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Netanyahu: I’m willing to negotiate captives’ release with Hamas

The Prime Minister's Office statement came a day after Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar offered a prisoner exchange.

Hamas plans to demand medical aid from Israel due to coronavirus – report

According to Channel 13 reporter Zvi Yehezkeli the Hamas leadership views COVID-19 as a threat to their control of the Gaza Strip.

By MAARIV ONLINE
07/04/2020
Beating Passover countdown, millions of eggs flown into Israel

The extra supplies follow the arrival of some 4.62 million eggs imported from four European countries on Sunday.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
The Yizkor Project - In Memory of the Jewish Victims of COVID-19

One of the many tragedies of the coronavirus is that people are dying as statistics, not as individuals.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the nation on the coronavirus outbreak, March 19, 2020
Israelis are happy with Israel's handling of coronavirus crisis - survey

"If you would have said two months ago that Bibi would shut down the entire country and the nation would be supporting him, no one would believe you."

By ZEV STUB
07/04/2020
IDF's Military Intelligence adds coronavirus to list of 'enemy' targets

“Over the past month we have been focused on a new enemy: corona.”

Some of the packages sent to Bar Ilan University
Bar-Ilan U. Hospital gets medical donation from Chinese alumni

The group of Chinese alumni said that they decided on the initiative out of appreciation to the school.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
An empty school is seen after Israel shut schools as part of precautionary measures against coronavi
Special education students to return to school after Passover

Approximately 52,000 special education students will return to study in small groups, according to clear and precise guidelines from the Health Ministry.

A Jewish ultra-Orthodox man looks onto a local billboard with instructions related to the coronaviru
Here's how Jerusalem is teaching ultra-Orthodox, Arabs about coronavirus

As both sectors tend to shun or distrust the mainstream media, distributing information comes with unique challenges.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
priestly blessing
'Limited' Priestly blessing at Western Wall to be broadcast online

In most years, tens of thousands of Jews crowd the Western Wall Plaza to receive the priestly blessings.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
Baroness Ariane de Rothschild
Coronavirus: Rothschild Foundation donates NIS 50m. to Israeli hospitals

The donation will help 22 hospitals acquire respirators, ICU beds, and other medical equipment

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/04/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses the impact of coronavirus with representatives from the
Finance Committee approves amendment to increase budget for 2020

"350,000 disadvantaged senior citizens in the state of Israel, whom Netanyahu announced would be receiving a grant of NIS 500, will receive an additional NIS 450 to their grants," MK Shmuli said.

DR. ARKADAI ZELTSER in the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem to mark Remembrance Day with global name-reading from home

Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial based in Jerusalem, is creating a global name-reading initiative to mark Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/04/2020
Emergency flight to bring Israelis home stranded in Argentina

The Israeli embassy in Argentina is trying to find enough passengers for a flight that with 60 passengers would bring Israelis currently stranded in the country back home on Saturday.

By JTA STAFF
07/04/2020
Mossad Director Yossi Cohen
US intel community in crisis, but Israeli-US intel cooperation unimpacted

US intelligence officials to Israel before Trump’s inauguration: Be careful sharing intelligence with incoming administration.

Finance Office opposes coronavirus aid package to hard-hit El Al

El Al chairman Eli Defes warned earlier on Monday that El Al is "likely to close" if the government does not provide financial assistance within the coming days.

The High Court of Justice during a hearing
High Court working on human rights petitions during coronavirus crisis

On Monday, the state filed a legal brief regarding a dispute over how much access to lawyers security detainees will have during the coronavirus period.

Gantz annexation veto turns him into possible peacemaker – analysis

Unlike Netanyahu, Gantz fears the instability that would follow, particularly with neighboring Jordan.

A view shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the West Bank February 25, 2020.
A Gantz annexation veto turns him into a possible peacemaker

For Gantz it is the peace process itself and the link he makes between regional stability and dialogue.

