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SALAH ZAHWY, wine grower of Allone Habashan vineyard on the Golan Heights.
Wine Talk: Redemption & revival on the Golan Heights

No activity in the vineyard of a serious winery takes place without the authority and approval of the winemaker.

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
High Court gives rabbinate 90 days for solution to women's Torah exams

The interim ruling comes following a petition by three NGOs to the court which argued that women are discriminated against by the state since they cannot obtain beneficial qualifications that men can

INDEPENDENT BUSINESS owners and workers from the tourism sector call for financial support
Jerusalem deputy mayor: Tourism not enough to survive coronavirus crisis

Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum on the tourism nosedive and the efforts to keep Jerusalem’s central source of income from fully tanking

06/08/2020
The Hotel Montefiore restaurant has taken over an adjacent parking lot to create a COVID-19-friendly
Tel Aviv restaurants take to streets to survive

Municipality expands limits on outdoor seating in bid to help eateries counter 60-70% drop in clientele.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
06/08/2020
BLESSING ALBERT of Botswana, in Gilboa: ‘The existence of women in agriculture is the basis of beaut
Israel's special agriculture program aims to create a better world

Israeli program turns students from developing countries into agricultural and economic powerhouses.

By YAEL LEVY , SHIFRA LEVY
06/08/2020
JONA LAKS, survivor of Dr. Josef Mengele’s twins experiments, and granddaughter Lee Aldar
Mengele’s unethical research was part of existing beliefs, practice

Mengele’s background, the study of medicine and anthropology, was well suited to Nazi ideology.

By JANET LEVY
06/08/2020
THE CANARY Wharf tower in London’s East End.
Jews breaking into the arts

Creating a parallel world to traditional English theater

By COLIN SHINDLER
06/08/2020
OREN SAYS, ‘Ben, can you make the mud cake?’ It’s really mug cake.
Dirty deeds

Ben really should get up and have something to eat, but... he’s a soldier now. He’s earned the sleep.

Screenshot of the video published by the Health Ministry.
Health Ministry removes coronavirus video after Chinese Embassy complaint

It opens with the character saying: “Hi, my name is COVID, 19, from the center of the country, originally from Wuhan in China. Made in China, but works well!"

Marina Chvatova leaving Shaare Tzedek Hospital
Corona patient leaves Shaare Zedek hospital after 99 days

Marina spent 99 days in the hospital’s coronavirus Unit, which is believed to be the longest stay for a hospitalized coronavirus patient in the entire world.

New Jewish fundraising campaign launched following Lebanon blast

The aim of the campaign is to raise NIS 1 million for Israeli Flying Aid, a non-profit organization that provides relief for communities stricken by natural distastes or human conflict, according to the organization's website.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
06/08/2020
Thousands gather for hassidic wedding, violating health regulations

Police fine organizers of Belz wedding for violating agreement with police. Jerusalem Mayor strikes out at hypocrisy of critics for condemning ultra-Orthodox and not anti-govt. protestors.

US-Israel sign collaboration to strengthen biodiversity conservation

"The US Government looks forward to exploring opportunities for cooperation and exchange with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority in our efforts to promote sustainable management of biodiversity."

Pupils sitting behind partition boards made of plexiglass attend a class at a primary school
Almost a quarter-million of Israel's students have no computer at home

Ministry officals confirmed this number, but added that they are working on mapping out all the students who are in need of computers, so they can pass the information on to the Education Minister.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
06/08/2020
Ronni Gamzu visits the Home Front Command on July 29, 2020
Only 17% of Israelis comprehend new coronavirus restrictions - survey

In comparison to similar surveys, conducted only a few months ago the current survey suggests an overall decrease in public spirit.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
06/08/2020
A STAR of David is seen at the new Holocaust museum called the House of Fates in Budapest, Hungary,
Window of New Mexico Holocaust Museum smashed by vandals

The head of the museum does not think it is a coincidence.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/08/2020
National Library of Israel to put 300 workers on unpaid leave

Under the suspension, the library will stop the lending of books and close reading rooms.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/08/2020
8 incredible Israeli shows you may not have heard of

It’s no secret that for more than a decade now, Hollywood has turned toward Israel to look for new show formats that could be adapted well for English-language audiences.

By BRANDON SCHUSTER/JTA
06/08/2020
Ofer Sirkin Mall to host youth employment fair

The fair will take place August 6, in cooperation with the Petah Tikva Municipality.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wearing a medical mask amid coronavirus pandemic
1 in 10 Israelis fully support Netanyahu's handling of coronavirus - poll

The poll was done on the backdrop of nationwide demonstrations, mainly in protest of the prime minister's handling of the coronavirus outbreak and the consequent financial crisis.

