Israel Politics – Deadline Date November 20 for Benny Gantz

Benjamin Netanyahu surrendered his mandate when he was unable to put together a government with him as Prime Minister. Benny Gantz received the mandate for 28 days without permission for an extension like was given to Netanyahu. The deadline date is November 20.

Benny Gantz has met with the United Arab Party who have 13 seats in the Knesset in case they are included in his new government. The Gantz Blue-White party received 33 seats, Labor-Gesher 6, Dem Union 5 for a total of 57 mandates.  They are four short of forming a narrow government of 61 mandates. This narrow government will have a strong Arab influence on defense and economics which may be dangerous.

Tensions Rise in East Jerusalem

East Jerusalem and the West Bank was once part of Jordan. In November of 1988 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Palestine. A year after signing the Oslo accords the Palestinian National Authority was established to govern areas A and B in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In 1979 through the Camp David Accords Jordan ceded its claim to the West Bank. During the negotiations of the Oslo Accord the PLO recognized the right of Israel to exist and Israel recognized the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people.

The Journeys and Tests of Abraham – A Bible Lesson

In synagogues throughout the world this week on the Sabbath will be read the story of Abraham in Genesis:12.  God appeared to Abraham and gave him instructions to leave his native country, the land of his father and go to Israel.  He said to Abraham I will make from you a great nation, I will bless you, and make your name great, you will be for the world a blessing, those that bless you will be blessed, those that curse you shall be cursed, in you all the families of the world will be blessed.

The Land of Israel – Sacred Land

The conflict which exists in Israel between the secular liberal population and the conservative right wing is partially over the issue of the sacredness of the Land Of Israel to the Jewish people. Jews live throughout the world and maintain their identity as Jews through their religion. There is an obligation to the Jew to recognize that their homeland is Eretz Yisrael the land of Israel; but not necessarily to live in Israel today.

Avigdor Lieberman Torn by Two Sides: Secular and Religious Zionism

Already Israel has reached a standoff in elections and in the formation of a government. In Israel there are two sides which are led by two of the major parties which is Blue-White and Likud. Both of these parties have received the same number or close to the same number of mandates but still have not been able to make a majority coalition government. Each of these parties need to reach 61 mandates which include mandates from other parties in the coalition.

Israel Politics Deadlocked While Tensions Build in the North and South

On Saturday while Israelis were celebrating the Sabbath at 9 p.m. sirens were sounded in Southern Israel when ten rockets were shot from Gaza.  Most of these rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome Defense system but one rocket managed to get through and damage a house in the settlement city of Sederot.  There were no injuries. Israel carried out a series of aerial attacks in response to the rocket attack. Officials in the Gaza strip said that a 27-year old man was killed during an air strike on a military training camp and three other Palestinians were wounded. Hamas threatened to respond on what it called “Israel crimes and aggression against our people.”

Israel Solar Power Advances in the Arava Region and the City of Eilat

Israel well known for its advances in high tech has now expanded its goal of reaching complete reliance on solar energy in daytime hours for the Arava region of southern Israel which includes the city Eilat. The team behind this achievement is now lobbying for legislation that would make the whole country 100% solar energy reliant in daytime hours by the year 2030.

Justice and Justice – The Death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

President Donald Trump announced proudly to the world “Last night the American Army brought the greatest terrorist in the world to justice.”  Abu Bakr al –Baghdadi was the leader of the terrorist organization ISIS which was and still is a threat to the whole world. Similar to this event came the time when the Obama administration announced the death of Osama Bin Ladin who had been the organizer of the terrorist attack which downed the Twin Towers in New York and a part of the Pentagon in Washington.

The Anniversary of Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty

Israel and Jordan are celebrating the anniversary of their peace agreement by President Bill Clinton between Yitchok Rabin Prime Minister of Israel and King Hussein of Jordan. Some say that it should have delivered bigger dividends and the promise at its outset has not yet been fulfilled.

The Naharayim Park was established 25 years ago as a symbol of the landmark peace agreement between Israel and Jordan. Their relationship which began with great promise has been plagued with mistrust, disappointment and missed opportunities. It is still intact but both sides are feeling tensions in the relationships.

