Rabbi Seth Farber says Rabbinate opposes conversion reform bill for ‘political reasons’

January 17, 2022 by  

Religious Services Minister Matan Kahana’s draft of a conversion reform plan that would decentralize authority over conversions to Judaism in Israel to the Knesset has been damned by the Rabbinate. Read more

President Herzog gets 4th Covid vaccination from Arab Israeli nurse, warns country omicron will hit every household

January 6, 2022 by  

The President of Israel Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog visited the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Centre yesterday to launch its fourth COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

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Benny Gantz defends his meeting with Abbas: ‘My job is to act to prevent war’

January 4, 2022 by  

Defence Minister Benny Gantz has been forced to explain his decision to hold a face to face meeting last week with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Read more

War of words breaks out over start of Kashrut reform in Israel: MK calls Haredim ‘racist and ignorant’

January 3, 2022 by  

On Sunday, the first stage of a set of reforms on kashrut certification in Israel as promoted by Religious Services Minister Matan Kahana, from PM Naftali Bennett’s Yamina Party went into effect. Read more

First shipment of the Pfizer anti-coronavirus drug arrives in Israel

December 31, 2021 by  

The first shipment of the Pfizer drug for treating the coronavirus arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport On Thursday. Israel is one of the first nations in the world to receive it. Read more

Breaking the Silence caught falsifying list of supposed IDF ‘victims’ in Gaza

December 28, 2021 by  

Breaking the Silence, an Israeli organization that claims to report on cases where the IDF has harmed innocent Palestinians, recently posted on Facebook a list of 75 of alleged victims. Read more

Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan ‘shocked’ by ‘dishonest’ IDF statement on Homesh

December 20, 2021 by  

The head of the Shomron Regional Council (Samaria), Yossi Dagan, has issued a public statement condemning what he described as a “dishonest” announcement made by the IDF Spokesman regarding settlers who went to the Homesh outpost Sunday morning. Read more

The U.S. is not reopening its Jerusalem consulate

December 17, 2021 by  

Israeli officials have celebrated the news that the US will not be reopening its Jerusalem consulate for the purpose of strengthening its relations with the Palestinian Authority (PA). Read more

One killed in Homesh terrorist shooting attack – the victim a 20-year-old student

December 17, 2021 by  

Magen David Adom has confirmed that a 20-year-old victim of a terrorist attack earlier this evening died from his wounds while en route to the hospital. Read more

President Herzog meets British PM Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street

November 24, 2021 by  

President Isaac Herzog met the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street in London on Tuesday. Read more

President Isaac Herzog and First Lady attend 49 Flames exhibition at Chelsea FC’s stadium

November 23, 2021 by  

President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog began their official trip to the United Kingdom on Sunday by visiting Chelsea FC’s “49 Flames: Jewish Athletes and the Holocaust” exhibition at Stamford Bridge. Read more

Knesset Committee Chair calls ‘Jewishness Investigation’ procedure in rabbinical courts ‘Invasive and humiliating’

November 17, 2021 by  

The Knesset Committee on Special National Infrastructure Projects and Jewish Religious Services has held a meeting to look into the issue of “Jews of doubtful status?” Read more

Owner of supermarket chain Rami Levy forcibly removed from Knesset Economic Affairs Committee contentious hearing on the cost of living

November 11, 2021 by  

The Knesset Economic Affairs Committee on Wednesday held what became a combative hearing on the issue of high prices in Israel’s marketplace. Read more

Major Israeli food businesses Shufersal and Strauss under investigation for price fixing

November 10, 2021 by  

Two of Israel’s largest companies, The Shufersal supermarket chain and the Strauss food production company known largely for its dairy products, are currently under investigation for price-fixing schemes. Read more

Women of the Wall hold Rosh Chodesh services at Kotel, heckled by Haredi protestors

