Wednesday, June 3, 2020

MixedTimes - Deborah Danan

Iran, Russia, China, Turkey Celebrating 'Collapse' of the U.S.

Iran, Russia, China, Turkey Celebrating 'Collapse' of the U.S.

TEL AVIV - Iran, Russia, China, and Turkey are celebrating the "collapse" of the U.S., the Jerusalem Post reported, with the aim of furthering their own economic interests and engaging in an Middle East arms race.

Dershowitz: 'Israel Should Be Deeply Ashamed' for Putting Netanyahu on Trial

Dershowitz: 'Israel Should Be Deeply Ashamed' for Putting Netanyahu on Trial

TEL AVIV -- Israel "should be deeply ashamed" for putting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on trial for trying to obtain favorable media coverage, Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, who served onPresident Donald Trump's defense team in the impeachment trial, said Sunday.

PICTURES: Iran Building Large Weapons Facility in Syria

PICTURES: Iran Building Large Weapons Facility in Syria

TEL AVIV -Iran is building a new weapons storage facility in eastern Syria at a military base near the Iraqi border,Fox Newsreported Wednesday citing aprivate Israeli intelligence firm.

Netanyahu Taps Likud's Erdan as Israeli Envoy to Both U.S., U.N.

Netanyahu Taps Likud's Erdan as Israeli Envoy to Both U.S., U.N.

TEL AVIV -Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed erstwhile Likud rival Gilad Erdan as Israel’s ambassador both to the United Nations and to the United States, marking only the second time in Israel's history that one man was tapped for the double role.

Ancient Coin from Jewish Revolt Against Romans Found Near Temple Mount

Ancient Coin from Jewish Revolt Against Romans Found Near Temple Mount

TEL AVIV - A rare bronzecoin dating back to the Bar Kochba revolt (circa 132 CE) was revealed by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) Monday, just ahead of theLag B'Omer holiday, which commemorates the life of anti-Roman second-century sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

Israel's Soccer League to Resume, but Without Fans

Israel's Soccer League to Resume, but Without Fans

TEL AVIV -Israel’s soccer league is expected toresume matches,sans spectators, in coming weeks after a two and a half month layoff, according to a new agreement signed Wednesday between the Health Ministry and league officials.

Israel's High Court Rejects Anti-Netanyahu Petition, Greenlights Gov't Deal

Israel's High Court Rejects Anti-Netanyahu Petition, Greenlights Gov't Deal

TEL AVIV -The High Court of Justice unanimously rejected petitionsabout whether to allow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next government despite his indictment in three corruption cases, allowing him to go ahead with the controversial rotational unity coalition deal signed with Blue and White chief Benny Gantz.

Germany Finally Outlaws Hezbollah Terror Group

Germany Finally Outlaws Hezbollah Terror Group

TEL AVIV - Germany on Thursday announced it officially recognizes all of Hezbollah, and not just its military wing, as a terrorist organization, marking a departure from its previous position which was in line with the EU.

WATCH: Israeli Defense Minister’s Kid Crashes Live TV Interview

WATCH: Israeli Defense Minister’s Kid Crashes Live TV Interview

TEL AVIV - Israel's Defense Minister Naftali Bennett's recent interview on live TV was interrupted by a gatecrasher in the form of his 8-year-old son. The perennially cool defense minister continues to answer the news anchor's questions with aplomb, stopping only to kiss or caress the young interloper.

Data: Coronavirus Likely to Spark Mass Immigration Wave to Israel

Data: Coronavirus Likely to Spark Mass Immigration Wave to Israel

TEL AVIV - Israel coronavirus pandemic will likely spark a massive wave of immigration to Israel, with some 100,000 expats and new arrivals expected to move to the country once the crisis is over, according to Ministry of Absorption statistics.

Gaza Factories Spring Back to Life Making PPE for Israel

Gaza Factories Spring Back to Life Making PPE for Israel

TEL AVIV — In a strange twist, the coronavirus pandemic has breathed new life into Gaza's long-abeyant factories which are now working furiously to produce PPE including masks,gloves and protective gowns for Israel.

AmboVent: Israeli Low-Cost Invention Proposes Solution to Ventilator Crisis

AmboVent: Israeli Low-Cost Invention Proposes Solution to Ventilator Crisis

TEL AVIV - As countries around the world scramble to gain access to ventilators, an Israeli DIY design that can be downloaded for free on the internet is offering a stopgap solution to the shortage by providing the blueprint to build makeshift breathing machines for as little as $500.

Israeli NGO Joins U.S. Firms Suing China Over Coronavirus

Israeli NGO Joins U.S. Firms Suing China Over Coronavirus

TEL AVIV - The Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center announced that it intends to file a class action lawsuit in the coming days, suing China for trillions over alleged negligence involving its handling of the novel coronavirus, Hebrew-language media reported.

Netanyahu, Gantz Forge a Unity Government Deal

Netanyahu, Gantz Forge a Unity Government Deal

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz signed a coalition agreement to form a unity government, ending a year and a half political deadlock.

Israeli Inmates Mass Produce Masks Against Coronavirus

Israeli Inmates Mass Produce Masks Against Coronavirus

TEL AVIV - Inmates in Israeli prisons are manufacturing protective masks in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Israeli news siteCTech reported citing the Israel Prison Service (IPS).

Israel Ranked As Safest Country To Be In During Pandemic

Israel Ranked As Safest Country To Be In During Pandemic

TEL AVIV - Israel was ranked the safest country to be in during the pandemic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement citing statistics from the Deep Knowledge Group (DKG).

Netanyahu Under Isolation After Aide Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Netanyahu Under Isolation After Aide Tests Positive for Coronavirus

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his staff will enter quarantine until Health Ministry officials complete an epidemiological investigation into whether he was exposed to the coronavirus, his office said Monday, a day after one of his aides tested positive.

