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Israeli police brace for rally against virus cash crisis

Jul 12, 2020 - 12:02 AM

Thousands of Israel's self-employed are expected to protest against what they say is the government's abandonment of them after forcing their businesses to close under coronavirus regulations

PROTEST. A woman protester holds her hand before her face mask while marching during a rally. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Israeli scientists use waste in battle against virus

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:11 PM

Israeli scientists have been working for the past 5 years on recycling waste and transforming it into alcohol

RECYCLING WASTE. Professor Hadas Mamane produces Ethanol from waste at the laboratory of Tel Aviv University (TAU) in the Israeli coastal city, on July 8, 2020. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israeli health official resigns blasting virus response

Jul 07, 2020 - 7:36 PM

'For a few weeks now, our compass for dealing with the pandemic has become disoriented,' says Siegal Sadetzki, the health ministry's director of public health services

CORONAVIRUS MEASURES. Israeli medical personnel take samples at a drive through COVID-19 testing facility in Ramat Hasharon in the suburbs of Tel Aviv, on July 6, 2020 during measures imposed by the Israeli authorities to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israeli carrier agrees to bailout terms after virus losses

Jul 07, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Coronavirus-hit airline El Al says it accepted a $250-million loan from the Israeli government

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Palestinian rivals Fatah, Hamas pledge unity against Israeli annexations

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The joint press conference is spurred by common opposition against US President Donald Trump's controversial peace plan, which paves the way for Israel to annex territory in the occupied West Bank

UNITED. Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, attends by video conference a meeting with deputy Hamas chief Saleh Arouri (on screen from Beirut) discussing Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 2, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Palestinians rally as global opposition to Israeli annexation grows

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:21 PM

With no announcement currently scheduled on Israel's self-imposed kick-off date, opponents of the plan – notably Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza – are mobilizing

'DAY OF RAGE.' A Palestinian demonstrator flashes the victory sign during a rally as Palestinians call for a 'Day of Rage' to protest Israel's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, in Gaza City on July 1, 2020. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Key dates in Israel since its creation in 1948

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:17 PM

A chronology of important events in the history of Israel

An Israeli flag hovers cars driving by the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank on January 27, 2020. - Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called for international powers to boycott a US peace plan which they see as biased towards Israel as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz are set to meet Donald Trump in Washington, with the US President expected to reveal his long-delayed proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP)

Netanyahu hides cards on eve of Israel 'annexations' date

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:44 PM

Right-wing premier Benjamin Netanyahu gives no indication as to his plans ahead of the possible July 1 kick-off date

ON ANNEXATION. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. File photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP

Israel's annexation plans 'illegal' – U.N. rights chief

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:41 PM

Michelle Bachelet urges Israel to shift course, warning that 'the shockwaves of annexation will last for decades, and will be extremely damaging to Israel, as well as to the Palestinians'

'ILLEGAL.' In this file photo, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech during the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo on March 23, 2019. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Israel orders evangelical GOD TV off air

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Israel's media watchdog accuses the network of seeking to target Jews with Christian content

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Hamas says West Bank annexation would be 'declaration of war'

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:00 AM

Israel's proposal to annex its settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley form part of a broader US peace plan published in January

WEST BANK. A picture taken from the Israeli settlement of Naale in the occupied West Bank northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah shows the skyline of the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 17, 2020. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel warned at U.N. against annexation but U.S. gives green light

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:04 AM

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president who leads Trump in polls, voices opposition to annexation

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

European MPs demand halt to Israel's annexation plan

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:08 PM

The European Union has been seeking to persuade Israel to back down and is weighing retaliatory measures as a response if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes ahead

WEST BANK. A view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, on November 23, 2017. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Palestinians rally against Trump Middle East plan

Jun 23, 2020 - 11:27 AM

It is the largest rally of its kind since Trump in January unveiled his controversial plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Chinese, Russian, European Union, and Japanese diplomats also take part in the protest.

