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Is Netanyahu's historic right-wing pact at an end?

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Does Netanyahu truly face any political consequences for the recent political shenanigans? The answer is not so simple.

Members of the Falash Mura Jewish Ethiopian community attend a prayer service at the HaTikvah Synago
Will a new plan to complete Falash Mura aliyah face obstacles? – analysis

So many plans and promises have been made on this issue that have not been fulfilled that the minister’s announcement has been met instead with skepticism that this could yet be another false dawn.

Netanyahu addresses historic UAE-Israel peace - WATCH

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today by telephone with US President Donald Trump and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted on Thursday.

By REUTERS
13/08/2020
Minister Yoaz Hendel runs 5K with incoming lone soldiers

A group of some 80 young men and women will soon enlist as Lone Soldiers, joining 3,500 Lone Soldiers from around the world under the Nefesh B’Nefesh-Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Lone Soldiers Program.

Sheba Medical Center's disaster relief chief wins Yigal Alon Prize

The award was due to his "masterful" management of the center during his tenure throughout the years, and for exemplifying the phrase "Hope Without Boundaries."

13/08/2020
Israel's Air Force to make changes to bring it 'to the next generation'

IAF to open third F-35 squadron, move other squadrons to bases in order to streamline maintenance and save funds.

Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz sets sail in Izmit Bay, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, off the p
Netanyahu to Greek FM: Israel takes Turkish aggression in Med. seriously

Netanyahu said ties between Greece and Israel are expanding, in part due to the “shared geopolitical interests of two democratic countries in the eastern Mediterranean.”

IDF female soldiers
IDF forms committee to examine allowing women into all combat units

The committee led by Ground Forces Head Maj.-Gen. Yoel Strick comes in response to petition by four teenagers asking High Court to force IDF to allow women to try out for combat units

Government reevaluating ban on BDS activists entering Israel

Strategic Affairs Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen allowing Columbia Law professor previously denied entry.

COVID-19 won’t prevent Israel Festival from going ahead

There is a pronounced social-communal and even ecological slant everywhere you look across the 10-day program.

13/08/2020
TV Highlights of the week: Bruce, Ofra and Lovecraft

Springsteen wrote in his autobiography about his struggles with depression and his demons. In Western Stars, he continues to explore his self-destructive impulses and the emotions they inspire.

Lovecraft Country: A middle finger to a century of sci-fi

Matt Ruff, on whose 2016 novel the series is based – sometimes closely, sometimes loosely – was inspired in part by Pam Noles’ 2006 essay “Shame,” about the unbearable whiteness of sci-fi.

By ROBERT LLOYD/LOS ANGELES TIMES (TNS)
13/08/2020
The week in readers' pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their best shots of the week.

DETAIL FROM Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’ fresco (1509) in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.
Creativity for your corona

Michelangelo’s wide artistic range included masterpieces of fresco paintings, such as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

By BENJIE HERSKOWITZ
13/08/2020
Black Sabras - New exhibition shows art and social commitment

Mendes-Flohr’s new exhibition runs until the end of September at the Agripas 12 Gallery near Mahaneh Yehuda.

13/08/2020
Amid COVID-19, IFCJ creates new service for emegency social needs

Operating out of rented quarters in the Talpiot section of Jerusalem, the Eckstein Fund established a nationwide emergency hotline staffed by operators who are trained to respond immediately.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
13/08/2020
Through COVID-19’s pandemic, Jerusalem pianist builds a global family

‘I’ve reinvented myself many times. When I was 50, I hadn’t practiced classical music in 30 years’.

By JENNIFER TZIVIA MACLEOD
13/08/2020
'The Eye Longs for Happiness' - Home away from home

The exhibitors include couple – in life and studies/work – Yul Shif and Nimrod Landsman’s “Since We Are Never Even Here” video creation, which digs deep into the recesses of the Internet.

13/08/2020
Obsessed with art

Jane Labaton - From Heaton, UK to Jerusalem, 1982

By BASIA MONKA
13/08/2020
How well do you really know your parents?

A private investigator faces the question in "Once You Go This Far."

By OLINE H. COGDILL / THE SUN SENTINEL
13/08/2020
Buses on a Public transport route in Jerusalem on March 16, 2020.
COVID-19 multiplies traffic deaths, injuries from increased use of electric scooters, motorcycles

Public opts out of public transport due to coronavirus * Israel has ‘third-world transportation chaos’

President Reuven Rivlin visits the Dead Sea Scrolls
Rivlin visits Dead Sea Scrolls, Israel Museum reopens

The scrolls, which are considered among the oldest Biblical era documents in existence, yielded so much proof of Jewish history.

