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TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
Coronavirus test result errors may be a large problem

A doctor noticed the problem on Friday after seeing that the health insurance lab noted his patient as testing positive for the virus, while the health ministry noted the result as negative.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/03/2020
Police officers in coronavirus protective suits
Five found violating coronavirus regulations in Rishon Lezion

The Health Ministry announced on Saturday that 3,460 Israelis tested positive for the virus, 50 of whom are in serious condition.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/03/2020
HAREDIM WALK in Jerusalem in front of a ‘Men Only’ sign – the role of religion in public life will l
Haredi cities lead in number of coronavirus patients in Israel

Jerusalem and Bnei Brak lead the country in numbers of coronavirus patients; Zikhron Ya'akov at the bottom with 12 patients.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/03/2020
‘As if God doesn’t want us,’ millions of Arabs face coronavirus impact

As Mecca and Medina empty of Muslim worshippers, Arab regimes find themselves beseeching their people to stay home.

By MAARIV ONLINE , HAGAY HACOHEN
28/03/2020
A rocket is fired towards Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip February 24, 2020
Israel strikes Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire

Rocket fire breaks lull in violence as both sides fight the coronavirus.

Rescue flight carrying Israeli travelers takes off from Costa Rica

In a combined operation which included several Israeli delegations in the area, travelers from Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica itself arrived on the flight.

Labor, Gesher consider joining Gantz in Netanyahu-led government

The expression of interest from both party leaders comes amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic facing the country, and following the split between the Israel Resilience party and Blue and White.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/03/2020
George Washington Bridge between New York City and New Jersey, 2018.
Israel Innovation Authority to develop 'smart cities' with New York

The program was originally announced as part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's solidarity and trade mission to Israel in July 2019, and will focus on designating up to five 'Smart Cities.'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/03/2020
Druze MK becomes first Gantz ally to rebel

Gantz: Lapid, Ya'alon wanted elections; Lapid: Gantz didn't join because of the coronavirus

27/03/2020
INMATES WALK through the Hermon Prison in northern Israel last week.
Israel to release hundreds of prisoners to curb coronavirus spread

Prisoners who are found eligible under the new regulations will go on a 30-day "vacation," under house arrest conditions, at the end of which they will officially be released from prison.

Protesters to Chief Justice: Hands off our democracy

The protest was held against the Supreme Court's decision to force Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to hold a plenary vote, over which he has resigned.

Haredi residents of Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood
Doctors use posters to urge haredi communities to follow health guidelines

In a letter plastered on the walls of Haredi neighborhoods, they alert the population of the emergency of the situation.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/03/2020
Defense Ministry to rent 20 more hotels for Israelis in quarantine

The ministry is looking for hotels with at least 200 rooms in Tel Aviv and Gush Dan, the Sharon area, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/03/2020
Israeli police officers seen during a raid on the ultra orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Meah Shearim
IDF to deploy 500 troops to enforce lockdown

PM Netanyahu warns of more restrictions

Latet, IDF, launch initiative to take care of elderly during coronavirus

"We have a more urgent national mission to help seniors in need of food and hygienic products so that they stay home," said Latet CEO and Executive Director.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
27/03/2020
Reading a book (Illustrative)
Free meet-ups offered with Israeli authors, poets, playwrights on Zoom

The events are intended to be either writing workshops or directed reading and will be open for free to the public.

27/03/2020
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda breaks up quarantined Israeli journalists' argument

The argument over which Miranda score was best was broken up by the man himself, in Hebrew.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
27/03/2020
Real estate market
Rising antisemitism boosts sales of luxury homes in Israel - report

Multiple high-end apartments are available now, and developers are cooking up other luxury projects for the area, according to reports.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
27/03/2020
Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, attends an election campaign event, in Kfar Ahim, Israe
Benny Gantz: Fourth election is not allowed

"At the end of the path, I believe it is not allowed to drag Israel to a fourth election in this very difficult time when the country is dealing with the coronavirus crisis and its consequences."

