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Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival just agreed to stop fighting and join him. Here’s why.

(JTA) — One of the crazier weeks in Israeli politics in recent memory ended on a fittingly dramatic note: Benny Gantz, the former army chief who came close to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three straight elections, laid down his proverbial arms. Gantz will join a so-called unity government with his rival to prevent […]

Gantz chooses Netanyahu’s incitement over Arab-Jewish partnership

Benny Gantz had three choices before him. He could have betrayed his voters by reneging on his central campaign promise of being an alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Alternatively, he could have betrayed his second campaign promise to not rely on the Joint List to form a minority government. Or lastly, he could have […]

Netanyahu, Gantz talk up unity as their parties sling mud at each other

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz on Tuesday both expressed willingness to continue efforts to form a unity government that would include both their parties, even as Likud and Blue and White kept hurling accusations at each other. Gantz was tasked last week with forming a government after 61 lawmakers backed him […]

‘I am navigating the Titanic’ — Netanyahu’s coronavirus powergrab

The Israeli political system is in chaos today. Netanyahu’s year-long caretaker government is trying to use the coronavirus pandemic to further stalemate the political process, evidently with the hope of forcing a fourth election in which Netanyahu will campaign as indispensable in the eyes of a worried public. Netanyahu’s chief means of prolonging the stalemate […]

Netanyahu Becomes Messiah Son of Joseph to Wage War on a Virus

Christopher Jon Bjerknes Benjamin Netanyahu has anointed himself Moshiach ben Joseph and is waging his historic war against Persia with the Coronavirus, which also provided the pretext for him to assume the dictatorial throne as commander of the war against the virus. King Cyrus Donald Trump has likewise appointed himself war-king battling the invisible enemy! […]

Brushing aside doubts, Health Ministry, Netanyahu praise Mossad test kit caper

The Health Ministry on Thursday said that thousands of coronavirus test kits brought to Israel by the Mossad overnight from an undisclosed country were “important” and “necessary,” after a top official in the ministry downplayed their relevance to the efforts against the disease. In a statement Health Ministry director general Moshe Bar Siman-Tov thanked Mossad, […]

Knesset speaker, Netanyahu pounded as ‘undemocratic’ after lawmakers locked out

A Blue and White MK threatened to halt unity talks with Likud as lawmakers remained shut out of the Knesset Thursday, amid a roiling power struggle that has sparked accusations of dictatorial conduct by the caretaker government under the cover of the coronavirus health emergency. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein defended his decision to keep the […]

‘It is going to be very, very difficult to oust Netanyahu’ in the midst of COVID-19 crisis

“Ayman Odeh, the leader of the Palestinian Joint List.” — ‘At the time of the isolation, over 600 Arab and Jewish medical professionals teach us that we can live together in peace and equality.’ ‘The voice of an Arab citizen in the polls is the voice of an Arab doctor in the operating room.’ _______________________________________________________________________ […]

Trump and Netanyahu have handled the coronavirus outbreak in totally different ways. Here’s why.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have much in common when it comes to policy and style. They stand together in recommending tough action to contain Iran, and are comfortable dealing with autocracies (Saudi Arabia) and increasingly nationalist democracies (Hungary, India). Netanyahu has fervently embraced idioms identified with Trump, like “fake news” and […]

Netanyahu Gives Himself Broad Phone Tapping Powers To Fight "Invisible Enemy" Coronavirus

Over the weekend we noted with alarm that the Israeli government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now tapping counter-terror forces and technology to fight the “invisible enemy” of the coronavorus – as Netanyahu put it in a Saturday address. “We will very soon begin using technology… digital means that we have been […]

Netanyahu’s criminal trial delayed due to emergency coronavirus measures

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Equating coronavirus with terror, Netanyahu turns surveillance powers on Israelis

Standing at the podium in the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem Saturday night, a grave-looking Benjamin Netanyahu declared Israel was in a state of emergency. The prime minister, who did not field questions from reporters, announced he would be ramming through a series of emergency directives, including the mass surveillance of Israeli citizens, as part […]

Coronavirus may force Gantz to form unity government with Netanyahu

As the coronavirus continued to sweep across Israel, it seemed like embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was catching a break. Over the weekend, due to a “state of extraordinary emergency,” the acting Justice Minister issued an order to postpone Netanyahu’s criminal trial — during which he will face charges of bribery, corruption, and fraud […]

Netanyahu says ‘all humanity is in same boat’ fighting virus – except Palestinians

The global Coronavirus epidemic is bringing about radical measures from various countries. Israel has 157 infection cases counted at the time of writing. The epidemic, which is unprecedented in the history of the state, also caught Israel at a time of a protracted political impasse. The failure to form a government has so far resulted […]

Saved by the virus: Netanyahu gets 2-month delay on corruption trial amid coronavirus emergency

As Israel battles the spread of Covid-19 by shutting down public venues and planning Big-Brother-style surveillance of infected individuals, Justice Minister Amir Ohana announced a state of emergency for the country’s courts. With all but a few sessions banned, one particular case has been put on hold. The corruption trial of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, […]

Israel to use ‘anti-terrorism’ tech to monitor infected citizens, as Netanyahu declares ‘war’ on coronavirus

Dubbing the rapidly spreading Covid-19 “an invisible enemy” with which Israel is currently in a state of “war,” Netanyahu said on Sunday that he would ask the government to allow law enforcement to deploy “technologies used in the war against terror” to make sure coronavirus-hit citizens don’t breach quarantine. Also on ‘Nationalize factories & […]

Netanyahu to hold meeting Saturday evening on new restrictions to fight virus

Iran death toll from coronavirus passes 600; Syria shuts schools TEHRAN — Iran says Saturday the coronavirus outbreak has killed another 97 people, pushing the death toll in the country to 611, as war-ravaged Syria announced a number of strict measures despite the government saying it has no confirmed cases. Iran is suffering from the […]

Netanyahu set to decide on new, stricter measures to halt coronavirus pandemic

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to convene a meeting at his office in Jerusalem late on Saturday afternoon to discuss further, more stringent measures Israel may take to halt the coronavirus pandemic. Netanyahu will meet with the relevant authorities, including from the health and finance ministries, after which he will likely make a statement […]

As ‘blatant racism’ unravels Netanyahu’s opposition, liberal Zionists put their heads in the sand

The other day I wrote a hopeful– and wrong– article saying that the smashing success in the Israeli election of the Palestinian Joint List might spell the end of the Netanyahu era, because the Jewish party Blue-White would be able to put together a “minority government” with the support of the 15 Palestinian legislators. Within […]

‘NY Times’ says Netanyahu is ‘appealing to racists,’ but continues to discount Palestinians “Ex-general likens Israel to Nazi Germany” “Israel could end up like Nazi Germany”, Middle East Monitor, Oct. 4/2019 “Former Israeli army General, yesterday, Yair Golan compared Israel’s right-wing politicians to the Nazis. “In an interview with Radio Darom, the newly elected member of the Knesset, representing the Democratic Union alliance, said: ‘I’m reminding people […]

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