After switching deterrence measures for cannabis use from criminal prosecution to fines, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is now looking to adopt the policy for other misdemeanors, including public disorder offenses.
Roi Yanovsky 16:42 , 28.04.17
Speaking in an interview with the German magazine Bild, Netanyahu doubles down on reasons for refusing to meet with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, but insists relations remain robust; 'I hope next time Gabriel visits Israel, he meets with me instead of a radical fringe group undermining Israeli security.’
Reuters, Ynet 14:36 , 28.04.17
An elated education minister tightens his grip on party leadership, scoring a sweeping victory with 80.3% of the vote; 'It wasn’t a choice about me...It was a choice about the way to maintain Israel's security without compromise, to preserve our Jewish identity, maintain unity and open the party's ranks.'
Moran Azoulay 13:36 , 28.04.17
Fifty years after Israel's reunification of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat says that the anniversary is a time to celebrate, despite the deep rifts and occasional bursts of violence that disrupt daily life in the volatile city; rejects Arab claims that they are second-class residents.
Associated Press 12:30 , 28.04.17
In a letter bearing the signatures of all 100 senators, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told that UN bodies, including the Human Rights Council, ‘devote time to unwarranted attacks against Israel’; senators urge world body to comply with expectations for reforms to stamp out habitual Israel-bashing, reminding that the US is the UN’s main financial contributor.
Ynet 11:42 , 28.04.17
On Memorial Day, a new complex commemorating all of Israel's fallen soldiers will be inaugurated on Mount Herzl; each name will be displayed on one brick, and multimedia tools will provide visitors with information about Israel’s heroes.
Liran Levy and Yoav Zitun 10:25 , 28.04.17
Transportation and Intelligence Minister Katz presents US officials with a five-point plan, calling for Washington’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, and vamped up sanctions against Iran and Hezbollah; Katz urges joint US-Israeli action to prevent Tehran from forming a front on Israel’s northern border.
Itamar Eichner 09:11 , 28.04.17
Coordination between uniformed soldiers and the Border Police undercover unit operating in the capital resulted in the arrest of two suspects during disturbances in the Isawiya neighborhood in east Jerusalem.
Roi Yanovsky 23:23 , 27.04.17
The investigation of Case 1000, which deals with the gifts allegedly received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is nearing completion; due to the difficulty in investigating Australian businessman James Packer who is abroad, the police intend to forego his testimony and settle for the evidence collected thus far.
Eli Senyor and Itamar Eichner 21:37 , 27.04.17
A video depicts a combative atmosphere in the city of Beit Shemesh; police officers who came to arrest a suspect in a criminal case encountered an angry mob calling them 'Nazis,' blocking their way and confronting them; only one person was arrested in the incident.
Roi Yanovsky 19:09 , 27.04.17
World Bank issues a report after having visited the Palestinian-controlled territories, concluding that external financial aid is insufficient to alleviate the PA's economic problems; according to the report, significant budget changes must be introduced by the PA itself.
Gad Lior 18:51 , 27.04.17
After much speculation surrounding the precise date, White House marks May 22 for President Trump's first official visit to Israel, where he will stay for one night; Secretary of State Tillerson will accompany the president, along with UN Envoy Nikki Haley, a staunch Israel supporter, and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
Itamar Eichner 16:34 , 27.04.17
Mohammad Abed was also fined NIS 50,000 after being convicted of passing messages unrelated with legal counsel between the Hamas terror organization and security prisoners; Judge: 'He harmed national security.
Ahiya Raved 15:52 , 27.04.17
In a meeting held to congratulate the torch lighters chosen for next Monday's Independence Day ceremony, which will commemorate 50 years since Jerusalem's reunification, PM says that 'it is very important that the citizens of Israel, and also people abroad, hear your stories, as they are part of the wondrous story of our beloved country.'
