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Passengers and children stand on the desk of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as the vessel's passe
Israeli diplomats under coronavirus quarantine in Tokyo

It is still unclear if any of the Israeli embassy officials have the coronavirus.

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett at the Defense Ministry on February 25, 2020.
Bennett to ‘Post’: 95% chance of large Gaza military offensive in future

Yamina leader refuses to rule out backing retroactive immunity legislation for Netanyahu

Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman arrives for a situation assessment meeting regarding the nove
Hebrew U prof. defends cry that ‘ultra-Orthodox are spreading coronavirus’

Israeli chemist Prof. Amiram Goldblum posted on Facebook that some ultra-Orthodox towns, as well as large neighborhoods in Ashdod and Jerusalem, “should be put under quarantine”

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at a faction meeting at the Knesset, November 18, 2019
Gantz: I support the legal system, Zohar: Legal dictatorship coming

Likud MK Miki Zohar said that Gantz is presenting views that are “on the way to make our Jewish and democratic state into a legal dictatorship.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/02/2020
Jerusalem Mayor announces immigrants will run for free in winter marathon

"Those that immigrated within the last year are invited to run without paying fees. To the new immigrants- I am proud and excited to host you in the Jerusalem Marathon."

By CELIA JEAN
25/02/2020
New film tells Weinstein’s story - from the point of view of his assistant

The film focuses on one workday in the life of Garner’s character, whose name is listed in the credits as Jane but who is unnamed in the film.

Police crack Hebron network that tweaked airsoft guns to assault rifles

58 men were arrested, mostly in Hebron, for allegedly converting airsoft guns into assault rifles.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a meeting on Israel's preparations for the implications of
Netanyahu: Procedures in place to guard economy from coronavirus outbreak

“We are working with the Finance Ministry to secure an economic safety net for the private sector to ensure continued economic activity.”

By MAAYAN HOFFMAN
25/02/2020
Police woman touched haredi men to force them confess, police fined

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men refrain from touching women or spending time with them in closed spaces, information the female cop used to make them identify themselves.

By MAARIV ONLINE
25/02/2020
Airbnb apartment (Illustrative)
Hebrew University study finds how to best attract Airbnb guests

"Visual trustworthiness is king in the Airbnb arena," said Aliza Fleischer, researcher at Hebrew University.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/02/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz
Blue and White starts to woo votes from Left

"If you plan to vote for Labor-Meretz, ask yourself one question: What will be left of Israel's democracy if Bibi wins by even one mandate,"

25/02/2020
Bitter from third elections? Ben & Jerry’s is here with a sweet surprise

Just like the ice cream, communities come in all sorts of flavors – and together the residents of Israel can realize ‘One Sweet Vote’

25/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Can he win again?
New Netanyahu-friendly gov’t panel open to tycoons paying legal bills

A new comptroller committee, viewed by observers as more friendly to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than the previous panel, has agreed to hear his request for up to NIS 10 million.

Magen David Adom to run coronavirus polling stations

Staff could not be found to man polls for quarantined.

25/02/2020
First Israeli recovers from coronavirus

Rachel Biton is one of the four Israelis who contracted coronavirus while aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

By MAAYAN HOFFMAN
25/02/2020
Yad La’Isha marks record-breaking number of resolved ‘aguna’ cases

The 'agunah problem' is an ongoing Jewish legal (halachic) issue in which women wishing to get a divorce require the consent of their husbands, who may refuse.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/02/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz dons tefillin at Zurich Airport, Jan. 2020
Gantz invokes Talmudic principle in pitch to right-wing religious camp

Blue and White leader repeats vow to introduce eight-year term limit for prime minister

Skiers ride a ski lift on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights near the Israel-Syria border.
Welcome to Mount Hermon, Israel’s only ski mountain.

It shuts down when it snows.

