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A general view picture shows houses in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, in the West
Netanyahu may annex Ma’aleh Adumim before Jordan Valley - report

Israel holds that E1 and Ma’aleh Adumim must be part of the final borders of the state, in order to ensure territorial contiguity with that area and a united Jerusalem.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri during a visit to the Jordan Valley, January 27, 2020
Arye Deri: We’re already preparing for West Bank sovereignty

It is presumed that the plan would allow for Israel to apply sovereignty over some or all of the West Bank settlements, starting with the Jordan Valley.

Michael Oren
Michael Oren: Every time Palestinians were offered peace they said 'no'

Michael Oren told Fox News that the 'Deal of the Century' is "aimed at two customers:" the Israelis and the Sunni Arab world.

27/01/2020
Prime Minister's Office exits Genesis Prize partnership

Move done to stop interpretation that PMO role brings political dimension to prize

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/01/2020
President Reuven Rivlin meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda on International Holocaust Remembra
President Reuven Rivlin meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda

The president is in Poland to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking 75 years since the liberation of Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/01/2020
Ambulance
77-year-old man found dead in Jerusalem mikveh

The circumstances surrounding the man's death are not yet known.

By MAARIV ONLINE
27/01/2020
Naama Issachar's pardon request to be discussed by committee on Monday

Issachar officially requested a pardon on Sunday in hopes it would lead to her release from a Russian jail, where she is serving a 7.5-year sentence for cannabis possession.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/01/2020
A Jewish woman and a Palestinian one hugging in the Ramallah Muqata'a, November 28, 2019
Jewish, Arab, Druze youth to commemorate Holocaust together in Yad Vashem

The event's goal is creating solidarity among all groups within the Israeli society using the memory of the Holocaust, using it as a link to create empathy and tolerance.

By LEON SVERDLOV
27/01/2020
Joint List MK Heba Yazbak (Balad) and Attorney-General Dr. Avichai Mandelblit
A-G slams Joint List MK accused of terror-sympathizing

The motion to ban Yazbak is expected to be supported by both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and his rival former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz's Blue and White.

By LEON SVERDLOV , MAARIV ONLINE
27/01/2020
Qasem Soleimani, commander of IRGC Quds Force
Iranian official: We deterred US for years by our response to Soleimani’s death

Larijani is a member of a powerful political regime family which has recently lost some of its luster.

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump greets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year
'Deal of the Century' may split Netanyahu from Israeli Right

Settlers and right-wing politicians who battled to retain any of the settlements under Israeli sovereignty are now expecting to see a plan that would give them most, if not all of them.

Gantz's uphill battle in Washington- Analysis

Gantz is working against not only a sitting prime minister but also a sitting US president

26/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the P
By inviting Gantz for a meeting Trump hopes to get support for his deal

The US president has broken with tradition as he will meet with both Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Nikki Haley on 'Deal of the Century': It takes two hands to clap

The former US Ambassador to the UN said that people can always say the American peace plan is released too soon or too early, “you can’t win in this situation.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/01/2020
Nikki Haley Israel
Nikki Haley, Kochavi meet to discuss Iran, regional threats

The two’s relationship arose from a 2017 helicopter tour Kochavi, then the deputy chief of staff, gave Haley when she visited Israel as the UN ambassador.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
A trail of smoke can be seen as rockets are fired from Gaza towards Israel
Israeli Air Force strikes in Gaza Strip following rocket attack on Israel

The IAF struck a Hamas outpost in retaliation to earlier attacks on Israel, the IDF spokesperson reported.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
Chinese man, Israeli woman, taken to hospital for suspected coronavirus

An Israeli woman in her 60s was admitted to Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on Sunday after returning to the country from China.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/01/2020
David Bitan in Knesset on February 5, 2018.
Likud MK David Bitan indicted for bribery

Bitan allegedly accepted hundreds of thousands of shekels when he was the vice mayor of Rishon Letzion in exchange for promoting the business interests of various powerful businessmen.

Palestinians hold Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) flags, December 23, 2013
Western world nations support terror-linked Palestinian NGOs - report

A new report by NGO Monitor finds that eight Palestinian NGOs have links to the terrorist organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
27/01/2020
Religious anti-draft protests turn violent in Jerusalem, 38 arrested

The protests led to a massive shut down of public transportation in the city following the arrest of a ultra-Orthodox youth.

Alma Har’el first Israeli,first woman, to win key Directors Guild Award

Har’el used her win for the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama written by and starring Shia LaBeouf to make a passionate plea for women directors who lost their health insurance.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin talks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Nicosi
Reuven Rivlin to address German Bundestag

Since taking office in July 2014, Rivlin has also hosted Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as a succession of German presidents and other high ranking German dignitaries.

Bennett will ‘support Trump plan’ if it includes annexing settlements

Yamina party leader says however that party will never support establishment of Palestinian state.

