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21:22

Minister Litzman: 'It's police harassment; bring them to justice'

Monday, July 06, 2020
Construction and Housing Minister appeals to Internal Security Minister following video of police detaining 13-year-old girl in Jerusalem.
21:11

Liberman: Gov't doesn't get it, Netanyahu looking out for himself

Monday, July 06, 2020

Avigdor Liberman attacked the government's handling of the CV-19 crisis at a Knesset speech today.

Liberman said Netanyahu was clueless and members of the coalition were looking out for their own interests instead of being invested in helping the country.

21:09

Health Minister: We hope we will not need a lockdown

Monday, July 06, 2020
Minister Yuli Edelstein announces appointment of director of fight against the coronavirus.
20:57

Poll: Significant decline in public support of PM's handling of crisis

Monday, July 06, 2020

A poll conducted by the 'Midgam' Institute on behalf of Channel 12 News indicated a nosedive in public support for Prime Minister Netanyahu's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Netanyahu's support rating has dwindled from the 74% who approved of his policies two months ago when the virus appeared to have been temporarily on the decline, to 58% last week and just 46% today.

Just 33% of Israelis polled were in favor of the PM's handling of the economy with a majority of right-wing supporters saying they believed the crisis has been severely mishandled.

20:50

Health Min to appoint special 'Coronavirus Council'

Monday, July 06, 2020

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said he would appoint a special council to oversee all government actions on the caronavirus crisis.

In a press briefing tonight, Edelstein also praised the Prime Minister, saying Netanyahu has worked relentlessly to stem the outbreak, doing more than anyone else to prevent a total disaster.

20:42

UNESCO executive board still slams Israel despite COVID-19

Monday, July 06, 2020
World Heritage Committee cancelled. In its place, 58 member-State Paris-based representatives convened with its biannual anti-Israel baggage
20:12

691 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths today

Monday, July 06, 2020
Number of active cases rises to 12,359, 88 patients in serious condition. Death toll rises to 334.
20:06

Dow Jones hits all-time highs as virus rages

Monday, July 06, 2020

The US stock exchange reached a trading record despite a reported 49,000 additional CV-19 cases in the country on Sunday.

While the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.4%, the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 1.5% setting a record intraday high.

President Trump noted the economy's positive surge, tweeting, "NASDAQ HITS ALL TIME HIGH!"

19:59

Ezra Youth Group summer camps - coronavirus style

Monday, July 06, 2020
Arutz Sheva looked at the fate of traditional summer camps, given coronavirus fears. This time we are with Ezra Youth Movement.
19:47

UNESCO: Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron 'integral part of Palestine'

Monday, July 06, 2020

The UN's Cultural Organization ruled today that all Israeli rulings concerning "the legal status of Muslim sites in occupied Jerusalem are null and void."

UNESCO filed a number of additional anti-Israel rulings, most of these introduced by Jordan.

The organization further stated that, "Joseph's Tomb and Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron are integral parts of Palestine and should be treated that way."

It also accused Israel of "unfairly censoring study materials of Palestinian school children in in Eastern Jerusalem."

19:38

El Al will survive: State to nationalize company

Monday, July 06, 2020
Company's board of directors confirms it will be acquired by State that will continue to operate it.
19:37

691 new virus cases

Monday, July 06, 2020

Israel's Health Ministry said that since 12 noon today, 691 new cases of the caronavirus have been confirmed in the country.

Since the beginning of the crisis, 12,359 cases have been diagnosed in Israel.

19:35

Liberman: Cancel land tax for restaurants

Monday, July 06, 2020

Avigdor Liberman penned a letter to Finance Minister Aryeh Deri, asking him to cancel land tax and payments to local municipalities for restaurant chains in the country.

Liberman said that with the government having failed in its battle with the caronavirus crisis, local businesses were having a hard time staying afloat.

19:25

Which yeshivas are coronavirus hotspots?

