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Students from the University of Birzeit clash with Israeli security forces (unseen) near the West Ba

Supreme Court backs detaining W. Bank minor for anti-Palestinian violence

The defendant-minor and seven other unidentified persons came to the Palestinian village of Surta armed with weapons, and attacked four Palestinian residences.

Israel's Knesset remains paralyzed for another week

Until the committee appoints chairmen and members of temporary Knesset Finance and Foreign Affairs and Defense committees, there is no parliamentary oversight over the government on those key issues.

21/04/2021

Coronavirus: Rollout of electronic bracelets to start in May

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for SuperCom said that they have 5,000 kits ready to be deployed as soon as the government wishes.

Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat goes back to ‘bassics’

38-year-old Adam Ben Ezra offers intriguing, rhythmic renditions at this weekend’s music celebration

21/04/2021

Dead Sea Revival Project’s photography exhibition opens in Arad

All told, 3,524 photographers submitted close to 15,000 pictures.

21/04/2021
Shlomi Elkabetz in the new HBO series "Our Boys"

‘Our Boys’ sold to Indonesia, which has no diplomatic ties to Israel

Our Boys, the television drama created by HBO and Keshet International, has just been sold to several Asian markets, among them Indonesia, the largest predominantly Muslim country in the world.

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Ethiopian Israeli suing rabbi for casting doubt on her Jewishness

According to the lawsuit, the mikveh attendant stayed at home for a month and a half after being shamed by Druckman due to the public embarassment he had caused her.

Coronavirus: Israel looks to re-route AstraZeneca vaccines

A day after Netanyahu told Israelis to get ready to be jabbed again in six months, Prof. Nachman Ash reaffirms that there are no certainties on when the next shot will be needed.

Unemployment in Israel drops below 10% for first time since pandemic

If unemployment drops below 10%, benefits will be reduced by 10% – and if the rate drops below 7.5%, the program will be canceled completely.

21/04/2021
People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustrat

Israel's cyber authority incentivizes greater defense mechanisms

The trend of companies placing more and more of their critical information in the digital sphere spiked during the coronavirus era and continues to jump.

Hate sign put up against lesbian kindergarten teacher in Be'er Ya'acov

"It is an unending frustration and unfortunately the police are doing nothing to stop this hatred," kindergarten teacher Aviva Levi said.

Gynecologist gets 18 months in prison after sexually assaulting patients

The court filing said Schechter used a vibrating device to rate the "pleasure levels" of three women on four separate occasions. One woman reported that he using his fingers as well.

Fresh vegetables are sold at the shuk (market)

Food waste in Israel totals NIS 3.2 billion annually

According to the report, food waste in Israel is estimated to total at around NIS 3.2 billion a year and accounts for 35% of the volume of municipal waste.

Rivlin receives credentials from new ambassadors from China, Japan

But both Cai Run of China and Koichi Mizushima of Japan each represent countries that are very important to Israel in terms of trade and investment.

Floyd case: Arab MKs want justice for racist police violence in Israel too

"Convicting the killers will be a first step on the path to justice for families and an end to racist police violence against civilians."

Bezeq to install fiber-optic Internet in Arab educational institutions

The initiative is part of a five-year plan to bolster hi-tech within Arab society, sparked by an appeal by the National Council of Arab Mayors.

Parents accompany their children to the kindergarten in Tel Aviv as they return to kindergarden on O

'Parents will burn the state' until children are protected from abuse

Parents felt extremely helpless after Emilia Ostrovsky, who was convicted for child abuse, was released to house arrest.

Religious Zionist Party posts videos against Ra'am leader Abbas

"Mansour Abbas is anti-Zionist and supports terrorists. One sweet-mouthed speech and you already want to make a government with him? Have you gone mad?" The Religious Zionist Party exclaimed.

Rabbis support House bill to make US aid to Israel more transparent

The bill does not intend to change or diminish the amount of aid going to Israel, but it will prohibit the use of US funding to go towards acts categorized as human rights abuses.

