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.

Israel’s March Elections to Decide Deal of the Century

President Trump on Sunday met with the two leaders of the State of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. They came to Washington to hear U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech about the Deal of the Century for Middle East peace. Netanyahu leads the Likud, the center-right political party in Israel, and Gantz represents Blue and White, the center-left alliance.

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

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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.

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.

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.

Benjamin Netanyahu Implicitly Confirms Israel’s Role In Iraq Airstrike

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tacitly endorsed his involvement in the attack on Islamic Republic-backed Hezbollah centers in Iraq, saying “Iran has no immunity, anywhere.” Netanyahu stressed that Israel would take military action whenever needed. Israel is believed to have conducted recent attacks on Iranian-backed predominantly Shiite militia bases and warehouses in Iraq known as Hashdal-Shaabi.

Israel News: Mysterious Bombing of Iranian Weapons Storage Depot in Iraq

The Golani Brigade, the pride of Israeli Defense Forces, foiled an attack at the Gaza border fence early this week. Four Palestinians armed with RPGs, assault rifles, and grenades attempted to breach the wall and infiltrate Israel.  They were shot dead and only one of the men was able to climb the fence and throw a grenade at the soldiers.  Two Israeli soldiers were slightly injured from shrapnel.  The body of the terrorist Abu Salah was taken by Israel. Abu Salah is a member of Hamas border patrol.

Israeli Military Responds to Threats – Country Readies for Elections in September

Three IDF soldiers were wounded this week when in the early morning a Hamas member from Gaza belonging to a force restraining border violence breached the security fence and opened fire on Israeli troops in the area. The Israel military shelled a Hamas outpost adjacent to the fence as a response. There was one incident this week of a fire balloon which caused a fire and damage in one of the southern settlements.

The Chief Rabbi of Sfat Defends Rafi Peretz for His Opposition to Parts of the Gay Agenda

The LBGTQ community went out July 14 in protest against the statements of Rafi Peretz, the newly selected Minister of Education in the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. Minister Peretz, an Orthodox Jew, is firmly against Israel supporting surgeries for people to change their genders. As Minister of Education, Rafi Peretz feels it is important to provide therapy to those that are influenced to change their lives drastically and even to go through surgery to change their bodies to become transgender.

Right vs Left – Democracy in Israel is Tested Too

Democracy which is enjoyed by America, Israeli and the free world continually faces conflicts between the two sides left and right.  Democracy gives the right of both sides to interact peacefully but there is always conflicts over political control.  After President Trump won the election he revealed himself as a conservative Republican.  Republicans are generally more conservative than Democrats who are more liberal. Republicans can be conservative or liberal republican and democrats can be more or less liberal.

Will a Cease Fire in Gaza Hold? Tensions Rising in the Middle East

After the disappointing two day Summit of Jared Kushner representing the U.S., the situation in the Middle East and in Israel continues to be on fire. The Palestinians from Gaza have continued to send fire balloons from their territory into southern Israel. More than a hundred of these balloons were recorded during the past week in an escalation of terror from the time of the Summit in Bahrain.

Jared Kushner Presents Peace Plan: Between Israel and Gulf States Against Iran

If a real estate developer pitches a $50 billion timeshare presentation at a seminar in Bahrain, and nobody shows up to take it seriously, is it really a plan to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?  That’s the approximate weight given by most observers— those who bothered to observe— to the “deal of the century,” crafted by senior White House advisor Jared Kushner, who also happens to be President Trump’s son in law.  Kushner unveiled the economic portion of the plan at the “Peace and Prosperity” workshop in Bahrain on Tuesday.