation, and there are many new attractions available to visitors.

By MEITAL SHARABI
17/06/2021
A cityscape of Tel Aviv is seen during the night-time in Israel May 27, 2017

Tel Aviv featured at number 55 on list of least stressful cities worldwide

The White City was in about the middle of the list, earning a score of 71.3 out of a possible 100.

Israel keen to establish ties with SE Asia's Muslim nations - envoy

The region's three Muslim-majority states - Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei - sharply criticized the Israeli attacks during 11 days of hostilities in May.

By REUTERS
17/06/2021
President Reuven Rivlin

Winners of the 2021 Presidential Award of Volunteerism announced

The 2021 winners were informed by President Reuven Rivlin's spokesperson on Wednesday that they had won.

MENACHEM BEGIN just before his discharge from Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem; he had been a

Israel's sixth president: Meeting Menachem Begin at the hospital

He sat in his wheelchair (which he now needed as a result of a hip operation), looking not like a charismatic, strong prime minister, but as a frail and vulnerable elderly man.

VIEWING THE Iron Dome with CUFI founder Pastor John Hagee.

Does Nikki Haley’s road to the White House start in Jerusalem?

"Israel should not be fighting alone," said the former-US ambassador to the UN on a solidarity mission to Israel's rocket-ravaged south.

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