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The first of Israel's El Al Airlines order of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets lands at Ben Gurion Inte
El Al CEO to staff: ‘Painful decisions may be required’

The email was sent shortly after El Al notified the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange that the company is in a financial crisis – not of its own making – because of the spread of the coronavirus.

Eliezer Berland.
Judge in Rabbi Berland case to have conduct reviewed over 'Mentos' jab

The quip was referencing the charges facing Berland, as he has been accused of giving mint Mentos as a curative blessing to terminally ill patients who paid him.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
Or Lamishpachot Association event allowed crowd to receive free psychological sessions
Hundreds of bereaved parents, siblings gather for special day in Tel Aviv

Or Lamishpachot Association event provides free psychological sessions, spa treatments

Canaanite temple uncovered in biblical city destroyed by Joshua

The layout of the square-shaped building featured numerous side rooms, as well as a compound in the front marked by two columns and two towers leading to a large room.

IDF
Jerusalem chief rabbi locked out of his office in internal quarrel

Religious services minister reprimands Jerusalem Local Religious Council chair over incident

New Labor-Meretz campaign calls Barkat capitalist pig

Labor-Gesher-Meretz's ad says its leader Amir Peretz has a "socioeconomic heart" and contrast him with Barkat, who the ad calls "capitalist pig."

17/02/2020
Beduin soldiers in the IDF
Masked assailants attempt to abduct Bedouin IDF officer, steal his gun

The IDF officer was able to escape by hiding under a truck, which ran over his hand. His friend was forced to curse and insult his village while they recorded it.

17/02/2020
The logo of Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Corp Ltd, the country's largest telecom group, is seen.
Bezeq's Pelephone bids for Israeli mobile rival Golan Telecom

The proposal is valid until April 15 and is subject to various conditions, including signing a binding agreement.

By REUTERS
17/02/2020
‘International Criminal Court being politicized’ says Edelstein

Edelstein says 'outrageous approach of that lady from Gambia’ is politicizing the court, in reference to ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

Knesset votes to grant Likud MK immunity

Vote passes 62-43 with two abstentions, Netanyahu among MKs in favor

17/02/2020
President Reuven Rivlin with three generations of artichokes growers
Rivlin to visit Fiji en route to Australia

En route, he will spend 24 hours in Fiji, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary year of its independence and is also hosting a Pacific Islands Summit.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on the night the 22nd Knesset voted to disperse
Edelstein: Arab Joint List is illegitimate partner for gov’t coalition

But says no ethical problem for Netanyahu to be premier while under indictment, trial

Meet the Israeli innovation that can put an end to plastic packaging

Rather than producing single-use trays from plastic and aluminum, W-Cycle’s patented ‘SupraPulp’ packaging product is based on sugarcane pulp, known as bagasse

17/02/2020
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron
Stabbing attempt at the Cave of the Patriarchs, no casualties

Israel Border police have heightened security in the area.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
Travellers landing at Ben-Gurion Airport
Are Israelis returning from Asian countries going into quarantine?

Israelis who landed need to go home and stay under quarantine. But for most, it means using public transportation to get there.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
Israeli health official: Only epidemic at the moment is coronavirus panic

Rotstein stated that there is little to no chance of the coronavirus becoming an epidemic in the country because, "our system is sharp, and viral diagnoses are made fast."

Yohai Gild, pioneer of cannabis cultivation, arrested in Thailand

Gild, one of the pioneers of cannabis cultivation in Israel, and founder of Better Cannabis, has been arrested in Thailand allegedly on suspicion of dealing different types of illicit drugs.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman looks on as he speaks during a briefing at The Jerusalem Cent
Members of joint US-Israeli committee to map West Bank rule announced

Shortly after the peace plan was revealed, Friedman told reporters that Israel could, in his view, “annex settlements at any time.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/02/2020
Minority governments not lacking legitimacy - analysis

What would happen if a minority coalition of Blue and White, Labor-Gesher-Meretz and Yisrael Beytenu would be the only possible government that could be built after the March 2 election?

