People stand still as a two-minute siren sounds in memory of victims of the Holocaust, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Holocaust remembrance day is one of the most solemn on Israel's calendar with restaurants and places of entertainment shut down, and radio and TV programming focused on Holocaust documentaries and interviews with survivors.
Tel Aviv municipality workers remove a statue by an unidentified artist depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu naked, in Habima Square, Tel Aviv, Israel. The statue was there for a couple of hours before being removed. Israel is holding its fourth election in less than two years on March 23.
Nuns, asylum seekers and foreign workers wait in line to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination center in Tel Aviv, Israel. Tel Aviv City Hall and the Sourasky Medical Center started administering vaccines free of charge to the city's foreign nationals, many of whom are undocumented asylum seekers.
Issa Kassissieh, dressed as Santa Claus, waves next to a Christmas tree erected on a salt formation during filming for a Christmas greeting video from the Holy Land in the Dead Sea near Ein Bokeq, Israel. The Israeli Ministry of Tourism said incoming tourism to Israel has been dealt a severe blow due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it remains optimistic that tourism will begin to rebound next year and continues to promote the country's unique characteristics to potential tourists.
Acrobats perform as they wear face masks during a protest against government's decision to close beaches during the three-week nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel went back into a full lockdown on Friday to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has steadily worsened for months as its government has been plagued by indecision and infighting.
Protesters chant slogans and hold banners against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the coronavirus countrywide lockdown in Tel Aviv, Israel. Netanyahu's government has imposed a three-week lockdown, beginning on Friday afternoon.
People wearing face masks offer Eid al-Adha prayer at a park as mosques are limited for ten people following the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in the mixed Arab Jewish city of Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel.
People offer Eid al-Adha prayer at a park as mosques are limited for ten people following the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in the mixed Arab Jewish city of Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz issue a statement at the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israeli forces exchanged fire with Hezbollah for over an hour along the volatile Israeli-Lebanese frontier, the heaviest bout of fighting between the bitter enemies in nearly a year.
LGBT members and supporters wear protective face masks attend a gay pride rally under strict health restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak in Tel Aviv, Israel. The rally has been down-scaled amid the coronavirus outbreak in Tel Aviv, which last year drew more than 250,000 people.
Stranded Indians at the check-in counter at the Ben-Gurion Airport before their repatriation by special flights, in TelAviv, Israel. Some 115 Indians boarded a special flight for Delhi after having braved more than two months of lockdown in Israel due to a raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Journalist film as an ambulance leaves the residence of the Chinese ambassador, in the central Israeli city of Herzliya. Du Wei, 58, who was appointed envoy in February in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, was found dead in his home north of Tel Aviv on Sunday, Israel's Foreign Ministry said. No cause of death was given and Israeli police said it was investigating.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish young man is tested for COVID-19 by medical personnel wearing protective gear as part of the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in the orthodox city of Bnei Brak, a Tel Aviv suburb, Israel.
El Al planes are parked at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel will quarantine anyone arriving from overseas for 14 days, a decision coming barely a month before Easter and Passover. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
People ride their bicycles on a car-free highway during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israelis are marking Yom Kippur, or 'Day of Atonement,' which is the holiest of Jewish holidays when observant Jews atone for the sins of the past year and the Israeli nation comes to almost a complete standstill. Many residents take bicycles onto the streets as no traffic is permitted on the roads.
A banner showing is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Likud Party's headquarters in Tel Aviv. The Likud Party has also put up Netanyahu's various posters with US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of September elections.
Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final with the song "Arcade" in Tel Aviv, Israel. In rear is Israeli Netta Barzilai the winner in 2018.
Retired Israeli military chief Benny Gantz speaks at the official launch of his election campaign for the April 2019 elections, in Tel Aviv. Gantz launches his long-awaited political campaign, positioning himself as the most viable alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lengthy rule.
A woman walks on the beach next to a statue of the first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, in Tel Aviv, Israel. A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky. Dusty winds whipped through Israel and the West Bank as well with hail falling near Tel Aviv and meteorologists announcing that snow was expected later in the day in Jerusalem.
Technicians stand next to the SpaceIL lunar module, an unmanned spacecraft, is on display in a special "clean room" where the space craft is being developed, during a press tour of their facility near Tel Aviv, Israel. SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries plan to launch their unmanned spacecraft to the moon early in 2019.
A display of hundreds of red shoes spread as protest against violence toward women in Israel at Habima Square in Tel Aviv, Israel. A nationwide strike in protest of violence against women commemorating the 24 victims of domestic violence with thousands of men and women calling on the government to take action against domestic abuse.
