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Channel 12 poll: Blue and White largest party with 34 mandates, followed by Likud with 33

Poll reveals little change in terms of the distribution of seats between the parties.

FM Katz discusses Iran, Issachar, with Russian FM Lavrov in Rome

The meeting comes amid contentious bilateral issues between the two countries, particularly on Russia’s role in the Middle East, and Naama Issachar, who was sentenced in Russia for drug smuggling.

Gantz vows to beat Netanyahu if there are elections

Knesset to vote to enable March 3 election.

Israeli author David Grossman
David Grossman book banned in Russia for 'causing teen pregnancy, STDs'

The commissioner's directive was circulated across all public libraries and bookstores, where all copies of the book "Someone to Run With" are now no longer available for sale.

Tel Aviv U partners with Columbia U to offer joint undergraduate program

Students will spend two years on the Israeli campus, followed by two years in New York and gain two Bachelor's degrees, one from each institution.

Shabbat candles
Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and U.S.

See Shabbat times for your area.

Former Miss Iraq speaks out at UN about Jewish refugees

Sarah Idan, who received death threats after she posted the selfie with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, spoke of what she learned about the issue when she visited Israel last year.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Morocco normalization talk is Israeli spin, State Dept. says

The comment came following persistent reports in Israel that Jerusalem is very close to establishing official ties with Rabat, attributed to anonymous sources.

Soldiers attached to the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, Iowa National Guard and 10th Mo
Trump may deploy 14,000 troops to counter Iran aggression

Multiple reports citing unnamed officials say Trump is planning to deploy the troops to counter increased Iranian adventurism in the region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Likud: Netanyahu ready to serve only six more months

Blue and White: Netanyahu must say it publicly

David's Sling Weapons System Stunner Missile intercepts target during inaugural flight test
IDF tests rocket propulsion system

The test comes as tensions remain high with Iran.

Tsfat municipality
Safed city engineer compensated with NIS 250,000 for wage discrimination

Cheli Tal worked as the city engineer since 2014, soon after which she discovered that she was being paid considerably less than her male equals working within the municipality.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion surprises even his harshest critics

Municipal Affairs: One year since the new mayor opened the door to his office in Safra Square in downtown Jerusalem, he has begun putting into place the policies he envisioned.

NY to DC, Paris, Dublin, Hague: Israel gains legitimacy around the world

According to a report on Channel 13, the US has approached the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Morocco to promote normalization of ties.

Mike Pompeo Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu plays statesman in Portugal - analysis

The prime minister also argued that he has unique abilities to bolster US-Israel ties.

From Dellal upward – dancer, choreographer and arts leader

Yair Vardi leaves an unmistakable legacy.

British rockers Caravan return to Israel to mark 50 years of music

The band has previously performed here in 2011 and 2014.

Orthodox Jews on the Temple Mount
WATCH: Regular Jewish prayers being held daily on Temple Mount

Police deny changes at the site, but video footage suggests blanket ban on non-Muslim prayer not enforced.

david bowie
Absolute non-beginners – David Bowie’s heroes keep his legacy alive

All-star alumni band led by longtime pianist Mike Garson coming to Israel for two shows

Maccabi tops Hapoel at first Bloomfield derby

The defending champs doubled their lead in the 88th minute when Itay Shechter was pulled down in the box by Orel Degani and Cohen slotted home the spot kick from 11 meters.

Body found in an open area in Shefar'am, police suspect murder

This is the second body found today, following reports of a drowning occurring in the vicinity of the Yarkon River in Ramat Gan.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem, October 1
Netanyahu, Pompeo push forward with US-Israel defense pact

The prime minister argues it’s important for him to be first in rotation with Gantz because of unique ties to the US.

Netanyahu: Direct elections for prime minister ‘becoming interesting'

Netanyahu made the comment in response to a reporter’s question if he would resign.

Isaac Herzog meets with former president George W. Bush

The meeting comes amid Bush’s recent trip to the Gulf region, where he discussed growing concern over Iran’s regional ambitions and Israeli-Palestinian peace.

100 Years of Ford and the Jews - From Antisemitism to Zionism

If the elder Henry Ford's antisemitism is legendary, his grandson's Zionism and support of Jewish causes is certainly less well-known.

IDF’s 215th Division drills for war with Hezbollah

Hundreds of troops and reservists participated in a tactical drill in the Jordan Valley.

TA cardiology panel to focus on digital health

"The purpose of the conference is to bring together all the factors that make up the world of start-ups and innovation in cardiovascular diseases and to present the problems in the field."

David Shimron
State to indict 2 top Netanyahu aides, ex-navy commander in Case 3000

Attorney-General Mandelblit and Justice Minister Ohana continue to fight over Shai Nitzan successor.