Israel Preparing for Potential Retaliation by Iran for Strikes in Syria

Local Israeli media says that Jerusalem is preemptively bolstering defenses should Iran retaliate for an ongoing series of attacks on its proxies attributed to the IDF.  Sources say the Israeli military will focus on Israel preparing for potential retaliation by Iran for Israel air strikes in Syria

Missiles from Iran have the potential to strike major cities in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. Israel has struck different locations in Syria and Iraq related to the Iran militia.  These attacks continue from day to day as news flashes relate these events without Israel claiming responsibility for the attacks, such as news reports about unidentified drone attacks on Iranian backed militia in Eastern Syria. Three drones were seen flying in the direction of their target.

No Agreements Yet in Making United Government in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was given first chance to make a government.  The deadline will soon be in one week.  In the meantime he has presented a proposal to the Blue-White party of Benny Gantz which they have refused.  They claim that Netanyahu is only stalling because of his possible indictment which will be finalized in November. These were the conditions Netanyahu gave to Gantz:

Netanyahu Indictment Proceeding – Holding Back Progress in Making New Government

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.

Yom Kippur – The Jewish High Holy Day

On Wednesday October 9, the Jewish people celebrate the high holy day of Yom Kippur, a fast day beginning at the night until the next evening 24 hours.  On the day of Yom Kippur the whole Jewish nation would gather in Jerusalem at the holy temple for the ceremonies and prayers.  One of the miracles of the Holy temple was that the whole nation of all the men of Israel were able to fit in the four corners of the temple and worship together include prostrating themselves on the ground.  Yom Kippur is a one day high holiday representing the faith in the one God the creator of the universe.

Revealed! Secret Mission of Israeli Espionage to Steal Iranian Nuclear Files

President Trump has not renegotiated a deal with Iran after withdrawing the United States from an Obama era nuclear pact. The two countries are at loggerheads following Trump’s exit from the international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting sanctions on the Islamic regime, though Trump has held open the door for future talks. Trump is quoted as saying “If we could work out something that’s meaningful, not a waste of paper that the other deal was, I would certainly be willing to meet.”

Arab Assassination of Revolutionary Guard Commander Qasem Soleimani Foiled

On Tuesday during an annual leadership meeting by the head of the IRGC Intelligence Organization Hossein Taub Soleimani revealed in a rare interview that an assassination attempt had been made on his life. The identities of the suspects has still not been revealed. The assassination was planned for several years.  Through the assassination it was hoped that it would spark an internal Iranian power struggle and trigger a religious war within Iran.  The suspects who are Iranian were sent abroad and trained to make the attack.

Israel Government Still in Deadlock – No Progress in Forming Unity Government

President of Israel Reuven Riblin at the 22nd inaugural meeting of the Knesset said that Israeli Democracy is in a state of emergency and a government must be formed as soon as possible. Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein addressed the long period of political uncertainty from April since the 21st Knesset was dissolved without making a government. They both called for a unity government. They said that Israelis will not forgive the leaders of the two major parties if a third election is held within a year.

Jewish New Year Message – God Belongs to You, Prayer Belongs to You

This week the Jewish people celebrated the New Year on their Lunar Calendar.  In many congregations in Synagogues throughout the world they gathered together performing their ritual services. It is a great feeling to be united as a group, a people in unity. The unity of the Jewish people is that they are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The story of the Jewish people is written in the Bible.

Rosh HaShanna – The Jewish New Year

Israel and Jews in the whole world will be celebrating their New Year’s day on Monday September 30, 2019. Two days are celebrated in which it is forbidden to do work.  The Nation of Israel honors Rosh HaShanna as a national holiday.  The observance of Rosh HaShanna is mentioned in the Bible Number 29: 1-5 “ In the seventh month the first of the month is a holy day where all work is forbidden called the day of the blasting of the Shofar the ram’s horn.”  There were specific sacrifices that were made on Rosh Hashanna in the holy temple.

Israel News Roundup: Attempts to Make Unified Government Have Temporarily Failed

Israel has completed its elections and is on the way to making a new government. The elections were a standoff like in the previous elections. The attempt of President Rivlin to bring the two parties together has temporarily failed. Likud and the Israel right parties received more mandates than Blue-White.  President Rivlin has called upon Benjamin Netanyahu to make an attempt to reach the majority of 61 mandates.

Israel Election Developments – Forming a United Government

The results of the Israel elections are final.  Benny Gantz of the Blue-White party has defeated Netanyahu winning 33 mandates while Netanyahu and Likud received 31 mandates.  The government consists of 120 mandates which is divided by all the various parties in the Israel coalition.  The candidate who receives the most mandates like Benny Gantz has the first opportunity to make a majority government of 61 mandates.  The President of Israel Reuven Rivlin is working to help Gantz achieve this majority.

