Netanyahu — Palestinians in Annexed Territory Won’t Get Citizenship

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has clarified that Palestinians residing in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley won’t get Israeli citizenship after annexation. Speaking to the Makor Rishon newspaper on Thursday, the prime minister said that the whole area will be under the control of the Israeli military forces, and there will be no special privileges for Palestinians residing there.

Israeli Court Orders Netanyahu to Appear in Person

The Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request not to attend the start of his criminal trial, scheduled to kick off on Sunday. Instead, he will be required to appear for the opening hearing on Sunday. The Israeli Prime Minister will now have to appear in person during the opening of his trial to respond to allegations of fraud, corruption, and abuse of office.

Israel: Annexation a Key Sticking Point Preventing Unity Government

Israel has had three elections in the past year, and is still waiting for the final decision between Israel Resilience Party leader Benny Gantz and Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu to form a united coalition. They are very close to finalizing the Unified government.  One of the major issues which still needs an agreement from Gantz is the annexation of parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

Israel Roundup: Vaccine to be Tested on Rodents, Citizens Strain Under Restrictions

In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel Institute of Biological Research to join fight against the coronavirus pandemic. They are making “significant progress,” and are now commencing animal trials, using rodents. The laboratory is located in Nes Ziona, in central Israel, and hopefully positive results will come from these tests.

Israeli President instructs Benny Gantz to form government

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has asked opposition leader Benny Gantz, head of the Blue and White party, to try and form the next government. The decision comes after elections on March 2, the third vote in the country in less than a year. President Rivlin announced his decision to give Gantz a chance to negotiate a coalition during a press conference in Jerusalem.

Coronavirus: Israel in State of Emergency

Like all the countries in the world, the coronavirus has struck in Israel. A total of 200 people have been infected with the virus, 157 people have been hospitalized, and the remainder are being treated at home. Thousands of others are in the middle of a two week quarantine. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that Israel will shut down all shopping centers, restaurants, cafes and entertainment facilities for at least five weeks.

Netanyahu Claims “Biggest Win of My Life” in Israeli Elections

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Monday’s legislative elections “the biggest win of my life,” which put him in a position of strength to form the next government and to face the corruption accusations leveled against him. After voting and finding the first results in Jerusalem, Netanyahu went to Tel Aviv during the night, where his supporters and the Likud party in general welcomed him with a “Bibi, King of Israel” shouting and chanting.

Netanyahu, Al-Burhan Meet in Secret in Uganda

“Confidential” information continues to flow from the office of the head of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, about what happened at his meeting with the head of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, on Tuesday in Uganda. Citing expert opinion, Israeli media reported that the purpose of this media campaign is to win votes in the general elections to be held on March 2. That is in less than a month.

Indictment Awaits Netanyahu Upon His Return to Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was officially indicted in three corruption cases, a first for a sitting Prime Minister. The decision came hours after Netanyahu announced he won’t be seeking immunity from prosecution in his corruption cases, early Tuesday. Netanyahu made the announcement in Washington, where he’s been meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, to discuss his Middle East peace plan to be unveiled later today. Netanyahu’s main rival, Benny Gantz, has also been there. He’s now on a flight back to Israel.

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Requests Immunity from Prosecution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formally sought immunity from prosecution against current charges of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust. He has requested the Knesset to dismiss the accusations while proclaiming his intentions to lead the country for many more years. The premier has also pushed back against the legal assertions made against him, and said that they are fabricated lies, whose objective is to mislead the public.

Immunity in the Israeli News: Against the Flu, For Netanyahu

When you hear the word immunity being used in the Israeli media, it can be confusing as to which type of immunity is being discussed. In Israel, there is a flu epidemic, which has already taken several lives. Health organizations in Israel have a surge of people showing up for flu vaccinations in the wake of four deaths within the past week, and dozens of others that have recently been hospitalized with serious illness from the virus. Eleven people have died since the beginning of the 2018-19 flu season and 98 are in the hospital with serious conditions. The nine who have died were from complications from swine flu.

Iran-Israel Tensions Build

On Sunday, Israel was reported to have attacked a location on the border of Syria and Iraq, which is being used by Iran for storage and transportation of missiles to Syria and Lebanon. Five men belonging to pro-Iranian militias were killed in the attack. This attack was in the same location in which 23 Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed last month in another attack, when Israel claimed to have destroyed multiple targets belonging to Iran’s Quds Force. Iran retaliated by shooting several missiles at the Golan and Northern Galilee, which were downed by the Iron Dome.

Tech Entrepreneurs Ask Netanyahu to Resign

On Tuesday, over 70 notable Israeli entrepreneurs signed a letter urging lawmakers to prevent the political uncertainty from progressing. On Wednesday, a collective of tech industry heads sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to resign in light of the corruption charges brought against him. They condemned his attack on the judiciary and the Attorney General while underscoring the need for stability, which maintains economic progress.

Israel: Iron Dome Intercepts Missiles, Government Formation Continues

Iѕrаеlі army ѕроkеѕmаn Avichay Adraee ѕаіd оn Tuesday that fоur rосkеtѕ fіrеd frоm Sуrіа were fіrеd at thе Golan Hеіghtѕ, while Syrian media reported explosions near Dаmаѕсuѕ Intеrnаtіоnаl Aіrроrt.  Adraee explained that the Israeli Irоn Dоmе іntеrсерtеd the four mіѕѕіlеѕ аnd wаѕ drорреd оvеr thе Sуrіаn Qunеіtrа area in the Sуrіаn Gоlаn, nоtіng thаt nоnе оf thеm rеасhеd Israeli territory.

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.

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.