16/02/2020
Blue and White co-leader Yair Lapid speaks at the inauguration of the new Knesset, October 3 2019
Yair Lapid to ‘Post’: If Democrat wins, Netanyahu-led Israel in ‘deep trouble’

Blue and White co-leader says trick is to stand up to president without burning bridges to half of America

Photo of a Hamas honeypot photo, identified as Yael Neshama
Sometimes the third time is not the charm - analysis

The real issue is that the army should have been prepared for such an attack and should have taken more precautions, says Altshuler, senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute.

Netanyahu lauds ‘first Israeli flight’ over Sudanese airspace on Saturday

Netanyahu: Only 10% of Israel’s relations with Muslim countries are known

Margot Robbie shines as Harley Quinn in 'Birds of Prey'

In addition to a take on feminism, the story also translates well to being an overall focus on being an outsider.

Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo singing competition in Tel Aviv

Founded in 1993 by the famed international tenor, Operalia aims to discover the youngest and most promising opera singers and help them launch their international careers.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and would-be finance minister Nir Barkat presented their vision fo
Netanyahu: Elections are choice between trade unionist and free economy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and would-be finance minister Nir Barkat presented their vision for the Israeli economy under continued Likud governance on Sunday.

16/02/2020
Kay Wilson
Kay Wilson, from improbable terror survivor to resilient activist

Wilson was the improbable survivor of a murderous terrorist attack by two Palestinians, Ayad Fatsafta and Kifah Ghanimat, part of a four-member terror cell based in Hebron.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
16/02/2020
Dozens gathered at the Western Wall on February 16, 2020 to pray for those affected by the coronavir
Hundreds pray at Kotel for end to coronavirus

“As Jews, we believe that God has the power to send healing. We are not doctors, but we can pray,” said Rabbi Avi Berman, executive director of the Israeli branch of the Orthodox Union.

Interior Minister Arye Deri at a Shas campaign rally
Right-wing parties vow to back Netanyahu

Election ads and voting abroad starting

16/02/2020
Shabbat busses a subversive blow for religious freedom in Israel – report

This is a hot-button issue for many secular Israelis, who find the lack of public transportation on Shabbat unfair, especially in areas that are almost entirely secular to begin with.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Joint List sets off election campaign in Yiddish, Russian, Amharic

The anti-Zionist party decided to join forces with minorities within Israel's Jewish population.

By LEON SVERDLOV
16/02/2020
President launches campaign to eliminate abuse of school-age youth

Slogan is part of a national campaign to eliminate verbal and physical abuse of school-age youth.

Remnants of a car involved in a car accident in the Arava where two children died
Man killed in hit-and-run in southern Israel, driver turns himself in

A 70-year-old man was found unconscious, and later died, following a hit-and-run on Highway 80 near the Tel Arad junction in the Negev, east of Beersheba.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Meetup for startups and entrepreneurs on how to 'due' diligence right

An experts panel on the subject of due diligence was moderated by Tamir Meiri, from Johnson & Johnson.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
16/02/2020
THE BALLOT slips from the last elections are seen this week at the Israel Central Election Committee
Tzomet party drops out of Knesset race, leaving 29

The Tzomet party dropped out of the March 2nd on Sunday after reaching a deal with the Likud to endorse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party.

By GIL HOFFMAN , MAARIV ONLINE
16/02/2020
Netanyahu: ICC has become a political tool against Israel

The prime minister said that he worked with the National Security Council and Foreign Ministry to get these countries to come out against the ICC chief prosecutor’s push to put Israel on trial.

Jerusalem Cinematheque unveils renovated auditorium
Middle Eastern Film Week to be held at the Jerusalem Cinematheque

The opening-night film will be Manele Labidi’s Arab Blues, about a young woman who returns home to Tunis after studying in Paris and opens a psychology practice.

IDF stops Hamas 'honeypots' from trapping soldiers

As part of "Operation Rebound," the IDF has foiled the third such Hamas network foiled in three years.

