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Legalizing outposts is last nail in the coffin of Trump's annexation map

Analysis: The Right has gotten bolder under Netanyahu in laying claim to settler land in Area C, which makes up 60% of the West Bank.

Think tank urges greater transparency in government decision-making

The entity responsible for deciding which government meetings would be transparent and which would remain classified for 30 years - is the government itself.

Netanyahu warns elections could be on the way

Gantz reportedly still considering giving in to the prime minister's demands.

Storms rage across Israel, causing massive floods across the country

Several major roads, including Highway 2 and Highway 5 were blocked due to heavy rainfall.

sraeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz wears a protective face mask as he arrives to attend a vote on t
How Netanyahu outsmarted his former IDF chief - analysis

Why after Gantz's indecisiveness, future alternatives to Netanyahu will have an even greater challenge.

Steve Nassima and Suzanne Landau.
The art world may have stalled, but not for this gallery

“Everything is boring, nothing is happening right now, so why not take an amazing initiative and do something?

Acting Chief of Police Motti Cohen speaks at the annual Justice conference in Airport City, outside
Mandelblit: Immediately appoint permanent police chief

Moti Cohen replaced Roni Alsheich in 2018, but was never elevated to permanent status • High Court could require state to make appointment

Yadin Gellman and Joy Rieger shooting a scene from Avi Nesher’s ‘Portrait of Victory.’
Celebrating a ‘Portrait of Victory’ for Israeli cinema

“It’s the 21st century, it’s no longer about good and bad guys. We’ve gone past that point. It’s about two conflicting narratives, each of which is searching for its own portrait of victory.”

Palestinian prisoners wait to be released from Ketziot prison, southern Israel, October 1, 2007
Prison guard accused of having affair with inmate, smuggling drugs

Nitzan Raz, 24, cracked during her interrogation and confessed to falling in love with an inmate named Abu Gali, 30, a resident of Jaffa.

President Rivlin was presented with a special medallion honoring the 300th anniversary of the Vilna
Vilna Gaon 300th anniversary medal presented to President Reuven Rivlin

"We must all stand up to those who spread hatred because we know that it never ends just with words," said Rivlin.

Overhead view of Beersheba
Couple from Beersheba allegedly turn home into arms, drugs warehouse

The couple, both students at Ben-Gurion University in their 20s, reportedly have no prior criminal background.

Aliyah Minister to fly to Ethiopia to prepare new Falash Mura immigration

The immigration of 2,000 members of the Falash Mura community was approved by the government in September.

Real estate market
Request for mortgage payment deferrals surge by 350%, impacting market

25% of first-time home buyers suffered at least one spouse becoming unemployed, or placed on unpaid leave, due to coronavirus.

JCT names its nursing school after legendary 'Nurse Selma'

The nursing school was essential for Israel's early response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Friday sales in Jerusalem, Nov. 2020
From gadgets to clothes: The best Black Friday sales

Here are the best sales from all fields - from vacuums to clothes and toiletries.

Actors playing Alice, Jack, David and Peter in Come Away
Peter Pan-Alice mashup is lovely – but not fully grown

Directed by Brenda Chapman (Brave), Come Away is very good at conveying the magic of a child’s world

Lone soldiers snap a selfie with MK Ayelet Shaked
Beit Hakerem to be home to lone soldiers

When representatives, whether at city council or at local councils, work with engaged residents, the best is just around the corner.

Czech fast food chain promoting Israeli cuisine on its menu
Czechia and Israel: Together in the past and future

Israel and the Czech Republic, two young countries with a shared past, are poised to continue their close diplomatic, scientific and business cooperation far into the future.

Reciting Selichot at the Moussaieff Synagogue in the Bukharan Quarter
Schools and rules in the corona era

Peggy Cidor's round-up of city affairs

Oodles of reading material at an old bookstore in Safed
How to find English books in Israel

A part II to the search for English books in Israel with the resources we missed

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
One of  plethora of dedicated safe cycling routes in Tel Aviv
What is Jerusalem’s cycling situation?

As the popularity of the bicycle spikes amid the pandemic, we check in on Jerusalem’s cycling situation

New study seeks to help Jewish, Arab academic students co-exist

Both Jewish and Arab students feel a greater sense of belonging together when campuses encourage critical discourse and tolerance.

