Tag: Israel

Israeli PM Netanyahu: ‘We Got Past Pharoah, We’ll Get Past Corona’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned that a total shutdown of the country was imminent if the number of Israelis infected with the coronavirus continued to rise. Citing the Talmudic passage, “Whoever saves one life, it is as if he saved the entire world,” Netanyahu said, “Everyone who infects one life, he infects […]

Netanyahu and Gantz discuss unity government, plan fresh talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz discussed the possibility of setting up an emergency government to tackle the coronavirus Wednesday, taking a rare step toward a much-touted unity coalition. The two spoke by phone and agreed negotiators from their respective parties would resume coalition talks on Thursday, according to […]

The coming election will test Jewish Democrats’ commitment to Israel

Last July, Israel destroyed a building illegally constructed by non-Israeli Arabs in the eastern part of Jerusalem, abutting Israel’s security barrier, which blocks terrorists from infiltrating the Jewish capital from Judea and Samaria (aka “the West Bank”). Israel commonly destroys residences that are built illegally or are the homes of known terrorists, a practice whose […]

As Coronavirus Causes Muslims to Abandon Temple Mount, Jews Reign Supreme

The coronavirus has brought about a remarkable situation on the Temple Mount in which the Muslim-Arabs are shut out of the two main structures in which they pray while Jewish visitors are now the prominent force of prayer at Judaism’s holiest site. On Sunday, the Waqf (Muslim authority) announced that the buildings reserved for exclusive […]

Israel, PA allies escalate ICC war crimes legal fight

Fourteen parties including countries, NGOs and leading jurists filed legal briefs by press time on Monday for both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides of the war-crimes contest currently before the International Criminal Court. The ICC is expected to hand down a fateful decision about Israel, the Palestinians and alleged war crimes sometime after March […]

Secret Likud, Blue and White meeting raises unity hopes

Negotiations between Likud and Blue and White on a national-unity government began in earnest on Monday with a secret meeting that raised optimism an agreement between the two sides could be reached to end the political stalemate. The meeting took place in the morning before Blue and White leader Benny Gantz officially received the mandate […]

Amid coronavirus fears, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu sees an opening

As the spread of coronavirus affects virtually every aspect of life in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has become a staple of prime-time television. Most evenings, he can be found on the 8pm news broadcasts issuing new instructions and trying to reassure the country of 8.7 million people that everything will be fine. Netanyahu has […]

Israel’s president to ask Netanyahu rival Benny Gantz to form government

It was a blow to Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political life amid unprecedented political deadlock and a criminal indictment for corruption, which he denies. But it remains unclear whether Gantz’s centrist Blue and White Party can break a stalemate that has been marked by three inconclusive elections in less than a year. Netanyahu, […]

Gantz: Ready to Discuss Forming Unity Gov’t With Netanyahu Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz has convened Thursday the senior members of his party in order to decide whether they should accept Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal for a national unity government meant to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus in Israel, as the number of diagnosed cases rose to 109. The two leaders […]

Israel advances plans for West Bank ‘sovereignty road’ to bypass E1 area

The Defense Ministry has green-lighted planning for what it called a “sovereignty road” that would allow Palestinian traffic to bypass Israeli settlements in the E1 area of the West Bank. “We’re applying sovereignty in deeds, not words,” Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday, as he made a subtle dig at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu […]