On Saturday while Israelis were celebrating the Sabbath at 9 p.m. sirens were sounded in Southern Israel when ten rockets were shot from Gaza. Most of these rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome Defense system but one rocket managed to get through and damage a house in the settlement city of Sederot. There were no injuries. Israel carried out a series of aerial attacks in response to the rocket attack. Officials in the Gaza strip said that a 27-year old man was killed during an air strike on a military training camp and three other Palestinians were wounded. Hamas threatened to respond on what it called “Israel crimes and aggression against our people.”
- In much-anticipated elections last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a giant step toward an unprecedented fifth term in office. The results were rather anticlimactic: parties which made up the last government lost only one seat on Tuesday. Netanyahu’s Likud Party topped the polls, with 36 seats, and is well positioned to form an identical right-wing government.
- Israelis go to the polls Tuesday, in Knesset elections largely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The elections take place under a cloud of possible indictments against the Prime Minister for corruption. A victory would extend Netanyahu’s decade-long reign, and allow him to become the country’s longest-serving Prime Minister this summer.