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    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and others after Israeli forces said they thwarted an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected militants. The Israeli military announced late Monday that it had struck targets in Syria after the militants tried to plant explosives in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Israel struck the four suspects, who were believed to have been killed. Netanyahu, who toured a military base on Tuesday, said Israel would not hesitate to take further action. “We hit a cell and now we hit the dispatchers. We will do what is necessary in order to defend ourselves. I suggest to all of them, including Hezbollah, to consider this,” he said....
    Stars we lost in 2020 What is estate planning? Wales centre Roberts joins Dragons Wales centre Jamie Roberts has signed for Pro14 side Dragons, fulfilling a promise he made to himself he would play in his home country again. © Adrian DENNIS Wales centre Jamie Roberts has signed for the Dragons The 33-year-old barrel-chested midfielder, capped 94 times and a further three occasions with the British and Irish Lions, is returning home following a brief spell with the Stormers in South Africa. Since he left Wales in 2013 for French side Racing 92 Roberts, who has twice toured with the Lions, has also played for Harlequins and Bath in the English Premiership. "Always promised myself when I left Wales...
    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck back on Sunday at demonstrations calling for his resignation, accusing protesters of trampling democracy and the Israeli media of encouraging them. Netanyahu, who was sworn in for a fifth term in May after an election, has often complained of press bias against him, and some of the charges he faces in a corruption trial relate to alleged attempts to seek favourable coverage from media barons in return for state favours. Thousands of Israelis have been taking to the streets, including outside Netanyahu's Jerusalem home, to protest against alleged corruption and economic hardship stemming from lockdowns during the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, has denied wrongdoing...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu railed on Sunday at swelling protests against his rule, saying they are egged on by a biased media that distorts facts and cheers on the demonstrators. Netanyahu has faced a wave of protests in recent weeks, with demonstrators calling for the long-serving, indicted leader to resign and panning his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu has painted the protests as dens of “anarchists” and “leftists” out to topple “a strong right-wing leader.” The protests have largely been peaceful. In some cases they have ended with clashes between demonstrators and police. In others, small gangs of Netanyahu supporters and individuals affiliated with far-right groups have assaulted demonstrators. In a six-minute rant...
    By TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu railed on Sunday at swelling protests against his rule, saying they are egged on by a biased media that distorts facts and cheers on the demonstrators. Netanyahu has faced a wave of protests in recent weeks, with demonstrators calling for the long-serving, indicted leader to resign and panning his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu has painted the protests as dens of “anarchists” and “leftists" out to topple “a strong right-wing leader.” The protests have largely been peaceful. In some cases they have ended with clashes between demonstrators and police. In others, small gangs of Netanyahu supporters and individuals affiliated with far-right groups have assaulted...
    The buzzwords flying around Israel this weekend, ahead of Saturday night’s massive protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sounded more Italian than Hebrew: “La Familia,” a term that terrifies many Israelis. La Familia, whose presence at anti-Netanyahu rallies on at least three nights last week has led to violence, started out as “La Famiglia,” a club of Beitar Jerusalem Football Club fanatics, or ultras, who chose the name as an homage to the tough-guy mafia movies they love. Sixteen suspected La Familia members, along with a few of their Tel Aviv confederates, the Maccabi Tel Aviv Fanatics, were detained by police over growing violence last week against the swelling anti-Netanyahu movement known as The Black Flags.
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Several thousand demonstrators gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader showed no signs of slowing. Saturday’s demonstration in central Jerusalem, along with smaller gatherings in Tel Aviv and near Netanyahu’s beach house in central Israel, was one of the largest turnouts in weeks of protests. Throughout the summer, thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets, calling for Netanyahu to resign, protesting his handling of the country’s coronavirus crisis and saying he should not remain in office while on trial for corruption charges. Demonstrators hoisted Israeli flags, blew loud horns and held posters that said “Crime Minister” and accused Netanyahu of being out of...
    By Tova Cohen and Steven Scheer TEL AVIV (Reuters) - For two months, many Israeli television viewers watched nightly as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued warnings and updates about the novel coronavirus and imposed lockdowns. When infections fell, he went on television on May 26 to boast of his success. "Have a beer. Enjoy yourselves," he said. Many Israelis did just that. But infections later surged, and opinions polls showed confidence in Netanyahu was falling. He now faces nationwide protests over the state of the economy, hit by the coronavirus. Waving banners outside the prime minister's Jerusalem residence, the demonstrators are led by young people who scarcely remember any other leader -- Netanyahu has been prime minister since 2009 --...
    ISRAEL Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has branded a Last Supper-style art exhibition of him as a "shameful threat of crucifixion." The mock statue of him in Tel Aviv shows a chubby Netanyahu enjoying a huge meal all to himself in the style of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper painting. 5Itay Zalait's art installation in Tel Aviv has irritated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who says it is a 'threat'Credit: AFP or licensors 5The Prime Minister faces growing anger in the country for his handling of the coronavirus contentCredit: AFP The unflattering art exhibition references the Prime Minister's alleged corruption charges for which he is on trial for. But Netanyahu sees it as amounting to a threat following Jesus' crucifixion after...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s finance minister said Thursday he would bring a short-term budget up for a vote next week, setting up a showdown between the bloated government’s main two coalition partners that could spark its dissolution only months after it was formed. Israel Katz, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, said that given the current economic crisis following the outbreak of the coronavirus, it would be imprudent to insist upon a multi-year budget as outlined in the coalition agreement. But Defense Minister Benny Gantz, head of the Blue and White party, is demanding the power sharing agreement be honored and cites the opinion of top economists who say a budget till the end of 2020 alone will just...
    TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A statue in a Tel Aviv square of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoying a "Last Supper" feast added new bite on Wednesday to mounting protests against his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu, whose popularity has plunged in opinion polls amid 21.5% unemployment, said his depiction in a mock tableau of Jesus's final meal before his crucifixion, was tantamount to a death threat. In the installation, Netanyahu sits alone at a grand 10-metre (33 ft) long table, with two candelabras, grabbing at a huge cake resembling an Israeli flag. Moet & Chandon champagne, Chivas Regal scotch and Courvoisier cognac are placed alongside a heaping spread of fruit and meats, accompanied by a single cigar, to...
    By ODED BALILTY, Associated Press TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Residents of the city of Tel Aviv woke up Wednesday to a jarring site: a pop-up exhibit depicting a life-size statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoying a lavish meal by himself at a sprawling table in a mock re-enactment of the Last Supper. The installation, displayed in Tel Aviv's central Rabin Square, is the latest twist in a summer of demonstrations against Netanyahu. In recent weeks, thousands of people have taken to the streets, calling on Netanyahu to resign, angry over what they say is his bungled response to an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus and depicting him as a hedonist out of touch with common people....
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Residents of the city of Tel Aviv woke up Wednesday to a jarring site: a pop-up exhibit depicting a life-size statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoying a lavish meal by himself at a sprawling table in a mock re-enactment of the Last Supper. The installation, displayed in Tel Aviv’s central Rabin Square, is the latest twist in a summer of demonstrations against Netanyahu. In recent weeks, thousands of people have taken to the streets, calling on Netanyahu to resign, angry over what they say is his bungled response to an economic crisis caused by the coronavirus and depicting him as a hedonist out of touch with common people. Many critics accuse...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of people protested outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, pressing forward with a more than month-long campaign calling on the longtime leader to step down. Public discontent with the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and resulting economic crisis has drawn thousands, including many young Israelis, to twice-weekly protests demanding Netanyahu resign from office while on trial for corruption. Demonstrators chanted the slogan that has become the rallying cry of the protests against Netanyahu while he stands trial on corruption charges: “Capital! Regime! Underworld!” Netanyahu is on trial for a series of cases in which he allegedly received lavish gifts from billionaire friends and traded regulatory...
    By ARON HELLER, Associated Press RAANANA, Israel (AP) — Israel's returning ambassador to the United Nations affirmed the country's bond with the Trump administration Tuesday, dismissing notions that Israel would pay a price for its tight ties to the divisive president should he be defeated in November. In his first comprehensive interview since returning from the diplomatic posting, Danny Danon said he was relieved that the more progressive forces in the Democratic Party failed to secure the party's nomination and claimed that Israel could prosper with either Trump or Joe Biden in the White House. When it comes to Israel, he says the country's supporters in the U.S. put their domestic politics aside. “We have bipartisan support and we value...
    RAANANA, Israel (AP) — Israel’s returning ambassador to the United Nations affirmed the country’s bond with the Trump administration Tuesday, dismissing notions that Israel would pay a price for its tight ties to the divisive president should he be defeated in November. In his first comprehensive interview since returning from the diplomatic posting, Danny Danon said he was relieved that the more progressive forces in the Democratic Party failed to secure the party’s nomination and claimed that Israel could prosper with either Trump or Joe Biden in the White House. When it comes to Israel, he says the country’s supporters in the U.S. put their domestic politics aside. “We have bipartisan support and we value and we cherish it,” he...
    RAANANA, Israel (AP) — Israel’s returning ambassador to the United Nations affirmed the country’s bond with the Trump administration Tuesday, dismissing notions that Israel would pay a price for its tight ties to the divisive president should he be defeated in November. In his first comprehensive interview since returning from the diplomatic posting, Danny Danon said he was relieved that the more progressive forces in the Democratic Party failed to secure the party’s nomination and claimed that Israel could prosper with either Trump or Joe Biden in the White House. When it comes to Israel, he says the country’s supporters in the U.S. put their domestic politics aside. “We have bipartisan support and we value and we cherish it,” he...
    RAANANA, Israel (AP) — Israel’s returning ambassador to the United Nations affirmed the country’s bond with the Trump administration Tuesday, dismissing notions that Israel would pay a price for its tight ties to the divisive president should he be defeated in November. In his first comprehensive interview since returning from the diplomatic posting, Danny Danon said he was relieved that the more progressive forces in the Democratic Party failed to secure the party’s nomination and claimed that Israel could prosper with either Trump or Joe Biden in the White House. When it comes to Israel, he says the country’s supporters in the U.S. put their domestic politics aside. “We have bipartisan support and we value and we cherish it,” he...