Israel Working on Unified Government After Another Election Standoff

Israeli went to the polls on Tuesday in a second attempt to make a government.  The first attempt failed when there was a standoff between the major left candidate Benny Gantz of the Blue-White party and Prime Minister Netanyahu representing Likud on the right.  Neither of the two candidates were able to gather together enough mandates (including in any coalition) to reach to a majority.

Israel Election on Tuesday – Forecasts Predict Another Stalemate

On Tuesday September 17 elections will be held for the second time this year in Israel. The first elections ended up in a stalemate and forecasts for the coming elections show similar results. Both sides, right and left, have campaigned and organized their parties in preparation for the coming elections. The right is led by Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud.  The left is led by Benny Gantz of the Blue-White Party.  Netanyahu in the previous elections received an equal amount of mandates as Gantz (35) but was unable to make a government combining mandates from other parties to reach the required majority of 61 mandates. Gantz also was unable to reach this number so new elections were called by President Reuven Riblin.

Israel News Roundup: Missile from Gaza Interrupts Speaking Engagement of Netanyahu in Ashdod

On Saturday September 7 two Israeli a boy 17 years old and his father were going to a dental clinic in an Arab village near the Palestinian town of Azzun.   A fifteen year old local teenage approached the two and asked is they were Jewish, then stabbed them.  The boy was seriously injured and the father was slightly injured in the attack. The Arab boy surrendered himself to the Palestinian security forces. The two Jews were rescued by the Arab dentist who they had intended to visit for a treatment.

Netanyahu Makes Annexation Pledge if Elected; The Jordan Valley Explained

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his intention to annex the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea to Israel if he wins next week’s general election. Observers believe that Netanyahu raised this matter at this time to win votes in the upcoming elections, especially right-wing voters. Israel considers the control of the Jordan Valley necessary to prevent a future Palestinian state.

Israel Ready for Elections in One Week: A List of the Major Parties Vying for Power

Israel is in a crisis. Hezbollah has threatened them from the North. They are at war with Iran deploying their forces in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Trump has vowed support for Israel and its survival in an unstable Middle East. The Peace Deal of the Century between Israel and Palestine is ready to be revealed after the elections.

Netanyahu Alleges “Secret Military Nuclear Facility” Destroyed by Iran

At a news conference on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel had learned of an Iranian “covert nuclear facility” in Abadeh, Fars province. Iran has rejected his recent remarks. The Israeli prime minister said Iran had carried out “tests for the development of nuclear weapons” at the facility for military purposes.

Israel Strikes Iraqi Factions Inside Syrian Territory

The Iranian “Al-Quds” Corps fired several rockets from inside Syria towards Israel, in response to an air strike targeting the positions of Iraqi Shiite factions operating under its command in the province of Deir Ezzor. In a rare incident, the Israeli army spotted an attempt to launch several rockets from the vicinity of the Syrian capital, Damascus, toward Tel Aviv yesterday. Israel accused the militias under the command of the Quds Force, led by Qassem Soleimani, of launching the attack.

Shlomo Carlbach – The Prince of Peace

Not only Jews, but all people can learn from Shlomo Carlbach, a singer, Rabbi and spiritual leader. Born to a Religious Chassidic family dynasty, Shlomo Carlbach learned the way of authentic Judaism at a young age.  He studied in the most prestigious Torah schools in America including Lakewood Yeshiva and Lubavitch.  At some point in his life he rebelled against Ultra-Orthodox Judaism and established a new approach toward Judaism, progressive Jewish spirituality.

Hezbollah Announces Downing of Israeli Drone in Southern Border of Lebanon

Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrilla group said on Monday it had shot down an Israeli drone as it crossed Lebanon’s southern border, a week after a limited exchange of fire. In light of the tense situation in the region, unknown warplanes targeted the positions of Iranian forces and armed militants loyal to them in the far east of Syria on Monday, killing 18 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Israel News Roundup: Netanyahu to Meet Mark Esper and Boris Johnson in London

There is controversy today over a potential meeting between Hassan Rouhani of Iran and President Donald Trump. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented about this potential meeting saying he cannot tell the American president who he can or cannot meet, but the two are in agreement about the issue of the Iran Nuclear deal. In the meantime Iran will announce nuclear steps on Saturday. They have stated that they are poised for faster nuclear centrifuges which will mean the collapse of the nuclear deal. Europe is still trying to save the deal with a French proposal offering a $15 billion line of credit. Netanyahu is meeting with US secretary of defense Mark Esper and Boris Johnson in London concerning the nuclear deal.

