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Illustration of planned Jerusalem city entrance project
Jerusalem city entrance project will bring thousands of jobs to capital

"In these days of peace, the need to preserve and build Jerusalem is growing, making it attractive for the millions of people who will soon come to visit it."

Cities in Israel, Arizona link up to share desert tech, economic secrets

The two cities will collaborate in sectors such as desert agriculture and technologies, desert tourism, broadband, water usage and conservation, aerospace, education, border control, etc.

GIVING THE thumbs up to the  Re’em Boeing 707 tanker aircraft.
120th ‘Desert Giants’ Squadron expands the long reach of the IAF

MILITARY AFFAIRS: IAF’s 120th ‘Desert Giants’ Squadron has taken part in hundreds of missions, including missions for Israel’s ‘war between the wars’ campaign against Iran.

ABU DHABI’S Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attends the Gulf Cooperation Council su
Emirati Crown Prince is this year's 'person of the year,' not coronavirus

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ) did not have to normalize his country’s ties with Israel.

Gaza reports first COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas, declares lockdown
Decision-making expert urges gov't to communicate better with public

"When I examine data on patients' persistence in taking medicine, I see two notions that can be deduced about the level of compliance with the coronavirus restrictions," Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz said.

One-third of Netanyahu’s voters believe COVID-19 was sent by God - survey

The survey includes 800 Jewish Israeli respondents and has a 3.5% margin of error.

By BEN SALES/JTA
17/09/2020
L to R: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
Why the criticism of the Israel-UAE-Bahrain deal doesn’t hold up

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: Israelis know that our country has long been cut off from the rest of the region, and that two countries seeking ties with Israel because doing so will benefit them.

David Broza releases his first all-instrumental album

Titled David Broza En Casa Limón, it’s a modern tribute to the art of Spanish guitar.

18/09/2020
FRESH PRODUCE is stacked in a store in Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda market
Katz approves lifting taxes from vegetables on the eve of Rosh Hashanah

The decision would nix taxation of imported cucumbers and tomatoes, which respectively leaped 60% and 26% in prices recently.

Gov’t allocates additional sums to help locked businesses

The aid is meant to encourage employers, reeling from losses and uncertainty, to hold on to their workers with the government shouldering a portion of their wages.

How the coronavirus lockdown acts as peephole into Israel - analysis

The confusion surrounding the regulations, the finger pointing, many trying to figure out how exactly they can bypass them, speaks volumes about who we are and how we operate.

17/09/2020
The IDF West Bank Courts continues to be disrupted by political and legal battle.
Woman kills abusive husband, asks for recognition as trafficking victim

The woman's identity remains undisclosed together with the specifics of her criminal case.

By LEON SVERDLOV
17/09/2020
Minnie Smilchensky with her physician Dr. Lynn Zacharowitz, both recent olim
Aliyah and anxiety: The tale of a reluctant olah

Minnie’s days are full: reading, doing 1,000-piece puzzles, Skyping with son and family, playing Scrabble, all the while grateful to her daughter and family.

By BRENDA KOLATCH
17/09/2020
Rambam activates its underground hospital for combating COVID-19 pandemic

The fortified underground hospital was established after the Second Lebanon War, and was built in order to assure a functioning medical center during a rocket attack.

This week in Jerusalem; A round-up of city affairs

What has been going on in Israel's capital this week?

17/09/2020
Is Jerusalem construction killing its green spaces?

The construction project for more than 5,000 housing units on the slope of the Reches Lavan illustrates the issue more than any other case.

17/09/2020
Hidden: The Musical - The Secret Jews of Spain, by the Women's Performance Community of Jerusalem
Women’s Performance Community of Jerusalem thrives against the odds

Performing and surviving: The arts in the time of coronavirus

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
17/09/2020
Yaakov Israel expertly and lovingly conveys his intimate knowledge of everyday surroundings
Beauty in the everyday: A loving look at southwest Jerusalem

Yaakov Israel began documenting the less-than-palatial edifices in his home patch back when he was a student at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

17/09/2020
Andy Ram at US Open practice 2009
Andy Ram, tennis legend, helps Israel's newest players achieve greatness

"I didn’t think about how I was making history as the first Israeli athlete to play in Dubai."

By HOWARD BLAS
17/09/2020
Hezbollah, Iranian Quds Force recruit east Jerusalem woman

Yasmin Jabar, resident of Jerusalem's Old City, works at the National Library. The Shin Bet said that she was recruited by Iran's Quds Force.

Israel's population reaches 9.2 million citizens - report

Israel's population is expected to reach 10 million people by 2024, 15 million by 2048, and 20 million by 2065.

Bridge: A mental sport or a physical one?

Is bridge a cure for eating and drinking or an additional cause of gaining pounds?

By MATTHEW GRANOVETTER
17/09/2020
Researchers claim 1,000 to 2,500 more people will die during lockdown

A team of researchers from Hebrew U published a report predicting a significant increase in corona deaths * IDF report determines that higher corona numbers are not a result of increased testing.

By MAAYAN HARONI/MAARIV
17/09/2020
Actor Tzachi Halevy and TV anchor Lucy Aharish at their wedding, October 10, 2018
Lucy Aharish and Tsahi Halevi announce they are expecting a baby

The announcement of their marriage generated controversy, with an outpouring of congratulations mixed with messages of hate.

Jerusalem city sanitation workers give citizens a new year's blessing

The capital's sanitation workers have been working to clean the streets of the city from various form of dirt to trash piles and abandoned cars.

By OMRI RON
17/09/2020
ODED ZAIDEL 'US' 2020
Mundane becomes out of the ordinary at Jerusalem Artist's House

The most expansive exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists’ House at present takes in several dozen monochromic works by Talia Israeli.

17/09/2020
Beehives
Painting the beehive of a lively home

Empty hive syndrome

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
17/09/2020
PA official names five countries set to establish ties with Israel

Agriculture, tourism ministers speak with Emirati, Bahraini counterparts; Emirates Flight Catering arranges to provide kosher meals.

17/09/2020
Issa Rae has a Zoom conversation with a fellow boarding school graduate.
Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson and Issa Rae star in HBO’s ‘Coastal Elites’

Dispatches from the hell of early 2020

By MICHAEL PHILLIPS/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS
17/09/2020
Nation locks down as PM threatens more restrictions

Closure begins at 2 p.m., to last for at least two weeks • Gamzu: ‘The public is not with us’

The Duchess: Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan with Steven Raskopoulos who plays the boyfriend.
Emmy's nominees are in good company

There are series about people we love to hate, but there’s a new trend: series featuring difficult and self-absorbed but eccentric, charming people we hate to love.

Government offers NIS 1 billion to help businesses

The eight-part plan includes grants of NIS 5,000 per employee not sent to unpaid leave.

El Al plane
Eli Rozenberg holds 42% of El Al shares, company prepares to renew flights

The State of Israel, which had agreed to buy shares the public doesn't want, has bought shares worth about NIS 100 million, giving it a 12%-15% stake in the company.

By OMRI RON
17/09/2020
MICHAEL ALONI in his role as Akiva in the hit TV series ‘Shtisel’
‘Shtisel’ Season 3 has a trailer

The show aired originally in Israel in 2013 and ran for two seasons. The new season picks up four years after the end of the second season.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/09/2020
Popular Israeli reality show ‘Goalstar’ to film its next season in the UAE

“Goalstar,” a popular Israeli reality show that features celebrities playing soccer, will film its 2021 season in the UAE.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
17/09/2020
Research by Yafit Gilboa of Jerusalem's Hebrew University on cognitive decline among cancer survivor
Israeli researchers discover how stress affects fight against COVID-19

“We’re going to see the outcomes of this outbreak way beyond the direct effects of the virus on those who were infected."