By URIEL HEILMAN/JTA
25/02/2020
Cast member Ben Schwartz poses at the premiere of "Sonic the Hedgehog" in Los Angeles, California, U
Ben Schwartz, voice of Sonic, worries he might not fit in in Hollywood

“I’m a Jewish man from Riverdale. There will always be anxiety,” he said.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
25/02/2020
DENI AVDIJA (8) was dominant for Israel in last night’s 87-63 victory over Romania, with the 19-year
Israel routs Romania in EuroBasket qualifying

Avdija, Cohen shine for blue-and-white as Mekel anchors strong defensive effort for Katash’s squad

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
25/02/2020
Joint List's Ahmed Tibi, 'No Gantz government if Gaza attacked'

“There will be no bulldozers on bodies, no air attacks on the Palestinians. Peace, not war. I have a limit of what I can swallow.”

There are fewer Israeli women in politics than it may seem

"If the polls are correct, she said, the number of females elected next week will be 28 or 29. But numbers don't reveal the whole picture."

Liberman announces conscription at 18 for ultra-Orthodox, Arabs

Yisrael Beytenu leader says stagnation of ultra-Orthodox enlistment means that previous, compromise legislation no longer relevant

Justice Minister Amir Ohana
High Court vetoes government-Ohana commission to probe police

Mandelblit warns opening probe into prosecution’s treatment of police would become politicized days before election

Israel's housing market is waking up

An increase in the volume of mortgages taken up by the public in recent months is a clear sign that the housing market is waking from its slumber

By DUDU LEVY REICH
24/02/2020
Tel Aviv hosts art exhibit without naming artists

Other Name, which will open at two locations in Tel Aviv in March, works by some of the biggest names in Israeli art will hang on the walls alongside unknown artists from Eritrea and Sudan.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
24/02/2020
Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra presents Bach Festival Jerusalem

The festival features ensembles and soloists from here and abroad performing Bach, Bach-inspired music and more.

By HELEN KAYE
24/02/2020
'Decision on Fifth Dimension possible because Gantz not a suspect'

Acting State Attorney: Pre-election decision on Fifth Dimension made possible because MK Benny Gantz is no longer a suspect in the Fifth Dimension investigation

"Israel is my family" Border Police Woman says after being stabbed

“Jerusalem is the country’s holiest city and we need to take care of it, preserve it."

By MAAYAN HOFFMAN
24/02/2020
Israel cycling secures two top-five finishes in early stages of 2020 UAE Tour

This is an excellent start for the Israeli team as they’ve secured a rider in one of the top-five positions in each of the first two stages of the race, out of a total seven.

Health Ministry issues travel warning for Italy due to coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak in Italy is the most severe in Europe, with at least 220 confirmed cases and seven deaths, most of them heavily concentrated in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

24/02/2020
Bank of Israel holds interest rate, warns of coronavirus uncertainty

The outbreak of the coronavirus, the bank said, is casting uncertainty over a range of areas, including future economic activity both in Israel and abroad.

24/02/2020
A MAN wraps fresh matza during Passover in Ashdod in 2016
Coronavirus could cause matzah shortage in Israel for Passover

Other retail products for the holidays are also expected to arrive late due to the virus causing massive delays of all shipping.

24/02/2020
Green Leaf Party head encouraged by Netanyahu’s cannabis overtures

Netanyahu tweeted on Sunday that he decided to expunge the criminal records of tens of thousands of Israelis who used cannabis.

24/02/2020
THE CAR DRIVEN by Beduin teacher Yacoub Abu al-Kaeean is seen where it ran into policemen during the
Probe into Umm al-Hiran shows Bedouin killed by police for no reason

A petition is expected to be filed to the High Court of Justice by Adalah and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) to reopen the investigation into police conduct in the incident.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/02/2020
Agunot and former agunot during Yad L’Isha’s  rst annual Eshet Hamidbar (Woman of the Desert) 22-kil
300 Israeli women march for 24 hours in support of agunot

On Thursday, Ohr Torah Stone held its third annual “Women Moving Mountains,” a hike of 300 women to show support for agunot or 'chained women.'

By HANNAH HEPNER
25/02/2020
Netanyahu: Mapping process has begun, sovereignty to follow

US Ambassador David Friedman joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a tour of the region as the mapping process got underway.

