The last days of Netanyahu?

September 25, 2019 00:51 am

TEL AVIV – At long last, Israel has taken a step back from the religious nationalist abyss into which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had been leading it. In the September 17 parliamentary election, the country’s second in five months, the “natural coalition” of Netanyahu’s Likud party, Orthodox groups, and proto-fascist factions failed to reach the 61-seat threshold that would have enabled him to form another government.

JERUSALEM, Sept 18: Israel’s two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job.

JERUSALEM, Sept 17: Israelis vote Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power despite a looming indictment on corruption charges.

JERUSALEM, Sept 17: Israelis were voting Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power.

Players in Israel’s general election

September 17, 2019 00:00 am

Israelis vote for parties, not individual candidates, and 32 parties are competing at the ballot box.

BEIRUT, Aug 25:  Lebanon’s prime minister said two Israeli drones that fell in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut amounted to an open attack on the country’s sovereignty and an attempt to foment regional tensions.

JERUSALEM, Aug 23:  An explosion Friday near a West Bank settlement that Israel said was a Palestinian attack killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and wounded her brother and father, Israeli authorities said.

JERUSALEM, Aug 23: Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq lost a month, U.S. officials have confirmed, an attack that would mark a significant escalation in Israel’s years-long campaign against Iranian military entrenchment across the region.

Forgetting Palestine

August 22, 2019 00:30 am

Never before in Israel’s history has it been able to develop a foreign policy so free of the Palestinian issue

JERUSALEM, August 10: Israeli forces opened fire on four Palestinian militants near the Gaza border fence on Saturday, killing the men, the Israeli military said.

JERUSALEM, July 28: Israel’s U.S.-backed Arrow-3 ballistic missile shield has passed a series of live interception tests over Alaska, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, casting the achievement as a warning to Iran.

No economic peace for Palestinians

July 23, 2019 00:30 am

Economic development would go a long way toward stabilizing Palestinian society

SUR BAHER, July 22: Israeli forces began demolishing buildings near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, in the face of Palestinian protests and international criticism.

Benjamin Netanyahu will soon surpass David Ben-Gurion as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. He has dominated Israeli politics during the past decade.

JERUSALEM, June 16: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, appeared in court on Sunday to admit criminal wrongdoing over the misuse of state funds to order catered meals, in a plea bargain carrying no jail time.

JERUSALEM, May 30: Israel embarked Thursday on an unprecedented snap election campaign — the second this year — after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition and instead dissolved parliament.

JERUSALEM, May 5:  An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip killed an Israeli man Sunday outside a home in the coastal city of Ashkelon amid a massive wave of attacks, marking the first Israeli casualty from rocket fire since the 2014 war with Hamas militants.

GAZA, May 5: Palestinian militants on Saturday fired over 250 rockets into Israel, drawing dozens of retaliatory airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip in a round of heavy fighting that broke a month-long lull between the enemies. Six Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby, were killed, while four Israelis were wounded, including an elderly man who was in a critical condition.

Netanyahu means war

April 24, 2019 01:00 am

All those who desire peace in the Middle East should be deeply worried about the consequences of Netanyahu’s policies

Israel and illiberal democracy

April 23, 2019 00:30 am

Israel’s latest parliamentary election has consolidated the country’s position within a growing bloc of illiberal democracies around the world

JERUSALEM, April 9: Israelis began voting in an election on Tuesday that could hand conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a record fifth term or see him dethroned by an ex-general who has pledged clean government and social cohesion.

JERUSALEM, April 2: A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces on Tuesday during clashes with troops in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said.

GAZA CITY, March 31: Five rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel early Sunday, the Israeli military announced, following a day of mass protests that saw Israeli troops kill four Palestinians near the territory’s border.

JERUSALEM, March 27: The Israeli army on Tuesday bombed several targets in the Gaza Strip and bolstered its forces along the volatile frontier as a truce with the territory’s Hamas rulers showed signs of unraveling.

KFAR SABA, March 25: An early morning rocket from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding seven people, an Israeli rescue service said, in an attack that could set off another round of violence shortly before the Israeli election.

GENEVA, March 18: Israel is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean water while stripping their land of minerals “in an apparent act of pillage”, a United Nations human rights investigator said on Monday.

JERUSALEM, March 15: Israeli warplanes on Friday struck some 100 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv. Rocket fire persisted into the morning, setting the stage for additional possible reprisals.

GAZA, March: Israeli military aircraft bombed Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday, hours after two rockets were launched from the Palestinian enclave at Tel Aviv in the first such attack since a 2014 war.

Israeli authorities have announced they will indict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges but Netanyahu labeled the move an opposition scheme intended to force him out of the running in the upcoming election on April 9.

Apartheid is not peace

February 19, 2019 00:30 am

Waiting for a “Trump deal” will do nothing but deepen Israel’s apartheid and foreclose any chance of a political solution

JERUSALEM, Feb 17:  Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday handed over his role as foreign minister to intelligence minister Israel Katz, giving up the portfolio he has held since 2015.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: The Israel government is positive toward increasing the number of quota for Nepali workers in Israel.

MOSCOW, Dec 15: Australia recognized West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

LONDON, Dec 9: Last month, a Jewish organisation in Argentina launched a petition urging people across the region to boycott Roger Waters concerts and calling the former Pink Floyd leader "one of the great anti-Semites of our time".

Israeli police have recommended indicting Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges, adding to a catalog of legal troubles that have clouded the Israeli Prime Minister’s prospects for re-election in 2019.

TEL AVIV, Dec 4: A shadowy Israeli billionaire who made his fortune in the insular world of diamonds has suddenly found his empire in jeopardy after close associates were busted in a massive smuggling ring and an employee mysteriously plummeted to her death from his high-rise Tel Aviv office building.

TEL AVIV, