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Bible Lands Museum
Jerusalem exhibition unveils rich history of Yemenite Jewry

Bible Lands Museum show details mysterious kingdom that abandoned polytheism and adopted Jewish rituals nearly 2,000 years ago

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
17/01/2020
Olim attend an employment fair especially for their community.
Olim struggle to find work as immigrant employment fair kicks off

Over 1,000 olim attended an employment fair organized by the Immigration and Absorption Ministry.

17/01/2020
US Vice President Mike Pence to attend Holocaust forum in Israel

This year’s conference coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Allies’ liberation of Auschwitz

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
17/01/2020
In 'Incitement,' director Zilberman tries to get in Yigal Amir's head

In Zilberman’s retelling, Amir’s road to perdition is paved with real or perceived personal slights and the misguidance of certain rabbis — and even of his own mother.

By TOM TUGEND/JTA
17/01/2020
Busy week for Israel's basketball and soccer leagues

Hapoel Jerusalem, Mac TA victorious in continental play • Haifa ousts Uhm El Fahem in State Cup

FROM LEFT: Prof. Federico Cinquepalmi, director of the international affairs office for university a
Grapevine: All roads lead to Jerusalem

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Calculating taxes
Triple trouble?

Questions and answers on taxes.

By LEON HARRIS
16/01/2020
Why Democrats are leaving out Israel while debating the Mideast

On a frigid winter night in an auditorium on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, six Democratic presidential candidates talked for 30 minutes on Tuesday about the Middle East.

17/01/2020
Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett looks at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit t
Does Bennett victory over Netanyahu mean he’s no longer in his pocket?

Bennett did not blink. He kept refusing Netanyahu until the prime minister gave into him.

16/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Final hurdle preventing Netanyahu immunity removal likely next week

Netanyahu announced on Thursday that he was formally joining the Likud's petition to the High Court against Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon's ruling allowing the House Committee to be formed.

16/01/2020
Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett, 2019.
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett: Doing the right thing

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett did that late Wednesday evening by steadfastly refusing to incorporate the far-right, Kahanist Otzma Yehudit Party onto his Yamina list.

Religious-Zionist parties; Outward unity, inner turmoil

Making order of the political chaos in the religious-Zionist sector.

Whitney Houston, Doobies lead R&R Hall of Fame nominations

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 class of inductees runs a gamut from shimmering R&B-laced pop and classic ‘90s hip-hop to industrial rock and foursquare glam-rock.

By RANDY LEWIS
16/01/2020
‘Ajami’ director on ‘Chained,’ his ‘Love Trilogy’ and truth-telling

‘Cinema speaks in many different voices,” said Yaron Shani, the director of Chained, which opened recently in theaters throughout Israel. “With cinema, I try to go with what’s true.”

The Provincial Dance
Contemporary Russian dances

The M.ART festival presents contemporary Russian culture to the Israeli audience

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
16/01/2020
Soprano Hibla Gerzmava  bringing encore performance to Israel
Soprano Hibla Gerzmava bringing encore performance to Israel

The internationally renowned coloratura soprano-singer, returns to Israel for a single concert as part of her world tour.

By MAXIM REIDER
16/01/2020
Chinese choreographer Yang Liping returns to Israel with  a spectacular production of Starvinsky’s ‘
The Cycle of life

Chinese choreographer Yang Liping returns to Israel with a spectacular production of Starvinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring.

By NERIA BARR
16/01/2020
Netanyahu calls on Otzma to drop out, Otzma refuses

Bayit Yehudi in chaos, with efforts afoot to oust leader Rabbi Rafi Peretz.

There are 192,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel

Last year 14,800 Holocaust survivors died, making it more important than ever to honor those we have with us.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
16/01/2020
Prison cell block
Detention extended for Jewish terror suspect

The Petah Tikvah Magistrate's Court on Monday had already ordered three other suspects released, while extending the prime suspect's detention until Thursday.

PAKISTANI SHI’ITE Muslims walk with a banner and signs during a protest against US and Israel over t
Voices from the Arab Press: Who's Stronger: Iran or the US?