    JERUSALEM — The wave of colorful and combative demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent weeks have been dominated by young Israelis. Israel has a long tradition of political protests that draw huge crowds. In recent years, anti-Netanyahu rallies have mostly been the domain of Israel’s old guardians of liberal values, who accuse the prime minister of using authoritarian tactics to chip away at the country’s democratic ideals. But the unprecedented economic downturn caused by the coronavirus, and a crisis of confidence in leadership, have spurred a younger generation of Israelis wary of their future to take on a more prominent role in the protests. Many of them have little or no history of political involvement. With flags, face...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hezbollah carried out an infiltration attempt along the Lebanese-Israeli frontier on Monday, disputing the Iranian-backed Shi'ite group's denial that it had done so. In a televised address hours after the incident in the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms region adjoining the Golan Heights, Netanyahu said: "We take a grave view of this attempt to infiltrate our territory. Hezbollah and Lebanon bear full responsibility for this incident and any attack from Lebanese territory against Israel. Hezbollah should know that it is playing with fire." He was sitting alongside Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz, who warned that any operation against Israel would draw a powerful Israeli response. (Reporting by Jeffrey Heller and Stephen Farrell) Copyright...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The wave of colorful and combative demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent weeks have been dominated by young Israelis. Israel has a long tradition of political protests that draw huge crowds. In recent years, anti-Netanyahu rallies have mostly been the domain of Israel’s old guardians of liberal values, who accuse the prime minister of using authoritarian tactics to chip away at the country’s democratic ideals. But the unprecedented economic downturn caused by the coronavirus, and a crisis of confidence in leadership, have spurred a younger generation of Israelis wary of their future to take on a more prominent role in the protests. Many of them have little or no history of political involvement. With flags,...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The wave of colorful and combative demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent weeks have been dominated by young Israelis. Israel has a long tradition of political protests that draw huge crowds. In recent years, anti-Netanyahu rallies have mostly been the domain of Israel’s old guardians of liberal values, who accuse the prime minister of using authoritarian tactics to chip away at the country’s democratic ideals. But the unprecedented economic downturn caused by the coronavirus, and a crisis of confidence in leadership, have spurred a younger generation of Israelis wary of their future to take on a more prominent role in the protests. Many of them have little or no history of political involvement. With flags,...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — In attending his first-ever public protest, 34-year-old Nimrod Gross arrived with the only prop he felt reflected him — the blue-and-white Israeli flag. The former combat soldier and current tour guide and after-school science teacher had seen his monthly income plunge to around $500 as a result of the harsh economic fallout from the coronavirus. A centrist who shuns politics, but with siblings who supported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he sought a unifying symbol to express his despair. Instead, Gross and his flag were pummeled by powerful police water cannons. The moment was captured by an Associated Press photographer, quickly becoming an emblematic image of the public outcry generating the wave of demonstrations sweeping the country...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Police said Sunday they arrested more than a dozen Israelis in country-wide protests the previous night that drew thousands of people in a growing and persistent show of force against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Thousands of people demonstrated outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem and hundreds gathered in a seaside park in Tel Aviv, demanding Netanyahu’s resignation and slamming his response to the crisis. For the first time since the wave of protests began weeks ago, hundreds also assembled outside Netanyahu’s private home in the upscale coastal town of Caesarea, where heavy security greeted them. Demonstrators across bridges and intersections waved black flags, the symbol of one of...
    By TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Police said Sunday they arrested more than a dozen Israelis in country-wide protests the previous night that drew thousands of people in a growing and persistent show of force against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Thousands of people demonstrated outside Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem and hundreds gathered in a seaside park in Tel Aviv, demanding Netanyahu's resignation and slamming his response to the crisis. For the first time since the wave of protests began weeks ago, hundreds also assembled outside Netanyahu's private home in the upscale coastal town of Caesarea, where heavy security greeted them. Demonstrators across bridges and intersections waved black flags,...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis held several demonstrations across the country against their prime minister Saturday, with the main protest taking place in Jerusalem outside the official residence of Benjamin Netanyahu. The protests have been going on for the past few weeks, sparked by what critics see as a government failure to handle the coronavirus crisis after initially keeping the threat of the virus at bay. Corruption charges against Netanyahu have further fueled the demonstrations. “Bibi, go home,” read one sign held by a protester. Another placard read “Everyone can see that the emperor has lost his clothes.” Hundreds of protesters Saturday also gathered outside Netanyahu’s beach house in the upscale town of Caesarea. Last week, police used water...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis held several demonstrations across the country against their prime minister Saturday, with the main protest taking place in Jerusalem outside the official residence of Benjamin Netanyahu. The protests have been going on for the past few weeks, sparked by what critics see as a government failure to handle the coronavirus crisis after initially keeping the threat of the virus at bay. Corruption charges against Netanyahu have further fueled the demonstrations. “Bibi, go home,” read one sign held by a protester. Another placard read “Everyone can see that the emperor has lost his clothes.” Hundreds of protesters Saturday also gathered outside Netanyahu’s beach house in the upscale town of Caesarea. Last week, police used water...
    Several thousand demonstrators gathered in Jerusalem on Saturday in front of the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, indicted for corruption, to demand his resignation, an . journalist found on the spot. The post New anti-Netanyahu protest shakes Jerusalem appeared first on Analogik.
    TEL AVIV – A small group of protesters is demonstrating against former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, claiming that his political group took money from a company associated with the late American pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The anti-Barak demonstrators are demanding an investigation into his role in the almost daily protests that are being staged outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street. They claim that Epstein’s “dirty money” is now fueling an attempt to overthrow a democratically-elected government. An NGO called “National Responsibility” was founded in 2017 by Barak associates, including a family member as well as a former political advisor.  According to the left-wing Israeli daily Ha’aretz, it was a public-benefit corporation that was intended to serve as an...
    (CNN)The United States has been widely criticized for its approach to the coronavirus pandemic, and the lack of strict nationwide measures to contain the outbreak is reflected in the highest number of cases and deaths in the world.Yet even countries lauded for their fast and effective responses to Covid-19 are seeing large outbreaks and resurgences of the infection, as it becomes clear that successes in containing the virus are often only temporary.Hong KongHong Kong was praised for its rapid response back in January, when it implemented measures including virus mapping, social distancing, encouraging hand-washing and other protective steps.Its government took further action to curb a second wave in March, as Hong Kong residents began returning to the city, bringing the...