Weeping in coal - the feminist art of Hannan Abu-Hussein

Hannan Abu-Hussein explores such loaded issues as violence against women and the complexities of Arab-Israeli relations in ‘My Body-Soul-Honor-Property,’ currently at the Givat Haviva Art Gallery.

Israel warns against all non-essential travel to China

"The health system is organized and ready, and in constant contact with the World Health Organization and health agencies worldwide," the ministry said in a statement.

26/01/2020
Naama Issachar requests pardon from Putin

“I will return your girl home,” Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly told Yaffa Issachar, Naama's mother.

MK Miki Zohar, 2019.
Blue and White blasts Likud for immunity boycott

MK Miki Zohar, announced that MKs from Likud and legislators from parties in the current caretaker government would not come to the meetings and would not vote.

26/01/2020
Defense Minister Bennett approves IDF's Momentum multi-year plan

Defense Ministry: NIS 11.6 billion spent in 2019 on increasing IDF's lethality

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman visits the Jordan Valley.
Liberman to PM: Hold Jordan Valley vote now to show you're serious

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief political rival, Blue and White head Benny Gantz are on their way to Washington to hear details of the plan from Trump in separate meetings.

Israeli settler leaders to join Netanyahu in Washington for Trump talks

Netanyahu will meet with Trump on Monday and Tuesday.

Cars drive past the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 18, 2018
First Israelis are permitted limited visits to Saudi Arabia

Ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia have been warming up in recent months.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , REUTERS
26/01/2020
Burgerim restaurant
Israeli fast food chain Burgerim unable to pay Foodgod, nearing bankruptcy

Burgerim opened its first restaurant in Tel Aviv in 2011 and has expanded to more than 200 locations.

By HANNAH HEPNER
27/01/2020
The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.
Benjamin Netanyahu joins the Dolly Parton Challenge

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel Defense Forces and Labor-Meretz chairman Amir Peretz joined the Dolly Parton Challenge.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
money
Israel's first digital bank targets mid-2021 launch

The project will begin the coming weeks, the bank said, involving hundreds of software programmers and developers in Israel and abroad.

26/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Netanyahu thanks world leaders for attending World Holocaust Forum

The prime minister began the weekly cabinet meeting by thanking the world leaders, those from Arab countries in particular, for attending the World Holocaust Forum.

26/01/2020
A RAINBOW stretches over Kibbutz Misgav Am in the Upper Galilee
Rainbow over Israel brings welcomed break from weeks of storms

A beautiful rainbow appeared over the Judean Hills a few days ago, after weeks of rainfall.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
People at the movies (Illustrative)
Jump Cut event celebrates 26 years of creativity

“Jump Cut Makes Movies” is the 16th Jump Cut event and marks 26 years since the founding of the school.

Blue and White No.2 Yair Lapid
Lapid: PM tried to pull a political trick around 'Deal of the Century'

The Blue and White MK spoke about the head of the party's departure to the US in an interview with Army Radio, in which he attacked the prime minister.

By MAARIV ONLINE
26/01/2020
IDF plans for increased tensions over Trump peace plan

Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and all of the IDF's brigadier-generals were supposed to attend a symposium on Sunday, but it was cancelled due to the increased tensions.

26/01/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz
Gantz takes off ahead of meeting with Trump on 'Deal of the Century'

The Blue and White leader will meet with Trump on Monday morning in the White House.

Yaffa Issachar takes off for Russia: 'Hope to return with Naama'

Naama was supposed to be transferred to a different prison in the past few days, but this did not happen.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
Earthquake aftermath in the Turkish eastern city of Elazig, Jan. 25, 2020
MDA offers assistance to Turkey after earthquake

"I view this as an opportunity for collaboration... offer all assistance towards saving lives anywhere," and have "great appreciation" for Turkish Red Crescent, MDA's director-general Eli Bin wrote.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/01/2020
Israeli and US teams at UN prepare for anti-Israel responses to Trump plan

Danon and Craft planned to fly to Israel this week, but they canceled the trip so they can be in New York and coordinate their actions in case there are major responses to Trump’s plan

JNF-USA Brings 70 Student Leaders To See Israel

Non-Jewish student leaders visited significant sites including the Mount of the Beatitudes, the Western Wall, Masada, the Dead Sea, and Yad Vashem.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
25/01/2020
Despite chill, thousands of Israelis travel around country over weekend

Thousands of travelers visited Israel's most beautiful natural sites, including reserves, forests, snow-backed mountains, boardwalks and more.

By MOSHE COHEN/MAARIV
25/01/2020
Prince Charles meets with Israeli scientists at Technion University

Charles is honoring Churchill's memory by meeting Professor Haick, one of Israel's leading scientists of the modern age.

