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Nikki Haley Israel
Nikki Haley, Kochavi meet to discuss Iran, regional threats

The two’s relationship arose from a 2017 helicopter tour Kochavi, then the deputy chief of staff, gave Haley when she visited Israel as the UN ambassador.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
A trail of smoke can be seen as rockets are fired from Gaza towards Israel
Israeli Air Force strikes in Gaza Strip following rocket attack on Israel

The IAF struck a Hamas outpost in retaliation to earlier attacks on Israel, the IDF spokesperson reported.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
Chinese man, Israeli woman, taken to hospital for suspected coronavirus

An Israeli woman in her 60s was admitted to Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on Sunday after returning to the country from China.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
David Bitan in Knesset on February 5, 2018.
Likud MK David Bitan indicted for bribery

Bitan allegedly accepted hundreds of thousands of shekels when he was the vice mayor of Rishon Letzion in exchange for promoting the business interests of various powerful businessmen.

Religious anti-draft protests turn violent in Jerusalem, 38 arrested

The protests led to a massive shut down of public transportation in the city following the arrest of a ultra-Orthodox youth.

Alma Har’el first Israeli,first woman, to win key Directors Guild Award

Har’el used her win for the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama written by and starring Shia LaBeouf to make a passionate plea for women directors who lost their health insurance.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin talks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Nicosi
Reuven Rivlin to address German Bundestag

Since taking office in July 2014, Rivlin has also hosted Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as a succession of German presidents and other high ranking German dignitaries.

Bennett will ‘support Trump plan’ if it includes annexing settlements

Yamina party leader says however that party will never support establishment of Palestinian state.

Weeping in coal - the feminist art of Hannan Abu-Hussein

Hannan Abu-Hussein explores such loaded issues as violence against women and the complexities of Arab-Israeli relations in ‘My Body-Soul-Honor-Property,’ currently at the Givat Haviva Art Gallery.

Israel warns against all non-essential travel to China

"The health system is organized and ready, and in constant contact with the World Health Organization and health agencies worldwide," the ministry said in a statement.

26/01/2020
Naama Issachar requests pardon from Putin

“I will return your girl home,” Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly told Yaffa Issachar, Naama's mother.

MK Miki Zohar, 2019.
Blue and White blasts Likud for immunity boycott

MK Miki Zohar, announced that MKs from Likud and legislators from parties in the current caretaker government would not come to the meetings and would not vote.

26/01/2020
Defense Minister Bennett approves IDF's Momentum multi-year plan

Defense Ministry: NIS 11.6 billion spent in 2019 on increasing IDF's lethality

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman visits the Jordan Valley.
Liberman to PM: Hold Jordan Valley vote now to show you're serious

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief political rival, Blue and White head Benny Gantz are on their way to Washington to hear details of the plan from Trump in separate meetings.

Israeli settler leaders to join Netanyahu in Washington for Trump talks

Netanyahu will meet with Trump on Monday and Tuesday.

Cars drive past the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 18, 2018
First Israelis are permitted limited visits to Saudi Arabia

Ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia have been warming up in recent months.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , REUTERS
26/01/2020
The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.
Benjamin Netanyahu joins the Dolly Parton Challenge

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Defense Forces and Labor-Meretz chairman Amir Peretz joined the Dolly Parton Challenge.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
money
Israel's first digital bank targets mid-2021 launch

The project will begin the coming weeks, the bank said, involving hundreds of software programmers and developers in Israel and abroad.

26/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Netanyahu thanks world leaders for attending World Holocaust Forum

The prime minister began the weekly cabinet meeting by thanking the world leaders, those from Arab countries in particular, for attending the World Holocaust Forum.

26/01/2020
A RAINBOW stretches over Kibbutz Misgav Am in the Upper Galilee
Rainbow over Israel brings welcomed break from weeks of storms

A beautiful rainbow appeared over the Judean Hills a few days ago, after weeks of rainfall.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
People at the movies (Illustrative)
Jump Cut event celebrates 26 years of creativity

“Jump Cut Makes Movies” is the 16th Jump Cut event and marks 26 years since the founding of the school.

Blue and White No.2 Yair Lapid
Lapid: PM tried to pull a political trick around 'Deal of the Century'

The Blue and White MK spoke about the head of the party's departure to the US in an interview with Army Radio, in which he attacked the prime minister.

By MAARIV ONLINE
26/01/2020
IDF plans for increased tensions over Trump peace plan

Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and all of the IDF's brigadier-generals were supposed to attend a symposium on Sunday, but it was cancelled due to the increased tensions.

26/01/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz
Gantz takes off ahead of meeting with Trump on 'Deal of the Century'

The Blue and White leader will meet with Trump on Monday morning in the White House.

