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Meet the former lone soldiers helping olim understand their rights

The struggle focuses on creating both an immediate and long-term solution.

18/01/2021
Cocaine

Police now believe Dubai-based Israeli behind failed cocaine smuggling

Last November, Israeli media reported the biggest ever failed smuggling attempt of cocaine into Israel.

Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director of B'Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights organisation

B'Tselem spoke at Haifa school despite education minister's ban

Last week, B'Tselem called Israel an apartheid state for the first time since it was founded 31 years ago.

18/01/2021

Israel's Health Ministry deputy D-G: Balance key in COVID-19 response

Grotto: No problem sharing information with Pfizer

UAE visa exemption to be delayed due to high COVID infection rates

The almost five month delay comes as Israeli officials discuss further restrictions on flights into and out of the country.

18/01/2021

Yiddish-style ‘God Bless America’ celebrates presidential inauguration

Berlin originally wrote “God Bless America” for a musical revue while he was serving in the US Army in 1918.

Ben-Gurion Airport is empty amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Four-hour ‘Check2Fly’ tests to launch right after lockdown

The announcement comes after the Health Ministry approved the rapid tests on January 7.

TikTok video leads police to two minors suspected of abusing puppies

On Sunday the Aruar Police Station received a complaint of animal abuse together with a TikTok video showing two individuals torturing young puppies.

Rishon edges Jerusalem in Balkan League

Strong final frame boosts Goodes’s club over Reds • Holon advances by disposing Hapoel Tel Aviv.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
18/01/2021
Aryeh Deri speaks at online event

Deri promises to back Netanyahu for PM in campaign launch

Shas leader vows to oppose budget cuts to welfare benefits despite ‘large deficit’ created by COVID-19 crisis.

Saudi Arabia hosts Israeli racers for Dakar Rally after new inroads

The rally website listed the teams as Belgian and American - a possible indicator of official reluctance to publicize an Israeli presence.

By REUTERS
18/01/2021
Stones placed in remembrance lie on grave tablets on the Mount of Olives Jewish cemetary as the sun

Adelson was buried on Mount of Olives – why not renovate this holy site?

Adelson's wish to be buried on the Mount of Olives shows his clear love of the Holy City of Jerusalem, ICHH claims.

‘Umm al-Hiran incident imperfect, but reasonable’

Nissenkorn: PM failed at politicizing case to attack Shai Nitzan.

Synagogue broken into in Petah Tikva, Dec. 18, 2021

Two synagogues in Petah Tikvah vandalized

"The feeling is terrible, it is a feeling of pain and deep crying."

By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
18/01/2021

City of David recognized as 'testament' to US Judeo-Christian heritage

"We are fulfilling another, larger purpose: to unify Americans around our foundational principles and values."

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh  in Ramallah. August 25, 2020

Shtayyeh: Israel must allow Jerusalem Arabs to participate in elections

The PA will also ask the European Union to send observers to monitor the elections, Shtayyeh added.

A Boeing KC-46A Pegasus sits on the tarmac at Boeing facilities at Boeing Field in this aerial photo

As Israeli major aircraft deal held up, US purchases more KC-46 tankers

The company delivered the first KC-46A to the Air Force in January 2019. Since then, Boeing has delivered 42 tankers to four different bases.

18/01/2021
Rockets

IDF strikes Hamas tunnel workshops after 2 rockets fired toward Israel

Rocket sirens were not activated because the rockets fell in open areas.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, January 18, 2021.

Coronavirus in Israel: 16-year-old in ICU from COVID-19 complications

"It is important to understand that the pandemic is not over, and it might even be harsher among young adults."

Ichilov Medical team at the coronavirus unit, in the Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 28, 20

Rivlin meets with heads of public hospitals

Hospitals have been suffering for months from financial deficits that have now reached the lowest ebb.

Amid COVID-19, lonely big dogs remain stuck in adoption shelters

Larger dogs remain in shelters as puppies and cats are more likely to be adopted.

18/01/2021

Two Israelis refuse to wear masks on flight from Dubai

The two reportedly refused to put on their masks because they were eating sunflower seeds.

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

Netanyahu: Ultra-Orthodox, Smotrich 'do whatever I say'

Where else would he pull mandates from? Ultra-Orthodox parties, and the Religious Zionist party, all of whom do "whatever I want."

Snow at the Hermon Mountain ski site, Jan. 18, 2021

Kinneret rises by 3.5 cm amid wet winter weather

On Sunday night, about two centimeters of snow fell on Mount Hermon.

18/01/2021

Netanyahu: There has never been a greater ambassador than David Friedman

Netanyahu thanked Friedman for "fixing the injustices and discrimination that the diplomatic world has subjected Israel to over the years.

