- Indictment proceedings should be ended in the middle of November.
- The Palestinian Authority want full control over their Area A Oslo given autonomy.
- Turkey entering into Syria and American withdrawal are a threat to Israel security.
Israel is celebrating the holiday of Succot. The holiday begins Monday night and lasts for seven days. During this time, Jews will appear to be camping out eating and living in booths which are temporary dwelling places. On the eighth day of the holiday is Simchat Torah when is completed the reading of the entire five books of Moses. On the holiday of Simchat Torah (translated as the Joy of the Torah), Jews dance with Torah rejoicing in being the chosen people on earth to receive the Torah.
After a standoff in the elections with no candidate able to reach a majority of 61 mandates, Benjamin Netanyahu was given first chance to reach this number as Prime Minister of Israel. The deadline for Netanyahu to finalize a new government is October 24. If he doesn’t succeed Benny Gantz will be given the chance to reach this majority and serve as Prime Minister of Israel.
It is very unlikely that President Rivlin will extend the deadline for Netanyahu and then he will give Benny Gantz until November 21 to make a government. If Gantz cannot complete the required majority then another three weeks will be given for any other candidate including Avigdor Lieberman to give it a try. If no one succeeds, there will be new elections.
Both Gantz and Netanyahu are trying to stall the process of building a coalition until after the indictment proceedings of Netanyahu are completed which the Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is aiming to finish in mid-November. Gantz feels that after a formal bribery indictment, the Likud will dispose of him as party leader. Netanyahu wants the ruling expedited because he believes the bribery charge against him will be dropped.
Avigdor Lieberman and his party leaders have continuously called for a National Unity Government and are anxious to begin negotiating with Likud and Blue-White. A statement from his party leaders said, “The need for a National Unity Government, along with the many challenges it would have to face, require us to act immediately in order to advance the issue.”
The Palestinian Authority, who was granted autonomy in portions of captured territories, has called for Palestinians to interfere with Israelis and the IDF from entering into Area A. This includes closing off West Bank Roads which enter their areas. They claim that according to the Oslo Accords, the PA were given entire authority and exclusive administration of these areas. A representative of Fatah said, “We will not do this through violence, but with our bodies. Israel invades these areas which is against the Oslo Accords.” Since Operation Defense Shield in 2002, the IDF has been briefly entering Area A and other West Bank areas on a regular basis to arrest Palestinians suspected of involvement in terrorism and other anti-Israel activities.
The Turkish offensive against the Kurdish militia continues in its first week. The withdrawal of American forces from Syria has increased tension about the future and how much Israel can depend upon America if and when they are confronted by Hezbollah and Iran. Netanyahu and other members of the Israel government feel that the Kurdish militia has been betrayed by America. Erdogan in the last few years has been a big opponent of Israel and has supported Hamas in Gaza even at times when they were shooting missiles at Israel civilians.
Israel does not want a Turkish presence in Syria. It will only strengthen Assad and cause friction between Israel and America. Turkey is a member of NATO and America has with them an allegiance which may jeopardize strong American support for Israel’s National Security. Netanyahu has already spoken and said that Israel stands alone.
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