Tag: Israel

Gantz’s Time Runs Out, and Netanyahu No Longer in a Rush to Form ‘Emergency’ Government

By Monday, the coalition agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz was fully decided. The ink cartridges were loaded and all that was needed was to hit the print button and sign. In the section relating to the annexation of parts of the West Bank, the only remaining question was if a specific sentence would […]

Gantz: Unity government, ‘but not at any cost’; Likud: He reversed his positions

Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz said Wednesday he remains committed to forming a “national emergency government” after calling off coalition talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party this week, but there’s a limit to how much he’ll compromise to do so. In a Facebook post, Gantz put the blame for the stalled talks […]

Intel: Netanyahu, Gantz strike West Bank annexation deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, struck a deal today to annex parts of the West Bank as part of their bid to form a unity government. Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Danny Danon, noted that the agreement requires Netanyahu to consult with Gantz and Washington […]

Cabinet names lockdown committee, with 8 cities, Jerusalem areas in crosshairs

The cabinet early Monday adopted decisions to allow the government to close off several cities and neighborhoods across Israel and the West Bank to combat the spread of the coronavirus and also step up economic assistance to the battered economy. The cabinet, which met via telephone, authorized a ministerial committee to declare various areas in […]

Blue and White calls off coalition talks over dispute on judicial appointments

Having previously indicated a deal on an emergency unity government was done, the Blue and White party on Monday evening said it was breaking off coalition talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud over the latter’s efforts to walk back an agreement regarding judicial appointments. “After reaching understandings on all issues, the Likud party asked […]

Senior commanders in new video supporting ‘Deal of the Century’

In a new video released today by the Middle East Forum, former senior IDF officials express their professional opinions on the Trump “Deal of the Century” plan and the historic opportunity to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Nave Dromi, CEO of the Middle East Forum, said: “For years, there’s been an intensive campaign […]

Netanyahu announces Passover closure and curfew, but says exit may be in sight

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday announced that Israelis would be barred from leaving their homes during the first night of Passover, as part of a general lockdown throughout the country over the holiday. He also said restrictions meant to contain the coronavirus may begin to be rolled back after the holiday, but that the […]

Israel Reports 94 Percent of Its COVID-19 Deaths Over 60

The early reports of the global coronavirus pandemic determined most deaths to be elderly, particularly men, and those with underlying health conditions, and Israel is reporting data in line with those findings. Among Israel’s deaths to date, according to The Times of Israel: 94% have been over the age of 60. Average age 79.8. 64% men. […]

Likud: No unity government if Left blocks annexation

With less than 10 days to go, Blue and White leader informed President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday that he might need a 14-day extension to form a government due to complications in the coalition talks with Likud, despite optimism on both sides. Gantz was tapped by Rivlin last month to form a government after a […]

Death in the Holy Land: Coronavirus changes burial for Jews, Muslims

A rising death toll in the coronavirus crisis is forcing a change in Jewish and Muslim burial and mourning traditions in the Holy Land. In Israel, Jewish dead are normally laid to rest in a cloth smock and shroud, without a coffin. Now, the bodies of coronavirus victims are taken for ritual washing – performed […]