Israel facing major economic challenges as voters head to polls
27 March 2021 | 2:28 pm
Israel's economy has weathered the Covid-19 pandemic better than most, with a contraction in GDP of only 2.4 percent in 2020. Demand for Israeli technology exports plus its rapid vaccine rollout helped to reduce the economic impact, but there are fears that employment may take years to return to pre-pandemic levels. Also today, we look at efforts in France to push more employers to boost remote working arrangements, as lockdown is imposed in several regions of the country. Local officials are to increase inspections of businesses to ensure their compliance with government guidance.
Huge crowds of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered in Bnei Brak to mourn Chaim Kaniesky, a prominent rabbi. Police were out in force to prevent a repeat of a deadly stampede at a pilgrimage site 11 months ago.
This week's historic summit in Israel's Negev desert saw Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid host his counterparts from the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Morocco. Lapid said the objective was to establish "a new regional architecture that will deter Iran. It follows the normalisation of ties back in late 2020. We take a closer look.
Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man who killed two people and injured several others in a crowded Tel Aviv bar. The shooter was identified as a Palestinian in his 20s from Jenin.
This week began with shock and outrage across the globe at the horrific images of what the invading Russian forces left behind them in the town of Bucha. And now, the week ends with more horrific images: dozens of people, many of them women and children, killed in twin rocket attacks on a train station in Kramatorsk in the East of Ukraine.
Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have been running high in recent days. Israeli forces have carried out fresh raids in the West Bank after a spate of recent deadly attacks.
A spate of attacks have taken place in Israel in the past three weeks. The incidents picked up during the holy month of Ramadan, a time of year when tensions between Israelis and Palestenians are typically high. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has warned that Israel is now on the offensive and there will be "no limits" to its response. We take a closer look and get analysis with researcher Elizabeth Sheppard Sellam.
Fleeing the horrors of war, many of Ukraine's Jewish population have fled to Moldova. From there, the refugees are being picked up by Israeli aid organizations to be flown to safety in Tel Aviv.
Tehran said it would hit back in response to "the slightest step by Israel." Meanwhile, religious tensions in Jerusalem are once again close to boiling over.
The Israeli army said it was reacting to a missile it had intercepted a day before. Tensions are high between Israel and Hamas amid violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Jerusalem.
Israeli police blocked a flag-waving march that is considered a provocation to Palestinians. A similar event last year came on the eve of a deadly war between Israel and Hamas.
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is on the verge of collapse. This comes after the Arab-Israeli Raam party threatened to leave the ruling coalition over recent clashes in Jerusalem. More than 150 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli security forces. Bennett is now scrambling to hold his fractious coalition together. We take a closer look.
With Emmanuel Macron having secured a second term in office, we take a closer look at the French president's economic proposals for the next five years. From inflation to the energy crisis to the cost of living, Macron has laid out specific measures in a bid to fix the many challenges facing the French economy. We also find out how pension reform could be central to his plans to finance his economic vision.
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