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Children's theater productions performing in Tel Aviv for Purim

The Seven Dwarfs and Snow White by Roy Segev and Shirili Deshe will be one of three premieres at the festival. The musical (appropriate for ages six-12) doesn’t quite match the story we know.

By HELEN KAYE
19/02/2020
International Criminal Court
The ICC judge who could determine Israel’s fate – analysis

The three ICC judges are the same exact three judges that ruled against Israel in a Comoros case relating to the 2010 'Mavi Maramara' flotilla.

Labor leader Amir Peretz and Meretz chairman Nitzan Horowitz
Left-wing politicians: 'The era of annexation, Arab transfer has ended'

The time has come to end any talk of unilateral annexation and the transfer of Israeli-Arabs to a Palestinian state, the leaders of Labor-Gesher-Meretz said.

Muslims pray at the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi A
Netanyahu promises direct Mecca flights – deletes post

A Facebook post promising the flights, written in Arabic and Hebrew, was deleted moments after going live online.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Ultra-orthodox in the IDF: A Nahal Haredi swearing-in ceremony
IDF internal report: Haredi enlistment figures deliberately falsified

If the new enlistment figures do indeed show that the rate of ultra-Orthodox enlistment has not been rising, then the government’s entire strategy for the issue would have to be called into question.

Police conduct midnight search of former MK Yehudah Glick’s home

Officers were looking for documents they suspected Glick took from police earlier when he was first detained for “walking slowly” on the Temple Mount

Parents of Gil-ad Shaer spreads Purim joy across the globe

The SonShine Foundation was created to honor the memory of Gil-Ad Shaar, one of the three boys kidnapped and murdered by Hamas in 2014.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Science and Torah collide: How yeshiva students ended up at CERN

This year was the first year that Migdal HaTorah made the trip to Switzerland, but the yeshiva has operated based on the principles of logic, science and Torah working as one since it opened in 2013.

19/02/2020
Roltime to market Pierre Cardin brand watches in Israel

Pierre Cardin is considered one of the world’s leading and best-known fashion watch brands.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Benny Gantz promises legislation to ban PM from serving under indictment

Blue and White leader promises raft of anti-corruption measures following announcement of Netanyahu’s March 17 court date.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.
Palestinian FM dodges European Parliament question on Israeli captives

MEP Charlie Weimers, of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, pointed out that the European Parliament passed a resolution in 2018 that called for the safe return of Israelis.

Isawiya
Jerusalem mayor halts demolition warrants in Arab neighborhood

The decision was made due to the city working on a full-scale plan that will place “the well being of the local residents” at the center.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Cathay Pacific to halt Hong Kong-Israel flights amid coronavirus fears

The airline, which typically has six weekly flights between the two cities, said it would delay flights from February 24 until March 28.

19/02/2020
The IDF Search and Rescue Unit takes part in a drill, December 2019.
IDF Comptroller finds increase in violence by commanders against soldiers

The report was presented to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman visit Sheba Medical Center at
Israel readies for return of a dozen ‘coronavirus cruise’ travelers

The Israeli embassy in China helped Tomer Zevulun obtain the necessary permits for him to leave the region and return to Israel via Ukraine.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Republican congressmen Mike Johnson of Louisiana and Jim Jord
Netanyahu meets with Republicans after Temple Mount visit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with visiting Republican congressmen Mike Johnson of Louisiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio.

Beachfront Brasserie del Borgo offers an eclectic menu
Italian in name only: new beachfront restaurant in Herzliya

The one-page food menu does not reflect what we thought we’d see in a restaurant whose name is in the Italian language (meaning “the neighborhood brasserie”).

By BUZZY GORDON
19/02/2020
The Negev’s LOGON presents ‘The Sound of Music’
'The Sound of Music' production in the Negev

Still one of the ‘favorite things’

By PATRICIA GOLAN
19/02/2020
Ex-NSC chief Amidror: IDF will have to destroy Hezbollah ‘beast’

Amidror: But let’s keep ‘cautious’ Nasrallah around; ‘He lives in a basement, why eliminate him?’

The Jewish Music Days Festival at Bar Ilan University

The Jewish Music Days Festival offers an eclectic sweep of sub genres and cultural subtexts

19/02/2020
Lionel Richie makes Election Day choice easy

Richie never made it to Israel, until this year, when he will be arriving as part of his international “Hello” tour on March 2, facing stiff competition from Netanyahu and Gantz on election day.