UAE's flydubai starts Dubai-Tel Aviv services after detente

Dubai state-owned flydubai will operate twice-daily fights between the UAE's and Israel's financial capitals - Dubai and Tel Aviv - the airline said this month.

Rabbi Joshua Gerstein, 31
Making aliyah allows one young rabbi to break out of the Amercian bubble

He was 10 when he made his first visit to Israel, but it was his bar mitzvah trip that changed everything.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
Dan Hotel, Eilat, Israel, February 1, 2012.
Despair in Eilat amid coronavirus: Low occupancy and empty promenade

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Eilat has twice been first place on the list of Israeli cities where the unemployment rate is the highest.

Anglo Vision founder David Fine
Does Anglo Vision have the vision to succeed?

English-speaking olim often find Israel not very welcoming to them.

Jude Yovel Recanati
At-risk youth find solace with Gandyr

What is the road less traveled by?

Richard Paley plays on a modern bassoon
Bassoon - love at first sound

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra's principal bassoonist celebrates birthday

The site of the Qumran Scrolls, known as the Dead Sea Scrolls
A visit to the site of the Dead Sea Scrolls

What is it like to see the site where the Qumran Scrolls were found in 1946?

Netanyahu supports gov't vote on legalizing West Bank outposts

Hanegbi to ‘Post’: Initial list includes 69 communities

Amid uncertainty, Israeli museum dedicates entire space to COVID pandemic

Dozens of artists participate in exhibition at Haifa Museum of Art, as some museums set to reopen.

Coronavirus severely impacts employees with disabilities, survey suggests

The unemployment rate among employees with disabilities was 41% in February before the corona outbreak, and has since increased to 62% in October, according to the survey.

Could Netanyahu’s push to amend indictment bust up the trial? – analysis

Generally, criminal law allows prosecutors to attribute to an individual only actions that the individual performed himself.

Naftali Bennett (L) and Benjamin Netanyahu (R)
Likud, Yamina fight over who is right wing

Netanyahu's party accused Bennett of returning to the brief political bond he had with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid when they both entered the Knesset in 2013.

Court ruling shows easier path for young Arabs to gain Israeli citizenship

Population Authority compelled to publish rules for applicants aged 18-21

Fire at residential building in Kiryat Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem, Nov. 26, 2020
One dead in storage room fire in Jerusalem

"Thanks to the professional and rapid activity of the firefighters, the other occupants of the building were not harmed."

An illustrative photo of a Jewish wedding in front of the Mediterranean Sea.
Life in limbo for thousands of couples unable to marry during COVID-19

Creative solutions for civil marriage during the current crisis such as weddings in foreign embassies and on boats in international waters have been proposed to alleviate the crisis

JOINT LIST MKs (from left) Mtanes Shehadeh, Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi, and former MK Abd al-Hakeem H
Joint List infighting threatens its future

Due in part to infighting in the Joint List, polls broadcast on Tuesday night predicted that it would fall from its current 15 seats to 11 or 12 in the next election.

Joe Biden won’t swing Israeli voters Left – analysis

A change of direction in US politics is not moving the needle in Israel to the Left – if anything, the needle continues nudging steadily to the Right

Israel may seal West Bank passages to PA territory to limit COVID-19

“Travel between the Palestinian territories and Israel is something that is bringing up infection – we see an increase in the number of cases from it.”

IDF refutes claims it halted medical supplies to Gaza amid COVID-19 rise

Hamas on Tuesday reported that it diagnosed 685 new cases in a 24-hour period.

Ethiopian-Israeli activists denounce PM for failure to fulfill aliyah vow

Activists are now also concerned that a military operation by the Ethiopian government in the northern province of Tigray could endanger the Falash Mura community in the northern city of Gondar.

Ramming attack foiled by Border Police at checkpoint near Jerusalem

The suspect was evacuated to Hadassah-University Medical Center and died from his injuries after failed resuscitation efforts.

CBRE Israel: Q3 rents continue to decline amid COVID-19

Bnei Brak and Petah Tikva were most significantly affected by the crisis.

New art exhibit shows the world within dolls

The Doll – The World Within runs from Friday, November 27- Saturday, December 5, at Arena Mall, 2 Ha-Shunit St., Herzliya Pituah.

