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Israel under High Holy Day coronavirus lockdown in pictures

A collection of photos showing Israel under its second lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gantz installs mezuzah in office to 'ensure safety, security of Israel'

According to Chabad.org, Gantz said it was necessary to complete the installation of the mezuzah before his trip to "help ensure the safety and security of Israel."

Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein speaks during a press conference about the coronavirus COVID-19,
Health Minister visits United Hatzalah headquarters amid COVID-19

In honor of his visit, American donors Ron and June Daniels as well as Joel and Adele Sandberg gifted life-saving medical equipment to United Hatzalah's volunteer service.

ISRAELI ACTRESS Niv Sultan plays an undercover Mossad agent and gifted computer hacker who is tasked
‘Tehran’ is a groundbreaking Israeli spy show about immigrant identity

"I have been in the business for 33 years, and I have been waiting and hoping that one day there will be characters that show us as Iranians as complex human beings, not just terrorists."

By LIOR ZALTZMAN/JTA
26/09/2020
Michael Oren cares more about future of literature than democracy

With success as a historian, ambassador and politician, is Oren now hoping to make his name as a novelist?

By BEN SALES/JTA
26/09/2020
Nearly half of all Israelis lie during epidemiological inquiries - report

Approximately 45% of all Israeli who tested positive for coronavirus reported during their epidemiological inquiries that they had no contact whatsoever with other people.

An MDA medic wearing protective gear against coronavirus waits outside Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusa
MDA prepares for a challenging Yom Kippur in light of coronavirus pandemic

Chairman of the Histadrut Arnon Bar-David dispatched an urgent letter to Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, warning him of a complete collapse of the MDA.

Women Advancement Authority seeks to promote women in senior positions

The authority noted that current data indicates a degree of inequality in positions of authority.

25/09/2020
Knesset fails to decide on protest regulations as Israel enters lockdown

Edelstein tried to make emergency rules to stop protests • Zohar: “People will see the thousands gathering in Balfour, and on Yom Kippur there will be mass prayers. The 2nd Yom Kippur War awaits us."

Lior Ashkenazi in 'Footnote.'
Eytan Fox’s 'Rabbi' will be first TV project for Tadmor Entertainment

Rabbi will be about a charismatic and influential Orthodox rabbi whose world collapsed when he was accused by teenage male students of sexual advances.

Israel navy
Navy, Defense Ministry test new naval missile system

System will be integrated onto the Sa'ar 5 and Sa'ar 6 corvette missile ships

KKL-JNF leaders outline organization’s strategy

Three KKL-JNF leaders outlined the scope and significance of the organization’s activities in brief remarks at The Jerusalem Post Conference.

Hava Zingboim receives Israeli innovation award

Known as “the Israeli guru of cosmeceuticals,” Zingboim began her career in the US, studying a unique specialization track in advanced cosmetics at Scott & White Medical Center in Texas.

The logo of state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
IAI employee arrested for trying to sell jet engine parts

A company employee had contacted civilians and offered to sell spare parts for IAI jet engines worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Israel Police prepare for new coronavirus lockdown regulations, Sept. 25, 2020
Police promise new lockdown regulations will be more strictly enforced

While checkpoints were reported in multiple locations over the past week, many commuters reported that they were able to travel between cities without being stopped or questioned.

An empty school is seen after Israel shut schools as part of precautionary measures against coronavi
Outrage as school teacher who committed indecent acts receives light sentence

"What message is conveyed to the victim? To children in general? What message is conveyed to the offenders?"

25/09/2020
Commanders disciplined following coronavirus outbreak at Bahad 1

Some 30 cadets at the IDF's Bahad 1 officers training academy were diagnosed with the deadly virus two months ago.

Arkadi Duchin sets his sights on Abu Dhabi

“I’m sure there’s a lot more than horses and sweets there, but I don’t really know what there is. I think it’s a humorous song. I’m not trying to put down anybody.”