Yoav Gallant

Gallant: Groups that call Israel ‘apartheid state’ barred from schools

The decision was made a day before a planned online lecture by B’Tselem’s director-general Hagai El-Ad at Hebrew Reali School in Haifa.

THE HADASSAH-UNIVERSITY Medical Center campus is seen in Ein Kerem.

Baby born to coronavirus patient dies two days later

According to the hospital, the woman in her ninth month of pregnancy was struggling with a serious case of coronavirus.

Israel under CENTCOM: Why does it matter?

What does CENTCOM do and why is the inclusion of Israel in its area of responsibility important?

By MARCY OSTER/THE MEDIA LINE
18/01/2021

Baruch Padeh makes EMG testing accessible for Israel's north

The EMG tests the function of nerves in the limbs and body.

Religious soldiers pray during training

The haredi draft management office is falling apart

Some key officers and soldiers that help run the section for drafting haredis into the IDF have left, thus leaving a critical manpower shortage in the department.

Underfunding puts care for 2 million citizens at risk, hospital heads say

The rally took place in a tent filled with hospital beds representing the beds that will soon be empty because the hospitals will be able to treat only urgent cases.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz

Gantz: Whoever prays in a synagogue, mosque puts life of others in danger

Defense Minister calls to reopen education system before anything else

17/01/2021
The Moshavim Movement

The Moshavim Movement

A business consultant from Lahav, a Bank Hapoalim branch manager, a dairy farm owner and an exotic fruit farmer explain how to cope with the financial crisis – and even emerge from it stronger.

By DUDU LEVY REICH
17/01/2021
Advocate Yael Gertler and Holocaust survivor Yaffa Einhorn at an Aviv for Holocaust Survivors center

Justice Ministry unit set to audit non-profits for Holocaust survivors

The unit will implement the expertise of external accounting firms to help run and check that the organizations are operating according to their mandate.

GUITARIST SYLVAIN SYLVAIN performs in San Diego, California, in 2006.  (Kevin Winter/Getty Images/TN

Sylvain Sylvain, Jewish co-founder of legendary New York Dolls, dead at 69

Family fled Egypt in 1950s: ‘They confiscated all our belongings, we started all over again,’ guitarist told ‘Post’

By LARRY MCSHANE
17/01/2021
LARS EIDINGER plays a Nazi officer at a concentration camp in ‘Persian Lessons’ in 2019. (Courtesy H

New Holocaust film: Jewish inmate makes up a language to survive

For a movie about the Holocaust, the Belarussian film Persian Lessons has some comic potential.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
17/01/2021
Chess4Solidarity prepares for a competition between Israel and Bhutan

Israel and Bhutan to go head-to-head in post-normalization chess match

However in this recent tournaments players from Lebanon, Syria and other countries that do not have diplomatic ties with Israel have logged in to play.

Dr. Avi Harlev

IDF reservist doctor's family demands police probe death as hate crime

Dr. Avi Harlev's body was found with gunshot wounds on Tuesday night in Lahav Forest north of Beersheba.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu visits a coronavirus vaccination facility in Nazareth last Wednesd

24th Knesset: Another round of abnormal elections

Today, Blue and White has been replaced by the medium-sized Yesh Atid, which was one of its components.

Police rescue driver in flood‏

Nahariya's streets flooded, blocked due to heavy raining - watch

"We will not be able to go through a flood of this magnitude every two weeks. We need to solve this now," Mayor Marelli said.

Egypt, Jordan intelligence chiefs meet Abbas in Ramallah

The visit of the two intelligence chiefs was in the context of ongoing coordination between the Palestinians and the two Arab countries in preparation for engaging the Biden administration.

Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, speaks during the Eurovision Semi-Final allocation draw

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai’s cultural reopening plan met with skepticism

Ron Huldai announced last month that he was creating a new party called the Israelis that would be running in the March national elections

Home Front Command tests rocket-proof windows for hospitals

This comes as a breakthrough as so far, shielded windows in secure spaces (Mamad) were usually small and located high up on the wall.

17/01/2021
Coronavirus commissioner Prof. Ronni Gamzu

Gamzu on death of 47-year-old corona patient: ‘I take responsibility’

Gamzu told KAN Radio that he will “try very hard to visit the family and offer a personal explanation.”

wrestling pic

Israeli wrestler captures bronze medal at elite French competition

The American-born Finesilver earned All-American status as a Duke University grappler at the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association wrestling championship.

Israeli video game company Playtika listed on US stock exchange

Founded in 2010, Playtika has more than 35 million monthly active users and its games include Bingo Blitz and Slotomania.