    Israeli police have used water cannons to disperse protesters in central Jerusalem. At least 55 were arrested as clashes broke out overnight after thousands staged a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Israelis have held a series of demonstrations in recent weeks calling on Netanyahu to resign, citing his trial on corruption charges and his fractious unity government's poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Israeli police officers arrest a demonstrator during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his residence in Jerusalem, early on Friday Protesters hold placards during a demonstration against the Israeli prime minister outside his official residence in Jerusalem Police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against Israel's...
    Dozens of protesters opposing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were arrested in Israel late Thursday and early Friday as they clashed with police. Protesters have been holding demonstrations for weeks, calling for Netanyahu to resign over corruption charges and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. At least 55 people were arrested in central Jerusalem on Thursday as police used water cannons to disperse the large crowd. The protest near the prime minister's residence was thousands strong -- but the crowd included some Netanyahu supporters as well. Although the protest was initially peaceful, tensions heightened after police ordered demonstrators to disperse at 11 p.m., citing the sound ordinance law, according to the Jerusalem Post. Israeli police officers arrest a demonstrator during a protest against...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police used water cannons to disperse protesters in central Jerusalem and arrested at least 55 of them as clashes broke out overnight after thousands staged a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israelis have held a series of demonstrations in recent weeks calling on Netanyahu to resign, citing his trial on corruption charges and his fractious unity government’s poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The protest near the prime minister’s residence began around sundown on Thursday and was initially largely peaceful. A smaller counterprotest in support of Netanyahu was held nearby, with the two camps separated by metal barricades and a large police presence. Police say they moved in to disperse the protesters when they tried...
    The number of cases of coronavirus contamination is on the rise in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed a coordinator for the management of this pandemic. Strongly criticized The number of people infected with coronavirus started to rise again in Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is heavily criticized for its handling of the pandemic and corruption. Therefore, protests regularly take place in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In recent weeks, popular discontent has intensified.In addition, calls for the appointment of a coordinator of the fight against coronavirus have multiplied. So, Benjamin netanyahu has appointed a public health professional to handle the case, his office said Thursday (July 23). Professor Ronnie Gamzu as coordinator This task was entrusted to...
    Israel became the first country in the Middle East Wednesday to take a step toward outlawing so-called "gay conversion" therapy on Wednesday. The bill, introduced by the left-wing Meretz party, opposition lawmaker Nitzan Horowitz, was approved by Israel's parliament, the Knesset, in a vote of 42 to 36, according to AFP. It still needs to undergo two more rounds of voting in parliament to become law, and it could be blocked by members of the country's center-right coalition. “Amazing news for the Israeli public and the LGBTQ+ community at whole,” said opposition leader Nitzan Horowitz after the vote, per the Jerusalem Post. ”Today a historic change is beginning in Israel. I thank the MKs who voted in support of the...
    (CNN)The pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is building as quickly as the protests, with his official residence on Balfour Street now the focal point of protests that are growing in frequency and in size.The last protest was Tuesday night. The next is Thursday night, with more protests scheduled for the weekend. As public frustration with the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis soars, the anger fueling the demonstrations shows no sign of abating.Israel had coronavirus firmly in its grasp, only to see it slip awayThe protesters are angry for different reasons, but all of it is directed at Netanyahu. Gathering by the hundreds outside near Jerusalem's Paris Square, they block off streets and blow air horns. Economic protesters...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s largely ceremonial president lashed out Thursday at squabbling members of Benjamin Netanyahu’s so-called unity government, beseeching them to quit bickering during a time of national emergency and stop floating the prospect of yet another “terrible” election campaign. Reuven Rivlin’s tweet comes amid a wave of angry protests against Netanyahu for his perceived mismanagement of the country’s deepening public health and economic crisis. After initially bringing the coronavirus under control, Israel is now suffering a peak of some 2,000 new cases a day while unemployment has soared above 20%. The government, established in May after three costly, divisive and ultimately inconclusive elections, was formed with the specific goal of countering the crisis. Yet, it has been mostly...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — After a night of intense protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government, dozens of Israeli demonstrators chained themselves together and briefly blocked the entrance to parliament on Wednesday morning. Police arrested four and broke up the gathering, which was called to protest an upcoming vote to grant the government sweeping authority to bypass parliament in enacting measures to combat the rapid spread of the coronavirus. But it came amid a fresh outpouring of discontent with Netanyahu. Protests outside Netanyahu’s residence have become a weekly occurrence, with police increasingly taking harsher measures against demonstrators. Last month, they arrested a retired Israeli air force general, setting off an uproar. The protests have since drawn a younger crowd and have...
    JERUSALEM—Israeli police roughed up international journalists and used water cannons and mounted police to ram peaceful protesters close to Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence early Wednesday morning in the latest round of demonstrations demanding the Israeli prime minister’s resignation. The protests began about six months ago, in the wake of Netanyahu’s indictment on several corruption charges. They escalated in recent weeks as the government appeared to lose control of the coronavirus pandemic.  After midnight, as police attempted to disperse the activists, officers struck at least two journalists, including Guilhem Delteil of Radio France International, who was shoved into the street from the sidewalk. Delteil, who was wearing a T-shirt, was manhandled by the police despite the fact that he was interviewing...
    Jerusalem — After a night of intense protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government, dozens of Israeli demonstrators chained themselves together and briefly blocked the entrance to parliament on Wednesday morning. Police arrested four and broke up the gathering, which was called to protest an upcoming vote to grant the government sweeping authority to bypass parliament in enacting measures to combat the rapid spread of the coronavirus. But it came amid a fresh outpouring of discontent with Netanyahu. Protesters are hit by water cannon used by Israeli police during clashes at a demonstration against the Israeli prime minister outside his official residence in Jerusalem, early on July 22, 2020. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Protests outside Netanyahu's residence have become a...
    By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — After a night of intense protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government, dozens of Israeli demonstrators chained themselves together and briefly blocked the entrance to parliament on Wednesday morning. Police arrested four and broke up the gathering, which was called to protest an upcoming vote to grant the government sweeping authority to bypass parliament in enacting measures to combat the rapid spread of the coronavirus. But it came amid a fresh outpouring of discontent with Netanyahu. Protests outside Netanyahu’s residence have become a weekly occurrence, with police increasingly taking harsher measures against demonstrators. Last month, they arrested a retired Israeli air force general, setting off an uproar. The protests have...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - About 2,000 Israelis rallied outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on Tuesday as protests mounted against him over his handling of a worsening coronavirus crisis and alleged corruption. Wearing protective masks, the demonstrators marched from Netanyahu's official residence to Israel's parliament, holding up signs that read "Crime Minister" and calling on the five-term premier to step down. Reimposed coronavirus curbs after a rise in new COVID-19 cases have prompted Israelis demanding better state aid to take to the streets in almost daily demonstrations. Public anger has been also been fuelled by corruption alleged against Netanyahu, who went on trial in May for bribery, fraud and breach of trust - charges he denies. Netanyahu has announced...
    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The military should take over responsibility for keeping Israel's spreading coronavirus epidemic in check, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main coalition partner said on Tuesday, in comments likely to fuel tensions within the government. Israel lifted a partial lockdown in May, but a second surge of infections has seen cases rise above 50,000 and deaths above 400, while Netanyahu's approval ratings have plunged to under 30% and employment soared to 21%. Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, of the centrist Blue and White party, said he expected a decision "this week" to hand the running of anti-coronavirus containment measures from the health ministry to the armed forces' Homefront Command. "This virus will not leave us for an...
    A perfect storm of grievances has enveloped Israel just as a second coronavirus lockdown appears inevitable and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems close to losing control of his government. Protests were held in more than 200 cities and highway junctions all across Israel on Saturday night, and on Sunday, Netanyahu said money from the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was funding the mounting demonstrations. Hard-liner Netanyahu heads a rickety coalition formed only in May with former rival Benny Gantz, a centrist former army chief, following a year and a half in which Israelis went to the polls three times, never giving either leader enough support to form a workable government without the other. On Sunday morning, Netanyahu’s only comment about the...
    Mikel AyestaranFOLLOW Correspondent in Jerusalem Updated: 07/19/2020 02: 57h Save Related news The nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the 5 + 1 group, made up of the United States, Russia, China, France, Italy and Germany, turns five. It was a historic moment that lowered the tension between Washington and Tehran after decades of fighting and the Iranians pledged to limit your atomic program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Robert Malley remembers very well how difficult it was to achieve that pact because he was Barack Obama’s special assistant in the negotiation and the White House coordinator for the Middle East. This 57-year-old lawyer, current director of the International Crisis Group (ICG), a non-governmental organization aimed at...
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial will begin in January 2021, a judge ruled Sunday morning, adding witnesses will be called to testify three times a week. The new timeline may have a significant impact on the transfer of the premiership to Blue and White leader and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz, slated for November 2021. Netanyahu is on trial on charges of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. The prosecution has asked that the hearings start with Case 4000, the most serious charge facing the prime minister, in which Netanyahu is accused of ordering that regulations on communications giant Bezeq be eased in return for the phone company’s chief shareholder Shaul Elovitch giving Netanyahu positive coverage on his news...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's graft trial resumed on Sunday after a two-month break amid mounting protests over his alleged corruption and handling of the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu, the first serving Israeli prime minister to go on trial, did not attend what a spokesman for the prosecution said would be a technical discussion. His presence was not required at the session in Jerusalem District Court, where he appeared in May at the opening of the trial to deny charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu, 70, was indicted in November in cases involving gifts from millionaire friends and for allegedly seeking regulatory favours for media tycoons in return for favourable coverage. After clinching a coalition...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial resumed on Sunday, as the long-serving leader faces mounting discontent over his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu is charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in a series of scandals in which he is alleged to have received lavish gifts from billionaire friends and exchanged regulatory favors with media moguls for more agreeable coverage of himself and his family. Netanyahu denies wrongdoing, painting the accusations as a media-orchestrated witch-hunt pursued by a biased law enforcement system. The trial opened in May. Just before appearing in front of the judges, Netanyahu took to a podium inside the courthouse and flanked by his party members bashed the country’s legal...
    By TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial resumed on Sunday, as the long-serving leader faces mounting discontent over his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu is charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in a series of scandals in which he is alleged to have received lavish gifts from billionaire friends and exchanged regulatory favors with media moguls for more agreeable coverage of himself and his family. Netanyahu denies wrongdoing, painting the accusations as a media-orchestrated witch-hunt pursued by a biased law enforcement system. The trial opened in May. Just before appearing in front of the judges, Netanyahu took to a podium inside the courthouse and flanked by his party...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Netanyahu’s corruption trial resumes amid growing anger in Israel over his handling of coronavirus crisis. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police used water cannons to disperse demonstrators around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence on Saturday as protests mounted against him over alleged corruption and his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Hit by high unemployment, a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and reimposed coronavirus curbs, Israelis have taken to the streets in almost daily demonstrations against the government. Public anger has been compounded by corruption alleged against Netanyahu, who went on trial in May for bribery, fraud and breach of trust - charges he denies. In Jerusalem, hundreds gathered outside the prime minister's residence and then marched through the streets, calling for Netanyahu's resignation as police used water cannons to disperse the crowds. At least two people...
    JERUSALEM – Israel imposed a new weekend shutdown on Friday and tightened a series of coronavirus curbs to lower infection rates, amid growing public anger over the government’s handling of the crisis. People would be allowed to leave their homes this weekend but malls, shops, pools, zoos and museums would shut from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning, the government said in a statement. Full weekend lockdowns that could confine people to their homes may be imposed by July 24, after the government gains parliamentary approval for that, Israel Radio reported. Weekends in Israel begin on Friday afternoon, the eve of the Jewish Sabbath and last until Sunday – a working day. On all days, gatherings will be limited to...
    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's top coalition partner wants Israel to shelve planned West Bank annexations and instead focus on improving conditions for Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the occupied territory, two cabinet ministers said on Friday. Centrist ex-general Benny Gantz and the conservative Netanyahu agreed to begin discussing annexations as of July 1, but the plan -- already dogged by diplomatic blowback -- has been sidelined by a resurgence of coronavirus. Gantz says the health crisis should take precedence over any West Bank moves that may inflame conflict with the Palestinians. The Israeli-occupied West Bank is part of territory Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Netanyahu could go it alone in declaring...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel imposed a new weekend shutdown on Friday and tightened a series of coronavirus curbs to lower infection rates, amid growing public anger over the government's handling of the crisis. People would be allowed to leave their homes this weekend but malls, shops, pools, zoos and museums would shut from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning, the government said in a statement. Full weekend lockdowns that could confine people to their homes may be imposed by July 24, after the government gains parliamentary approval for that, Israel Radio reported. Weekends in Israel begin on Friday afternoon, the eve of the Jewish Sabbath, and last until Sunday - a working day. On all days, gatherings will be limited to...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel reached a new daily record of confirmed coronavirus cases, the country’s Health Ministry said Thursday, as a new nationwide lockdown to curb the pandemic appeared imminent. Adding to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s troubles, a new economic bailout plan announced by the embattled premier came under tough criticism from some of the government’s top economic experts. The growing coronavirus outbreak, coupled with a struggling economy, have marked a dramatic turnaround for Netanyahu. The Israeli leader received widespread praise for moving quickly to contain the coronavirus last spring. But since lifting a series of restrictions in May, the country has experienced a surge in cases. With unemployment over 20%, the pandemic’s economic impact is generating domestic...
    A demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took place in Jerusalem on Tuesday July 14. “Netanyahu, resignation” The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been charged with corruption in several cases. The next trial hearing is scheduled for July 19. On the evening of Tuesday July 14, thousands of protesters gathered in Jerusalem against this head of government, reports L’Express. “The corruption of Netanyahu makes us sick “,”Netanyahu, resignation, “they said. For freedom, equality and fraternity The reserve general Amir Haskel is one of the organizers of the event. He called on the public to come specially on this “231st anniversary of the French Revolution” day to “demand freedom, equality and fraternity”. In order to properly supervise this demonstration,...
    By Oren Liebermann, Milena Veselinovic and Emma Reynolds | CNN Major protests are breaking out against governments in several countries after coronavirus sparked fury over grievances including economic problems and alleged corruption or incompetence. Demonstrators have taken to the streets to voice their anger at perceived failures by leaders to rise to the unprecedented challenges heightened by the pandemic. In Israel, rising public discontent coincides with record numbers of new coronavirus cases. Monday’s figure topped 1,600 for the day. The current count is 42,813 confirmed cases and 375 deaths. For many, it underlines the sense that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has badly slipped up after appearing to have the virus firmly under control just two months ago. Thousands of...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday announced a plan to distribute hundreds of dollars in grants to every Israeli in order to stimulate the country’s sagging economy, days after thousands of people took to the streets to protest his handling of the coronavirus crisis. In a nationally televised news conference, Netanyahu lashed out at violent tactics used by some protesters and said his decision was not connected with the unrest. Instead, he said he was aiming to jump-start the economy when the country is in the midst of a global crisis. “I hear your distress. You’re not alone,” he said. Under Netanyahu’s plan, individuals and households without children will receive one-time payments of just over $200,...
    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday a plan for government grants for all Israelis amid growing public anger over his handling of a coronavirus crisis that has taken a sharp turn for the worse. Critics seized on the 6 billion shekel ($1.75 billion) handout package as a bid to boost the veteran leader's popularity before a widely expected series of new lockdowns. Payments will range between 750 shekels ($219) for individuals to up to 3,000 shekels ($875) for families with three or more children, Netanyahu said in a special TV address. Now in his fifth term, Netanyahu is grappling with new coronavirus transmissions. He said in his television address that he was "doing...
    A protester waves an Israeli flag as police use water cannons during clashes at a demonstration against the Israeli prime minister outside his official residence in Jerusalem, on July 14, 2020.Menahem Kahana | AFP | Getty Images The Israeli government made "very serious mistakes" after initially containing the coronavirus outbreak, and "tremendous damage" is being done to the economy, a political analyst told CNBC as cases in the country continue to climb rapidly. Just weeks after restrictions were mostly lifted in late May, new infections have led authorities to reimpose measures including closing gyms, clubs and event halls. Certain parts of the country were also designated as "restricted areas," where business activity will be limited. "It is hard not to...
