Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel

Ilan Ben Zion

The Times of Israel

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Recent articles by Ilan:

Wooing voters, Netanyahu campaigns aboard a bulletproof ‘Bibibus’

The former prime minister, famed for his flair for the dramatic, drums up support ahead of November elections with a new shtick → Read More

From Israel to Spain, scientists warn of dire effects as Mediterranean heats up

Researchers say sea temperatures are currently 3-5° C (5-9° F) higher than normal, with ever-rising heat killing many marine species, and even potentially endangering human habitat → Read More

Banksy protest painting sprayed in West Bank resurfaces in swanky Tel Aviv gallery

Artwork depicting a slingshot-toting rat was originally painted on a 900-pound concrete slab, part of an abandoned Israeli army position next to Bethlehem security barrier → Read More

Families of 1972 Olympic attack victims reject ‘insulting’ German compensation offer

Berlin willing to pay further undisclosed damages, but spokesperson for 'disappointed' victims' families says they won't attend 50th anniversary memorial unless amount increases → Read More

Western Wall elevator project unearths archaeological trove of villa, artifacts

Excavations for Old City project, designed to improve access for disabled at holy site, uncover oil lamps and a ritual mikveh that overlooked the Temple esplanade → Read More

Three 3 hidden Modigliani sketches found under painting at Haifa museum

Unfinished works by Jewish Italian Modernist artist came to light when canvas of 'Nude with a Hat' at University of Haifa’s Hecht Museum was X-rayed as part of a study of his work → Read More

To mark UN Oceans Day, divers haul trash polluting ancient underwater Caesarea port

Volunteers remove 45 kgs of garbage from between the sunken pillars and submerged ruins of historic seaport; teams worked at dozens more sites up and down Mediterranean coast → Read More

Labor party chief: All factions trying to keep fragile coalition afloat

Minister Merav Michaeli expresses hope for government’s survival despite political 'obstacles' and amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem → Read More

Looted artifacts seized from billionaire Steinhardt to return to Israel

Among 39 objects seized from hedge fund manager: 2 gold masks dating from about 5000 BCE valued at $500,000, and a set of 3 death masks from 6000-7000 BCE worth a total of $650,000 → Read More

Budding market: Lucrative cannabis industry looks to leverage ex-politicians’ sway

Increasing numbers of former leaders and security chiefs find new careers in the country’s tightly controlled cannabis industry, which hopes to use influence to change laws → Read More

As world commemorates Holocaust, many Israeli survivors rely on charity

With roughly 1 in 3 living in poverty and not enough government help, many are dependent on food donations; pandemic and rising cost of living making the problem worse → Read More

Israel’s national library sees Arabic site traffic boom

One of the most heavily trafficked resources is a newspaper archive of Arabic publications from Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine → Read More

Several of Michael Steinhardt’s looted art pieces still on display at Israel Museum

Last month US court ordered billionaire to surrender $70 million worth of artifacts, including several loaned to Israel, to avoid prosecution; museum says it is examining issue → Read More

Despite tradition, more Orthodox Jewish women are getting ordained

Women attempting to become rabbis or spiritual leaders face an uphill battle; in US, around half a dozen ordained women serve in Modern Orthodox synagogues → Read More

Bethlehem gears up for Christmas with gilded treasures, but few tourists expected

Many hotels in the tourism-dependent West Bank city have shut down and shopkeepers have struggled amid the nearly two-year-long pandemic → Read More

The last, last Jew? Simentov relative flees Afghanistan after Taliban takeover

Fearing for her safety, Tova Moradi, 83, escapes to Albania with family after getting help from IsraAid, office of President Herzog and two Israeli billionaires → Read More

Secretive Israel-UAE oil deal endangers prized Eilat corals

EILAT, Israel (AP) — The Red Sea reefs off the Israeli resort of Eilat host some of the greatest coral diversity on the planet. A symphony in splendid technicolor, the reefs are among the world’s most resilient coral colonies against warming seas. → Read More

Politics hamper replacing hazardous bridge to Temple Mount

Mughrabi Bridge was never intended to be a permanent walkway and engineering report says it is in danger of collapse, but sensitivities over holy site are foiling action → Read More

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett warns world leaders to ‘wake up’ before returning to nuclear agreement with Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Iran’s presidential election was a sign for world powers to “wake up” before returning to a nuclear agreement. → Read More

‘We’re not interested in mingling’: Mixed city of Lod still on edge after unrest

Uneasy calm settles over Jewish-Arab city after last month's violence; some Arab residents point to election of mayor as turning point due to his ties with national-religious group → Read More