Israel Suspicious of Erdogan’s Motives for Alliance

Israel is uncomfortable with Turkey’s motive for an alliance. This was revealed by a high-ranking Israeli diplomat who spoke to the Jerusalem Post this week. According to the official, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants closer economic ties between his country and Israel while maintaining a host of connections that are problematic for Israel and its allies.

Coronavirus — Israel Prepares for Vaccines by December 27

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the first vaccines against the coronavirus will be given in Israel on December 27. He said he wants to be first in Israel to receive the vaccine, and Israel will be able to vaccinate 60,000 people a day. Yuli Edelstein, Minister of Health, said that the goal is that every citizen who wishes can be vaccinated.

Israeli AG Says Netanyahu Isn’t Obliged To Step Down Due To Trial

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t have to step down from his position of leadership due to his pending graft case. AG Mandelblit spoke during an Israel Bar Association conference in Herzliya earlier this week. The AG added that Netanyahu is not allowed to  appoint legal officials while case is pending.

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.