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Israel delays entry of vaccinated tourists until August due to COVID uptick

Vaccinated tourists were originally expected to be allowed into Israel starting on July 1.

PM Bennett's first settler projects approval, small outpost razing

Settlers and right-wing politicians had complained that already complained of a de facto freeze on the advancement and approval of settler plans under former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Does Gantz turf war show defense min. can no longer hold fire? - analysis

Gantz's decision to initiate a probe into the Submarine Affair was done without consulting other party leaders, which angered Justice Minister Sa'ar.

23/06/2021

Tarantino to Kimmel: 'Israel was the best country to be in' during COVID

"If I’m going to be in another country, the country that handled COVID the best is probably the best country to be in.”

Mansour Abbas offered deputy construction minister post

Israel has never built a new city for Arabs, and Abbas could have the opportunity to change that.

23/06/2021

For coalition to last, US also needs to cooperate - analysis

Washington needs to be smart and sensitive to what it demands from Israel, lest steps it takes leads to this government’s downfall.

23/06/2021
FOREIGN MINISTER Yair Lapid arrives at the President’s Residence on Sunday, June 17, 2021 and US Sec

Lapid, Blinken to meet in Rome next week as Iran talks progress

The trip will be Lapid’s first as foreign minister and the first meeting between members of the new Israeli government and US President Joe Biden's cabinet.

23/06/2021

Israelis construct first-ever ‘Blue-and-white’ CAR T cancer treatment

Hadassah and Bar-Ilan University launch Phase I trial to treat incurable multiple myeloma.

President Rivlin gave his blessings to the Israeli Olympic and Paralympic delegations as they depart

Rivlin gives his blessing to Israel's Olympic and Paralympic teams

Israel's Olympic Committee chairman said that this year's delegation will be the largest ever to represent Israel.

A SCENE from ‘Topaz.’

'Topaz,' 'Black Space': New Israeli shows and movies to watch

The more you are into Mizrahi music, the better you will like Topaz, naturally, but it is not necessary to know the real-life stories that inspired the plot to have fun with the series

Shin Bet should resume COVID surveillance if daily cases top 1,000 - Cohen

EXCLUSIVE: Israel's former intelligence minister Eli Cohen weighs in on the current heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet.

Sa'ar rolls out push for separation of powers in Israel's gov't

Though Israel technically has no constitution, the Knesset has passed a series of basic laws since the 1990s with quasi-constitutional status.

Dozens impersonate yeshiva students in order to enter Israel

After failing to obtain visas via the Israeli consulate in New York, more than 30 New Yorkers successfully entered Israel through Belgium instead.

Tik Tok logo / illustrative

TikTok: A new playground in Israeli politics?

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli and Joint List MK Ayman Odeh are among those who have a significant following on the youth-oriented video-based platform.

By AVI GRANT
23/06/2021
Shulamit Livnat.

Shulamit Livnat, Israel's 'songstress of the underground,' dies age 91

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said she had been a woman of Greater Israel and a magnificent singer, who had contributed greatly to Israel's development, joining the Palmach as a combat soldier.

Heavy traffic jam on the Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv due to construction work, on June 11, 2020

Israeli road safety sees alarming trends despite COVID lockdowns

The Green Light Association said more police presence is needed to combat the trend.

Religious Zionist Party head Bezalel Smotrich in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on

Religious Zionist MKs urge increased protection in Shimon Hatzadik

MKs send a letter after being accosted by Arab residents in the Jewish neighborhood near Sheikh Jarrah

By LAUREN MORGANBESSER
23/06/2021
Har HaMenuchot cemetery, Jerusalem

‘Exhume Christian missionary from Jewish plot,’ chief rabbi says

Amanda Elk was a covert Christian missionary and is buried in a Jewish cemetery. Her husband is refusing to rebury her in a non-Jewish cemetery.

Rami Levy

Rami Levy is the cheapest place to buy groceries in Israel - survey

Rami Levy is the cheapest place to buy basic grocery store items in Israel, according to a new survey.

23/06/2021
Rivlin and Adelson at Ariel University's graduation ceremony

Rivlin, Adelson receive honorary doctorates from Ariel University

Adelson helped build the university's Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson School of Medicine Building.

Israeli LGBTQ+ organizations file petition against kosher phone industry

Several prominent LGBTQ+ organizations have submitted a petition demanding that Rabbinical Communications Committee puts an end to their censorship of LGBTQ+ hotlines.

Coronavirus in Israel: Unemployment payments to end at end of June

The announcement was expected. The economic safety net that supported hundreds of thousands of unemployed Israelis throughout the pandemic was scheduled to end June 30.

23/06/2021
WILL THE Submarine Affair eventually sink Netanyahu?

