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Weekly Deep Dive

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Reporter's Notebook
When lightning strikes twice: Repeat rocket hits break calm on an Ashkelon street
By Carrie Keller-Lynn
Within a few years, two homes on same Ashkelon street destroyed by direct rocket hits from Gaza; 9 months after last major flareup, no improvement in Ashkelon shelter situation
At the root of the latest Gaza-Israel flareup, implacable rejection of Israel
The Shin Bet chief said Israel ‘closed a circle’ with the killing of three notorious Islamic Jihad commanders. But our enemies are intent on keeping it open
For Netanyahu, the storm before the calm?
By Haviv Rettig Gur
Things are looking up for the prime minister. If he can finish the Gaza fighting with public support intact and pass a state budget by month’s end, he will be all but unassailable
Analysis / Ben Gvir solves his own coalition crisis, leveraging Gaza op to pump up his base
By Carrie Keller-Lynn
Israel needs a new policy to push Hamas out of its comfort zone
The Gaza-ruling terror group is enjoying the economic benefits of detente with Israel and building its forces, while allowing Palestinian Islamic Jihad to keep up the fighting
Egypt seeking swift ceasefire as nationalist flag march in tense Jerusalem looms
By Jacob Magid
New York governor announces $25 million in funding for hate crime prevention
By Luke Tress
Package comes as Jewish New Yorkers contend with regular antisemitic incidents, remain most targeted group in NYC
Top Ops
Meir Ben Shabbat
Israel can nullify the threat of Palestinian Islamic Jihad
Israel must act to continue the success of Operation Shield and Arrow, including deterring Hamas from joining PIJ’s attacks
Adele Raemer
Evacuation diary: Fear of driving
We Gaza border kibbutzniks have been warmly welcomed in Nahariya, but I’m too old for this nonsense. I need my home
Tzipora Lifchitz
Mic drop at the ‘Jewish Matchmaking’ premier
I worried that Netflix would get Orthodox Jewish dating wrong – until I realized that they aren’t the ones in the wrong
Shana Aaronson
How one little girl and her mom gave me hope
Advocating for sexual abuse survivors, I hear all about the predators, but I also know the heroes who have the tough conversations that stop abuse
Tunisia terror attack threatens to deal ‘mortal blow’ to rare Jewish pilgrimage
By Canaan Lidor
The slaying of two Jews and a soldier risks undoing a Jewish-Arab interaction maintained by the annual visits of about 8,000 French, Israeli and other Jews to the Arab country
French imam asks Israelis to continue Tunisia pilgrimage despite terror attack
By Canaan Lidor
3 Ethiopians waiting to immigrate to Israel killed in Gondar fighting
By Canaan Lidor
Israeli killed in Tunisian synagogue attack buried in Netivot amid Gaza fighting
By Michael Horovitz and AP
At Meron pilgrimage, joy and grief mix as Haredi traditions and secular Israel clash
By Canaan Lidor
ToI podcast
What Matters Now to ToI analyst Haviv Rettig Gur: The political perils of conflict
By Amanda Borschel-Dan
After the Gaza conflict ends, PM Netanyahu faces another battle — to pass the budget. Once he does, we will learn his true stance on the judicial overhaul
In Poland, Canadian Holocaust survivor returns to native village as sole local Jew
By Canaan Lidor
Eurovision 2023
Israel hoping Noa Kirel’s star power can fuel a come-from-behind Eurovision win
By Amy Spiro
Experienced pop singer seeks to ride ‘Unicorn’ to the top of the song contest in Liverpool, but faces tough competition from Sweden, Finland and France
Eurovision 2023 / Israel’s Noa Kirel rides ‘Unicorn’ to Eurovision grand final
By Amy Spiro
Eurovision 2023 / Sweden wins 2023 Eurovision, while Israel’s Noa Kirel finishes in 3rd place
By Amy Spiro
ToI podcast / Daily Briefing May 14: Operation Shield and Arrow wrap; bittersweet Eurovision battle
By ToI Staff
Nineties nostalgia sweeps Israel as Argentine heartthrob Felipe Colombo returns
By Pablo Méndez Shiff
Film festival
Singers, eco-activists, designer dreams: True tales at 25th Docaviv
Dozens of documentaries being screened at 10-day film festival hosted by Tel Aviv Cinematheque
Interview / Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan avoids tech, but imagines it for her characters
By Jessica Steinberg
Protests are altering Israel’s trajectory, says Handmaid’s writer Margaret Atwood
By Jessica Steinberg
Daughter helps turn lens on pioneering photographer father Roman Vishniac in new film
By Renee Ghert-Zand
In first, endangered seal snoozes on central Israeli shore
By Michael Horovitz
Nature and Park Authority volunteers arrive to guard rare Mediterranean Monk Seal, urge public to keep distance until she returns to sea
Israeli study reveals molecular basis for female Alzheimer’s patients’ rapid decline
By Renee Ghert-Zand
ToI investigates
Fridge recycling heats up, but most old appliances still end up in landfills
By Sue Surkes
Lack of regulations or enforcement allows companies to fudge official reports and avoid paying for disposal, with goods still being smuggled to Palestinians for burning
Company that offers farmers intel on trees adapts tech to measure carbon absorption
By Sue Surkes
Israel’s first hydrogen refilling station for vehicles opens in north
By Sue Surkes
Health expert: Government move to sidestep clean air law is a ‘license to kill’
By Sue Surkes
Israel Travels
Revamped as a national park, ancient Sussita’s rich history is even more accessible
By Aviva and Shmuel Bar-Am
A waste of an outfit
By Rivka Herzfeld
Having a key to an elevator somewhere in the synagogue building does not make the building handicapped accessible
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