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 2021-03-04 07:28 

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Ex-Mossad deputy head slams Netanyahu's 'poor management' on Iran, pandemic...

Recently retired official says spy agency in danger of losing its independence; argues Israel must switch to 'war of attrition' against Tehran and put the focus on its nuke programRecently retired official says spy agency in danger of losing its i...

 2021-03-04 06:55 

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US House passes police racial profiling reform, days ahead of Floyd murder trial...

Measure banning chokeholds, as well as separate bill expanding voting rights, face uncertain future in Senate divided between Democrats and RepublicansMeasure banning chokeholds, as well as separate bill expanding voting rights, face uncertain future in S...

 2021-03-04 06:07 

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Vacation in orbit: 1st space hotel slated to open in 2027...

Construction set to begin in 2025 for ring-shaped space station that will rotate to generate artificial gravity; no info yet on cost of project or expected pricesConstruction set to begin in 2025 for ring-shaped space station that will rotate to generate ...

 2021-03-04 04:38 

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With 'gray zone' attack on cargo ship, Iran-Israel tensions enter murky waters...

An alleged limpet mine explosion on the MV Helios Ray fits Tehran's modus operandi, and may prove a challenge for Jerusalem to defend againstAn alleged limpet mine explosion on the MV Helios Ray fits Tehran's modus operandi, and may prove a challe...

 2021-03-04 04:02 

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'There's hope': Culture buffs celebrate return of music, movies and art...

Jerusalem movie theater sees sparse turnout for socially distanced screenings, but Green Pass holders and others flock to concerts and museums as events come roaring backJerusalem movie theater sees sparse turnout for socially distanced screenings, but Gr...

 2021-03-04 03:22 

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South American immigrants arrive in Israel after 40 days in limbo...

Group of 137 Brazilians and Argentinians had been stranded by coronavirus closure of Israel's airport and European restrictions on connectionsGroup of 137 Brazilians and Argentinians had been stranded by coronavirus closure of Israel's airport and...

 2021-03-04 02:45 

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Mandelblit says ICC's Israel investigation undermines legitimacy of court...

Attorney general says Israel ready to deal with any legal developments after chief prosecutor announces investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Israel and PalestiniansAttorney general says Israel ready to deal with any legal developments after ...

 2021-03-04 01:57 

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In Britain, Jews lead fight against oppression of China's Uighur Muslims...

All denominations of UK Jewry join extraordinary effort on issue hitting close to home, as leaders take unusual step of invoking Holocaust and chief rabbi pens rare political op-edAll denominations of UK Jewry join extraordinary effort on issue hitting cl...

 2021-03-04 01:16 

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SpaceX Starship sticks its first landing, but then explodes...

Latest test of spaceship Elon Musk plans to send people to the moon and Mars declared a successLatest test of spaceship Elon Musk plans to send people to the moon and Mars declared a success...

 2021-03-04 00:20 

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House cancels Thursday session amid threats of new US Capitol 'breach'...

Intelligence intercepts chatter from conspiracy theorists who believe March 4 is day Trump will return to be inaugurated for a second termIntelligence intercepts chatter from conspiracy theorists who believe March 4 is day Trump will return to be inaugura...

 2021-03-03 23:36 

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Israelis wire locust ear to a robot, pioneering part-animal part-machine tech...

Many insects see and hear better than any camera or microphone; that's why a bug-eyed Tel Aviv team is connecting insect parts to circuits and says this'll be tomorrow's techMany insects see and hear better than any camera or microphone; that&...

 2021-03-03 23:14 

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US porn actress appearance on Iran app music video sparks probe...

Clip of Iranian pop singer Sasy -- now based in the US -- dancing with adult film star Alexis Texas creates outrage among Islamic Republic authoritiesClip of Iranian pop singer Sasy -- now based in the US -- dancing with adult film star Alexis Texas creat...

 2021-03-03 22:54 

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Germany to surveil far-right party for posing threat to democracy...