By LARRY LUXNER/JTA
17/09/2020
Hit Israeli series ‘Fauda’ will be back for 4th season

“Fauda” focuses on an undercover commando unit of the Israeli army whose members embed themselves in the Palestinian community, gathering intelligence and preventing terror attacks.

By MARCY OSTER
17/09/2020
Coronavirus High Holiday lockdown rules - everything you need to know

The following restrictions go into effect at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 18:

Anti-Israel German party seeks to block arms deal to UAE-owned firm

Left party MPs support Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood

Dan Hotel, Eilat, Israel, February 1, 2012.
Kfar Maccabiah to keep hotel open during lockdown

It will host aviation crews, medical crews, security forces and sports teams from abroad.

First Chadian military cargo plane to land in Israel for humanitarian aid

IFA with the help of the American Jewish Committee has donated tents to help 12,000 people made homeless by floods in that country.

Concerts held across Israel in honor of its Holocaust survivors

The initiative was proposed in light of the expected lockdown during the holidays, that will once again force the elderly to stay at home, often completely alone for a long period of time.

Remembering the fallen heroes of Munich

Ceremony honors the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered 48 years ago at the Olympics.

President Rivlin: ‘We will only prevail together’

“We must refrain from blaming other parts of the society as if one sector is ‘responsible’ for spreading the disease,” the president stressed.

Netanyahu’s trial to go forward

Even as the courts will remain open, the statement said that judges will be lenient about accepting requests from lawyers to delay hearings during the lockdown.

Netanyahu’s trial to go forward despite coronavirus lockdown - analysis

Even as the courts will remain open, the statement said that judges will be lenient about accepting requests from lawyers to delay hearings during the lockdown.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin
Was God really the peace broker on the White House lawn?

The idea of using Abraham - as opposed to any other biblical character - is that he is mutually respected by all faiths.

IDF prepares for High Holy Days on bases amid coronavirus pandemic

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced that the military had completed the logistical preparations that will allow IDF personnel to properly celebrate the holiday and carry out its traditions.

Netanyahu on return to Israel: We brought peace

Speaking over the plane’s loudspeaker of his “historic visit,” Netanyahu referred to the folk song Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, which means “we brought peace unto you.”

 A monument marking the legacy of the Australian Cavalry in the Kinnert Campus
Kinneret College to commemorate 102 years since the battle of Tzemach

The results of the battle had the potential to shift the power balance in the Middle Eastern theater during World War I.

International Criminal Court
ICC permanently closes flotilla war crimes case

This is the first time that the ICC Pretrial Chamber has thrown in the towel after appeals against the ICC Prosecutor's decision to close the case.

Heron UAV as seen in Ben Gurion Airport
Remotely-controlled Heron UAV lands in Ben-Gurion Airport

The unmanned aircraft took off from Ein Shemer Airfield in Northern Israel, an air force base, landed in Ben-Gurion Airport and then returned to Ein Shemer.

Eilat Israel’s winter wonderland
Israel Land Authority approves construction of new neighborhood in Eilat

The neighborhood will be spread over an area of approximately 10 hectares, and will be in close proximity to the region's salt ponds.

16/09/2020
Deep breaths: Smoking pollution in Tel Aviv
Almost half of Israeli smokers smoked more during lockdown

A Hebrew University poll showed that 44% of smokers smoked more during coronavirus quarantines and lockdowns.

16/09/2020
Seychelles, Iceland, Cuba and Serbia added to Israel’s list of green states

The Health Ministry said that in light of the growing and changing numbers of infected people worldwide, changes to the list established last month had been made.

Rothschild Boulevard scene, Tel Aviv, 2020
Tel Aviv asks residents: How do we make city gender-equal?

The Tel Aviv Municipality offers residents a chance to make social change in the public sector.

16/09/2020
Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn, September 2020
Knesset says no to probing police, prosecutors, judges

Nearly all Likud MKs boycott controversial vote.

