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Pandemic brings dark times to Jerusalem's Old City
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.98   time to read: +1 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - As night grips Jerusalem’s walled Old City, its ancient alleyways become a ghost town of haunting shadows and light. But a modern-day plague, the coronavirus pandemic, is now keeping the visitors away from the Old City and bringing hardship and heartbreak to residents. “In previous years, the city used to be filled with tourists during Christmas time. Before the pandemic struck, overseas tourism had been booming in Jerusalem, whose Old City was captured by Israel in a 1967 war. Khaled Salfiti, a 70-year-old souvenir shop owner, recalls how the Old City used to be “vibrant and alive” before a series of coronavirus lockdowns.
Persons: , Hisham Qweder, Khaled Salfiti, “ Corona Organizations: Old Locations: JERUSALEM, Old City, , Jerusalem, Israel
Bank of Israel leaves benchmark rate unchanged at 0.1%
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Bank of Israel held its benchmark interest rate at 0.1% for a fifth straight meeting on Monday, preferring to keep it above zero while using bond purchases and other measures to support an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Fifteen of 16 economists polled by Reuters had believed the monetary policy committee would keep rates steady at its final meeting of 2020 after holding pat in May, July, August and October following a reduction from 0.25% in early April. Despite an economy set to shrink this year and with unemployment rising amid a second lockdown to contain the COVID-19 virus, central bank officials have expressed reluctance to lower the key rate from an all-time low to zero or into negative territory, preferring instead to use measures such as buying currency and government and corporate bonds. With most of the economy open during the summer after the first lockdown, growth spiked to an annualised 37.9% in the third quarter, according to preliminary data, after a 29.8% contraction in the previous three months.
Organizations: Bank of Israel, Reuters Locations: JERUSALEM
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Bethlehem is shaping up for a dismal Christmas: most of the inns are closed, the shepherds are likely to be under lockdown and there are few visitors from the east, or anywhere else. A view shows the Church of the Nativity, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mussa QawasmaJust 12 months ago, the Palestinian town was celebrating its busiest festive season for two decades, amid a sustained drop in violence and a corresponding surge in the number of pilgrims and tourists. And Christmas will not be cancelled,” said Mayor Anton Salman, as workers behind him erected a huge Christmas tree in Manger Square. Shop after shop was closed and market stalls were selling just a few trinkets.
Persons: Mussa Qawasma, Jesus, , Anton Salman, Jerusalem, Pierbattista, Father Francesco Patton, ” Pizzaballa, Michael Canawati’s, Canawati, ” Canawati, Elias al Organizations: West Bank, Reuters, REUTERS, Arab Hotel Association Locations: BETHLEHEM, Bethlehem, “ Bethlehem, Manger, Jerusalem
Just 12 months ago, the Palestinian town was celebrating its busiest festive season for two decades, amid a sustained drop in violence and a corresponding surge in the number of pilgrims and tourists. “Bethlehem is going to celebrate Christmas. And Christmas will not be canceled,” said Mayor Anton Salman, as workers behind him erected a huge Christmas tree in Manger Square. Shop after shop was closed and market stalls were selling just a few trinkets. Elias al-Arja, chairman of the Arab Hotel Association, said the town and the world faced the same problem.
Persons: Jesus, , Anton Salman, Jerusalem, Pierbattista, Father Francesco Patton, ” Pizzaballa, Michael Canawati’s, Canawati, ” Canawati, Elias al Organizations: West Bank, Reuters, Arab Hotel Association Locations: BETHLEHEM, Bethlehem, “ Bethlehem, Manger, Jerusalem
Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed, officials say
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S.-mediated talks between Lebanon and Israel that were scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed until further notice, a Lebanese security source and an Israeli official said on Monday. The U.S. mediators, who informed the Lebanese side of the delay, will have bilateral contacts with both sides, the Lebanese source said. The Israeli official confirmed the delay but said he could give no further details. The Lebanese security source said the reason for the delay was Israel’s rejection of Lebanese proposals. Steinitz said he expected “many more hurdles and bust-ups” but hoped a breakthrough could be reached in a few months.
Persons: Yuval Steinitz, Steinitz Organizations: Israeli Energy, Israeli Army Radio Locations: BEIRUT, JERUSALEM, Lebanon, Israel, U.S, Lebanese
Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed, both sides say
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Tom Perry | Dan Williams | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, and U.S. mediators will now contact the two old foes separately, Israeli and Lebanese officials said on Monday. Slideshow ( 3 images )The negotiations were launched in October with delegations convening at a U.N. base to try to resolve a dispute about their maritime border that has held up hydrocarbon exploration in the potentially gas-rich area. Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said it had been agreed with the Americans that talks would be postponed for a few weeks. Disagreement over the sea border had discouraged oil and gas exploration near the disputed line. Israel already pumps gas from huge offshore fields but Lebanon has yet to find commercial gas reserves in its own waters.
Persons: Yuval Steinitz, , Steinitz, Amal Organizations: Israeli Energy, , Israel’s Army, Hezbollah Locations: BEIRUT, JERUSALEM, Lebanon, Israel, Iran, Lebanese, States
Israel-Lebanon sea border talks postponed
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Tom Perry | Dan Williams | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, and U.S. mediators will now contact the two old foes separately, Israeli and Lebanese officials said on Monday. Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said it had been agreed with the Americans that talks would be postponed for a few weeks. “In the interim, they will do some shuttling in order to better prepare the next round of talks,” he told Israel’s Army Radio. Disagreement over the sea border has discouraged oil and gas exploration near the disputed line. A Lebanese security source said the reason for the delay was Israel’s rejection of Lebanese proposals.
Persons: Yuval Steinitz, , ” Steinitz, Michel Aoun, Ras Naqoura, Steinitz, Amal Organizations: Israeli Energy, , Israel’s Army Radio, Hezbollah Locations: BEIRUT, JERUSALEM, Lebanon, Israel, Washington, Iran, Lebanese, States
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s English-language Press TV reported on Monday that the weapon used in the killing of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last week was made in Israel, the Islamic Republic’s longtime enemy. Witnesses on Friday told state TV that there were gunmen on the ground. Speaking before the Press TV report, Israeli intelligence minister Eli Cohen told radio station 103 FM on Monday that he did not know who was responsible. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel, for Fakhrizadeh’s killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons.
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Protesters hold the pictures of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, during a demonstration against his killing in Tehran, Iran, November 28, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSIran’s English-language Press TV reported the weapon used in Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was made in Israel. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s killing. Biden has said he will return the United States to the deal if Iran resumes compliance. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons.
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AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and both leaders set high hopes that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will revive peace talks over a two-state solution to the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict, officials said. FILE PHOTO: Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the group photo with Arab leaders, ahead of the 30th Arab Summit in Tunis, Tunisia March 31, 2019. “His Majesty stressed Jordan stood with all its resources alongside Palestinians in achieving their legitimate rights to set up an independent state,” the monarch was quoted as saying in the statement. Trump’s peace plan was also seen as posing an existentialist threat to Jordan with the demise of a Palestinian state through the annexation of large parts of the West Bank pushing the kingdom to become an alternative state for Palestinians. In another joint communique with Abbas, both leaders said Israel “attempts to impose new realities” by annexing and accelerating settlement building in occupied Palestinian territory.
Persons: King Abdullah, Mahmoud Abbas, Joe Biden, King Abdullah II, Zoubeir, Abbas, Jordan, Biden, Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Israel “, ” Abbas Organizations: Sunday, REUTERS, Israel, Diplomats, Israeli, West Bank Locations: AMMAN, Tunis, Tunisia, Red, Aqaba, East, U.S, Israeli, Jordan, Palestinian, East Jerusalem, Israel, Cairo
Israel 2021 budget worth $129 billion to be presented to PM Monday - source
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s Finance Ministry will present a long awaited 2021 state budget to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that will total 426 billion shekels ($128.5 billion), a ministry source said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem January 11, 2018. Failure to approve a 2021 budget by March 31 would trigger a snap election, which would be Israel’s fourth in two years. Israel is still using a prorated version of the 2019 budget approved in 2018. Israel has approved a stimulus of more than 140 billion shekels to help businesses and households cope with the effects of the virus.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Ronen, Israel Katz Organizations: Israel’s Finance Ministry, REUTERS, Reuters Locations: JERUSALEM, Jerusalem, Israel
A Hungarian government commissioner has been condemned after comparing billionaire George Soros, who is a Holocaust survivor, to Adolf Hitler. His comments have been condemned by the Jewish community in Hungary, the former Hungarian prime minster, and also the Israeli government. A Hungarian ministerial commissioner has been condemned after comparing billionaire George Soros, who is a Holocaust survivor, to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. "Europe is George Soros' gas chamber," Demeter wrote, according to the AP. Soros, who was born into a Jewish family in Hungary and is a Holocaust survivor, has long been a campaigner for human rights.
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Israeli minister says 'has no clue' who killed Iranian nuclear scientist
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi said on Saturday he had “no clue” who was behind the killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran. “I have no clue who did it. It’s not that my lips are sealed because I’m being responsible, I really have no clue,” Hanegbi, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told N12’s Meet the Press.