Pathological perversion: Assi Meshullam presents an altar of pain

Sculptures showcased by Meshullam form a peculiar place of worship, in a partially successful attempt by the artist to offer an antidote to the religious visuals we know

25/09/2020
Yom Kippur, the time to review apologies Israel's leaders owe its people

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: It's been a year of biblical blunders.

25/09/2020
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press statement at the PM's office in Jerusalem, o
Netanyahu may end de facto settler freeze, allow plans for 5,000 homes

The move comes in the aftermath of a Channel 12 poll that showed Netanyahu’s Likud party had dropped to 29 mandates, compared to the 36 mandates it had received in the March elections.

Ichilov Medical team at the coronavirus unit, in the Ichilov hospital, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 28, 20
'We are at the height of war - a coronavirus war'

Israel peaks at more than 7,000 new patients in a single day.

US Chamber of Commerce holds panel concerning the future of Haifa’s port

Chairman of the Haifa Port Company board of directors Eshel Armony said that Israel’s growth is “fantastic” and the population keeps growing.

Israel lacks its usual holiday spirit amid new coronavirus lockdown

In the Jewish state, Jews from across the religious spectrum are feeling an aching loss for the spiritual highlights of the year.

Dr. Nimrod Novik and Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi are seen addressing The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.
‘Israelis excited about chance to visit UAE’

Israel and the UAE are two leading countries in the region that are driven by science and technology.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid at The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.
Lapid: Netanyahu made Israel a branch of Republican Party

Lapid criticized Netanyahu for not meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden when he went to Washington.

25/09/2020
Computer code and an Israeli flag
IIA to improve speech-recognition services in Hebrew and Arabic

Analyzing Semitic languages such as these has been considered more challenging, hindering the development of high-quality speech recognition tools.

WZO: Promoting aliyah through the Hebrew language

Marina Rosenberg-Koritny, head of the Aliyah Promotion Department, establishes a worldwide Hebrew learning network

Israel of 1993 to Israel of 2020

Jennifer Stern, 50 - from Woodmere, New York To Hashmonaim, 2006

IAF Colonel (res.) Kobi Regev monitors in real-time the participant's simulated flights.
Former IAF pilots offer online combat flight course

The purpose of this new course is to offer a chance to anyone who has always dreamed of feeling what it is like to fly a real combat aircraft.

Moshe Debby – Building trust with clients and the public

For Moshe Debby, founder and chairman of the Debby Group, the establishment of trust is especially important during the corona pandemic.

Gov't allows IDF Intelligence to receive information on civilians – report

The approval, a "general permit for information disclosure," will allow the IDF Intelligence Directorate to receive any information that the Tax Authority may have, on every single citizen.

El Al Israel Airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod
El Al's lawyer petitions gov't over identity of new majority stakeholder

El Al's new owner, 26-years-old Eli Rozenberg, challenged after buying NIS 359 million worth of stock: Prove you're the real owner, or the airline's license might be revoked.

TEST TUBE with coronavirus label is seen at the end of January.
IDF Epidemiological Investigation Center can handle 2,000 new cases daily

"Rise in number of cases are out of control," says commander of the center; total of 2,500 investigators will be working by the end of November.

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The Garbuz family sends thanks

Lawrence Garbuz, Eliezer Yitzchak ben Shifra, and his family express their gratitude to all of those who prayed on his behalf

Ruth Bader Ginsburg mid-workout
RBG documentary filmmakers reflect on passed judge’s extraordinary life

“She had a sense of humor and a real sparkle to her.”

By MAKEDA EASTER/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS
24/09/2020
Defense Minister Benny Gantz is seen addressing The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.
Gantz 'concerned' about maintaining Israel’s advantage in region

Engel: It is inevitable that the Saudis will come to the table

24/09/2020
Yair Lapid to 'Post': Netanyahu made Israel a branch of Republican Party

The next US administration, Senate and Congress could be led by Democrats who are “extremely angry at Israel’s government.”