The recent events in Iraq and Iran will have far-reaching consequences in the region.

By MEDIA LINE
16/01/2020
King David Hotel, Jerusalem, prepares arrival next week of royals, presidents and foreign ministers
King David Hotel prepares to welcome world leaders before Holocaust forum

“It’s going to be like a mini United Nations with controlled chaos and the security will be like Fort Knox,” said Sheldon Ritz, the Dan Hotels chain’s director of sales for embassies and ministries.

A teenage boy looks at his smartphone screen.
Teenager launches online course to help break smartphone addiction

With half of all children receiving their first phone between the ages of 10 and 12, smartphone addiction is becoming a problem worldwide.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
16/01/2020
‘WHEN YOU are forced into a zero-sum game, it is incredibly difficult to switch to a different track
Lessons from the movie ‘Marriage Story’

Anyone who is involved in the process of divorce will tell you that most couples start off from a place of wanting an amicable divorce, but few end up getting one.

Shabbat thrown under the bus, some lines cancelled, others added

According to an official from the Transportation Ministry, dozens of lines were cancelled in order to prevent a transgression of the Sabbath laws.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/01/2020
A SCENE from the Beit Hillel Theater Workshop’s production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’
Fiddler on the Israeli Roof

‘Too Jewish.” That’s what potential backers said about Fiddler on the Roof when it was proposed to them in 1964. It could never bring in a general audience.

ENVELOPED IN a cave in Beit Guvrin.
A winter full of hiking

Wander during winter season and enjoy seeing the landscape adorning itself afresh. Should you be lovers of rain showers and not easily intimidated by puddles, here are a few ideas for the winter.

By MEITAL SHARABI
16/01/2020
Up close and personal: Artists tell their Holocaust stories

Opened Wednesday and on display through July 5, The innovative exhibit features eye witness drawings made during and immediately after the Holocaust.

By MARIA LISELLA
16/01/2020
NIV NEHEMIA with wife Sigal and their five children.
Don’t leave a hero behind - Israeli requests help with medical costs

The family of Niv Nehemia, the Israeli hero severely wounded in a 2017 knife attack in a Yavne supermarket, appeals for assistance with medical expenses.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
16/01/2020
Osem to scout for packaging solutions under $2.1b. Nestlé plan

In September 2019, Nestlé announced its ambition to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, signing the United Nation's "Business Ambition for 1.5°C" pledge.

16/01/2020
cover - The military chief  Israel needs?
Aviv Kochavi: The military chief Israel needs?

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi wraps up a tumultuous first year in command.

A woman stands at the counter inside a Israel Post office in Jerusalem
Israel Post to begin checking all mail for tariffs: delays, fees expected

Up until now, Israel's postal service was not required by law to check every package in order to evaluate and charge taxes and tariffs, as are private companies such as UPS and DHL.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the P
Party fields Trump as Knesset candidate

Few 'Anglo candidates' in realistic slots.

16/01/2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R)
Putin weighing up Naama Issachar release before Israel visit - report

The conversation "strengthened the prime minister's optimism that the matter of Naama Issachar's release is progressing towards a solution."

Bringing the True North to Canadian lone soldiers in the IDF

Aim of the event is to show the appreciation and care felt by the embassy for the lone soldiers who’ve left their home to serve in the IDF.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion and Isawiya middle school students inaugurate new park
Isawiya gets new playground, as tensions with police remain high

The police reported a 'dramatic increase' in the number of violent disturbances in Isawiya, with 'clearly nationalist activities of violent and inflammatory nature.'

16/01/2020
Defense Ministry begins construction of smart-fence along Gaza border.
Finnish MP arrested after breaking through Gaza border fence

The five-person group was trying to call attention to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza by crossing through the barrier, according to the

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/01/2020
An F-35 on the runway during the Blue Flag drill
Israeli Air Force inaugurates second F-35 squadron

The 116th "Lions of the South" will join the 140th "Golden Eagle" squadron to protect Israel's skies.

