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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…

News Digest — 2/20/20

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network recently hosted a debate about Israel and the Arab countries. Syrian journalist Thaer Al-Nashef who took part in the debate, said the claim that Israel is…

News Digest — 2/19/20

With less than two weeks until election day and polls showing Likud and its allies doing no better than during the last round of voting in September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on…

News Digest — 2/18/20

Hundreds gathered at Jerusalem’s Western Wall Sunday (16th) for mass prayer to keep coronavirus at bay.  According to local media the time of prayer was an initiative of…

News Digest — 2/14/20

The IAF launched airstrikes Thursday (13th) in the Damascus area, according to the Syrian news agency SANA.  Syrian air defenses downed several missiles coming across Israel’s…

News Digest — 2/13/20

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Wednesday (12th) condemned the UN Human Rights Council after it released a list of over 100 companies which…

News Digest — 2/12/20

Even before the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan was revealed earlier this month, Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas was planning his trip to…

News Digest — 2/11/20

“An Egyptian security delegation visiting the Gaza Strip has relayed a message from Israel to Hamas, warning that if calm is not restored to the Israel-Gaza border, Israel will…

News Digest — 2/10/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would respond with ‘devastating action’ if the terror groups continue to launch attacks on the Jewish state, suggesting he would not…

News Digest — 2/7/20

Israeli officials on Thursday (6th) lambasted Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas after three terrorist attacks on Israeli troops in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, accusing…

News Digest — 2/6/20

An IDF combat soldier was severely injured in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem early on Thursday morning (6th), the Israeli military said in a statement. Another 11 soldiers…

News Digest — 2/5/20

The Israeli military carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning (5th) after terrorists based in the coastal enclave fired three rockets at…

News Digest — 2/4/20

Just days before Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas is to arrive in New York for a UN Security Council discussion on President Donald Trump’s…

News Digest — 2/3/20

IDF fighter jets and helicopters attacked several Hamas terror targets early Sunday morning (2nd). Among the targets attacked were underground infrastructures used by…

News Digest — 1/31/20

Three rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel late Thursday night (30th), the Israel Defense Forces said. There were no direct injuries, but an infant was…

News Digest — 1/30/20

Israeli Police forces are preparing for an escalation in the violence on the Temple Mount as two Muslims were arrested at the holy site on Wednesday (29th) after they…

News Digest — 1/29/20

Three years in the making, the ‘Deal of the Century,’ Donald Trump’s peace plan, has finally been revealed. Borders: Trump’s plan features a map of what Israel’s…

News Digest — 1/28/20

US President Donald Trump is set to unveil his administration’s much-anticipated Mideast peace plan in the latest American venture to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

News Digest — 1/27/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz landed in Washington, DC on Sunday (26th), ahead of a meeting with US President Donald Trump to discuss…

News Digest — 1/24/20

Israel’s security forces geared up for possible rioting on the Temple Mount during Friday (24th) prayers, amid calls for demonstrations on the holy site to protest…

News Digest — 1/23/20

Dozens of world leaders descended upon Jerusalem on Thursday (23rd) for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating…

News Digest — 1/22/20

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed a vow to annex Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria as the embattled leader kicked off a…

News Digest — 1/21/20

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again drew a parallel between the Nazi genocide of the Jews and…

News Digest — 1/20/20

Governor of Texas Greg Abbott was honored at the Friends of Zion Heritage Center in Jerusalem, Friday (17th) with its highest honor – The Friends of Zion Award – during his…

News Digest — 1/17/20

As roughly 8,000 Muslim worshipers ended their prayers on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday (17th), several hundred Arabs began to riot and…

News Digest — 1/16/20

A top US Jewish group expressed solidarity on Tuesday (14th) with the anti-regime demonstrators who have taken to the streets of Iran since last weekend. “We stand with…

News Digest — 1/15/20

Syria’s air defenses confronted an aerial “aggression” from Israel that targeted an air base in the country’s center late Tuesday (14th), state media reported, quoting a…

News Digest — 1/14/20

The volume of rockets in 2019 from Gaza hit new highs for a non-war year, while terrorism emanating from the West Bank continued to…

News Digest — 1/13/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the regime in Tehran on Sunday (12th) at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, expressing solidarity with the masses who have…

News Digest — 1/10/20

A spy and a man convicted of murder will be released to their hometown in the Syrian Golan Heights by the Israeli government as a “gesture of goodwill” to the…

News Digest — 1/9/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it very clear that settlements in Judea and Samaria will not be evacuated in any peace plan on his watch. “We never lost our right to…

News Digest — 1/8/20

Speaking at the Kohelet Forum Conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday (8th), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel would strike a “resounding blow” if…

News Digest — 1/7/20

Julian Reichelt, the editor-in-chief of best-selling German newspaper Bild, on Friday (3rd) authored a barn-burning commentary praising US President Donald Trump for…

News Digest — 1/6/20

The decision by US President Donald Trump to kill Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran’s Quds Force, should not be considered a controversial move but rather a…

News Digest — 1/3/20

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi together with other leading security officials, convened at the Defense Ministry in…