Israel should follow the Ben-Gurion model and declare sovereignty now

Just imagine if Ben-Gurion and his colleagues had instead succumbed to American pressure!

The beauty of photographing cemeteries

My friend Shira Mushkin photographs tombstones, where she finds a different kind of beauty.

Why we should bring back Naftali Bennett

What so impresses me is that even when Bennett’s wise suggestions were at first rejected, he did not react angrily or childishly.

Publishing my father's novel was my alternative to Kaddish

My father left a nearly finished version of that book, The Bell Tower, on his computer, which my brother, Dave, emailed to me following my father’s death.

13/08/2020
Israel Postal Company branch in Jerusalem
UPS expresses interest in Israel Post privatization tender

United Parcel Service made an appearance on a Government Companies Authority Zoom conference dedicated to the tender.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
13/08/2020
Midsummer beauty and health tips

Despite the heat, don’t forget to enjoy yourself.

By NERIA BARR
13/08/2020
The next generation of promising textile designers in Israel

Shenkar’s newly minted graduates will be presenting their thesis projects throughout the campus on a variety of subjects, including society, medicine, economics, feminism, pride and independence.

Arad Contemporary Arts Center hopes to put city on the global arts scene

The ACAC has become a space for exploring ancient water collecting methods, cherishing social relations and offering a new path forward in Arad’s cultural importance.

A flight test of the Arrow-2 Weapons System
Israel successfully carries out Arrow-2 flight test

Test simulated the interception of a long-range missile attack

Opposition leader Yair Lapid with Kamala Harris in November 2017
Israelis size up VP Candidate Kamala Harris

Over the years, Harris has aligned herself with the mainstream Democratic stance on Israel.

By URI COHEN/THE MEDIA LINE
13/08/2020
A flight test of the Arrow-2 Weapons System
Israel successfully carries out Arrow-2 interception test

Test simulated the interception of a long-range missile attack

A frame from the video installation by artists Roee Rosen and Ruti Sela.
Marseille Jamilla parodies the painful truth of the Arab-Israeli conflict

By using humor as their weapon, Rosen and Sela are forcing gallery-goers to ponder the policies of various modern-day leaders.

12/08/2020
People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustrat
Phishing attacks grow in Israel due to coronavirus, as global trends fall

A 60% increase was reported in Israel compared to global trends which have decreased by 10%.

12/08/2020
Netanyahu's confidants: He decided against elections

Progress made in talks with Blue and White

12/08/2020
List of quarantine-free countries to be revealed on Thursday

FM Ashkenazi to meet with Greek FM in hope of striking travel deal, meanwhile the death toll in Israel climbs to nearly 640.

Ethiopian-Israelis protest throughout the country
Ethiopian-Israel activists threaten new protests over ‘empty promises’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, MK Yevarkan made election promise to bring remainder of Falash Mura community to Israel but there has been little progress since elections.

Sara Netanyahu calls herself a 'battered woman,' receives backlash

"I feel like I've gone through sexual assault," Sara Netanyahu said and added that she's "going through a difficult time."

Defense Establishment thwarts cyberattack targeting Israeli companies

The attempted cyberattack was conducted by an international cyber group called "Lazarus” - an organization that is backed by a foreign country.

Israeli researcher wins grant for first ever COVID-19 cost-effective model

‘We might say we are willing to do anything to stop the pandemic”, Dr. Ronen Arbel told 'The Jerusalem Post,' “but in reality, the public does not act like that.”

Benjamin Netanyahu at Knesset plenum
Knesset rejects bill that would stop Netanyahu from forming gov.

During the debate on the bill, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Opposition Leader Yair Lapid faced off against each other.

13/08/2020
Municipality-run pool sign: There's a 'non-Jewish male lifeguard' on duty

The sign replaced one that read "today there is a (gentile) male lifeguard, not a female lifeguard."

NGO sets up crowdfunding campaign to support victims of Beirut blast

The campaign has two goals, according to IFA CEO Gal Lusky: The first being solidarity with the people of Lebanon and the second is to gather the means to provide aid to the victims.

Zvi Hauser
Budget delay bill passes hurdle

The bill is being advanced because Likud and Blue and White disagree on whether to pass one two-year budget or two one-year budgets.

12/08/2020
Hadassah head reveals Israel’s role in Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday his was the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine.

El Al plane
Eli Rozenberg offer for control of Israel's El Al - source

“From my talks with members of the board, most are against the proposal,” the source said. “Shareholders are opposed to it.”

By REUTERS
12/08/2020
The Mitzpe Kramim outpost. Picture taken March 25, 2015
Matan Kahana: Did Netanyahu, Gantz abandon settlers to High Court's mercy?