Israel ambassador calls on UN to recognize Jewish refugees

Ambassador Danny Danon introduced the resolution at a General Assembly discussion marking 72 years since the November 29 Partition Plan.

A visit to the Czech Republic
Israel, Czech Republic sign multi-million air defense radar deal

ELM multi-mission radar systems are used by IDF in Iron Dome, David’s Sling missile defense systems.

Israeli elections to be held on February 25 at the earliest

By law, if the Knesset is dispersed automatically on Wednesday night when the deadline to form a government passes, election would be held on March 10.

Conservative leader Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are seen during a televised debate
Foreign Minister Israel Katz says he hopes Corbyn loses British election

"I won't meddle in internal elections but I personally hope that he won't be elected, with this whole wave of antisemitism... I hope the other side wins," he said.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman
Kingmaker Avigdor Liberman gives up on coalition

Gantz: I trust Netanyahu less than when talks started.

Olive Leaf at the Tel Aviv Sheraton Hotel  serves excellent food in beautiful surroundings
Tel Aviv ranks No. 7 in top locations every food lover should visit

'For stellar street food there’s nothing like Tel Aviv’s hummus, falafel and shakshuka, served at hole-in-the-wall joints, street stands, and stalls lining local markets,’ the BBC said.

WHO SHOULD head the haredi education administration?  (Pictured: Geula neighborhood
Torah showcase

Rabbi Eliyahu and Chanie Canterman, the directors of Chabad of Talbiyeh, have their hands full this month with gala events marking Yod Tet Kislev and Hanukka

THE TEL AVIV skyline; the area around the city is home to many Israeli start-ups
Gush Dan office occupancy rates continue climb

Despite the increase in skyscrapers in Gush Dan, office occupancy is still rising, with Tel Aviv at 94%, Ramat Gan 93%, and Herzliya 92%, according to a study by CBRE Israel.

JAPANESE FANTASY’ by Alex Landsberg
The fantasy of Japan

The Japanese Fantasy layout is designed to, at least, give us some idea of what we are missing from over there.

WHO SHOULD head the haredi education administration?  (Pictured: Geula neighborhood
Jerusalem politics: Expect the unexpected

Last week, Yoav Zimran was appointed head of the haredi education administration at Jerusalem municipality. As Zimran is secular, this appointment arouses curiosity.

ESTHER RADA: I am simply not trying to copy Billie Holiday. There’s no point in doing that.
Lady Rada takes on Holiday

Israel’s beloved star vocalist performs Lady Day in her own way.

Turkish delight in the Jewish Quarter

The Sidi Omar Mosque, ironically also known by the local Arab residents of the Old City as “mosque of the Jews,” was built in the 14th century, but since June 1967 has scarcely been in use.

SOMEONE AT Safra Square seems, ‘sof sof,’ to have realized that pupils need more time in the educati
Jerusalem round-up by Peggy Cidor

Six new carousel parking installations on track to arrive this week in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul neighborhood will provide 90 new parking places while using only six parking spaces

 Studio of Her Own in the Litvionvsky Painter’s House will undergo renovations, but for now most of
Pounding the Yemenite-Iraqi beat

“I have Iraqi and Yemenite parents. Sometimes that works well, and others not so well,” she says with a mischievous twinkle in her eye.

ARTIST HEDDY BREUER ABRAMOWITZ (center) and Studio of Her Own founder Zipi Mizrachi look through pie
Fusion of art, artistry: Studio of Her Own moves into Litvinovsky's home

The new Studio of Her Own in the Litvinovsky Painter’s House – Beit Hatzayar will be a home for women artists to meet, learn and create.

Chess pieces
Checkmate in Jerusalem

Growing up with a chess-playing dad

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion (R) with Avi Berkowitz, Assistant to the President and Special Representa
Moshe Lion meets Avi Berkowitz at the White House, thanks President Trump

"I am leaving the White House after a fascinating meeting with Special Envoy Berkowitz," Lion tweeted. "All we can say for now is - thank you, President Trump."

Christians in Jerusalem

In honor of the upcoming Christmas holiday, which is just around the corner, we are bringing readers a few statistics about Jerusalem’s Christian population.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese VP Wang Qishan attend the Committee on Innovation in I
Chinese human rights delegation visits Israel

The delegation met with Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership, an Israeli think-tank and academic organization that works to strengthen relations between the two nations.

Israel arrivals: Hoop dreams

After he realized his dream of playing professional basketball, he wasn’t getting a lot of minutes with Givat Shmuel, and wasn’t making a lot of money.

PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN gestures to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the President’s Residence o
Rivlin will consider pardon if Netanyahu resigns, confesses

According to the report, Netanyahu has not yet responded to the idea which has been floated by a variety of third parties, though in the past he rejected any talk of a plea deal or pardon.