News Digest — 1/2/20

The discovery of a horn that is purported to be one of the four corners of God’s ancient altar, as described in the biblical book of I Kings, took 2nd place on the 2019 list of…

News Digest — 12/31/19

The Israeli Security Cabinet on Sunday (29th) voted to withhold $43 million of tax funds from Palestinians, saying that is the amount of money the Palestinian Authority (PA) has paid…

News Digest — 12/30/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to news of the stabbing attack in Monsey, New York during the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday (29th). “Israel strongly…

News Digest — 12/27/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (26th) scored a landslide victory in a primary race for leadership of the ruling Likud party, giving the…

News Digest — 12/26/19

Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket toward the southern city of Ashkelon on Wednesday night (25th) as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was campaigning for…

News Digest — 12/24/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday (23rd) released a statement addressing the recent announcement that the International Criminal Court intends to…

News Digest — 12/23/19

Israeli airstrikes in Syria overnight killed at least three fighters aligned with the Assad regime, a monitor organization reported Monday (23rd). The British-based…

News Digest — 12/20/19

For the second time in less than 24 hours Israeli jets struck Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip following earlier rocket fire on Thursday evening (19th).  The military said…

News Digest — 12/19/19

Overnight, a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory, the IDF reported on Thursday (19th). In response, IDF fighter jets struck a Hamas…

News Digest — 12/18/19

Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer thanked US President Donald Trump for signing an executive order to fight anti-Semitism on college campuses. “Last week…

News Digest — 12/17/19

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said Monday (16th) that Israel was facing a growing number of enemies and fronts and discussed the missions and…

News Digest — 12/16/19

“More than ever, Iran is threatening stability in the Middle East and endangering world peace in general due to its destructive regional aspirations,” said…

News Digest — 12/13/19

Israel expressed relief at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s loss in the UK general election overnight Thursday (12th), congratulating UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on securing a…

News Digest — 12/12/19

The gears of Israel’s political system continue to grind in place as the 22nd Knesset, serving for only three months, voted to dissolve itself at midnight Wednesday (11th) after…

Independence Day Attack Thwarted

Two Palestinians were indicted last Sunday for attempting to join ISIS and plotting mass shootings for Israel’s 72nd Independence Day…

News Digest — 12/11/19

Less than three months after Israel’s last election, the Knesset prepared Wednesday (11th) to dissolve itself and send the country to its third election in less than…

News Digest — 12/10/19

Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has been awarded Israel’s prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious…

News Digest — 12/9/19

If Israelis are forced to go to a third Knesset election within a year, the parliamentary divide between right and left would remain nearly identical but the two largest factions would…

News Digest — 12/6/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for legislation allowing the public to directly elect the prime minister to prevent a third round of Knesset elections from being held in under…

News Digest — 12/5/19

Hamas on Wednesday (4th) called on Gaza Strip’s residents to return to the Israel-Gaza border on Friday (6th) and resume the “March of Return” protests following a three-week…

News Digest — 12/4/19

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with reporters Wednesday morning (4th) just before his departure for Lisbon, Portugal, where he is set to meet with…

News Digest — 12/3/19

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon is to announce on Tuesday (3rd) a plan to advance a resolution recognizing Jewish refugees from Arab countries. The move…

News Digest — 12/2/19

At the start of a meeting with his Security Council on Sunday (1st), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his commitment to the security and well-being of the…

News Digest — 11/27/19

After an incoming rocket from the Gaza Strip was intercepted by Israel’s missile defense system, Tuesday night (26th), and another landed in an open space, it was the IDF’s turn to…

News Digest — 11/26/19

The IDF issued a statement on Monday (25th) that it had identified a rocket launch from the Gaza Strip toward Israel.  There were no immediate reports of…

News Digest — 11/25/19

Likud MK Shlomo Karai is drafting a bill that would end the political deadlock in Israel by making it possible for voters to directly elect a prime minister, Yediot Ahronot reported…

News Digest — 11/22/19

Israel’s political system made history Thursday (21st), entering for the first time a specially designated 21-day grace period in which any member of the Knesset will have the opportunity…

News Digest — 11/21/19

On Wednesday night (20th), Blue and White’s Benny Gantz informed President Reuven Rivlin that he could not form a governing coalition, which means the nation…

News Digest — 11/20/19

Israel warned Iran from carrying out further attacks against the Jewish State after Israeli fighter jets carried out a wave of retaliatory air strikes against dozens of…

News Digest — 11/19/19

Sirens sounded in the Golan Heights in Israel’s north early Tuesday morning (19th). The IDF reported that four launches were identified from Syria towards…

News Digest — 11/18/19

Regardless of the intensive efforts made to form a unity government and prevent a third election, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, in the forefront of such efforts, does not discount the…

News Digest — 11/15/19

The Israeli Air Force struck several Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip in the predawn hours of Friday morning (15th), in response to four rocket attacks by the Iranian-backed terrorist group…

News Digest — 11/14/19

The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday (14th) said five rockets were fired at Israel, hours after the military confirmed a ceasefire had been reached with terror groups in Gaza…