Israel set for international bond offering, likely in euros

There will, however, be fewer issues this year than in 2020, when the government had to issue a record amount of bonds to fund its pandemic stimulus plan, he said.

By REUTERS
21/04/2021

Why did Ayelet Shaked meet Mossad chief Cohen week before election?

The purpose of the meeting though so close to elections, did raise eyebrows.

GMV contracted to supply systems to Jerusalem Light Rail

GMV will provide the AVLS and DMS systems to the already established red line, as well as the green line currently under construction.

Israelis gather for 10th annual Big Bong Night cannabis protest

This year's protest was marked by the special emphasis on the benefits of medical cannabis products for people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld and her husband Serge Klarsfeld

Oscar-nominated filmmakers to produce documentary on French Nazi hunters

Lerner’s 2011 documentary “Hell and Back Again” about a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder was nominated for an Oscar in 2012.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
21/04/2021

Netanyahu can lose power in the blink of an eye - analysis

There were two messages from the wink: That the effort to end Netanyahu's career has many co-conspirators and that Netanyahu can no longer afford to waste any time.

20/04/2021
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit talk at the Prime Minister

The impact of not having a justice minister - analysis

No major laws can be passed without a justice minister since such a minister runs the ministerial legislative committee.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem's Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, April 7, 2021.

Likud must oust Netanyahu to save right-wing coalition - settler chief

Both MK Gideon Sa'ar who heads New Hope and MK Bezalel Smotrich who heads RZP are under pressure to join a Netanyahu led coalition or risk imperiling a right-wing government.

Netanyahu gives up on forming a government

He said he would instead seek a direct election for prime minister, which he said would pass if Yamina supported it.

20/04/2021

McGee, Holon handle Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel Winner League

Giboa completes season sweep of Maccabi Tel Aviv • Hap TA earns pivotal win over Herzliya

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
20/04/2021

Moshe Gafni: If Likud becomes the opposition, UTJ will follow

The UTJ leader said his party was “ideological” and could not be bought by various promises and deals, and added that he would “flourish” in opposition.

SHAUL ELOVITCH appears in Jerusalem District Court Sunday at the start of their trial.

Iris Elovitch in 2016: 'I am ready to sell my soul to Satan' in PM trial

She is the wife of Shaul Elovitch, the owner of both the Walla media outlet and the Bezeq telecommunications giant.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with family of disabled veteran Itzik Saidian

Gantz scrutinizes Israel's rehab division after IDF vet self-immolated

During a tour of the Haifa rehabilitation division, Defense Minister Benny Gantz identified some urgent issues that will be addressed by the team working to reform the state's rehab facilities.

Mediterranean Biennale returns with fourth installment

The aim of this year’s show is to explore the theme of multicultural cooperation and the role of art as a bridge between peoples, places and of ideas in order to develop a transcultural dialogue.

By DANIEL SHORKEND
20/04/2021

Israeli Rhythmic Gymnastics Team earns three medals at Tashkent World Cup

The national team is slated to participate in the upcoming Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

By SHOSHANNA KEATS-JASKOLL
20/04/2021

If Hezbollah attacks Israel it will bear severe consequences - Gantz

Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced that the IDF is ready for any attempts Hezbollah may make and that Israel is working to stop Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold.

20/04/2021

Learning to be financially independent with 'The Cash Machine'

Financial independence means having enough income to pay one's living expenses for the rest of one's life without having to be employed or dependent on others.

20/04/2021

Coronavirus: Rollout of electronic bracelets in Israel never began

The devices were described as a key to ensure that those entering the country complied with quarantine requirements, in order to prevent new variants from spreading.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses the impact of coronavirus with representatives from the

Israel's government debt at NIS 984 billion - up 20% in 2020

Covering the coronavirus crisis required raising approximately NIS 265 billion in 2020, compared to NIS 137 billion in 2019.

