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The first of Israel's El Al Airlines order of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets lands at Ben Gurion Inte
El Al to operate three non-stop test flights to Melbourne

The flights, the longest carried out by an Israeli airline to date, will be served by El Al’s new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

10/12/2019
BEITAR JERUSALEM at Ashdod SC in Premier League action.
Maccabi TA draws Maccabi Netanya, still yet to concede

Beitar Jerusalem rallies for 2-2 result in Ashdod • Hapoel Haifa blanks Bnei Yehuda • Hap TA victorious

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
10/12/2019
Natan Sharansky
Genesis Prize Foundation names Natan Sharansky 2020 winner

A human rights activist and Jewish leader, Sharansky is being recognized for his lifelong struggle for human rights, political freedom and his service to the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

A taxi driver collects a passenger near the Jerusalem Bus Station
Israeli taxi driver finds $60,000 cash left in his cab and returns it

“I am a man of faith,” Barkat said. “The money isn’t mine, and I returned it wholeheartedly.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
10/12/2019
Gilad Erdan
Erdan bans operations of PA's Governor of Jerusalem

Geith is an Israeli citizen who was assigned as the Governor of Jerusalem by PA President Abbas in 2018. He was investigated for his possible involvement in the kidnapping of realtor Issam Akel.

10/12/2019
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman wears custom cleats to support baseball in Israel

In a post on social media featuring a close-up photo of the cleats, Edelman recalled his first visit to Israel in 2015, which he called a “meaningful experience.”

By MARCY OSTER
10/12/2019
Immigrant offered spot on Ukrainian Olympic team, joins IDF instead

Liana Volganov, a mountaineer and a wall climber, was offered a position on Ukraine’s Olympic team for Tokyo 2020, but decided that she would rather join the IDF Artillery Corps.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
10/12/2019
Houthi rebels threaten Israel in statements to Arab media

The statement come amid continued threats emanating from Houthi militias following the seizure of a ship that was carrying missile components from Iran to Yemen.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
10/12/2019
Anti-racism head to police: Control racist remarks after Tekah incident

Tekah’s killing shook the country, and led to nationwide protests by the Ethiopian community about dangerous discrimination by police and racism against Ethiopians.

People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo
What were the most popular tweets, hashtags in Israel in 2019?

“In 2019, Israelis used Twitter to connect, campaign, learn, debate and have conversations,” Twitter explained in a release.

THE EASTERN entrance to the Carmel Tunnels
Chinese envoy rails against US ‘bullying’ Israel over investments

“China never set obstacles to US-Israel cooperation, so I don’t think it makes any sense for the US to question China-Israel cooperation,” Zhai Jun added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a meeting with lawmakers from 25 countries from the Israel Alli
Netanyahu tells Christian leaders: Stand with the truth about Israel

“We are not occupiers in a foreign land. This is our homeland since Abraham the Patriarch came here 3,500 years ago. The word ‘Jew’ comes from ‘Judea,’” Netanyahu said.

Avichay Mandelblit attends Ayelet Shaked's goodbye party.
High Court to A-G: Say whether Netanyahu can run for PM before elections

Avichai Mandelblit has already made it clear that he is not interested in personally being that hand that forces Netanyahu out of office.

CEO of Hazorfim Yakov Merdinger looks at produced silver candlesticks and menorahs.
Uniting the Jewish people through producing Hanukkah menorahs

‘Hanukkah for all Jewish people represents our strong roots,’ says Hazorfim CEO Yakov Merdinger.

Israeli citizens with disabilities renew their protest to receive improved benefits.
Statistics show apathy in Israel towards people with disabilities

Although there has been a significant improvement in attitudes towards people with disabilities, the statistics presented by Oren Helman's Sikuy Shaveh (Equal Chance) were troubling.