Persons: Tzachi Hanegbi, Benjamin Netanyahu Organizations: Press Locations: JERUSALEM, Iranian, Tehran,
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office was not commenting on reports of an attack on Friday on a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, an official from Netanyahu’s office said. Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Kevin Liffey Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Ari Rabinovitch, Kevin Liffey Organizations: Thomson Locations: JERUSALEM, Iranian
“It’s Iran, Iran, Iran,” Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio when asked about the visit. SAUDI KING NOT INFORMEDSunday’s meeting was held in the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israel’s spy chief, Israeli media said. There was limited talk of the meeting on Saudi social media, but some opposition figures denounced the visit. Despite this, normalisation is not expected to happen while King Salman is alive, said a well-connected Saudi source and a foreign diplomat in Riyadh. The Saudi source and the diplomat said the Saudi king was kept in the dark about Netanyahu’s visit.
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Harris’s Jamaican heritage, and her many accomplishments, fuel a particularly deep-welled source of pride throughout the region. ‘The rot in your democracy will continue to spread’Glen Rowe, Nanaimo, British Columbia: As a neighbor and a friend, I am deeply concerned for the well-being of your country. Most of the American expats I know in Israel share my negative view of Donald Trump. To do this, Biden needs to show no leniency to Donald Trump and let the law take its natural course. If a court were to sentence Trump to prison, Biden should not try to protect him.
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Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a news conference on Thursday, November 19. Hide Caption 10 of 427Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak People shop at an outside market in Berlin on October 27. Hide Caption 62 of 427Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak A worker disinfects a public school in Brasilia, Brazil, on August 5. Hide Caption 65 of 427Photos: The novel coronavirus outbreak Elementary school students walk to class in Godley, Texas, on August 5. The shelter, which hosts 470 asylum seekers, was placed in isolation after a pregnant resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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Recipes for a Smaller Holiday Meal With Big Flavor
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reem Kassis | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
And while I usually traveled home to Jerusalem for Christmas, I learned to navigate other holidays—from Eid to Easter—without my family. This year, across the U.S., so many of us will spend the holidays and other milestones far from those we hold dear. A full meal on its own, this dish was just one of many platters that adorned my grandmother’s table on festive occasions. Fried kubbeh—croquettes of bulgur and lamb stuffed with more lamb and toasted pine nuts—was another one. They keep well for a couple months, and you can fry them directly from frozen for a quick, satisfying meal at a minute’s notice.
Persons: I’ve, Teta, Fried Locations: U.S, Jerusalem, Eid, Philadelphia
Netanyahu promises Israel's ex-spy in U.S. a warm welcome home
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Jeffrey Heller | ) www.reuters.com + 0.98   time to read: +2 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised Jonathan Pollard, an American who spent 30 years in U.S. prison for spying for Israel, a warm welcome and a comfortable life in Israel now that parole restrictions have ended. Pollard, 66, said he and his spouse would go to Israel to live, but no date for their travel has been announced. While in prison, the Texas-born Pollard was granted Israeli citizenship, and Israel had long pushed for his release but was spurned by several U.S. presidents. A U.S. Central Intelligence Agency “damage assessment”, made public in 1987, said Pollard had believed U.S. intelligence support of close ally Israel was inadequate. “I truly want to congratulate you that your nightmare is over and you can return home, to Israel,” Netanyahu told Pollard.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Jonathan Pollard, Brendan McDermid, ” Netanyahu, Pollard, Esther, , Justice Department’s, Donald Trump’s, Organizations: U.S . Navy, REUTERS, U.S . Central Intelligence Agency, U.S, Justice Locations: JERUSALEM, American, Israel, U.S, Manhattan, New York City, Washington, Texas,
Israel's Netanyahu says will visit Bahrain soon
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.94   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint statement with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem, November 19, 2020. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERSJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that he will visit Bahrain “soon” at the invitation of the Gulf state’s Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa.
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Israel's Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain soon
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.80   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he would visit Bahrain “soon” at the invitation of the Gulf state’s Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa. Bahrain followed the United Arab Emirates in normalising ties with Israel in a deal brokered by the United States that marked a strategic Middle East alignment against Iran. “We are both excited to bring the fruits of peace to our people and countries in such a short time. That’s why he (al-Khalifa) invited me to come soon for a formal visit in Bahrain and I will do this happily,” Netanyahu said in a statement about a phone call he held with the crown prince. Since September, the Trump administration has brokered agreements with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan toward normalising their relations with Israel.