16/09/2020
QEDIT awarded $2 m. in funding, part of $12.6 m. Dept. of Defense contract

The company specializes in fraud detection between insurance competitors as well as intelligence-sharing among banks to identify financial fraud.

Amiram Ben-Uliel appears at Lod District Court ahead of his conviction in the Duma arson case, May 1
Minor in Jewish terror Duma attack gets 42 months in prison

In May 2019, the minor cut a plea bargain deal leading to a conviction on reduced charges

Italian MP nominates Netanyahu for Nobel Prize

The Young Likud group on Monday wrote to the 2005 Nobel economics laureate, Yisrael Aumann, who is known for his right-wing views, asking him to nominate Netanyahu.

By GIL HOFFMAN , ANNA BARSKY/MAARIV
16/09/2020
Rosh Hashanah isn’t canceled

The Rosh Hashanah holiday has never been more relevant or needed.

Internet investor Yuri Milner donates $10 million to Wharton

"We are thrilled by the foundation's commitment to supporting the best and brightest MBA candidates from the Israeli community," said Wharton Dean Erika James.

By TNS
16/09/2020
MK Yair Lapid speaks during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling on him to qu
Lapid: Government should resign instead of lockdown

‘This lockdown won’t save lives, it will cost lives; depression kills, hopelessness kills,’ he said

16/09/2020
BDS calls on Arab content creators to boycott Arab-Israeli Nas Daily

Nuseir Yassin, 28, a native of Arrabe in the Lower Galilee, operates a Facebook page with over 17 million subscribers. He rose to popularity featuring one-minute daily videos of his worldly travels.

Seasonal vegan gourmet
Shocking 'Fresh, Fresh' commercial promotes vegan diet in Israel

Five percent of Israelis say they are vegan in surveys, with 1 out of 18 soldiers declaring themselves vegan, according to a 2018 Army Radio report.

Jerusalem Hospital says it won’t admit any more COVID-19 patients

Earlier, the head of Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, said he would not accept any more coronavirus patients because of overcrowding in the coronavirus wards and intensive care units.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
16/09/2020
Beit Lessin gives holiday bonus for all employees

Amid the novel coronavirus crisis, theaters across the country have been shut down, unable to put on productions nor to consequently pay employees from a wide range of functions.

16/09/2020
NORA GOLD – the driving force behind the Jewish Fiction.net web site.
Booking the Jewish trend with Nora Gold

“There are all sorts of articles and blogs that I saw about how many Jewish publications around the world are folding, and not just because of the coronavirus.”

15/09/2020
FROM LEFT: Dr. Noa Regev, CEO of the Jerusalem Cinematheque and Israel Film Archive; Hila Abraham, I
Israel Film Archive website gives access to historical treasures

The Artistic View includes feature films, shorts and documentaries from throughout Israel’s history.

‘The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’ will debut on Yes TV in 2021.
Yes unveils new TV lineup for 2021

Musician Amir Benayoun will be making his acting debut on the coming-of-age crime drama, Children of the Light.

The company logo for Salesforce.com is displayed on the Salesforce Tower in New York City, U.S., Mar
Salesforce to add 11,620 jobs, $5.4b. to economy

The forecast is based on a report that was presented by Olivier Elbaz, the company’s area vice president and Israel sales leader.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 30, 20
Netanyahu fails to take over World Likud

In a convention of the World Likud assembly that took place online, incumbent World Likud chairman Yaakov Hagoel defeated Netanyahu's candidate, coalition chairman Miki Zohar.

15/09/2020
Can there be protests during a coronavirus lockdown?

To date, Mandelblit and Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn have strenuously defended the right to protest even during the coronavirus era as a general principle.

The word "Peace" as seen on the facade of the Tel Aviv Municipality building
Tel Aviv municipality lit up with 'peace' in Hebrew, Arabic and English

The city is doing so in celebration of the signing of the Abraham Accords in Washington, DC.

