Life in Israel


Israel ranked 4th happiest country in the world

Israel is the fourth happiest country in the world, according to a report by a UN office on happiness. The study released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network is based on data from global surveys of people in more than 150 countries.

Isaac Herzog becomes first Israeli president to visit Bahrain

Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited Bahrain on the first trip by an Israeli head of state to the Gulf kingdom, following the normalisation of relations in 2020. Herzog met with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.

Israel approves funds to record Holocaust survivors’ testimonies for the future

Israel’s government approved allocating NIS 3.5 million ($1 million) toward recording video testimonies of Holocaust survivors for future generations. The funding will go toward creating recordings of survivors from Israel and around the world.

Azerbaijan to open Embassy in Israel

Azerbaijan is set to become the first Shi’ite Muslim-majority state to open an embassy in Israel, following parliamentary approval. The new embassy will be in Tel Aviv, where the country already has a Tourism Office and a Trade Representative Office.

Israel, Jordan and UAE sign deal to swap solar energy for desalinated water

Israel, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates signed a renewed memorandum of understanding to have Jordan provide solar energy to Israel, and Israel channel desalinated water to the Hashemite Kingdom.

Israel to build museum dedicated to Albert Einstein

The Israeli government approved a plan to establish a museum to present Albert Einstein’s extensive materials stored at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Israel and Lebanon reach landmark maritime agreement

Israel and Lebanon have agreed to a draft deal to resolve a decades-old dispute over the control of an eastern stretch of the Mediterranean Sea in a major diplomatic breakthrough. The deal would allocate drilling rights at one contested gas field to Lebanon and confirm Israeli control of another field to the south, safeguarding new sources of energy and income for both countries.

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European Jewish Congress and Conference of European Rabbis call on all parties in Israel to pursue dialogue over conflict

As representatives of the leading Diaspora organisations in Europe, and in affirming our unwavering affiliation and commitment to the security and welfare of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state based on the principles of its Declaration of Independence, we express our deep concern and sadness as we witness the current sharp divisions in Israel and the subsequent threat this has on the unity of the Jewish People and the security of our one Jewish State.