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On Rosh Hashanah eve, as Israelis were bracing for a second nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Health Ministry on Friday morning said it had registered 5,238 new cases in the past 24 hours.

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With less than a day before Israel becomes the first Western country to impose a second nation-wide lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein urged the public to adhere to government directives, saying that “without the public, we [the government] cannot succe…

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As holiday celebrations under lockdown become a near certainty in Israel, the number of coronavirus carriers in the country continues to rise, reaching 38,008 as of Sunday morning.The Israeli Health Ministry reported on Sunday that 1,056 COVID patients were hospitalized nationwide, and the n…

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As the Israeli cabinet weighs increasingly stringent steps to deal with the growing numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases, the Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command is playing an increasingly essential part in the state’s fight against the pandemic.The Home Front Command is the military…

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Israel is seeing a spike in aliyah (immigration to Israel) this year, with a higher number of people interested in moving to the Jewish state compared to previous years. But with COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the world, it has become more difficult to get through the process and once in the…

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Yad Vashem in Jerusalem is scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indiana-based University of Notre Dame and its global network to increase and encourage advanced Holocaust education and research across the world, announced the institutions on Tuesday.The agreement is…

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For the first time in its 107-year-old history, a team representing the State of Israel is dressed in blue-and-white jerseys and participating in the 21-stage Tour de France, the most prestigious bicycle race in the world.

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Israel’s Minister of Education Yoav Galant, along with Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and Coronavirus Project coordinator Ronni Gamzu announced on Sunday that the school year will start on Sept. 1—on schedule for Israel’s 2.4 million students in kindergarten through 12th grade.The opening wi…

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In May, Jacob Wirtzer was graduating from Arizona State University. By July, he was preparing to leave his parents’ house in California, board a plane bound for Israel and commit to serving for the next two years in the Israel Defense Forces.

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Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and his United Arab Emirates counterpart, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, spoke by phone Monday and agreed on cooperation between their two countries with regard to the coronavirus pandemic and other health-related matters.“I am proud to announce the co…

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Fast on the heels of the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish full diplomatic relations, Haifa-based Pluristem Therapeutics has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Center to advance cell therapies for diseases including…

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Before the break of dawn on July 6, Israel upgraded its spy satellite capabilities by a considerable degree after successfully launching the “Ofek 16” satellite into space from central Israel. The satellite is designed to boost Israel’s ability to monitor the dangerous activities of its adve…

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A total of 140 new olim (immigrants) from France arrived in Israel earlier this week and were welcomed at Ben-Gurion Airport by Pnina Tamano-Shata, Israeli Minister of Immigration and Absorption, and the president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews IFCJ Yael Eckstein, who…

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Two flights of new olim arrived in Israel this week — one on Monday and another on Tuesday — with 78 lone soldiers headed for service in the Israel Defense Forces. Another 42 individuals also came to make their homes in the Jewish state.

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Israel’s Knesset on Wednesday unanimously approved an NIS 6.5 billion ($1.9 million) coronavirus stimulus plan, with the aim of helping struggling citizens and boosting the slumped economy. The funds are slated to begin reaching eligible citizens starting on Sunday.The plan is an amended ver…

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 Israel’s Knesset announced on Thursday morning that it had passed the “Major Coronavirus Law,” granting the government “special powers for dealing with the spread of the novel coronavirus.”According to the temporary legislation, which is to take effect on Aug. 10 and remain in effect until …

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In excavations in Jerusalem near the U.S. embassy conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, more than 120 of some of the largest and most important collections of seal impressions stamped on jars were discovered, revealing information into tax collection in the period of the Judean mona…

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The number of active coronavirus cases in Israel passed 31,000 on Wednesday, the highest figure recorded since the onset of the pandemic in March and a one-week increase of 10,000 cases, according to the Israeli Health Ministry.

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Professor Siegal Sadetzki, head of Public Health Services in the Israeli Health Ministry, resigned on Tuesday, voicing harsh criticism of the ministry’s handling of the second wave of COVID-19.Sadetzki stated in her resignation letter that the country had “lost its way” with regard to its ha…

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Museums are in crisis all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the loss of visitor revenue, many smaller museums are being forced to close, and larger ones are postponing re-openings because restrictions on the numbers of visitors make it economically unfeasible. In Jerusalem, t…

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