Friday, 13 March 2020 | In a late-night phone call, Likud party head Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and main opposition Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz last night sought to put the political deadlock aside and discuss setting up an emergency government to tackle another pressing issue holding Israel and many other countries aroundContinue Reading »
Friday, 13 March 2020 | Schools and universities in Israel will shut down for at least a month as part of Israel’s increasingly strict measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The closures will not affect preschools, kindergartens and special education centers—yet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday afternoon. Classes will continue toContinue Reading »
Friday, 13 March 2020 | A 14-year-old Israeli boy was seriously wounded overnight Wednesday after Palestinian attackers hurled a rock at his head near the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] village of Huwara. The boy was initially taken to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba and later moved to Schneider Children’s Medical Center, where heContinue Reading »
Friday, 13 March 2020 | What happened: A rocket attack last night on the Taji military base north of Baghdad in Iraq killed one British soldier and two Americans as well as injuring 12 other British and US personnel. A US military official told the New York Times that 30 107mm Katyusha rockets were fired atContinue Reading »
Thursday, 12 March 2020 | Israel’s Health Ministry rolled out more restrictions yesterday as the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic. By Thursday afternoon, health officials confirmed the 100th case of the virus within Israel. In order to halt the spread of the virus within Israel, the Health Ministry encouragedContinue Reading »
Thursday, 12 March 2020 | What happened: A Benny Gantz-led minority government looked increasingly unlikely last night as Gesher leader Orly Levy-Abuksis announced she would not join a minority government requiring the support of the Joint (Arab) List. Gesher merged with the left-wing Labour and Meretz parties on one electoral list ahead of last week’s generalContinue Reading »
Thursday, 12 March 2020 | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the government will allocate NIS 10 billion (US $2.8 billion) to help combat the economic consequences caused by the growing coronavirus threat in Israel. “The coronavirus has an impact on the economy of the entire world, us included,” said Netanyahu. “The state ofContinue Reading »
Thursday, 12 March 2020 | In what the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled a “pandemic,” the coronavirus has been sweeping through Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, sowing infection, confusion, panic and death in its wake. As Israel clamps down to curb the spread of the COVID-19, the enemies of the Jewish stateContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 | In an effort to contain the spread of the global coronavirus, Israel’s Health Ministry seems to add new constraints to the public every day. Despite banning large gatherings, requiring all travelers from abroad to self-quarantine and establishing a new task force, 77 Israelis are currently infected—and the number continues toContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 | Just over a week after Israelis headed to the polls for the third national elections in less than a year, it appears that this round of voting may be as inconclusive as the previous two. As the possible options to form the required 61-seat coalition dwindle and the political deadlockContinue Reading »
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