Itamar Eichner 14:47 , 27.04.17
New draft resolution scheduled for vote on Israel's Independence Day next week; Israeli foreign ministry, Trump administration working to postpone vote or convince member nations to vote against the resolution.
Itamar Eichner 14:22 , 27.04.17
The workers completely blocked traffic on the Azrieli Junction in Tel Aviv, causing chaotic scenes in protest of the current lack of solution for the mass layoffs due to take place following the closure of the Haifa ammonia tank.
Itay Blumental and Ilana Curiel 13:03 , 27.04.17
Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor speaks at a judges' swearing-in ceremony, saying that 'the dark days of the Nazi regime taught us that the rule of a majority that deprives individuals of their rights, a majority that oppresses the minority living within it, is not a democratic government.'
Itamar Eichner & Tova Tzimuki 12:40 , 27.04.17
The Knesset plenum approves in second and third reading the amendment to the IPBC law, delaying its launch by two weeks to May 15.
Moran Azulay and Telem Yahav 10:21 , 27.04.17
Decision by Mahmoud Abbas to stop covering tabs for electricity provided by Israel to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip comes amid an ongoing power struggle with the newly installed Hamas leader Yahya Sanwar; reports of President Trump’s planned visit to the region next month to kick-start a new peace initiative could also account for the decision, as Abbas seeks to demonstrate a rejection of extremism.
Yoav Zitun and Itamar Eichner 10:10 , 27.04.17
Deputy head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel attacks decision made by Knesset committee headed by Justice Minister Shaked to appoint a woman as judge dealing with Islamic family law; ‘Committee has no right to interfere in our religious affairs.’
Hassan Shaalan 09:33 , 27.04.17
Gadi Eisenkot takes part in flag laying ceremony to commemorate fallen soldiers, pledging to keep their memory alive; 'We will hold our heads up high and vow to continue the mission for which our best sons and daughters fell: the promise of our existence as a free people in our own land.'
Yoav Zitun 22:19 , 26.04.17
During the visit, for the fourth consecutive year, Netanyahu, in an apparent slight against Germany’s foreign minister and Israeli left-wing organizations, commented on a book about Jewish laws against slander presented by one of the orphans, who said his father kept with him at all times; ‘I would give to several people inside and outside the country.’
Itamar Eichner 21:18 , 26.04.17
Delegation of 25 American officials are set to arrive in Israel on Thursday to lay the groundwork ahead of next month's unconfirmed visit to Israel by US President Donald Trump, who is expected to kick-start peace initiatives, and possibly address the Knesset.
Itamar Eichner 20:24 , 26.04.17
After two cousins of 8 and 10 from a Bedouin encampment in the Negev are killed by a blast on Tuesday, the father of one of the boys criticizes the IDF for not safely disposing of its ammunition; 'This isn't a battlefield, but soldiers come here to practice,' says the father. 'Someone needs to take responsibility.'
Ilana Kuriel & Hasn Shalan 19:01 , 26.04.17
Several IDF bereaved siblings are pulling out of a planned meeting with Netanyahu over suspicions that he will use it as a ploy to mitigate damage caused by a disastrous Knesset hearing with bereaved parents.
Itamar Eichner and Amihai Attali 18:10 , 26.04.17
German chancellor's spokesman laments cancellation of meeting between the Israeli PM and Minister Sigmar Gabriel, saying 'It should not be problematic for foreign visitors to meet with critical representatives of civil society.'
AFP 15:56 , 26.04.17
A company posing as a legitimate organization attacks about 210 other organizations, government ministries, public bodies, and private individuals, in a large-scale attempted strike on the Israeli economy.
Andrew Friedman/TPS, Itamar Eichner 14:46 , 26.04.17
Both attacks took place outside the Samaria Territorial Brigade's base near Huwara; in both cases, troops shot and neutralized a knife-wielding assailants, with no injuries to the Israeli side; attacks carried out by cousins from Balata camp.