Hundreds of Haredi IDF veterans took part in the “Profession for a Lifetime” academic studies and em
Open sore of ultra-Orthodox enlistment not improving - analysis

The law defined as ultra-Orthodox any man who from between the ages of 14 and 18 studied for at least two years in an ultra-Orthodox educational institution.

Ben Ezer - fruit gift boxes
Parashat Vayetze: Gratitude – acknowledging truth

Judah, of course, did not intend to express gratitude to Tamar for what she had done. He meant to admit the truth.

Palestinian employees of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) take part in a protest again
Effort to remove UNRWA Facebook fundraising page fails

Last month, the United Nations voted to extend UNRWA’s mandate until 2023. UNRWA’s mandate is renewed every three years in two stages. The second stage of the approval is expected to occur this month at the General Assembly.

EALLAN HIRSHFIELD outside the Cave of the Patriarchs.
Hebron: The power of one

A look at the man who made it his mission to strengthen our connection with the City of our Fathers.

State: Best interest of Filipino child doesn’t trump deportation

sraeli law does not include jus soli – a rule that the citizenship of a child is determined by the place of its birth.

Mateh Yehuda Wine Festival
Grape times at the Mateh Yehuda Wine Festival

Nevo Hazan, a man with great passion for his boutique winery, did not imagine that being a dedicated family man would have such a strong impact on his life.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara speak to the press before boarding the plane to
Netanyahu: Trump pressure weakening Iran economically and politically

The prime minister pointed to protests in Tehran, Beirut and Iraq as results of sanctions on Iran.

REFRESHING VINHO Verde white wines at the beautiful Covela Winery.
Wine Talk: Enchanting and sensual

The new twinning initiative between Israeli and Portuguese wineries, will bring the two countries together.

Baking cookies
Pascale Kitchen: Cookies - Baking recipes

This week I felt like baking light, airy cookies with creamy fillings. They are my favorite treat to enjoy with coffee. They also last a long time – up to two weeks.

PROF. AVNER DE SHALIT, Political Science and Strategy
EMET Prize to be awarded: ‘Israel’s Nobel Prize’ goes to 11 winners

Ilana Ashkenazi, director of the EMET Prize, adds, “The EMET Prize illustrates how academic and professional excellence can improve the human condition, in all areas of life.”

Clear and clean
The dry season: Winter is finally here!

Winter is finally here, so this week we look at new salves for dry skin, new ways of measuring temperature, fantastic solutions for the outdoors and extra-fine bedding.

‘Everyone knows somebody’: The opioid epidemic among Israel’s Orthodox

One of the culprits is fentanyl, a painkiller that is 1,000 times more potent than heroin.

RABBI DANIEL SILVERSTEIN (left) and Paz Faigenbaum, who organized ‘Men’s Heartspace,’ smile big on I
Israel marks International Men’s Day

Men take a moment to celebrate masculinity and look deeply into what it means to be a man in today’s society.

MANNY WAKS’S greater goal: Changing the culture around discussion of child sex abuse.
Jewish Agency and Kol v’Oz partner to protect children

“We know of 60 convicted and credibly accused perpetrators of child sexual abuse who have made aliyah,” says Manny.

Einat Wilf
Former Labor MK under investigation for assaulting 6-year-old boy

The father of one of the students claims that while serving as a chaperone, Wilf intervened in a game between two students, got up and pushed one of the children up to the fence.

Deep breaths: Smoking pollution in Tel Aviv
Deep breaths: Smoking pollution in Tel Aviv

I live in Tel Aviv, a city conducive to being outside, but it’s very hard to enjoy that experience when I inadvertently inhale smoke from multiple cigarette.

Business umbrella group calls to cancel national election holiday

Protesting the estimated NIS 1.5b. cost of an additional paid holiday, the group published an advertisement in Hebrew-language newspapers, declaring: "We are fed up with funding your elections!"

TEDxJaffaWomen event
TED talks coming to Israel celebrate women

TEDxJaffaWomen is part of a series of TEDx talks around the world titled TEDxWomen, which take place once a year after the global TEDWomen.

Israeli artificial pollination start-up targets California almond market

Field trials in Israeli almond orchards were completed successfully, substantially increasing crop yields.

President Reuven Rivlin at the annual memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben
Reuven Rivlin: Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz are going crazy

The president made the remarks while speaking at the annual memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.

UK's Spinnaker to acquire Israeli cannabis company Kanabo

The deal size was “comfortably within” the 5 million to 30 million pound ($6 million-$39 million) range.

IDF arrests two ISIS members who were planning to commit a terror attack in Jerusalem
Police thwart ISIS terror attack in Jerusalem - WATCH

Ahmed Jabbis, 21, and Basel Abidat, 19, were arrested based on concrete intelligence about their planned attacks.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, Yisrael Beteynu chairman Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benj
Netanyahu challenges Liberman to join government

Yisrael Beytenu revealed on Wednesday that the party supports forming a technocratic government to prevent a third round of elections.

