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Israel Update


Israel Update

Israel Update

The latest news and information about Israel that’s not generally reported in the UK media. Also featuring some of Israel’s incredible innovations and achievements.

December 2

Israel Update 2.12.21

  Happy Chanukah to all my readers HRG     IRANIAN THREAT     Israel has been sharing intelligence with the United States showing that Iran is reportedly “taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium” to weapons-grade 90 percent purity. The preparations could enable Tehran to reach weapons-grade level within just a few weeks. […]

November 25

Happy Chanukah to those readers who will celebrating from Sunday evening. MOROCCO   Israel’s Defence Minister Gantz signed a memorandum of understanding with his Moroccan counterpart on Wednesday, the first such agreement between Israel and an Arab state. The agreement formalized the defence ties between the two countries, allowing for smoother cooperation between their defence […]

November 18

Israel Update 18.11.21

  CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   (Figures from last week’s Update where available in brackets for comparison)     While the number of serious COVD-19 cases continued to wane, Israel’s coronavirus reproduction rate (R-number) rose on Wednesday to 0.95. The R number, which indicates how many people each infected person passes the virus on to, has […]

November 11

Israel Update 29/10/21-11/11/21

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   (Figures from 4 Nov. Update in brackets for comparison) Israel’s Health Ministry reported Thursday morning that 489  (642) Israelis have tested positive for coronavirus over the previous 24 hours, putting the country’s positivity rate at 0.65%. Israeli hospitals were treating 146 (238) COVID-19 patients in serious condition, 102 (139)  of whom were […]

October 28

Israel Update 28.10.21

Please note that the Israel Update is taking a break so there will be no mailing next week 4 November. Hopefully to be resumed the following week. HRG   CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   (Figures from last week’s Update in brackets for comparison)   Israel’s government voted Wednesday evening to cancel restrictions on outdoor gatherings, which […]

October 21

Israel Update 21.10.21

ENTRY TO ISRAEL – UPDATE     P.M Bennett and the Health and Tourism ministries approved a plan on Thursday to allow vaccinated and recovered tourists  into the country beginning Nov. 1. The plan, which still must be ratified by the full government, allows tourists who have been vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson and […]

October 14

Israel Update 14.10.21

ISRAELIS SECRETLY EVACUATED 167 AFGHANS     Humanitarian aid group IsraAid coordinated the evacuation of 125 vulnerable Afghans via Albania earlier this month. The group included judges, professional cyclists, journalists, TV presenters, human rights activists, relatives of Afghan diplomats, artists, law enforcement officers and scientists. In September, IsraAID took part in the evacuation of 42 Afghan women […]

October 7

Israel Update 7.10.21

  CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   (Figures from last week’s Update in brackets for comparison)     Israel’s Health Ministry reported Tuesday evening that the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in serious condition dropped under 500 for the first time since August 13.  Unvaccinated patients account for over 76% of all severe cases while patients who […]

September 30

Israel Update 30.9.21

COUNTER-TERRORISM     Raids that targeted members of a Hamas cell in the West Bank overnight Saturday, and killed five terrorist suspects, prevented major terror attacks, including a series of kidnappings and murders and a large-scale attack in Jerusalem. Read more here     Israeli security forces early Monday carried out further operations in to […]

September 23

Israel Update 23.9.21

  Chag Succot Sameach to all my readers.   IRON DOME FUNDING     A group of anti-Israel lawmakers forced the US House Democratic leadership Tuesday to cut $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome from a short-term government funding bill.  Moderate House Democrats slammed their colleagues for their anti-Israel stance. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) called […]

September 16

Israel Update 3-16 September 2021

ISRAEL UPDATE 3-16 September   Chag Succot Sameach to all my readers.   INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CO-OPERATION     Dr. Noor Ul Owase Jeelani, a pediatric neurosurgeon at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital has spoken of his pride and joy at helping successfully separate Israeli conjoined twins . He worked with staff at Soroka University Medical […]

September 2

Israel Update 2.9.21

Rosh Hashanah greetings for a Happy & Healthy New Year to all my readers. There will be no Israel Update next week. HRG   GAZA   Barel Hadaria Shmueli, 21, a Border Police officer died on Monday. He had been shot in the head at close range by a Gazan attacker as he guarded the […]