Israel's economy could grow 4.6% in 2021

Israel's economic performance was the seventh-best of the 37 OECD-member countries, the report showed.

17/01/2021

Jonathan Pollard out of quarantine, strolling Jerusalem – In Pictures

Pollard landed in Israel on December 30 and immediately entered quarantine per government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny

Gantz: Netanyahu bypassed me, tried to stop push for Palestinian building

"If the prime minister wants to raise objections, he knows my number!"

Netanyahu: I hope to resolve West Bank settler outpost issues within days

At issue is whether Israel would make a major policy declaration in favor of expanding its settlement footprint in Area C of the West Bank.

Ofer forest

DNA helps police solve 16-year-old murder case in northern Israel

In 2005 police received a report of a young woman's body found near Ofer Forest in northern Israel.

Yad Sarah reports demand for oxygen concentrators doubled

More than 400 oxygen concentrators were delivered to patients by Yad Sarah volunteers, and more are in stock should people need them.

Arab leaders call for boycott of 'deceitful' meeting with Netanyahu

"For 13 years Bibi has done nothing, this meeting is part of his election campaign and I won't take part in that."

National Library of Israel hits COVID-19 back with multi-lingual content

Dozens of audio books were offered via iCast, as well as educational materials in Hebrew, English, Arabic and French during the schools shutdown.

Arab-Israeli MKs violate COVID-19 regulations to end feud

“People are dying here, and not from COVID-19,” a person who attended the event said. “Where is the Hebrew speaking media when such things happen?”

Cave painting of a wild pig might be oldest art found in the world

Depicting Sulawesi warty pigs, the artwork was made with red ochre roughly 45,000 years ago.

Zodiac

Redefining family and readjusting the big tent Horoscopes for Shvat 5780

Venus, which enters Aquarius on February 1, heads straight for the Super Bowl of emotional vulnerability with Venus square Uranus, conjunct Saturn, and sextile wounded healer Chiron on February 6

By LORELAI KUDE
16/01/2021
Merav Michaeli.

Merav Michaeli: I can beat Ehud Barak

Merav Michaeli could be the only woman heading a party in the March race.

16/01/2021
A view shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the West Bank February 25, 2020.

Netanyahu angers Right, ignores outposts, nods to Palestinian building

The Right holds that Palestinian building in Area C helps cement the Palestinian presence there.

Israeli activists launch drive for pro-Biden billboards

The proposed billboard features the American and Israeli flags and a drawing of Biden and Harris with the message: “Democracy wins! Israelis congratulate Biden and Harris.”

Nationwide protests against Netanyahu continue for 30th consecutive week

Protesters in Ness Ziona reported suffering verbal and physical assaults by Netanyahu's supporters in the city.

Dugit Beach Kinneret

Kinneret levels rising due to increased rainfall in Israel

Due to the high levels of rain the past several years, in addition to this winter's rain, the Kinneret water level is 3.055 meters above the lower red line level.

Men walking near screens showing falling stocks at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, in the center of Tel

Speedy COVID vaccine rollout brings global investors to Israeli stocks

Investors are betting that Israel's impressive vaccination efforts will make the country a front-runner in economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

16/01/2021

Rabbi asserts that coronavirus vaccines can 'turn' people into homosexuals

Contradicts instructions of rabbis Chaim Kanievsky, Gershon Edelstein and Shalom Cohen, three of the most senior rabbis in the ultra-Orthodox world.

Bedouin youth repair a cemetery that was vandalized in a TikTok video

"They showed us that there is another way - we can work together, to strengthen the neighborhood, to work hand in hand for a better Negev for us all."

Israel police rescues kidnapped dog of famous Israeli actor

Vishinsky's dog was originally procured from the IDF as a retired service dog, in recognition of the service of his son Lior, who was killed during a military operation.

Cyprus

Israeli, Cypriot colleges launch joint course study history of relations

The course will focus on the history of diplomatic relations between Israel, Cyprus and Greece, which began in the late 1940s.

A person walks past the Pfizer Headquarters building in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New

Pfizer CEO to be awarded honorary doctorate from Technion

Bourla, born to a Jewish family - part of whom were Holocaust survivors - in Thessaloniki in 1961, joined Pfizer in 1993.

140 thousand COVID patients illegally monitored by Shin Bet for a month

Chairman of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee MK Zvi Hauser noted that the incident was especially serious, because it continued for about a month before being exposed.

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz walks in the Israeli Parliament during a vote on a bill to d

Gantz: Our enemies will act regardless of our elections, and so will we

Concluding his weekly briefing, Gantz called on the Israeli public to "put ego aside and focus on unity."