Elisha Ben-Kimon 14:09 , 26.04.17
The small northern city has been rocked by the death of two men and one woman, all of them emigrated from the former Soviet Union, all of them living in the same area, and all of them found brutally murdered in their apartments.
Ahiya Raved 13:34 , 26.04.17
Israel initially denied a Human Right Watch researcher a visa, accusing HRW of bias against Israel, but now the US national is set to serve as rights group's local director; US disagreed with Israel's initial denunciation of the group.
Reuters 13:06 , 26.04.17
The prime minister spoke at a memorial ceremony for the 16 Foreign Ministry employees who were murdered in the course of their service; 'Threats to Israeli targets around the world still exist,' he tells bereaved families.
Itamar Eichner 12:29 , 26.04.17
Environmental Protection Ministry says noxious odor carried by strong winds to an area from Kfar Saba to the north to Ness Ziona to the south was the result of fertilization on farmland in the Hof HaSharon Regional Council.
Ilana Curiel 10:29 , 26.04.17
After Prime Minister Netanyahu made good on his threat to cancel their meeting, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel met with Breaking the Silence and B'Tselem; 'it is not clear to us what the prime minister is afraid of,' says B'Tselem head.
Raanan Ben Zur, Itamar Eichner and Itay Mashiach 09:24 , 26.04.17
Lena Jarbouni, who was convicted of conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks, was released after more than a decade in prison to be met with celebrations in Arraba; the right-wing National Union party demands an investigation against the town's mayor.
Hassan Shaalan 23:45 , 25.04.17
The security official revealed details of the attack in Syria and expressed concern over the consequences of the nuclear confrontation between the United States and North Korea on Israel's security.
Yoav Zitun and Matan Tzuri 22:12 , 25.04.17
Following Netanyahu's last minute cancellation of the planned talks in Jerusalem with Sigmar Gabriel, tensions are on the rise as the German minister refused to accept Netanyahu's call; the meeting had been cancelled after the latter insisted on meeting with far-left groups Breaking the Silence and B'Tselem.
Associated Press and Itamar Eichner 18:58 , 25.04.17
The terrorist attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at Huwara near an IDF military base before being quickly shot and neutralized by IDF soldiers; no other injuries were immediately reported; attack is the second to have taken place within two days.
Elisha Ben Kimon 15:13 , 25.04.17
A High Court decision to allow Tel Aviv supermarkets to be open on Shabbat is raising ire in Shas and local Haredi parties, who have quit the municipal governing coalition and are threatening to quit the national government.
Kobi Nachshoni and Itay Blumenthal 12:39 , 25.04.17
Charges against the 18-year-old Israeli-American national include 142 bomb threats against airlines, about 2,000 threats of terrorism and violence against institutions around the world, 2 threats against US officials and even offering his services for money.
Gilad Morag 11:33 , 25.04.17
SSgt. Salem Fuaz gives Brig. Gen. Ahavat Ben Hur her account of the attack that left her hospitalized with a stab wound; 'She asked me to help her exit the crossing and when I turned around, she pulled out a knife and stabbed me in the back.'
Yoav Zitun 10:27 , 25.04.17
In a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the heads of Mossad and Shin Bet, IDF Deputy Chief of Staff and Director General of the Ministry of Defense all oppose the proposed National Cyber Bureau as a violation of Israeli national security concerns.
Ynet 08:21 , 25.04.17
A caregiver for a Holocaust survivor who passed on last month was caught on camera stealing property from the deceased elderly woman; the property was found and the caregiver admitted to the theft, though the most important and valuable items remain missing.
Raanan Ben-Zur 22:12 , 24.04.17
President Rivlin comes out against the French presidential candidate, who denied her country's responsibility in expelling Jews during WWII, adding that the new kind of Holocaust denial that Le Pen represents is 'Far more dangerous and destructive than what we have known so far.'