August 26

Israel Update 26.8.21

ISRAELI PM VISITS WASHINGTON DC     Prime Minister Bennett’s meeting with US President Joe Biden was postponed from Thursday until  Friday morning because of the Afghanistan suicide bombings.  Read more here   GAZA   An Israeli Border Police officer, Barel Shmueli, 21, was shot in the head at point-blank range and critically wounded  during […]

August 19

Israel Update 19.8.21

GAZA ROCKET ATTACK ON ISRAEL     Gazan terrorists fired two rockets towards the Israeli town of Sderot on Monday afternoon in the first such attack since May’s 11-day conflict . The Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted one of the rockets, while the second fell short landing inside Gaza.   Read more here     Reportedly, […]

August 12

Israel Update 12.8.21

HEZBOLLAH ATTACK     Hezbollah fired 19 rockets at northern Israel from Lebanon last Friday morning, sending residents in a number of  Israeli towns  scrambling to shelters. 10 projectiles were intercepted by Iron Dome 6 in open areas and  another 3 rockets failed to clear the border and landed in Lebanese territory. Read more here […]

August 5

Israel Update 5.8.21

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL    (Last week’s figures in brackets for comparison)     3,421 (2260) new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Israel on Wednesday, marking the country’s third consecutive day with more than 3,000 confirmed cases. There are currently 460 COVID patients hospitalized with 241 (153) in serious condition, of whom 51 (28)  are connected […]

July 28

Israel update 28.7.21

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL    (Last week’s figures in brackets for comparison)   Israel on Wednesday reported over 2,000 new COVID cases diagnosed a day earlier, for the second day in a row. 2,260 (1,336) people tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. At least 153 (72) patients are in serious condition, of whom 28 (15) are […]

July 22

Israel Update 22.7.21

    INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL   Israel’s coronavirus cabinet decided today Thursday, that the list of countries under travel ban – which Israelis cannot visit unless they obtain a permission from the designated governmental committee – will be expanded to include Britain, Turkey, Cyprus, and Georgia starting from Friday, July 30. It already included Uzbekistan, Argentina, […]

July 15

israel Update 15.7.21

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   Israel on Thursday reported more than 700 new daily coronavirus cases for the third day in a row. 765 people tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, of whom 71 were confirmed as carriers during mandatory testing at Ben Gurion Airport. 54 patients are in serious condition, a rise of nine from […]

July 8

Israel Update 8.7.21

ISRAEL’S NEW PRESIDENT   Former Labour party leader Isaac Herzog took office on Wednesday as Israel’s 11th president, pledging to serve as a “president for all”. Read more here     GAZA   Incendiary balloons launched from Gaza last Thursday caused 4 fires in southern Israel. In response, IDF planes bombed a Hamas weapons factory in […]

July 1

Israel Update 1.7.21

FLORIDA CONDOMINIUM COLLAPSE   A team of Israeli search-and-rescue specialists joined American workers on Sunday at the site of a Florida apartment building that partially collapsed last Thursday. The delegation is headed by Col. (res.) Golan Vach, and consists of 10 reserve officers from the IDF’s Home Front Command, all top experts in engineering. Read […]

June 24

Israel update 24.6.21

SAVE A CHILD’S HEART   Over 30 children and teens from seven African countries, the West Bank and Gaza are being treated at Wolfson Medical Centre near Tel Aviv for life-threatening heart conditions, the largest group of patients brought to Israel in over a year by Save a Child’s Heart, a charitable medical organization which […]

June 16

Israel Update 16.6.21

NEW ISRAELI GOVERNMENT   Israel’s Knesset (Parliament) on Sunday approved a new government formed by Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid in a 60-59 vote, with one abstention. Read more here   Address by Prime Minister designate Naftali Bennett at the swearing in of the government on Sunday. Read it here […]

June 10

Israel Update 10.6.21

GAZA   Slowly, further information is emerging about some of the incidents that occurred during the recent war in Gaza.   At the end of May, UNRWA, the UN Palestinian refugee agency, found what “appears to be a cavity and a possible tunnel, at the location of the missile strike,” under the UNRWA Zaitoun Preparatory […]