    Thousands of people were protesting Tuesday night in Jerusalem against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accused of corruption in several cases, and demanding his resignation. “Netanyahu’s corruption makes us sick,” “Netanyahu resigns,” read banners displayed by protesters outside the prime minister’s residence, . journalists said. One of the organizers of the demonstration, Reserve General Amir Haskel, asked the public to come especially on July 14, “231st anniversary of the French Revolution”, to “demand freedom, equality and fraternity”. The police forces framed the act. The protesters wore masks, but did not respect the mandatory physical distance. “The deadliest virus is not covid-19 but corruption,” Laurent Cigé, who came from Tel-Aviv to participate in the demonstration, told .. Blamed for corruption, fraud...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis on Tuesday demonstrated outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling on the embattled leader to resign as he faces a trial on corruption charges and grapples with a deepening coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu has seen his popularity drop in recent weeks as he comes under criticism from a series of directions. A loose-knit movement has held a number of demonstrations saying that Netanyahu is unfit to lead at a time when he is on trial. Others have taken to the streets to protest a worsening economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. The rowdy demonstration Tuesday evening was led by anti-corruption activists who refer to Netanyahu as the “crime minister.” Many held posters,...
    TEL AVIV — An overwhelming majority of Israelis think the unity government forged between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz has not performed well in handling the twin crises–economic and health-related–facing the country as a result of the pandemic, new polls show. Sixty-one percent of Israelis are unhappy with the government’s overall performance dealing with the coronavirus crisis, while 75 percent expressed disapproval at how the resulting economic crisis was being handled, a Camil Fuchs poll published by Channel 13 on Sunday evening said. Another 16 percent said the government had handled it well Only 15 percent said they were satisfied with Netanyahu. The poll marked a stark contrast with one taken during the peak of the pandemic in...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police and Jerusalem municipal officials scuffled with protesters demonstrating against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday as officers dismantled tents set up by the demonstrator’s outside the premier’s residence. The demonstrators have staged a sit-in outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem for the past month, calling on him to resign while facing corruption charges. They said police used excessive force to dismantle the sit-in while opposition politicians decried the move as a restriction of free expression. Video footage from the scene appeared to show city officials and police officers tearing down banners and removing chairs and tents while tussling with demonstrators. Jerusalem city hall said in a statement that the municipality had removed the protesters’ equipment...
    TEL AVIV — Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv Saturday night to protest the government’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic in what was later described by the country’s deputy health minister as a “health terror attack.” According to estimates in Israeli media, some 80,000 protesters turned up to Rabin Square to express their anger at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Israel Katz, who they said failed to keep their promises and compensate thousands of people who lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. Unemployment in Israel has soared to close to 30 percent since the coronavirus outbreak hit the country in mid-March. A poll released Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics showed that 50 percent...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Thousands of Israelis demonstrated in downtown Tel Aviv on Saturday, protesting what is widely seen as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to address economic woes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. With economic stress deepening in recent weeks, many Israelis think the government has not done enough to compensate hundreds of thousands of workers who lost their jobs as a result of restrictions and shutdowns. Unemployment has surged over 20%, and Netanyahu has seen his popularity plummet. The protest was organized by unemployed, self-employed, entrepreneurs and business owners who gathered in central Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. Participants wore masks, but did not appear to be following social distancing rules. One man held a photo of...
    By Rami Amichay TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Thousands of Israelis demonstrated on Saturday in Tel Aviv, angered by what they say has been an inept government response to the economic hits they have taken during the coronavirus crisis. In keeping with restrictions on public gatherings, police limited the number of people allowed into Tel Aviv's Rabin square for the rally as nearby streets filled with demonstrators wearing face masks. "I have 40 workers with no income, no money," said Michal Gaist-Casif, vice president of a sound and lighting company. "We need the government to pump in money until we're back to normal. We haven't been working since mid-March through April, May, June and July, and August is looking to be...
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday admitted his government was too hasty in reopening the economy and as a result, Israel is now facing a “second wave of corona.” “Looking back, as part of trial and error, we can say that the last step was too early,” he said. “We are in the midst of a second wave of the coronavirus. It has come to us and it has reached other countries as well. In my estimation, it will not skip over almost any country,” he said. The prime minister also noted that Israel handled the first wave well and the death toll was and is “very low” but admitted that the lockdown caused a “heavy toll on the economy.”...
    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank, warning that it would violate international law and threaten long-term peace efforts. The two leaders spoke by phone Thursday, and Macron's office said in a statement Friday that he told Netanyahu “to abstain from taking any measure to annex Palestinian territories.” Macron also reiterated France's commitment to Israel's security and determination to work to calm tensions in the region. Tensions have been high in the West Bank in recent weeks as Israel has vowed to proceed with plans to annex up to 30% of the occupied territory, in line in President Donald Trump’s Middle East initiative. Netanyahu...
    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank, warning that it would violate international law and threaten long-term peace efforts. The two leaders spoke by phone Thursday, and Macron’s office said in a statement Friday that he told Netanyahu “to abstain from taking any measure to annex Palestinian territories.” Macron also reiterated France’s commitment to Israel’s security and determination to work to calm tensions in the region. Tensions have been high in the West Bank in recent weeks as Israel has vowed to proceed with plans to annex up to 30% of the occupied territory, in line in President Donald Trump’s Middle East initiative....
    JERUSALEM (AP) — With an unprecedented new surge in coronavirus cases battering Israel’s economy, one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest confidants was dispatched to a TV studio recently to calm the nerves of a jittery nation. Instead, he dismissed expressions of some of the public’s economic pain as “BS.” The flippant comment by Cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi is symptomatic of what critics see as a bloated, out-of-touch government. It also has become a rallying cry for anti-Netanyahu protests spreading, like the virus, across the country. One out-of-work Israeli erupted in anger during a live television interview, berating Netanyahu and warning the country is “going to burn” if aid is not given soon. It is a dramatic turn of events...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a new welfare package on Thursday for Israelis who have lost livelihoods due to the coronavirus crisis, saying the measures would provide an economic safety net for the coming year. A surge in contagion prompted the government to reimpose closures on businesses this week, dashing hopes of a recovery from a record 21% unemployment and stoking anger at the slow payout of $29 billion in aid previously pledged by the state. In a televised news conference, Netanyahu said Israel would make those who lost jobs to the crisis eligible for welfare through to mid-2021, provide retraining for "coronavirus-era professions" and expedite grants for ailing businesses. "We want to arrive at a situation...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — Two of Israel’s largest defense companies have signed a historic agreement Group 42 Inc in Abu Dhabi, to work on technology solutions for the coronavirus pandemic. Group 42 specializes in cloud computing and artificial intelligence; Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd are best known for military technology; both were involved in the development of the Iron Dome missile-defense system. All three companies are already involved in fighting the pandemic in their respective countries. Group 42 has offered the use of its supercomputers to researchers working on solutions for the disease. In Israel, the government mobilized defense companies against the outbreak. The agreement is being portrayed as a joint effort against a global pandemic, born...
