Israel Roundup — Peace Deal Growing, Coalition Deal Cracking

  • There remains a few more days before the government will break up if they cannot agree on a budget
  • Israel and America are encouraging more Arab nations to join in with UAE
  • Hamas in opposition to the peace agreement are throwing missiles on Israel

The Abraham Accords— the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates— is exciting to almost all Israelis and brings a new beginning in development of peace in the Middle East. The UAE is the first Gulf Arab nation to make peace with Israel. Egypt and Jordan already have friendly relations with Israel.

A house in the Southern town of Sederot received a direct hit from a missile shot from Gaza.

US President Donald Trump, who initiated the deal, has encouraged other Gulf nations to join, like Saudi Arabia. However, Saudi Arabia refused to join until peace is made between Israel and the Palestinians. Also, Pakistan made a statement that they refuse to join in with the UAE for the same reasons.

In the meantime, it has been revealed that America has agreed to sell fighter planes to the UAE. Whether the sale of fighter planes and weapons by America to the UAE was part of the deal was denied by both. Trump made a recent statement that America encourages Iran, the enemy of Israel and America, to join in to make peace in the Middle East.

On signing the Oslo Accords, Shimon Peres, who became Prime Minister after Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, defended Israel in making an agreement with Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. “Peace is needed to make between enemies not friends,” he said.

The Palestinian Authority and Hamas declared their opposition to the peace agreement between the UAE and Israel. Several days before the agreement between the two countries, in expectation of the agreement, aggression began from Gaza. Incendiary balloons were sent over from Gaza, causing fires in Southern Israel. Yesterday, Israel saw over 40 fire balloons shot into Israel, causing damage to Israel properties.

Besides the incendiary balloons, which cause damage to property but do not threaten the lives of Israelis, there has been an escalation of missiles shot at Israel from Gaza. Israel has retaliated for the sending over of incendiary balloons through air attacks on Hamas military positions and through artillery. Hamas has, in turn, escalated their response through firing these missiles from Gaza.

Last night, 12 missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza. Some of these missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense, but there were some hits causing damage to a house in the southern city of Sederot. The war continues in the south. Israel has stopped several attempts this week by terrorists in Arab cities in Judea and Samaria, which was was also seen as a response to the peace treaty between Israel and UAE.

There are several days remaining for the new emergency coalition government, made between Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu, to sign on a budget. There has been friction on both sides on many other issues, which threaten the government to be dissolved. This would trigger a fourth election in less than two years.

Gantz wants an annual budget while Netanyahu feels that the situation is too shaky to write an annual budget now. He requests a semi-annual budget. If the budget is not signed by Monday, the government will dissolve.

The IDF is retaliating for Hamas’ aggression.

Gantz blames Netanyahu for breaking up their original agreement, which was to make an annual budget. He says Netanyahu is defending his right-wing bloc to prevent Gantz from becoming Prime Minister next year after the half year period will end. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is trying to bring the two parties together, and there may be an extension given to make time for them to agree.

Flights have been opened between Israel and other countries. On a flight from Germany, a passenger infected with coronavirus was discovered, and the people on the flight were requested to quarantine upon landing. Religious Breslov Chassidic followers travel each year to the city of Uman, Ukraine for prayers on Rosh Hashanah, the new year, where Rabbi Nachman of Breslov is buried.

Last year, over 30,000 Jews gathered in Uman for prayers. This year, because of the Coronavirus, both the Ministry of Health in Israel and Ukraine are doubtful about the possibility of making this pilgrimage this year.

Pressure is being made by the religious parties in Israel to allow Israelis to travel to Uman on charter flights. Air traffic is open from Israel to Ukraine without requiring quarantine. In Ukraine, as well as Israel, there has been a spike of infections in the last month.

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David Wexelman

Author of 5 books on the internet on topics of Jewish mysticism, managing two websites.

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