June 3

Israel Update 3.6.21

    A NEW COALITION?   Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid on Wednesday night informed President  Rivlin that he is able to form a government in which he and Yamina chief Naftali Bennett will alternate as prime minister.  The coalition is supported by Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas whose Islamist party would be the first majority […]

May 27

Israel Update 27.5.21

CEASEFIRE   Israel and Hamas in Gaza agreed to a cease-fire that began early last Friday 21/5. Read more here   During the latest conflict, more than 4,360 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel, of which 3,573 penetrated Israeli airspace, 680 fell inside Gaza and 280 fell into the sea. Read more here […]

May 20

Israel Update 20.5.21

SOLIDARITY   The foreign ministers of Germany, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia visited Israel Thursday in a show of solidarity as fighting continues with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. They toured sites hit by rockets from Gaza, met ministers and attended briefings.“I am speechless after I witnessed the destruction and terror that Israel has experienced,” […]

May 13

Israel Update 13.5.21

NOTE BY HRG:   As I write on Thursday afternoon, large parts of Israel’s south and centre are again suffering rocket attacks.   The current conflagration arose from:   Exploitation and incitement by Hamas and the P.A. of a 50 year legal dispute over property ownership and non payment of rent in Sheikh Jarrah (see […]

April 29

Israel Update 29.4.21

HAPPY LAG B’OMER TO MY READERS   ISRAEL UNDER ATTACK   ROCKETS FIRED BY GAZAN TERRORISTS ON ISRAELI CIVILIAN COMMUNITIES   On Friday night and Saturday, 38 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israeli border communities in the most serious assault in a year and a half. 7 were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome […]

April 21

Israel Update 21.4.21

THE UK’S  MICHAEL GOVE &  JONATHAN VAN-TAM VISIT ISRAEL   UK Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, accompanied by Jonathan Van-Tam, one of England’s deputy chief medical officers, arrived in Israel Monday night on a fact-finding mission to see how the country is opening up from COVID-19 restrictions.  Israel’s Foreign Minister said that the UK and Israel plan […]

April 15

Israel Update 15.4.21

YOM HAZIKARON & YOM HA’ATZMAUT   A one-minute siren at 8 p.m. on Tuesday marked the beginning of Israel’s Remembrance Day to honour the 23,928 fallen soldiers and civilian victims of wars and terrorism.  A second two-minute siren sounded at 11 am Wednesday morning. Israel’s Independence Day, which immediately follows Remembrance Day, began on Wednesday […]

April 8

Israel Update 8.4.21

YOM HASHOAH – HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY   Israelis stood in silence on Thursday morning as a 2-minute siren sounded throughout the country marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. Read more here   Each year, six Holocaust survivors are chosen to light torches at Yad Vashem on Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the six million Jews who were […]

March 24

Israel Update 24.3.21

This Update is taking a break so there will be no email next week 1stApril. In the meantime I wish those of my readers who are celebrating Passover or Easter, Pesach Sameach or Happy Easter respectively. HRG   ISRAEL’S ELECTION   A combination of coronavirus precautions, along with the upcoming Passover holiday, could see the […]

March 18

Israel Update 18.3.21

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   (Last week’s figures in brackets for comparison)   1,496 (2,802) new cases of coronavirus were registered in Israel on Wednesday. The number of patients in serious condition dropped to 579 (645). The death toll is 6,062 (5,955). Read more here   VACCINATION PROGRAMME   After representatives from Iran, Qatar, and the […]

March 11

Israel Update 11.3.21

INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION   Tel Aviv-based IsraAid has launched the first of several missions to help poor countries build their COVID-19 vaccination programmes. A seven-member team landed in the small African state of Eswatini  (formerly Swaziland) on Monday for a two-week visit by government invitation to help with logistics and public education ahead of the vaccine […]

March 4

Israel Update 4.3.21

ATTACK ON ISRAELI-OWNED SHIP   An Israeli-owned cargo ship, the MV Helios Ray, was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman overnight last Thursday.A U.S. defence official said the blast left holes in both sides of the vessel’s hull above the water line. The ship stopped at Dubai for repairs. Israeli officials suspect that Iran […]