IDF and police gear up for Passover holiday with more troops deployed to help

Thousands of tons of food to be delivered to troops, residents of Bnei Brak; police to enforce government regulations over holiday.

Israel among first to try experimental Japanese coronavirus drug

The drug is to be tested on a total of 80 patients at Hadassah, Sourasky, Poriah Hospital in Tiberias and Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, together with researchers from Hebrew University.

Can we both save lives and the economy? Israeli scientists say 'Yes'

Simply placing everyone in quarantine is not a good enough solution.

Can we both save lives and the economy? Israeli scientists say 'Yes'

Simply placing everyone in quarantine is not a good enough solution.

The tunnels beneath the Western Wall.
You can now experience a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels from your sofa

The coronavirus lockdown affords a unique opportunity to explore landmarks like the Western Wall Tunnels while staying at home.

Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Man arrested for breaching quarantine while positive for coronvirus

The police located the man in a house in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem, and informed him that he was violating Health Ministry guidelines.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/04/2020
IDF soldiers support fellow Jews by praying Kaddish for passed loved ones

The soldiers serve with teh Netzach Yehuda unit, which allows haredi youth to serve in Israel's defence forces.

The Bank of Israel building in Jerusalem
Bank of Israel cuts benchmark interest rate to 0.1%

In addition to lowering the interest rate, the bank said it would also provide monetary loans to banks for a term of three years, with a fixed interest rate of 0.1%.

06/04/2020
Labor to merge with Benny Gantz's Blue and White Party

MK Michaeli "shocked Ben-Gurion's party will die."

06/04/2020
IDF to deliver thousands of tons of food to needy in Bnei Brak

The soldiers have begun providing food to at-risk populations such as the elderly and disabled as well as the evacuation of sick individuals as part of “Operation Laser Beam.”

BDS founder: If Israel develops coronavirus vaccine you can take it

“If Israel finds a cure for cancer, for example, or any other virus, then there is no problem in cooperating with Israel to save millions of lives.”

Picture: Tel Aviv University students on campus.
Tel Aviv University study in top 100 downloads of 2019

The study by Prof. Noga Kronfeld-Shor and Dr. Eran Amichai, both of the TAU Zoology, was downloaded 14,944 times during 2019, earning over 15,000 total downloads by 2020.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/04/2020
The Fellowship has contacted thousands of seniors in order to map the urgent needs and is coordinati
IFCJ takes extraordinary measures to help Israel fight coronavirus

The current crisis has forced American Jewish organizations to focus tremendous additional resources on the severe and growing needs facing their communities and their vital networks of institutions.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/04/2020
Netanyahu, Putin agree to work together against coronavirus

In addition, the Russian leader wished the prime minister and Israelis a happy Passover.

Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Protective of religious beards, Israel to produce fitted face masks

Health Ministry deputy director-general Itamar Grotto said masks would be adapted accordingly.

By REUTERS
06/04/2020
Likud, Blue and White nearing deal after threat

Earlier, Benny Gantz, who is also Knesset speaker, warned Netanyahu that if he would not make concessions leading to signing of an agreement, then he would enable anti-Netanyahu legislation.

06/04/2020
El Al chairman: Without immediate aid, airline 'likely to close'

Addressing the Knesset's special committee on dealing with the coronavirus, Defes said the company had presented requests to the Finance Ministry worth a total of $350 million.

06/04/2020
Daniel Matt: The cosmological kabbalist

“Another parallel is to be found in the kabbalistic concept of “the breaking of the vessels.” Science speaks similarly about “broken symmetry.”

By MORDECHAI BECK
06/04/2020
The enduring power of attorney in Israel

An Enduring Power of Attorney is a relatively new legal arrangement created as an amendment to the Guardian and Custodianship Law (1962).

By JOHN DE FRECE
06/04/2020
An ambulance driving in the central Israeli city of Elad, April 5, 2020
Coronavirus: Netanyahu announces nationwide lockdown until Friday

Israel's coronavirus death toll reaches 58, cases climb to 8,904.