Netanyahu Visits City of Hebron – A Major Place of Controversy

Hebron is the city where the Cave of the Patriarchs is located and is a holy place for both Jews and Muslims. It is one of the most controversial areas in Israel with more national conflicts than other place. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a special visit to the city of Hebron on Wednesday in commemoration and memorial service of the 1929 riots in the city also called the Hebron massacre.

Israel Avoided War With Hezbollah – Ready for War If Necessary

The first confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel ended up without a war. Although Hezbollah said that they do not want a war, by shooting three missiles at military targets in the North and damaging army vehicles there was a risk of a bloodier confrontation. The Israel army vehicles were not manned at the time of the attack. The confrontation ended without war.

First Confrontation Between Hezbollah and Israel – No Israeli Soldiers Injured

Hassan Nasrallah the head of Hezbollah gave Israel advanced warning that he was going to take revenge for the attack by Israel with drones on the city of Beirut and the people of Lebanon, but he emphasized that he was not looking to start a war. Sunday, at 4:00 Israel time Hezbollah shot three anti-tank missiles at an IDF base and several military vehicles near the Israel settlement of Avivim close to the Lebanese border. Hezbollah claims to have destroyed one army vehicle.

Israel News: Trump and Pence Defend Israel From All Imminent Threats

Two Israeli drones fell on Beirut the same night in which Israel attacked Iranian and Syrian weapon depots near Demascus.  One of the drones exploded near a Hezbollah weapons factory.  Hezbollah said they were both armed with explosives. Hassan Nasrallah has pledged to take revenge for this attack in the near future but has also said that he is not looking for an all-out war. Israel is taking him seriously and has moved soldiers into strategic locations in the North.

Two Drones Fall in Beirut – Tensions Rise Between Lebanon and Israel

An Israeli drone fell in the Hezbollah dominated suburbs of Beirut and a second exploded near the ground.  The Israeli military has yet to take blame for the attacks. The incident took place shortly after Israel had attacked Iranian forces and Shiites militia near Damascus in a large campaign which Israel claimed was preventive.  Israel claimed that Iran and Syria had planned to attack at that moment from this location near Damascus in retaliation for the Israeli attack on Iranian weapon depots in Iraq.  Israel says Iran was planning to make this attack with drones which were stored in these locations in Syria.

Israel Foils Drone Attack From Iran on Syrian Soil

In response to Israel missile attacks on Iran depots in Iraq, there was an attempted Iranian aerial attack from Syrian territory. Israel foiled two killer drones in an unprecedented aerial attack.  The ongoing conflict between Israel and Iran is widening. Israel made a public announcement that they had bombed Iranian militia in Iraq and also that they had thwarted a planned attack from Syrian soil on Israel.

Trump’s Disloyalty Jibe – How It Is Received in Israel

The reaction in Israel to the remarks of President Trump claiming that Jews who vote Democrat are showing disloyalty to Israel was received in Israel very cautiously. Ynet Yediot a major newspaper Israel commented on his remarks: Israel officials prefer to stay quiet and not to comment on his remarks even though it is for support of Israel. Various Jewish groups distanced themselves from his statements.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Oppose Zionism – Here’s Why

Judaism is a religion of a nation which lived in the land of Israel in Biblical times.  The nation was conquered two times.  The first time it was conquered by the Babylonians who destroyed the first holy temple built by King Solomon. The second time it was conquered by Rome, the temple was destroyed, the Jews were exiled until today.

The religion Judaism today exists according to the Law of Moses which was the law of the nation of Israel during this period. Jews are commanded in the Law of Moses not to change the law or the religion.  The modern state of Israel is a democracy, which is against Judaism– the law of a theocracy with a King. The hope of the biblical nation of Israel when it was exiled was to return to the land of Israel and to establish the Kingship of King David the Messiah, “return us to you God in repentance, renew our days like the days of old.”  There is conflict between modern secular Jews living in Israel and the diaspora and Ultra-Orthodox based on their religious beliefs.