February 25

Israel Update 25.2.21

PURIM SAMEACH TO ALL MY READERS   ECOLOGICAL DISASTER   After a major oil spill affected Israel’s entire Mediterranean coast, thousands of IDF soldiers assisted workers and volunteers for the Nature and Parks Authority in cleaning tar off beaches. A marine scientist called the spill the worst disaster of its kind in over 40 years. […]

February 18

Israel Update 18.2.21

LOCKDOWN EASED   Israel’s cabinet ministers on Monday approved the reopening of stores, gyms, hotels, and other venues from Sunday, in a major easing of sweeping lockdown measures. Street-front shops, malls, markets, museums, and libraries will be open to all. But only those who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 will be able […]

February 11

Israel Update 11.2.21

  CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   (Last week’s figures in brackets for comparison)   5,540 (7,385) new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed on Wednesday, the third day in a row that daily cases fell. 1,027 (1,103) are in serious condition.  The death toll has reached 5,265 (4,947). 40% of Israelis have received the first dose of […]

February 4

Israel Update 4.2.21

KOSOVO   Israel and Kosovo formally established diplomatic ties on Monday, with the Muslim-majority territory also recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.              Read more here   CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   (Last week’s figures in brackets for comparison)   7,385 (7668) new cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed on Wednesday. 1,103 (1,132) are in […]

January 28

Israel Update 28.1.21

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   Israel on Monday night closed Ben Gurion Airport to nearly all flights initially until the end of January. Read more here Israel has also closed its land crossings with Egypt & Jordan . Read more here  (Last week’s figures in brackets for comparison) There were 7,668 (8,174) new coronavirus cases in […]

January 21

Israel Update 21.1.21

  ISRAEL & THE USA   At his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Antony Blinken, President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, was asked “Do you agree that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and do you commit that the United States will keep our embassy in Jerusalem?” “Yes and yes,” Blinken responded. Read […]

January 14

Israel Update 14.1.21

ISRAEL & THE UK   The Tel Aviv-headquartered Aura Air startup has finished outfitting 400 tourist buses, newly repurposed to carry frontline workers in the UK and Ireland, with its unique data-driven air purification system. Read more here   Israel’s Elbit Systems UK subsidiary has been awarded a 12-year, $166 million contract from the UK Ministry of […]

January 7

Israel Update 7.1.21

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL    (Last week’s figures in brackets for comparison)   There were 7820 (5253) new cases confirmed in Israel on Wednesday.  873(639) patients are in serious condition with 210 (165) on ventilators. Since the start of the pandemic, 3527 (3314) people have died from the disease. Israel will begin a tightened lockdown for […]

December 31

Israel Update 31.12.20

Greetings for a Happy & Healthy 2021 to all my readers.   ISRAEL’S VACCINATION PROGRAMME   Israel’s Health Ministry reported Thursday that it has inoculated almost 800,000 people – 7.7% of its population – with the first of two vaccinations against Covid-19, including 33% of those aged 60 and over. 150,000 people were inoculated on […]

December 24

Israel Update 24.12.20

VACCINATION PROGRAMME   Only three days after launching its nationwide coronavirus vaccination campaign, Israel now ranks first in the world inthe number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered per 100 people, according to official data collected by Our World in Data and published on Wednesday.Read more here   The “Give a Shoulder” vaccination campaign got underway […]

December 17

Israel Update 17.12.20

CHANUKAH SAMEACH TO ALL MY READERS   NORMALISATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN MOROCCO & ISRAEL.   Last Thursday, Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the (US) President said:”Morocco will establish full diplomatic relations and resume official contacts with Israel. They will grant overflights and direct flights to and from Israel for all Israelis. They’ll reopen the liaison […]

December 10

Israel Update 10.12.20

Chanukah Sameach to all my readers celebrating the Festival of Lights!   THE UK & ISRAEL   Last Thursday, UK Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Sir Nicholas Carter and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi met via video link and signed an agreement to formalize and enhance Israel-UK defence collaboration…There is also what a […]

December 3

Israel Update 3.12.20

INTERNATIONAL AID   A team of 20 doctors and nurses from Israel’s Sheba Medical Centre flew to northern Italy on December 2 to assist a local hospital dealing with a serious outbreak of Covid-19. The 10-day mission was initiated following an appeal from the governor of the Piedmont District to Israel’s ambassador to Italy.  read […]