Tzipi Refaeli contracts COVID, debate over vaccinating inmates continues

Tzipi Refaeli, mother and agent of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, is currently serving a 16-months sentence at the Neve Tirza women's prison.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewing Gideon Sa'ar

Sa'ar to CNN: I intend to win, I believe Israelis will create the change

Interviewed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Gideon Sa'ar insisted that the Israeli society must be unified again as "divisions are very dangerous for the future of Israel."

Border Police arrests two suspects in Jenin shooting - watch

The arrests were made on the basis of information from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

Aviv Geffen and Netanyahu agree on coronavirus aid for artists

The two agreed on the package at a meeting with Finance Minister Israel Katz and Culture and Sport Minister Chili Tropper.

Palestinian police officers, wearing masks as a preventive measure against coronavirus

Three residents of Palestinian territories arrested in relation to murder

Two of the suspects were brought to a military court on Thursday and their arrests were extended 11 days.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a virtual meeting with Palestinian factions over Israel

Palestinian women: Increase in Council representation not enough

President Mahmoud Abbas amends election law, raising quota for women in Palestinian Authority legislature to 26%, not the promised 30%.

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
15/01/2021
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz speaks during an interview with Reuters in Athens, Greece, Ja

Israel's Energy Minister speaks with Gulf states counterparts

The four Arab states, in deals brokered by the United States, have agreed to set aside hostilities with Israel.

Israeli police reinforce regulations outside on Jaffa street on January 06, 2021, during the 3rd loc

17-year-old Palestinian pulls knife on female police officer

Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) forces were called in to investigate whether the attack was done with nationalistic motives, or whether it was an isolated incident.

A closing communique to the people’s coach - comment

The Sports Rabbi reflects on his decades of following the career of Oded Katash upon his departure from Hapoel Jerusalem to Greece.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/01/2021

Oded Katash officially takes over Greek basketball club Panathinaikos

Israeli basketball icon completes tenure at Hapoel Jerusalem • Lithuanian Adomaitis steps in

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/01/2021

Israel, Arab allies ‘on same page’ against Iran ahead of Biden transition

The official in Jerusalem confirmed that there is “no formal dialogue as so far,” between the Israeli government and the Biden’s transition team.

Health Ministry not concerned with COVID vaccination rate among haredim

This being the case, the number of those already with antibodies to the coronavirus in the ultra-Orthodox sector would be even higher, said the spokesman.

Syria, Gaza: How the IDF handles different threats to Israel - analysis

These days, the IDF can operate there multiple times a week – and that is the goal in this equation.

14/01/2021

Gabi Ashkenazi: Assessing the legacy of Israel's foreign minister

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: Despite being kept in the dark by Netanyahu about the Abraham Accords, the former IDF chief of staff was able make an impact at the Foreign Ministry

Public Security Minister Amir Ohana with Israel Police chief nominee Kobi Shabtai

Cabinet will meet on Sunday morning to approve new police chief

Israel has not had a permanent police commissioner since December of 2018.

By ANNA BRESKY/MA'ARIV
14/01/2021
Soccer Football - International Friendly - Argentina v Uruguay - Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israe

‘Sporting, cultural events bring true face of Israel to the public arena’

Canadian-Israeli philanthropist Sylvan Adams is planning on returning to Dubai in February with his Team Israel Startup-Nation cycling team along with world-famous cyclist Chris Froome.

Meet the Bedouin unit protecting Israel's border, advancing the community

The battalion is much more than a combatting unit – it is also a device for non-Jewish Israelis and gain tools that will prepare for civilian life after their military service.

14/01/2021
The Bank of Israel building in Jerusalem

Bank of Israel to buy $30b. of foreign currency in 2021 as shekel soars

The shekel has appreciated more than 10% against the dollar since the beginning of 2020.

By REUTERS
14/01/2021

Israel, Slovakia to sign extensive defense export agreement

The Israeli radar systems will be interoperable with NATO defense mechanisms.

14/01/2021

Disgruntled Arab candidates search for new ‘political homes’

At this stage, it’s not clear whether the four parties comprising the Joint List – Hadash, United Arab List, Ta’al and Balad – would again run together in the next election.

Labor Party to hold leadership primary

Meirav Michaeli is set to run, challenged by advertising executive Gil Beilin and possibly by Itzik Shmuli.

14/01/2021

Starling flocks shift shape in the skies over Israel

The birds that come in from Russia and East Europe every winter, swooped, pivoted and soared, taking the shape of clouds and giant creatures in the skies.

By REUTERS
14/01/2021
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