Tel Aviv's Joseph Bau House Museum struggles to stay open

The Tel Aviv landmark contains the story and works of a remarkable life

Dozens attend funerals of IDF personnel who died in aviation accident

Ben-Bassa was buried at the military cemetery in Rishon Lezion, while Zaiden was laid to rest at Kibbutz Shoval in southern Israel, where he lived with his family.

Sar-El might close its doors after decades bringing volunteers to Israel

"We can't keep going like this," says Sar-El CEO Keren Dahan

ISRAELI SOLDIERS patrol in Hebron, June 2020
New aid package geared towards discharged lone soldiers announced

Though the grant amounts to NIS 4,500, the Defense Ministry says rental assistance for discharged lone soldiers.

Court to hold new hearing on demolition of Mitzpe Kramim outpost homes

The decision reopens the legal debate on the use of the market regulation principle.

Leaders call for reform on Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women

Rivlin emphasized the need for legislation, law enforcement, education, public information and welfare services to help women who are victims of violence, as well as men who are violent.

Djibouti: Ties with Israel only after peace gesture to Palestinians

"We take issue with the Israeli government because they’re denying Palestinians their inalienable rights."

Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz
Blue and White unimpressed by Likud overture on budget

Katz's offer is seen as a way to call Gantz's bluff and shift the blame to Blue and White if early elections are initiated.

El Al plane
El Al reveals Q3 figures: $147m losses, $125m deficit, no progress on state loan

The Israeli airline reports a drop of 94% in earnings since July • future of air travel remains uncertain, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA files for bankruptcy

Women's basketball team catches COVID on flight after men's team fly private

The quarantine will still affect the season, captain Eden Rothberg said. "It hurts the flow of practices."

Hula Lake’s Wildlife Acclimation Center Spreads its Wings

In the heart of the Hula Valley, KKL-JNF opened a veterinary clinic and acclimation center for injured wildlife

Israel Museum to reopen on Tuesday

Although it briefly reopened in the summer, Israel’s flagship museum, has been closed most of the time since the beginning of the pandemic in March.

Women take spy world by storm

Avril Haines as Biden’s DNI marks a new age

Home for Israeli Holocaust survivors completed by Wilf Family Foundation

The new building was named after Mark Wilf's father, Joseph Wilf, who along with Mark's mother were both Holocaust survivors.

Officer hit by car in clash with Yitzhar area settlers

The officer was lightly injured and treated on the scene, not requiring further medical attention.

Saudi Arabia becomes 'green' country one day after Netanyahu's trip

Bahrain's status was also updated, and it has now become a green country on the same day the prime minister announced plans to travel there.

Avihai Hollender
Musical rehab program for IDF soldiers suffering from PTSD facing closure

Between 10%-15% of injured soldiers suffer from PTSD, with about 4,000 people across Israel suffering from the condition.

"Introduction to Coding" pilot course for asylum seekers at The Platform
Tel Aviv Municipality launches program to teach asylum seekers coding

Some participants are apparently seeking professions in hi-tech, while others wish to open their own businesses.

Israel Discount Bank third quarter profit sinks due to COVID-19, early retirement

Discount has allowed customers to delay mortgage and credit payments since the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Israel Electric Corporation cleans filter at Rutenberg Power Station
Electric company cleans out load of plastic waste from cooling filter

The plastic is a real hazard the could clog up the seawater pumps used for cooling during the electricity generation process.

Casspi, DiBartolomeo return for Mac TA

Busy Hapoel Jerusalem tops Holon • Beersheba crushes Nahariya • 1st-place Eilat stays hot

Analysis: Is Deri looking for a way out of his pledge to Gantz?

Gantz was promised the Prime Minister's office on rotation, but that pledge has been thrown into doubt.

Israeli female soldiers walk in front of a tank at the end of their tank instructors course
Knesset MKs press IDF to open more roles for women

“The IDF should take another step and adopt the law to open all roles to all genders without compromising on set professional standards.”

MK Yair Lapid speaks during a Knesset plenary session at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jeru
Blue and White mulling dispersing Knesset next Monday

But Gantz says budget dispute can still be resolved.

Aircraft crashes near Mishmar HaNegev, Nov. 24, 2020
Israeli Air Force pilot, cadet killed in crash in the South

Israel Air Force investigating crash; all training flights suspended

Netanyahu trial postponed until February

The trial had been scheduled to start in January.