Attack in Syria on August 25, 2019.
Six killed in Israeli strikes against Islamic Jihad in Syria

The group's spokesperson warns that the fight isn't over

An Israeli soldier walks near the border with Lebanon, near the town of Shlomi, 2016
Israel hosts third international military doctrine conference

Over 60 delegates from 30 different armies gathered in central Israel to discuss mission command.

A-G backs probe of 5th Dimension, explains timing of Netanyahu indictment

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit calls focus on Harpaz Affair political.

Netanyahu vows not to pass immunity legislation if reelected PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised on Monday morning that he would not advance the so-called French Law.

24/02/2020
Tech & Talmud: A winning combination for Haredi employment

Like most of his peers from the devout community, Shotland does spend his mornings studying talmudic tractates. Unlike them, however, he dedicates his afternoons to learning JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

24/02/2020
Unveiling of Ashkenazi-Mandelblit pushed off, pending High Court ruling

Judge asks how Likud could expect pre-election decision

Ramming attack attempted in east Jerusalem

The Jewish resident reportedly fired in the air and the vehicle fled the scene.

24/02/2020
12 West Bank outposts will finally be connected to electricity grid

The outposts include five in Samaria, three in the South Hebron Hills, two in Gush Etzion and two in Binyamin.

Israel team rider Rudy Barbier takes third in first stage of 2020 UAE Tour

Barbier has been on quite a hot streak lately. A gifted sprinter, he earned Israel Start-Up Nation one of their first stage wins of the season at the 2020 Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.

Elderly people queue up for free surgical masks from a convenience store, following the outbreak of
Will Israel’s coronavirus response hurt relations with eastern Asia?

Closing Israel’s borders to travelers from China could be seen as Israel saying it does not trust Beijing to do a good job dealing with virus

A Likud party election campaign billboard depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is see
Likud passes Blue and White in polls

Political analysts who introduced the polls said Blue and White had fallen due to a week of negative reports regarding probes of party leader Benny Gantz’s bankrupt company The Fifth Dimension.

23/02/2020
Sound in the Eilat sun: Red Sea Jazz Festival

The band ran the gamut of disciplines and genres, from drum and bass to heavy metal-leaning passages, straight-ahead jazz, intoxicating bluesy lines and freely structured psychedelia.

23/02/2020
Little-known Jewish history of Sicily on display centuries after expulsion

. “After 1492, Jews had to leave the island and their possessions were sold, destroyed or reused for other purposes, as it happened to many of the Jewish sites."

Miscast, a Purim musical to challenge show-biz norms

This Purim, why not enjoy a light-hearted musical?

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/02/2020
Coronavirus quarantine ward at Sheba Hospital in Ramat Gan
Israel’s actions against coronavirus: Radical or responsible? – analysis

This coronavirus is highly infectious and likely even much more contagious than seasonal flu.

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange reflects Israel's coronavirus nerves

Leader Capital Markets macro-economist Yonatan Katz told The Jerusalem Post that Israel is "not expected to be impacted significantly by the virus."

23/02/2020
RIVLIN
Former IAF pilots to Rivlin: Don’t let Netanyahu form coalition

The Sunday letter joins the Professors letter from early February.

By MAARIV ONLINE , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/02/2020
President Reuven Rivlin at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia
Rivlin meets Australian wildlife affected by brushfires in Sydney zoo

During the visit, he met with the zoo's staff and management, as well as with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, an echidna and even a platypus.

24/02/2020
Netanyahu: Israel to regulate cannabis market, the Canadian way

Netanyahu was slammed over Twitter, with users joking that cannabis is needed to have faith in what he says.

Labor-Gesher-Meretz insists on using Gantz in campaign posters

Blue and White had asked for Gantz's face to be removed from the ads, alleging that they mislead voters.

23/02/2020
Jerusalem mayor visits east Jerusalem boy who was shot in eye

Lion said "I'm taking him in my own hands, tell me what you want and you'll get it, I'll take care of him like he was my own."

23/02/2020
The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron
Netanyahu promises sovereignty over Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs

A Jewish state without the Tomb of the Patriarchs is like Washington without the Lincoln Memorial, said Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.

