Israel

First Fruits Harvested From 2000-Year-Old Date Pits Found In Judean Desert

KETURA, Israel — When researchers excavated the Masasa fortress in the 1960's, they found in an underground cistern among other significant archaeological finds some remarkably pre...

Report: Israeli Strike Kills 10 Iran-Backed Gunmen In Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected Israeli airstrike on Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Monday killed 10 fighters, including eight Iraqis, a Syrian opposition war monitor reported....

Israeli Prime Minister Announces New Countrywide Lockdown Starting Rosh Hashanah Amid Surge In Virus Cases

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel will reinstate a strict new countrywide lockdown this week amid a stubborn surge in coronavirus cases. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announc...

Netanyahu: ‘We Are On The Threshold Of A New Era’

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a gathering of ministers on Sunday of his “warm conversation” on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump and Bahrain...

Israeli Minister Resigns To Protest Expected Virus Lockdown

JERUSALEM (AP) — A prominent Israeli minister resigned on Sunday in protest over an expected government decision to impose a nationwide lockdown this week ahead of the Jewish New Y...

Second Lockdown To Cost Israel Upward Of $4 Billion, Says Israeli Finance Ministry

JERUSALEM (JNS) - A month-long coronavirus lockdown will cost the Israeli economy between NIS 15 and 20 billion ($4.3-$5.7 billion), the country’s Finance Ministry said over the we...

Thousands Of Israelis Protest Outside Netanyahu’s Residence

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Israelis demonstrated outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in central Jerusalem late Saturday, demanding he resign over his ...

Jared Kushner Presented Bahrain’s King With Sefer Torah Prior To Peace Agreement

WASHINGTON (VINnews) — Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, who has been directing the peace initiatives in the Middle East with Arab countries, bought a Sefer Torah and pr...

Iran Condemns Bahrain’s Plan To Normalize Ties With Israel

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday strongly condemned Bahrain's plan to normalize relations with Israel, calling it a shameful and ignominious move by the Gulf Arab country. B...

Israel Allocates $51 Million To Bring Over 2,000 Immigrants From Ethiopia By 2021

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Israel’s government has allocated $51 million to bring over 2,000 Ethiopian citizens this year, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The alloc...

Bahrain To Recognize Israel As UAE Deal Set To Be Signed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bahrain has become the latest Arab nation to agree to normalize ties with Israel as part of a broader diplomatic push by President Donald Trump and his administra...

Israeli PM Backs Down After Uproar Over Private Plane

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday scrapped plans to fly to Washington with his family on a private plane and said he would instead travel with th...

An Insider’s Look at ‘Corona Hotels’ Operated by IDF Home Front Command

JERUSALEM (JNS) - As the Israeli cabinet weighs increasingly stringent steps to deal with the growing numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases, the Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front ...

Setting New One-Day COVID Records, Israel Gears up for Extended Lockdown Starting on Rosh Hashanah

JERUSALEM (JTS) — Israel appears poised to return all of its citizens to lockdown just before Rosh Hashanah next week, in a decisive action that comes as the country’s coronavirus ...

Israeli Pediatrician Bride Dies Ten Days After Collapsing At Her Wedding

BEERSHEVA (VINnews) — In a tragic end to what should have been the most special day of her life, Dr. Shirley Almasi Arieli, a doctor working in the Pediatrics department at Beershe...

Israel’s Netanyahu Pressed to Sign Conflict-of-Interest Deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — With Israel's prime minister lashing out at him nearly every day, the country's attorney general is pressing Benjamin Netanyahu to sign a conflict-of-interest agre...

Ukrainian Rabbi: Its ‘Madly Dangerous’ To Go To Uman, Hospitals Are Collapsing

ODESSA (VINnews) — A month after a man wielding an ax attacked his Ukrainian shul and after falling gravely ill with coronavirus, Rabbi Mendi Cohen, 39, the Rabbi of Mariopol, warn...

Jared Kushner: ‘We’ll Do What We Can’ to Preserve Israel’s Military Superiority While Selling Combat Jets to UAE

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner pledged to “do what we can” to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge if the administration works out a deal to sel...

Watch: Israel Railway Inspector Prevents Charedim From Entering Train, But Who Is He?

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — A curious video which went viral Thursday morning shows an Israel Railway inspector allegedly preventing Chareidim from ascending a train at the Bat Yam railw...

Fearing Coronavirus Spread, Israel’s Chief Rabbi Bans Tashlich Ritual

JERUSALEM (JNS) - A key ritual ahead of Rosh Hashanah has been effectively banned by Israel’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The...