2019 EMET Prize Laureates, back row from left to right: Professor Benjamin Z. Kedar, Professor Avner
‘Israel’s Nobel Prize’ goes to 11 winners - Watch live

The award has been awarded annually since 2002 to Israeli citizens in recognition of “academic or professional excellence."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/12/2019
THE ‘RUSLAN’ anchors at the port of Istanbul on its way from Odessa to Israel in 1919.
New exhibition reveals the secrets of the Israeli ‘Mayflower’

On December 19th, 1919, Ruslan, carrying 600 travelers from Odessa, docked at the port of Jaffa. It has been dubbed “the Israeli Mayflower,” because many of its passengers entered Israel's pantheon.

By ALAN ROSENBAUM
09/12/2019
Automotive giant DENSO eyes deeper collaboration with Israeli start-ups

Researchers from the country's leading academic institutions and more than 100 start-ups attended the event to learn how they can collaborate with the $48.3 billion Japanese mobility supplier.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/12/2019
NGO launches women's initiative for Israeli-Palestinian peace

IPF’s millennial-led network is called Atid and it is focused on mobilizing support for a viable two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz shakes hands with Blue and White MK Yair Lapid
Blue and White decides no Gantz-Lapid rotation for PM

Gantz and Lapid ran as joint candidates for prime minister in the April and September elections.

09/12/2019
Snow in Jerusalem, February 20, 2015
Israel to hold extreme-weather exercise as winter arrives

The "Storm Suit" exercise includes scenarios for extreme winter weather conditions that will test inter-organizational competence and efficiency.

By ALEX WINSTON
09/12/2019
Haredim enlist in national service
IDF: Ultra-Orthodox enlistment numbers wrong due to technicalities

Senior IDF officials explain discrepancies in figures provided for ultra-Orthodox enlistment during Knesset committee hearing.

Efi Nave in court
Supreme Court rules against Efi Naveh in border fraud case

The new legal blow to Naveh comes just days after the state prosecution announced that it will likely indict him for bribery in a sex-for-judgeship scandal.

A LOOK at Sheba Medical Center doctors and nurses using the latest in cutting-edge technology
Israel's Peregrine Ventures raises $115 mln medical tech fund

Peregrine said its partners include institutional and private equity investors from Israel, the United States, Europe and Australia.

By REUTERS
09/12/2019
Blue and White No.2, Yair Lapid, speaks at the Israel Allies Foundation conference, December 9, 2019
Yair Lapid begs Brits not to vote for Jeremy Corbyn

‘Usually you’re not supposed to interfere with elections in other countries, but in this case I’ll make an exception,” the Blue and White MK said.

09/12/2019
Critically injured IDF soldier makes electrifying marriage proposal
Critically injured IDF soldier makes electrifying marriage proposal

Ron Abbuttbul proposed to his girlfriend Lee 250 meters (820 feet) above sea level at the Orot Rabin power plant of the Israel Electric Corporation where he works.

Guatemala's president-elect, Alejandro Giammattei, speaks an Israel Allies Foundation conference, De
Pres.-elect to 'Post': Guatemala will designate Hezbollah a terror org.

Giammattei also said that he would reconsider his country's policy on Israeli settlements, potentially aligning it with the new US policy: settlements are not illegal.

Over 160 vehicles damaged in suspected Jerusalem 'price tag' attack

MK Touma-Sliman: If price tag attackers are ignored, there will be a pogrom on the Palestinians

09/12/2019
 Israel Democracy Institute's conference on "Populism and Policy", December 9, 2019
Populism & Policy: Where does Israel go from here? - Watch

The Jerusalem Post's Gil Hoffman appears on a panel at the Israel Democracy Institute's conference in English on the topic of populism and policy.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/12/2019
A-G asked police for clarification about making Nir Hefetz state witness

In light of the criticism from the public regarding how Nir Hefetz’s testimony was attained, Mandelblit requested clarification about intrusive questions regarding a woman who was called to testify

By MATAN VASSERMAN/MAARIV
09/12/2019
Lightning strikes over the Mediterranean sea during a rain storm near the city of Ashkelon
Winter is here: Snow and unusual amounts of rain

The cold weather that started on Friday has gotten more severe, temperatures dropped and rain has started to pour down upon the country.

By MAARIV ONLINE
09/12/2019
'Alternative' poverty report: Over 1m. Israeli children living in poverty

A poverty report by the non-profit Latet organization shows that one-quarter of all Israelis are currently living in poverty.

09/12/2019
Naftali Bennett visits soldiers-to-be at recruitment base

Giving the new recruits a small speech before they go on their way, Bennett gave the group a few words of advice

By OMRI RON
09/12/2019
David Ben Avraham is treated by a paramedic following his release from jail, while friend Haim Pereg
Palestinian convert to Judaism freed from Hevron jail

David Ben Avraham was beaten and tortured by fellow inmates, who were told of his conversion.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
09/12/2019
Naama Issachar lawyers to hold press conference discussing her situation

The conference will be held by Avi Himi and will focus on the efforts made so far to have her released from Russia.

By OMRI RON
09/12/2019
Sun penetrating the clouds above the mountains near Chengdu, China. "It looks like Genesis to me," s
With rains returning to Israel, cloud seeding is being renewed

The amount of rain a cloud produces can be increased using a special compound

By OMRI RON
09/12/2019
Luxembourg urges EU to recognize Palestinian state

Israel is reportedly concerned about the initiative, but Israeli and European officials noted that the issue will likely not be discussed during the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday.

Nathaniel Felber
Critically injured soldier smiling, communicating 1 year after attack

On Sunday, Nathaniel’s mother Judi Felber told The Jerusalem Post that her son has made good progress since regaining consciousness.

Likud divisions on display in turbulent meeting

Central committee cancels primary for party list; Netanyahu supporters heckle Sa’ar after PM applies Sa’ar will give up West Bank.

A Geminids meteor shower is seen above the mountain range in Nagarkot. 2017
Geminid meteor shower to light up sky over weekend, moon to dim show

Only 10-20 nights every year have showers reaching 20 meteors an hour, so the show is still worth braving the December chill, especially since the Geminids are often bright and intensely colored.

08/12/2019
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Netanyahu's new campaign pitch: 'I can move US public opinion' – analysis

The prime minister has been singing that tune to conferences around the country – and around the world – for years.

08/12/2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, i
Dozens of hi-tech officials ask High Court to fire Netanyahu

The petition runs parallel to one already filed by the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel to the High Court and an expected future petition by the Labor Party.

Cannabis reform freeze: Court 'irresponsible, demagogic'

Following a petition submitted by the Medical Cannabis Association, the High Court of Justice issued an interim order temporarily freezing reforms to the supply of medical cannabis in Israel.

08/12/2019
25 MPs from around the world say nations must protest anti-Jew boycotts

On Monday, the IAF delegation will meet with Blue and White No. 2 Yair Lapid, as well as with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Are Erdan, the court and police uniting on weapons possession sentences?

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that the state prosecution cuts too many plea bargains regarding weapons possession crimes and that the sentences for the deals are too lenient.

Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh attends a meeting with members of international media in Gazaa
Hamas, PIJ say ceasefire contingent on Israel’s actions

Egyptian sources: "Significant progress made towards achieving long-term ceasefire."

Israel's Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Liberman, 2011
Labor leader calls out Liberman for anti-haredi rhetoric in Twitter spat

“If Israel is important to you, stop your disqualifying and hateful rhetoric before a civil war breaks out here," Peretz tweeted to Liberman.

08/12/2019
Guatemalan president to Israeli president: Your enemies are my enemies

Rivlin asked Giammattei whether he would also be meeting with the Palestinian leadership during his visit, and the reply was a definite "no."

Deutsch's Olympic dreams in limbo with Shabbat marathon

A late switch in the Olympic schedule, which moved the marathon from Sunday to Saturday will prevent the “Marathon Mom” from competing.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
08/12/2019
Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Gideon Sa'ar (R)
Netanyahu implies Gideon Sa’ar will withdraw from West Bank

Potential Likud leadership rival Sa’ar attacks back, calls for application of Israeli sovereignty over all Jewish settlements.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Netanyahu: Baghdad attack carried out by Iraqi Shi'ite militias

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the cabinet meeting on Sunday afternoon.

