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Then-Director-General of Israel's Health Ministry professor Roni Gamzu attends a Finance Committee meeting in the Israeli parliament on Jan. 7, 2014. Photo by Flash90.
Israel’s National Coronavirus Project Manager Roni Gamzu said on Wednesday that if the country’s COVID-19 morbidity levels don’t decline by Sept. 1, local or national lockdowns will have to be considered. Following a meeting of Israel’s coronavirus Cabinet, Gamzu said that the next two weeks are the “last opportunity” to get the outbreak under control without resorting to more extreme...
View of the sunset in the border area between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights on Feb. 20, 2019. Photo by Maor Kinsbursky/Flash90.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah on Tuesday that Israel would take the necessary measures to defend itself after Israel launched airstrikes against targets in Syria. “We hit a cell, and now we hit the dispatchers. We will do what is necessary in order to defend ourselves. I suggest to all of them, including Hezbollah,...
Joint Arab List Knesset member Sami Abou Shahadeh and a Balad delegation present convicted terrorist Anis Saffouri with a plaque following his release from prison. Source: Official Balad Facebook page.
Israeli Knesset member Sami Abou Shahadeh of the Joint Arab List’s Balad faction participated in a recent event celebrating the release of convicted terrorist Anis Saffouri, who was sentenced in 2009 to 14 years in prison for conspiring to murder Israeli Air Force pilots, soldiers and even scientists. Saffouri, a resident of the Israeli-Arab city of Shfaram, was convicted of...
Ancient stone tools uncovered at a flint-knapping site near the city of Dimona in Israel's Negev Desert. Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority.
The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Tuesday that it had uncovered evidence of an advanced flint-working technique at tool “factory” in the Negev Desert, supporting the hypothesis that the Negev was on the early modern human route out of Africa. According to the IAA, evidence of a flint-knapping technique known as “Nubian Levallois,” which is exclusively associated with biologically modern...
A view of the water cooling towers at the Haifa oil refinery on June 12, 2020, after one of them collapsed. Photo by Meir Vaknin/Flash90.
The explosion in Beirut on Tuesday that killed at least 100 people and injured thousands, revived concern among residents of the greater Haifa area that a similar fate could befall them if the petrochemical facilities in their area were to explode accidentally or be attacked. Revital Goldschmidt of the Environmental Research Center in Haifa said, “The event in Lebanon illustrates...
State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman is seen during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Jan. 23, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
Israel’s State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman on Monday criticized what he called the “monumental waste” of public funds involved in the construction of a new compound meant to house the prime minister’s office and residence in Jerusalem. The project, which has been underway since 1995, was initially estimated to cost NIS 600 million ($176 million) but has since ballooned to a...
The aftermath of a massive explosion that rocked the Beirut port on Aug. 4, 2020. The blast, the cause of which is still under investigation, was apparently felt as far away as Cyprus. Source: Screenshot.
Israel has offered Lebanon humanitarian aid following a huge explosion in Beirut on Tuesday that killed at least 78 people and left more than 4,000 injured. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved medical and humanitarian aid to Lebanon and has instructed National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat to speak with U.N. envoy Nickolay Mladenov to determine additional ways in...
A technician carries out a diagnostic test for coronavirus in a lab at the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv on August 3, 2020. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90
The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is being experienced in countries around the world, and Israel is no exception. Many Israeli startup and tech companies are facing great challenges in their ability to raise funds and access international markets, and will likely continue to face those challenges in the coming year. Yet some companies in Israel are also...
Israeli lab workers test samples for coronavirus in Modi'in, on July 7, 2020. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.
More than 22,000 coronavirus tests conducted in Israel from midnight Sunday to midnight Monday resulted in 1,801 new confirmed cases, the Health Ministry reported on Tuesday. According to Health Ministry data, as of Tuesday afternoon, the COVID-19 death toll  stood at 554, with 349 Israelis listed in serious condition, among them 97 on ventilators. Another 139 patients were listed in...
COVID-19 quarantine. Credit: Pixabay.
Israel’s Synel, which develops technical solutions based on geographical location, has reached out to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and coordinator of Israel’s efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak Professor Ronni Gamzu to offer an app that tracks the digital presence of people in quarantine without using their smartphone’s microphone or camera. The Harmony Smart application allows...

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