19/02/2020
Teva CEO Kåre Schultz at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, February 19, 2020
After turbulent years, Teva CEO Schultz forecasts stability

Teva completed its two-year major restructuring plan in 2019, reducing its cost base by over $3 billion and net debt by more than $9b.

19/02/2020
Bennett fights against voter defection in appeal to Anglo voters

In particular, he attacked the Likud, without directly mentioning Netanyahu’s name, as not being sufficiently right-wing.

Masa Israel seeking Israeli employers to participate in internship program

The lot of participants consist of university graduates all stemming from diverse educational, social and professional backgrounds - many of whom bring with them a resume of prior work experience.

Oil spill near Eilat
IDF officer convicted after failing to clean up extensive gasoline leak

The IDF neglected to carry out orders by the Environmental Protection Ministry until the end of 2018.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Netanyahu: Triangle area won’t be swapped to Palestinians

The land swap is highly controversial, sparking protests in the North and Tel Aviv; Blue and White leader Benny Gantz said he opposes it. PM: there will direct flights from Israel to Saudi Arabia.

General view is seen of the area where Israel's Housing Ministry is discussing building near Atarot
9,000 new Israeli homes planned for Atarot

Most of the land is considered government property so would not be taken from private owners.

19/02/2020
Two of the Israelis aboard the coronavirus cruise ship have disembarked

The 12 Israelis who have been quarantined aboard the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship should be back in Israel by Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
50-year-old man killed and 10 injured in car crash on route 40

MDA evacuated one injured man in severe condition from the scene, along with four in medium condition and five who were lightly injured.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and would-be finance minister Nir Barkat presented their vision fo
Ethiopian athletes coerced to attend event with Benjamin Netanyahu

Players were threatened that if they didn't attend, they and possibly their team would be punished; both the league and the Likud denied any political connection.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Hap TA blanks Beitar Jerusalem at Teddy

Leader Maccabi Tel Aviv shuts out Ness Ziona • Rukavytsya, Maccabi Haifa handle Hadera

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
19/02/2020
Tragedy in the Negev: Baby dies in house fire, 8 children injured

Among the injured are a 60-year-old woman, a man and a woman in their 20s and eight children.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Israel expands Gaza fishing zone, approves extra 2,000 work permits

On February 5 it reduced the fishing zone to 10 nautical miles and on February 1 it revoked some 500 travel permits for Gaza merchants.

Benny Gantz: Benjamin Netanyahu can't take care of the citizens of Israel

Gantz said that as a former IDF chief of staff, he knows how important it is for a prime minister to be available at all times.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
H. Stern and Vivi Bellaish unveil best of decade collection

The highlight of the evening was a fashion show in tribute to the French haute couture industry.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin talks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Nicosi
Rivlin to visit Fiji en route to Australia

The nation of islands is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence and is hosting a Pacific Islands Summit

Gipsy Kings on the way back to Israel

According to the All Music Guide, the Gipsy Kings “are largely responsible for bringing the joyful sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco to the world.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Hebrew Theater marks 10th birthday

To say that Hebrew Theater founder and artistic director Gadi Tsedaka is proud of his theater, its staff, its actors and creators is like saying that a diamond is a pretty piece of glass.

By HELEN KAYE
18/02/2020
Blumental Music Festival debuts vocal competition at Tel Aviv Museum

The festival was founded by singer pianist Celine in memory of her celebrated pianist mother.

By HELEN KAYE
18/02/2020
Special-needs musicians to debut in Integrative Orchestra

Jerusalem Academy of Music and SHEKEL project with special-needs musicians to make its debut

Justice minister: Gantz, Lapid must support release of Mandelblit tapes

“The public must know [the content] before the [March] elections, to hold an open and transparent public discussions,” he said.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Ancient Judean ritual baths fill with water following intense winter rains

The baths are located south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, near the settlement of Neveh Daniel.

Masa programs: Falling in love with Israel and someone special

While Masa Israel Journey is not a matchmaking agency, it's not surprising that the programs' participants meet people and fall in love in Israel.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Beno Reinhorn headshot, August 20, 2018
Beno Reinhorn, sports coach, convicted of sexual crimes against 57 minors

The case had been the largest pedophile investigation in the country’s history.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
IDF to make changes to General Staff as part of Momentum Plan

Changes approved by Defense Minister Naftali Bennett are to take effect this coming summer

Cast member Al Pacino arrives for the premiere of film "The Irishman", in Los Angeles, California, U
Al Pacino and Israeli actress Meital Dohan split over 39-year age gap

"It's hard to be with a man so old, even Al Pacino," Dohan explained.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/02/2020
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert at the 7th Annual JPost Conference in NY
Ehud Olmert to Reuven Rivlin: Please expunge my records

The former prime minister requested President Rivlin expunge his records, opening his path back into politics.