Nefesh B'Nefesh and FIDF host 'personal errands day' for lone IDF soldiers

Organized in conjunction with the IDF Human Resources Department, Yom Siddurim acts as a one-stop-shop for lone soldiers to complete a range of necessary errands.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
16/02/2020
Edmond Hotel – the new Rosh Pina boutique spa delight

The hotel’s design was inspired by the Rosh Pina story dating back to the 19th century during the days of the Baron Rothschild.

By TALY SHARON
16/02/2020
The hidden treasures between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

The pastoral view, the luxurious rooms and the high-quality food at the hotel make it a prime starting point to explore the area. The only danger is that it’s so relaxing, you might never leave.

16/02/2020
Trial of policeman who killed Ethiopian Solomon Tekah opens today

Tekah's killing shook the country and led to nationwide protests by the Ethiopian community about dangerous discrimination by police and racism against them in general.

Ben Gurion International Airport - Terminal 3
Coronavirus outbreak threatens Israeli tourism

"There is drastic decline in bookings for East Asia, and that's understandable – but bookings in general have come to a standstill, even for Passover flights to Verona or Cyprus."

16/02/2020
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu
Safed chief rabbi calls for prayer at Western Wall for coronavirus victims

The mass prayer gathering at the Western Wall is slated to take place on Sunday, February 16 at 4:30 p.m.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Smoke clouds rise over Gaza after the IAF struck terror targets in the Strip
IDF strikes Hamas targets, military compound in Gaza Strip

The air strikes were in response to rockets fired out of Gaza into Israel Saturday night.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Israeli envoy goes to Japan to return Israelis on coronavirus cruise ship

"My goal is to make every effort so that the Israelis who are there can quickly and safely reach home," said Health Ministry director-general Prof. Itamar Grotto.

16/02/2020
Israeli security forces are seen during protest against the U.S. president Donald Trump's Middle Eas
Security firm owner 'proud' to be on UN business blacklist

Rachel Risby Raz, co-owner of Galshan Shvakim, said her firm protected innocent people regardless of race or geographical location, and was proud to do so.

A HAREDI child reads from the Bible during a reading class at the Kehilot Ya’acov Torah School for b
Gafni: Rabbis approve some secular subjects being taught in haredi schools

The overwhelming majority of ultra-Orthodox high-school aged pupils do not study core curriculum subjects such as math, English and science.

The Hague
Six countries to ICC: We are against Israel war-crime lawsuits

European support comes as union prepares to discuss Trump peace plan

Singer Nada will appear at the Back to San Remo Festival
Festival heads back to San Remo with classic Italian love songs

Italian and Israeli talents will converge to delight audiences in Tel Aviv and Haifa.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
Rapper Machine Gun Kelly
Rapper Machine Gun Kelly to make first Israel appearance

The rapper has nearly 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
SHIRLEY BRILL
Wandering Stars Music Festival set to be a musical treat

Each year, the festival rotates between competitions for piano, winds or string instruments. This year is the turn of the single reed instruments.

By SARAH HERSHENSON
17/02/2020
THE HAIFA International Children’s Theater players.
Haifa International Children’s Theater Festival announces Passover program

The festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Michael Herman (back left) is Captain Von Trapp, and Netta Druckman (front left) plays Maria with th
The Negev’s LOGON theatre presents ‘The Sound of Music’

Director Yaacov Amsellem believes LOGON’s production is a fresh take: “We’re presenting the humanity of the characters that are more three-dimensional than the stereotypes sometimes portrayed."

By PATRICIA GOLAN
15/02/2020
KKL-JNF WORLD CHAIRMAN Danny Atar presents a tree certificate to US Ambassador David Friedman.
Grapevine: Friedman plants a tree

As part of the extended Tu Bishvat activities, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman planted a tree in the grounds of the US Embassy.

Palestinian and Israeli flags overlook Dome of Rock and Western Wall
Palestinians outraged by ‘peace’ meeting with Israelis in Tel Aviv

Palestinian factions have condemned the participation of Palestinian figures in a meeting organized by The Israeli Peace Parliament.