Calf (Illustrative)
Calves descend on Naftali Bennett's home in protest of PA boycott

The calves grazed the grass near Bennett's home as farmers stated that they "don't have the money to continue to feed them."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/01/2020
Palestinians in the Ar Rifa'iyya village sit by the rubble fo the Rib'i family home, demolished Thur
IDF razes Palestinian home, school as Israel tightens hold on Area C

A small clash broke out at the scene between the IDF and Palestinians.

BUSCH TRIO
Musicians with a mission

Omri Epstein says that the vast majority of classical musicians currently have to muddle through in far less nurturing conditions.

16/01/2020
Benjamin Netanyahu celebrates cancer patient's 20th birthday

Sara Netanyahu met Mika Lipsker over a decade ago while volunteering for an organization that supports pediatric cancer patients and their families.

16/01/2020
Pancake tower
We should all be eating more blintzes this year

How to go about making a blintz that’s mostly a memory?

By MELISSA KLURMAN/JTA
16/01/2020
New Right, Bayit Yehudi and National Union unite, leaving Otzma out

Despite deep personal and ideological differences between them and high drama negotiations, the parties came together.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on in front of the Leviathan gas platform
Gas to Egypt is great, but unlikely alone to thaw 'cold peace' - analysis

The gas deal adds a very significant economic component to the Israel-Egypt relationship.

15/01/2020
Motives, challenges and implications in ending the war in Yemen

It was no surprise when King Salman stressed the need for a political resolution to the conflict several months ago.

By ARI HEISTEIN , YOEL GUZANSKY
15/01/2020
No to the planned Palestinian elections

The Palestinians, like much of the Arab world, are not ripe yet for having a democracy.

Israel will continue to flourish, diamond exchange head says

“The Israeli Diamond Exchange is one of the top four diamond trading centers in the world and has over 3,000 exchange members,” he said.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/01/2020
Tiroche offers ‘lost’ Chagall painting to bidders

Saturday auction will offer 1970s work ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ that was stolen in 1996.

Naama Issachar's mother: I was promised my daughter will be first thing Putin hears

Yaffa Issachar said that she was told by high-ranking officials that efforts are being done to free her daughter and it would not be a good idea to make waves during the official visit.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/01/2020
The cover of Goldsmith’s book
A children's book to encourage young women to take an interest in science

Prof. Cwikel publishes "Mayufa and the Bone Lady", a children's book in English, Arabic and Hebrew on paleontology. The book encourages girls to engage into science.

By PATRICIA GOLAN
15/01/2020
Cancer researchers develop method to streamline treatment for diseases

‘By using our method, the time frame for generating the drug can now be much shorter.’

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem January 2
Bennett blows up effort to bring far-right into right-wing alliance

Bayit Yehudi leader Rabbi Rafi Peretz must now decide whether or not to abandon his alliance with far-right Otzma in order to save his political career

Halle Kahan, Rabbanit Michelle Cohen Farber and Ruth Kahan
Women celebrate Siyum HaShas in Jerusalem

3,300 women gathered to celebrate the first Siyum HaShas for Women in Jerusalem. While Talmud's study used to be exclusively for men, there's been a revolution in women's study in the past 40 years.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
15/01/2020
Palestinian Authority 'deeply concerned' over Israel-Hamas truce deal

The measures, seen in the context of the indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas over a long-term ceasefire.

A cyclists’ paradise near the Isaac Ochberg Birdwatch
Megiddo, a hidden paradise of history and greenery in the heart of Israel

Megiddo is not only an important historical site, but has also become Israel’s Central Park with breathtaking landscapes of nature, woods, rivers, agricultural fields and plantations.

Stav Shaffir announces that she will not run for Knesset in the March 2 election in an address on Te
Stav Shaffir, once a star MK, announces break from politics

She was not offered what she saw as a realistic slot on the combined Labor-Gesher-Meretz list for the March race.