November 26

Israel Update 26.11.20

ANOTHER ROCKET ATTACK FROM GAZA   Terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at Ashkelon on Saturday night, striking and damaging an empty warehouse.  The attack came at around 9:30 p.m., setting off sirens in Ashkelon and its industrial zone, including areas where tens of thousands of people live. Read more here   SAUDI […]

November 19

Israel Update 19.11.20

ROCKET ATTACK FROM GAZA   In response to two rockets launched toward central Israel, the IDF targeted underground infrastructure and military posts of Hamas in Gaza on Monday morning. The rockets were fired at 2 a.m., sending thousands of Israelis into shelters. Residents in central Israel reported hearing large explosions and videos circulating on social […]

November 12

Israel Update 12.11.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   (Last Thursday’s figures in brackets for comparison)   There were 734 (754) new virus cases diagnosed on Wednesday with 1.9% of people screened testing positive. 321 (353) patients are in serious condition, with 127 (154) on ventilators. The death toll is 2,700. (2,597) Read more here   Israel has opened a […]

November 5

Israel Update 5.11.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   (Last Thursday’s figures in brackets for comparison)   There were 754  (688) new virus cases diagnosed in 24 hours, according to Health Ministry figures released Thursday morning. Of the 9,406 (11,914) active virus patients, 353 (464) are in serious condition, with 154  (199) on ventilators. The death toll is 2,597 (2,494).On Wednesday […]

October 29

Israel Update 29.10.20

SUDAN   It was announced last Friday that Sudan has agreed to make peace with Israel, making it the third Arab state to normalize ties as part of US-brokered deals since August. Read more here   Several key Sudanese political parties announced their opposition to the  decision. Read more here   Israel will send $5 […]

October 22

Israel Update 22.10.20

GAZA   Last Friday evening, Gazan terrorists fired a rocket into Israel. Sirens were set off sending thousands of civilians to bomb shelters for the second time this month. Read more here   The IDF announced Tuesday that, following an “indication” from the underground barrier system currently being installed, it had uncovered a “terror attack […]

October 15

Israel Update 15.10.20

ISRAELI/LEBANESE MARITIME BORDER NEGOTIATIONS   Lebanon and Israel, still technically at war, begin unprecedented talks sponsored by the UN and Washington on Wednesday to settle a maritime border dispute and clear the way for hydrocarbon exploration. Read more here   Lebanon’s representatives would not speak directly to the Israeli delegation in the meeting.  Read more […]

October 8

Israel Update 8.10.20

Chag Sameach to all my readers. AVIATION   An agreement signed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel and its Jordanian counterpart today, Thursday, will open more flight paths across both countries. Several Arab countries including Iraq, Qatar & Saudi Arabia will be able to use Israeli airspace en route to and from Europe and […]

October 1

Israel Update 1.10.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   The Israeli government overnight voted to tighten coronavirus restrictions and to extend the lockdown another three days until 14 October. Among new restrictions, people now will only be able to travel wherever they want to purchase essential products or obtain essential services if these are not available within a kilometre from […]

September 24

Israel Update 24.9.20

ISRAELI TEST TO BE USED IN EUROPEAN AIRPORTS   The Israeli SpectraLIT coronavirus test eliminates the need for swabbing and lab processing, with passengers simply asked to gargle with 10 ml of a special mouthwash, and then spit into a tube. The test, developed by Israeli company Newsight with Sheba Medical Centre under the newly formed […]

September 17

Israel Update 17.9.20

ROSH HASHANAH (JEWISH NEW YEAR) GREETINGS TO ALL MY READERS. WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.   THE “ABRAHAM ACCORDS”   Israel on Tuesday signed landmark normalisation deals (dubbed the Abraham Accords) with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at a White House ceremony, with leaders hailing a “new dawn” for peace in […]

September 10

Israel Update 10.9.20

THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)   At a video conference of Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday, the Arab League failed to condemn last month’s normalization deal between Israel and the UAE. Read more here   Israeli budget footwear chain Scoop Shoes has announced that it will be opening five stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Read […]

August 27

Israel Update 27.8.20

TWO STABBING TERROR ATTACKS   A Palestinian stabbed to death Rabbi Shai Ohayon, 39, a father of four, in the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva on Wednesday. The attacker was in Israel with a legal work permit. The victim’s children are aged 4-13. Read more here   A stabbing last week in Rosh Ha’ayin […]

