Israel

Drama In Knesset: Blue-And-White Falls Apart As Gantz To Join Netanyahu In Unity Government

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In a dramatic move designed to establish a government in Israel after three unresolved elections over the past year, Benny Gantz's faction in Blue-And-White h...

Death Toll Mounts As Israel Still Ill-Prepared For Spike In Coronavirus Patients

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Despite increasing the stringent regulations on the lockdown, Israel continues to count increasing numbers of coronavirus patients and the death toll has also...

Israel Publishes New Guidelines For Stricter Lockdown, Communal Prayer Forbidden Indoors

JERUSALEM(VINnews) — Israel announced new guidelines for its closure which will be enforced as of 5 PM Wednesday. The new guidelines allow people to go out only for essential food ...

Israel Parliament Speaker Resigns In Facing High Court Order

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament speaker resigned Wednesday after seven years on the job rather than comply with a Supreme Court order to convene a vote on his replacement, dea...

Israel: 5 Dead From COVID_19, More Than 2000 Infected As Stricter Lockdown To Begin Wednesday

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — As the coronavirus continues to spread unabated in Israel, there have been four fatalities from the virus in the space of just 36 hours, sparking concern that...

Israeli Unemployment Rate Soars To 18.6 Percent; Official Calls For Total Lockdown

JERUSALEM (JNS) — The unemployment rate in Israel reached 18.6 percent on Tuesday with 91 percent of those now out of work being put on unpaid leave as a result of the coronavirus ...

Watch: Demonstration Against Health Minister Litzman For Closing Talmud Torahs

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A group of Chareidi protesters demonstrated outside the house of Israeli health minister Yaakov Litzman over the last few nights, complaining against his deci...

Israeli Coronavirus Cases Rise To 1,656

JERUSALEM (JNS) — Israel’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday morning that the number of Israelis diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus has risen to 1,656, an increase of 214 cases sin...

Likud members urge speaker to defy Israeli high court order

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel appeared on the verge of a constitutional crisis Tuesday as top members of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud urged their party colleague and parliament speaker to ...

Israel Works To Rescue Thousands Of Israelis Stranded Abroad

JERUSALEM (JNS) — The 3,000 Israelis who had traveled to India to take a temporary break from the whirlwind of life found themselves dealing very much with the reality of it as the...

First Israeli Coronavirus Fatality, A Holocaust Survivor, Is Buried With Social Distancing

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Arie Even, the first Israeli to die from the coronavirus, was buried in the dead of night with mourners standing six feet apart and funeral workers wearing Hazmat...

At Least 65 Yeshiva Students Returning To Israel From Crown Heights Test Positive For Coronavirus

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than half of a group of 114 students who returned to Israel from a yeshiva near the Chabad world headquarters in New York have tested positive for coronaviru...

Orthodox Lists, Backers Of Israeli Settlement Funding, Surge In WZO Elections Amid Record US Turnout

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The two Orthodox lists surged in the U.S. portion of the World Zionist Congress elections amid a record turnout since the balloting began for the entire American...

Rabbi Sternbuch: Don’t Go To Shul If You Are Even A Little Weak

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — In the wake of a spate of cases of coronavirus in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, the head of the Eda Charedis's Beis Din and a ...

Israel’s Top Court Orders Parliament To Clarify Speaker Vote

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the country’s parliament to reconvene for the selection of a new speaker, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netany...

Rav Chaim Kanievski’s Guidelines For Special Fast Day

BNEI BRAK (VINnews) — Rabbi Chaim Kanievski issued a letter Sunday in which he called on each and every Jew to increase the study of Torah since "Calamities only occur because of Y...

Israeli Supreme Court To Rule On Demand To Reopen Parliament

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political opponents on Sunday asked Israel's Supreme Court to force parliament to resume its full activities, despite restricti...

Rabbi Lau Declares A Fast Day Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israeli Chief Rabbi David Lau issued a public letter in which he called for a national fast on this coming Wednesday, the day before Rosh Chodesh Nissan. Rabb...

Watch: Police Attacked As They Enforce Health Ministry Directives In Meah Shearim

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Israeli police were attacked Sunday in Meah Shearim when they came to enforce the new regulations known as the "public health directive". The regulations proh...

Israeli Leader Offers To Step Down Next Year In Unity Deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister Saturday said he is ready to step down next year as part of a proposed power-sharing agreement with his chief rival meant to steer the coun...