MK Matan Kahana (Yamina) said that the government will have abandoned the settlers to the mercy of the High Court of Justice.

Border Police officers at outpost near Yitzhar, August 12, 2020
Dozens of settlers attack Border Police near Yitzhar

Settlers also slashed Border Police vehicles tires, the spokesperson added.

12/08/2020
A calf in a live animal transport
WHO: Live animal exports could spread 'ghastly disease,' must stop

"I think it's getting to a stage where it can't be safe and it's not nice you see the suffering of animals."

MK Ayman Odeh, mother and other participants are seen during the Mothers for Life Movement march.
Arab bereaved mothers call on authorities to stop local crime

Joint List leader Ayman Odeh joined the first day of the march.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz before entering surgery, August 12, 2020
Benny Gantz undergoes back surgery at Sheba Medical Center

Blue and White leader is expected to stay at the hospital for up to a week

12/08/2020
British Airways to resume flights to Israel on August 13

This announcement sees British Airways join with fellow UK-based airlines Easy Jet and WizzAir in having flights scheduled between Britain and the Jewish state.

Elephant (illustrative).
Ramat Gan Safari elephant celebrates 46th birthday

Born on August 11, 1974, Yossi was a small baby elephant who grow up to mighty size, reaching the impressive height of 3.8 meters (12.46 feet) and weighing 7 tons.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
11/08/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara vote at a Jerusalem polling station on March 2
Placing annexation in Trump’s hands will cost Netanyahu at the ballot box

The question of whether the country is going to its fourth cycle of elections in two years is a cliff-hanger political drama that changes by the hour.

Then-US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu look at each othe
America's unpredictability casts doubt on annexation - analysis

In order to go ahead with annexation, Netanyahu needs certainty in Washington.

11/08/2020
Bank of Israel warns over high risk of COVID-19 financial instability

At the end of 2020 the country will face a deficit of 13% and lose NIS 24 billion in tax revenue, a report by the bank has predicted.

ILAN VOLKOV conducting the concert at Jerusalem’s ICC auditorium.
Coronavirus: Gov’t approves holding cultural events of up to 500 people

“Culture is important to the mental health and wellbeing of the public,” said Health Minister Yuli Edelstein.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (R)
PM slams Mandelblit for not stopping threats; A-G: Baseless claims

Netanyahu asked Mandelblit what he would do if the sexual threats were against his own wife, singling her out by name.

11/08/2020
Aliyah minister seeking to increase resources for aliyah potential

Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata says immigrant numbers from North America can be increased due to ‘real desire’ for aliyah on continent

Police sappers working around the clock to neutralize balloon terror

Israel Police conduct searches on a daily basis to make sure that incendiary devices are found and neutralized.

11/08/2020
El Al plane
El Al to potential buyer: Clarify legal settlement over family’s finances

El Al is perceived as a strategic asset of the State of Israel and under law those who control it must be Israelis.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny
How and why elections could still be stopped - analysis

The question currently facing Israel is how to halt a train accelerating toward an unprecedented fourth election in barely more than a year and a half.

11/08/2020
Charter flight brings 230 immigrants, volunteers and Israelis from Mexico

The first-of-its-kind charter flight was dubbed “Operation Home,” and included 50 new Olim and 150 graduates who will take part in Masa.

Jerusalem
Unemployed tour guides offered new positions in schools

The move comes as a blessing as many schools are struggling to make the necessary accommodations to enable students to learn in accordance with the new coroanvirus restrictions.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
11/08/2020
Bill would let MKs keep foreign citizenship

Michael Oren: Current law is antiquated, supports anti-Semitic myth that Jews have dual loyalties

11/08/2020
JNF Joint Institute gets matching gift from Boston-based foundation

The funding will support the Institute’s initial research phase, demonstrating sustainable methods of food production in an arid environment.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz pass each other in the
Likud to Blue and White: Vote against anti-Bibi bill or elections

Gantz’s party announced they will not attend vote • Election prevention bill to pass first hurdle today

11/08/2020
Rivlin warns fourth elections would be 'hard, painful and unforgivable blow'

"It is untenable that we will continue to deal with such a possibility as if it was some kind of logical scenario, at a time that we are counting our dead."

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announces the launch of OPAL on April 15th, 2019
Israel Aerospace Industries reports record sales for H1 2020

The $2.1 billion H1 earnings is a 4.6% increase from the year prior, garnering a profit of $82 million - up 64% profit-wise from the year before.

Psychiatric hospitals to strike for three hours after nurse assaulted

"The nurses union will not accept any manifestation of violence against the nurses who work with dedication and mission on behalf of the patients."