August 20

Israel Update 20.8.20

ISRAEL & THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   Following last Thursday’s agreement between Israel and the UAE fully to normalise relations, delegations will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, and the establishment of reciprocal embassies. Read more here   Israeli […]

August 13

Israel Update 13.8.20

ISRAEL & THE UAE   Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached an historic peace deal on Thursday that will lead to a full normalisation of diplomatic relations. The agreement was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States. Read more here   GAZA ARSON TERROR ATTACKS ON SOUTHERN ISRAEL […]

August 6

Israel Update 6.8.20

BEIRUT CATASTROPHE – ISRAEL’S RESPONSE (At the time of writing, Thursday afternoon, no reply to Israeli offers of help has been received from the Lebanese government) Several Israeli hospitals offered to treat victims of a massive explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, despite the fact that Lebanon and Israel are considered enemy countries.  Among them […]

July 30

Israel Update 30.7.20

A reminder that domestic Israeli politics and internal protests remain outside the scope of this update. HRG   CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   Israel’s Health Ministry figures on Thursday morning: The national death toll sadly rose to 497. There are 32,756 active cases of COVID-19, with 336 patients in serious condition, including 99 on ventilators. 752 […]

July 23

Israel Update 23.7.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   The Coronavirus National Knowledge and Information Centre reported that on Wednesday 2,032 people tested positive for COVID-19. The death toll from coronavirus-related complications since the start of the epidemic rose to 433, while 295 patients are in serious condition, of whom 79 are ventilated. Read more here   On Sunday, Israel’s […]

July 16

Israel Update 16.7.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   Israel saw its highest daily toll of new coronavirus cases since the outbreak began, with 1,758 new diagnoses reported in the past 24 hours as at Thursday morning. 204 patients are in serious condition of whom 57 are ventilated. The death toll has risen to 380. The number of active patients […]

July 9

Israel Update 9.7.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   The Health Ministry reported on Thursday morning that on Wednesday  1,231 new cases were confirmed, bringing the number of active patients currently ill with the disease to 15,209. 118 patients are in a serious condition, of which 41 are ventilated, with the death toll climbing to 346.  412 patients are currently […]

July 2

Israel Update 2.7.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   The Israel Health Ministry reported Thursday morning that 966 Israelis had tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest daily total ever, after more than 20,000 tests were conducted on Wednesday. There are currently 8,647 active cases, 58 in serious condition. The death toll is 324. Read more […]

June 25

Israel Update 25.6.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   As at Thursday morning, 532 new confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported in the previous 24 hours, the highest number of daily virus diagnoses since April 9. There are 5,796 active cases, 46 of whom were in serious condition, including 28 patients on ventilators. Another 41 were in moderate condition and […]

June 18

Israel Update 18.6.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL As at Thursday morning, 257 new patients have been diagnosed with the virus over the past 24 hours, with the total number of active patients currently standing at 4,092. The number of fatalities is 303. The number of patients in serious condition now stands at 39, with 32 people needing ventilator support. […]

June 11

Israel Update 11.6.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   As at Thursday morning, the total number of active cases in Israel is 2,947. The number of fatalities has sadly risen to 300. The number of patients in serious condition now stands at 29, with 24 people needing ventilator support.  Read more here   As at Wednesday, 248 children and educational […]

June 4

Israel Update 4.6.20

CORONAVIRUS IN ISRAEL   Israel has taken steps in recent weeks to roll back its virus restrictions, reopening schools, synagogues, malls, restaurants and other spaces. However, since last Thursday, there has been a significant rise in the number of new infections, mainly centred on educational institutions. Health officials attributed the rise to public complacency and failure […]

May 27

Israel Update 27.5.20

Chag Shavuot Sameach (Happy Pentecost) to my readers. Note: the trial of Israel’s PM Netanyahu, which began on Sunday, is outside the scope of this Update.   TERROR ARSON FROM GAZA At least three groups of incendiary and explosive balloons were launched from the Gaza Strip on Monday. Countless incendiary and explosive balloons have been […]