25/09/2020
Nefesh B’Nefesh chief: Aliyah interest surges despite COVID-19

Since April, 16,000 families have contacted the Nefesh B’Nefesh hotline requesting information about aliyah, which is an increase of more than 300% over the previous year

Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Michael Lurie, head of the land maneuver systems directorate at Rafael
Rafael head of land maneuver systems directorate praises IDF Trophy system

The Trophy system detects missiles when launched and destroys the incoming missile before it can reach the tank.

Israel is heading to coronavirus lockdown amid confusion, debate

The lockdown is expected to start at 2 p.m. Friday. The Knesset will vote on the plan Thursday evening.

IFCJ head Yael Eckstein and Trump's faith adviser Reverend Johnnie Moore, JPost Annual Conference
Jewish, Christian faith leaders discuss Evangelical role in UAE deal

For many Evangelical Christians, and many others in America, there is one core value that unites them – support for the State of Israel.

Honest Reporting CEO Daniel Pomerantz is seen addressing The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.
Honest Reporting CEO speaks at Jerusalem Post Annual Conference

Pomerantz recounted events from his professional and personal life that made him aware of bias against Israel.

Netanyahu is frequent user of White House laundry services - report

While this service is available to all foreign leaders, the report claims that the prime minister is the only one to frequently use it.

EMET Prize winners Bracha Chyutin, Yechezkel Barenholz and Yitzhak Ben Israel, Jerusalem Post Conf.
EMET Prize winners discuss urban planning, nanomedicine

The EMET Prize is known as Israel’s Nobel Prize and is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to Israeli society.

Former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shaprio is seen addressing The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.
Shapiro to 'Post': Israel will feel Joe Biden’s friendship

Biden “speaks about Israel with an emotion and commitment that is unusual in American politics.”

24/09/2020
Rafael executive vice president Dr. Ran Gozali is seen addressing Jerusalem Post Annual Conference
Rafael executive VP to 'Post': We are a cornerstone of Israel's story

One of the best-known creations of Rafael is the Iron Dome missile protection system.

KKL-JNF chairman and CEO Danny Atar is seen addressing The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.
KKL-JNF chairman discusses effects of coronavirus on Israel 2040 plan

KKL-JNF is encouraging new olim to move to the Galilee and the Negev, and Atar declares that the Galilee and the Negev are future economic development engines for the State of Israel.

Bank Hapoalim chief economic adviser Prof. Leo Leiderman is seen addressing The Jerusalem Post Annua
Bank Hapoalim chief adviser analyzes Israel's COVID-19 economic prospects

Israel's economy needs political stability and expressed the importance of a government budget for 2021 and a multi-year economic policy plan.

Israeli kids wearing school bags ahead of the first day of school and kindergarten outside their hom
Online learning laptops still not provided by Education Ministry

The head of the the Child Rights Committee, MK Yousef Jabareen, demanded to know when the laptops are expected to arrive.

By OMRI RON
24/09/2020
Sylvan Adams at The Jerusalem Post Conference
Sylvan Adams on promoting Israel globally at Jerusalem Post Conference

Adams's business card lists his title as “self-appointed ambassador at large for the State of Israel.”

Maccabi Tel Aviv can’t hold on vs Salzburg

Early Bitton tally for host yellow-and-blue doesn’t hold up as Austrians rally for pair of 2nd-half markers.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
23/09/2020
Colian, head of B'Zchutan, Israel's first ultra-Orthodox Jewish women's party, in Beit Shemesh
Beit Shemesh to obscure women's first names on street signs

The names of women important in Israeli and Jewish history such as Anne Frank and Sarah Aaronsohn will have their first names removed.

Former IDF soldier sues BDS activist who slandered her online for $6m.

Rebecca Ram, 26, originally from California, made Aliyah in 2012. She enlisted as an instructor to the IDF Education and Youth Corps.

Postcard from world’s largest collection of Holy Land postcards at Hebrew University
Hebrew U receives world's largest collection of Holy Land postcards

David Pearlman did extensive research on them and provided HU researchers with valuable annotations and a complete catalog of his 130,000 postcard collection. "It has truly been a labor of love."