    JERUSALEM—Like beachgoers informed there is no danger just before a tsunami hits, Israelis are stunned by the magnitude of the dramatic turn in their fortune. In under six weeks, they’ve gone from model nation fighting the novel coronavirus to a small, isolated country whose citizens face a long, deadly summer locked down. On May 17, Israel reported only 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the entire country. It looked like Israel had succeeded in subduing the coronavirus crisis with a lockdown enforced early and strictly, reemerging on the other side with only 271 dead. Announcing the imminent reopening of restaurants and pubs, Netanyahu, who usually sticks to a formal manner, beamed and told Israelis to “go out and enjoy yourselves.”...
    With early travel limits and sweeping closures, the Startup Nation had mainly contained the unfold of Covid-19, recording a mortality fee that was much greater than quite a few nations around the world in the Western world. As coronavirus tore across the United States and Europe, Israel was easily shifting to reopening. Lest there be any question about who led the place through these tricky periods, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu routinely held night push conferences to remind every person, warning about the newest worries and using credit score for the newest victories. On April 18, just about precisely two months just after Israel identified its very first scenario of coronavirus, Netanyahu declared that the country experienced succeeded in its battle...
    With early vacation restrictions and sweeping closures, the Startup Country had largely contained the unfold of Covid-19, recording a mortality rate that was far better than quite a few nations in the Western entire world. As coronavirus tore throughout the United States and Europe, Israel was easily shifting in the direction of reopening. Lest there be any doubt about who led the country as a result of these hard occasions, Primary Minister Benjamin Netanyahu routinely held night push conferences to remind all people, warning about the newest troubles and using credit history for the newest victories. On April 18, almost specifically two months right after Israel identified its first scenario of coronavirus, Netanyahu declared that the state had succeeded in...
    Jerusalem (CNN)For months, Israel appeared to be an international model of coronavirus success. With early travel restrictions and sweeping closures, the Startup Nation had largely contained the spread of Covid-19, recording a mortality rate that was far better than many countries in the Western world. As coronavirus tore across the United States and Europe, Israel was comfortably moving towards reopening.Lest there be any doubt about who led the country through these difficult times, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu routinely held evening press conferences to remind everyone, warning about the newest challenges and taking credit for the latest victories.On April 18, almost exactly two months after Israel discovered its first case of coronavirus, Netanyahu declared that the country had succeeded in its...
    Israel’s Director of Public Health for the Ministry of Health resigned Tuesday, citing frustration’s with Israel’s response to the coronavirus and noting that “Israel is heading to a dangerous place,” in a lengthy Facebook post. Siegal Sadetzki, the lead epidemiologist heading Israel's coronavirus response, posted her nine-page resignation letter on her social media page, saying that her opinion on how to handle the pandemic was ignored and that the country reopened irresponsibly. “To my regret, for a number of weeks now, the handling of the outbreak has lost direction,” Sadetzki wrote, according to the Times of Israel.  “Despite systematic and regular warnings in the various systems, and discussions in various forums, we watch with frustration as the hourglass of opportunities runs...
    Israel will reimpose lockdown measures in response to growing cases of the coronavirus. The nation has to reverse course to avoid a broader shutdown that could paralyze its economy, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel lifted its initial lockdown measures in early May. Restaurants will be limited to seating 30 customers outside and 20 inside, and organized sporting events can be held but must do so without fans. Synagogues are restricted to no more than 19 congregants. Bars, clubs, event halls, gyms, and public pools will be closed. Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, is also moving to increase the fine for not wearing a mask in public from 200 ($58 US) to 500 shekels ($145 US). Israel has experienced large increases...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A prominent Israeli journalist known for breaking diplomatic scoops and critical coverage of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received notice Sunday he was being dismissed. Barak Ravid, Channel 13 TV’s diplomatic correspondent, was among nearly 40 people who received dismissal letters from the station, Israeli media reported. Anchorwoman Tali Moreno, veteran weatherman Danny Roop and political correspondent Akiva Novick were among other big names being let go. But it was Ravid’s dismissal that raised eyebrows. Ravid has gained a reputation for breaking stories about Israel’s relations with the U.S., the European Union and other foreign partners. His reporting has upset Netanyahu at times, and the prime minister has publicly rebuked Ravid in the past. In recent months,...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — As scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands trial for corruption, his 28-year-old son has emerged as a driving force in a counterattack against critics and the state institutions prosecuting the longtime Israeli leader. A favorite of the prime minister’s nationalistic base and far right leaders around the world, Yair Netanyahu has become a fixture in the news, clashing with journalists on social media, threatening lawsuits against his father’s adversaries and posting online content deemed so offensive that Facebook briefly suspended his account. In the past month alone, he has called to banish minorities from Tel Aviv, tweeted a discredited conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and intimated that a critical Israeli broadcast...