Crescendo to raise $100m. to invest in Israeli software start-ups

The fund will invest in fields such as big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning with an emphasis on software that transforms traditional sectors.

IDF admits haredi conscription much lower than stated

IDF claims the discrepancy stems from the way it defines ultra-Orthodox recruits

Fire and Rescue workers next to the light rail in Jerusalem where a 19-year-old woman was killed
19-year-old woman killed after being hit by light rail in Jerusalem

"At around 12:20 a.m. a woman fell between two wagons as the train was moving. MDA paramedics that arrived at the scene could only call her time of death."

Fox clothing billboard
Images of women on adverts vandalized in Israeli city

“We must bring to justice whoever perpetrates an act of vandalism and takes the law into his own hands,” acting Ashdod Mayor Avi Amsalem told Kan.

Actress Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is back as Black Widow

Black Widow first appeared in Marvel’s “Iron Man 2” and since then has appeared in four “Avengers” films, as well as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

Gal Gadot to bring Israeli series, Queens, to the US

Gadot and her husband, Jason Varsano, will be teaming up with Endemol Shine North America and Endemol Shine Israel to remake the Israeli series, which will air its second season next year.

Renen Schorr on the past and the future of the Sam Spiegel Film School

Schorr is usually too busy to reminisce, but he takes understandable pride in telling the school’s origin story.

Duty Free’s Touch It opens kosher line of electronics

The decision to open the department is due to consumer demand from the observant community that lives abroad.

Grapevine: A smoke-screen trip?

Gershman, whose focus was on people doing good, said that he was disturbed by the growing paranoia in the world with regard to Muslims.

Maccabi TA whips Maccabi Haifa

Hapoel J’lem takes down Maccabi Ashdod, Hapoel Eilat slips by

The slips used to vote in the 2019 elections, April 9th, 2019
Why shortening the agony of a third election is no reprieve? - analysis

There have been calls across the political spectrum in the Knesset to limit the race in third elections to only 30 days.

Shimon Peres Hospital planned to built in Beersheba
New hospital approved for Beersheba to enhance healthcare to periphery

The decision marks the most concrete action taken on the matter since September 2014, when the government decided on a multi-year plan to develop the south and establish a new public hospital.

Israelis who missed work due to rockets to be paid, excluding Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is located abut 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the Gaza border and is therefore not included in the order, even though Home Front Command ordered non-essential businesses closed there.

Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney speaks during a news conference in Dublin, Ireland
Irish FM says govt. blocking anti-settlement bill

The foreign minister also announced the Irish funding of a new solar plant in Gaza.

20% of disabled Israelis experience workplace discrimination

Large proportion of Israelis with disabilities say place of work does not provide for their disability, while 15% say their doctors’ clinic is not accessible.

Israeli singer Anna Zak
Festigal's removal of the word, 'freicha,' from song sparks debate

In a clip of a performance by the singer/model that will be part of the upcoming Festigal holiday show, the song title has been changed to "I Feel Like Dancing" and "freicha" does not appear.

Lightning strikes over the Mediterranean sea during a rain storm near the city of Ashkelon
New climate change report spells disaster for Israel

A new report published on Tuesday by the Ministry of Environmental Protection paints an alarming picture of the future of the state of Israel.

A pilot VR classroom at INSEAD's Fontainebleau campus
INSEAD and Israeli start-up to launch world's first VR classroom

Promising immersive learning and real-time analytics in the classroom, the VR facility will be developed at INSEAD's Fontainebleau campus, south of Paris.

Malka Leifer, a former Australian school principal who is wanted in Australia on suspicion of sexual
Supreme Court rejects Malka Leifer’s appeal against new psychiatric review

Three-member expert panel scheduled to review alleged pedophile’s mental state on Wednesday, ahead of court hearing next week to discuss whether she is mentally fit for extradition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud members in December 24th, 2018
Netanyahu asks to defer Likud vote as Sa’ar support grows

The central committee meeting was set for Thursday, but Netanyahu has asked to delay it because of his trip to Lisbon to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

JP Morgan Chase
JP Morgan to be Israel gov't bonds primary dealer, says Finance Ministry

Israel’s government bonds will be included in the World Government Bond Index (WGBI) starting in April 2020 and are expected to comprise about 0.3% of the index.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem, October 1
PM to Lisbon to meet Pompeo

According to the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu will leave on Wednesday, and return the next day.

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett visits Hatzor airbase, December 3, 2019
Bennett signs executive order placing economic sanctions on terrorists

First restrictions target British-based Hamas operative.

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