Interministerial COVID-19 program to be extended to more of Jerusalem

The extended "Security and Welfare" program, with a budget of NIS 1.5 million, will provide specialized handling of specific neighborhoods, including the city center.

IDF SOLDIERS pack their bags as troops prepare to leave the Lebanon border, on May 17, 2000
IDF scales back troop reinforcements along Lebanon border

Israel has been bracing for a possible attack by the terror group after an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria on July 20 killed one of its members.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny
Election prevention bill to come to vote on Wednesday

The bill's sponsor, MK Zvi Hauser, lamented that both Likud and Blue and White were telling their supporters how right they were instead of sitting together and reaching an agreement.

11/08/2020
FM reprimands Belgium for supporting NGOs aiming to silence pro-Israel voices

The Belgian Foreign Ministry added it does not necessarily share the goals of the organizations that it funds, and that it opposes “racism, antisemitism and discrimination.”

Netanyahu: US has kept me from annexing West Bank settlements

The prime minister’s references to plans to annex West Bank settlements come as speculation is high that Israel could be heading to yet a fourth round of elections.

Solar systems firm increases market activity by 50%

Established in 2009, Enerpoint employs about 65 employees and another 50 subcontractors.

SHAUL MIZRAHI, owner of the Barby Club, protests outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem
Entertainment industry not satisfied with new live performance directive

The last time the paying public was allowed to attend live shows was back in June.

10/08/2020
THE ARTWORK of Adi Fluman on view at the CCA
Two exhibitions at Tel Aviv's CCA challenge notions of memory

Adi Fluman and Irma Blank’s techniques and themes couldn’t seem more different. A closer look reveals that both produced art that asks, through objects and words, how memories come into being.

11/08/2020
Teams back on the pitch after short break

Maccabi Tel Aviv blanks Beersheba in 1st leg of Champions Cup duel • Donis to be named coach

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
10/08/2020
Knesset commitee on coronavirus meets to discuss furher regulations, April 7, 2020
MKs rage over government’s refusal to share info on reopening skies plan

C’ttee head Shasha-Biton: These are not state secrets

Adriano Mazzini (University of Oslo, Norway) collects water sample for geochemical measurements
Research unveils Kinneret’s geological enigmas, may help predict quakes

Moreover, twelve seismic monitoring stations were installed in different parts of the Kinneret which registered all the minor earthquakes that occurred in the span of a year.

38 Olim land in Israel as part of a Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight
Bitan says Foreign Ministry slowing aliyah with inefficient bureaucracy

The numbers of people in North America and around the world who have opened aliyah files has seen a massive spike in 2020.

Final project of Bosmat Levi, Shenkar student in textile design
End-of-Year Events at Shenkar College highlight student achievements

The students’ final projects focused on issues such as gender, identity, politics, and how daily life changed following the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

Jewish orgs., Israel ministry press Facebook to stop online antisemitism

The coalition recruited Strategic Affairs Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen to urge the social network to adopt the IHRA's definition of antisemitism.

MK Yair Lapid speaks during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling on him to qu
Lapid: We'll push a law barring those under indictment from forming gov't

"Netanyahu has created an industry of violent incitement, tearing this country apart," Lapid said.

10/08/2020
Election campaign posters outside a voting station in Karnei Shomron, in the West Bank, during the K
With no online voting, Israel would face costly COVID-19 elections

Should the country face elections in November, it’s possible the economy will lose two work days, not just one.

Pupils sitting behind partition boards made of plexiglass attend a class at a primary school
What will Israel’s school look like come Sept. 1?

The Education Ministry’s framework for the 2020-2021 school year - everything you need to know

First Sergeant Amit Ben Yigal
Court halts home demolition of soldier Amit Ben-Yigal’s alleged killer

The decision was made with a majority of two judges in favor of cancelling the planned demolition.

10/08/2020
Gantz to Netanyahu: Delay budget deadline within 24 hours

Blue and White: Backing anti-Bibi bill on table. Likud: That would ensure elections

10/08/2020
€4 million building Foreign Ministry bought is empty a year later

The Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said “the building has been put up for sale and will be sold soon.”

Lions in Ramat Gan Safari celebrate World Lion Day

While other animals are hunted for things such as food, fur or their fangs, lions are often hunted by people who are trying to prove their bravery to others.

By OMRI RON
10/08/2020
Israel schools to open Sept. 1 despite coronavirus, Gallant says

The plan was formulated by the Education Ministry, in collaboration with the Finance Ministry and is meant to allow parents to return to work after summer break and keep the economy moving.

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