 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg: Israeli NSO can try to defend legality of actions

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released comments Saturday afternoon on the current lawsuit launched that accuses Israeli spyware vendor NSO itself of exploiting a flaw in WhatsApp messaging service.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/02/2020
Gilad Shalit proposes to girlfriend

Following a year and a half of courtship between Gilad Shalit and his girlfriend, Nitzan Shabbat, the couple are set to get married.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman visits the Jordan Valley.
Liberman: For immunity, Netanyahu will give the haredim everything

The Yisrael Beytenu leader also claimed that Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has already given the ultra-Orthodox parties with a blank page to fill out.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
A joint drill between the IDF’s elite Shayetet 13 navy commandos and US Army Special Forces
From Kauai to Zion: The Hawaiian warrior who trains IDF Special Forces

Nadav Tzadok Yair was born in Hawaii and trained in Kapu Kuialua since he was nine years old, now he teaches IDF Special Forces how to win glory in battle.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/02/2020
Yair Netanyahu mocks Tel Aviv mayor over sign: Wacky, hypocrite

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai tweeted on Friday evening that he ordered the removal of a large sign depicting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh on their knees.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Avichai Mandelblit faces a decision that not only will determine his career.
Likud MKs to A-G: "Why did you interfere in the election?"

Transcripts were revealed from Sunday's cabinet meeting, where it was decided to form a committee to inspect the police investigation department. Several MKs harshly criticized the attorney-general.

By MAARIV ONLINE
15/02/2020
Shin Bet's involvement in the Israeli education system (illustrative)
Shin Bet reps meet with Education Ministry director on Arab students

The agency's involvement in Arab education was banned in 2005 by the Supreme Court.

By LEON SVERDLOV
14/02/2020
A cityscape of Tel Aviv is seen during the night-time in Israel May 27, 2017. Picture taken May 27,
Tel Aviv Mayor orders to remove sign showing tied Abbas and Haniyeh

The Tel-Aviv mayor instructed to remove a sign which was put up and read: "Peace is something you have only with defeated enemies":" Leads to violence reminiscent of ISIS and the Nazis"

By MAARIV ONLINE , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/02/2020
Haredim in Mea Shearim [illustrative]
Students of Haredi law, economic students seek to promote civil rights

The volunteers who gave out the brochuers noted that many in the ultra-orthodox community are unaware of their civil and social rights.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/02/2020
Director Steven Spielberg poses at the premiere of the HBO documentary film 'Spielberg' in Los Angel
Stephen Spielberg gets rights to novel on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The novel, which tells the story of how the fathers turned their grief into activism, has been named a most anticipated book of 2020 by The New York Times.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/02/2020
Settlers to Netanyahu: If you want our votes, apply sovereignty now

"If you want the support of the Right – act like you are the leader of the Right.”

Jerusalem repeats as State Cup champion

Nahariya puts up tough fight in final, but Hapoel hangs on in 4th quarter to capture title.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/02/2020
Blue and White drops two seats, Likud still behind – poll

Liberman surprises, says he’s prepared to sit with Meretz in coalition

14/02/2020
How Blue and White tries to break the cycle of electoral purgatory

Political Affairs: Searching for the swing votes

Netanyahu changes campaign stop messages for the March elections

Political Affairs: Goodbye, ‘Gevalt!’; hello, ‘We got this’

14/02/2020
'Family Guy,' 'Mrs. Maisel' star Alex Borstein to perform cabaret

A little music, a little comedy and a lot of dirty words

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Jah Wobble’s crooked route from punk to jazz

What are the chances of a lad from the East End of London getting into such an expansive breadth of sounds, rhythms and textures, as well as artistic avenues?

13/02/2020
Conquering China with bright sweetness: The art of Tzvika Horesh

Artist and designer Tzvika Horesh designed an Israeli education center in China, now he means to introduce the Middle Kingdom to his neo-pop artworks.

Israel Bar Association President Avi Himi
Pro-Israel groups try to save country from ICC war-crimes disaster

If the pro-Israel groups fail to convince the ICC Pretrial Chamber to drop the case, the IDF and the Israeli settlement enterprise could be in jeopardy.

