Israel: stop-over for storks
Twice a year, more than half a million storks take to their 12,000 kilometer migration route between Europe and Africa via the Middle East. One of the best spots for birdwatchers to view this natural spectacle is a garbage dump in the Jordan Valley.
As cases spike, Israel leads world in COVID vaccinations
Israel has rolled out its first vaccinations. With cases rising, the third nationwide shutdown is expected to be tightened. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza will receive vaccines at a later date.
Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard lands in Israel
Jonathan Pollard, an American jailed in the US in 1985 for spying for Israel, lands in the Jewish state, where he is received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Pollard, 66, served 30 years in prison for giving away classified US documents, and had been confined by parole terms to the US since his release in 2015, despite Israeli pressure to allow him to leave. The US Justice Department removed the terms and conditions last month.
Israeli ambassador to Hungary backs Viktor Orban's government
In a DW interview, Israeli Ambassador Yacov Hadas-Handelsman condemns anti-Semitic statements made by individual Hungarian politicians. Overall, however, he praises the Fidesz government.
Israel enters third nationwide lockdown as vaccinations ramp up
Businesses at Tel Aviv's Carmel Market close down as Israel begins its third coronavirus lockdown. After a sharp resurgence of detected infections, the government announced three days ago that it would re-impose the strict measures that had previously helped limit transmission.
Israel picks new Mossad spy agency chief
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the top appointment. But little is known about the mysteriously-named "D" who will head-up the secretive intelligence agency.
Morocco's Jews celebrate Hanukkah 'miracle' of Israel ties
Morocco's Jewish community celebrates the Hanukkah "miracle" of the normalisation of Israeli-Moroccan relations in a Casablanca ceremony held via a video streaming platform. The diplomatic breakthrough, linked to Washington's recognition of Rabat's sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara territory, was announced on the first day of the Jewish Festival of Lights last Thursday.
Israel, Morocco agree to normalize relations 'with minimal delay'
Morocco will become the fourth Arab state to resume relations with Israel in the back-end of the Trump presidency — after the US granted a key concession on disputed territory. Israel's PM hailed a "joyous" development.
UK issues allergy warning over Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, I have no case to answer, Maina tells Court and more
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