Yaffa Issachar takes off for Russia: 'Hope to return with Naama'

Naama was supposed to be transferred to a different prison in the past few days, but this did not happen.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
Earthquake aftermath in the Turkish eastern city of Elazig, Jan. 25, 2020
MDA offers assistance to Turkey after earthquake

"I view this as an opportunity for collaboration... offer all assistance towards saving lives anywhere," and have "great appreciation" for Turkish Red Crescent, MDA's director-general Eli Bin wrote.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
Israeli and US teams at UN prepare for anti-Israel responses to Trump plan

Danon and Craft planned to fly to Israel this week, but they canceled the trip so they can be in New York and coordinate their actions in case there are major responses to Trump’s plan

JNF-USA Brings 70 Student Leaders To See Israel

Non-Jewish student leaders visited significant sites including the Mount of the Beatitudes, the Western Wall, Masada, the Dead Sea, and Yad Vashem.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
25/01/2020
Despite chill, thousands of Israelis travel around country over weekend

Thousands of travelers visited Israel's most beautiful natural sites, including reserves, forests, snow-backed mountains, boardwalks and more.

By MOSHE COHEN/MAARIV
25/01/2020
Prince Charles meets with Israeli scientists at Technion University

Charles is honoring Churchill's memory by meeting Professor Haick, one of Israel's leading scientists of the modern age.

Gantz escapes pitfalls of joint meeting with Netanyahu and Trump -Analysis

Ever since Trump announced that both Netanyahu and Gantz would be coming, those in the Blue and White chairman’s inner circle had been concerned that he would not come off well during the meeting.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Netanyahu: 'Trump deal is a once-in-history opportunity'

Such an opportunity “to secure Israel’s future,” will not come again, Netanyahu warned.

Bar Refaeli calls on followers to vaccinate their kids.
Bar Refaeli names her first son David

The couple celebrated the baby’s bris at their home with close friends and immediate family.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Robyn Hitchcock’s fertile mind

Psychedelic folk legend returns to Tel Aviv next week.

25/01/2020
Fran Drescher doesn’t mind being single, she has a ‘friend with benefits’

“It’s delightful and delicious but I’ve got a big life,” she said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Liberman says 'live and let live' on religious conflict in Knesset

Guest Column: Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman discusses the main points of the controversy that has paralyzed the political system.

Netanyahu, Gantz to meet with Trump separately for political reasons

Netanyahu and Gantz had originally been expected to meet with US President together, which Gantz opposed

Getting set for drumming

Famed jazz drummer Jeff Ballard to share his secrets with Israeli students.

25/01/2020
Clipa Theater takes on Shakespeare

The show will have its opening night on Wednesday, January 29th at 8:30pm and will include English subtitles.

By CARMEL MADADSHAHI
25/01/2020
Nature, spa and culinary festival at Gilboa

Winter is perhaps the best time to visit the Gilboa area and adjacent valleys.

By TALY SHARON
25/01/2020
Rashida Tlaib retweets unverified claim Israelis killed Palestinian boy

The tweet claimed that the boy was kidnapped by “Israeli settlers, assaulted and thrown in a water well"

Liberman: Netanyahu is running away from Jordan Valley sovereignty vote

"Instead of going the 2.4 kilometers to the Knesset to apply Israeli sovereignty over the valley in three votes in one day... [Netanyahu] prefers to fly 9,476 to Washington."

By ARIK BENDER/MAARIV
25/01/2020
The week in pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their snaps and shots from the week.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Amir Peretz slams Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

Peretz even attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "His presence created an ideological crunch because he caused everyone to engage with him instead of the welfare of the people.”

By ERIC BENDER/MAARIV
25/01/2020
A year after the Brumadinho disaster in Brazil, memories are still fresh

IDF delegation led by Col. Golan Vach spent days searching through mud to find bodies of victims.

RPG attached to balloons found outside Sde Boker in southern Israel

Sde Boker is some 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) from the Gaza Strip.

THE DELEGATION of Major League Baseball stars to Israel pose at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikva y
Baseball field in Israel honors the memory of terror victim Ezra Schwartz

Last week, Israeli teens and their parents, joined by Israel’s Olympic baseball team, which is preparing for the Tokyo games this summer, held a groundbreaking for 'Ezra's Field.'

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/01/2020
Jordan to hold boxing qualifiers after move from Wuhan

The death toll from the virus rose to 41 on Saturday, with more than 1,300 infected globally, but most of the cases and all of the deaths so far have been in Wuhan.

By REUTERS
25/01/2020
The exploitation of a tragedy: 8-year-old found dead in Jerusalem

Missing boy found drowned in Beit Hanina • Hanan Ashrawi, Rashida Tlaib retweet claim ‘settlers kidnapped, executed’ youth

25/01/2020
Ministry of Tourism wishes Chinese tourists pleasant new year

Chinese people around the world will be celebrating the Year of the Rat.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Yad Vashem, Facebook partner to commemorate Holocaust victims

Seeking to further widen the impact of the project, the IRemember Wall is now available in English, Hebrew, French, Spanish, German and Russian.

