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News Digest — 9/25/20

Israelis on Friday (25th) braced for a strict nationwide lockdown imposed by the government in an attempt to curb the coronavirus pandemic from spiraling further out…

News Digest — 9/24/20

Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau hinted on Wednesday (23rd) that he would support closing synagogues on Yom Kippur if health officials decide “it’s the right thing to do.” Despite…

News Digest — 9/23/20

Israel’s corona numbers continue to rise.  There were 3,858 reported cases on Monday (21st), up from 2,565 on Sunday (20th).  Of those tested, 11.2 percent are…

News Digest — 9/22/20

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz headed to Washington on Monday night (21st) for talks with his US counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME) following…

News Digest — 9/21/20

Tens of thousands of Israelis are seizing the opportunity to avoid the new lockdown by flying abroad to enjoy a more relaxed vacation in another country…

News Digest — 9/18/20

“May it be a blessed year for realizing peace and stability in the region,” wrote Bahraini Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif al-Zayani in response to…

News Digest — 9/17/20

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released its annual report Wednesday (16th) showing key numbers as the country prepares for the Jewish…

News Digest — 9/16/20

Terrorists in Gaza fired 13 rockets at Israel Wednesday morning (16th) as Hamas tried to divert attention from the historic signing ceremony in Washington where two…

News Digest — 9/15/20

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto is the only EU minister invited by President Donald Trump who will attend the signing ceremony of the peace agreement between Israel and…

News Digest — 9/14/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for the US Sunday evening (13th) to sign a historic deal with the United Arab Emirates at the White House on Tuesday (15th). Adding to…

News Digest — 9/11/20

Israeli aircraft launched a number of missiles at targets near the Syrian city of Aleppo in the early hours of Friday morning (11th), Syrian state media said. Syrian news outlets reported…

News Digest — 9/10/20

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein called Thursday (9th) for a full lockdown across Israel during the Jewish High Holidays, which begin next Friday (18th), at sundown, and end in…

News Digest — 9/9/20

Israel and the United Arab Emirates will sign their historic deal normalizing relations at a White House ceremony on September 15, US officials said on Tuesday (8th).  The ceremony…

News Digest — 9/8/20

The United Arab Emirates will make its first official visit to Israel on September 22nd, a source with the provisional itinerary said Monday (7th), according to Reuters…

News Digest — 9/4/20

It is apparently, “Next Year in Jerusalem” for the High Holy Days. Major Israeli-based tour operators tell Media Line they do not expect the country’s skies to open…

News Digest — 9/3/20

While the establishment of their embassy in Tel Aviv is a given, the UAE is also considering opening a consulate in the northern part of Israel to be closer to the center of…

News Digest — 9/2/20

A terrorist ran his car over an IDF soldier and an Israeli police officer at the Tapuah Junction, south of Shechem (Nablus) on Wednesday morning (2nd). The terrorist exited…

News Digest — 9/1/20

“How do you spell Shalom?” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked elementary school pupils on the first day of school, in the settlement of Mevo Horon, Tuesday (1st). It was a…

News Digest — 8/31/20

One person and several others were injured on Monday morning (31st) in two separate explosions in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi and its tourism hub…

News Digest — 8/28/20

IDF forces struck targets in the Gaza Strip belonging to the Hamas terror group early Friday morning (28th) in response to six rockets that were fired from Gaza…

News Digest — 8/27/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hezbollah Thursday (27th) “not to test Israel’s resolve,” following an incident that heightened tensions on the northern border…

News Digest — 8/26/20

Hezbollah terrorists fired at Israeli Army troops on Tuesday evening (25th) at 10:40 p.m., the IDF reported. In response, IDF forces deployed dozens of illumination rounds and… 

News Digest — 8/25/20

On Tuesday (25th), IDF fighter jets, tanks and aircraft continued to strike Hamas terror posts and underground infrastructure in the southern Gaza Strip, the military reports. The IDF…

News Digest — 8/24/20

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to travel to Sudan following meetings in Jerusalem, the State Department said on Sunday (23rd) as reports of a…

News Digest — 8/21/20

The IDF struck targets belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip during three rounds of airstrikes, as 12 rockets were fired towards southern Israel from the coastal enclave on…

News Digest — 8/20/20

Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s former adviser, acknowledged that question of applying sovereignty over Judea and Samaria was not “off the table,” but…