08/12/2019
Sheba Medical Center to assist in measles crisis on island of Samoa

The Sheba team will be on site at the tiny island of Samoa for two weeks to help contain the crisis.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/12/2019
Students meet at the Rose Garden in Jerusalem and head towards the Knesset to protest third election
Jerusalem students protest potential third elections on Knesset steps

The Jerusalem Student Council organized the event to “help promote the power of students to influence government decisions,” they said in a statement.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/12/2019
The IDF Search and Rescue Unit takes part in a drill, December 2019.
IDF's Search and Rescue brigade drills for multi-front war

Thousands of troops took part in drill which took place from the Golan Heights to the Negev

Netanyahu insists Jordan Valley annexation discussed with Pompeo

The prime minister also said that if direct elections for PM are initiated, he will win.

08/12/2019
Nikki Haley: Canada made a 'deal with the devil'

The former UN ambassador described the monthly Security Council meetings as a "monthly Israel bashing session."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/12/2019
Knife used in an attempted stabbing in Hebron, December 2019.
Two stabbing attacks thwarted at Cave of the Patriarchs

Tensions in the region have risen dramatically since Defense Minister Naftali Bennett announced the funding of a new Jewish neighborhood in Hebron.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/12/2019
US AMBASSADOR to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon, tour a tunnel in
Danny Danon leads fellow Ambassadors on tour of Poland and Israel

The ambassadors to the UN will gain a greater understanding of Israel's strengths and challenges.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
08/12/2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R)
Netenyahu, Putin discuss tensions in Syria over Iranian entrenchment

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz met Sergey Lavrov in Rome earlier in the day, where the matter was also raised.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
08/12/2019
Arye Stern
Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern calls for market merchants to be more observant

Rabbi Stern who is a frequent customer at Jerusalem's market assured stall owners that their piety would be rewarded: "Thanks to the Sabbath observance, your livelihoods will be enriched.".

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet to discuss possible pol
Direct elections for PM or a coalition scramble? Politicians react

Israel tried direct elections in 1996, 1999 and 2001, eventually reverting to the current proportional representation system.

By CODY LEVINE
07/12/2019
Hundreds protest ongoing police presence in Isawiya

Israeli, Palestinian and international protestors demonstrated against the police in Isawiya

By ABSEITZ
08/12/2019
Netanyahu-Sa’ar showdown at Likud event tonight

Passing the bill would allow more candidates on the Likud list to enter the Knesset if the party enters the government.

07/12/2019
Bennett warns IDF will act against Gazan terror groups at right time

DM Bennett: Our enemies have become accustomed to firing rockets with no consequences

Art flourishes in Miami

At about the same time, Miami Art Week, is held from December 2-8, and features Art Miami, a modern and contemporary art fair market.

By BEN G. FRANK
07/12/2019
Grapevine December 8, 2019: London showcase

A roundup of news from around Israel.

Bruce Springstein performs in 2012 concert
Springsteen’s ‘Western Stars’ on local screens for one night

Both Yes Planet and Cinema City theaters will participate in the one-day event.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/12/2019
Mark Twain
Mark Twain in the Holy Land

A new exhibit at the New-York Historical Society brings the famous writer’s journey back to life.

By HOWARD BLAS
07/12/2019
Windfall for Beit Lessin

Even though he makes his home in Peru, “there’s always a warm corner of my heart for Israel,” and for Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai whom he called “a giant in his generation.”

By HELEN KAYE
07/12/2019
NSO’s challenge: Will it open up?

Is it able to prevent potential abuses by its clients?

Mike Pompeo Benjamin Netanyahu
State Dept. contradicts Netanyahu: No annexation plan raised with Pompeo

“It wasn’t a topic of discussion,” the official said in a press briefing

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Haifa U. mice memory manipulation could work on humans

"We were able, for the first time, to cause mice to assign a negative value to an event that never took place."

Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev
Labor-Gesher MK trying to get 61 signatures to promote Yuli Edelstein

Labor-Gesher MK Omer Bar-Lev said that it is time to set aside ego and consider the option that seems to him the only way to avoid a third election.

07/12/2019
MK Ofer Shelah speaks at a Saturday event in Beersheba.
Ofer Shelah: Netanyahu wanted another election from the first day

Shelah has previously been outspoken on Netanyahu's political conduct.

07/12/2019
Channel 12 poll: Blue and White largest party with 34 mandates, followed by Likud with 33

Poll reveals little change in terms of the distribution of seats between the parties.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/12/2019
FM Katz discusses Iran, Issachar, with Russian FM Lavrov in Rome

The meeting comes amid contentious bilateral issues between the two countries, particularly on Russia’s role in the Middle East, and Naama Issachar, who was sentenced in Russia for drug smuggling.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/12/2019
Gantz vows to beat Netanyahu if there are elections

Knesset to vote to enable March 3 election.

06/12/2019
Israeli author David Grossman
David Grossman book banned in Russia for 'causing teen pregnancy, STDs'

The commissioner's directive was circulated across all public libraries and bookstores, where all copies of the book "Someone to Run With" are now no longer available for sale.

By ANNA BRESKY/MA'ARIV
06/12/2019
Tel Aviv U partners with Columbia U to offer joint undergraduate program

Students will spend two years on the Israeli campus, followed by two years in New York and gain two Bachelor's degrees, one from each institution.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
07/12/2019
Shabbat candles
Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and U.S.

See Shabbat times for your area.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/12/2019
Former Miss Iraq speaks out at UN about Jewish refugees

Sarah Idan, who received death threats after she posted the selfie with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, spoke of what she learned about the issue when she visited Israel last year.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Morocco normalization talk is Israeli spin, State Dept. says

The comment came following persistent reports in Israel that Jerusalem is very close to establishing official ties with Rabat, attributed to anonymous sources.

Soldiers attached to the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, Iowa National Guard and 10th Mo
Trump may deploy 14,000 troops to counter Iran aggression

Multiple reports citing unnamed officials say Trump is planning to deploy the troops to counter increased Iranian adventurism in the region.

By JTA/RON KAMPEAS
06/12/2019
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Likud: Netanyahu ready to serve only six more months

Blue and White: Netanyahu must say it publicly

06/12/2019
David's Sling Weapons System Stunner Missile intercepts target during inaugural flight test
IDF tests rocket propulsion system

The test comes as tensions remain high with Iran.

Tsfat municipality
Safed city engineer compensated with NIS 250,000 for wage discrimination

Cheli Tal worked as the city engineer since 2014, soon after which she discovered that she was being paid considerably less than her male equals working within the municipality.

06/12/2019
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion surprises even his harshest critics

Municipal Affairs: One year since the new mayor opened the door to his office in Safra Square in downtown Jerusalem, he has begun putting into place the policies he envisioned.

NY to DC, Paris, Dublin, Hague: Israel gains legitimacy around the world

According to a report on Channel 13, the US has approached the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Morocco to promote normalization of ties.

06/12/2019
Mike Pompeo Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu plays statesman in Portugal - analysis

The prime minister also argued that he has unique abilities to bolster US-Israel ties.

From Dellal upward – dancer, choreographer and arts leader

Yair Vardi leaves an unmistakable legacy.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
05/12/2019
British rockers Caravan return to Israel to mark 50 years of music

The band has previously performed here in 2011 and 2014.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/12/2019
Orthodox Jews on the Temple Mount
WATCH: Regular Jewish prayers being held daily on Temple Mount

Police deny changes at the site, but video footage suggests blanket ban on non-Muslim prayer not enforced.

david bowie
Absolute non-beginners – David Bowie’s heroes keep his legacy alive

All-star alumni band led by longtime pianist Mike Garson coming to Israel for two shows

05/12/2019
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