Netanyahu's Trial Postponed for Two Months Amid Court Restrictions Over Virus

Netanyahu's Trial Postponed for Two Months Amid Court Restrictions Over Virus

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial, which was slated to begin Monday, has been pushed off by more than two months due to an order for all court activity to be limited to a "state of extraordinary emergency" as part of sweeping new restrictions imposed by Israel in a bid to combat the coronavirus.

Up to 100,000 Israelis in Quarantine over Coronavirus

Up to 100,000 Israelis in Quarantine over Coronavirus

TEL AVIV - As many as 100,000 Israelis are currently in self-quarantine amid increasingly dramatic measures imposed by Israel in an effort to curb the coronavirus outbreak, including restricting entry from certain European nations, banning large gatherings, and barring IDF soldiers from travelling overseas.

Blue and White Party Pushes Law to Oust Netanyahu

Blue and White Party Pushes Law to Oust Netanyahu

TEL AVIV - The Blue and White party on Wednesday confirmed it was working on getting a law passed that would prevent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as an indicted prime minister, from leading the country.

Netanyahu's Likud in Clear Lead, Nabs Nearly 30% of Votes

Netanyahu's Likud in Clear Lead, Nabs Nearly 30% of Votes

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party gained almost 30 percent of the votes tallied so far by Tuesday afternoon, indicating a major victory that well surpasses its results in the previous two Israel elections.

WATCH: Spanish Town Slammed for Holocaust-Themed Carnival

WATCH: Spanish Town Slammed for Holocaust-Themed Carnival

TEL AVIV - A carnival troupe danced through the streets of a Spanish town dressed like Nazis and Jewish concentration camp prisoners next to a float made to look like crematoria, sparking outrage from Israel's embassy in Madrid and Jewish groups.

Netanyahu: Coronavirus No Reason to Postpone Elections

Netanyahu: Coronavirus No Reason to Postpone Elections

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Netanyahu on Monday said coronavirus, which saw its second confirmed case among Israelis, is not a good enough reason to postpone the national elections set to take place next week.

Netanyahu Lauds Maiden Israeli Flight over Sudan Skies

Netanyahu Lauds Maiden Israeli Flight over Sudan Skies

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that an Israeli plane made a historic first flight over Sudan only two weeks after he met with the Arab state’s leader in Uganda.

Pics: Satellite Images Show Massive Damage to Iranian Targets in Syria

Pics: Satellite Images Show Massive Damage to Iranian Targets in Syria

TEL AVIV - SeveralIslamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sites in Syria have sustained massive damage or else have been destroyed entirely by airstrikes last week attributed to Israel, new images released Monday by satellite imagery firm ImageSat International (ISI) show.

Abbas Rages Against Trump Peace Plan in U.N. Speech

Abbas Rages Against Trump Peace Plan in U.N. Speech

TEL AVIV - The map featured inPresident Donald Trump'srecentlyunveiledpeace plan for a Palestinian state side by side with Israel is nothing more than "Swiss cheese,"Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N.

E.U. Warns Israel: 'West Bank Annexation Will Not Go Unchallenged'

E.U. Warns Israel: 'West Bank Annexation Will Not Go Unchallenged'

TEL AVIV - The European Union has announced it will not accept any Israeli attempt to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank, followingPresident Donald Trump’s recentlyunveiledpeace plan which supports Israeli sovereignty in those areas.

Abbas Cutting Ties with U.S., Israel over Peace Deal

Abbas Cutting Ties with U.S., Israel over Peace Deal

TEL AVIV -Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announcedhe was cutting all ties with both the U.S. and Israel in response to President Donald Trump’s recentlyunveiledpeace plan, including security coordination in the West Bank.

Netanyahu: Trump and I Will 'Make History' This Week in Washington

Netanyahu: Trump and I Will 'Make History' This Week in Washington

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday vowed to “make history” as he boarded a plane to Washington for what is expected to be the unveiling of President Donald Trump's long awaited peace plan, which the Israeli leader said was sure to advance Israel's vital interests.

WATCH: French President Emmanuel Macron Yells at Israeli Security

WATCH: French President Emmanuel Macron Yells at Israeli Security

JERUSALEM - A heated exchange took place between France's President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli security at a church in Jerusalem’s Old City Wednesday, with the French leader telling personnel to leave the holy site because "it's France here.

Israel Gears Up to Host World Leaders for Auschwitz Commemoration

Israel Gears Up to Host World Leaders for Auschwitz Commemoration

JERUSALEM - Thousands of police and counter-terrorism officers will be deployed throughout Jerusalem this week as nearly 50 world leaders will gather in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Netanyahu Calls on West to Impose Snapback Sanctions on Iran

Netanyahu Calls on West to Impose Snapback Sanctions on Iran

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called for snapback sanctions to be reimposed on Iran over its nuclear program after Britain, France and Germany triggered a dispute resolution mechanism in the nuclear deal.

Ilhan Omar Opposes Sanctions on Iran but Wants to Sanction Israel

Ilhan Omar Opposes Sanctions on Iran but Wants to Sanction Israel

TEL AVIV -Rep. Ilhan Omar has come under fire over her hypocrisy in criticizing President Donald Trump for his "unmeasured response" in waging "economic warfare" against Iran by imposing new sanctions, while at the same time having no problem supporting sanctions against Israel.

Knesset AG Under Fire for Wife’s Role in Netanyahu Indictments

Knesset AG Under Fire for Wife’s Role in Netanyahu Indictments

TEL AVIV - The Knesset attorney general on Monday faced Likud demands to desist from giving a legal opinion on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request for immunity after it emerged that he was reportedly in breach of contract over his wife's involvement in formulating the criminal indictments against the prime minister.