SIGN. Palestinians participate in a big rally to protest against Israel's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, in Jericho on June 22, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Israel aims to end imports by making own masks

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz says local production 'removes our dependence on foreign factors and contributes to the Israeli economy during a difficult period'

Workers at the Sion Medical factory, the country's first production line of N95 masks, produce masks at the factory in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on, June 15 2020. - Israel said it had opened a factory to make millions of high-spec masks as it prepares for a possible "second wave" of coronavirus cases. "We are preparing for a second wave of the virus," said Defence Minister Benny Gantz, announcing the country's first production line of N95 masks. Gantz said the local production "removes our dependence on foreign factors and contributes to the Israeli economy during a difficult period." (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

West Bank plan will create 'apartheid' – U.N. experts

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:04 PM

The United Nations experts say the annexation would be a 'serious violation' of the UN charter and the Geneva Conventions, and would only intensify human rights violations in the West Bank

WEST BANK. A view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, on November 23, 2017. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Palestinian PM submits 'counterproposal' to Trump plan

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh says they proposed the creation of a 'sovereign Palestinian state, independent and demilitarized' with 'minor modifications of borders where necessary'

COUNTERPROPOSAL. In this file photo, then representative of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction Mohammed Shtayyeh attends a seminar on aid to the Palestinians, organized by the United Nations, on March 10, 2009 in Cairo. File photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

West Bank poverty may double over pandemic as annexation looms

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) The number of households living below the poverty line in the West Bank could rise from 14% to 30% in 2020, warns the World Bank

WEST BANK. A picture taken on November 23, 2017 shows a view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, with the settlement appearing in the background. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel looks to export its coronavirus coping skills

May 29, 2020 - 9:22 PM

Using distance diagnostics, blood analysis, mobile phone tracking and tracing, and mandatory wearing of face masks are among measures Israel does to curb the spread of the coronavirus

Netanyahu attacks 'fabricated' graft charges as trial begins

May 24, 2020 - 6:14 PM

(UPDATED) Fresh from forming a new government after over a year of electoral deadlock, Netanyahu begins a new battle in the Jerusalem District Court – to stay out of prison

EMBATTLED. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. Photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP

Iran's Khamenei: Fight to 'liberate Palestine' is 'Islamic duty'

May 22, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Khamenei lashes out at Western governments and their Arab 'puppets' for supporting the Jewish state, in his first ever address marking Jerusalem Day

Palestinian head warns of total break in case of Israel annexation

May 20, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas says the annexation plans show Israel is no longer abiding by peace accords between the two

WARNING. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the Palestinian leadership meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 19, 2020. File photo by Alaa Badarneh/Pool/AFP

Israel swears in unity govt, Netanyahu insists on West Bank annexation

May 17, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The approval of the 3-year coalition government ends the longest political crisis in the nation's history

(FILES) This combination of file pictures created on September 18, 2019 shows, Benny Gantz (R), leader and candidate of the Israel Resilience party that is part of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, waving to supporters in Tel Aviv early, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing supporters at his Likud party's electoral campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv early. - Israel's Supreme Court on May 6, 2020 approved a coalition deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz. The court made the announcement shortly after Netanyahu and Gantz said their new coalition government would be sworn in on May 13, putting an end to Israel's longest political crisis. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND and Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead at home – police

May 17, 2020 - 10:09 PM

Reports say staff found Chinese Ambassador Du Wei dead in his bed with no signs of violence

Israel delays swearing in of unity government

May 14, 2020 - 11:43 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu asks his ally-turned-rival Benny Gantz to postpone the swearing in until Sunday, May 17, so he can finalize cabinet assignments among members of his right-wing Likud party

UNITY. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) greets Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, at a memorial ceremony for late Israeli president Shimon Peres, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on September 19, 2019. File photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Pompeo in Israel for West Bank annexation talks amid new bloodshed

May 13, 2020 - 7:37 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also voice fresh condemnation of their common foe Iran, accusing the country of promoting terrorism during the coronavirus pandemic

