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Gipsy Kings on the way back to Israel

According to the All Music Guide, the Gipsy Kings “are largely responsible for bringing the joyful sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to the world.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Hebrew Theater marks 10th birthday

To say that Hebrew Theater founder and artistic director Gadi Tsedaka is proud of his theater, its staff, its actors and creators is like saying that a diamond is a pretty piece of glass.

By HELEN KAYE
18/02/2020
Blumental Music Festival debuts vocal competition at Tel Aviv Museum

The festival was founded by singer pianist Celine in memory of her celebrated pianist mother.

By HELEN KAYE
18/02/2020
Special-needs musicians to debut in Integrative Orchestra

Jerusalem Academy of Music and SHEKEL project with special-needs musicians to make its debut

Justice minister: Gantz, Lapid must support release of Mandelblit tapes

“The public must know [the content] before the [March] elections, to hold an open and transparent public discussions,” he said.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Ancient Judean ritual baths fill with water following intense winter rains

The ritual bath is located south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, near the settlement of Neve Daniel.

Masa programs: Falling in love with Israel and someone special

While Masa Israel Journey is not a matchmaking agency, it's not surprising that the programs' participants meet people and fall in love in Israel.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Beno Reinhorn headshot, August 20, 2018
Beno Reinhorn, sports coach, convicted of sexual crimes against 57 minors

The case had been the largest pedophile investigation in the country’s history.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
IDF to make changes to General Staff as part of Momentum Plan

Changes approved by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett are to take effect this coming summer

Cast member Al Pacino arrives for the premiere of film "The Irishman", in Los Angeles, California, U
Al Pacino and Israeli actress Meital Dohan split over 39-year age gap

"It's hard to be with a man so old, even Al Pacino," Dohan explained.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert at the 7th Annual JPost Conference in NY
Ehud Olmert to Reuven Rivlin: Please expunge my records

The former prime minister requested President Rivlin expunge his records, opening his path back into politics.

By MAARIV ONLINE
18/02/2020
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Naftali Bennett: If elected, flights for Eilat residents to cost $30

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett took part in a rally for the Religious Zionist Right in the southern city of Eilat and vowed to make the city more accessible.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the Knesset, February 2020.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial to open on March 17

Although there was initially greater potential for the trial to open before the March 2 elections, it eventually became clear that the court wanted the trial opening postponed until after elections.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and MK Yair Lapid
Anglos flock to hear Blue and White heads Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid

Gantz and Lapid put a strong emphasis on the need to bring the country back to together and heal social divides, receiving warm applause whenever they did so.

Cellcom to acquire rival Golan Telecom for NIS 590 million

The agreement is expected to receive approval from the directors of Electra Consumer Products, the parent company of Golan Telecom, later in the day.

18/02/2020
Monster Energy drinks are now officially available in Israel

In lieu of the partnership, Monster has set up a representative office in the country and recently hired an Israeli as their regional marketing manager to spearhead their campaign.

Without a budget, we will bring the country to a halt

Haim Bibas – chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel – takes the time to discuss the challenges of working without a functioning government.

Yad Vashem’s Bauer: Polish Holocaust distorters love dead Jews

Historians criticize Yad Vashem’s inaccurate map from World Holocaust Forum

Malka Leifer, a former Australian school principal who is wanted in Australia on suspicion of sexual
Judge in Malka Leifer case will allow private psychiatrists for defense

In January, a panel of three state psychiatrists appointed by the court found that Leifer was feigning mental illness and was fit for trial.

Ben & Jerry's whips up enthusiasm over its Purim costume contest

"Do you feel Purim is knocking at the door?" the company posted. "This is the time to start to invest [in making costumes] because our costume competition is getting closer."

Bennett: We identified signs that Iran is recalculating plans in Syria

Israel has warned repeatedly about Iran’s nuclear ambitions as well as its aspirations of regional hegemony.

Former MK Yehudah Glick detained on Temple Mount

"It would be better for the State of Israel to take steps against incitement and violence rather than against peaceful Jews who are only seeking to fulfill God's commandments."

Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich
Smotrich says country should compensate El Al losses due to coronavirus

"The state will have to put its hand in its pocket."

