Israel in final phase of easing of lockdown

Israel has opened most of its economy as part of its final phase of lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions, some of them in place since September.Bars and restaurants, event halls, sporting events, hotels and all primary and secondary education may reopen to the public on Sunday, with some rest

Israel vaccinates 50% of its population against COVID-19

Israel has administered at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to 50 percent of its 9.3 million population, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said on Friday.Israel counts East Jerusalem Palestinians, who have been included in the vaccine campaign that began on Dec 19, as part of its population. Palestini

Israel announces Covid-19 lockdown easing for ‘vaccine passport’ holders

Israel is set to relax its Covid-19 lockdown and unveil a new ‘vaccine passport’ allowing those who received the jab to access some public spaces, as PM Benjamin Netanyahu said the shots could soon render restrictions unnecessary. The country’s Covid-19 cabinet approved an eas

Israel combats online misinformation as COVID-19 vaccinations lag

After surging ahead in the race to vaccinate its population against the coronavirus, Israel is blaming online misinformation for a sudden slowdown in the campaign. Now, officials are fighting back.Israel’s Health Ministry, which is spearheading the vaccination efforts, is employing both warn

After Blinken remarks, Netanyahu says Golan will always be Israel’s

Israel will keep the Golan Heights forever, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced remarks that stopped short of recognizing the claim. In 2019, then-US President Donald Trump parted with other world powers by recognizing the Golan Hei

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu returns to court as graft trial ramps up

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in court on Monday to formally respond to corruption charges, as his trial enters an intensified phase six weeks before he faces re-election. Netanyahu, the first Israeli premier to be indicted in office, was charged last year over allegati

COVID-19 travel ban forces Netanyahu to postpone UAE, Bahrain visits

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday indefinitely postponed planned visits this month to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain due to Israel’s ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions.The Israeli leader had expressed his intention to travel to Abu Dhabi and Manama ahead

Israel's Netanyahu drops Donald Trump from Twitter banner photo

Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu dropped US President Donald Trump from his banner photo on Twitter on Tuesday in an apparent break with a political ally facing possible impeachment. A photo of Mr Netanyahu sitting next to Mr Trump at a White House meeting had long taken pride of place on the off

Israelis protest Netanyahu amid 3rd virus lockdown

JERUSALEM: Thousands of Israelis on Saturday renewed weekly demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for the long-serving leader to resign over corruption charges against him and his alleged mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.Protesters held signs reading “Go,&rdq

Israel court postpones Netanyahu trial date due to covid restrictions

  An Israeli court has today postponed the hearing into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial indefinitely, citing coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The Jerusalem District Court announced that the next hearing, set for Wednesday, has been postponed indefinitely. New lockdo

Benjamin Netanyahu hinges on Israel’s coronavirus vaccination for re-election

JERUSALEM: For media-obsessed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the coronavirus vaccine has arrived just in time.With elections approaching in March, Netanyahu has placed his world-leading vaccination drive at the center of his reelection campaign — launching an aggressive media blitz portr

Israel authorizes use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

Israel’s health ministry has authorized a COVID-19 vaccine developed by US drugmaker Moderna, the company and an Israeli official said, marking the vaccine’s third regulatory authorization and the first outside North America.“Ministry of Health of Israel has secured 6 million dos

Netanyahu canvasses for Arab votes in election campaign

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been canvassing Arab citizens in Israel for their votes in the upcoming General Election. Netanyahu is also the leader of the Likud Party. According to Quds Press, official Israeli radio reported Netanyahu telling closed Likud meetings that he is

Israel counts additional 5,800 coronavirus infections

Israel reported on Friday further 5,804 coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours amid ongoing efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccine for the populationThe Health Ministry said in its daily briefing on the virus update that the tally of infections across Israel has jumped to 426,749, including 3,33

Israel: Blue and White likely to collapse after departure of key figures

Coalition partner in Israel's current government, the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) party, is likely to collapse after key members quit the bloc, local media reported yesterday. This comes after two Members of the Knesset, Asaf Zamir and Miki Haimovich, voted against extending the budget

Israel shuts Ramon prison over virus infections

Israeli prison authorities closed completely the Ramon prison in northern Israel following the detection of several coronavirus infections, according to a Palestinian NGO on Sunday. In a statement quoted by Anadolu Agency, the Palestinian Prisoner Society said the closure was "a serious indi

Protests keep up against Israeli PM as new election looms

 Hundreds of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, calling on the long-serving leader to resign just days after the country was plunged into a new national election.The protesters have been gathering outside Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence for months,

Ministers okay rules of 3rd lockdown, expected to cost NIS 2.5 billion a week

Ministers on Friday approved the regulations of Israel’s third national lockdown, beginning at 5p.m. Sunday, as the Bank of Israel issued an assessment that the closure would cost the nation’s economy NIS 2.5 billion ($776 million) for every week it lasts. The lockdown is set to be at