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny
When Netanyahu and Gantz's indecisiveness kills - analysis

Those who wanted to close down one and not the other dug in their heels and issued threats, while those who wanted to compromise were drowned out by their louder counterparts at the extremes.

24/09/2020
Haredi men walk through Mea Shearim, Jerusalem
Yom Kippur synagogue closure will be ineffective among haredim - Analysis

Chief Rabbis split over synagogue closures with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Lau saying to shut down and Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef saying to keep them open with reduced numbers

The flags of the United States, Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are projected on a section
Diplomacy built Israeli-Arab peace. The private sector will sustain it

As the normalization train moves forward, the most pressing question is when, not if, another country jumps aboard.

By DANA STROUL/JTA
23/09/2020
Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair attends an event at Thomson Reuters in London, 2018.
Blair: Israel-Palestinian peace will come through ties with Arab states

“The foundation of the approach in the region, that Israelis and Palestinians negotiate peace and then the rest of the region joins, is the diametric opposite of what should happen.”

THERE IS now a broad social realization that the elderly are the main risk group that needs to be pr
Haifa U. students launch plan to aid elderly citizens amid lockdown

Upon completion of their training, every student is paired with one specific senior citizen, allowing the relationship to be built over time.

Ultra orthodox Jews from the chassidic Breslev sect protest against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding
Prayer? Protest? What sort of state does Israel want to be?

Who would have thought that the age-old debate over whether Israel is a Jewish or democratic state would be resolved by the coronavirus cabinet?

23/09/2020
L to R: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,
Israelis want two-state negotiations, prefer next deal with Arab state

A poll of Israelis has found backing for a two state solution, and support for a deal with Qatar.

No jail time, fine in plea deal for man who threatened PM, family

The court said that it had accepted the lenient plea deal against Zvi Tsabag, age 57, because of his poor health and economic status.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men arrive to pray on the banks of the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv during the rit
Chief Rabbis split on closing synagogues for Yom Kippur

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Lau says close synagogues, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef says keep them open with reduced numbers

Jerusalem Great Synagogue
Majority of Israelis do not plan to go to synagogue on Yom Kippur - survey

Most religiously observant Israelis still plan to attend services • most Israelis oppose demonstrations during lockdown – and most think Israeli society cannot recover from the corona crisis.

Sudanese leaders return without Israel normalization deal

Burhan and Hamdok met with US National Security Council senior director for Gulf Affairs Brig.-Gen. Miguel Correa, as well as diplomats from the United Arab Emirates.

The Ofaimme Farm restaurant at Beit Hansen in Jerusalem, on February 7, 2018. The Ofaimme Farm for s
Israeli companies can now claim grant to promote sustainable practices

Up to NIS 100,000 can be claimed from the Strategic Affairs Ministry to showcase ethical practices within Israel's business community.

Israel Katz to present ‘Beating Heart’ plan to keep economy afloat

The plan calls on using 800 inspectors to ensure that places of work operate using a stricter model than the ‘Purple Badge.’

Shimon Peres: Legacy and leadership that led to the Abraham Accords

Peres was a man of peace who never lost hope that Israel would one day live in harmony with its Arab neighbors.

SMASH Hopper on Plasan Reem vehicle.
Smart Shooter develops SMASH Hopper to be mounted on armored vehicles

Next step: Mount precision fire control system on autonomous vehicle

Bobe, a dog, was orphaned after his mother was crushed by debris during the American raid on Islamic
Man receives active prison sentence for abusing a dog, causing its death

"Anyone who harms an animal will eventually harm human beings, and the defendant's actions depict a brutality that's full of hatred towards dogs, human's best friend since the dawn of history."

World Likud splits after Netanyahu takeover fails

Both sides claim right to negotiate who will head Jewish Agency, Keren Hayesod, KKL-JNF

23/09/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Net
Gov't approves total coronavirus lockdown starting Friday

the Knesset House Committee approved a special session of the Knesset plenum later Thursday, that will be the final step in authorizing the lockdown.

