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News Digest — 7/10/20

An explosion shook western Tehran in the early hours of Friday morning (10th), causing widespread power failures in two residential areas, the Islamic Republic’s media reported. The…

News Digest — 7/9/20

A US general voiced Washington’s backing for Lebanese stability on Wednesday (8th) on a visit that triggered a protest by demonstrators including supporters of…

News Digest — 7/8/20

The number of serious coronavirus cases and the number of patients on ventilators both have risen in Israel, as the country imposes new restrictions Wednesday (8th) as part of…

News Digest — 7/7/20

Two people were killed and several more injured when an explosion rocked a factory in the Iranian capital of Tehran early Tuesday (7th), Saudi news site Al-Arabiyah reported. According to…

News Digest — 7/6/20

Israel successfully  launched its Ofek-16 (or, “Horizon-16”) satellite at 4 a.m. on Monday (6th).  It joins a collection of satellites Israel has deployed recently. Not only the satellite, but…

News Digest — 7/2/20

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Wednesday (1st) discussed efforts to stabilize Syria in a video call, emphasizing the need to promote a political settlement for the…

News Digest — 7/1/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Tuesday (6/30) that discussions with the US on his plan to extend sovereignty over Jewish communities in…

News Digest — 6/30/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out his pledge to begin applying sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria and the…

News Digest — 6/29/20

Trump’s Mideast peace team, led by Avi Berkowitz, who took over as special negotiator from Jason Greenblatt, met with Israeli officials  on Sunday (28th) to estimate…

News Digest — 6/26/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday (25th) that his government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will soon announce a partnership in the fight against…

News Digest — 6/25/20

A Palestinian man was sentenced Wednesday (24th) by a military court to four life sentences over two December 2018 terror attacks in which two soldiers and an unborn baby…

News Digest — 6/24/20

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday night (23rd) that seven fighters, including two Syrian soldiers, were killed in airstrikes attributed to…

News Digest — 6/23/20

Around 2,500 people gathered at Joseph’s Tomb Monday night (22nd) to pray for the success of the potential annexation of parts of the West Bank, as part of…

News Digest — 6/22/20

Despite its distance from Israel, Iran is the most dangerous country in the Middle East, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Aviv Kochavi said Sunday evening (21st). “Iran has become the most…”

New Digest — 6/19/20

A partial eclipse will be visible in Israel on Sunday morning, June 21. The eclipse will begin at 7:25am and reach its peak at 8:24am…

News Digest — 6/18/20

There is a certain majority in the Cabinet for applying Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, after Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel said Thursday…

News Digest — 6/17/20

Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata said on Wednesday (17th) that the latest forecasts estimate that 90,000 new immigrants will arrive in Israel…

News Digest — 6/16/20

Former White House Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt wrote on Monday (15th) that the US government does not believe that the extension of Israeli sovereignty in parts of…

News Digest — 6/15/20

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday (14th) addressed the opening plenary of the 2020 AJC Global Forum, where he reaffirmed the strong US-Israel relationship, condemned…

News Digest — 6/12/20

The Israeli government is expected to give its final approval on Sunday (14th) to begin building Trump Heights, a future settlement named after US President Donald Trump…

News Digest — 6/11/20

Israelis have taken the easing of corona restrictions a little too far.  That’s the conclusion of Israel’s government after a new spike in coronavirus cases. On Wednesday (10th)…

News Digest — 6/10/20

Fifty-one Olim (new immigrants) landed at Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday morning (9th) as part of a Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight, in cooperation with the Ministry of…

News Digest — 6/9/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday (8th) the government won’t continue easing restrictions because of the increase in confirmed…

News Digest — 6/8/20

Fighters from the Israeli Border Police on Sunday (7th) provided life-saving medical treatment to a 14-year-old Palestinian Arab who suffered serious injury to his hand and arm from…

News Digest — 6/5/20

Israeli airstrikes targeted sites in the area of Masyaf in northern Syria on Thursday night (4th), Syrian state media said.  There were reports of nine dead. According to the official…