November 7, 2021 by  

The Women of the Wall held a prayer service at the Western Wall Plaza, the Kotel, Friday morning in celebration of Rosh Chodesh, the minor Jewish holiday held on the first day of the new Hebrew month. Friday is the first day of the month of Kislev. Read more

Israel passes first new budget in three years

November 5, 2021 by  

After a marathon session, lasting through the night, Israel’s Knesset was finally able to pass a new state budget, albeit by the slimmest of margins, for the first time in more than three years. At 5:30 A.M. local time a new budget was passed by a vote of 61 – 59. Read more

PM Bennett asks MK Kariv to cancel Kotel visit Friday for fear of violence

November 5, 2021 by  

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has personally asked Labor MK Gilad Kariv not to attend the special services being held Friday at the Kotel, Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem by the Women of the Wall organization for fear that there could be a violent confrontation. Read more

PM Bennett meets with Bill Gates and world leaders at climate conference

November 3, 2021 by  

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has met with Bill Gates, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Read more

PM Bennett to address the UN Glasgow Climate Conference today

November 1, 2021 by  

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is now in Glasgow for the UN Climate Change Conference together with Energy Minister Karine Elharrar and Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg. Read more

Naftali Bennett, Environment Minister Zandberg and others headed to Glasgow

October 25, 2021 by  

Ahead of the UN Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the cabinet of Israel today approved a new plan to encourage climate innovation, to develop technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to prepare for the future problems caused by climate change. Read more

Ayelet Shaked blames Religious Zionism Party for failure on passing new immigration law

October 13, 2021 by  

The dispute continues over attempts to permanently amend Israel’s Basic Law on Immigration to bar granting citizenship to Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens. Read more

Yuli Edelstein to challenge Netanyahu for Likud leadership, says Likud can’t win ever again under Bibi

October 12, 2021 by  

Former Israeli Cabinet Minister and Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein has declared his intention to challenge Binyamin Netanyahu for the leadership of Israel’s Likud Party. He made the announcement in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 News. Read more

Jerusalem names new square for a Japanese diplomat, Righteous Among the Nations

October 12, 2021 by  

The Mayor of Jerusalem Moshe Leon has dedicated a square in the city in the name of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who served at the Japanese Consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania during World War II and helped to issue visas to more than 2,150 Jews. Read more

Nir Barkat denies corruption allegations

October 5, 2021 by  

Israeli Knesset member and billionaire businessman Nir Barkat is one of the people who had his financial dealings unveiled in the Pandora hack. Read more

March of the Mothers protests demanding a change in IDF’s ‘debilitating’ rules of engagement

October 4, 2021 by  

The organization “March of the Mothers” held a demonstration yesterday in front of the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv. Read more

Five dead and 38 wounded in bus crash in northern Israel

September 30, 2021 by  

United Hatzalah volunteers are currently treating a large number of injured on Highway 89 near Hurfeish due to a bus accident. A private car and bus crashed into one another. Read more

Elad Tena appointed new head of Israel National Information System

September 20, 2021 by  

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has announced the appointment of Elad Tena to lead Israel’s National Information System called “Hasbara” in Hebrew, which comes from the word for “explanation.” Read more

Naftali Bennett speaks ahead of Yom Kippur: we will not allow Hamas to accumulate more rockets

September 15, 2021 by  

Prerecorded interviews with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett aired yesterday on all three of Israel’s broadcast channels at the start of their evening news programs. Each network was able to interview Bennett separately with its own reporter in the Prime Minister’s office. The interviews were given on the occasion of the eve of the Yom Kippur holiday which begins tonight. Read more

IAI unveils Rex MK II: A new multi-mission unmanned land vehicle

September 14, 2021 by  

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled the Rex MK II, its newest unmanned land platform. The IAI says that the Rex MK II is intended to keep troops out of harm’s way in complex circumstances. Read more

PM Bennett: world powers should not be fooled by Iran on nuclear weapons

September 13, 2021 by  

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made a number of remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday. Read more

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