20/04/2021

Is there light at the end of the (Hezbollah) tunnel?

Internationally-known social media influencers took a step into the dark as they journeyed to the recently uncovered Hezbollah tunnels on Israel’s northern front.

Boeing to provide IAF with technical support for the Apache choppers

The direct commercial sale, awarded in December 2020, is a five-year follow-on contract that builds on Boeing’s current IAF Apache support.

20/04/2021

Coronavirus: Lifting of outdoor mask mandate ‘liberating,’ Israelis say

Cases of the coronavirus continue to plummet as some scientists claim country may have reached herd immunity.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
20/04/2021

UK’s Gove in Israel to learn about post-COVID policy

The British minister plans to discuss the possibility of opening a travel corridor between his country and Israel.

BARAK ER missile defense system completes series of successful trials

The system handles a range of threats, including fighters, ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, UAVs and helicopters.

20/04/2021
Israel Hayom newspaper

Israel Hayom asks court to permit review of Taboola legal papers

Israel Hayom, has asked the Tel Aviv District Court to permit it to review documents submitted in the framework of an ongoing legal proceeding between the Taboola and Walla.

Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret.

Israeli writer Etgar Keret to read excerpts for World Jewry online

The event will take place as part of Israeli Culture Month, initiated by the World Zionist Organization.

"Dreyfus trial" reads a placard held by a protestor during a pro-Netanyahu demonstration outside the

Wife of MK Elkin verbally accosted by Likud supporters near her home

"There's no reason for you to come to me with this; go to him, he's at the Knesset," she told protesters. "The only ones here are me and my children, who cry at night because of you."

Galit Deri, mother of Osher Deri, a 23-year-old woman with a milk allergy that passed away after she

Yamina MK urges Health Min. to adopt new policies following allergy death

In a letter to Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, Idit Sliman on Monday presented a list of reform suggestions to be adopted in order to ensure public safety where allergies are involved.

SNORKELERS SWIM with a whale shark, the world’s largest fish, at the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll in 20

Israelis swim with sharks in dangerous waters off Hadera

The large sharks can be seen swimming close to swimmers and boats, apparently unbothered by the human presence.

Ultra orthodox jewish men dance during celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag Baomer in the ultra

Medical and security forces gear up for Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meron

This year's celebrations will feature unlimited entry capacity. As such, the government has issued health and safety guidelines.

Deadly night on Israel's roads: Five casualties across the country

Some 96 people have been killed in road accidents since the beginning of 2021, according to data published by the National Road Safety Authority.

By ALON HACHMON/MAARIV ONLINE
20/04/2021

Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to opposition, top Likud MK declares

“You think we don’t know what the opposition is like? We do," Zohar said. "You need me to remind you of the days of [Menachem] Begin?"

Police Officers stand guard during clashes between Palestians and Israeli police outside Damascus Ga

Hundreds of Palestinians protest barriers in Jerusalem during Ramadan

This year, police placed barriers on the steps of the gate, effectively preventing people from gathering there, in order to ease the flow of crowds in the area.

By BEN SALES/JTA
20/04/2021

Greens go up on Mac Tel Aviv atop table

Mac Haifa blanks K8 as yellow-and-blue held by Ashdod • Hapoel Tel Aviv moves closer to safety

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/04/2021

US Embassy in Israel has 15,000 passport backlog due to COVID rules

Even in a normal year, the embassy in Israel is one of the busiest places in the world for US passports and reports of birth. Then, the coronavirus pandemic came along.

Prosecution preemptively strikes PM’s story on James Packer

The most notable of the three occasions that Netanyahu pushed for Elovitch to sell, was his request to sell Walla to Australian tycoon billionaire James Packer.

In blow to Netanyahu, Arab MKs help anti-Bibi bloc win control of Knesset

Anti-Bibi bloc aims to replace his ally, speaker Levin * PM says Bennett replacing him would be "absurd."