27/03/2020
Edelstein to 'Post': I am fighting for the Knesset's 'future independence'

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The former speaker doubles down on his decision to resign and to buck the High Court

27/03/2020
A molotov cocktail hit a Border Patrol vehicle near the exit of the Yitzhar settlement.
Netanyahu condemns firebombing of Border Police jeep by Jewish extremists

Forces from both Border Control and the IDF scanned the area shortly afterwards in search of the culprits.

The High Court v the Knesset: A constitutional crisis years in the making

IN CONTEXT: This week witnessed a constitutional crisis decades in the making.

The three-phased attack on Israel's democracy

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Cold War hero Yuli Edelstein became cannon fodder in his master’s war on the judiciary.

The IDF wages war against an invisible enemy: Coronavirus

MILITARY AFFAIRS: The army is prepared to enforce a nationwide lockdown, while continuing the challenge of ongoing training and exercises.

Israel’s elders forced to take on coronavirus, loneliness

For many, social distancing from their immediate family could be a matter of life and death. With no end in sight, the distance can also mean increased feelings of loneliness and isolation.

28/03/2020
A MAN wraps fresh matza during Passover in Ashdod in 2016
Corona Virus investing and Pessach: It’s time for Matza

A central aspect of Pesach relates to our current crisis.

By AARON KATSMAN
26/03/2020
An athlete’s perspective from the sideline - interview

Hapoel Beersheba basketball player Ben Eisenhardt opens up about frustration of current hiatus

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
26/03/2020
Gantz lost trust in Netanyahu, but coronavirus made him compromise

As Gantz said in his speech accepting the Knesset speaker post: He chose to do “what’s right for this country”

27/03/2020
Yair Lapid: This isn’t a unity government, it’s a Netanyahu government

This statement comes after the Blue and White Party split on Thursday.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , GIL HOFFMAN
26/03/2020
Mossad Director Yossi Cohen
Mossad's Yossi Cohen goes to war with coronavirus and Iran

It is not a surprise that Netanyahu would turn to Cohen for a mission of the utmost primacy, after the Mossad chief has led dramatic and daring efforts against Iran for years.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet to discuss possible pol
Gantz put Netanyahu’s career on a respirator because of coronavirus

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz have not signed an agreement to form a unity government yet, but Netanyahu already won, because Blue and White has come apart.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein announces that he will leave the role, March 25, 2020
How Edelstein, High Court could have tempered the meltdown - analysis

The actions of both sides may cost the country dearly in restoring a balance and respect between the branches of government.

Why Israel should lead efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Gaza

Israel must adopt prophylactic and preventative measures to help ensure that the people of Gaza have what they need to battle the novel coronavirus.

Concern grows for at risk-population during coronavirus crisis

Over 1 million Israelis reached by the IDF's National Assistance Center in less than a week

New emergency dispatch center opens, focus on fast response and hi-tech

With 30,000 volunteers and unique, innovative hi-tech, the center hopes to assist Israelis in the moments of their greatest need.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/03/2020
Coronavirus: ‘Let us help,’ says group of FSU doctors

The group of young FSU doctors enrolled in a program to get their Israeli license sent a letter to the health authorities asking to be integrated into the system to contribute in this time of crisis.

‘Zoom Passover Seder’ rabbis hit back at critics

‘Chief Rabbi David Lau is a child, hasn’t opened the books of Torah scholars who discussed the issue’ says one of ruling’s authors.

View from the high point of the Alfe-Menashe settlement in the Israeli area of the West Bank.
Alfei Menashe closes its gates to halt spread of coronavirus

Only residents and non-residents on essential errands, such as caring for an elderly parent or a divorced parent, are allowed to enter.

Bolivian, Honduran armies help evacuate Israelis

Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that this was “an extraordinary operation that proves the determination of the Foreign Ministry to help Israelis around the world."