Ynetnews 21:37 , 24.04.17
12 European ministers of education along with Naftali Bennett and over 10,000 young people from 50 countries begin the three kilometer march between Auschwitz and Birkenau as a silent gesture to the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices.
Yehonatan Bnaya 18:55 , 24.04.17
The day's events begin with a siren in memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Nazis, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem and the recitation of victims' names at the Knesset; in Poland, the March of Life will commence in Auschwitz camp at 2:30pm.
Liran Levy, Kobi Nachshoni 13:57 , 24.04.17
Security forces neutralize a female attacker who approached the checkpoint north of Jerusalem before removing a concealed blade and stabbing a soldier; soldier lightly wounded in the upper body and evacuated to hospital for treatment.
Roi Yanovsky and Elior Levy 10:37 , 24.04.17
Young people from 50 countries, including a delegation from Morocco, accompany Israeli officials such as IDF Chief of Staff Eisenkot and Minister of Education Naftali Bennett for the 29th annual March of the Living.
Yehonatan Bnaya 10:16 , 24.04.17
In his meeting with President Rivlin, Christian Kern tells of the Nazis' rise to power in his country, when his mother, then 11 years old, used to bring food and water to a Jewish family that had to hide from the Nazis.
Itamar Eichner 09:45 , 24.04.17
Police investigation found that the young hacker did not appreciate a certain US senator's remarks against him, and so called him to go back on his comments, or else; when the senator did not comply, the hacker allegedly sent drugs to his home in order to incriminate him.
Eli Senior 23:24 , 23.04.17
Two young men signed up with the ‘Connected’ project to teach a Holocaust survivor how to use the internet in his home, but their connection became akin to that of family; says one of the volunteers, ‘I received a warm and loving grandfather.’
Liran Levi 23:21 , 23.04.17
An Israeli woman buys bed sheets at an open-air market with pictures of the Eiffel Tower and only later notices the Nazi airmail stamp and Hitler postage; the vendor’s position is ‘caveat emptor,’ but the importer is more conciliatory.
Meirav Crystal & Ahiya Raved 21:51 , 23.04.17
The Yad Vashem state ceremony for Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day began at 8pm Israel time. In addition to remarks from the president and PM, a Holocaust survivor spoke on behalf of the six million Jews murdered by Nazis.
J. S. Herzog 20:31 , 23.04.17
Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman and Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan both join a chorus of officials in condemning settler attacks on security forces and civilians; Lieberman: 'There is zero tolerance for violence against security forces.'
Yoav Zitun and Moran Azulay 19:21 , 23.04.17
Police arrest 18-year-old Palestinian terrorist from Nablus after stabbing three men and a woman near the Herods Hotel on Hayarkon Street; security video footage shows the rampage.
Eli Senyor, Itay Blumental and Yoav Zitun 19:13 , 23.04.17
Shin Bet maintains that the violent attacks against minorities in Be'er Sheva were carried out with nationalistic motives; among the suspects are 2 IDF soldiers and a minor.
Elisha Ben Kimon, Ilana Curiel and Yoav Zitun 18:57 , 23.04.17
Four days after Likud MKs David Bitan and Miki Zohar clashed with parents of fallen soldiers during a Knesset discussion on Operation Protective Edge, the prime minister, who was present at the meeting, finally addresses issue, saying 'An immediate apology was necessary and it is good that this was done.'
Kobi Nachshoni 13:47 , 23.04.17
When he was in fifth grade, 2nd Lt. Noam Korev found a wooden box in his grandmother's house filled with letters in German and Yiddish belonging to relatives who perished in the Holocaust; what started out as a genealogy report turned into his life work.
Isaac Dabush 13:11 , 23.04.17
One week after a hunger strike of almost 2,000 Palestinian security prisoners gets underway, cracks appear in participants’ determination to go the distance as a second batch of 84 prisoners drop out; Netanyahu: ‘We are leading determined and responsible policies in line with international norms and not in accordance with terrorist dictations.’