Gantz escapes pitfalls of joint meeting with Netanyahu and Trump -Analysis

Ever since Trump announced that both Netanyahu and Gantz would be coming, those in the Blue and White chairman’s inner circle had been concerned that he would not come off well during the meeting.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Netanyahu: 'Trump deal is a once-in-history opportunity'

Such an opportunity “to secure Israel’s future,” will not come again, Netanyahu warned.

Bar Refaeli calls on followers to vaccinate their kids.
Bar Refaeli names her first son David

The couple celebrated the baby’s bris at their home with close friends and immediate family.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Robyn Hitchcock’s fertile mind

Psychedelic folk legend returns to Tel Aviv next week.

25/01/2020
Fran Drescher doesn’t mind being single, she has a ‘friend with benefits’

“It’s delightful and delicious but I’ve got a big life,” she said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Liberman says 'live and let live' on religious conflict in Knesset

Guest Column: Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman discusses the main points of the controversy that has paralyzed the political system.

Netanyahu, Gantz to meet with Trump separately for political reasons

Netanyahu and Gantz had originally been expected to meet with US President together, which Gantz opposed

Getting set for drumming

Famed jazz drummer Jeff Ballard to share his secrets with Israeli students.

25/01/2020
Clipa Theater takes on Shakespeare

The show will have its opening night on Wednesday, January 29th at 8:30pm and will include English subtitles.

By CARMEL MADADSHAHI
25/01/2020
Nature, spa and culinary festival at Gilboa

Winter is perhaps the best time to visit the Gilboa area and adjacent valleys.

By TALY SHARON
25/01/2020
Rashida Tlaib retweets unverified claim Israelis killed Palestinian boy

The tweet claimed that the boy was kidnapped by “Israeli settlers, assaulted and thrown in a water well"

Liberman: Netanyahu is running away from Jordan Valley sovereignty vote

"Instead of going the 2.4 kilometers to the Knesset to apply Israeli sovereignty over the valley in three votes in one day... [Netanyahu] prefers to fly 9,476 to Washington."

By ARIK BENDER/MAARIV
25/01/2020
The week in pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their snaps and shots from the week.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Amir Peretz slams Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

Peretz even attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "His presence created an ideological crunch because he caused everyone to engage with him instead of the welfare of the people.”

By ERIC BENDER/MAARIV
25/01/2020
A year after the Brumadinho disaster in Brazil, memories are still fresh

IDF delegation led by Col. Golan Vach spent days searching through mud to find bodies of victims.

RPG attached to balloons found outside Sde Boker in southern Israel

Sde Boker is some 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) from the Gaza Strip.

THE DELEGATION of Major League Baseball stars to Israel pose at the Baptist Village in Petah Tikva y
Baseball field in Israel honors the memory of terror victim Ezra Schwartz

Last week, Israeli teens and their parents, joined by Israel’s Olympic baseball team, which is preparing for the Tokyo games this summer, held a groundbreaking for 'Ezra's Field.'

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
25/01/2020
Jordan to hold boxing qualifiers after move from Wuhan

The death toll from the virus rose to 41 on Saturday, with more than 1,300 infected globally, but most of the cases and all of the deaths so far have been in Wuhan.

By REUTERS
25/01/2020
The exploitation of a tragedy: 8-year-old found dead in Jerusalem

Missing boy found drowned in Beit Hanina • Hanan Ashrawi, Rashida Tlaib retweet claim ‘settlers kidnapped, executed’ youth

25/01/2020
Ministry of Tourism wishes Chinese tourists pleasant new year

Chinese people around the world will be celebrating the Year of the Rat.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Yad Vashem, Facebook partner to commemorate Holocaust victims

Seeking to further widen the impact of the project, the IRemember Wall is now available in English, Hebrew, French, Spanish, German and Russian.

25/01/2020
Benny Gantz has awoken from his post-election slumber.
Benny Gantz expected to refuse Trump's invitation to White House – report

Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that the president had invited Netanyahu to show him the Middle East peace plan, and that the prime minister had suggested that Gantz be invited as well.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Yaffa Issachar meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin together with Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu
Russia: Issachar hasn’t yet asked for pardon, delaying possible release

‘I believe Putin. If he says everything will be okay, I believe everything will be okay,’ jailed woman says

By REUTERS , LAHAV HARKOV
25/01/2020
PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Jan. 24, 2020
Netanyahu, Rivlin meet with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

The Ukrainian president presented Netanyahu with a letter containing three stories from the Holocaust in Ukraine.

24/01/2020
Storms in Israel, 2020
Jerusalem prepares for winter weather as temperatures drop

The cold wave is expected to last the entire weekend. Rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout the country on Friday. Snow may fall on mountains in the north and high peaks in the center.

24/01/2020
Graffiti on a mosque in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa, Jan. 2020
Residents, officials condemn price tag attack on Jerusalem mosque

The graffiti on the wall of the mosque read, "[They're] destroying the Jews? Kumi Ori will destroy the enemy!"