By MAARIV ONLINE
18/02/2020
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Naftali Bennett: If elected, flights for Eilat residents to cost $30

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett took part in a rally for the Religious Zionist Right in the southern city of Eilat and vowed to make the city more accessible.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the Knesset, February 2020.
Netanyahu’s trial to open March 17

Gantz: Netanyahu cannot take care of citizens, he cares only about himself

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and MK Yair Lapid
Anglos flock to hear Blue and White heads Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid

Gantz and Lapid put a strong emphasis on the need to bring the country back to together and heal social divides, receiving warm applause whenever they did so.

Cellcom to acquire rival Golan Telecom for NIS 590 million

The agreement is expected to receive approval from the directors of Electra Consumer Products, the parent company of Golan Telecom, later in the day.

18/02/2020
Monster Energy drinks are now officially available in Israel

In lieu of the partnership, Monster has set up a representative office in the country and recently hired an Israeli as its regional marketing manager to spearhead the company's campaign.

Without a budget, we will bring the country to a halt

Haim Bibas – chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel – takes the time to discuss the challenges of working without a functioning government.

Yad Vashem’s Bauer: Polish Holocaust distorters love dead Jews

Historians criticize Yad Vashem’s inaccurate map from World Holocaust Forum

Malka Leifer, a former Australian school principal who is wanted in Australia on suspicion of sexual
Judge in Malka Leifer case will allow private psychiatrists for defense

In January, a panel of three state psychiatrists appointed by the court found that Leifer was feigning mental illness and was fit for trial.

Ben & Jerry's whips up enthusiasm over its Purim costume contest

"Do you feel Purim is knocking at the door?" the company posted. "This is the time to start to invest [in making costumes] because our costume competition is getting closer."

Bennett: We identified signs that Iran is recalculating plans in Syria

Israel has warned repeatedly about Iran’s nuclear ambitions as well as its aspirations of regional hegemony.

Yehudah Glick tampered with evidence after Temple Mount arrest - Police

"Police officers are in my house at midnight after a day of harassing me."

Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich
Smotrich says country should compensate El Al losses due to coronavirus

"The state will have to put its hand in its pocket."

18/02/2020
Hiker finds helmet of fallen IDF pilot Danny Gori – 36 years later

In response to the discovery, Gori's daughter Dana, who was born only two months after the crash, was ecstatic upon hearing the news.

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
‘The Specials’ tells an extraordinary story

The film is based on the true story of an Orthodox Jew who is called Bruno in the film, who runs a facility for those with autism in Paris, with support from the ultra-Orthodox community.

ESRA’s bookshop in Ra’anana
ESRA’s Israeli book stores donate their proceeds to worthy projects

The Israel-based organization ESRA (playing on the word for “help” in Hebrew, it is an acronym for English Speakers Residents’ Association).

By BARBARA GRANT
18/02/2020
Moshe Ya’alon addresses The Jerusalem Post Elections Conference last year
Bogie's journey from the military to politics

Details of the subsequent political stalemate are well known. Blue and White contested the next ineffective election and will be competing in the third in March 2020.

Ministry of Defense, Israel Lands Authority agree on IDF base evacuations

Re-purposing sections of IDF bases in central Israel has been touted as a solution for the ongoing issue of housing shortages in the area.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/02/2020
Avishai Cohen is celebrating his 50th birthday year by performing 50 concerts in 50 countries around
Avishai Cohen: A musical universe of unity

At home, music was always in the air. Avishai’s musical journey started when he was nine years old, when he began playing the piano.

By GUNDULA MADELEINE TEGTMEYER
18/02/2020
On Valentine’s Day: Skip the flowers and chocolate – and go for the wine!