06/08/2020
El Al plane
Gov't approves $75m. bid for major stake in El Al to US millionaire's son

Now El Al must decide whether to accept the offer or take a government bailout package that would include a government-backed loan and a stock offering on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
05/08/2020
Israeli army Technicians carry out a diagnostic test for coronavirus in a IDF lab in central Israel
New robot to enable faster coronavirus tests in the IDF

IDF officials emphasized the impotence of the lab in preserving the operational continuity and preparedness of IDF forces.

How is coronavirus affecting developing countries?

Lack of coronavirus tests and challenges to impose lockdowns due to dire economic conditions were indicated as especially problematic.

MK Yair Lapid speaks during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling on him to qu
Lapid: Netanyahu’s failure in fighting coronavirus is ‘poetic justice’

Bennett to PM: ‘People are dying because of you’ * Netanyahu accuses Left of playing politics

Netanyahu hints more benefits are coming but do they even help?

“If people actually spent the money, giving it before the holidays might be a good idea,” Dr. Naomi Feldman of the Department of Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem said.

Bennett tells Netanyahu, government: You are killing the people of Israel

"You are ruining the lives of millions of citizens of the State of Israel."

TLV Municipality gets backlash over plans to light up with Lebanese flag

While Israel has offered humanitarian aid to Lebanon, some felt like Huldai's suggestion was one step too far.

Israeli coronavirus delegation to India to return in coming days

Delegation collected 20,000 samples from confirmed coronavirus patients within nine days

Israel looking to bring top scientists home during coronavirus pandemic

ScienceAbroad is trying to help by informing scientists about the NIS 280,000 two-year Shamir scholarship to help scientists return and set up a lab here. The scholarship is by the Science Ministry.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz pass each other in the
Likud, Blue and White avoid coalition crisis by voting against promises

The votes come as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz disagree over whether to pass a two-year budget or a separate budget for each year.

Ashkenazi urges Latin American countries to ban Hezbollah

Foreign Minister offers Beirut disaster aid: “We differentiate between Hezbollah and the Lebanese people.”

MEN DRAPED in tallitot pray outside their homes in Safed on April 13.
Health Ministry considers changing coronavirus restrictions in synagogues

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein expressed caution regarding easing restrictions on the number of worshipers allowed in houses of prayer.

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein at Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, August 5, 2020
Health Ministry advances medical marijuana reforms to reduce price by 50%

Edelstein explained that medical cannabis helped his late wife Tanya when she suffered from severe pains.

YOAV GALLANT: The Iranians are the most significant and dangerous threat to Israel and the entire We
Education minister a no-show at Knesset meeting on opening school year

"The Education Ministry ordered everyone to boycott this discussion," said Blue and White MK Ram Shea.

Israeli aid should be on the ground in Lebanon, regional policies prevent it

In interviews I conducted in recent years, the Home Front Command described its new technological innovations to help map and locate survivors after a disaster.

Pupils sitting behind partition boards made of plexiglass attend a class at a primary school
School ‘irrelevant’ to children during COVID-19, principal tells Knesset

Education at lowest point in history because of ‘political feuds.’

Public Telephone
End of an era: Jerusalem to remove all remaining public phones

"The removal of public telephones is another part of the plan to improve the city's surface. Unmaintained telephones have become a nuisance that has no real need," said Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion.

Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz hospitalized, in critical condition

The 83-year-old scholar, most famous for his translation of the Talmud, is battling a severe lung infection unrelated to the coronavirus.

04/08/2020
For some Israelis, COVID-19 has meant being separated from their families

“I always ask, does he remember me? Does he recognize me?” Yaara Mizrachi, who has not seen her baby in four months, said.

By BEN SALES/JTA
04/08/2020
MIRI BEN-ARI and Young D: "I’m obsessed with African music, I love it." August 2020
An African beat from violinist Miri Ben-Ari

Ben-Ari, who likes to work in all genres of music, is currently exploring African sounds.

A Visa credit card is seen on a computer keyboard in this picture illustration
Visa in credit card payment app agreement with Max

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the transition to digital payments.

FORMER INTELLIGENCE MINISTER Dan Meridor advocates ‘analyzing the logic’ of Hezbollah and Hamas in p
Ex-intel. minister to ‘Post’: Not crazy for Mossad to expand

Operations budgets for the Mossad have also been skyrocketing as the IDF will need to cut billions from its budget in the coming years.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits next to foreign minister Israel Katz during a cabinet
800,000 to get 'Check for Every Citizen' aid on Wednesday

On Wednesday eligible Israelis (above the age of 18) will start receiving their NIS 750 payments as well.

The JDC office in Jerusalem
JDC rocked by internal strife over CEO search process - Special Report

Several senior officials have expressed concern over manner in which new CEO is being selected and its impact on NGO's future.