Amiram Ben Uliel, the suspect in the Duma arson murder in July 2015 where three members of the Dawab
Senior rabbis give backing to convicted Jewish terrorist

The court ruled that enhanced interrogation had been used, but disqualified anything said by Ben-Uliel in the 36 hours following the use of these methods.

Which Arab country do Israelis want to visit the most?

42% of respondents said that they were not interested in visiting an Arab country.

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz delivers a statement to the media at th
Gantz: Israel must restart talks with Palestinians

“We have to restart talks with the Palestinians. They aren’t going anywhere and we aren’t going anywhere. It’s about time we sit down and talk,” he told reporters ahead of the Jewish New Year.

Gabi Ashkenazi
Only Ashkenazi, not Netanyahu, qualified to sign UAE, Bahrain deals

"The foreign minister or someone appointed [is empowered] by him to sign international agreements and treaties on behalf of the government."

NIS 27 million in coronavirus grants to be transferred to new immigrants

liyah Minister Pnina Tamano Shata says grants designed to assist new immigrants during challenging times, says such assistance is of ‘paramount importance’

Israel Katz (L) whispers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during a cabinet meeting
What will Netanyahu, Katz do to prevent economic fallout amid lockdown?

Economy Minister Amir Peretz is pushing to adopt a ‘German Model’ of unemployment, but how will this help hundreds of mall workers who are about to be sent on unpaid leave?

Following the coronavirus lockdown, countries are implementing an exit strategy
Int'l Fellowship of Christians and Jews lends aid to Israeli families

Emergency grants totaling $383,000 will be made available for restaurants nationwide to assist with food packages for seniors.

An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018
Google awards grant to Tel Aviv University to help fight COVID-19

The Google Israel office has not only been a key contributor to the fight against the novel coronavirus, but also serves as a center that protects populations faced with natural disasters.

Israel’s most up-to-date coronavirus lockdown directives

As of Sept. 15, 2020 - subject to final approval by the government

Survey: 47% of youth believe higher education is important

25% of the respondents believe that that university will enable them to earn more money and receive a higher salary.

First group of witnesses in Netanyahu trial disclosed

The prime minister has said that it was his right to replace Berger when he assumed the communications portfolio.

RABBI MOSHE SILVER blows a Yemenite shofar at the Jerusalem Promenade
Cantors, shofar blowers to travel freely on Rosh Hashanah

Religious Affairs Ministry: ‘Critical in order to fulfill the holiday commandments.’

Ashkenazi calls on Palestinians to negotiate given UAE, Bahrain deals

“I call on the Palestinian leader to recognize reality and to act responsibly and with the same leadership as the UAE leaders, by returning to the negotiating table,” Ashkenazi said.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz pass each other in the
New Knesset showdown between Likud, Blue and White set for Wednesday

Litzman resignation becomes official, Deri breaks vow to Gantz

15/09/2020
Protesters holding balloons displaying politicians' false promises at a protest on Habima Square.
Protesters write politicians' 'lies' on balloons in Tel Aviv protest

One of the quotes said, "We will come prepared to the second wave."

By LEON SVERDLOV
15/09/2020
Health Ministry considering changing coronavirus testing

The ministry has set a quota of 37 testing rounds. In Germany a quota of only 30 rounds was set, and the United States requires 34.

By MAAYAN HARONI/MAARIV
15/09/2020
Netanyahu, Katz propose additional grants for the holidays

The prime minister and finance minister intend to propose a law that will make it easier for small businesses and individuals with low income to receive grants, by lowering the eligibility criteria.

Campaign seeks to raise NIS one million for IDF Lone Soldiers

Israel has an estimated 6,300 lone soldiers serving in all capacities and ranks in the IDF.

15/09/2020
Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda play to draw

Back-and-forth finish punctuates pulsating derby • Rukavytsya brace helps Mac Haifa beat Beersheba

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
14/09/2020
60% increase in safe rentals in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis

The cost of renting a safe per year is about NIS 1,650 + VAT.

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