Defense Min. Gantz to call for a gov't vote on Submarine Affair probe

“I expect that this time, all government ministers will support the establishment of the committee,” Gantz said Saturday. “The question marks must not be left open, and conclusions must be drawn.”

A protest by disabled IDF veterans in Tel Aviv, April 18, 2021

Defense Ministry launches improved services for disabled IDF veterans

The new online service is the first of several proposed ideas that the Defense Ministry hopes to launch as part of their reforms to the system.

 Yousef Jabareen

Court approves rule to stop MKs from visits abroad funded by BDS groups

The issue arose when Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a Jewish-American organization that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, attempted to sponsor Yousef Jabareen's trip.

Activists stand with Pride flag in Rabin Square

Activists lay protest Pride Flag in Rabin Square

They say Tel Aviv is "appropriating" the parade and is ignoring the needs of LGBTQ+ people.

Influencers from UAE, Bahrain and Morocco visit Magen David Adom

During the tour, they met with MDA staff and volunteers, watched the organization's simulation center where the teams practice and were exposed to innovative technologies.

Israeli Embassy in Japan participates in torch race before Olympics

Israel's connection to Watari stems from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the city; the Jewish state was the first country to send medical aid.

Israel police car (Illustrative)

Israel Police search for crude street artist after his prank went wrong

Israel Police have said that they view the incident as "serious," and that it is a deliberate statement against the police, leading to "contempt" for them and their work.

Otzman Yehudit MK Itamar Ben-Gvir at the "After 54 Years: Between Occupation and Apartheid" conferen

Ben Gvir: terrorist, Cassif: piece of sh**t fascist

Knesset Apartheid parley unravels into MK slur fest.

By BEN BARUCH
23/06/2021

Influencers from Abraham Accord countries find common ground with Israelis

Social media personalities from the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, visit Israel, meet with local Arab and Jewish leaders in the wake of cross-border violence with Gaza.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
23/06/2021

US, UN ambassador Erdan promoting a future with clean energy

Israel's ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Gilad Erdan and Energy Minister Karine Elharrar led the event on the subject of clean energy.

Sa'ar nominates Amit Aisman as permanent state attorney

Sa'ar said he warned Aisman of his plans to split the attorney-general's job into two roles: a chief legal adviser and a chief prosecutor - once Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit's term expires.

Effort underway to outlaw Lehava as Jewish terror group

Yesh Atid MK Ram Ben Barak is also seeking to dismantle the “Foundation for the Rescue of the Jewish People,” Lehava’s fundraising arm.

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL head Meir Ben-Shabbat attends a state audit committee meeting at the Kness

National Security Council convenes committee for gender mainstreaming

The committee includes Arab and ultra-Orthodox representatives, as well as the head of Forum Dvorah that works to increase female representation in national security and foreign policy.

22/06/2021

Sa’ar: Pass law to help judges toss problematic evidence

Turning to outgoing national chief public defender Yoav Sapir, the justice minister said, “you broke very serious new ground” in protecting the rights of defendants and prisoners.”

Bill threatening coalition hits new snag

Abbas downplayed the dispute to his coalition partners, saying that his MKs were still adjusting to being in a coalition for the first time.

22/06/2021

Bennett: We are treating the situation like a new coronavirus outbreak

“In order to maintain our routine in Israel, we have to closely monitor entrances,” Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said.

First Israeli Druze woman MK to be first Druze Jewish Agency emissary

Kamal-Mreeh will represent the Jewish Agency, in its efforts to connect with North American college campuses on Israel.

By GABRIELLE ABRAMS
22/06/2021

Lapid appoints former tourism minister Zamir as consul to New York

Zamir thanked Lapid and said he is proud and excited to represent Israel.

Portait of Ilan Ramon standing in front of an F16 aircraft.

IDF releases new footage of Ilan Ramon discussing Operation Opera

The former fighter pilot and astronaut discussed the connection between the strike, his mother who survived the Holocaust and his mission to space.

Law to be advanced to allow Elkin to serve on rabbinical judges committee

Law will reduce ultra-Orthodox influence on the appointments committee for rabbinical judges, and preserve the guaranteed place of four women on the panel

Coalition of LGBTQ organizations compiles extensive policy proposal

Organizations proposed to amend or legislate 15 specific LBGTQ-related laws, including a ban on "conversion therapy" for minors.

People enjoy and bath in the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) next to the city of Tiberias on June 23, 2015

Contaminated water in northern Israel leaves authorities worried

Samples taken from the streams in the Western and Lower Galilee and the Golan on June 20 and 21 indicated that the water has been contaminated.