How COVID, Hong Kong, 5G spying broke Israel’s US-China balance

There have been reports of China trying to hack foreign research for arriving at a coronavirus cure.

Yuli Edelstein visits new Sylvan Adams Children's Hospital in Holon

The construction of the new building was funded by Save a Child's Heart donors from Israel and around the world. The medical center will help treat children with heart diseases as it will be used as an International Pediatric Center.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
04/08/2020
HANANEL EVEN HEN and Shiran Habush celebrate during their corona-era wedding at an Efrat public park
Jewish marriage on the wane in the Jewish state ahead of Tu B'Av

Critics blame Chief Rabbinate, lack of marriage choice, for the decline in the number of Jews marrying in Israel, and increase in cohabitation.

Netanyahu eats falafel, supporter yells 'death to Leftists'

Netanyahu ordered a falafel and asked the owners if they had received the government assistance that was due to them.

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IAF to take part in drill in Germany, a first since outbreak of COVID-19

IAF Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin also set to fly to Germany to meet with his counterpart

IDF officer who nearly died 12 years ago reunites with his savior

The near-death experience stayed with Yaakov Bar-Yochai, who spent years searching for the volunteer who saved his life.

Tel Aviv municipality offers couples to get married in outdoor locations

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak, Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality wants to help the city's couples to celebrate the happiest day of their lives in a variety of opendoor locations.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
04/08/2020
IDF soldiers in Beitar Illit delivering food packages to those in need.
IDF's Coronavirus Command to begin operations on Thursday

Led by Brig.-Gen. Nissan Davidi, it will work to cut the chain of infection

Israelis protest against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside Prime Minister Netanyahu'
Israelis more optimistic about national security than democracy - poll

Just over a third of Israelis are optimistic about the future of democratic governance, against 59% who are optimistic about national security.

Israel’s first medical cannabis center to open in November

The center houses physicians who specialize in psychiatry, orthopedics, gastroenterology and cardiothoracic surgery.

‘Technology will not save Israel from the coronavirus’

In new report, Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler says Shin Bet surveillance nor HaMagen alone will be enough to stop the spread of COVID-19.

A WELCOME relative newcomer in the shuk, Beer Market specializes in local and craft beers
Israel's Beer Breweries reports 34% increase in beer consumption

As International Beer Day nears amid coronavirus, Israeli breweries sat Israelis are already prepared and have been drinking more beer.

By DANIEL NISINMAN
04/08/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removing his mask
Likud facing debts, firing staff, mulling selling branches - exclusive

Party director-general: Just streamlining after elections

04/08/2020
COVIDon, Cupid's viral brother, is preparing for Tu B'Av
Love (and coronavirus) is in the air this Tu B'Av: Meet COVID-19 cupid!

With the coronavirus outbreak continuing to impact daily life in the country, the Health Ministry introduced COVIDon, Cupid's 19-year-old brother from central Israel (originally from Wuhan).

04/08/2020
Moshe Klughaft (right) and Sefi Shaked
Israeli strategists open 'corona time' online consulting service

Due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus, Klughaft and Shaked are spending their time grounded in Israel and Portugal without the ability to travel to meet with clients overseas.

Blue and White threatens to stop Netanyahu from running

Netanyahu: Strange manifestations at protests

04/08/2020
Elderly provided with comfort, hope by Israeli org. amid coronavirus

Life's Door felt it was vital to provide emotional support to these seniors, as the elderly everywhere are suffering from isolation and its devastating consequences.

Netanyahu on Syria: We will do what is necessary to defend ourselves

In an interview with Ynet News, Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned that while the country is not looking for an escalation, Israel will respond to any actions taken against it.

A general view of Jaffa Clock Tower, in Jaffa, Israel
Suspect arrested in assault on gay Arabs in Jaffa

The Different House – for Empowering the Arab LGBT Community, said that, after hearing "complicated" eyewitness accounts, they couldn't "unequivocally determine the specific circumstances."

04/08/2020
A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken in Berlin,
Israeli AI start-up to partner with Google

The partnership is part of an ongoing effort by Rise.ai to provide small business with the means to successfully survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Hospital worker in Israel breaks quarantine, hops on plane to Ukraine

The worker, reportedly from Bat Yam, contracted COVID-19 and was showing symptoms of the illness before boarding the plane.

An Israeli flag is seen on the first of Israel's El Al Airlines order of 16 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners
El Al pilots earn on average NIS 95,000 per month

Half of the pilots were brought back with full salaries – even though many are not flying due to the coronavirus – while about 90% of workers are on unpaid leave, according to El Al's workers union.

Serbian handballer playing in Israel breaks isolation, seen at practice

Those arriving in the country from non-"green" states are supposed to go into quarantine for at least two weeks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus from country to country.