One of the nice things about Rosé is that it is usually relatively inexpensive because it is not aged in barrels.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
18/02/2020
FAI founder and director, Dalton Thomas, and Lt.-Col. (res.) Marco Moreno
Hesed offers a counterintuitive initiative on securing Israel’s borders

7,000 Syrians were treated in military clinics and another 5,000 in civilian hospitals under Operation Good Neighbor - and it helped secure Israel's borders

Israelis on 'Diamond Princess' cruise ship expected home Thursday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says closing borders to citizens of Southeast-Asia will not affect relations, economy

The first direct train between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (December 21, 2019).
Israel to build a rail line from Ben-Gurion Airport to the Western Wall

Trains that run from Beersheba through Lod to Tel Aviv will resume operation, including on motzei Shabbat and weeknights.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
18/02/2020
Travellers landing at Ben-Gurion Airport
Israel bars entry to foreign citizens who visited Asia recently

The ban is relevant for those who have stayed in Thailand, Macau, Singapore or Hong Kong in the past two weeks.

By ANNA BARSKY/MAARIV
18/02/2020
MACCABI TEL AVIV swingman Deni Avdija
Reds follow cup conquest with league victory

Holon tops Hapoel Tel Aviv • Yellow-and-blue downs Rishon heading into international break

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
17/02/2020
Touchit store, Ben Gurion Airport
Apple, Nespresso products flying from Israeli Duty Free shops

Despite the coronavirus lagging down on world trade, TouchIt has enough stock to last until the end of June

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
IPO honors Mussorgsky with a perfect performance of a Russian original

The evening continued with four poems by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov as set to music by Mussorgsky and sung in the original Russian by mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova.

Keren Ann celebrates 20 years of music

The concerts will take place on February 26 at Hezekiah’s Cave in Jerusalem, February 27 the Alma Arts Center in Zichron Ya’acov, and February 28 at Zucker Hall in Tel Aviv.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
Polling stations planned for coronavirus victims

Polling stations could be created across the country for voters who are in their required 14 days of isolation following their return from China, Thailand and other countries in Asia.

17/02/2020
Mark Rashkow takes a final blues bow in Tel Aviv

If the name does not immediately set some bells apealin’ perhaps mention of the likes of Michael Jackson, blues icon Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles might do the business.

17/02/2020
Netanyahu dares Ashkenazi to reveal Harpaz tapes

Ashkenazi claims Barak destroyed his recordings, Barak called him a liar in response.

18/02/2020
The first of Israel's El Al Airlines order of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets lands at Ben Gurion Inte
El Al CEO to staff: ‘Painful decisions may be required’

The email was sent shortly after El Al notified the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange that the company is in a financial crisis – not of its own making – because of the spread of the coronavirus.

Eliezer Berland.
Judge in Rabbi Berland case to have conduct reviewed over 'Mentos' jab

The quip was referencing the charges facing Berland, as he has been accused of giving mint Mentos as a curative blessing to terminally ill patients who paid him.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/02/2020
Or Lamishpachot Association event allowed crowd to receive free psychological sessions
Hundreds of bereaved parents, siblings gather for special day in Tel Aviv

Or Lamishpachot Association event provides free psychological sessions, spa treatments

Canaanite temple uncovered in biblical city destroyed by Joshua

The layout of the square-shaped building featured numerous side rooms, as well as a compound in the front marked by two columns and two towers leading to a large room.

IDF
Jerusalem chief rabbi locked out of his office in internal quarrel

Religious services minister reprimands Jerusalem Local Religious Council chair over incident

New Labor-Meretz campaign calls Barkat capitalist pig

Labor-Gesher-Meretz's ad says its leader Amir Peretz has a "socioeconomic heart" and contrast him with Barkat, who the ad calls "capitalist pig."

17/02/2020
Beduin soldiers in the IDF
Masked assailants attempt to abduct Bedouin IDF officer, steal his gun

The IDF officer was able to escape by hiding under a truck, which ran over his hand. His friend was forced to curse and insult his village while they recorded it.

17/02/2020
The logo of Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Corp Ltd, the country's largest telecom group, is seen.
Bezeq's Pelephone bids for Israeli mobile rival Golan Telecom

The proposal is valid until April 15 and is subject to various conditions, including signing a binding agreement.

By REUTERS
17/02/2020
‘International Criminal Court being politicized’ says Edelstein

Edelstein says 'outrageous approach of that lady from Gambia’ is politicizing the court, in reference to ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

Knesset votes to grant Likud MK immunity

Vote passes 62-43 with two abstentions, Netanyahu among MKs in favor

17/02/2020
President Reuven Rivlin with three generations of artichokes growers
Rivlin to visit Fiji en route to Australia

The nation of islands is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence and is hosting a Pacific Islands Summit.

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