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Israel News for 1-11-2021

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The Health Ministry reported 6,706 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. There are currently 1,044 people hospitalized in serious condition and 251 on ventilators. There have been 3,671 coronavirus related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Over 1.8 million Israelis have already been vaccinated. The Health Ministry announced today that, starting Tuesday, all Israelis over the age of 55 will be eligible for vaccination. On Sunday, a large shipment of Pfizer vaccine landed in Israel. Over 50,000 people have already received their second shot. The Palestinian Authority said yesterday that it expects to receive its first vaccine doses in March under a deal with drugmaker AstraZeneca.

At a meeting next week, the Civil Administration’s High Planning Committee will approve the construction of 500 housing units in the West Bank settlements of Itamar, Beit El, Shavei Shomron, Oranit and Givat Ze’ev. The committee will also reportedly advance plans to build 100 units in Tal Menashe and 250 homes in the Nofei Nehemia outpost. The approvals will come right before the US Presidential Inauguration. The Biden administration is expected to restore US policy against settlement construction.

Israel’s Mekorot National Water Company will sign a deal, in the next few days, to provide Bahrain with desalination technology. Mekorot said that Bahrain and the UAE are interested, among other things, in desalination, quality control of water, reduce waste and leakages, water management systems, and integration of technical management services.

Israeli air conditioning company Tadiran Holdings has registered an international patent that purifies 99.999% of viruses, germs and bacteria that exist in the home. Tadiran plans on introducing a range of solutions for treating air within the home and other enclosed spaces this year.

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Israel News for 1-8-2021

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The Health Ministry reported 7,597 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. There are currently 873 people hospitalized in serious condition and 220 on ventilators. There have been 3,565 coronavirus related deaths since the start of the pandemic. A tighter nationwide lockdown begins tonight.

Over 1.7 million Israelis have already been vaccinated. PM Netanyahu announced that he signed a new deal with Pfizer that will guarantee Israel a sufficient amount of the vaccine to vaccinate the entire population by March. Israel will provide Pfizer with data on the patients receiving the vaccine. In addition, the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine arrived in Israel yesterday.

Syrian state media reported that Israeli missiles struck several targets near Damascus on Wednesday. The targets were reportedly Iranian Revolutionary Guard bases.

Israel’s Attorney General announced that Shas party chairman and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri will be indicted for tax offenses. The AG decided to drop the charges of money laundering, fraud, breach of trust, and obstruction of justice.

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Israel News for 1-6-2021

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The Health Ministry reported 8,164 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. There are currently 59,229 recorded infections, with 824 people hospitalized in serious condition and 207 on ventilators. There have been 3,495 coronavirus related deaths since the start of the pandemic. The PM is calling for a more stringent nationwide lockdown that would begin on Thursday.

Over 1.5 million Israelis have already been vaccinated. Some are claiming that PM Netanyahu is speeding up the process to attempt to vaccinate the entire population prior to the March 23rd election, to boost his chances of winning. [But regardless of the motive, getting everyone vaccinated is a good thing anyway you view it.]

A security officer shot and killed a suspected Palestinian terrorist at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank yesterday. The suspect was spotted approaching the junction carrying a knife. After the officer shot a warning shot into the air, the suspect threw the knife at the officer, who then shot him.

The Foreign Ministry is set to announce the opening of two temporary missions in the United Arab Emirates – an embassy in Abu Dhabi and a general consulate in Dubai. This comes after Israel opened a temporary embassy in Manama, the capital of Bahrain. PM Netanyahu is expected to officially launch the diplomatic missions during his visit to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, both the UAE and Bahrain have already begun preparing to open their own embassies in Israel.

Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage Affairs Rafi Peretz announced on Tuesday that he will not run for Knesset in the upcoming elections and that he is quitting political life. Peretz’s resignation comes in the wake of a possible union of his Jewish Home party with Yamina, the party led by former Jewish Home chief Naftali Bennett. Bennett had demanded Peretz’ resignation as a prerequisite for any alliance between the 2 parties.

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Israel News for 1-4-2021

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The Health Ministry reported 5,135 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. There are currently 38,228 recorded infections, with 731 people hospitalized in serious condition and 201 on ventilators. There have been 3,416 coronavirus related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The coronavirus cabinet is set to convene on Tuesday to debate tightening the current nationwide lockdown. PM Netanyahu appears to be in favor of a stricter closure for a period of at least 10 days, while Defense Minister Gantz opposes the total shutdown of schools.

Over 1.2 million Israelis have already been vaccinated.

An Israeli woman in her 30s suffered serious injuries on Sunday when the car she was driving came under a stone attack in the central West Bank. Two of her children, who were in the car, were not injured. IDF troops surrounded the nearby village of Dier Nidham and were searching for the perpetrators. The woman was identified as the wife of Jack Teitel, who is currently serving two life sentences for the murder of two Palestinians.

Over 1,000 Israeli Arabs volunteered to join the IDF last year, which is twice as many as previous years. Of the new recruits, 450 enlisted as scouts and fighters in the Bedouin patrol unit, while dozens more joined prominent infantry brigades such as Kfir and Nahal and some the Border Police.

US-based electric car maker Tesla has received a license from the Ministry of Transport for commercial imports of its vehicles, enabling it to begin a full import operation with no limit on volume. This is the first time that Tesla has received a license for direct importing and marketing of vehicles in Israel, rather than through a local dealer or in partnership with a dealer. The company will start to take orders online from Israeli customers within the next few days, and the first Tesla cars can be expected on Israel’s roads within months.

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