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Economy
Traffic on a highway in Tel Aviv, Israel, on January 20, 2022.

Israel experiencing decrease in real estate purchases

10,500 homes were sold in May, down 16 percent from the previous year

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Society
Ultra-orthodox Jewish kids in a Jerusalem school, on August 9, 2021.

Israel to fund ultra-Orthodox schools despite lacking curriculum

'I find the Finance Ministry's solution a mistake. What kind of message does that send about the rule of law'

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Society
A sign reading 'Enough Exploitation' as Israeli teachers protest in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 30, 2022.

Israel: Teachers to strike until a ‘concrete proposal’ is reached

'We have been negotiating... for six months, but we have not yet received even one concrete proposal'

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Society
Israeli teachers protest as they demand better pay and working conditions in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 30, 2022.

Israeli schools to open late as teachers strike over salaries

Nearly two million children to start classes at 10 a.m.

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Environment
View of the Leviathan gas field gas processing rig near the Israeli city of Caesarea, on January 31, 2019.

Israel's sovereign wealth fund to 'avoid direct investment' in fossil fuels

Fund's chairman tells parliamentary committee that decision was made to not invest in oil and gas companies

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Environment
Greenpeace and other environmental organizations hold demonstrations outside the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem, on November 28, 2021.

'No chance' Israel meets its climate goals, says treasury official

'We won’t meet the targets the government committed to. Maybe we’ll reach 20 percent in the best case'

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Environment
Aerial view of solar panels in the southern Israeli city of Eilat, October 21, 2015.

Israeli officials debate land allocation for solar panels

'It’s like trying to solve the housing crisis only through urban renewal'

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Politics
Airplanes of Israeli airline El Al parked at the Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, Israel, on March 16, 2018.

Israel increases state aid plan for Covid-hit airlines

Total state aid would not exceed $85 million for all Israel's carriers in the form of three-year bonds

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Economy
A postal service employee at a distribution center in Jerusalem, August 29, 2013.

Israel Postal Company to be fully privatized

The privatization is seen as a long-term solution to structural problems and deficiencies of Israel Post

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Economy
Osem products on a shelf in a grocery store in Jerusalem, December 29, 2021.

Israel: Major food producer faces backlash over price hikes

The increases - which will be between three and seven percent - reflect rising expenses, according to Osem

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Israel
Airplanes of Israeli airline El Al parked at the Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, Israel, on March 16, 2018.

Israel agrees on more aid for El Al Airlines amid Covid travel bans

Israel's other leading airlines, Arkia and Israir, will be offered a similar deal

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Economy
Illustration photo of Israel's 200 New Israeli Shekel bill, February 7, 2016.

Israel: GDP growth expected to reach 7.1 percent in 2021

Israel's Growth Domestic Product is forecast to continue growing by 4.7 percent in 2022

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Politics
Ushers distribute plans on the tables of members of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, during a plenum session and a vote on the state budget in Jerusalem, Israel, on November 02, 2021.

Israel: Knesset continues budget debate as deadline looms

Meanwhile, the opposition is trying to convince coalition members with political promises to vote against it

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Society
Passengers at Ben Gurion train station near Tel Aviv, Israel on October 28, 2021.

Israel: Next minimum wage increase and work benefits

Vacation days will also be increased and the public sector workweek will include a home workday

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Israel
Construction of the new Allenby underground station of the light rail red line in Tel Aviv, July 14, 2021.

Israel: Infrastructure projects worth over $30b over next decade

Projects include those in the fields of transportation, energy, water, and government buildings

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Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at a meeting of the ministerial staff to combat crime and violence in Arab society on October 3, 2021 in Jerusalem.

Knesset reopens to discuss budget bill

Netanyahu-led parties absent from state budget sessions

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Israel
Le ministre des Finances Avigdor Liberman lors d'une conférence organisée par l'Institut israélien de la démocratie à Jérusalem le 29 juin 2021

Israel's Finance Minister opposes imposition of new restrictions

Avigdor Lieberman calls on fellow cabinet ministers to 'let the economy work'

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Diplomacy & defense
An Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet performs during a graduation ceremony of Israeli Air Force pilots at the Hatzerim base in the Negev desert, near the southern city of Beersheba, on June 24, 2021.

Israel: PM Bennett, DM Gantz, and FM Liberman agree NIS 58 billion 2022 defense budget

As part of the funds, there will be an overhaul of mental health services in the armed forces

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Society
Israel's Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman arrives at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, on June 14, 2021.

Liberman spoils for ultra-Orthodox fight after revoking yeshiva students' childcare subsidy

MK Moshe Gafni called Liberman “an evil man,” Shas' Ariyeh Deri labeled policy change "destructive and wicked"

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Economy
Le ministre des Finances Avigdor Liberman arrive à la résidence du président à Jérusalem, le 14 juin 2021

Israel intends to adopt OECD digital economy tax plan

‘We must introduce political measures in cooperation with other countries’

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Israel
FILE - A view of Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, in Israel's central city of Ramat Gan, on January 02, 2014.

Hospitals across Israel launch strikes, claiming healthcare being neglected

'We saw exhausted doctors in 2020. There is severe burnout and post-trauma,' said Prof Zion Hagay

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Israel
Parked airplanes at the Ben Gurion International Airport due to the coronavirus pandemic on August 8, 2020.

Israel to bail out COVID-hit airlines in $210 aid plan

Government had drawn criticism for previous aid offers that would have backed loans to airlines

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Israel
FILE - Skyscrapers line the skyline of Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 18, 2018.

Israel: Finance Ministry releases optimistic report for 2021 in Covid-free scenario

Unemployment rates expected to plunge by the end of the year as growth assessed at 4.9%

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Israel
Standard and Poor's company headquarters in New York on September 18, 2012

S&P affirms Israel's good credit rating despite battered global economy

The credit agency also noted the Jewish state's vulnerabilities, including high debt and geopolitical risks