Temi robotics to downsize operation in Israel after shift to China

After receiving a $15 million investment from Joy Capital, a Chinese investment firm, the majority of Temi's operations have been moved over to China.

Jerusalem's King David Street to get a 'facelift'

Upgrading the street began on August 2, and will continue for around 10 months.

Tens of thousands of pedophiles operate in Israel every year

In July alone, there were 22 cases of pedophilia recorded in Israel and brought to the attention of the media

04/08/2020
140 new olim from France arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport

The new immigrants were met by Aliyah and Integration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata and IFCJ president Yael Eckstein.

JIMBO J – rapper/actor Omer Habaron
Nacht Foundation to fund 80 artists to recreate Israeli musical classics

The roster takes in almost every genre and style on offer across the broad spectrum of the Israeli pop, rock and ethnic music.

03/08/2020
Israeli army Technicians carry out a diagnostic test for coronavirus in a IDF lab in central Israel
New Israeli law to allow compulsory job recruitment in case of emergency

"This is a rather extreme law," said MK Haim Katz.

By OMRI RON
04/08/2020
MACCABI TEL AVIV swingman Deni Avdija poses with the trophy after being voted the Most Valuable Play
Tying a bow on a campaign for the ages

Reviewing all the awards and best moments as Mac TA’s Avdija earns MVP, Zoos top defender

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
03/08/2020
People vote in Jerusalem on election day, March 2, 2020.
Can ‘kamikaze’ drive to elections be stopped? - analysis

Even Likud MKs who do not believe he is bringing Israel closer to elections because of his trial are concerned that he might do it to avoid the changeover in the Prime Minister’s Office.

03/08/2020
Gantz at Home Front Command: 'Only a senseless enemy will test Israel'

Gantz went on to describe the challenges Israel is facing in current times, both in terms of security on all fronts as well as the coronavirus crisis.

By OMRI RON
03/08/2020
PM Benjamin Netanyahu adds third new lawyer to trial team

Lawyer Boaz Ben Tzur is another senior litigator with experience in white collar crime defense, and joins veteran lawyer Yossi Segev, and younger lawyer, but rising star, Amit Hadad.

Back to school (illustrative)
Education Ministry plan needs 7,500 teachers, ‘Corona Czar’ not consulted

To fully open the year, 50,000 additional teachers will be needed.

Netanyahu: Annexation still on the agenda

The prime minister said the matter is currently in the Trump administration’s hands.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removing his mask
Netanyahu dismisses claims he wants to go to elections

Liberman: PM leads with elections due to his legal troubles

03/08/2020
IDF ‘endangered lives’ on West Bank roads

Among the top issues was communication failures and disputes over which body was actually in charge.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy & Water Resources
Comptroller: Better oversight needed on foreign investments in Israel

The comptroller expressed specific concern about cases in which “the companies controlling [national infrastructure] belong to factors with interests that do not align with Israeli interests.”

Defense Ministry failed to see holes in US-Israel military aid – report

Regarding safeguarding local Israeli defense producers, the report said that the Defense Ministry budget for purchases in recent years has been NIS 12 billion.

Airlines must reimburse customers by October 1 - report

Any airline that can't prove a loss of at least 70% in earnings will need to reimburse customers immediately. El Al will need to reimburse customers over one billion NIS.

Millions of shekels wasted on unbuilt residence for PM

Had the project been built, protests would not be taking place in a residential neighborhood.

03/08/2020
Decision to award tender for IDF cannon made with incomplete information

Defense Ministry, IDF rejects claims in the report, say proper decision-making processes were carried out.

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen
The Mossad explodes with growth while IDF shrinks - report

State Comptroller report is extremely rare and detailed disclosure of usually classified internal Mossad proceedings and debates regarding long-term future of the organization.

Fire in Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, August 3, 2020
Firefighters battling forest fire in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem

Strengthening winds in the area have caused the fire to intensify.

03/08/2020
RESIDENTS OF the South take cover last week after hearing sirens warning of incoming rockets from Ga
Israelis near borders still don’t have access to shelters - report

Public shelters found to be inadequate for 2.6 million citizens, evacuation plans are incomplete, says State Comptroller’s Report.

Israel's representatives at the International Chemistry Olympiads in 2020
Israel wins 1st gold medal in decade at International Chemistry Olympiads

Israel has participated in the Olympiads since 2006. The Olympiads this year were run by Turkey, but took place over Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Students at Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah return to in-person classes as coronavirus regulations lifted
Israel prepares to greet 21,000 foreign students amid COVID-19 outbreak

The students will only be allowed into the country if the institutions they're learning in are approved by the Health Ministry and commit to upholding quarantine regulations for two weeks.

03/08/2020
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