170 lone soldiers at the IDF quarantine center in Olga

Soldiers are given ‘everything they need’ to feel at home, including Playstation

A man wears a face mask as he walks in a market in Ashkelon while Israel tightened a national stay-a
Grapevine March 25, 2020: Pandemic prayers

The overwhelming majority of synagogues in Jerusalem were closed.

This Week in Jerusalem: Coronavirus drive-thru

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a large portion of the construction projects in the city have been curtailed, and there is concern that things might get worse.

26/03/2020
Salute to a Jerusalem book beacon that fell victim to coronavirus

One Jerusalem cultural landmark, if it survives, will never be the same. Earlier this week, David Ehrlich, founder and co-owner of the Tmol Shilshom café, died at the age of 60.

26/03/2020
Coronavirus, the environment and urban life

However, post-corona is as yet an indistinct concept, too hazy to consider, especially as we are barely managing to cope with the storm of the pandemic as it rages.”

26/03/2020
COGAT slams B'Tselem for ‘exploiting coronavirus’

The Human Rights NGO alleged that the IDF destroyed a coronavirus treatment center in the Jordan Valley.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/03/2020
Nattering with John Graham: Musical ‘naches fun di kinder’

“My pocket money at the time, I think, was a shilling a week.”

26/03/2020
Sexual Abuse
Coronavirus crisis sees spike in domestic abuse in Israel

The police will therefore be carrying out regular check-ups at the homes of families in which women were feeling threatened or at risk.

26/03/2020
Haredi residents of Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood
Coronavirus and the haredi community

“Let’s put aside for a moment the medical aspect, and consider the economic impact on that sector,” said Moshe Yossef Lefkovitch, a member of the tiny Alexander Hassidic sect.

26/03/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the shuk in Jerusalem to campaign for municipal elections
The shuk and Israeli politics

“Bibi has forgotten where his most faithful supporters are. This decision will cost him at least two mandates at the next elections, I will see to that personally."

26/03/2020
Torah Live: Bringing Jewish education into the 21st century

What Torah Live founder and director Rabbi Dan Roth called “the worst day of my life” turned out to be the inspiration for a completely different approach to sharing Jewish wisdom.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
28/03/2020
Just the Facts: Coronavirus domestic isolation

Even if you are not isolated, stay at home and look after yourself and all of us.

By YAIR ASSAF-SHAPIRA
26/03/2020
These restaurants will feed you during the coronavirus crisis

We have managed to include a variety of cuisines, so experiment and have fun. What you will not find are pizzerias - this week (next week this may change).

By BUZZY GORDON
26/03/2020
The best movies of 2019, dog stories, French films and Jack

Sometimes, nothing will do but a Jack Nicholson movie, but let’s concentrate on his lighter films.

‘Fauda,’ ‘Freud,’ Litchfield ladies and ‘Mrs. Maisel’

One series I was definitely looking forward to was Freud, an Austrian show on Netflix. However, one episode in and I found it a bit disappointing.

New immigrants from France disembark at Ben-Gurion Airport last year
900 new immigrants since beginning of March despite coronavirus

All new immigrants going into immediate 14-day quarantine

‘Jerusalem, In the Footsteps of Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness’

Kroyanker’s latest Hebrew language offering feeds off all sorts of thematic strands and takes on life, architecture, urban ambiance and, in particular, literary content.

26/03/2020
El Al to stop all flights from midnight until April 4

Flights on Thursday evening to Ben-Gurion Airport from New York, Toronto, London, Paris, as well as repatriation flights from Delhi and San Jose, will take off as scheduled.

26/03/2020
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reads a statement from his phone
Ashkenazi starts to wrestle with gov’t about Shin Bet surveillance

Sedensky: Without surveillance, we’ll miss 60% more potential infections.

Passover in the days of the coronavirus

Buddy Phones is a new for-kids earphone brand that allows children to safely enjoy music.

