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Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Israel’s Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Asia, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, WORLD
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on after a special session of the Knesset whereby Israeli lawmakers elected a new president, at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun Benjamin Netanyahu says he is victim of a ‘deep state’ conspiracy, and speaks in apocalyptic terms about Israel without his leadership. In what appear to be the final days of his historic 12-year rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not leaving the political stage quietly. The longtime leader is accusing his opponents of betraying their voters, and some have needed special security protection. Netanyahu said he is the victim of a “deep state” conspiracy. He speaks in apocalyptic terms when talking about the country without his leadership. ...

Israeli forces kill three Palestinians in West Bank raid

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, GAZA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, PALESTINE, WORLD
The three men were killed early Thursday when Israeli special forces, dressed in civilian clothing, attempted to detain Palestinians outside the headquarters of the PA Military Intelligence unit in Jenin. Three Palestinians were killed early Thursday by Israeli special forces who were on an arrest mission in the northern West Bank, sources on both sides said. One of the Palestinians killed was suspected of having carried out a shooting attack against Israeli soldiers, an Israeli security official said. The other two were members of the Palestinian Authority security forces who witnessed the initial shooting outside the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Military Intelligence unit in Jenin. All three were killed when Israeli special forces, dressed in civili...
How Netanyahu jeopardises Israel’s democracy the Trump way

How Netanyahu jeopardises Israel’s democracy the Trump way

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, POLITICS, WORLD
Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party’s efforts to find defectors among opposition forces the latest example of ‘King Bibi’ and his quest for power. After the fourth election in two years and the ever-more-likely departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as the country’s prime minister, the situation in Israel is becoming increasingly volatile – and Netanyahu himself is once again pouring fuel on the fire. Netanyahu faces nothing less than the loss of power on Sunday after 12 years in office, but he is not inclined to accept the latest development of a variety of opponents joining hands against him. Instead, he is putting massive pressure on Knesset members so they do not vote for a new government by mobilising his supporters, who have been gathering in front of the houses of lawmaker...
Israel’s Netanyahu denies ‘incitement’, alleges election fraud

Israel’s Netanyahu denies ‘incitement’, alleges election fraud

Asia, DIPLOMACY, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, WORLD
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara cast their vote during Israel's parliamentary election at a polling station in Jerusalem September 17, 2019. Heidi Levine/Pool via REUTERS Mired in a court battle on corruption charges, Netanyahu faces being toppled by a motley coalition of legislators. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected accusations of incitement and said the newly formed Israeli coalition that is poised to unseat him was the result of “the greatest election fraud” in the history of democracy. In power for 12 consecutive years, Netanyahu faces being toppled by a motley coalition of eight parties united only by their shared hostility towards him. “We are witnessing the greatest election fraud in the history of the country, in my opi...
Civil works begin for an SRTF health intervention in Deir Ez-Zor

Civil works begin for an SRTF health intervention in Deir Ez-Zor

Asia, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Middle East, SYRIA, UN Human RiGHTS, World Health Organization
Deir Ez-Zor – Sunday, June 6, 2021 – Civil works began for the SRTF’s health intervention, “Provision of Primary and Specialised Medical Services in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate” today. These civil works include the rehabilitation and expansion of two buildings that will be turned into a primary healthcare center (PHCC), in addition to electricity and sewer works. This health intervention addresses critical health issues through five main activities: the provision of primary healthcare services, supporting a blood bank, medical laboratory, and Thalassemia center, and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to schools. With a budget of EUR 2.5 million, this eight-month intervention is expected to benefit 202,124 people, in addition to over one million indirect beneficiaries. ...
Israel’s Iron Dome Won’t Last Forever

Israel’s Iron Dome Won’t Last Forever

Asia, GAZA, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, PALESTINE, Security, WORLD
The recent war in Gaza exposes the limits of a key pillar of the country’s defense strategy. In the recent war between Israel and Hamas, a cease-fire was achieved after 11 days of fighting. Both sides claimed victory, and both are expecting another round in the future. For Israel, a key to its success has been the Iron Dome air defense system, which uses radar and missiles to intercept rockets and other threats. This kept Israeli civilians relatively safe from the 4,340 rockets the Israel Defense Forces say were fired from Gaza. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz is scheduled to meet U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin today to seek up to $1 billion in emergency military aid to help replenish Iron Dome interceptors used in the war. The recent conflict was different than p...
Isaac Herzog elected Israel’s 11th president, with 87 votes of Knesset’s 120

Isaac Herzog elected Israel’s 11th president, with 87 votes of Knesset’s 120

Asia, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, WORLD
Jewish agency chief, former Labor chief and son of 6th president defeats educator Miriam Peretz, says he’ll work to ‘build bridges’ within Israeli society and with Diaspora Isaac Herzog, the chairman of the Jewish Agency and former head of the Labor party, was elected Wednesday as Israel’s eleventh president. Herzog defeated Miriam Peretz, a social activist who overcame the loss of two of her sons in battle to become an Israel Prize-winning educator, with 87 votes, the most a presidential candidate has ever won, to her 26. In the secret election, in which all 120 MKs were eligible to cast votes, three abstained, three votes were disqualified and one lawmaker, Ra’am chair Mansour Abbas, did not vote.Herzog, who is the son of Israel’s sixth president, Chaim Herzog, and the gran...
Unlikely Israeli Political Coalition Poised To Oust Netanyahu

Unlikely Israeli Political Coalition Poised To Oust Netanyahu

Asia, DIPLOMACY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS
2442873 Negotiations continued Monday in Israel over an unlikely political coalition poised to dethrone the country's longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The attempt to put an end to Netanyahu's rule, publicly announced Sunday night by hard-right party leader Naftali Bennett, has been welcomed by a surprising cross-section of left-wing and right-wing Israelis, as Netanyahu and his allies fight fiercely to keep him in power ahead of a looming Wednesday deadline for a new coalition to be reached. If lawmakers succeed, Bennett, a one-time Netanyahu aide who now heads Israel's tiny Yamina Party, would take the prime minister's seat as head of a coalition government sharing power with centrist politician Yair Lapid, a former TV news anchor and finance minister whose Ye...
Saying Netanyahu-led effort futile, Bennett opts for unity government with Lapid

Saying Netanyahu-led effort futile, Bennett opts for unity government with Lapid

Asia, DIPLOMACY, GAZA, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, WORLD
Head of the Yamina party Naftali Bennett gives a press conference at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on May 30, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** כנסת נפטלי בנט ימינה Yamina leader portrays move as only alternative to more elections; Netanyahu accuses him of scamming voters and claims right-wing MKs can still defect and torpedo ‘left-wing’ bid. Yamina leader Naftali Bennett announced Sunday that he would link up with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid to form a coalition, promising a right-leaning unity government that will end over two years of political deadlock and oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after 12 consecutive years in power. “The elections have proven there is no right-wing government under Netanyahu. There’s unity or ...