Thursday, 7 May 2020 | Israel’s unity government is set to be sworn in on May 13 after operating on a caretaker government since December 2018 and undergoing three inconclusive elections since then. The Knesset (Parliament) voted on Thursday morning to approve the unity deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Israel Defense ForcesContinue Reading »
Thursday, 7 May 2020 | As of Wednesday evening, there are 16,310 confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel, a rise of 0.13% in the last 24 hours, which represents the lowest daily increase of new diagnoses since the onset of the pandemic almost two months ago. The Health Ministry reported that over the past 24 hoursContinue Reading »
Thursday, 7 May 2020 | Coronavirus has turned the world upside down. One Through the Looking Glass moment was the UN’s [United Nations] praise for Israel over “unprecedented cooperation on efforts aimed at containing the epidemic.” Those of us who follow the Middle East know that any judgement on Israel apart from outright condemnation is unprecedented forContinue Reading »
Thursday, 7 May 2020 | The 2020 Summer Olympics, Wimbledon, the Tony Awards and Eurovision. As COVID-19 swept the globe, these international events and countless other conferences, conventions, pilgrimages, plays and pageants were cancelled or postponed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Over the weekend, Iran announced that the pandemic has also forcedContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 6 May 2020 | Israeli researchers have found an antibody that neutralizes the coronavirus, which the defense minister called a “significant breakthrough,” though the antibody still needs to be tested on animals and humans before mass production. The antibody will not be used as a vaccine but as a treatment for patients already infected,Continue Reading »
Wednesday, 6 May 2020 | Life in Israel is slowly inching back to a new normal. Israelis are once again allowed to leave their homes. Thousands of school children are heading back to the classroom. Many stores are back in business, and the deserted streets are slowly filling up. Early last night, Palestinian terrorists in GazaContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 6 May 2020 | Even after the assassination of the commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, and having been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Iran has continued its entrenchment efforts in Syria, hoping to turn it into a base of operations against Israel and especially Israeli civilians. Though thereContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 6 May 2020 | Top Israeli judoka Sagi Muki has raised over quarter of a million shekels [US $7.1 million] by auctioning off memorabilia, meant to aid a hospital in his hometown in the fight against coronavirus. The judoka, who won the 2019 Judo World Championship as well as the 2015 and 2018 EuropeanContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 5 May 2020 | Israel is cautiously easing into a new normal as the government is relaxing restrictions and exiting lockdown, albeit under guidelines for sanitation and social distancing. The Israeli government on Monday lifted the restriction limiting Israelis to within 100 meters from home and allowed for more businesses to reopen as theContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 5 May 2020 | The number of Israelis who have recovered from coronavirus has exceeded 10,000 and currently stands [at] 10,064 after 404 more patients had beaten the virus, the Health Ministry reported Monday evening. Since the onset of the pandemic in the country, 16,246 Israelis have contracted the deadly pathogen—only 38 more [in]Continue Reading »
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