15/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (R)
A-G to High Court: No problem with Yinon’s actions on PM immunity

The High Court has not yet stepped in, even as Yinon made his opinion public on Sunday, which allowed the Knesset to move forward with forming a new ad-hoc committee to address immunity issue.

Freshman Knesset member Gadi Yevarkan lights a candle in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
Blue and White MK defects to Likud

Andrey Kozhinov replaces him on list.

15/01/2020
Expect limited calm with Gaza in 2020: Israeli intel assessment

Hamas doesn't want to lose legitimacy as a resistance movement, but wants to ensure its survival

Palm trees in the Jordan Valley where some of the nature reserves are located.
In Area C battle, IDF approves 7 Israeli West Bank nature reserves

Defense Ministry says it's the first approval of Israeli nature reserves in the West Bank's Area C since the 1994 Oslo Accords.

Fashion
Israeli model says Lebanese designer banned her from show

Arbel Kynan did not disclse the name of the designer.

Formula One's Williams Racing signs first ever Israeli driver Roy Nissany

Nissany, for the 2020 season, will race for Williams' Formula Two team and will get the chance to test the team's Formula One setup during Grand Prix practices.

The Operative, Diane Kruger on the right, Martin Freeman on the left
Opaque characters

‘The Operative’ takes the fun out of the spy game

Rabbi Druckman voting
Flailing Netanyahu asks Rabbi Druckman to head Bayit Yehudi, he declines

The idea was apparently for Druckman, who has supported the inclusion of Otzma in a right-wing religious joint list, to use his authority to cajole the other party leaders to accept the move.

Border police forces reportedly on their way to the Kumi Ori outpost on the outskirts of the Yitzhar
Border Police demolished two settler homes in Area B

The High Court of Justice ordered the razing because the homes were illegal and built on West Bank land under auspices of the Palestinian Authority.

Labor leader Amir Peretz and Meretz chairman Nitzan Horowitz
Former MK Frej disappointed over Labor-Meretz lineup as parties sign

“I wanted to be a partner and not a fig leaf,” Frej said, of his place at No. 11 on the Labor-Gesher-Meretz list, as the parties signed the official agreement.

14/01/2020
FROM RIGHT TO LEFT: Teva Naot CEO Michael Iluz, spokesmodel Dana Grotsky and owner Steve Lax
Teva Naot launches store in Vancouver, Canada

In 2019, Teva Naot sold about 100,000 pairs of shoes in its stores and to retailers, and through the website in the Canadian market.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/01/2020
F-16 planes on the runway during the Blue Flag drill
IAF Chief Norkin orders investigation into 'drowned' fighter jets

The IAF will investigate how the airbase became flooded due to storm, causing million in damage to aircraft used there.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , ANNA AHRONHEIM
14/01/2020
Gantz: Historical strength of Jews in Jerusalem guarantees Israel's future

The Blue and White leader says his party was “gladdened” that the US recently fell in line with King David's declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Naftali Fraenkel
Mother of kidnapped Gil-Ad Shaer rolls out 'Sweet Heart' for son's b-day

'Expecting My Son: A Mother's Longing,' was recently released in English.

Malka Leifer
Leifer case delayed as court allows cross-examination of psych experts

Delays ‘unacceptable’ say three alleged victims of alleged pedophile

ICC arrests 101: Which Israelis will be arrested and when? - Analysis

Israelis should calm down; the chances of anyone being arrested by the ICC on March 21st is slim-to-none.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside D
Johnson's backing of nuclear deal plan is a boon to Netanyahu - analysis

The British Prime Minister has come out in support for US President Trump's stance on the Iran nuclear deal - much to the delight of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

14/01/2020
Innovation community aims to place Israel at heart of fintech revolution

Tel Aviv-based innovation lab CREATORS will manage the community, tasked with making connections between relevant players in the field, identifying challenges to innovation.

15/01/2020
Israel taking risk embracing support of Evangelists - scholars

Historians to policymakers: You need to think about Zionism and the State of Israel, not only the Evangelical help

cannabis weed marijuana medical plant pot joint
Telegrass founder runs for office – 'If Netanyahu can do it so can we'

Amos Dov Silver, who is currently serving time in prison for creating the Telegrass online cannabis portal, is second on the Economics Dawn list.

