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Monday, May 15, 2023
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Lawmakers scuffle in Knesset over municipal tax plan as Arab communities join strike
Smotrich looking to compel cities to end strike that has shuttered schools and services in dozens of towns; Labor MK threatens to go to court, says move discriminates against Arabs
Several major municipalities strike over coalition plan to redistribute local taxes
Mayors call sweeping strike Monday to protest being forced to share municipal taxes
Cabinet approves NIS 13.7b in state funds to meet Haredi coalition demands
Disbursements include NIS 3.7b to ultra-Orthodox yeshivas; Treasury warns spending disincentivizes Haredi labor and could lead to huge losses in GDP, higher taxes
Strauss announces price hikes of up to 6% on coffee, snacks and olive oil
Ben Gvir says party opposes budget over lack of funds ‘to Judaize Negev and Galilee’
Live updates (closed)
At Nakba event, PA leader likens Israel to Nazis, says it ought to be ousted from UN
Mahmoud Abbas claims Israel joined UN on condition of Palestinian statehood, right of return; says US, UK founded state to ‘get rid of their Jews’; adds Israel lies ‘like Goebbels’
Biden 'looking forward to working with whoever' wins Turkey election
Municipal strike to continue until Thursday, but schools resume tomorrow
Likening Israel to Nazis, Palestinian leader Abbas says country lies 'like Goebbels'
Antisemitic Incidents are Nearly 5x Higher Since 2013
There are many ways to join the fight against antisemitism. Learn how you can take action with ADL today.
Hamas gave sanctuary to Islamic Jihad leaders during 5-day Gaza operation — report
Gaza terror group didn’t directly join fighting, but reportedly offered support after Israel launched offensive; Iran said to offer PIJ $5 million for every day of fighting
Rocket launched from Gaza shatters calm, but fragile ceasefire appears to hold
Daily Briefing May 15: Looking to rule the PA, Hamas sat out the recent Gaza conflict
Israel’s UN envoy urges other diplomats to stay away from Monday ‘Nakba’ event
Erdan claims some already convinced to shun commemoration, which he says promotes ‘Jew-hatred’ and ‘serves to inflame tensions’
Gazan man killed in rocket strike on Israel recognized as victim of terror
Palestinian gunman killed as IDF prepares to raze Huwara terrorist’s son’s home
Israel didn’t win Eurovision, but it did win the ‘rest of the world’
Israel may have come in third place at the 2023 Eurovision in Liverpool on Saturday night, but it received the clear backing of fans from outside of Europe. For the first time this year, fans in countries that do not participate in the competition were able to cast their votes. And Israel won the most...
Hamas, undeterred, sat on the sidelines as Islamic Jihad and Israel slugged it out
For the third time since Operation Black Belt in 2019, Hamas sat out a fight between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Though it maintained a “Joint Operations Room” with other groups and put out a statement with Islamic Jihad about resistance, the Gaza-ruling terror group seemed to be content watching from the sidelines and letting...
Ben Gvir said likely to participate in controversial Jerusalem Day ‘Flag March’
From the blogs
When Israel gave Hamas something worth not fighting for
The latest clash showed that what’s good for Gaza can be good for us – it’s time to implement game-changing humanitarian plans for the Strip
Slapdash attempt to hack rocket sirens may be cause for serious alarm about Iran
Boasts by ‘Sudanese’ hackers may be farfetched, but their goal of keeping civilians from shelter shows the deadly aims of Iranian cyber warfare, possibly backed by Russian know-how
The unbearable lightness of discarding Lag BaOmer bonfires
The smell, the mess, the inconvenience – is that all leftists see in this unique, culturally deep Israeli tradition?
Passports, protests, and politics
The massive backlog in providing basic services to citizens is a quintessential lack of governance
Swimmer discovers precious marble cargo from 1,800-year-old Mediterranean shipwreck
Roman-era raw materials likely came from Turkey and were on their way to a southern Holy Land port; archaeologists hope to find wood remains of ship during excavations next week
Anti-overhaul activists attacked with chairs, flagpoles as they protest minister
Hotel staff members beat demonstrators as Economy Minister Barkat, accompanied by staff from right-wing Kohelet think tank, meets with local authority leaders
Knesset to elect Judicial Selection Committee MKs but Levin unlikely to convene panel
Levin said to threaten to quit government if overhaul bills remain shelved
Turkey set for historic run-off vote after Erdogan falls just short of majority
Incumbent president wins 49.3% in first poll, vows to lead country for for another five years, while rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu trails at 45%, below survey predictions
Kilicdaroglu, the quiet accountant giving Turkey’s Erdogan his biggest challenge
Runoff pits tradition against progress in battle for Turkey’s future
'I realized you can assimilate or you can learn more'
Neurodivergent fashion designer-to-the-stars wears his Jewish identity on his sleeve
Cathryn J. Prince
Akiva Alpert got his start battling a controversial Urban Outfitters release by issuing his own Judaic-themed line. Now he works with celebs such as Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish
From pariah to bosom buddy in 7 weeks: Netanyahu’s rehabilitation of Yoav Gallant
It didn’t take long for the prime minister to go from kicking his defense chief to the curb to courting him for photo ops; some of it has to do with national security
Netanyahu’s poll numbers bounce back after Gaza campaign, surveys show
Auschwitz museum begins heartrending work preserving 8,000 shoes of murdered children
In two-year effort, museum processing 100 shoes a week while other evidence, such as hair shaved from victims, turns to dust as the years pass since Holocaust
Holocaust survivors want Tel Aviv to pull out of Christie’s looted art conference
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Australia’s Aristocrat to buy Israel’s NeoGames in deal worth $1.2 billion
Rivlin says he warned Gantz not to trust Netanyahu before they formed coalition
Young woman shot dead in north: ‘They didn’t want her to work or study’
Erdan tells Netanyahu trial he ‘developed a feeling’ he was ousted over Bezeq
On UK visit, Zelensky secures missiles and drones to fight Russian invasion
State drops appeal after Roman Zadorov acquitted of murdering teen girl
EU fetes Zelensky, Ukrainian people for championing Europe’s values
Hui Min NEO
Drawing in stars
Pacino joins Depp’s biopic of Jewish artist Modigliani
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