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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.