19/04/2021
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Israelis, Serbs compete in chess tournament for Independence Day

The ceremony for the chess event was also attended by Israeli Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Yahel Vilan.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (R)

Netanyahu to A-G: I will appoint justice minister by May

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Attorney-General he will advance the appointment of a justice minister by May.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the 2021 International Bible Contest for Youth on Thursday, Isr

As time runs out, Netanyahu bloc pushing bill for PM direct election

Netanyahu holds a significant advantage over other prime minister candidates in polls.

Coronavirus vaccine less effective on leukemia patients – Israeli study

The response was lowest among patients who were in the process of receiving treatment, with only 16% of them developing antibodies.

‘Black Rain’ exhibition descends on Tel Aviv's Edmond de Rothschild Center

Inspired by science fiction, the exhibition is not about the genre as much as it “employs science fiction to discuss dystopia.”

American Judaism explored in new Israeli TV show 'The New Jew'

This series about “new” Jews will likely enlighten, entertain, annoy and offend viewers in different ways, but it does present a varied and interesting portrait of American-Jewish life.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu corruption trial

A-G to High Court: Netanyahu close to being unfit to serve as PM

The attorney-general said that the intensity of the prime minister's attacks on law enforcement had crossed lines that could serve as a basis for declaring him unfit if such deterioration continued.

Cafe Kadosh

Cafe Kadosh moves to Tzohar kashrut after ‘illogical’ demands of rabbinate

Cafe Kadosh, located in downtown Jerusalem, decided to leave their Jerusalem rabbinate supervision earlier this year following demands that the establishment put dairy labels on all display items.

Huge groups of migratory birds flock to Eilat for annual visit

The feathered guests come to Eilat every year as an important stop on their migration patterns, but their numbers are in sharp decline in recent years.

19/04/2021

New site offers Israelis luxury cruises around the world

Israelis can book cruises to destinations like Alaska, the Caribbean, South America, Panama, the Baltic Sea, the Norwegian fjords and the Mediterranean.

19/04/2021

Israeli Brown Hotel Group opens seven new hotels in Greece

The Tel Aviv group has earmarked Greece as the next destination for heavy investment and is planning for the establishment of 24 hotels and resorts throughout Greece, its islands and Cyprus.

Israel's first heatwave of the season, or 'Sharav,' to reach peak

In Israel, the beginning of the hot season is typically marked with strong winds, which locals call "Sharav."

19/04/2021
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Netanyahu: Naftali Bennett as Israel's prime minister is 'absurd'

Abbas ready to join Bennett-led government • Sa'ar: New Hope's view has not changed • Lapid blasts direct PM election bill

19/04/2021

New York is home to 21 Israeli-founded unicorns

Each of these companies' global or US headquarters is based in Manhattan, establishing New York as the city with the second most Israeli founded unicorns in the world, behind Tel Aviv.

19/04/2021
Shekels and dollars

Dollar to NIS 3.30 is 'the new normal' - Leumi

In contrast to recent years, the shekel-dollar rate is likely to hover around NIS 3.30 for the near future, according to Bank Leumi analysts.

19/04/2021
The Bank of Israel building is seen in Jerusalem June 16, 2020.

Bank of Israel keeps benchmark interest rate at 0.1%

The inflation rate moved to 0.2% in March from 0.0% in February.

By REUTERS
19/04/2021

Abbas to J Street: US must rescind declaration of PLO as terror group

"A one-state solution, an apartheid state... is something neither, we nor the entire world would accept. A one-state solution will only perpetuate the conflict," Abbas said.

Netanyahu family threatens to sue former PM Olmert for slander - report

In a recent interview given to Democrat TV the former prime minister referred to the Netanyahu family as "mentally ill"

Netanyahu's trial: Yeshua was asked to censor a picture of Yair

This is the sixth day of the trial dealing with Yeshua's testimony, considered a key witness in the case.