Monday, July 06, 2020
Home Front Command publishes statistics, revealing which yeshivas have high numbers of coronavirus infections.
19:25

Netanyahu's former adviser: Bennett behind virus outbreak

Monday, July 06, 2020

After a political journalist said Naftali Bennett had rebuked her on "not wearing a real protective mask" and told her the current administration was doing "everything wrong" with regards to its response to the second virus wave, the PM's former media adviser and head of public diplomacy, Ran Baratz, accused Bennett of playing a key role in the virus outbreak.

"Truth be told, he's one of the responsible parties for the second virus wave," he tweeted.

A number of political commentators, including a writer for the Ha'aretz daily, attacked Baratz for his tweet. One commentator said Bennett had done more than anyone else by penning an independent study for overcoming the outbreak.

19:14

Deputy mayor of J'lem contracts virus

Monday, July 06, 2020

Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Tzvika Cohen, has contracted the coronavirus according to reports.

The deputy general of the city hall along with a number of senior local government members who were exposed to Cohen over the past days have been required to quarantine.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon was exempted from home isolation. Leon met Cohen two days ago but very tight social distancing directives were maintained.

19:04

America: Yes or No?

Monday, July 06, 2020
Many Americans have essentially taken up the chants of the ayatollahs: Death to America! Is that where we are headed? Op-ed.
19:03

Revealing book by Trump's niece to come out 2 weeks early

Monday, July 06, 2020

CNN reported that a "tell-all" book by President Trump's niece, Mary Trump, will be published two weeks ahead of the scheduled release date due to "high demand and extraordinary interest in the book."

Trump's niece, a clinical psychologist, alleges the President is "incapable of growth" and "acts today the way he did at the age of three."

The book's author has been unable to comment on the upcoming release due to the existence of a restraining order. A legal battle is ongoing between her and the President on the grounds that the manuscript violates a non-confidentiality agreement between the parties.

19:00

Energy Minister demands closure of synagogues

Monday, July 06, 2020
Heated argument in government about closing synagogues to stop spread of COVID-19. 'We need a 2-week lockdown to reduce infections.'
18:49

'Police lost control': Jerusalem: Mask ticket issued to terrified 11-year-old girl

Monday, July 06, 2020
New video disgusts social media: Police issue mask-non-compliance citation to haredi girl they detained walking baby stroller.
18:47

1,425 students, staff members sick with virus

Monday, July 06, 2020

Israel's Health Ministry reported that as of Monday evening, 1,425 students and teaching staff members in the country have contracted the caronavirus.

According to the report, 31,293 students and staff are currently in quarantine.

18:43

MDA: Severe shortage of Type-O blood

Monday, July 06, 2020

MDA called on the public to donate blood due to a severe shortage in the Type-O blood type in the country.

It said the shortage comes as a result of blood drives unable to operate due to CV-19 restrictions.

Additional demand for blood donations within the ranks of the IDF and citizens in need of treatment have aggravated the issue.

18:17

Yisrael Eichler: MK calls NIS 500 mask non-compliance fine 'madness'

Monday, July 06, 2020
MK Eichler attacks public restrictions, 'People lost faith in health system.'
17:52

El Al acquired by gov't, will continue operations

Monday, July 06, 2020

El Al's board of directors has approved the airplane company's acquisition by the state, which will continue operating it.

In recent months, El Al has suffered heavy losses after having to halt its operations due to the coronavirus outbreak and cancellation of flights to and from Israel.

In recent days, the company announced it was placing an additional 500 employees on unpaid sick leave.

17:51

'Preserving Auschwitz is different from preserving statues'

Monday, July 06, 2020
Auschwitz Memorial and Museum says preserving historical site is different from preserving statues meant to honor historical figures.
17:47

Hospital nurse diagnosed with virus, 11 staff members quarantined

Monday, July 06, 2020

Galei Tzahal army radio reported that a nurse at Asuta Medical Center in the central Israeli city of Rishon Letzion tested positive for the coronavirus today.

11 of the hospital's staff members were required to quarantine.