‘Star Spangled’ Nicole Raviv heading to Israel

But in spite of her success in the US, Raviv has decided that she would like to settle down in the country where she feels very much at home and is planning her move to Tel Aviv for early July.

ART REVIEW: Discovering Valhalla in Tel Aviv

‘Let Me See’ by Mali De-Kalo is an archive of wonders.

Turning over a new leaf at the Suzanne Dellal Center

Now, with theaters reopened and restrictions lifted, Perlov and Leventon are finally posed to roll out the 2021 season, albeit in mid-season.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
22/06/2021
Glenn Close

Glenn Close to join cast of hit show Tehran

Tehran, which debuted on the Israeli government network Kan 11 and later became available on Apple TV+, was created by Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden and Maor Kohn and directed by Daniel Syrkin.

Grapevine June 22, 2021: Environmental issues mark queen’s birthday bash

Guests were somewhat surprised on arrival, not to be greeted by the ambassador and his wife, Yael Banaji, standing on the patio leading to the downstairs garden.

A mob of supporters of former US President Donald Trump fight with members of law enforcement at a d

Knesset taking lessons from US Capitol riots to beef up security methods

The cost of the riot dispersal methods totaled around NIS 300,000. The Knesset Guard has since been working in training security officers.

Palestinian students arrive to their first day of school in Nablus, West Bank ,on September 6, 2020.

EU commissioner calls to reconsider aid after antisemitism in PA textbooks

The commissioner's remarks came the day after the European Commission released the report showing instances of antisemitism and incitement to violence in PA textbooks.

Passing of Judge Zvi Elimelech Tal

Being religious is insufficient reason to deserve a seat in the High Court, he used to say, but acknowledged the importance of having the judges in the court come from diverse backgrounds.

Israel to join new OECD digital tax treaty - Liberman

The new finance minister announced on Tuesday that Israel will join the OECD's digital taxation policy along with 138 other countries.

22/06/2021

Jerusalem businesses can’t wait for tourists to return

"I live from tourists. 80% of our business is tourists. We can't survive without them."

22/06/2021

Yuli Edelstein ready to challenge Netanyahu for Likud leadership

The former Knesset speaker is concerned that under Netanyahu's leadership, the Likud will not be able to return to power.

22/06/2021

Veteran journalist Arye Mekel passes away, age 75

Veteran journalist, diplomat Arye Mekel interviewed all the big names in politics.

Looking for a job? Startup nation is on a hiring spree

While Israel's hi-tech sector soars, breaking its own fundraising records every month, companies are having trouble recruiting the talent they need to catch up with their ambitions.

22/06/2021

Jerusalem Chess Club gets new permanent home

The Jerusalem Municipality, along with the help of an anonymous donor, has allowed the club to establish a permanent residence in the Jerusalem German Colony neighborhood.

Coronavirus in Israel: Three vaccinated IDF personnel infected with COVID

These are the first active coronavirus cases seen in the IDF since May 2, when the army reported no cases for the first time in over a year.

Google Israel launches campaign to fight conversion therapy practices

Israel currently ranks first place when it comes to the number of people in the country who search for conversion therapy on the Internet. Google Israel hopes to change this.

Israeli security forces clash with protesters outside a home of a Jewish family during a protest aga

20 Palestinians injured in clashes in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah

The clashes are the latest in a series of confrontations between Israelis and Palestinian residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

22/06/2021

Netanyahu: Lapid agreeing with US puts Israel in danger from Iran

The former prime minister accuses the new administration of giving into Biden's demand that he rejected.

22/06/2021

First no-confidence motion in government defeated

A vote will be held next week on extending an ordinance preventing the family reunification of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs.

22/06/2021

Right-wing marchers warn Israel 'losing war' for Area C

Right-wing and settlers leaders warned that Israel is "losing the war" for Area C of the West Bank as they held 14 marches in that area on Monday afternoon.

Former police commissioner gave advice to anti-Netanyahu protest leaders

The former commissioner, during whose tenure Netanyahu was indicted, gave advice on how to handle police actions during protests.

By MAARIV ONLINE
22/06/2021
A UAV used in an IAF test of an airborne High-Power Laser Weapon System.

Israel successfully downs targets using airborne laser system

Trials over several days were led by the Defense Ministry's Research and Development unit.

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Bennett aims for ‘no surprises, no daylight’ with Biden administration

Rivlin White House visit seen as test case for Bennett-Biden relationship; Netanyahu argues “no surprises” policy limits Israel on security matters.

The Palestinian vaccine fiasco is how Netanyahu ran Israel - comment

Can Israel move on from chaos now that the vaccine dispute with the Palestinians, new diplomatic initiatives with the UAE, a Mount Meron investigation and 36 new diplomatic postings approved?