Netanyahu: Nir Barkat will be next finance minister

Likud polls have shown that appointing Barkat as finance minister would help the party attract soft-right voters from Blue and White.

13/02/2020
PFLP Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
UNHRC worked with terror-tied NGOs to compile settlement blacklist

Erdan argued that the blacklist will end up hurting the livelihood of thousands of Palestinians with Israelis in the West Bank.

Energy Ministry limits Leviathan gas production after identifying fault

In a statement, the Energy Ministry emphasized that there had been no leakage of materials into the seawater, nor damage to the platform or associated facilities.

13/02/2020
Global grills
Lone soldiers given all-purpose ‘Errands Day’ with Nefesh B’Nefesh, FIDF

Lone soldiers are young Jewish people, often new immigrants, who come to Israel mostly from North America, Australia, South America and Europe to serve in the IDF.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
PROF. TALMA HENDLER, founding director of the Sagol Brain Institute in Tel Aviv, examines a patient
Israeli researchers discover moods, sensory inputs connected

A team of researchers at Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv universities suggest that changing states of mind is far more important than our personalities for determining our behavior.

A man wears a mask as he walks past a mural showing a modified image of the Chinese Communist Party
Safed rabbi rolls out Jewish prayer for coronavirus

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu suggests a Jewish prayer to heal the thousands afflicted with coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
MINISTER VISITORS
Protestant ministers visit Israel to learn about bond with Israel

“I want to pray for Israel, but I always doubt how to do it. Now I have more words to pray,”

By HARRY BROWN
13/02/2020
A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to
THIS WEEK IN JERUSALEM: Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs

Likud party member Deputy Mayor Elisha Peleg dismissed from Likud party, and children feel like the government has failed them, taking matters into their own hands.

13/02/2020
An MV-22 Osprey, belonging to the U.S. military, flies during the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force'
It's official: Israel won't be purchasing Boeing's V-22

Despite the IDF believing there to be a need for the tilt-rotor aircraft, there isn't enough money.

ADRABA BOOKSTORE: High-brow, yet fun.
Jerusalem book store Adraba Books celebrates 10 years

Adraba doesn’t try to compete with the big chain retailers, but simply features a dazzling selection of books on virtually every subject, most of which can’t be found anyplace else in Israel

Iranians burn U.S and Israeli flags as they gather to mourn General Qassem Soleimani, head of the el
IDF appoints general to lead new Iran Command as threat escalates

Momentum plan will also see military open a new infantry division as well as close one tank battalion and one air force squadron in the coming year.

SHOSHANA STERNBUCH’S aptly titled abstract painting Maze of Dream with Color.
A look at creative efforts of members the ultra-Orthodox community

“This is about a neighborhood just a few minutes away from here, but how much does the regular secular Israeli know about them other than the demonstrations and bad stuff that gets into the media?”

13/02/2020
Lime-S Scooters
Youth killed in Tel Aviv electric scooter accident used it illegally

Teenager Daniel Cohen was killed on Wednesday in Tel Aviv while using a rented electric scooter, he used an alias for the rental.

By MAARIV ONLINE , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
President Rivlin meets with ambassadors from African countries
President Rivlin welcomes African ambassadors ahead of forum

Rivlin emphasized that Israel is ready to share its knowledge in areas of cyber security, health, technology, agriculture, water management, tourism and more with all African states.

JACKY MUKMEL, chairman of CBRE Israel.
The future of the real-estate market

There are many companies that want to be here and learn from Israeli innovation

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
13/02/2020
Rabbi Eliezer Berland's custody extended by judge

‘Give him a mentos’ quips judge to defense attorney for Berland, who is accused of giving fake medicine he blessed, including mentos candies, to the sick in return for payment.

By JEREMY SHARON , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Israeli water tech company pilots clean water project in Gaza Strip

The Coordination and Liaison Administration said the program is part of a policy that seeks to prevent any further deterioration of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza due to its lack of water.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
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