Head of Central Council of Jews calls decision to monitor AfD over suspected extremist links a 'right and necessary step'Head of Central Council of Jews calls decision to monitor AfD over suspected extremist links a 'right and necessary step&#...

 2021-03-03 22:41 

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US opposes ICC probe into Israel, Palestinians; weighs maintaining sanctions...

State Department spokesman says Palestinians aren't sovereign state and therefore can't delegate jurisdiction to The Hague, says decision 'unfairly' targets IsraelState Department spokesman says Palestinians aren't sovereign state and ...

 2021-03-03 22:19 

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US warns of reprisal after rocket attack on Iraq base...

Biden says 'we're identifying who's responsible and we'll make judgments' on possible response to rocket fire, following death of contractor from heart attackBiden says 'we're identifying who's responsible and we'll mak...

 2021-03-03 21:32 

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Ultra-Orthodox party leader disavows colleague's 'shiksas' comment...

UTJ chairman says MK Yitzhak Pindrus was wrong to use the pejorative term, but insists ultra-Orthodox rabbis should be the authority on conversions to JudaismUTJ chairman says MK Yitzhak Pindrus was wrong to use the pejorative term, but insists ultra-Orth...

 2021-03-03 20:54 

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Thousands spend night outdoors in Greece after powerful earthquake...

Tremor of 6.0-magnitude hits central city of Larissa; one man injured by falling debris; army sets up tents for locals; series of aftershocks keeps residents alertTremor of 6.0-magnitude hits central city of Larissa; one man injured by falling debris; arm...

 2021-03-03 20:43 

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Listing Biden's foreign policy priorities, Blinken doesn't include Israel, Iran...

In his first major speech, secretary of state calls US ties with China the 'biggest geopolitical test' of the 21st centuryIn his first major speech, secretary of state calls US ties with China the 'biggest geopolitical test' of the 21st ce...

 2021-03-03 20:19 

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Cuomo apologizes, but won't resign over sexual harassment allegations...

'I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable,' NY governor says of accusations he inappropriately touched and made offensive remarks to 3 women'I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfo...

 2021-03-03 20:15 

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Yeshiva University men's basketball team on 35-game winning streak...

Maccabees' series of victories is third longest in NCAA Division III basketball history; team hasn't lost a game since last season's openerMaccabees' series of victories is third longest in NCAA Division III basketball history; team hasn&#...

 2021-03-03 19:53 

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2 Israelis detained on suspicion of selling used COVID vaccine vials...

Police say investigators aware of at least 9 empty bottles sold by the suspects to overseas buyers for $100 a popPolice say investigators aware of at least 9 empty bottles sold by the suspects to overseas buyers for $100 a pop...

 2021-03-03 19:34 

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Jewish Republican Lee Zeldin considering run for New York governor...

Congressman contemplating run in 2022, after allegations of sexual harassment surface against current Governor Andrew CuomoCongressman contemplating run in 2022, after allegations of sexual harassment surface against current Governor Andrew Cuomo...

 2021-03-03 19:33 

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David Mintz, who invented Tofutti as a dairy substitute for kosher meals, dies...

Jewish entrepreneur was 89; his tofu-based non-dairy ice cream became a hit in Jewish households, allowing observant people to have the cold dessert even after eating meatJewish entrepreneur was 89; his tofu-based non-dairy ice cream became a hit in Jewis...

 2021-03-03 19:25 

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8 injured in suspected terrorist stabbings in Sweden...

Police shoot suspect in the leg during attack in city of Vetlanda, say he used a 'sharp weapon' to carry out assaultPolice shoot suspect in the leg during attack in city of Vetlanda, say he used a 'sharp weapon' to carry out assault...

 2021-03-03 18:56 

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Blaming Iran, environment minister calls oil spill 'environmental terrorism'...

Gila Gamliel says Libyan 'pirate ship' that sailed from Iran is responsible for huge leak that polluted coastline, but claim reportedly disputed by Israel's security establishmentGila Gamliel says Libyan 'pirate ship' that sailed from ...