IDF soldiers at the demolition of Islam Yousef Abu Hamid's home al-Am’ari refugee camp, October 24 2
MK Suleiman: Israel steals body, yet says IDF world’s most moral army

The Communist MK slammed Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, calling him “minister of death and brutality.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/02/2020
NAFTALI BENNETT: Trump plan is a ‘key issue in the campaign’
Bennett: Hebron’s Tomb of Patriarchs must be part of US sovereignty map

All West Bank settlements are slated to become part of sovereign Israel under Trump’s peace plan, but according to the map, the status of Jewish Hebron is unclear.

How being named "Corona" has affected Israeli businesses – and people

"The Corona beer crowd is intelligent enough to differentiate between beer and the virus. We don't feel any influence, and we continue to enjoy everyone's jokes on the Internet," its importer said.

By MAARIV/ ILLANA STUTLAND
25/02/2020
MK Hendel in Vienna: UNHRC blacklist is surrender to antisemitism

The two also discussed how to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Entrance to IDF base
Israel might quarantine 200 South Korean tourists in military base

Initially the group was to be quarantined in Ashkelon, but according to the report the decision was made to quarantine the tourists at the Har Gilo military base.

THE FAMILY OF Hadar Goldin protests last year in Jerusalem.
Jewish Agency calls on Diaspora to help return Hamas captives from Gaza

Goldin described Hadar as having an “unforgettable smile,” and whose mission in life was “to bring people together.”

72nd Cannes Film Festival - After the screening of the film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in compe
Quentin Tarantino has a boy, race is on to guess name

Tarantino had previously referred to the soon-to-be-born baby as “she” in an interview, but apparently he either didn’t know the sex of the fetus or was just messing with his public.

180 Israeli students quarantined after coronavirus exposure

"The potential that someone caught the virus from the [South Korean] tourists is high; whoever doesn't enter quarantine is endangering the public."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/02/2020
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman looks on as he speaks during a briefing at The Jerusalem Cent
US Ambassador Friedman shows his guitarist talents in Jerusalem

"Did you know our US Ambassador to Israelis more than a great ambassador--he's a rock star! Sweet guitar! Great ambassador!" said Governor Huckabee in a tweet.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/02/2020
Adults with special needs offer babysitting services: a first in Israel

Through the organization Tzohar Halev, special needs adults will look after 2-6 year-old toddlers.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/02/2020
PARENTS SHOULD read labels and look for items that are free of dye and perfume, and consider natural
Home cleaning products may increase risk of childhood asthma

With greater exposure to cleaning products, kids were also 35% more likely to have chronic wheezing and 49% more likely to have chronic allergies, a study found.

By REUTERS
22/02/2020
Cranes get ready to sleep
Israel's Hula Valley offers bird watchers an unrivaled experience

A visit to the Hula Valley Nature Reserve and the new KKL visitors center lets you enjoy a bird-like flying experience and interactive attractions, alongside old-school bird watching.

By MORAN SNIR
22/02/2020
A laborer works on an apartment building under construction in the Har Homa neighborhood of Jerusale
EU warns Israel’s Har Homa, Givat Hamatos building harms 2-states

Building in these areas would undermine the viability of a future Palestinian state, the EU and Ireland, Germany, France and Italy say.

Korean Air KE957 at Ben-Gurion Airport, February 22, 2020
South Korean gov't summons Israeli diplomat following Israel travel ban

The South Korean government filed a formal complaint on Sunday morning, saying they “demanded that such an incident not occur again.”

Likelihood of Israeli infected with coronavirus has 'risen significantly'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he would hold a meeting about the coronavirus in the Health Ministry's "war room" on Sunday morning.

23/02/2020
Israeli cycling team set to compete in the 2020 UAE Tour

As a World Tour competitor, Israel Start-Up Nation got an automatic bid to participate in the 2020 UAE Tour.

Murder or mitzvah? Hunters deals with the morality of Jews killing Nazis.