An individual practices voting in a Magen David Adom "coronavirus polling station"
Impact of coronavirus on elections: Still no absentee balloting

“Any dramatic change would have to pass in the current Knesset, and that is not going to happen.”

Israel can sleep easy with Biden’s top foreign policy picks – analysis

Unclear what input Kerry will have outside his climate portfolio

Netanyahu calls Jonathan Pollard, awaits his return to Israel

"You should have a comfortable life now that both of you can pursue your interests and take care of Esther with the best medical treatment in the world," Netanyahu said.

Avishai Cohen’s fans choose their favorite songs

This is the first time the music of Avishai Cohen has been remastered and presented in such an exclusive way

Holocaust survivors protest ‘racist’ candidate for Yad Vashem chair

‘How Eitam talks of our citizens and our neighbors reminds me of things said about us which I heard when I was a child,’ says one Holocaust survivor

Netanyahu, UAE Crown Prince nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The nomination was made by Lord William David Trimble – himself a past recipient.

Israeli police officers scuffle with demonstrators during a protest against Israeli prime minister B
Anti-Netanyahu protest leaders indicted for attacking, disturbing police

"Israel Police is becoming an executive arm of Benjamin Netanyahu's criminal and evil organization."

Prison cell block
Abuse survivor on life in prison: You can't imagine how bad it is

Dalal Daoud intends to educate the public on the tragic mishandling of domestic abuse.

Ethiopian-Israeli activists to return to demonstrations

The demonstration comes on the fifth anniversary of what they claim is the Netanyahu government's failure to bring a cohort of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

Malka Leifer, An Ultra orthodox teacher wanted in Australia for child sex abuse, seen on a screen vi
Seven indicted for sex crimes against minors after undercover operation

Adding Tuesday's indictments, the undercover sting operation has so far resulted in a total of 28 indictments being filed against 28 different defendants.

Domestic abuse reports to WhatsApp hotline spike by 95% amid COVID-19

The Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality in the Knesset announced on Monday that sexual abuse cases rose by 33% throughout the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mass fire breaks out in Jerusalem, trapping residents inside

The fire took several hours to get under control.

Parents accompany their children to the kindergarten in Tel Aviv as they return to kindergarden on O
Education Ministry report: 1,659 schoolchildren infected with COVID-19

Overall, schools and kindergartens saw lower rates of infection that the general population.

US Air Force tests new B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb with F-35A

Rare video footage shows the release of an inert version of the bomb from the stealth fighter's internal bomb bay.

Kinneret Galilee
Water Authority prepares to open Degania Dam amid high hopes for Kinneret

The opening of the dam will likely take place around April 2021 if the water level rises high enough.

MDA fashions 3 custom vehicles to be used to transport COVID-19 vaccines

Until the vaccines arrive in Israel, the caravans can be used to transport and supply flu vaccines to the general public as well as gathering and holding coronavirus samples.

High Court: Inconceivable that there is no timeline for state budget

"How can this be justified from the perspective of the Knesset? Transferring this budget is one of the most important and basic functions of the Knesset" – Justice Neal Hendel.

A woman walks near high-rise buildings in the high-tech business area of Tel Aviv
Israel named best country in world for women entrepreneurs

"We have seen the staggering extent of the disparity women in business face. But unlike any other economic downturn, Covid-19 has also paved the way for considerable progress."

Ultra-Orthodox trust rabbis on COVID-19 far more than medical officials

Some 75% of those polled said they had “absolutely none” or “very little” confidence in the Health Ministry’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.

Jerusalem will light up in purple for people with disabilities

This will be done to raise awareness for incorporating children with disabilities into society.

Police rescue abused and neglected animals
Two abused dogs discovered in Yarka village and Be'er Sheva - police

One was found neglected and extremely underweight, the other strangled.

IDF soldiers in tank incident claim to report malfunction in the past

The event ended without casualties, and only the tank's driver was lightly injured.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will have daily flights to Tel Aviv beginning in Ma
Israelis see attraction in easy UAE travel, but some have concerns

It’s unclear how the pandemic and the economic crisis it sparked will affect tourism numbers. But some Israelis are already making plans.

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