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Israel central bank chief says not to 'tighten belts' on budget yet

20 May 2020

JERUSALEM Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron said on Wednesday he supports an expansionary 2020-21 budget to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced businesses to close and unemployment to jump.

Israel's diamond industry grinds to halt amid coronavirus

15 May 2020

TEL AVIV Israel's economy is slowly returning to normal with the gradual easing of its lockdown, but the once vibrant diamond exchange floor in Tel Aviv remains shut and the diamond district, one of the world's main trade and polishing centres, is still deserted.

Israel's diamond industry grinds to halt amid coronavirus

15 May 2020

TEL AVIV, May 15 Israel's economy is slowly returning to normal with the gradual easing of its lockdown, but the once vibrant diamond exchange floor in Tel Aviv remains shut and the diamond district, one of the world's main trade and polishing centres, is still deserted.

Risking contagion, Israel upgrades empty roads and rails

23 Apr 2020

JERUSALEM Roadwork is booming in Israel as construction crews take advantage of empty roads and railways in the time of coronavirus to upgrade the developed world's most congested highways.

Israel suspends cellphone-tracking for coronavirus quarantine enforcement

22 Apr 2020

JERUSALEM An Israeli parliamentary oversight committee on Wednesday suspended police use of cellphone data to enforce coronavirus quarantines, with one lawmaker citing privacy concerns.

Koalitionsregierung in Israel - Erst Netanjahu, dann Gantz

21 Apr 2020

Jerusalem Ein Jahr nach der ersten von drei erfolglosen Parlamentswahlen hat Israel eine neue Regierung.

Israelis put on coronavirus lockdown for Passover holiday celebration

07 Apr 2020

JERUSALEM Israelis celebrating the Jewish Passover holiday this week will hold the "seder", the traditional meal celebrating freedom from biblical slavery, confined to their homes under a national coronavirus lockdown.

Israel to spend 80 billion shekels to help economy cope with coronavirus crisis

31 Mar 2020

JERUSALEM Israel will spend 80 billion shekels ($22 billion) to help the economy weather the coronavirus crisis and the finance minister said he expected a gradual return of business activity after the Passover holiday next month.

Israel's Netanyahu orders schools closed, calls for unity government

13 Mar 2020

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered most schools in the country to close as a precaution against coronavirus, and called for the formation of an emergency national unity government.

UPDATE 2-Israel's Netanyahu orders schools closed, calls for unity gov't

13 Mar 2020

JERUSALEM, March 12 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered most schools in the country to close as a precaution against coronavirus, and called for the formation of an emergency national unity government.

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