The blood-soaked series boasts a cast packed with Jewish actors, many with close personal connections to the Holocaust.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
24/02/2020
Fire fighters.
Apartment fire badly burns one-year-old baby in Jerusalem

After initial investigations, it is assumed that the fire began when a heater was left operating near the the baby's cradle which was comprised of nylon and fabric, causing it to catch fire.

By OMRI RON
22/02/2020
daniela pick tarantino premiere
Tarantino reveals newest project: A Half-Israeli son

Quentin Tarantino, 56, and his Israeli actress/model wife Daniella Pick, 36, officially became the proud parents of a baby boy on Saturday afternoon, after Pick gave birth Tel-Aviv's Ichilov hospital

Moovit
Israeli mobility app Moovit expands to 100 countries worldwide

Moovit uses up to six billion anonymous data points daily, the company says, "to add to the world's largest repository of transit and urban mobility data."

22/02/2020
Woman lightly wounded in stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City

Tensions remain high following release of Trump’s peace plan

 Assi Azar
Assi Azar to be in Israel's first major campaign starring an LGBTQ couple

Insurance company AIG hired Azar and his husband, Albert Escola, to star in their Israeli ads for the next two years, marking the first major commercial campaign headed an LGBTQ couple.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/02/2020
A man wears a mask as he walks past a mural showing a modified image of the Chinese Communist Party
Hebrew-speaking Chinese reporter sways Israeli ‘hearts and minds’

In an opinion piece on the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, an Israeli academic warns that Israelis respond a little too well to Hebrew speaking Chinese media stars.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/02/2020
Israel elections:time to vote.
Kan 11 Poll expert: Israel heading to fourth elections

A Kan 11 polling exper told "The Marker" that Israel is headed to a fourth round of elections, and laments tribal voting patterns.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/02/2020
Red wine [Illustrative]
Israeli settlement winery introduces label named for Mike Pompeo

The Psagot winery has been active in efforts to resist international efforts to prevent goods produced in Israeli settlements from being labeled “Made in Israel.”

By BEN HARRIS/JTA
22/02/2020
Al Pacino
The real story behind ‘Hunters,’ Al Pacino’s new nazi-hunting series

The series has garnered mixed reviews and raised questions about the ethics of Jews taking violent revenge.

By LIOR ZALTZMAN/JTA
24/02/2020
Blue and White to Labor: Remove Gantz from your ads

Blue and White demands Labor-Gesher-Meretz replace all the ads they use, across the country, by Sunday morning.

By ERIC BENDER/MAARIV , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
22/02/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at a faction meeting in the Knesset
Benny Gantz: If I’m elected and indicted- I will resign from my position

Blue and White leader MK Benny Gantz spoke about the investigation regarding the company he stood at the helm of, and declared that if after being elected prime ministerhe is indicted- he will resign

By MAARIV ONLINE
22/02/2020
Yeruham promotes construction of vaccine production facility

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already decided to establish a vaccine production facility in Israel and is currently conducting a process of preparing infrastructure.

Coronavirus quarantine ward at Sheba Hospital in Ramat Gan
Israeli who returned from coronavirus cruise ship tests positive

Sheba doctor: ‘On our end, it is not a big surprise’

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at a faction meeting at the Knesset, November 18, 2019
State attorney announces investigation into Benny Gantz’s failed company

At this stage, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, who headed the cybersecurity company, is not expected to be treated as a suspect, only as a fact witness.

A Likud party election campaign billboard depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is see
'Maariv' poll: Blue and White 36, Likud 32, Yisrael Beytenu 8

The picture of the blocs have the center-left bloc with the Arab Joint List receiving 58 mandates, and the religious-right bloc winning 54.

By MAARIV ONLINE
21/02/2020
Israelis from aboard ‘coronavrius cruise ship’ land in Israel - watch live

The Israelis flew on a private jet chartered from Thailand through arrangements made by the Health and Foreign ministries.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/02/2020
US police delegation in Israel for joint counter-terror consultations ahead of Sept.11 anniversary
Meet Maj. Sabrina Saadi, Israel's first hijab-wearing police officer

"My message to religious Muslim girls like me: You can prove yourself and feel equal."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/02/2020
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