News Digest — 8/19/20

Israel and Sudan on Tuesday (18th) said they were close to reaching a peace agreement – setting the stage for a second dramatic diplomatic breakthrough for…

News Digest — 8/17/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described his doctrine of “peace for peace” and “peace from strength” as bringing about formal relations with the…

News Digest — 8/14/20

The Coronavirus Cabinet decided Thursday night (13th) that Israeli citizens will be able to fly to Greece, Croatia and Bulgaria, without the obligation of…

News Digest — 8/13/20

Israel and the United States completed a successful test of the advanced Arrow 2 air defense system late Wednesday night (12th), shooting down a simulated…

News Digest — 8/12/20

Israel’s “Lahav Or” (Light Blade) laser system, designed to intercept airborne incendiary threats launched from the Gaza Strip, was deployed operationally by the…

News Digest — 8/11/20

Despite comments to the contrary by the Health Ministry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Monday (10th) that the school year will open for all children on…

News Digest — 8/10/20

IDF aircraft struck an observation post belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday (9th).  The attack was in response to…

News Digest — 8/7/20

Within weeks Israel could see the first foreign visitors arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport since the country closed its borders to non-nationals in mid-March because…

News Digest — 8/6/20

The Coronavirus Cabinet decided on Wednesday night (5th) to lift the restrictions imposed on the opening of street shops, shopping centers and amusement facilities in…

News Digest — 8/5/20

Hospitals in Beirut turned away the injured from Tuesday’s (4th) massive explosion, as there were too many.  Bodies were strewn everywhere under the burning rubble.  The scene…

News Digest — 8/4/20

IDF fighter jets, attack helicopters and aircraft struck military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian Armed Forces on Monday night (3rd), making good on…

News Digest — 8/3/20

On Sunday night (2nd), IDF troops foiled an attempt to place improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along the Alpha Line between Syria and Israel.  The incident was…

News Digest — 7/31/20

Israel has gained control of the coronavirus crisis, researchers at Hebrew University claimed on Thursday (30th) in a new report…

News Digest — 7/30/20

Jews around the world marked the beginning of Tisha B’Av at sundown Wednesday night (29th), as they began to mourn the major disasters that befell the…

News Digest — 7/29/20

Lebanon’s citizens were informed on Monday (27th) of a series of new restrictions intended to stop the spread of COVID-19, the most dramatic of which was a…

News Digest — 7/28/20

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz responded Monday evening (27th) to the incident on the Lebanese border in which three…

News Digest — 7/27/20

Israel said a military drone crashed in southern Lebanon on Sunday (26th) as regional tensions ran high, days after a series of cross-border exchanges between Israel and Syria and…

News Digest — 7/24/20

The US House of Representatives passed a $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2021 on Tuesday (21st) that includes the continuation of…

News Digest — 7/23/20

Jews and Israelis who are living in the US are moving back to Israel in large numbers and buying real estate, despite the second wave of infections that has been hitting…

News Digest — 7/22/20

Seconds after being stabbed repeatedly in the back by Palestinian Khalil Jabarin in 2018, Ari Fuld chased after his attacker, releasing several rounds from his handgun before…

News Digest — 7/21/20

The Syrian military said the country’s air defenses responded on Monday (20th) to Israeli air raids in south Damascus that caused material damage, and residents said…

News Digest — 7/20/20

Israel saw less than 1,000 new daily coronavirus cases for the first time in weeks, health officials confirmed on Monday (20th). Over the past few weeks Israel had been seeing…

News Digest — 7/17/20

In the wake of the second wave of coronavirus infections in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked his ministers on Thursday (16th) to approve a series of…

News Digest — 7/16/20

In a press conference Wednesday evening (15th) at his office in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a handout of NIS 6 billion to help Israelis…

News Digest — 7/15/20

Professor Yaakov Nachmias of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has found a way of keeping the novel coronavirus COVID-19 from replicating itself, reducing the…

News Digest — 7/14/20

Will Israelis celebrate this year’s High Holidays in a nuclear-family format only, with cities on total lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus?  Israel Hayom has learned…

News Digest — 7/13/20

The International Legal Forum (ILF) asserted Israel’s territorial rights and sovereignty over Judea and Samaria in a letter signed by over 100 legal scholars from…

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…