25/01/2020
Benny Gantz has awoken from his post-election slumber.
Benny Gantz expected to refuse Trump's invitation to White House – report

Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that the president had invited Netanyahu to show him the Middle East peace plan, and that the prime minister had suggested that Gantz be invited as well.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Yaffa Issachar meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin together with Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu
Russia: Issachar hasn’t yet asked for pardon, delaying possible release

‘I believe Putin. If he says everything will be okay, I believe everything will be okay,’ jailed woman says

By REUTERS , LAHAV HARKOV
25/01/2020
PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Jan. 24, 2020
Netanyahu, Rivlin meet with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

The Ukrainian president presented Netanyahu with a letter containing three stories from the Holocaust in Ukraine.

24/01/2020
Storms in Israel, 2020
Jerusalem prepares for winter weather as temperatures drop

The cold wave is expected to last the entire weekend. Rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout the country on Friday. Snow may fall on mountains in the north and high peaks in the center.

24/01/2020
Graffiti on a mosque in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa, Jan. 2020
Residents, officials condemn price tag attack on Jerusalem mosque

The graffiti on the wall of the mosque read, "[They're] destroying the Jews? Kumi Ori will destroy the enemy!"

24/01/2020
Israeli High Court hearing on whether Netanyahu can form next government despite indictment he faces
Court rules against Liberman, in favor of Jewishness DNA testing

In the majority decision, penned by Justice Neal Hendel, it was determined that the petition didn't present sufficient evidence proving that the rabbinate's actions were discriminatory.

24/01/2020
Members of the Druze community holds Syrian and Druze flags as they sit facing Syria, during a rally
Druze town to receive new neighborhood due to housing crisis

"The planning was done with special care for the needs of the Druze community in the Golan Heights and while addressing the housing shortage."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/01/2020
Dissecting Amar’e Stoudemire’s decision to join Maccabi Tel Aviv

Injury depleted Maccabi Tel Aviv thrilled to sign 37-year-old big man to dismay of Hapoel Jerusalem

Cafe Europa
A new lunch in town: Cafe Europa

Cafe Europa introduces lunch, discontinues pinchos and aperitivo

By BUZZY GORDON
24/01/2020
CLASS IS in session at Shachar, the Rehabilitation Educational Medical Day Care Center at Jerusalem’
Ashira Women's Choir sings ALYN Hospital's praises

Over the years, Ashira has performed regularly a senior citizens’ facility in Beit Shemesh, and has hosted a number of fund-raising concerts for a variety of local organizations.

By CANDICE DAMELIN
23/01/2020
FROM LEFT: Cast members Victoria Gershkovich, Miriam Metzinger, Gavriel Weinberg and Daniel Fliegler
‘Of Thee I Sing’ injects humor into politics

Gershwin music and Marx Brothers comedy resonate and amuse on a stage near you

By YAKIR FELDMAN
23/01/2020
PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN and French President Emmanuel Macron share a warm embrace on Wednesday in Je
He met Peres, too

Very few of the heads of state dining at the table of President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday night had the privilege of meeting his immediate predecessor Shimon Peres.

AN ANNUAL falafel celebration helps David Dugo Leitner commemorate his mother and his survival
Jerusalem Affairs: Peggy Cidor's round-up

There is an update regarding the claim of a buyer of contested real estate located on plots belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church.

23/01/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin pose with world leader
World leaders gather in remembrance of Holocaust at Yad Vashem summit

US Vice Pres. Mike Pence vows to stand with Israel against Iran, calls Islamic Republic leading state purveyor of antisemitism.

FATIMA ABU ROOMI wages her feminist battles from within the community.
New art exhibit focuses on the life of women in religious societies

The exhibition title, “Trespassing,” spells out much of the guiding intent behind the show.

23/01/2020
Meir DizengoFf's grave
Trumpeldor Cemetery: The graveyard of Israel's most prominent figures

It’s been called a “graveyard that reads like a Who’s Who,” though it's namesake Joseph Trumpeldor isn't buried there.

Britain's Prince Charles visits the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, January 23, 2020
Prince Charles: Israeli genius is maintaining the NHS

The Prince, in Jerusalem for the World Holocaust Forum, also noted that his grandmother Princess Alice is buried at the Mount of Olives.

Cleaning the Shabbat table and portfolio diversification

As Shabbat approaches in the Katsman home, the tension becomes palpable.