News Digest — 6/4/20

Israel’s parliament was forced to close down Thursday (4th) after an Arab member of the Knesset tested positive for the coronavirus.  He had sat on several committees before…

News Digest — 6/3/20

The annual ‘Celebrate Israel’ parade, which attracts tens of thousands and many senior officials every year, will be held in a ‘virtual’ format this year in light of…

News Digest — 6/2/20

May 2020 saw an all-time high in the number of new files of American and Canadian Jews requesting to make aliyah through the Nefesh B’Nefesh organization since…

News Digest — 6/1/20

Following an alarming rise in infections, Israel on Monday (1st) launched a new policy to test anybody who was in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, even if…

News Digest — 5/29/20

In the Bible Shavuot (also known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost) was an agricultural festival and celebrated at the end of the barley harvest…

News Digest — 5/28/20

The Israeli government is launching a $200 million economic aid program for industry and small and medium-sized businesses as part of the reconstruction of…

News Digest — 5/27/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Israelis “some happy news” on Tuesday (26th), announcing “the government approved the opening of restaurants, pubs, large…

News Digest — 5/26/20

Health Ministry Officials who toured Ben Gurion Airport on Monday (25th) put a damper on hopes that Israelis could whisk themselves abroad on a June vacation…

News Digest — 5/22/20

Israel on Thursday (21st) held a memorial service in Jerusalem to commemorate the thousands of Ethiopian Jews who perished under terrible conditions while…

News Digest — 5/21/20

Since Jerusalem Day, a national holiday in Israel, is celebrated Thursday (21st), police and organizers came to an agreement on Wednesday (20th) about how to mark the anniversary of…

News Digest — 5/20/20

The Washington Post correspondent who broke the story on the cyber attack on an Iranian port says the damage caused was much more than what the Iranians admitted…

News Digest — 5/19/20

Benny Gantz took the reins of Israel’s Defense Ministry and said he would maintain Israel’s military advantage in the region and will push to advance the Trump peace plan…

News Digest — 5/18/20

Unknown warplanes attacked Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border killing at least seven Iraqi militiamen, Syrian opposition activists said Sunday (17th). The strikes…

News Digest — 5/15/20

Top officials in the administration of US President Donald Trump in Israel and elsewhere took to social media on Thursday (14th) to celebrate the two-year anniversary of…

News Digest — 5/14/20

Israel’s parliament is set to approve a new government of national unity Thursday night (14th) ending almost 18 months of political uncertainty, but challenging politicians to…

News Digest — 5/13/20

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel, Wednesday (13th), for a lightning visit of a few hours, wearing a stars and stripes mask against the coronavirus. Greeting him in…

News Digest — 5/12/20

An IDF combat soldier was killed early Tuesday morning (12th) when a rock was thrown at his head during operational activity in Ya’bad, west of Jenin in Samaria. The operation was…

News Digest — 5/11/20

Two earthquakes shook northern Israel in the space of one hour, the Geophysical Institute of Israel reported on Monday (11th). The epicenter of the quakes was said to be…

News Digest — 5/8/20

Israel took a major leap forward on Thursday (7th) in reopening its economy as shopping malls, outdoor markets and fitness centers welcomed patrons back for the…

News Digest — 5/7/20

Later Thursday (7th), signatures of more than 61 Knesset members will be submitted to President Reuven Rivlin, who will ask current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to…

News Digest — 5/6/20

Israel’s biological defense research lab has discovered what they say is a “breakthrough” in finding an antidote to the coronavirus by isolating and developing an…

News Digest — 5/5/20

An attack on two military facilities southeast of Aleppo and attributed to Israel were carried out on Monday night (4th), Syrian news sources report. The attack took place in…

News Digest — 5/4/20

The Israeli government will vote on Monday (4th) to decide whether to further ease coronavirus restrictions, enabling malls, libraries, gyms, watersports and…

News Digest — 5/1/20

Explosions were reported in northern Syria Friday morning (1st), in broad daylight, hours after airstrikes attributed to Israel rocked southwestern Syria, near the…

News Digest — 4/30/20

President Reuven Rivlin received a letter at the start of Israel’s 72nd Independence Day from President of the United States Donald Trump, which read in full: Dear President Rivlin…

