Israel

Israel’s pre-Passover egg shortage is no yolk. But millions of imported eggs are on the way.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A ship carrying millions of eggs arrived in Israel’s Ashdod port on Sunday in an effort to alleviate the country’s coronavirus-induced egg shortage just days before the Passover holiday. The country’s estimated shortage of about 30 million eggs means that Israelis’ typical Passover diets could be hard...
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Israel cordons off heavily infected Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak

(JTA) — Israeli security forces cordoned off the city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, and are enforcing a total lockdown there.

At least a third of the city’s heavily haredi Orthodox population has the coronavirus, according to government estimates. On Thursday, the Israeli government decided for the first time...
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Western Wall sanitized; notes removed and buried

Workers under the direction of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites, removed notes Tuesday morning, March 31, from between stones in the Western Wall. Oftentimes thousands of people from Israel and around the world will place notes of personal requests or prayers in a practice...
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Israeli president questions plans to evacuate elderly from hospital

(JERUSALEM) – Israel’s president, Reuven “Ruvi” Rivlin, today, March 29,  questioned Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to evacuate elderly and frail patients from hospital wards around the country as a means of fighting the coronavirus pandemic. 

The president stressed in his conversations that he...
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Why did Benny Gantz join forces with Benjamin Netanyahu?

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — One of the crazier weeks in Israeli politics in recent memory ended on a fittingly dramatic note: Benny Gantz, the former army chief who came close to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three straight elections, laid down his proverbial arms.

Gantz will join a...
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The coronavirus hasn’t stopped immigration to Israel

By SAM SOKOL

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Aviva Karoly, an attorney originally from Queens, New York, and her husband, Tzvi, were raised in religious Zionist homes and always dreamed of living in Israel.

In preparation, the couple had sent their 6-year old son Adi to a Hebrew-speaking preschool. They also put...
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3 Israelis die of COVID-19 on Thursday

(TPS) – Three Israelis died of coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on Thursday, as the number of patients in the country grew to 2,666.

The Wolfson Medical Center announced that a 91-year-old woman passed away.

“The staff of the department fought for her life by all means for long days and nights,...
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Benny Gantz takes Knesset speaker post as his prime minister hopes break down

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — As his Blue and White party was on the verge of breaking up, its leader, Benny Gantz, was elected speaker of the Israeli Knesset on Thursday evening.

Gantz has been tasked with forming a coalition government following elections earlier this month, Israel’s third vote...
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Iconic open-air markets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv closed because of coronavirus

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Popular open-air markets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv reportedly were closed by police after the Israeli government decided to tighten the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

The Carmel Market in Tel Aviv was ordered closed by police shortly after stalls opened for business, Israel’s Channel 12 reported, even as...
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Gantz and Netanyahu break off talks of a unity government that would include both of them

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Blue and White party led by Benny Gantz, who has been tasked with assembling a coalition government, said Thursday that it has broken off talks with Likud on a unity government without reaching an agreement.

“Contact with the Likud negotiating team has been terminated this evening,”...
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