May 21

Israel Update 21.5.20

NEW GOVERNMENT   After three consecutive elections, the Knesset approved a new government on Sunday by a vote of 73 to 46.       Read more here   The new Israeli government includes 10 ministers with Moroccan roots. Some 1 million Israelis, over 10% of the population, have at least partial family origins in Morocco. […]

May 14

NEW GOVERNMENT   Israel’s new government is set to be sworn in on Thursday evening, bringing nearly 18 months of political gridlock to an end. Read more here   TERRORIST ATTACKS   On Tuesday, an IDF soldier Sgt. First Class Amit Ben-Ygal, 21 waskilled by Palestinians who hurled a large rock thrown at his head. His unit […]

May 7

Israel Update 7.5.20

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IN ISRAEL   At the time of writing (Thursday afternoon) Israel’s coronavirus death toll remains at 239 since Wednesday, with no deaths reported overnight. As of Thursday morning, there are 16,346 confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel with 64 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours mostly inside ultra-Orthodox areas.  83 people are […]

April 30

Israel Update 30.4.20

YOM HAZIKARON (MEMORIAL DAY) April 27/8   On Yom HaZikaron Israelis honour all the soldiers and civilians killed in battle or terror attacks. The country came to a standstill when a siren marked the start of the commemoration at 8 p.m. Monday and then again with a second siren at 11 a.m. Tuesday. All key […]

April 23

Israel Update 13-23 April 2020

P.M. Netanyahu and Blue & White party leader Benny Gantz signed an agreement Monday on the formation of a unity government, with Gantz scheduled to take over as P.M. in 18 months’ time. Read more here   YOM HASHOA- HOLOCAUST MARTYRS’ AND HEROES REMEMBRANCE DAY 20/21 April 2020. Traditional ceremonies in honour of 6 million Jews […]

April 13

Israel Update 3-13 April 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IN ISRAEL At the time of writing (Monday afternoon) Israel’s coronavirus death toll has sadly risen to 112, with 11,235 confirmed cases. 181 patients are in serious condition, including 133 in need of ventilator support. Hospitals are treating 750 patients, while 7,257 people are fighting the virus at home. Another 1,058 people are […]

April 2

Israel Update 2.4.20

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IN ISRAEL At the time of writing (Thursday afternoon) Israel’s coronavirus death toll has sadly risen to 33. Confirmed infections numbered 6,211, with 107 in serious condition, including 83 on ventilators, and 127 in moderate condition. At least 241 people have recovered.Read more here   PM Netanyahu on Wednesday evening said all Israelis […]

March 26

Israel Update 26.3.20

Israel has been experiencing a constitutional crisis following the inconclusive election over 3 weeks ago. However, according to a reported deal taking shape amid immense political drama in Israel on Thursday afternoon, Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz is set to partner P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu in a unity government, serving initially as foreign minister, but […]

March 19

Israel Update 19.3.20

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)   ISRAEL   There are now 529 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Israel at the time of writing (Thursday afternoon). No Israelis have died from Coronavirus yet but six are in a critical condition. Israel’s health ministry has increased testing significantly to 2,200 tests daily. At the weekend, Israel banned public gatherings of […]

March 11

Israel Update 11.3.20

CORONAVIRUS  COVID-19   At the time of writing (Wednesday afternoon), the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel has risen to 82. ISRAELI AID TO PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY   Israeli and P.A. officials met last week to coordinate joint efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. They agreed to cooperate on epidemiologic investigations, particularly those […]

March 5

Israel Update 5.3.20

ISRAELI ELECTION   The official results will be published on March 10. With 99% of the votes counted, P.M Netanyahu’s Likud & its allies have 58 seats, 3 short of an overall majority. Read more here   The Joint List (an alliance of four Arab-led parties) appears to have won 15 seats. There will be […]

February 27

Israel Update 27.2.20

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19   In an unprecedented statement on Wednesday, Israel’s Health Ministry urged Israelis to seriously consider refraining from travelling abroad as more countries announced they had identified cases of the virus. Israel has banned the entry of any foreigners who have been to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand Singapore, South Korea Japan and […]

February 20

Israel Update 20.2.20

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)   Israel’s Sheba Medical Centre will use top-of-the-line Israeli tele-medicine technologies to treat 11 nationals returning from the coronavirus-stricken cruise ship docked off the coast of Japan. The Israelis will be placed in isolation for 14 days. Medical robots, devices and AI-powered sensors operated remotely by doctors to monitor patients and conduct basic […]