News Digest — 4/29/20

In a pre-recorded speech in honor of Israel’s Independence Day, known in Hebrew as “Yom Haatzmaut,” 80-year-old Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Israelis “despite the…

News Digest — 4/28/20

As it does every year, a one-minute siren wailed across Israel at 8 p.m. Monday night (27th) to mark the start of Memorial Day for the country’s fallen soldiers and…

A Deadlier Virus

The phrase, “haters going to hate,” can summarize the rising animosity of Jewish people globally due to the Coronavirus…

News Digest — 4/27/20

Beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday (27th), the lockdown restrictions approved by Israel’s Memorial Day for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Independence Day will go into effect…

News Digest — 4/24/20

2020 is the year that marks four centuries from the landing of the Mayflower on the shores of the New World in 1620, which was the beginning of a strong and profound…

News Digest — 4/23/20

On Wednesday (22nd), U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on Israel’s plan to extend sovereignty over Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, fielding…

News Digest — 4/22/20

The horrifying moments were caught on camera.  An Arab terrorist rammed his white van into an Israeli border policeman standing guard at a checkpoint near…

News Digest — 4/21/20

On Tuesday morning (21st), Israelis stood in silence while a two-minute siren was heard across the country in remembrance of the six million Jewish victims of…

News Digest — 4/20/20

Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins Monday evening (20th), is usually observed in Israel with somber ceremonies and emotional public gatherings, often featuring…

News Digest — 4/17/20

Israel’s hospital clowns are refusing to let the coronavirus stop them – even if it means reinventing the red nose and disinfecting oversized pants in near-boiling temperatures. The clowns…

News Digest — 4/16/20

In a roller-coaster week of ups and downs in coalition negotiations between Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the verdict finally came in…

News Digest — 4/15/20

Israelis entered the final day of Passover under coronavirus restrictions similar to Seder night that required the public to stay in their homes and celebrate only with…

News Digest — 4/14/20

Israelis will endure another full lockdown in the final days of Passover in an effort to stop people from congregating amid the coronavirus outbreak…

News Digest — 4/13/20

There are now more than 160,000 officially registered coronavirus cases across the Middle East.  The number of cases has been increasing at a rate of around…

News Digest — 4/9/20

For Israelis the first night of Passover – Seder night – was different this year from all other years due to a curfew aimed at halting the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of…

News Digest — 4/8/20

My dear people of Israel, this year we are celebrating the Passover Seder, in difficult circumstances, in the shadow of coronavirus, a plague for modern times.  It has necessitated…

News Digest — 4/7/20

The number of Israelis infected with the coronavirus passed 9,000 Tuesday (7th) as the country prepared for a nationwide curfew forcing people to stay home during the…

News Digest — 4/6/20

Eleven airplanes containing millions of pieces of medical equipment, including ventilators, face masks and protective suits to contend with the coronavirus outbreak, will…

News Digest — 4/3/20

Bnei Brak, the city of ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi Jews, has seen the highest infection rate of coronavirus in Israel.  In order to protect its more vulnerable residents, the…

News Digest — 4/2/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, National Security Council chief Meir Ben Shabbat and the director general of the Health Ministry Bar Siman Tov were…

News Digest — 4/1/20

Israeli deaths from the coronavirus jumped to 21 dead on Wednesday morning (1st), but number 18 hit a particular chord in the country as Tamar Peretz-Levi was the youngest…

News Digest — 3/31/20

Johnson and Johnson said on Monday (30th) that the company and the US government will invest $1 billion to create enough manufacturing capacity to make…

News Digest — 3/30/20

Johnson and Johnson said on Monday (30th) that the company and the US government will invest $1 billion to create enough manufacturing capacity to make more than…

News Digest — 3/30/20

The number of Israelis confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus passed 4,000 Monday morning (30th) as a senior official warned that a pending curfew may…

News Digest — 3/27/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, moved toward establishing a unity government on Thursday (26th) after…

News Digest — 3/26/20

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin addressed the nation Wednesday evening (25th) admonishing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz to…