By EYTAN HALON , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/04/2020
A VIEW of the settlement of Eli, in Samaria. Yesha Council deputy head Yigal Dilmoni said yesterday
Netanyahu to enact further restrictions across Israel on Seder night

The move comes despite recommendations by the Health Ministry.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/04/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman address the nation on the coro
About the government, Litzman and the future

While Blue and White is quite eager to sign the agreement as soon as possible, the Likud appears to be taking its time.

Carmit's sales rise by 15.6%

This year, the company completed the establishment of a plant in Barkan for made-in-Israel Carmit products.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/04/2020
Sounds neighborly

“Every time I play gigs I get people coming up to me saying: ‘wow! I didn’t realize the saxophone could go so well with this kind of music.’ It’s nice to surprise people with that.”

05/04/2020
The Israeli Magen David Adom national emergency service at a coronavirus testing complex in Bnei Bra
Top hospital head to 'Post': Coronavirus strategy failed

'Health Ministry needs to rethink policy of isolation'

Home Front Command ordered to help nursing homes with coronavirus

The decision, anticipated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night, comes on the backdrop of a widespread crisis within the homes.

Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Gov't to extend lockdown to more cities facing severe outbreak

Ultra-Orthodox and other cities to face tighter restrictions due to coronavirus epidemic, Jerusalem to be divided into eight regions

Medical workers in protective suits treat patients suffering with coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Nursing homes – a lesson from the world: What Israel should (not) do

In Milan, two facilities, Virginio Ferrari and Casa per Coniugi, last month reported 42 and 37 deaths, respectively. In a nursing home a few kilometers away, 65 of its residents have died.

Israeli police officers take out ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, a
Bnei Brak could be Israel’s first ‘herd immunity’ model

Recent criticism of Bnei Brak for high infection numbers might actually come to their benefit, as they will be the first to develop "herd immunity"

El Al cargo plane arrives from China with medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak,
First El Al plane with coronavirus medical supplies arrives from China

11 cargo planes will bring to Israel much-needed medical gear, including masks and ventilators to combat COVID-19.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/04/2020
Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Ultra-Orthodox community stigmatized over coronavirus allegations

‘We need solidarity and mercy from Israeli society’ Bnei Brak resident says

Soldiers of Israel's Home Front Command deliver food parcels to Bnei Brak, currently under coronavir
Calling in the cavalry, Israel fights coronavirus - analysis

Why did it take until Sunday for the government to turn over to the IDF the issue of providing for people in nursing homes?

05/04/2020
This week in readers' pictures - April 3

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

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/04/2020
A Jewish ultra-Orthodox man looks onto a local billboard with instructions related to the coronaviru
COVID-19 test manufacturer makes ultra-Orthodox employees work separately

Nova Tel, who manufactures the swabs necessary for performing tests to detect COVID-19, placed all of its ultra-Orthodox employees on temporary unpaid leave before protests prompted their rehiring.

A lone man prays at the A lone soldier walks past the Western WalWall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
IDF soldiers from El Poran concerned they may transmit coronavirus

Over half of the Nahal Brigade in self-isolation, hundreds of others were moved to a training base in the south with hundreds of other troops.

Gantz asks Rivlin for more coalition-forming time

Gantz's mandate from Rivlin is set to end on April 13 at 11:5pm, but by law, Rivlin can extend it for two weeks.

05/04/2020
The empty roads of Tel Aviv  on March 27, 2020. The daily Israeli life has largely shut down with mo
Employment Service: Unemployment rate reaches 25% of workforce

The southern port city of Eilat is the hardest hit city nationwide, with the unemployment rate soaring from 3.3% at the end of February to 69.3% on Sunday.

05/04/2020
Christianity Jerusalem Israel
Olive branches handed out on Palm Sunday in near-deserted Jerusalem

The beginning of the Holy Week leading to Easter, Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem.

