No Agreements Yet in Making United Government in Israel

  • Netanyahu has demanded loyalty from his right supporters that they will not leave Likud and enter the Blue-White bloc. 
  • Shaked and Bennet assured Netanyahu that they remain loyal.
  • Israel is afraid of sanctions (just like Turkey) which could cripple the country in case America pressures Israel to adopt the new peace plan. 

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:

1.       The State Security Cabinet will decide within six weeks on a security plan and budget.

2.       A new state budget will be passed no later than three months from the establishment of the government.

3.       The government will formally decide on social needs that will be funded by the state budget.

4.       The Status quo on religion will be maintained for the first year. A special team will be organized to settle these issues.

5.       Prime Minister Netanyahu and Benny Gantz will present a shared position on the Peace Deal of the Century of Trump after it is published.

Netanyahu and Pompeo meet Friday.

Blue and White labelled the proposal a spin to deflect any criticism in case Israel goes into new elections. They claim that the people of Israel have decided to adopt a liberal government free of extreme right opposition.

Netanyahu has demanded loyalty from his right supporters that they will not leave Likud and enter the Blue-White bloc.  He specifically is worried about the Right Zionist party of Shaked which is less religious and more Zionist than the Shas and Aguda parties. They have seven mandates which may be enough to make a narrow left government with the participation of Avigdor Lieberman.   Shaked and Bennet assured Netanyahu that they remain loyal.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Israel after visiting Turkey with Vice President Pence.  They made a deal with Erdogan including a cease-fire which is also supported by the Kurds.  Netanyahu is concerned about a possible alliance between Turkey and Assad of Syria which could make trouble for Israel and prevent them from taking action on Iranian militia and weapons in Syria and Lebanon.  Israel is afraid of sanctions (just like Turkey) which could cripple the country in case America pressures Israel to adopt the new peace plan.  America supports a two state solution, which puts Israel on the spot since they are divided between right conservative and left liberal Zionists.

Israel claims to have downed a drone which came from Gaza. Besides missiles, the Palestinians in Gaza have employed fire balloons which were difficult to intercept and very effective in causing fires in the southern settlements. Now drones are becoming a new threat.  Drones can be difficult to intercept like was seen in the attack of the Houthi Rebels on Saudi oil refineries.

Israel is in the middle of the holiday of Succot.  On the holiday of Succot Jews build huts outside their homes and eat and sleep in these temporary dwelling homes. It is a symbol that this world is temporary and its purpose is to be used for loving kindness and making it a dwelling place for God to receive a share in the permanent world to come. On the first days of the holiday there was a storm which disabled in some areas all the huts which were built for the holiday celebration. There was never an occasion where so many huts were blown down in one storm.  Most of the people rebuilt their huts to complete the seven days of celebration.  On the eight day of the holiday called Simchat Torah literally translated a “the joy of the Torah” the people return to their homes and celebrate the reading of the last portion of the Torah with dancing and singing. Each week a Torah portion is read on the Sabbath in synagogues.

Following the holiday of Simchat Torah, Jews gather to dance to music and singing throughout the land and the world. Many Jews do this second celebration at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron Israel.

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David Wexelman

Author of 5 books on the internet on topics of Jewish mysticism, managing two websites. www.progressivejewishspirituality.net
http://www.worldunitypeace.org

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