Sam Sokol, The Times of Israel

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The Times of Israel

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Past articles by Sam:

97-year-old British-Israeli earns Guinness record for world’s oldest journalist

Actor, model, and radio personality Walter Bingham was awarded the hoary title this month, but says he feels 50 years old on a bad day and doesn't know the meaning of retirement → Read More

Israelis bend the rules to get COVID vaccines — and some medics are assisting

With unused doses at risk of being thrown out, some medical workers alert younger Israelis to where they can get vaccinated to prevent waste → Read More

One of Ukraine’s chief rabbis endorses siege of US Capitol by Trump supporters

Moshe Azman -- whose claim to title of head rabbi is disputed -- compares violent run on heart of US democracy to recent 'Maidan' uprising against pro-Russia government in Ukraine → Read More

21-year-old from Boston becomes Israel’s first US-raised female Air Force pilot

Lt. O. one of 2 women in her class to pass grueling 3-year training course; will fly Boeing 707 in aerial refueling, cargo operations → Read More

Defending attacks on Soros, Giuliani raises doubts over his Jewishness

US President Donald Trump's personal attorney doubles down on his criticism of billionaire, claiming the philanthropist, an atheist, uses Judaism as ‘a shield and a sword’ → Read More

UAE welcomes Israeli tourists, but can they follow its authoritarian rules?

Groundbreaking peace deal rapidly grows kosher hospitality to make the Emirates a hot destination for wanderlust Sabras, but local Jews warn of strictly enforced social norms → Read More

Foreign Ministry plays Twitter matchmaker for China’s Singles Day

Israel's official state account reaches out to singles, Jewish mothers to help 'find that special someone to bring home for the holidays' → Read More

Can Diaspora Jews visit Israel amid COVID-19 crisis? The rules keep changing

After non-Israelis were barred entry for months, restrictions are easing, but travelers hoping to visit family must still contend with labyrinthine bureaucracy, other hurdles → Read More

Poll: 45% of Israeli pessimistic about country’s ability to handle pandemic

Public confidence in Netanyahu's management of crisis remains low; economic anxiety eases somewhat → Read More

Minister says Sudan deal to include sending back asylum seekers

Citing recent violence in the Darfur region, Hotline for Refugees and Migrants claims repatriation would endanger Sudanese refugees in Israel → Read More

In Belarus, ‘Europe’s last dictatorship,’ Jews fear police but not anti-Semitism

As mass protests build against Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, Jewish communal organizations maintain careful policy of political neutrality → Read More

Man indicted for threatening child of Netanyahu prosecutor

Shahar Ben Yehuda alleged to have sent profanity-laced message to underage son of Deputy State Attorney Liat Ben-Ari, the lead attorney in criminal cases against the PM → Read More

Health Ministry launches revamped COVID-19 tracking app

First version of HaMagen app was marred by mistakes; new features include use of Bluetooth, which is said to improve accuracy → Read More

Ministers: Ahead of Tisha B’Av fast, more worshipers to be allowed in synagogues

Ultra-Orthodox parties announce agreement with Health Ministry, claim new COVID-19 rules to be implemented before Wednesday evening → Read More

Over half of Israelis unsure of ability to pay bills, government survey finds

Central Bureau of Statistics finds 26% of people over age 21 report deterioration of their mental health during coronavirus crisis, 42% report feeling anxiety and dread → Read More

Homosexuality ‘almost nonexistent in Arab society,’ Joint List MK says

Walid Taha's comments come as lawmakers say future of Arab political alliance in doubt after leader Ayman Odeh supported bill banning gay conversion therapy → Read More

Quarantined Jerusalem councilman attends municipal meeting, causes ruckus

City Council members abruptly end meeting after Yohanan Weitzman shows up, despite assurances he was cleared to attend by Health Ministry → Read More

Unlikely rebel? Meet Yifat Shasha-Biton, the Likud MK defying Netanyahu’s orders

Is Coronavirus Committee chair a people's champion keeping beaches and restaurants open in defiance of hasty ministerial rulings, or an opposition stooge endangering public health? → Read More

Lapid calls on Netanyahu to resign after having ‘lost control’ of COVID crisis

Bennett slaps down idea of alternative coalition, tells Yesh Atid leader: stop 'encouraging anarchy'; Liberman says gov't dodging responsibility, wants Gantz to helm virus response → Read More

Likud MK slams Netanyahu for dismissing criticism of virus response as political

Michal Shir criticizes 'threats against committee heads and MKs' for questioning government decisions, says there's still no clear plan for economic crisis → Read More