By REUTERS
05/04/2020
Israeli hi-tech raises record funds, starts to feel coronavirus slowdown

A dramatic halt has already been witnessed in life science investments as global resources are poured into measures to cope with the virus.

05/04/2020
Coronavirus Survey: Israelis slightly more worried about finances

Israelis are slightly more worried about their economic futures due to coronavirus, but also a bit more optimistic about Israel's ability to overcome the crisis.

By ZEV STUB
05/04/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks to supporters following the announce
Netanyahu creates ministerial team for Shin Bet coronavirus monitoring

Sunday's decision came after a report released Friday on how ‘The Instrument,’ a massive data-bank used by Shin Bet, is rarely talked about.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/04/2020
MEN EXIT the emergency room at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba.
Beersheba man indicted for stealing personal items from medical staff

The man was arrested on Wednesday in suspicion of breaking in to two medical facilities and stealing personal items from the lockers of medical personnel while they cared for patients.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/04/2020
Jewish, Arab Israelis believe gov't dealt well with coronavirus

Some 72% of right-wing respondents felt that the State of Israel is effectively dealing with the outbreak, while only 41% of center voters and 34% of left-wing voters responded similarly.

06/04/2020
Fifteen Israelis evacuated from Vietnam

Israeli Consul to Vietnam Liat Shoham gathered the tourists in Hanoi and found commercial flights to places where there are continuing flights to Israel.

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY President Mahmoud Abbas. The author argues that the Palestinians too often den
Is the PA using coronavirus to violate Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem?

Is the Palestinian Authority using the coronavirus pandemic to operate in Arab neighborhoods and villages located within the boundaries of the Jerusalem Municipality?

Yad Sarah – Helping Coronavirus Victims Breathe

Aaron Frenkel, international philanthropist, is matching all donations to Yad Sarah’s Emergency Campaign, which ends Monday evening

President Reuven Rivlin speaks with Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Moshe Amar, who is acti
Rivlin castigates those who speak against haredim

Rivlin declared that whenever he hears such atrocious comments, he wants to scream out loud. "We are brothers who are responsible for each other," he said, "and it is wrong for any section of the population to heap needless blame on another."

A GROUP of junior high school students are demanding the government fulfill its educational duty to
Education Ministry: Parents won't pay for services that weren't provided

Schools and day cares will refund parents for services that were paid for, but not provided due to the closures.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/04/2020
Shipment of eggs arrives at Ashdod Port, April 5, 2020
First shipment of emergency eggs arrives in Ashdod

The ships carrying millions of eggs were diverted in order to import the eggs, sailing faster than usual and skipping ports along the way.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/04/2020
Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Haredi neighborhoods in Jerusalem have higher infection rate than Bnei Brak

“The majority of those ill with coronavirus in Jerusalem are in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods,” said Interior Minister Arye Deri.

A sign near a gate in Zar'it northern Israel, August 28, 2019.
A-G warns: Towns don't have authority to forbid entry to non-residents

Dozens of towns and kibbutzim throughout Israel have decided to close their gates to anyone who isn't a resident in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

By YONAH JEREMY BOB , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/04/2020
IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi visits Bnei Brak as troops are deployed

Troops begin to distribute food to seniors; Defense Ministry provides 63 additional ventilators.

PEOPLE PADDLE on stand-up boards in Lake Kinneret
Kinneret water level rises 1 cm over weekend, 32 cm to upper red line

The Kinneret is now 32 cm below the upper red line threshold which marks 208.8 meters below sea level. The sea is currently at the highest level it's been since 2004.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/04/2020
A seismograph records volcanic activity in Indonesia's North Sumatra province Sept. 2010
4.3 magnitude earthquake felt in Eilat

The Geological Survey of Israel's Seismology Division reported the epicenter of the earthquake as being located south of Eilat in the Red Sea.