By AARON KATSMAN
23/01/2020
THE NEW H. Stern store in Ramat Aviv
H. Stern launches Ramat Aviv store

The luxury jewelry brand H. Stern is launching a new store in the Ramat Aviv mall.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Calculating taxes
Holocaust survivors’ Israeli tax rights

As always, consult experienced tax advisers in each country at an early stage in specific cases.

By LEON HARRIS
23/01/2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian Authority warns Israel, US ‘not to cross the red lines’

A Fatah official warned that Trump’s plan would lead to an “explosion” in the region. “No Palestinian can accept this dangerous conspiracy.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C-L) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (C-R) with world
The World Holocaust Forum event has proved to be a remarkable day

The gathering of world leaders turned out to provoke a range of emotions.

23/01/2020
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump greets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year
Benjamin Netanyahu & Donald Trump: A tale of two political hearings

Netanyahu and Trump both find themselves facing trials by their critics

24/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump deliver statements
Analysis: Immunity, impeachment, Bibi and Trump

The politics of the current immunity and impeachment proceedings shaking Israel and the US are crucial, but the legal issues may prove even more decisive in the long-run.

U.S Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he stands next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah
Blue and White: Peace plan coinciding with immunity vote 'not coincidence'

“The goal is obviously to cancel the plenum or remove the spotlight from the plenum,” a Blue and White source said.

23/01/2020
Meat without borders
Israeli start-up aims to print real meat from cellular ink

From juicy plant-based burgers to lab-grown minute steaks, the sizzling competition over sustainable meat technologies is reaching boiling point.

26/01/2020
Russian President Vladimir Putins meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sarah, ahead of t
Wasn’t this supposed to be about the Holocaust?

But the solemn message of the event was mostly drowned out in Israel this week by the circus surrounding it.

US Vice Pres. Mike Pence visits the Western Wall with Netanyahu - video

Pence arrived in Israel to participate at the central ceremony of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum taking place at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
ISRAEL’S FIRST prime minister, David Ben-Gurion
Ben-Gurion: Warts and all

Academic Tom Segev gives a no-holds-barred view into Israel’s hallowed founder.

By BEN FISHER
23/01/2020
Singing my way into old age

Though I’ve always loved to sing, I was a secret singer for most of my life.

By CAROL UNGAR
25/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with US Vice President Mike Pence at the US Embassy in Jerusalem
Pence invites Netanyahu, Gantz to Washington to discuss peace prospects

During their meeting at the embassy, Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump for moving the embassy to Jerusalem. He said that now he is seeking to give Israel the peace and security it deserves.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Gigawatt Global begins construction on landmark Burundi solar farm

The company inaugurated sub-Saharan Africa’s first utility-scale solar field in Rwanda in 2014. It is active in renewable-energy projects in 10 African countries.

23/01/2020
ZABŁUDÓW SYNAGOGUE, Poland, 1895.
Reviving a lost world: Bible stories wrapped into today

All conscious Jews share the one great tragedy that befell our people in Europe, the Shoah – the catastrophe – in English, the Holocaust.

Netanyahu, Gantz to travel to Washington next week to discuss peace plan

VP Pence says they were invited to discuss ‘regional issues as well as the prospect of peace in the Holy Land’ • Trump: Reports regarding plan details are ‘purely speculative’

Naama Issachar from Russian prison: I believe Putin, I am hopeful

Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova visited Naama in prison to oversee her conditions in jail.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Eran Tzur reflects on life in the public eye and ‘The Beast Within’

Jewish wisdom and culture remain an important source of inspiration for Tzur. “I am an atheist but have musician friends in Jerusalem who combine religious life with creativity."

23/01/2020
US Vice Pres. Pence vows to stand with Israel against Iran

Netanyahu calls on world leaders to unite against Iran, Macron, Charles, Prince of Wales, assert importance of Holocaust remembrance.

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the Memorial to the Deportation of Jews from France, January
Macron lays wreath at Memorial to the Deportation of Jews from France

The President met with Holocaust survivors and their descendants at the memorial event.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
23/01/2020
GAL GADOT
Gal Gadot fights vampire in a new ad

Gal Gadot is many things — superstar actress known for playing Wonder Woman, model and pitchwoman, IDF veteran, unofficial goodwill ambassador for Israel— and now she’s a fearless vampire hunter.

German artist Gunter Demnig puts three 'Snublesten', or Stolpersteine, in front of the Synagogue in
Cobblestones commemorating Holocaust turn a new corner

By tying a victim's fate to a capsule biography, the 'stumble stones' seek to reduce the epic scale of the Holocaust to a more comprehensible human story.

By REUTERS
23/01/2020
Market
With Holocaust forum here, a slow day at the Shuk

Yet, while some are aware of the conference occurring today at Yad Vashem and its topic, others are less informed and are more focused on the presence of Putin.

By CARMEL MADADSHAHI , HANNAH HEPNER
23/01/2020
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