According to a Health Ministry investigation, staff members in the facility's cafeteria failed to observe social distancing rules during the day.

17:44

PA banks refuse to accept salaries for terrorists

Monday, July 06, 2020
Maurice Hirsch, Adv: Delay in payment ostensibly result of renewed refusal to receive tax monies Israel collects and transfers to PA.
17:31

2 convicts in J'lem prison test CV-19 positive

Monday, July 06, 2020

Two convicts at the Russian Compound prison in Jerusalem were diagnosed with CV-19 today.

The total number of prison convicts who have tested positive for the virus now stands at four.

The Israeli Prison Service announced it was suspending intake of additional convicts until further announcement following the outbreak.

17:23

The Race of the Century: Regavim petitions court to halt PA race to take over Gush Etzion

Monday, July 06, 2020
Trump plan announcement triggered PA 'construction race' in areas designated for Israeli sovereignty in Gush Etzion.
17:14

Likud minister: Israel discriminating against its Jews

Monday, July 06, 2020

Min. David Amsalem (Likud) responded to the Joint Arab List filing a vote of no confidence against Israel's application of sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria.

"The State of Israel is hurting its Jewish residents...There's no other country in the world doing that [to its own citizens]. Jews in Judea and Samaria are the ones being discriminated against - not the Arabs. Israeli law must be applied in all parts of the country," he said.

17:05

PA calls on Israel to close crossings

Monday, July 06, 2020
PA Mohammed Shtayyeh asks Israel to stop flow of people between PA and Israel due to spread of coronavirus.
17:05

Iran's Supreme Leader lashes out at Israel

Monday, July 06, 2020

In wake of an attack on an Iranian nuclear refinery attributed to the Mossad last week, Iran's "Supreme Leader," Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei lashed out at Israel.

"The abject Zionist enemy who has suffered irrevocable defeats in military fields pursues its strategy through the economic siege of Gaza & the trickery of negotiations & compromise. But, the brave Palestinian nation continues its path of dignity & honor via wisdom & experience," he tweeted.

16:56

'I'll demand yeshivas implement capsule method'

Monday, July 06, 2020
Former Education Min. Rafi Peretz says he'll insist schools use 'capsule' method or close. 'Guidelines protected students from infection.'
16:41

Israeli summer programs to continue despite restrictions

Monday, July 06, 2020

Minister of Education Yoav Galant said summer programs for children in kindergarten to 4th grade will continue despite newly-imposed CV-19 restrictions in the country.

16:36

Half of the public: Failure to apply sovereignty - Netanyahu's personal failure

Monday, July 06, 2020
Yesha Council Chairman David Alhaini: 'I hope PM doesn't give in to threats by Left and Arabs, and keep promises to make historic move.'
16:18

9/11 attack survivor reported dead from coronavirus

Monday, July 06, 2020
Stephen Cooper, pictured fleeing Twin Towers with smoke behind him in photo that became famous.
16:06

Preschool chains threaten to close 'summer camps'

Monday, July 06, 2020
'Unthinkable that 150,000 children will be left without childcare due to bureaucracy,' director says.
16:02

Watch: Israel launches OFEK-16 Spy Satellite

Monday, July 06, 2020
New satellite to serve as 'one of Israel's main sources for intelligence collection.'
15:59

Dollar, euro up as crisis deteriorates

Monday, July 06, 2020

At the end of foreign currency trading on the day, the dollar strengthened by 0.233% and was set at NIS 3.4420.

The euro was up 0.987% finishing at NIS 3.8965.

15:48

Statue of abolitionist leader ripped down

Monday, July 06, 2020

The statue of anti-slavery writer and political activist Frederick Douglas was found ripped out of its base in Rochester, NY, on the anniversary of his famous "What to the slave is the Fourth of July?" speech in 1852.

According to sources, the statue was removed from Maplewood Park and left at a nearby river gorge.

Rochester police are investigating the incident. No arrests have been made.

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