People look at a statue of Israel's Culture and Sports minister Miri Regev in Tel Aviv. Israeli artist Itay Zalait set up his depiction of Regev as a protest of her pushing for legislation mandating "loyalty" in cultural works.
People march during a protest against the Jewish nation bill in Tel Aviv, Israel. The recently passed law that enshrines Israel's Jewish character and downgrades the standing of Arabic from an official to a "special" language.
Israeli Arabs hold a Palestinian flag during a protest against the Jewish nation bill in Tel Aviv, Israel. The recently passed law that enshrines Israel's Jewish character and downgrades the standing of Arabic from an official to a "special" language.
People gather next to a banner showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against the Israel Jewish nation bill, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Last week Israel's parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Opponents and rights groups have criticized the legislation, warning that it will sideline minorities such as the country's Arabs.
Israelis carry a banner showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against the Israel Jewish nation bill, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Last week Israel's parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Opponents and rights groups have criticized the legislation, warning that it will sideline minorities such as the country's Arabs.
A drag queen performs on stage during Wigstock 2018, celebrating 20 years of Gay Pride in Israel, in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Wigstock is a drag festival in Tel Aviv that raises money for AIDS services in Israel.
Drag queen Galina Port Des Bras performs on stage during Wigstock 2018, celebrating 20 years of Gay Pride in Israel, in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Wigstock is a drag festival in Tel Aviv that raises money for AIDS services in Israel.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar visits an eggplant (brinjal) field in Tel Aviv, Israel. CM is leading a high-level delegation to Israel to study their best practices in the field of agriculture so the same could be replicated in the state for the benefit of the farming community.
Israelis watch an air show during Israel's 70th Independence Day celebrations, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel is celebrating its annual Independence Day, marking 70 years since the founding of the state in 1948.
An Israeli activist from the Anonymous for Animal Rights group lies in an outline of a fish to mimic a crime scene as they stage a performance protesting meat consumption and cruelty against animals to mark the "day against meat" in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaks during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem, Israel. Modi, on Tuesday kicked off a high-profile visit to Israel aimed at celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations and strengthening his country's already warm ties with the Jewish state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays respects during a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, in Jerusalem. Modi has arrived in Israel for a high-profile visit aimed at celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations and strengthening his country's already warm ties with the Jewish state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, left, visits the 'Hall of Names', in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum, in Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi, right, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after signing the guestbook at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem. Modi will be in Israel on a three-day official visit, becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures upon arrival in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Modi has landed in Israel for a high-profile visit aimed at celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations and strengthening his country's already warm ties with the Jewish state.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish child wearing U.S. President Donald Trump's mask and costume walks during the Purim festival in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read in synagogues. Other customs include: sending food parcels and giving charity; dressing up in masks and costumes; eating a festive meal; and public celebrations.
People carry a statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after it was placed without permit at Rabin square, in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv residents have woken up to an unusual site: a golden statue of their prime minister featured prominently in front of City Hall.
People watch a statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a central square in Tel Aviv. Israeli artist Itay Zalait said he placed the 4.5 meter (15 foot) statue early Tuesday. Zalait says his goal is to test freedom of expression with a reference to the biblical golden calf, and a dig at some Israelis’ idolatry of longtime leader Benjamin Netanyahu. City Hall said it was placed without a permit and has ordered it removed.
Members of the ancient Samaritan community walk during the holiday of Shavuot on Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus. Samaritans descended from the ancient Israelite tribes of Menashe and Efraim but broke away from mainstream Judaism 2,800 years ago. Today, the remaining 700 Samaritans live in the Palestinian city of Nablus in the West Bank and the Israeli seaside town of Holon, south of Tel Aviv.
Israeli police officers examine the scene of a shooting attack in Tel Aviv. Two Palestinian gunmen opened fire in central Tel Aviv Wednesday night, killing three people and wounding at least five others, Israel police said.
Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, leaves a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. He announced his resignation on Friday, citing a lack of "trust" in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after reports in recent days that Netanyahu intends to appoint former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to the post.
An Israeli eye witness sits with her dog at the scene of a shooting attack in Tel Aviv, Israel. A gunman opened fire at a popular bar in the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv killing two and wounding seven others before fleeing the scene, police said.
Members of the ancient Samaritan community attend the pilgrimage for the holiday of the Tabernacles or Sukkot at the religion's holiest site on the top of Mount Gerizim near the West Bank town of Nablus. According to tradition, the Samaritans are descendants of Jews who were not deported when the Assyrians conquered Israel in the 8th century B.C. Of the small community of close to 700 people, half live in a village at Mount Gerizim, and the rest in the city of Holon near Tel Aviv.