By NERIA BARR
26/03/2020
An arrivals board in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to f
Israelis must come home before it’s too late, Katz warns

Special flights brings back Israelis from Colombia, Hungary; Israeli students in Jordan return.

A man wears a face mask as he walks in a market in Ashkelon while Israel tightened a national stay-a
Israel planned for a pandemic-like emergency, so what went wrong?

Despite preparations in late February, misleading optimistic models showed several weeks of restrictions could have an effect; Jerusalem and neighboring states hold out hope amid pandemic.

Volunteers create a ‘revolution of happiness’ during coronavirus

The volunteer groups continued right until the new coronavirus guidelines from the Health Ministry were issued, with one of the last visits being a pre-Purim distribution of gift baskets.

By BEN BRESKY
26/03/2020
Fearing coronavirus apocalypse, stolen artifacts returned

Manies is a copywriter and content writer living in Modi’in Illit who has five children, a parrot and 26 hamsters. (“It was a baby boom – the quarantine apparently did it for them,” he said.)

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
27/03/2020
Blue and White splits as unity deal with Likud approaches

Gantz reportedly to be defense minister under Netanyahu, Gabi Ashkenazi to serve as foreign minister

27/03/2020
Israeli travel agents pull out all the stops to get our globetrotters home

There are approximately 1,500 travel agents in Israel, and about 300 of them are members of a group on the Telegram app that provides crucial advice to help Israelis stranded abroad.

By DIANA BLETTER
26/03/2020
Netanyahu set to consider business rescue plans

"Our estimate is that 20% of all the employees who have exited the workforce will not return to their place of work."

26/03/2020
Ready for the coronavirus crisis in the Galilee‏

Dr. Barhoum hopes that the coronavirus patients will feel the same way down the road. He also envisions “the entire world joining forces to overcome this problem.”

By DIANA BLETTER
26/03/2020
Sharp increase in domestic abuse reported in Israel

Despite the circumstances, social workers have not been defined as essential employees.

By YUVAL BAGNO/MAARIV
26/03/2020
Just another delightful day in quarantine

‘Jerusalem Post’ writer Alan Rosenbaum documents how he negotiates his way through two decidedly unusual days.

Special El Al flight brings Israelis home from Colombia

El Al flight attendants checked the passengers’ temperatures at the entrance to the plane. At least one baby was on board with her mother.

Yuli Edelstein
How did the High Court replace Edelstein? 2 Knesset Speakers! - Analysis

Yuli Edelstein's decision to resign on Wednesday created an unprecedentedly awkward position.

Dan Jerusalem Hotel
Bennett: Arrivals from US, Italy, France, Spain must go to IDF quarantine

"It’s wrong to have sick individuals remain at home and not in [quarantine] hotels” set up by the government in major cities.

Sharp decline in citizens turning to hospitals, even in critical cases

Doctors are reporting that people are beginning to fear turning into the emergency room. "Heart diseases are just as prevalent as they were before the coronavirus"

By MAAYAN HARONI/MAARIV
26/03/2020
Western Wall prayer to end coronavirus attracts thousands of viewers

The service was kept small, as the foundation stuck to strict adherence to the Health Ministry guidelines.

By CELIA JEAN
26/03/2020
Seven more coronavirus cases confirmed in Gaza

Palestinian sources said the new seven patients were members of the Hamas security forces who were staying with the two original infected patients at a quarantine center.

A worshippers stands in front of the closed entrance door of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jer
Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre closes amid coronavirus fears

The closure, initially for a week, followed a meeting between Israeli police and church leaders.

By REUTERS
25/03/2020
IDFWO’s “Otzma Quarantine Camp”
IDFWO’s 'Otzma Quarantine Camp'

"Despite being physically far away, the boys and girls are close to our hearts," says Shelach. "The special kits are designed to relieve boredom and to help the children cope with these tough times."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/03/2020
Netanyahu, Gantz restart emergency unity talks

The two sides have been speaking secretly but now the negotiations will become more official.