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Mayorkas will be the first Latino and first immigrant to head the Department of Homeland Security, if confirmed by the Senate. Much of Trump’s immigration policy was the work of his adviser Stephen Miller, who cited and promoted white nationalist beliefs in emails leaked to the Southern Poverty Law Center last year. This summer, the General Accounting Office found that Chad Wolf, acting secretary of DHS, was not legally qualified to hold his job. Mayorkas became DHS deputy secretary in 2013, after Obama had revised his deportation policy and authorized DACA. Mayorkas went through the Senate confirmation process when he was nominated for DHS deputy secretary and also to head Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Persons: Alejandro Mayorkas, Joe Biden's, Donald Trump’s, Obama, Mayorkas, Jeh Johnson, Trump, Biden, Stephen Miller, Trump’s, John Kelly, Kirstjen Nielsen, Kelly, Nielsen, Chad Wolf, ” Mayorkas, , — Alejandro Mayorkas, Sen, Bob Menendez, ” Menendez, Al Cardenas, “ Alejandro Mayorkas, , Greisa Martínez Rosas, Martinez Rosas, — Julia E, General Xavier Becerra, Citizenshp, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Bill Clinton, Carlos Vignali, Vignali's Organizations: of Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security, Senate, Cuban, DHS, Immigration Services, Protection, Transportation Security, Coast Guard, Service, Southern Poverty Law Center, Homeland, Nielsen, Accounting Office, Florida GOP, American Conservative Union, Enforcement, United, Customs, intel, Biden, California, Trump, Sens, Politico, U.S, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Havana, Cuba, Romanian, Jerusalem, United States, Cuban American, Florida, DACA, Israel, China, U.S, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, California
TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia over the weekend, a senior Cabinet minister told local news media, signaling a potential breakthrough for Israel as it strives for acceptance in the region. On Israel's Army Radio, Education Minister Yoav Gallant congratulated Netanyahu on the "remarkable achievement" but did not say bin Salman and Netanyahu had met. I’m committed to strengthening Israel.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after making a statement in Jerusalem last Thursday. Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, meanwhile, denied that a visit took place, saying in a tweet that "no such meeting occurred. After the deal with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia allowed Israeli airliners to fly over their territory.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mike Pompeo —, Yoav Gallant, Salman, , I’m, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Maya Alleruzzo, Faisal bin Farhan, bin Salman, Daniel Shapiro, Prince Bandar, Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani, Rachel Elbaum, Paul Goldman Organizations: Saudi Crown, Israel's Army Radio, , State Department, NBC, Saudi, Journalists, Gulfstream, Sunday, U.S, United Arab, Institute for National Security, UAE, Peace Initiative, West Bank, The Associated Press Locations: TEL AVIV, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jerusalem, Saudi, Iran, Neom, Tel Aviv, Sinai, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, U.S, Egypt, Jordan, Gaza, United States, Prince, London
Israel's El Al Airlines to fly 14 weekly flights to Dubai
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.89   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Israel's El Al Airlines at Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File PhotoJERUSALEM (Reuters) - El Al Israel Airlines will operate 14 weekly flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai from Dec. 13, it said on Monday, joining a handful of carriers launching routes between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Subject to regulatory approvals, Israeli flag carrier El Al plans to operate three flights a day on Sundays and Thursdays and two flights on other days of the week. State-owned Dubai airline flydubai also said it would start twice-daily fights between the UAE’s business hub and Tel Aviv this month. Etihad has said it intends to start daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv starting on March 28 next year.
Persons: Amir Cohen, El Al, flydubai, El Organizations: El Al Airlines, Ben Gurion International Airport, REUTERS, Al Israel Airlines, United Arab Emirates, El, Boeing, El Al, Etihad Airways, United, United Arab Emirates ’, Etihad Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel, JERUSALEM, Dubai, UAE, United Arab, Abu Dhabi
Israel sends delegation to Sudan to firm up ties, Israeli radio says
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel sent a first delegation to Sudan on Monday after the countries announced a U.S.-brokered agreement on Oct. 23 to take steps towards establishing ties, Israel’s Army Radio reported. Israeli and Sudanese officials had no immediate comment. Speaking last week, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said the initial delegation to Sudan would be small and tasked with security matters. A larger delegation would follow to address possible economic cooperation with Khartoum, he told Ynet TV. On Monday, an Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had visited Saudi Arabia, in a possibly related breakthrough.
Persons: Israel, Eli Cohen, Washington, sidestep, Benjamin Netanyahu Organizations: Israel’s Army Radio, Israeli, Ynet, United Arab Locations: JERUSALEM, Sudan, U.S, Khartoum, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia
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