24/01/2020
Israeli High Court hearing on whether Netanyahu can form next government despite indictment he faces
Court rules against Liberman, in favor of Jewishness DNA testing

In the majority decision, penned by Justice Neal Hendel, it was determined that the petition didn't present sufficient evidence proving that the rabbinate's actions were discriminatory.

24/01/2020
Members of the Druze community holds Syrian and Druze flags as they sit facing Syria, during a rally
Druze town to receive new neighborhood due to housing crisis

"The planning was done with special care for the needs of the Druze community in the Golan Heights and while addressing the housing shortage."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/01/2020
Dissecting Amar’e Stoudemire’s decision to join Maccabi Tel Aviv

Injury depleted Maccabi Tel Aviv thrilled to sign 37-year-old big man to dismay of Hapoel Jerusalem

Cafe Europa
A new lunch in town: Cafe Europa

Cafe Europa introduces lunch, discontinues pinchos and aperitivo

By BUZZY GORDON
24/01/2020
CLASS IS in session at Shachar, the Rehabilitation Educational Medical Day Care Center at Jerusalem’
Ashira Women's Choir sings ALYN Hospital's praises

Over the years, Ashira has performed regularly a senior citizens’ facility in Beit Shemesh, and has hosted a number of fund-raising concerts for a variety of local organizations.

By CANDICE DAMELIN
23/01/2020
FROM LEFT: Cast members Victoria Gershkovich, Miriam Metzinger, Gavriel Weinberg and Daniel Fliegler
‘Of Thee I Sing’ injects humor into politics

Gershwin music and Marx Brothers comedy resonate and amuse on a stage near you

By YAKIR FELDMAN
23/01/2020
PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN and French President Emmanuel Macron share a warm embrace on Wednesday in Je
He met Peres, too

Very few of the heads of state dining at the table of President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday night had the privilege of meeting his immediate predecessor Shimon Peres.

AN ANNUAL falafel celebration helps David Dugo Leitner commemorate his mother and his survival
Jerusalem Affairs: Peggy Cidor's round-up

There is an update regarding the claim of a buyer of contested real estate located on plots belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church.

23/01/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin pose with world leader
World leaders gather in remembrance of Holocaust at Yad Vashem summit

US Vice Pres. Mike Pence vows to stand with Israel against Iran, calls Islamic Republic leading state purveyor of antisemitism.

FATIMA ABU ROOMI wages her feminist battles from within the community.
New art exhibit focuses on the life of women in religious societies

The exhibition title, “Trespassing,” spells out much of the guiding intent behind the show.

23/01/2020
Meir DizengoFf's grave
Trumpeldor Cemetery: The graveyard of Israel's most prominent figures

It’s been called a “graveyard that reads like a Who’s Who,” though it's namesake Joseph Trumpeldor isn't buried there.

Britain's Prince Charles visits the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, January 23, 2020
Prince Charles: Israeli genius is maintaining the NHS

The Prince, in Jerusalem for the World Holocaust Forum, also noted that his grandmother Princess Alice is buried at the Mount of Olives.

Cleaning the Shabbat table and portfolio diversification

As Shabbat approaches in the Katsman home, the tension becomes palpable.

By AARON KATSMAN
23/01/2020
THE NEW H. Stern store in Ramat Aviv
H. Stern launches Ramat Aviv store

The luxury jewelry brand H. Stern is launching a new store in the Ramat Aviv mall.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/01/2020
Calculating taxes
Holocaust survivors’ Israeli tax rights

As always, consult experienced tax advisers in each country at an early stage in specific cases.

By LEON HARRIS
23/01/2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian Authority warns Israel, US ‘not to cross the red lines’

A Fatah official warned that Trump’s plan would lead to an “explosion” in the region. “No Palestinian can accept this dangerous conspiracy.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C-L) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (C-R) with world
The World Holocaust Forum event has proved to be a remarkable day

The gathering of world leaders turned out to provoke a range of emotions.

23/01/2020
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump greets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year
Benjamin Netanyahu & Donald Trump: A tale of two political hearings

Netanyahu and Trump both find themselves facing trials by their critics

24/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump deliver statements
Analysis: Immunity, impeachment, Bibi and Trump

The politics of the current immunity and impeachment proceedings shaking Israel and the US are crucial, but the legal issues may prove even more decisive in the long-run.

U.S Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he stands next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah
Blue and White: Peace plan coinciding with immunity vote 'not coincidence'

“The goal is obviously to cancel the plenum or remove the spotlight from the plenum,” a Blue and White source said.

23/01/2020
Meat without borders
Israeli start-up aims to print real meat from cellular ink

From juicy plant-based burgers to lab-grown minute steaks, the sizzling competition over sustainable meat technologies is reaching boiling point.

26/01/2020
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