18/02/2020
Hiker finds helmet of fallen IDF pilot Danny Gori – 36 years later

In response to the discovery, Gori's daughter Dana, who was born only two months after the crash, was ecstatic upon hearing the news.

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
‘The Specials’ tells an extraordinary story

The film is based on the true story of an Orthodox Jew who is called Bruno in the film, who runs a facility for those with autism in Paris, with support from the ultra-Orthodox community.

ESRA’s bookshop in Ra’anana
ESRA’s Israeli book stores donate their proceeds to worthy projects

The Israel-based organization ESRA (playing on the word for “help” in Hebrew, it is an acronym for English Speakers Residents’ Association).

By BARBARA GRANT
18/02/2020
Moshe Ya’alon addresses The Jerusalem Post Elections Conference last year
Bogie's journey from the military to politics

Details of the subsequent political stalemate are well known. Blue and White contested the next ineffective election and will be competing in the third in March 2020.

Ministry of Defense, Israel Lands Authority agree on IDF base evacuations

Re-purposing sections of IDF bases in central Israel has been touted as a solution for the ongoing issue of housing shortages in the area.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Avishai Cohen is celebrating his 50th birthday year by performing 50 concerts in 50 countries around
Avishai Cohen: A musical universe of unity

At home, music was always in the air. Avishai’s musical journey started when he was nine years old, when he began playing the piano.

By GUNDULA MADELEINE TEGTMEYER
18/02/2020
On Valentine’s Day: Skip the flowers and chocolate – and go for the wine!

One of the nice things about Rosé is that it is usually relatively inexpensive because it is not aged in barrels.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
18/02/2020
FAI founder and director, Dalton Thomas, and Lt.-Col. (res.) Marco Moreno
Hesed offers a counterintuitive initiative on securing Israel’s borders

7,000 Syrians were treated in military clinics and another 5,000 in civilian hospitals under Operation Good Neighbor - and it helped secure Israel's borders

Israelis on 'Diamond Princess' cruise ship expected home this week

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says closing borders to citizens of Southeast-Asia will not affect relations, economy

The first direct train between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (December 21, 2019).
Israel to build a rail line from Ben-Gurion Airport to the Western Wall

Trains that run from Beersheba through Lod to Tel Aviv will resume operation, including on motzei Shabbat and weeknights.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
18/02/2020
Travellers landing at Ben-Gurion Airport
Israel bars entry to foreign citizens who visited Asia recently

The ban is relevant for those who have stayed in Thailand, Macau, Singapore or Hong Kong in the past two weeks.

By ANNA BARSKY/MAARIV
18/02/2020
MACCABI TEL AVIV swingman Deni Avdija
Reds follow cup conquest with league victory

Holon tops Hapoel Tel Aviv • Yellow-and-blue downs Rishon heading into international break

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
17/02/2020
Touchit store, Ben Gurion Airport
Apple, Nespresso products flying from Israeli Duty Free shops

Despite the coronavirus lagging down on world trade, TouchIt has enough stock to last until the end of June

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
IPO honors Mussorgsky with a perfect performance of a Russian original

The evening continued with four poems by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov as set to music by Mussorgsky and sung in the original Russian by mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova.

Keren Ann celebrates 20 years of music

The concerts will take place on February 26 at Hezekiah’s Cave in Jerusalem, February 27 the Alma Arts Center in Zichron Ya’acov, and February 28 at Zucker Hall in Tel Aviv.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
Polling stations planned for coronavirus victims

Polling stations could be created across the country for voters who are in their required 14 days of isolation following their return from China, Thailand and other countries in Asia.

17/02/2020
Mark Rashkow takes a final blues bow in Tel Aviv

If the name does not immediately set some bells apealin’ perhaps mention of the likes of Michael Jackson, blues icon Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles might do the business.

17/02/2020
Netanyahu dares Ashkenazi to reveal Harpaz tapes

Ashkenazi claims Barak destroyed his recordings, Barak called him a liar in response.

18/02/2020
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

The nation of islands is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence and is 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
IDF soldier who stopped Hebron stabbing receives certificate of honor

Israel Border police have heightened security near the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
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
18/02/2020
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.

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