Friedman to 'Post': If UAE gets F-35s, it will be in six or seven years

"The Emirates have been trying to get F-35s for six or seven years," Friedman said. "And the delivery time is probably another six or seven years from now."

Destructive 'super-termites' discovered in Israel for the first time

The termite "destroys railroad tracks, telephone poles…and underground electricity lines causing power outages,” said Dr. Gilad Ben Tzvi.

23/09/2020
Israeli MIT Prof. Regina Barzilay first recipient of $1 m. AI award

A graduate of BGU, Brazilay is lauded in the field of AI and machine learning for creating an innovative breast-cancer predictive model and proving machines can decipher ancient languages.

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Edelstein says MKs will not receive flu vaccines early

Medical teams, the elderly and those with preexisting conditions will be the first to receive the vaccine.

Mahane Yehuda market reopens after coronavirus restrictions had it shut down for the most part
OECD economic report warns of 6% decline in GDP this year

Israel will need to tackle a number of issues head on to start its recovery process: poverty, tax policy, education and social cohesion.

Doctor inspects an x-ray, illustrative
UAE and Israeli healthcare companies join forces

It will mark the first joint product launch between the UAE and an Israeli technology company, following the signing of the Abraham Accords.

Israeli delegation goes to Bahrain to bulk up peace deal

Prime Minister’s Office acting director-general Ronen Peretz and Foreign Ministry director-general Alon Ushpiz led the delegation to Manama, Walla News reported.

Israel and Italy finalize arms deal

Jerusalem to purchase advanced training helicopters, Rome to purchase spike missiles and simulators.

CHEQ acquires Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity start-up ClickCease

CHEQ holds offices in New York, Tel Aviv, Shanghai and Tokyo, and its specializes on delivering ad-verification cybersecurity to big name advertisers and media agencies.

Pre-army trainees help disabled classmate climb a mountain

The other pre-army program participants “see him and not the chair,” said Itay Mori's mother.

23/09/2020
Yuval Noah Harari's 'Sapiens' to be adapted into graphic novel

The adaptation, entitled 'Sapiens: A Graphic History,' will be available in October.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
23/09/2020
Gantz in US talks of Iran, Israel's QME in shadow of F-35 sales to UAE

He emphasized that Israel's defense system backs and appreciates the US's policy of pressure on Iran on the international front, while being in close cooperation with Israel on the subject.

‘THE GOLDFISH Theory’ is one of the entries in the 21st International Student Film Festival
Tel Aviv Student Film Fest goes online

The festival features Israeli and international competitions, as well as animated films, digital media and experimental and video programs.

‘Asia,’ ‘Here We Are’ among Ophir nominees

Sixty films were considered for awards in 18 categories.

Mul-T-Lock to establish Dubai subsidiary

The Israeli company already has subsidiaries in the UK, France, the US, Canada, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Turkey, Slovenia and the Netherlands.

AVICHAI MANDELBLIT
A-G: Replacing me with outsider would undermine foundations of gov't

A-G, Ohana, Blue and White, Likud battle over protests during coronavirus

Demonstrators protest the government's mismanagement of the fight against COVID-19 and demand the re
Mass protests and large indoor minyans make no sense now - analysis

Both freedom to protest and freedom of worship are fundamental rights in a democracy. But on certain rare occasions the rights of individuals need to be curbed temporarily for the public good.

22/09/2020
Israel's colossal coronavirus failure - analysis

The public must hold up a mirror to itself.

Guy Niv becomes first Israeli to complete all 21 stages of Tour de France

Niv is part of the Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN) cycling team, Israel's first professional cycling squad who also made their debut in the Tour this year.

General Kochavi at Daliet El Carmel
IDF chief observes coronavirus relief efforts in northern Israel

During the visit, Kochavi was presented with local emergency preparation plans. He also observed IDF's local relief efforts in wake of the coronavirus.

A beggar sits and asks for money amid the coronavirus crisis, Jerusalem, 2020
Nat'l Economic Council chairman: Poor are least impacted by COVID poverty

Rivlin asks to reduce fines for people in dire economic circumstances

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