MKs too busy to pay attention to welfare of children, says top exec

Vered Windman, executive director of the National Council of the Child said that politicians need to get back to addressing the needs of the third of children who are subject to abuse.

Larissa Trembovler Amir, wife of Yitzhak Rabin's assassin Yigal Amir, registers her new Fair Trial P
Yigal Amir's wife registers new party

Says she wants retrial for her husband

14/01/2020
Peres Center seeks Israel’s hottest start-ups for new expo

The Expo Hall showcases 45 of Israel's most impressive start-ups to visiting delegations. More than 75,000 visitors from 56 countries have visited the innovation center since February 2019.

14/01/2020
Country Music Association Awards - Arrivals - Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., 14/11/2018 - Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie cannot wait to come to Israel

Lionel Richie will perform in Israel for the first time on March 2 in Tel Aviv.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
14/01/2020
Bait Yehudi
Netanyahu pressuring Bennett to bring in far-right party

Less than 24 hours after saying that New Right was running alone as a liberal, right-wing party, Bennett hails unity of entire spectrum of religious-Zionist world; Otzma and Bayit Yehudi are defiant.

Advocate, a joint Israeli, Canadian and Swiss production, will have its world premiere in the World
Israel's Bar Association cancels appointment of lawyer who defends terrorists

The Bar Association decided on Monday to freeze the appointment of Lea Tsemel to head its Military Courts Committee, which it had approved the previous day.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
14/01/2020
DR. RUTH Westheimer celebrates her 90th birthday at the Celebrate Israel Parade.
Dr. Ruth promises scholarship donors 'good sex for life'

Dr. Ruth Westheimer established a scholarship endowment in recognition of the honorary degree she will be receiving from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
14/01/2020
Israel bucks international trend with support of Trump, US

About 70% of Israeli have confidence in US President Donald Trump when compared to other countries.

Mellanox CEO Eyal Waldman and Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang shake hands, March 2019
Israeli hi-tech exits surge to decade high of $21.7b. in 2019

The past year represented the most prolific year for venture capital funds to date

14/01/2020
PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas – not saying anything about the elections, but working behind th
A ‘Jeopardy’ question about a city in the West Bank causes controversy

Even before the commercial break was over, social media went into overdrive, with many insisting Needle was right and others doubling down on Israel as the correct answer.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/01/2020
Jason Greenblatt speaking at the Northern New Jersey Holocaust Memorial & Education Center, Jan. 14
Jason Greenblatt isn’t sure Israelis, Palestinians ready for peace

Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s former Middle East negotiator, made his first public speech since leaving the White House on Sunday night.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
14/01/2020
Static and Ben El
Israeli pop duo sensation Static and Ben El release new song with Pitbull

Static and Ben El, the young pop musicians, are credited with having the most-watched Israeli music video in history, with over 54 million views on YouTube

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/01/2020
Jerusalem holds Mac TA to scoreless draw

Mac Haifa blanks Netanya, Beersheba stunned by cellar-dweller Ra’anana • Hap TA edges Bnei Yehuda

MEMBERS OF Israel’s Olympic-bound national baseball team visit with patients at the Sheba Medical Ce
Israel’s baseball team all-in, on and off field

Olympic-bound squad kicks off week-long trip with visit to President Rivlin, visit to hospital

By DANNY GROSSMAN
13/01/2020
Katz sends ‘support and solidarity’ after UK ambassador’s arrest in Tehran

“I write to express my support and solidarity following the appalling behavior of the Iranian authorities towards your ambassador in Tehran,” Katz wrote to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Moshe Kahlon at a weekly cabinet meeting, December 23rd, 2018
In the all-about-Bibi era of politics, Kahlon, Shaffir fall to bad choices

Israeli politics now is not about personalities or ideologies, but rather about one singular personality – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

13/01/2020
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