Haifa hospital saves life of boy from Gaza suffering from kidney failure

"I would have given him my soul, my eyes, and that I should die so that he could live — anything to stop his suffering," said Sumar Tapash, Madchat's mother, who donated a kidney to help her son live

Why the Indian COVID mutation should worry Israelis - analysis

The Indian variant is a “double mutation.” One aspect of it appears to make the virus more infectious.

Israeli security forces guard as Palestinians protest

Hamas head in Tulkarm arrested by security forces - report

The suspect arrested is believed to be Idnan Ahmed Hassen Hader, head of Hamas in Tulkarm.

Illegal Bedouin settlements need Israel's support - World Likud

Bedouin communities suffer from extraordinary high rates of unemployment, poverty, criminal activity, violence against women, and Islamic radicalization.

19/04/2021

Religious Zionist Party arrives at Damascus Gate following altercations

Recent violent altercations at the Damascus Gate concerned Religious Zionist Party MKs.

MDA delivers food baskets to Israeli-Arab city of Sakhnin during Ramadan

The program delivers, tahini, sugar, salt, halva, soups, drinks and sweets, among other items, to low income families unable to purchase the items for themselves.

Rabbi, yeshiva director violently assaulted in Jaffa

Bennett, right-wing politicians condemn incident as having ‘nationalist motivations, allege attack is part of series of ‘antisemitic attacks’ by Arab Israelis, Palestinians.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with family of disabled veteran Itzik Saidian

Defense Ministry promises immediate change in treatment of disabled vets

“Parts of this plan were ready already four months ago,” he said, “but due to the election we weren’t able to bring them forward.”

Yehuda Meshi Zahav, Chairman Israel's Zaka rescue unit speaks at a conference of the Israeli Televis

Meshi-Zahav to receive thousands of shekels in compensation from ZAKA

ZAKA has decided to transfer the money to him, even with the accusations against him.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden

Israeli cabinet ‘concerned the US wants an Iran deal at all costs’

The Biden administration is open to hearing Israeli concerns, but doesn’t seem to be taking them into consideration, the source added.

Lapid says Rivlin will give him next mandate

Yesh Atid leader reaches out to Shas, United Torah Judaism.

18/04/2021

Air Force participates in a joint exercise in Greece

Air Force Chief Norkin: “Mutual learning will make us better prepared for a wide range of real-time scenarios.”

18/04/2021

Jerusalem woman killed amid upsurge in violent crime in Arab sector

Takruri is the 35th victim of violent crime in the Arab sector since the beginning of 2021. She is the second woman murdered since the beginning of this year.

Israel, UAE, Greece, Cyprus summit sends message to Turkey - analysis

Ever since Israel signed the Abraham Accords in Washington last September, the threat that Iran posed to Israel and the Gulf countries has widely been seen as the glue cementing those relationships.

18/04/2021
A healthcare worker hands over doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a doctor at Messe Wi

Israel to send COVID aid to Uruguay

The Brazilian mutation, known to be more infectious and thought by some to be more dangerous, has spread across South America – especially to Uruguay and Peru, which border Brazil.

Coronavirus vaccine has no impact on fertility, Israeli study shows

A team from the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center compared ovarian follicle function in women who were vaccinated, who recovered from the virus and women who did not.

Geert Wilders

Likud sends support to anti-Islam Wilders while courting Islamists at home

Wilders tweeted his thanks in Hebrew and English response, and said he would like to visit Israel later this year.

Religious Zionist Party filed bill to authorize West Bank settler outposts

The private members bill filed by RZP MK Orit Stuck would give de-facto authorization to close to 70 outposts and would set a two-year timetable for their legalization.

Car pollution

Energy planning: Israel looks to reduce gas emissions by 80% by 2050

The strategic plan builds on new global trends like hydrogen and natural gas usage and the use of digital and smart grids.

18/04/2021

Direct flights between Israel and Bahrain starting in June

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the national airline of UAE, landed in Israel for the first time on Sunday.

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