Israeli security forces crackdown on ultra-Orthodox community defying stay-at-home orders

The Post’s Steve Hendrix visited Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood on March 30, after authorities carried out a raid on residents resisting the stay-at-home orders. Read more: https://wapo.st/2UuUHMA. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: https://wapo.st/2QOdcqK Follow us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/washingtonpost Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/washingtonpost/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonpost/

COVID-19 | Few worshippers at Friday prayers in Jerusalem

Only a handful of worshippers attended Friday prayers near the entrance leading to the Al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem after Muslim authorities closed the compound to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The compound was shut earlier this week, while the mosque itself and the iconic golden Dome of the Rock were shuttered last … Read more COVID-19 | Few worshippers at Friday prayers in Jerusalem

Netanyahu rival Gantz elected speaker of Israeli parliament in shock move

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main rival, Benny Gantz, was elected parliamentary speaker on Thursday in a surprise manoeuvre that could herald a unity government keeping the veteran leader in power. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube … Read more Netanyahu rival Gantz elected speaker of Israeli parliament in shock move

Netanyahu ally resigns, deepening Israeli political turmoil

There has been a twist in Israel’s continuing political crisis. A right-wing ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suddenly resigned as speaker of Parliament, paving the way for Netanyahu’s rival Benny Gantz to put one of his allies in the position, as he tries to form a government. But a delay in choosing a successor … Read more Netanyahu ally resigns, deepening Israeli political turmoil

Let my song soothe your soul | Opera singer serenades to her quarantined father

An Israeli opera singer brought comfort to her quarantined father on Sunday by serenading him outside his apartment in Tel Aviv. Irit Stark sang an improvised performance of Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen while her father looked on from his second-storey balcony. The performance delighted her father and brought some of her neighbours to tears. Her … Read more Let my song soothe your soul | Opera singer serenades to her quarantined father

Israeli blockade hinders Gaza waste management

For years, an informal recycling industry inside Gaza has accounted for at least some of the huge amount of plastic waste generated by the strip’s more than two million residents. But in recent years, due to both the Israeli blockade and a lack of proper waste management, it has been in decline. Environmental experts say … Read more Israeli blockade hinders Gaza waste management

‘Corona Dictatorship’ | BiBi’s COVID-19 response is seen as power grab

Israeli PM and his party have been accused of using the COVID19 crisis to hold on to power after the inconclusive election: by shutting down the court system, Netanyahu has effectively postponed his own corruption trial. Parliamentary proceedings have also been suspended, which opponents say stops them from pushing forward planned legislation against the prime … Read more ‘Corona Dictatorship’ | BiBi’s COVID-19 response is seen as power grab

Coronavirus: Gal Gadot, Natalie Portman, Zoe Kravitz and others sing ‘Imagine’ to lift spirits

Actress Gal Gadot led a star-studded cover of John Lennon’s Imagine as celebrities including Natalie Portman and Jamie Dornan attempted to lift spirits amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a video viewed millions of times on Instagram, Israeli Wonder Woman star Gadot explains she has been in isolation for six days and the global crisis has … Read more Coronavirus: Gal Gadot, Natalie Portman, Zoe Kravitz and others sing ‘Imagine’ to lift spirits

Ehud Olmert tells FRANCE 24: ‘Benjamin Netanyahu has to go home’

In a wide-ranging interview in Tel Aviv, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert discussed the country’s ongoing formation of a government and openly criticised his successor and rival Benjamin Netanyahu who, he says, is “not capable of continuing”. He also addressed the issue of Iran, which regularly threatens Israel. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the … Read more Ehud Olmert tells FRANCE 24: ‘Benjamin Netanyahu has to go home’

Netanyahu rival Gantz vows to form government ‘within a few days’

Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz has called for a unity coalition, vowing to form a government “within a few days” after President Reuven Rivlin officially appointed the leader to establish the next government amid the coronavirus pandemic. While Gantz called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join him in a unity administration, Monday’s announcement was … Read more Netanyahu rival Gantz vows to form government ‘within a few days’