while you were away

10 stories you missed over the last 48 hours


Have you been offline celebrating the final days of Passover? If so, here are some stories you might have missed over the past 48 hours. 

  1. Despite a 48-hour extension from President Reuven Rivlin, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were unable to agree on terms for a unity coalition government. The mandate to form the next government has transferred to the Knesset.
  2. The $350 billion allocated to fund loans through the Small Business Administration has already run out
  3. All 12 episodes of the third season of “Fauda” are now streaming on Netflix. There will be a live “Fauda” webcast on Monday April 19 with co-creators Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, in a live conversation moderated by Dan Senor. More details in tomorrow’s Daily Kickoff.
  4. The Trump Administration announced it would renew humanitarian aid to the Palestinians in light of the coronavirus crisis, pledging $5 million to hospitals in the West Bank — a small fraction of what the White House once provided. 
  5. Senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump came under fire for traveling to New Jersey from Washington to celebrate Passover last week, violating federal guidelines for self-quarantining.
  6. A rival, last-minute bid has emerged to purchase the ailing Jewish Chronicle.
  7. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New Yorkers must wear face masks in public beginning Friday, and extended stay-at-home orders through May 15.  
  8. A Massachusetts man with white supremacist ties was arrested by the FBI and charged with the attempted arson of a Jewish assisted living facility in the state.
  9. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a bipartisan call for an “immediate boost to American-Israel cooperation for treating and curing COVID-19.”
  10. Jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz died at 92, WWE announcer Howard Finkel died at 69, New York Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner died at age 63 and furniture icon Bernie Rubin died at age 82.

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