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Bennett said to tell ministers to prepare for possible lockdown next month – The Times of Israel

| August 9, 2021

Israeli envoy slams UN chief for turning a blind eye to Hezbollahs war crimes Israels Ambassador to the UN and to the US Gilad Erdan has slammed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres over his response to flaring tensions along the Israel-Lebanon border, accusing him of turning a blind eye to Hezbollahs war crimes and acts of terror. On Friday, Hezbollah fired 19 missiles toward open areas in the north of Israel, its heaviest barrage since the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Israel responded with several rounds of artillery strikes.

88-Year-Old Israeli Holocaust Survivor Died by Suicide at Grave of Son Killed in 2014 Operation Protective Edge – Algemeiner

| August 9, 2021

An 88-year-old Holocaust survivor died by suicide on Sunday at the grave of his son, on the anniversary of his death on the last day of Operation Protective Edge in 2014. The Eshkol Regional Council said that Moshe Etzion left his home in Kibbutz Nirim early Sunday, and that a search began for him several hours later, Israeli news site Walla reported

Thousands struggling to get entry permits to visit Israeli relatives – The Jerusalem Post

| August 9, 2021

Thousands of olim and other Israelis are facing severe difficulties in obtaining entry permits for their parents, children or siblings to enter the country for important life-cycle events, while hundreds are missing flights or are forced to reschedule without knowing when such a permit might come. These difficulties come as the government has increased restrictions and regulations for those entering the country due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in Israel and abroad, in an attempt to halt foreign nationals who may be infected from entering the country. But even requests in which the applicants seemingly meet the criteria for entry, and whose documentation and applications are filled out correctly, are not receiving answers to their entry permit requests in a timely fashion.

With COVID figures on the rise, can Israel steer clear of another full lockdown? – Haaretz

| August 9, 2021

Coronavirus infection rates in the country continue to soar. As of Wednesday evening, 236 people were hospitalized with severe cases of COVID-19, with 58 of them in critical condition and 49 on respirators. On Tuesday 3,280 people tested positive for the coronavirus, with 3.34 percent testing positive

First the army killed his son, then Israel took his work permit – Haaretz

| August 9, 2021

Theres no need for a Military Police investigation to know that the soldiers who killed a child, Mohammed al-Alami, in his home village of Beit Ummar last month violated our most basic ethical expectations for the armys operations in the heart of a civilian population. Its still too early to know whether the soldiers who raced after a pickup truck carrying a man and three children and shot deadly fire at it will receive backing from their commanders, or whether theyll be punished in some way and if so, how. Will a punishment be imposed simply to cover military rear ends, or to make the value of a Palestinian childs life clear to all soldiers?

Iran believes it has Israel on the run – The Jerusalem Post

| August 7, 2021

When tensions rose with the US, UK and Israel after the attack, Iran shifted the frontline to Lebanon and Gaza, targeting Israel with rockets last week. When Israel responded, Iranian-backed Hezbollah fired more than 10 rockets from southern Lebanon at Israel on Friday.

Hezbollah Fires Rockets at Israel as Risk of Escalation Looms – The New York Times

| August 7, 2021

JERUSALEM Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group, claimed responsibility for firing a volley of rockets over Israels northern frontier on Friday, the latest in a spate of tit-for-tat cross-border attacks that have ratcheted up regional tensions. The salvo was significantly larger than a few previous rocket launches from Lebanon in recent weeks, and the first to be claimed by Hezbollah in many years

Israel isnt coming through on its pledge to help risk groups beat the heat – Haaretz

| August 7, 2021

Three and a half years ago a government report said longer and more-intense heat waves appear to be our countrys most problematic issue, but the ministry tasked with tackling the problem has come up short, sources say. As a result, many of the poor, ill and elderly are suffering because of the failure to implement the plan, the National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change. During exceptional climatic events, the employees of the Social Affairs Ministry must be in daily contact with all the people in risk groups ..

COVID in Israel: Severe cases slightly rise as new restrictions imposed – Haaretz

| August 7, 2021

Israel has recorded 3,290 new coronavirus cases since Tuesday, with 234 in serious condition, data from the Health Ministry revealed Wednesday, one day after a slew of tightened gathering restrictions were announced. Israel has recorded a slight drop in the percentage of positive tests, with 3.35 percent of coronavirus tests returning positive. Over 205,000 Israelis have received their third coronavirus vaccine dose, according to Israel's health ministry.

COVID: The future of the Jewish holidays depends on vaccination Bennett – The Jerusalem Post

| August 7, 2021

In order to avoid a lockdown and fully celebrate the Jewish holidays, Israelis have to go out and get vaccinated, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Thursday. The future of the Jewish holidays depends on vaccination numbers, Bennett stressed, addressing the Israeli public on his Facebook page in an interactive briefing. The prime minister strongly urged both Israelis over the age of 60 to go and get a third shot and younger individuals who have not gotten jabbed at all to do so immediately.


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