News Digest — 3/25/20

The Israeli cabinet approved, via a phone call vote early Wednesday morning (25th), new, stricter limitations on public life in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, as…

News Digest — 3/24/20

The Israeli and US militaries are launching a joint aerial exercise Tuesday (24th) in which F-35 jets are taking part, the Israel Defense Forces said. The drill was permitted to…

News Digest — 3/23/20

On Sunday evening (22nd), the Israel Defense Forces thwarted an attempt to carry out a terror attack adjacent to Ni’lin junction, south of Qalqilya. IDF troops spotted…

News Digest — 3/20/20

The Israeli Health Ministry guidelines to fight the spread of coronavirus will no longer be “recommendations” or “requests.”  Rather overnight Thursday (19th) the government signed…

News Digest — 3/19/20

Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was able to deliver 100,000 new coronavirus test kits collected overseas to local labs in an overnight operation Channel 12 News reported Thursday (19th).  In the…

News Digest — 3/18/20

In a dramatic press conference, Tuesday (17th), 24 hours after the one on Monday night (16th), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced three more steps to fight the…

News Digest — 3/17/20

While Benjamin Netanyahu specified on Monday (16th) that Israel was not instituting a “general lockdown,” the prime minister introduced a series of new restrictions in an effort to…

News Digest — 3/16/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz met on Sunday evening (15th) at the request of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who led the…

News Digest — 3/13/20

On Thursday (12th) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Israel is closing its schools and universities in an effort to prevent coronavirus contagion. While Netanyahu excluded…

News Digest — 3/12/20

On Wednesday evening (11th), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel is instituting a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people in closed spaces…

News Digest — 3/11/20

Shortly before Israel’s Health Ministry announced three new coronavirus cases on Wednesday (11th), bringing the total number in Israel to 61, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held…

News Digest — 3/10/20

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday (10th) approved a “sovereignty road” that will enable Israelis and Palestinians to drive on separate highways. It will also clear the way for…

News Digest — 3/9/20

Every Purim, Richard Roberts sponsors a party for more than 2,000 people in the heavily Orthodox New Jersey city of Lakewood, where he gives out, by estimation, some…

News Digest — 3/6/20

As Israel’s Ministry of Health tries to limit the danger to Israelis from the coronavirus by calling on citizens not to fly abroad and adding more countries to the…

News Digest — 3/5/20

Syrian air defenses “confronted hostile targets” early Thursday morning (5th) in two areas – the first in Homs in the center of the country, and minutes later in Quneitra, on the…

News Digest — 3/4/20

The Palestinian Authority (PA) foreign ministry on Tuesday (3rd) denounced the speech given by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the announcement of…

News Digest — 3/3/20

Calling it “the biggest win of my life,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a noisy crowd of the faithful at Likud election headquarters in Tel Aviv in a speech that…

News Digest —3/2/20

With more than 6,000,000 able to exercise their right to vote, Israelis will wearily head to their third election in a year on Monday (2nd).  The political gridlock is unlikely to be…

News Digest — 2/28/20

A man was killed in an alleged Israeli drone strike as he was driving his car near the village of Hadar in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra on Thursday morning (27th)…

News Digest — 2/27/20

In a dramatic statement Wednesday (26th), Israel’s Health Ministry urged Israelis to seriously consider refraining from traveling abroad, as the country looked to isolate itself from…

News Digest — 2/26/20

Amid an election campaign when handshakes are at the center of the effort to win as many votes as possible in the March 2 Knesset election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is…

News Digest — 2/25/20

The Islamic Jihad terror group in the Gaza Strip announced a unilateral cease-fire that went into effect 11:30 p.m. on Monday (24th), calling for a halt after two days of…

News Digest — 2/24/20

Israeli airstrikes targeting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militant group in the Gaza Strip and Syria killed at least six fighters, a war monitor said Monday (24th).  The strikes came…

News Digest — 2/21/20

After a two-week quarantine onboard the coronavirus-hit Diamond Cruise ship, 11 seemingly unaffected Israeli passengers returned home Friday morning (21st). As a precaution…