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.
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 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to self-quarantine on Monday after one of his aides tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement, Netanyahu’s office clarified that the quarantine decision was merely precautionary, as Netanyahu hadn’t come into any recent contact with the ailing aide.
Israel is working to limit the spread of Coronavirus, like the rest of the world. As of Thursday, there are 2,666 people sick with coronavirus, and of them, 39 are in bad condition. Eight people have died. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slowly enforced restrictions on the Israeli public to prevent the spread of the virus.
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.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main political rival, Benny Ganz, has been given the opportunity to form a new coalition government. Netanyahu’s Likud Party won more seats than Benny Ganz’s Blue and White, but among the members of the Knesset as a whole, Gantz had an edge over Netanyahu.
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.
An Israeli court on Tuesday rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to delay the start of his March 17 corruption case trial. With the decision of the Jerusalem District Court, the hearing will take place within the period in which the Knesset negotiates the formation of a new government after the March 2 elections.
Israel, like many countries in the world, is faced with the crisis of the Coronavirus. It has restricted tourism from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Italy. Israelis arriving from Italy are required to keep self-quarantine. There is also discussion about extending these restrictions for Australia.
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.
Approximately 6.5 million Israelis voted for 120 members of the Israeli Knesset. According to electoral authorities, until two hours before the polls were closed, almost 66% of the people exercised their voting rights. Voter turnout was the highest since 1999. Many predicted that the turnout for the third elections in a year would be low.
Israel has closed its borders to tourists from Asian countries to include Japan and South Korea. Last week, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand were included on this list with China. Closing the borders to these countries is almost impossible considering that there are always people from these countries visiting on business or on their everyday jobs in embassies.
“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.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, immediately after addressing the public in Washington, left to Russia to speak with Vladmir Putin. In his address revealing the peace plan, US President Trump showed his support for a safe and prosperous Israel and Palestine. To have a safe and prosperous Israel and Palestine requires peace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was rain falling throughout Israel on Wednesday, which is a blessing for the country. Wednesday was the day before primary elections for Likud. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the middle of a speech in Ashkelon, was interrupted by sirens, as rockets were fired at the southern Israeli city from Gaza.
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.
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.
At 2:00 Israel time, Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, announced that he refuses to join any minority government, whether it be the minority government of Benjamin Netanyahu or the minority government of Benny Gantz.
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Blue & White leader Benny Gantz has until next Thursday to make a government. If not there may be new elections. The current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in the middle of an indictment, and in a difficult situation preventing him from joining a national unity government.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Israel will have to change its priorities when it comes to the delegation of resources to curb Iran’s belligerence. Speaking on Monday, he said that the country would have to pull more funds from civilian budgets in order to achieve this.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Israeli military says its fighters have thwarted attacks by Iranian forces and Shiite militias on the outskirts of Damascus. Although Israeli military troops are not currently in Syria, the government and its military rarely take responsibility for such attacks.
Early this week in the vicinity of the entrance to the temple mount two terrorists attacked and stabbed a policeman on duty. The two terrorists were detected by the police patrolling nearby who shot one dead and the other was wounded. The entrance to the Temple Mount was closed to all Muslims Arabs under the age of 50.
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.
The Israeli government has decided not to allow two Muslim female congressmen to enter the country. Israel earlier accepted the two women’s request for the trip, but in a re-examination decided not to allow it. Blocking the two congresswomen has sparked a backlash and even outraged some conservatives.
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.
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.
Hamas sent a delegation to Iran and met with Ayatollah Ali Khomeini as the alliance between them seems to be expanding. Iranian leaders said that Hamas is Iran’s first line of defence. They mocked the deal of the century as a dangerous plot. A Hamas leader said once the Palestinians were throwing stones today they have precision rockets.
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.
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.
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.
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.