05/04/2020
An empty Knesset Plenum
Government to change Basic Law to fund coronavirus fight

The change in the Basic Law is made necessary by the fact that since there has not been a government for a year, the state has not had an approved budget since January 1.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/04/2020
'The Nanny' returns for a special Zoom coronavirus special

Actress Fran Drescher will team up for a one-time reading of the pilot episode of the hit series ‘The Nanny’ to be aired on Monday on Sony’s Youtube page.

Gantz weighing limited West Bank settlement annexation – report

The subject of annexation has been one of the sticking points in the ongoing negotiations between the Blue and White leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the formation of a government.

The Prince of Egypt
Bored in quarantine this Passover? Watch 'Prince of Egypt' on Hulu

It’s funny and entertaining, full of heartwarming music, and captures the incomparably epic nature of the story. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a very effective educational tool.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
05/04/2020
Nursing Home for Anusi Mashhad, Herzliya
Defense Ministry, IDF assigned to assist operations in nursing homes

The move comes after Home Front Command said on Saturday night that it will not be accepting responsibility for working with nursing homes.

05/04/2020
Government to subsidize egg imports in bid to avoid Passover shortage

Earlier this year, Israelis experienced a butter shortage, making this the second time a food staple was not readily available to consumers.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/04/2020
Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Health Ministry official: Expect coronavirus closures in more cities

He explained, according to N12, that "Elad, Modi'in-Elit, Migdal Haemek and a number of neighborhoods in Jerusalem" will also be closed down.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/04/2020
A patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wears a full-face Easybreath snorkelling mas
Israel won't test people with COVID-19 symptoms unless they've traveled

Even those exhibiting serious symptoms will only be tested if they have recently traveled either abroad or to the Palestinian territories.

Ya'acov Litzman
Litzman disobeyed health rules before contracting coronavirus - report

The health minister reportedly did not follow the rules and restrictions which the health ministry announced before he tested positive for coronavirus.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/04/2020
The 2020 finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
Sami Rohr Prize announces finalists for 2020 literary prize

Finalists include Jerusalem Post Editor Yaakov Katz for 'Shadow Strike', Mikhal Dekel, for 'Tehran Children', Sarah Hurwitz, for 'Here All Along' and Benjamin Balint for 'Kafk's Last Trial'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/04/2020
Children attend computer lessons in an educational center in the Bedouin village of Al-Maleh in Jord
Help Israeli kids learn English with The Jerusalem Post

For poor Israeli families who were already struggling, or who live in small apartments with few activities for their kids, social distancing is even more challenging.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/04/2020
No government expected by Passover

Gantz informed the public on Friday that "essential and critical issues remain to be decided in coalition talks."

05/04/2020
Tamar Perets-Levi and her children
Israel raises NIS 2m. to support orphaned twins whose mom died of corona

“It is our collective responsibility to care for these young orphan boys."

Bnei Brak resident went to pray while knowing he has coronavirus

A Bnei Brak resident, who knew he tested positive for coronavirus, stayed with a yeshiva to pray along with 16 other people.

04/04/2020
Israeli police officers take out ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, a
1,000 police officers enforcing a lockdown on Bnei Brak

“Bnei Brak is the first place, not the last."

Welcome to Israel's hotel coronavirus

Voices down the corridor: Israelis share stories from two of the country’s improvised quarantine facilities.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
06/04/2020
Beatie Deutsch
Orthodox mother of 5 asks Olympic Committee to keep marathon off Shabbat

The marathon is usually scheduled for a Sunday, but was changed for this summer to a Saturday when a venue outside of Tokyo was chosen for the race.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/04/2020
EL Al flight returns to Israel from Australia with stranded Israelis

The direct flight was the longest in the history of Israeli aviation, taking 17 hours and 20 minutes, having taken off in Melbourne and landing at Ben-Gurion.

By CELIA JEAN
04/04/2020
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