Israel to advance plans for 4,400 new settlement homes, mostly outside blocs

By Times of Israel— After nearly eight months without meetings, the Defense Ministry body responsible for authorizing settlement construction is slated to advance plans for over 4,400 Israeli homes in the West Bank next week. The Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee will meet next Monday to sign off final approval for around 2,500 units, according…

Following peace deal, UAE erects first-ever public sukkah in the heart of Dubai

By Itamar Eichner, YNetnews— Weeks after the formal signing of the normalization agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain in Washington, a public sukkah was erected in the Gulf state’s city of Dubai on Sunday, in a first-of-its-kind sign of solidarity. The traditional hut, which was built in coordination with Dubai’s local…

‘We don’t know if rotation will happen’ says FM amid political tension

By Jeremy Sharon and Gil Hoffman, JPost— Amid mounting political instability and the resignation of a government minister over the prime minister’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said threats by the premier about elections were a threat to the public, not the Blue and White party. Ashkenazi was speaking following the…