Raanan Ben Zur 12:59 , 23.04.17
Al-Jazeera network reports that Israel attacked a military base belonging to a militia loyal to the Assad regime on the outskirts of Quneitra; According to the militia, three were killed and two wounded in the alleged strike; IDF refuses to comment.
Roi Kais and Yoav Zitun 11:34 , 23.04.17
The former defense minister and hopeful head of the Labor Party alleges that a main competitor for contracts on development of the Iron Dome defense system indirectly offered him a bribe of NIS 1 million to reopen the bidding process.
Moran Azulay 10:54 , 23.04.17
IDF arrived in the area of Huwara to disperse clashing crowds of Jews and Arabs, when settlers began throwing stones at a group of soldiers; incident adds to a series of violent confrontations during the weekend; IDF promises to work against 'extremists.'
Yoav Zitun 08:33 , 23.04.17
Sunday evening, the events commemorating the Holocaust Martyrs 'and Heroes' Remembrance Day will begin in a state ceremony in the Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem; the following day, at 10am, a two-minute siren will be heard and in Poland, the March of Life will take place in the Auschwitz camp; the events will conclude with a ceremony at Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot, for the first time with the participation of a former German president.
Ynet reporters 23:21 , 22.04.17
Benjamin Netanyahu receives the six survivors who will light the ceremonial torches in memory of the six million Jews murdered on Holocaust Memorial Day. ‘You gave so much, and the state has to give to you,’ he tells them.
Moran Azoulay 21:55 , 22.04.17
Israeli settlers from the Yitzhar area made their way to the outskirts of the Palestinian village of Urif, causing heavy damage to one of the houses and vehicles; at least one Palestinian was injured by IDF's use of riot control, and two Palestinians were later wounded by stones thrown by settlers at Huwara.
Elior Levy and Yoav Zitun 19:39 , 22.04.17
Two indictments have been filed in Florida and Georgia against the suspect, who is currently being held in Israel; indictments allege hundreds of threatening calls and transmitting false information to police; US Justice Department has not said whether it will seek his extradition.
Associated Press and Reuters 09:17 , 22.04.17
The US secretary of defense acknowledges that Syrian Army has been moving its planes in recent days; Mattis further stresses that Syria's continuing to hold chemical weapons is 'a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.'
Reuters 23:33 , 21.04.17
Senior Christian leaders and heads of churches in Jerusalem welcome Reuven Rivlin during his visit to the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem’s Old City in honor of Easter; the Latin Patriarchate Archbishop praises Israel's solidarity with and sensitivity to the Christian community.
Anav Silverman/TPS 19:54 , 21.04.17
After Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah tours Israeli-Lebanese border, Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri beseeches UN for permanent ceasefire between his country and Israel; a powerful force in Lebanon, Hezbollah tour likely pushed Hariri to seek out calm front with Israel.
Reuters 18:19 , 21.04.17
The education minister decides to postpone the Lag B’Omer vacation from a Sunday to Monday, which will also postpone a matriculation exam, to avoid desecrating Shabbat; teachers, students, parents and Chabad are livid with the eleventh-hour change.
Shahar Chai & Kobi Nachshoni 16:45 , 21.04.17
The shocking video circulated by the Muslim Brotherhood shows what appear to be armed men in uniform removing civilians from a military vehicle before shooting them to death at point blank range; Egyptian media and regime deny allegations.
Roi Kais 14:21 , 21.04.17
In a tour of the border given to journalists, Hezbollah's information department claims that the organization is ready to repel any Israeli attack, says the IDF's new defensive posture demonstrates Hezbollah's strength.
Yoav Zitun and Roi Kais 12:01 , 21.04.17
Speaking in a joint press conference with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in the IDF HQ, James Mattis says US 'committed to Israel's security...We recognize the need to confront the destabilizing activities of Iran.'
Yoav Zitun and Reuters 11:38 , 21.04.17