Friday, April 3, 2020

MixedTimes - Deborah Danan

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.

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

Knesset Lawyer 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.

Shin Bet Chief Warns Against Hamas Stockpiling Weapons

Shin Bet Chief Warns Against Hamas Stockpiling Weapons

TEL AVIV -- The head of the Shin Bet security agency on Wednesday warned against allowingHamas to turn into a second Hezbollah ahead of a ceasefire deal with the Gaza-based terror group.

Israel to Withhold Millions from Palestinian Authority Over Pay-for-Slay

Israel to Withhold Millions from Palestinian Authority Over Pay-for-Slay

JERUSALEM - Israel on Sunday said it would withhold tens of millions of dollars worth of taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority over Ramallah's so-called "pay-for-slay" program, in which stipends are paid to terrorists and their families.

Dutch Lawmaker Calls for Expulsion of 'Biased' ICC Prosecutor

Dutch Lawmaker Calls for Expulsion of 'Biased' ICC Prosecutor

TEL AVIV - The head of the second-largest party in the Netherlands has called on his country to expel the "biased pro-Palestinian" International Criminal Court's top prosecutor over her bid to put Israel on trial for unsubstantiated war crimes claimed by the Palestinians.

Netanyahu, Israeli Officials Condemn New York Stabbing Spree

Netanyahu, Israeli Officials Condemn New York Stabbing Spree

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday condemned the "vicious attack" at a Hanukkah lighting ceremony in upstate New York, the previous night , in which a machete-wielding assailant stabbed at least five people.

Spurning ICC Threat, Netanyahu Vows to Annex Settlements

Spurning ICC Threat, Netanyahu Vows to Annex Settlements

TEL AVIV - Amid the controversy surrounding the International Criminal Court's proposed probe into Israel for unsubstantiated war crimes claimed by the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday repeated his campaign pledge to annex all West Bank settlements as well as the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu Likens ICC 'Anti-Semitic' Decree to That of Ancient Greeks

Netanyahu Likens ICC 'Anti-Semitic' Decree to That of Ancient Greeks

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday charged the International Criminal Court of “pure anti-Semitism” over its announcement that it will investigate so-called Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories.

Top UAE Official Tweets Article Supporting Arab-Israel Ties

Top UAE Official Tweets Article Supporting Arab-Israel Ties

TEL AVIV - The United Arab Emirates' top diplomat on Saturday tweeted an article lauding an emerging Arab-Israel alliance, prompting a tweet from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying he welcomed Israel’s warming ties with the Arab world.

Ron Lauder Launches $25 Million Effort to Fight Anti-Semitism

Ron Lauder Launches $25 Million Effort to Fight Anti-Semitism

TEL AVIV – World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder announced that he was pledging $25 million of his own money to launch a new organization aimed at rooting out antisemitism in American politics, the New York Times reported Monday.

UAE, Bahrainis, Saudis Censure Condemn Hezbollah for Attacking Israel

UAE, Bahrainis, Saudis Censure Condemn Hezbollah for Attacking Israel

TEL AVIV -- In what seems to be another indication of thawing relations between Israel and Gulf states, several prominent figures have come forward and publicly condemned the Hezbollah terror group for attacking Israel and have expressed support for the Jewish state's right to retaliate.

UAE, Bahrainis, Saudis Condemn Hezbollah for Attacking Israel

UAE, Bahrainis, Saudis Condemn Hezbollah for Attacking Israel

TEL AVIV -- In what seems to be another indication of thawing relations between Israel and Gulf states, several prominent figures have come forward and publicly condemned the Hezbollah terror group for attacking Israel and have expressed support for the Jewish state's right to retaliate.

Netanyahu: We Achieved Our Goals Against Hezbollah

Netanyahu: We Achieved Our Goals Against Hezbollah

TEL AVIV -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said while Sunday's exchange of fire with the Hezbollah terror group was tense, Israel achieved all its goals.

WATCH - IDF Stages Fake Evacuation of Hezbollah 'Victims'

WATCH - IDF Stages Fake Evacuation of Hezbollah 'Victims'

TEL AVIV -- The IDF engaged in psychological warfare Sunday by staging a fake evacuation of “bloodied” soldiers from an APC military vehicle hit by Hezbollah, in an apparent attempt to deter the terror group from escalating the violence in the northern border any further.

Abbas: Trump Trampling on Palestinians' 'Culture of Peace'

Abbas: Trump Trampling on Palestinians' 'Culture of Peace'

TEL AVIV -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said from Berlin that the Palestinians were engaged in "spreading a culture of peace" but that the Trump administration was hampering efforts to stabilize the region.

Watch - Yair Netanyahu to Germany: Stop Funding Anti-Israel NGOs

Watch - Yair Netanyahu to Germany: Stop Funding Anti-Israel NGOs

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair has called on Germany to immediately stop its "outrageous" policy of providing millions of euros in aid money to radical Israeli and Palestinian NGOs that are bent on bringing an "end to the Jewish state" and make Israelis feel as if Germany sees the Jewish state as its "colony.

Hezbollah Said Preparing 'Calculated Strike' Against Israel

Hezbollah Said Preparing 'Calculated Strike' Against Israel

TEL AVIV - Hezbollah is preparing a “calculated strike” against Israel in response to two drones that crashed in a Beirut suburb, Reuters reported, citing two sources close to the Iran-backed terror group.

IDF: Israel Followed Iran 'Killer Drones' Plot for Weeks

IDF: Israel Followed Iran 'Killer Drones' Plot for Weeks

TEL AVIV - Israel had been following the killer drones that Iran planned to use against it on Saturday night since they were flown into Syria from Tehran several weeks ago along with four members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IDF said Sunday.

Netanyahu Hints Israel Behind Attacks on Iranian Targets In Iraq

Netanyahu Hints Israel Behind Attacks on Iranian Targets In Iraq

TEL AVIV - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday hinted that Israel was behind recent attacks on Iranian weaponsdepotsin Iraq, and added that his country will continue to take action against the Islamic Republic wherever necessary.

Abbas Unhinged: 'We Are the Canaanites Who Were Here 5,000 Years Ago'

Abbas Unhinged: 'We Are the Canaanites Who Were Here 5,000 Years Ago'

TEL AVIV - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has wildly claimed that Palestinians are indigenous to the land of Israel and are the "Canaanites who were here 5,000 years ago" in a fiery speech he gave over the weekend in which he also declared that Jewish settlements in the West Bank would disappear into “the dustbins of history.

Kevin McCarthy: Omar, Tlaib Distancing Democratic Party from Israel

Kevin McCarthy: Omar, Tlaib Distancing Democratic Party from Israel

TEL AVIV - Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are part of a "movement" within the Democratic party that is pulling it away from Israel, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) told the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Jennifer Lopez Defies Calls to Cancel Egypt Gig Over BDS Calls

Jennifer Lopez Defies Calls to Cancel Egypt Gig Over BDS Calls

TEL AVIV - Jennifer Lopez’s concert in Egypt on Friday night went ahead but only drew a crowd of 2,000 amidst calls by anti-Israel groups to boycott the performance due to her decision to perform in Israel the week before.

Senior U.S. Official: Israel Must Regulate Chinese Investments

Senior U.S. Official: Israel Must Regulate Chinese Investments

TEL AVIV - A senior U.S. official said that in order to maintain good relations with the U.S., Israel must establish more robust oversight for Chinese investments in the country, theJerusalem Post reported Wednesday.