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 2020-04-03 16:51 

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Israel to deploy troops to ultra-Orthodox city hit by coronavirus outbreak...

Two army battalions will aid ambulance services, evacuate the sick and elderly and supply residents with food and medicines...

 2020-04-03 16:46 

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Gantz wants a six-month coronavirus government, Netanyahu wants annexation...

With Joe Biden possibly the U.S. president come January 20, many Likudniks think it's now or never for a West Bank land grab...

 2020-04-03 15:54 

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Surrealistic farce of Health Minister Litzman highlights loopy Israeli politics...

But with Netanyahu delving in 'deep state' delusions, ultra-Orthodox politicians' ludicrous botch of coronavirus including contracting it - seems par for the course...

 2020-04-03 15:23 

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Coronavirus in Israel: 38 dead, ultra-Orthodox city under closure...

Entry to and exit from Bnei Brak limited amid coronavirus outbreak Health Minister Litzman tests positive, Netanyahu, Mossad chief quarantined 7,000 cases in Israel, West Bank cases near 150...

 2020-04-03 14:15 

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Iran sees 134 coronavirus deaths in one day as death toll surges past 3,000, Health Ministry says...

The republic has reported a total of 53,183 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic...

 2020-04-03 12:37 

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Limited Easter ceremonies in Jerusalem likely to be broadcast live across the world...

Church leaders in Jerusalem complain holy sites were not exempt from emergency restrictions in the same way as the Western Wall, push for final approval...

 2020-04-03 11:36 

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Benefits cut for disabled Israelis filing for unemployment during coronavirus crisis...

A clause in the income law says the dependents' addition to the disability living allowance is to be cut proportionally if the same person is also receiving unemployment pay...

 2020-04-03 11:30 

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Coronavirus cases exceed one million globally, as U.S. expected to become new epicenter...

The global death toll has passed 53,000 with most fatalities in Italy, followed by Spain...

 2020-04-03 09:58 

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The dangerous illusion that governments know how to fight coronavirus...

In extreme situations, know-how is acquired only in the aftermath of events. Right now, we need social and political psychologists who understand theories of crisis management, no less than we need medical personnel...

 2020-04-03 09:43 

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'This isn't the West Bank': Soldiers deployed in south Tel Aviv to enforce coronavirus lockdown...

In Neve Shaanan, in southern Tel Aviv, many complain security forces are not doing enough to enforce Health Ministry regulations. But residents say they simply can't afford not to go out and work...

 2020-04-03 09:36 

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Bob Dylan breaks his silence to remind us the American soul is still alive...

In normal times, it is unlikely the world would stop to listen to an almost 17-minute-long song. But the times are not normal and Dylan's fascinating ballad 'Murder Most Foul' sends listeners back to the murder of JFK...

 2020-04-03 05:23 

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Former Major League all-star Kinsler hopes to make best of coronavirus break...

Now that the Olympics are postponed, the newest member of Israel's baseball team says, 'I can start slower and take my time'...

 2020-04-03 04:48 

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Coronavirus care kits for cancer survivors...

Plus, live streams to keep you connected to the community and donating masks to medical staff in need...

 2020-04-03 03:57 

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Amid deepening coronavirus pain, Israelis show unexpected solidarity...

People, businesses and nonprofits have been coming through to help friends, neighbors and strangers in distress. Not everyone is impressed...

 2020-04-03 03:17 

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Coronavirus outbreak gives Iran a narrow window of opportunity for better U.S. relations...

Urgings and pressures have not produced a substantial shift in Washington's policy, but a crack was nonetheless forged. Is Iran willing to shift it stance?...

 2020-04-03 03:16 

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Netanyahu behind closed doors: 'Deep state' controls Israel...

Claims to interlocutors that law enforcement has damning info on Lieberman, used it to 'extort' him into leaving right-wing bloc...

 2020-04-03 03:15 

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In the battle against coronavirus, Israel was both early enough and too late...

Quick decisions to order isolation and social distancing helped flatten the curve, but rabbis and ultra-Orthodox politicians only just came to their senses...

 2020-04-03 02:13 

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Setting the worst example...

Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz's official excuse for breaking his election promise which was not to serve in the same government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah...

 2020-04-03 00:50 

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 2020-04-02 21:10 

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As coronavirus spreads in West Bank, Palestinians also face greater settler violence...

A worrying rise in violence might correlate with Israel closing down educational institutions — and if there are no legal consequences, observers fear it will only get worse...

 2020-04-02 20:55 

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Escape from New York: These Israelis fled coronavirus to seek sanctuary in Israel...

Israel's decision to go on lockdown early and recognize the severity of the problem widely cited as a key factor. 'New York felt like it's not a question of if you will get infected it's a question of when,' says one returnee...

 2020-04-02 20:52 

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Netanyahu panicked, Health Ministry fumbled: Three comments on coronavirus in Israel...

1. Netanyahu. I saw the prime minister on Wednesday evening and it was scary. He was in panic mode. Totally hysterical. He's lost his cool. It doesn't surprise me. Neta...

 2020-04-02 20:52 

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Israel's national disappointment government...

Even though there's no need for it in order to fight the pandemic, the vast majority of the right wanted a unity/emergency/salvation government. The same isn't true of th...

 2020-04-02 20:42 

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Afraid of getting the coronavirus, Israelis in need of treatment are avoiding emergency rooms...

Hospitals do want to discourage non-urgent visits so they can focus resources on the coronavirus, but they've seen a dramatic drop in visits by people who actually need them...

 2020-04-02 20:40 

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With no government approval, top Israeli health official issues order banning protests...

The order, challenged by civil rights groups, modifies regulations approved by the cabinet, which set no limitations on the size of demonstrations...

 2020-04-02 20:35 

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Israel puts ultra-Orthodox city on lockdown in attempt to curb coronavirus...

Bnei Brak becomes first 'restricted zone,' as municipal officials warn of a prolonged emergency period...

 2020-04-02 18:50 

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Iraq has confirmed thousands more coronavirus cases than reported, medics say...

While the Health Ministry has reported a total of 772 cases with 54 deaths, doctors say the numbers are actually somewhere between 3,000 and 9,000...

 2020-04-02 18:12 

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Israel's coronavirus forecast plunges from tens of thousands to less than 1,000 deaths...

National Security Council assessment credits drastic government action for dropping infection rate but experts oppose easing the lockdown, advocate for very gradual return to work, over a long period of time...

 2020-04-02 18:08 

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No brunch or band, but a real 'connection': Bar and bat mitzvahs in the age of Zoom...

They planned every detail of the Jewish ceremony sometimes years in advance. Now these families have had to settle for a bat or bar mitzvah alone in their living room, in what some say has been a surprisingly powerful experience...

 2020-04-02 17:43 

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Anti-Semitic social media posts target suburban New York Orthodox community...

'It is important to remember that viruses do not discriminate, and neither should we,' the Jewish federation co-president in Rockland County says...

 2020-04-02 17:41 

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From Mexico to Milan, coronavirus a time of reckoning for Israelis living abroad...

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many Israeli expats to ask: Should I stay or should I go home? 'More and more Israelis who had neglected to do so in the past are now registering their kids for citizenship,' official says...

 2020-04-02 17:18 

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Coronavirus ethics: Is it immoral to order food, putting delivery people at risk?...

Besides staying home, the most important way of showing solidarity with the Other today is to be mindful of his or her problems...

 2020-04-02 17:12 

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Israelis told to wear face masks in public. Here's how to do it...

Health Ministry explains how to make your own masks at home; Widespread mask use in the East may explain the slowing progression of the disease compared with the West, where disease rates continue to spike...

 2020-04-02 16:56 

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In shifts, by age or by location: Israel's proposed coronavirus exit strategies...

Document obtained by Haaretz contains several options for ending the coronavirus lockdown, with first 'exit point' on April 19...

 2020-04-02 16:38 

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Iran's parliament speaker tests positive for coronavirus as death toll rises to 3,160...

In a rare acknowledgment of the severity of the outbreak, Rohani says the virus may remain through the end of the Iranian year...

 2020-04-02 16:37 

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To speed delivery for coronavirus shut-ins, Israeli grocers to offer fixed shopping list...

As supermarket chains become overwhelmed by online orders, 'fixed baskets' aim to solve packing bottleneck...

 2020-04-02 16:35 

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Will coronavirus change how we think about climate change?...

Harvard historian Naomi Oreskes believes the coronavirus may be a 'dress rehearsal' for the climate catastrophe looming on the horizon and suggests why people want to deny both threats...

 2020-04-02 16:30 

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Israel offers the world's grounded airplanes long-term desert parking...

Joint venture between Israel Aerospace and IES can store up to 500 jets near Eilat...

 2020-04-02 15:38 

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ISIS, Al-Qaida see global chaos from coronavirus as an opportunity to mobilize...

With domestic security efforts down, some Islamist extremists are encouraging followers to learn about Islam and increase attacks...

 2020-04-02 14:54 

Haaretz Daily

Biden says Democratic convention should be postponed until August...

With much of the country under stay-at-home orders from local and state authorities, presidential campaigning has largely moved online...

 2020-04-02 14:38 

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Coronavirus reveals what really makes the world go round, and it's not money...

The bluff of neo-liberalism must be called out...

 2020-04-02 14:34 

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Kill the virus, not democracy: EU tells Hungary...

More than a dozen EU member states including Germany, Italy, Spain and France have expressed concern after Prime Minister Viktor Orban gained emergency powers to deal with the coronavirus...

 2020-04-02 14:25 

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Netanyahu is a colossal failure. But against the coronavirus, he is all Israel has...

He has no real foreign policy achievements. He's presided over the near-collapse of Israel's educational and health systems, even before coronavirus. But for the duration of this crisis - we're all stuck with him...

 2020-04-02 13:19 

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U.K. coronavirus death toll rises to 2,921, up 24% in a day...

More than half of Britons think PM Johnson's government was too slow to order a lockdown, an Ipsos MORI poll showed...

 2020-04-02 13:13 

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Dutch 101-year-old coronavirus patient recovers...

'She is a tough lady, and it's great to see her following the medical advice, like sneezing in her elbow and even telling me to keep proper distance,' one of the patient's doctor said...

 2020-04-02 12:40 

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Amid global shortage, Israel races to develop ventilators...

Defense Ministry leads drive for relatively crude devices that help in extreme situations, can be produced quickly...

 2020-04-02 12:19 

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With the world pre-occupied with coronavirus, Israel pushes a West Bank land grab...

Pushing annexation right now is playing with fire. It would likely force Israelis and Palestinians into a two-front war: an armed conflict, while fighting, without coordination, COVID-19...

 2020-04-02 12:19 

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To find peace in the time of coronavirus, be very, very pessimistic, says philosopher Alain de Botton...

The only way to achieve inner peace at times like these is to focus on the worst-case scenario, claims British philosopher and author Alain de Botton...

 2020-04-02 12:10 

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Israel sells rare 'century bonds' to aid recovery from coronavirus outbreak...

The sale came a day after the government said it would spend 80 billion shekels ($22.3 billion) to help the economy cope with the coronavirus outbreak...

 2020-04-02 11:27 

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Iran's coronavirus death toll rises to 3,136, health ministry official says...

'We have 3,956 infected people in critical condition ... There was 2,875 new cases of infected people in the past 24 hours'...

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