POMPEO IN ISRAEL. In this file photo taken on October 18, 2019, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes the hand of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following their meeting in Jerusalem. File photo by Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/AFP

Israel soldier killed in West Bank ahead of annexation talks

May 12, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The US-Israel meeting, a day before a new Israeli government is due to be sworn in, will focus partly on President Donald Trump's controversial Middle East peace plan

WEST BANK. Israeli soldiers are pictured in the village of Yabad near the West Bank city of Jenin on May 12, 2020, after the reported death of an Israeli soldier. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Israel gov't swearing-in delayed a day by Pompeo visit

May 11, 2020 - 11:58 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet both Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz for talks on 'regional security issues related to Iran's malign influence'

Israel lawmakers back Netanyahu-Gantz government

May 07, 2020 - 9:41 PM

The two men have said they will swear in their new administration on May 13, with Benjamin Netanyahu remaining leader for 18 months, before handing over to Benny Gantz

UNITY GOVERNMENT. This combination of file pictures created on September 18, 2019, shows Benny Gantz (R) waving to supporters in Tel Aviv early, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing supporters at his Likud party's electoral campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv early. File photos by Emmanuel Dunand and Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel court hears challenges to coalition deal

May 04, 2020 - 11:53 PM

A ruling against the pact could leave the country facing a fourth poll

HEARING. Judges and personnel of the Israeli Supreme Court, wearing face masks against the coronavirus, attend a session on May 4, 2020 at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP

Israel further eases virus measures for shops, restaurants

Apr 25, 2020 - 9:02 AM

The Israeli government hopes to reinvigorate the collapsing economy by allowing shops to reopen

ARRIVAL. A passenger looks on while wearing a protective mask at the arrival hall of Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel's Red Sea resort 'paralyzed' by virus lockdown

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi of the Israeli resort city of Eilat says 75% of residents are now unemployed

A pictures shows the empty swimming pools of the closed Dan Eilat hotel in southern Israeli Red Sea resort city of Eilat on April 17, 2020 amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic some 80 percent of Eilat residents lost their jobs as the city depends mostly on tourism activity which was shut down completely. (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

Israel's Benny Gantz says to be defense minister in new gov't

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:14 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu serve as premier for the first half of a three-year term. The premiership would then pass to Gantz in October next year, with elections 18 months later

Former Israeli chief of staff Benny Gantz delivers his first electoral speech in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 29, 2019. - The former Israeli military chief is regarded as the only serious challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to formally unveil his election campaign today, breaking his silence on his party's platform. His new party, Israel Resilience, could emerge as the second largest in parliament in the April 9 general election, according to polls carried out since its launch in December. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP)

Israel's Netanyahu, Gantz agree to form unity government

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The three-year agreement allows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stay in office for 18 months. Parliament speaker Benny Gantz will then take over as premier for the remaining 18 months.

UNITY. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival, parliament speaker Benny Gantz, agree to form an emergency unity government on April 20, 2020, ending the worst political crisis in the country's history. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel MPs tasked with ending deadlock over unity gov't

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Israel's deeply divided 120-member parliament has no clear path towards a stable governing coalition, so the move risks prolonging the country's worst-ever political crisis

RIVALS. This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows a file photo taken on April 01, 2019 of retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (L) and a file photo taken on March 10, 2019 of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. File photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

Israel rivals resume unity gov't talks with 2-day deadline

Apr 14, 2020 - 8:34 PM

A deal would give Israel its first fully functioning government since December 2018, stability that could prove crucial as it confronts the coronavirus pandemic

RIVALS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L), President Reuven Rivlin (C), and Benny Gantz attend a memorial ceremony for late Israeli president Shimon Peres, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on September 19, 2019. File hoto by Yonatan Sindel/AFP

Israel health minister contracts coronavirus, Netanyahu reenters quarantine

Apr 02, 2020 - 7:59 PM

Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman is the most prominent member of the hard-hit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to test positive for the virus that has infected more than 6,200 Israelis