25/03/2020
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on the night the 22nd Knesset voted to disperse
Is Edelstein a freedom fighter on the wrong side of democracy?

Edelstein’s decision to defy the courts also comes at a time when Israel feels particularly vulnerable democratically.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein speaks in a Knesset press conference after Knesset legal advisor Eyal
Edelstein undermined Israel's rule of law - comment

What Edelstein did joins other initiatives in being promoted by the Likud to pass laws that would enable the Knesset to bypass the Supreme Court.

25/03/2020
A closed Mikvah in the Ultra orthodox neighborhood of Meah Shearim, Jerusalem on March 25, 2020
The changing face of religious life in the shadow of Covid-19 - analysis

Jewish rituals and traditions revolve around community, but the infectious nature of the coronavirus has meant that many normative aspects of Jewish life have gradually ground to a halt

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
Roller coaster markets to continue as coronavirus rattles investors

At times of sharp market fluctuations, global markets tend to move in sync, with the Israeli market particularly impacted by international trends.

25/03/2020
Rivlin blasts Edelstein, says court rulings need to be obeyed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also addressed the public following Rivlin's public message.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/03/2020
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett (Right) and IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi (Left)
Worst of coronavirus 'still ahead of us' warn Bennett, Kochavi

Kochavi warns virus to continue for months and could see a military operation during the crisis; Bennett warns Israel has half the amount of respirators needed

Coronavirus leads to massive increase in online gambling

According to Israeli company Optimove, there had been an increase of 225% of people who began to play poker online.

Top ex-gov’t bankruptcy official tells Jpost how to save the economy

A combination of government support, encouraging negotiated solutions to financial dead-ends and pushing Israel’s bankruptcy laws closer to the US model may all be needed

Natan Sharansky's tips for quarantine, from the Soviet prisons

Remember the big picture, keep a sense of humor, and use your time well, the former Prisoner of Zion advises.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/03/2020
Workers wearing protective clothes disinfect a shop in Jerusalem, on March 15, 2020, as part of meas
Israel's NEMA to work with FEMA in the fight against coronavirus

Israel’s National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and its American Counterpart, FEMA, have established a cooperation mechanism to fight the coronavirus pandemic

EL Al plane prepared for take off to Peru on March 18, 2020.
Don’t be stupid – go home - comment

The Foreign Ministry estimates that about half of the 6,000 Israelis trying to make their way home are still abroad.

Yuli Edelstein
Ex-Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein - The eye in the storm of divisiveness

Many Israeli legal professionals were aghast and declared that what Edelstein was doing posed a severe threat to Israel's democracy.

School and Issta building converted into MDA workstations

MDA receives tens of thousands of phone calls everyday. The Issta center and the Shimon Peres school have been converted into coronavirus hotlines to meet the new call load.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/03/2020
Police: We don’t intend to chase people with a measuring tape

As new emergency regulations will come into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday police tells the public it sees its role as that of explaining, not punishing.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/03/2020
Half a million people take part in mass online prayer against coronavirus

Chief Rabbi of Safed Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu: coronavirus pandemic shows that however important world economy is, it cannot trample other values

A man enters the main branch of Bank Hapoalim, Israel's biggest bank, in Tel Aviv, Israel July 18, 2
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Israeli economy

Lockdowns mean skyrocketing unemployment and reduced GDP, leaving no household or business unscathed. Unemployment exceeded 20% for the first time this evening.

By DR. VILLY ABRAHAM / THE MEDIA LINE
25/03/2020
Ohana approves NIS 3m. in funds to help hospitals deal with coronavirus

"This is an important step out of series of moves that we are taking in the Justice Ministry to assist medical staff, as the country and the world deal with the crisis caused by the coronavirus."

By CELIA JEAN
25/03/2020
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