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Israel Announces Partnership With U.A.E., Which Throws Cold Water On It

TEL AVIV, Israel — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announced a new partnership with the United Arab Emirates on Thursday to cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus, portraying it as the latest advance in the Jewish state’s efforts to build stronger ties with Arab states. But Mr. Netanyahu’s ebullient description was contradicted a few hours later when the ...

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A team of researchers from the Racah Institute of Physics and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem estimated that in line with the country’s steady rise of coronavirus cases in recent weeks, more than 100 deaths can be expected in the coming weeks. The study points to May 15, the date when events with large gatherings were permitted by the government, ...

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Israel’s border police chief tests positive for COVID-19

The health condition of Yaakov Shabtai is good, the police statement said, adding an epidemiologic investigation is being conducted to find out the contacts with him for home quarantine. On Thursday, Shabtai was seen standing alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and the army chief of staff Aviv Kochavi in a memorial ceremony in Jerusalem for soldiers ...

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To put Israel’s points, first learn about the Brits

Is the Israeli government reverting to its bad old ways by selecting the Likud politician Tzipi Hotovely as its ambassador to the United Kingdom? On a number of occasions, Israel has seemed to treat the UK with contempt by appointing as its ambassador someone with poor English and even less diplomatic prowess. In recent years, it seemed to have got ...

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11 European ambassadors warn Israel against West Bank annexation

Eleven European ambassadors to Israel on Thursday warned Jerusalem of severe consequences if it moves ahead with plans to annex parts of the West Bank as part of a government coalition deal. The envoys from the UK, Germany, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and the EU issued a formal objection to the Foreign Ministry against ...

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It’s not over, and uncertainty abounds, but Israel’s COVID-19 stats are stunning

The economy is in tatters. An unemployment rate that was below 4% last month is now above 25%. Businesses that looked solid just a few weeks ago may never recover. Promised loans and grants have proved hard to obtain or inadequate, been delayed, or not come through at all. Lockdown and reopening policies have been inconsistent and illogical. IKEA is doing ...

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Israel’s coronavirus death toll reaches 223, confirmed cases at 16,004

Testing for the coronavirus in the Bedouin community of Hura (Photo: Klalit HMO PR) Among Israel’s 16,004 confirmed cases, 8,758 have now been found free of the disease, leaving less than half – a total of 7,023 – who are still battling the virus. The number of patients receiving respiratory assistance stands on 83, the ministry said, and the number ...

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MPs press for sanctions against Israel over West Bank annexations

Nearly 130 parliamentarians, including former Conservative cabinet ministers, have written to Boris Johnson urging him to impose economic sanctions against Israel if Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition government goes ahead with its threat to annex parts of the West Bank. The letter, signed by the former Tory chairman Lord Patten and the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell, says annexation would be clearly ...

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Israel Back on the Learning Curve as Schools Set to Reopen

As movement restrictions ease, Israel wakes up to new challenges in a post-coronavirus world at home, in the region, and the world Israel is now entering the third month of the coronavirus crisis. The first case of COVID-19 – the disease caused by the virus – was diagnosed on February 27, in a person who had returned from a trip ...

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‘Spread of COVID-19 halted’: 80% of Israel has had no new cases for days — TV

The Israeli cabinet is set to meet Sunday to discuss further easing coronavirus restrictions, including opening malls and markets, amid figures suggesting the country has largely managed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Eighty percent of Israeli towns and villages have reported no new COVID-19 cases for several days, with Tel Aviv among them, a TV report said Friday, ...

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