Israel's COVID policy shift: 'Strongly' recommends young teens vaccinate

Health funds reported massive spikes in youth signing up to be inoculated over the last few days due to outbreaks at schools.

Lapid to be first-ever Israeli minister to visit UAE next week

No Israeli cabinet ministers visited the UAE or Bahrain since the Abraham Accords were announced.

Nigerian ambassador is last to present credentials to Rivlin

Nigerian Ambassador Nart Augustine Kolo was the last ambassador to present credentials to President Reuven Rivlin prior to the conclusion of Rivlin’s seven-year term as president.

Nine-year-old cancer patient performs on stage with Ishai Ribo

Nine-year-old Daniel was invited to sing on stage with Ribo after he impressed him at a performance on the oncology department he received treatment at several months ago.

Outgoing intel minister: Israel should topple Hamas; Give Gaza back to PA

The outgoing intelligence minister said that in place of Hamas, Israel should hand over Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.

Evyatar outpost eviction can take place after seven days, IDF says

The outpost was illegally built in May in the aftermath of a terror attack at the Tapuah Junction which claimed the life of 19-year-old Yehuda Guetta.

Acre Fringe Theater Festival returns to celebrate 42nd anniversary

The Acre International Fringe Theater Festival is celebrating its 42nd anniversary by returning to its original Old City home after being held virtually last year.

By NELL SCHWARTZ
21/06/2021

Yeshaya’s ‘funny valentine’

All told, the three-dayer will take in 14 shows, opening with a veteran saxophone playing member of the local jazz scene fronting a tribute to Israeli early 1970s musical Kazablan.

21/06/2021
Pride flag raised over the Israeli Foreign Ministry, June 21, 2021.

Israel's Foreign Ministry waves LGBTQ Pride flag for first time

“The Foreign Ministry and its workers are leading a message of tolerance, brotherhood and freedom,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted.

Public Security Minister Bar Lev promises to protect Women of the Wall

The announcement follows violent protests against egalitarian prayer at the holy site.

By BEN BARUCH
21/06/2021

Israelis hesitant about flying abroad because of cost, not COVID-19

Many Israelis are hesitant to fly abroad due to the bureaucracy involved, fear of having to self-isolate and the added cost.

The site of the planned logistics center in Beit Shemesh.

Beit Shemesh builds new business center

The parties intend to jointly establish a two-story logistics center, with a total built-up area of approximately 50,000 square meters.

21/06/2021
The almost empty Ben Gurion International Airport, outside of Tel Aviv, on January 18, 2021.

Individual tourists are left confused amid Israel’s reopening plans

Individuals from abroad will be allowed to enter Israel beginning July 1, but without clear government guidelines, potential tourists are saying they are confused and hesitant.

By GABRIELLE ABRAMS , NELL SCHWARTZ
21/06/2021
The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria, Egypt, is reopened in January after completion of a rest

Retired Israeli diplomat finds forgotten Jewish surnames in Alexandria

Jacob Rosen, Israel's former ambassador to Jordan, has published a study, including an English language list, of lost Jewish surnames from the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

Clashes in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah amid continuing tensions

Palestinian media reported that residents in the neighborhood fired fireworks at Israeli security forces during the clashes in the neighborhood.

21/06/2021

Settlers submit master plan for Evyatar outpost to stave off eviction

Earlier this month, Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued a demarcation order which spoke of an intent to evacuate the outpost, but to date no steps have been taken against it.

Ariel University in the West Bank

Reuven Rivlin, Miriam Adelson to get honorary doctorates from Ariel U.

The honorary doctorates will be awarded at a special ceremony on June 22 during the university's PhD graduation ceremony.

Danny Sanderson

Danny Sanderson awarded B'nai B'rith prize for Israel-Diaspora relations

The citation is set to be presented at a special Hebrew-language event on July 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Jerusalem's Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood.

Israel to host FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup basketball qualifiers

The qualifiers will be held at Tel Aviv Port in an area converted into a basketball court with stands containing hundreds of seats for the general public, who may enter and watch for free.

Former NBA player Kadeem Allen joins Hapoel Haifa

Allen played 48 games in the NBA, including with the Boston Celtics in 2017-2018 and the New York Knicks from 2018 to 2020,

Gun in a holster (Illustrative)

Suspect indicted for shooting at school full of children in Negev

The suspect is charged with carrying out weapons offenses including possession and carrying of weapons and ammunition, firing a weapon and other offenses.

Settlers ramp up battle for Area C, with 14 West Bank marches

Organizers called on supports of the settlement movement to "stop with their feet illegal Arab control" as they explained that the "war for state lands" had moved onto a new level.

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

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.

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