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An Israeli medical team poses for a group photo before heading to Samoa to combat a measles epidemic. Photo courtesy of Sheba Medical Center.
A medical team from Israel is on its way to the Pacific island nation of Samoa to assist overwhelmed health-care workers trying to contain a serious measles epidemic and treat those already infected. A reported 65 people—mostly children—are reported to have died in the outbreak, which has affected more than 4,400 citizens in the country of 200,000 since October. Unvaccinated...
Abdallah Chatila, a Christian-Lebanese Swiss businessman, speaks during a press conference at the Keren Hayesod headquarters in Jerusalem, on Dec. 8, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met on Sunday with Abdallah Chatila, a Lebanese-born Swiss businessman who purchased Adolf Hitler’s hat and other Nazi memorabilia at a recent auction and donated them to Yad Vashem. Chatila purchased the items, including Hitler’s top hat and a cocktail dress worn by his lover Eva Braun, two weeks ago. “Your donation is of great importance at this time,...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Internal Affairs Minister Gideon Sa’ar attend a special session marking a year since the death of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, at the Knesset, on July 9, 2013. Photo by Flash90.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party rival Knesset member Gideon Sa’ar on Sunday dismissed the idea of holding direct elections as a way of solving the country’s political crisis. Such a proposal, Sa’ar told Kan radio, “has no chance of passing in the few days left for this Knesset, assuming no government is formed.” Furthermore, he said, “We shouldn’t hastily change the...
Naftali Bennett speaks during exchange ceremony of ministers, held at the Ministry of Education in Jerusalem, on June 26, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
When Naftali Bennett was appointed last month as Israel’s defense minister, it was seen as a temporary political move by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to shore up his right-wing flank until a new government could be formed. Yet with the Jewish state likely headed towards a third election in less than a year, Bennett, who heads the New Right Party,...
A man walks near an Iron Dome missile-defense system near the city of Sderot in southern Israel on May 29, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
Israel signed an agreement on Thursday to sell the Czech Republic eight Iron Dome air-defense systems in a contract worth $125 million, announced Israel’s Defense Ministry. The Israeli Aerospace Industries subsidiary ELTA will provide eight ELM-2084 Iron Dome multi-mission radars, which have air-surveillance, air-defense and artillery capabilities. The radar systems assist in the monitoring, tracking and interception of several airborne projectiles simultaneously at...
Sight Diagnostics OLO blood analyzer. Source: Screenshot.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an Israeli startup device that can quickly extract results based off just a drop of blood. However, unlike the former startup Theranos, which falsely claimed that it could test for diseases based off blood from the prick of a finger (and whose founder and deputy were criminally charged), Sight Diagnostics’s OLO blood analyzer conducts...
Israeli soldiers in the Neztah Yehuda (“Nahal Haredi”) Battalion complete the final stages of a 40-kilometer march, Feb. 16, 2010. Photo by Abir Sultan/Flash90.
Senior Israeli military officials involved with the army’s haredi (ultra-Orthodox) recruitment program denied on Wednesday that data was falsified to make it appear that recruitment quotas had been met, Ynet reported. The statement came in response to a report by Israel’s Kan radio that the Israeli Defense Forces has been inflating the number of haredi recruits for years in an effort to hide the fact that it was...
Yisrael Beiteinu Party leader Avigdor Lieberman speaks with the media during a faction meeting in the Knesset in Jerusalem on Dec. 2, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.
Yisrael Beiteinu Party leader Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Israel is headed to its third round of elections with the course of a year. “Elections are coming,” Lieberman told the Yediot Achronot daily in an interview. Unity talks had reached a dead end, he said, and he had decided against empowering a narrow government because “the combination of dramatic defense and...
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on April 29, 2018. Photo by Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Portugal on Wednesday for a working dinner with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The two were originally scheduled to meet in London on the sidelines of the annual NATO summit this week, but the venue was moved to Portugal after British officials nixed the meeting due to short notice. Before boarding the plane...
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaks at an emergency U.N. General Assembly meeting in United Nations headquarters in New York City on Dec. 21, 2017. Photo by Amir Levy/Flash90.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon announced on Tuesday that Israel will submit a resolution to the General Assembly to formally recognize Jewish refugees, or Mizrachi Jews, from Arab countries and Iran. Danon announced the initiative during a plenary session for the annual meeting that marks 72 years since the historic Nov. 29, 1947 partition plan. The resolution...

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