 2021-03-03 18:04 

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Newsweek names Sheba Medical Center among top 10 hospitals in the world...

Ramat Gan-based medical center retains high ranking for third straight year; director says it 'underscores Israel's image as a small country with world-class medicine'Ramat Gan-based medical center retains high ranking for third straight year;...

 2021-03-03 18:00 

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Ancient foodies: Study reveals dietary preferences of Jordan Valley early humans...

Animal remains from 12,000 years ago found at archaeological site show that despite varied supply, locals stuck mostly to hunting small number of fish, bird speciesAnimal remains from 12,000 years ago found at archaeological site show that despite varied ...

 2021-03-03 17:18 

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US police uncover possible militia plot to breach Capitol on Thursday...

Capitol Police say intel shows potential plans to storm complex on March 4, when far-right conspiracy claims Trump will again rise to powerCapitol Police say intel shows potential plans to storm complex on March 4, when far-right conspiracy claims Trump w...

 2021-03-03 16:54 

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After surviving marine oil spill, young turtles heal with fish, mayo and love...

21 sea turtles were brought to the National Sea Turtle Rescue Center, but most were already dead from tar; now the lucky remaining 6 are recovering alongside other injured turtles21 sea turtles were brought to the National Sea Turtle Rescue Center, but mo...

 2021-03-03 16:37 

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Adelson's Las Vegas Sands to sell Venetian, exiting the Strip...

Casino company owned by the late Jewish billionaire will effectively cease its US operations with $6.25 billion sale of its Las Vegas propertiesCasino company owned by the late Jewish billionaire will effectively cease its US operations with $6.25 billion...

 2021-03-03 16:31 

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US contractor dies of heart attack during rocket onslaught at Iraq base...

Pentagon says contractor 'suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering'; no one claims responsibility for attackPentagon says contractor 'suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering'; no one claims responsibility for attack...

 2021-03-03 16:26 

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Turkish news crew attacked with feces in Jerusalem ultra-Orthodox area...

Police rescue reporters as the windows of their car are smashed and excrement thrown inside; cops open an investigation and search for suspectsPolice rescue reporters as the windows of their car are smashed and excrement thrown inside; cops open an invest...

 2021-03-03 16:17 

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Israel livid over 'scandalous' ICC war crimes probe; PA and Hamas cheer...

Netanyahu calls prosecutor's decision to open investigation 'the epitome of anti-Semitism and hypocrisy'; rights groups hail launch of probeNetanyahu calls prosecutor's decision to open investigation 'the epitome of anti-Semitism and h...

 2021-03-03 15:07 

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Lumenis sells surgical business to US firm Boston Scientific for $1.1 billion...

Yoke'am-based firm was acquired in 2019 by Baring Private Equity Asia, which will continue to run the remaining aesthetics and vision division of the firmYoke'am-based firm was acquired in 2019 by Baring Private Equity Asia, which will continue to...

 2021-03-03 14:50 

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ICC announces investigation into Israeli, Palestinian war crimes...

Chief Prosecutor Bensouda promises to investigate 'impartially and objectively'; her look back starts from the day after 3 Israeli teens were murdered in West Bank in 2014Chief Prosecutor Bensouda promises to investigate 'impartially and objec...

 2021-03-03 14:43 

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Israel says it has identified ship that caused massive oil leak in Mediterranean...

Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel tweets that Israel has 'laid its hands' on the vessel responsible for tar polluting country's coastline, doesn't name shipEnvironmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel tweets that Israel has ...

 2021-03-03 14:06 

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Orthodox rabbis today 100 times more stringent than Maimonides — ex-minister...

Moshe Nissim, who proposed conversion reform, blames Chief Rabbinate and Haredi parties for High Court recognition of Reform and Conservative conversions done in IsraelMoshe Nissim, who proposed conversion reform, blames Chief Rabbinate and Haredi parties...

 2021-03-03 13:34 

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Israel will start vaccinating Palestinian workers on Sunday...

Immunizations for some 120,000 Palestinians legally employed in Israel will be administered by Israeli healthcare workers at West Bank crossings, industrial zonesImmunizations for some 120,000 Palestinians legally employed in Israel will be administered b...

 2021-03-03 13:23 

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Cars, homes damaged in West Bank Palestinian village in suspected hate crime...

Stones and paint thrown at property and vehicles in Hawara, south of Nablus; residents, rights group says Israeli settlers to blame; police open investigationStones and paint thrown at property and vehicles in Hawara, south of Nablus; residents, rights gr...

 2021-03-03 12:16 

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Ukraine president bares biceps to join shirtless vaccine craze...

Volodymyr Zelenskiy gets shot in bid to increase public willingness to be inoculated against coronavirusVolodymyr Zelenskiy gets shot in bid to increase public willingness to be inoculated against coronavirus...

 2021-03-03 12:12 

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PODCAST Daily Briefing Mar. 3 As Biden stirs pot with Saudis, will Israel pay?...

Tune in Sunday through Thursday to hear ToI editors and reporters quickly catch you up on what's important todayTune in Sunday through Thursday to hear ToI editors and reporters quickly catch you up on what's important today...

 2021-03-03 11:56 

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Airline receives first permission under new rules to fly stranded Israelis home...

Israir will ferry passengers from Frankfurt to Tel Aviv on Saturday night after ministers scrap 'exceptions committee' and approve plan to reopen Ben Gurion AirportIsrair will ferry passengers from Frankfurt to Tel Aviv on Saturday night after min...

 2021-03-03 11:20 

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Joined by pandemic heartache, COVID nurses hold hospital wedding...

Lovebird medics say workplace chuppah just seemed right; 'no words to describe our excitement,' says husbandLovebird medics say workplace chuppah just seemed right; 'no words to describe our excitement,' says husband...

 2021-03-03 11:10 

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Civilian dies of heart attack in rocket assault on Iraq base hosting US troops...

Incident comes amid escalating tensions with jihadists, just 2 days ahead of first-ever visit to the country by the popeIncident comes amid escalating tensions with jihadists, just 2 days ahead of first-ever visit to the country by the pope...

 2021-03-03 10:53 

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Pope Francis to meet Iraqi ayatollah in move laden with geopolitical undertones...

Pontiff's talks with Ali al-Sistani will implicitly recognize him as Shiite Islam's chief interlocutor over his rival, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali KhameneiPontiff's talks with Ali al-Sistani will implicitly recognize him as Shiite Islam's c...

 2021-03-03 10:41 

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Fiverr to raise $700 million in New York share sale after value surge...

Israeli tech firm that connects businesses with freelancers has seen shares jump over 800% in past 12 months to company valuation of $10 billionIsraeli tech firm that connects businesses with freelancers has seen shares jump over 800% in past 12 months to...

 2021-03-03 10:40 

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88% of Israelis aged 50+ have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19...

While serious cases decreasing, downward trend in infections has halted, prompting officials to call into question further steps to reopen the economyWhile serious cases decreasing, downward trend in infections has halted, prompting officials to call into...

 2021-03-03 09:52 

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IDF faces battle over bearded soldiers who choose not to shave...

Two campaigners have taken up the cause on behalf of thousands of secular servicemen who want the same rights to facial hair granted to religious troopsTwo campaigners have taken up the cause on behalf of thousands of secular servicemen who want the same ...

 2021-03-03 09:47 

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Israeli robotic arms get FDA nod for minimally invasive hysterectomies...

The Hominis Surgical System developed by Memic Innovative Surgery provides human-level dexterity, optimal access and 360 degrees of movement, startup saysThe Hominis Surgical System developed by Memic Innovative Surgery provides human-level dexterity, opt...

 2021-03-03 09:28 

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Haredi party likens Reform and Conservative converts to dogs with kippot...

United Torah Judaism campaign clip suggests High Court, which recently recognized non-Orthodox conversions, would also accept canines as members of the tribeUnited Torah Judaism campaign clip suggests High Court, which recently recognized non-Orthodox con...

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