February 13

Israel Update 13.2.20

GAZAN ATTACKS CONTINUE ON SOUTHERN ISRAEL   Another week of almost daily attacks by Gazan terrorists on Israeli civilians by launching rockets & mortars into Israel and also using explosive devices attached to colourful balloons. The attacks included six airborne explosive devices landed in Israel last Friday, one carrying a warhead from a rocket-propelled grenade.  […]

February 6

Israel Update 6.2.20

TERRORIST ATTACKS  TODAY, THURSDAY 6.2.20   12 IDF soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in a car-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem. The attacker’s car was later found abandoned near Bethlehem Read more here   An Israeli Border Police officer was shot in the hand by a Palestinian attacker near the Temple Mount in the Old City […]

January 30

Israel Update 30.1.20

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PLAN PUBLISHED BY U.S.A.   The US vision for a comprehensive peace agreement was released on Tuesday. Download or read the full 180 page plan: Link here   Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said that the Palestinians are not going to get a state “by doing a day of rage. All doing […]

January 23

Israel Update 23.1.20

FIFTH WORLD HOLOCAUST FORUM IN JERUSALEM   In the biggest diplomatic event in Israel’s history, delegations from 49 countries, including 41 heads of state are attending the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem this week to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Read more here   List of World […]

January 16

Israel Update 16.1.20

AID FOR PUERTO RICO The Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAID is currently in Puerto Rico following the recent 6.4 magnitude earthquake followed by a 5.2 magnitude aftershock, a further a 5.9 magnitude ‘quake and a further 45 aftershocks of at least 3.0 magnitude. IsraAID’s assessment focussed on distributing relief, providing psychological first aid, and administering safe water and […]

January 9

Israel Update 9.1.20

ASSASSINATION OF IRANIAN GENERAL SOLEIMANI BY USA   Israel’s PM Netanyahu distanced  his government and Israel from the killing stressing Israel was not involved. He told his Cabinet that it was an American event and “ we should not be dragged into it.”  Read more here   A senior Israeli military officer also distanced Israel from […]

January 1

Israel Update 1.1.20

INNOVATION Celebrating a decade of life-changing Israeli inventions from Waze to cancer-busting nano-ghost cells and 3-D printed hearts, a look at some of the most amazing Israeli technologies and inventions of the past 10 years – those that are already impacting the way we live and those that have the potential to change our lives […]

December 25

Israel Update 25.12.19

Chanukah Sameach and good wishes for 2020 to my readers.  UN SECURITY COUNCIL (UNSC)   U.S. UN Ambassador Kelly Craft told the UNSC last week: “This Council seems either unwilling or unable to see the reality that Israelis live in constant fear of attack. In place of recognizing this reality, the Council tolerates an endless […]

December 18

Israel Update 18.12.19

I wish all my readers Chanukah Sameach. VISIT OF HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES TO ISRAEL   A forthcoming visit by Prince Charles next month,  will be only the second official visit to Israel by a member of the  British royal family since the State of Israel was founded in 1948. Two previous trips by […]

December 12

Israel Update 12.12.19

INTERNATIONAL ISRAELI AID   Israel sent an emergency medical team in coordination with the World Health Organisation to Samoa in response to the Samoan measles outbreak. At least 63 people, mostly children, have died since the outbreak began in mid-October. Read more here   Albania’s Prime Minister Rama on Monday hailed the work of Israeli […]

December 5

Israel Update 5.12.19

ISRAELI AID FOR ALBANIA (CONTINUED)   A special Israeli aid mission departed Tuesday for Albania, following the devastating earthquake. The aid mission,consists of 10 officers and engineers who will survey damaged buildings to determine whether they remain structurally sound after the earthquake. Items included in the humanitarian aid shipment include tents and logistical support for […]

November 28

Israel Update 28.11.19

 Israeli domestic politics remain outside the scope of this Update hence no coverage of the Netanyahu indictment which has been amply reported by other media sources. H.R.G. ISRAELI AID AFTER ALBANIAN EARTHQUAKE An Israel Rescue and Service team are continuing their search for survivors in the city of Durres, following a 6.4 on the Richter Scale […]