QUARANTINE, AGAIN. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu (R) and Health Minister Yaakov Litzman hold a video conference with European leaders in order to discuss challenges and cooperation between various countries in dealing with COVID-19 at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on March 9, 2020. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel's Netanyahu under precautionary coronavirus quarantine

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:17 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu's office clarifies that the quarantine decision is purely precautionary as the veteran prime minister has not been in recent contact with the ill staffer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on September 10 to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls. He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, though in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be unveiled sometime after the vote. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

‘Doki’ to the barrios: Dr Israel Bactol’s commitment to serve

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The young cardiologist, who died of COVID-19, dedicated his brief medical career to bringing health care to those on the fringes

TULA: ‘May Bagong Bayani ang Ating Panahon’ ni Rio Alma

Mar 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Handog ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario sa alaala ng mga doktor na pumanaw at sa ‘mga kawal pangkalusugang lumaban sa COVID-19’

Israel's Gantz calls for 'emergency unity government'

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:37 AM

Israel's ex-military chief Benny Gantz wins the speakership vote with 74 lawmakers voting in favor and 18 against in the 120-seat chamber

BENNY GANTZ. In this file photo, Benny Gantz delivers a statement in the central Israeli city of Ramat Gan, on March 7, 2020. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Netanyahu ally resigns as speaker of Israel parliament

Mar 26, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Yuli Edelstein's resignation paves the way for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rival Benny Gantz, who is trying to form a government, to place an ally in the powerful post

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018, Israeli parliament (Knesset) speaker Yuli Edelstein gestures prior to attend a session of Questions to the government at the French National Assembly in Paris, as part of his state visit to France. File photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

Lebanese ex-'collaborator' killed after colleague escapes

Mar 22, 2020 - 10:50 PM

A judicial source identifies the victim as Antoine al-Hayek, a former warden at an infamous prison set up under Israeli occupation during the 1975-1990 civil war

DFA advises Filipinos to avoid non-essential travel to Israel

Mar 13, 2020 - 5:39 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs issues the reminder and adds Filipinos with essential trips will need to get clearance from the Israeli Ministry of Interior before flying out

ARRIVAL. A passenger looks on while wearing a protective mask at the arrival hall of Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, on February 27, 2020. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel PM announces two-week quarantine for all arrivals

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:28 AM

The latest measures come a month ahead of the Passover festival, which usually sees tens of thousands of Jews head to Israel to celebrate

CLEANER. Workers employed by a private cleaning company disinfect a mosque as part of measures against COVID-19 in the flashpoint city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on March 8, 2020. Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Bethlehem under lockdown after virus cases confirmed

Mar 06, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The Palestinian Authority also announces a two-week ban on tourists and closes down the Church of the Nativity

CLOSED. People wearing masks visit the Church of the Nativity, revered as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on March 5, 2020. Photo by Musa Al Shaer/AFP

Netanyahu leads Israel election but short of majority

Mar 03, 2020 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The central election committee says it has counted 90% of the vote, with breakdowns of the result in the media showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party with 36 seats in Israel's 120-member parliament

WINNER. Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament)in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel seeks end to deadlock with third election in a year

Mar 02, 2020 - 5:18 PM

The vote comes just two weeks before Benjamin Netanyahu, the longest serving premier in Israeli history, stands trial after being formally charged in January with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust

ELECTIONS. Ultra-Orthodox Jews vote in the Israeli religious city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv during parliamentary election on March 2, 2020.Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu pledges 'immediate' annexation steps if reelected

Mar 01, 2020 - 7:31 PM

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused before previous elections of making last-minute plays to energize his right-wing base

CAMPAIGN PROMISE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Calm returns after 2-day flare-up in and around Gaza

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The Israeli military reports no rocket fire from the territory and Agence France-Presse correspondents in Gaza report no Israeli strikes

AFTERMATH. Palestinians salvage belongings from the site of an Israeli airstrike east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 25, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP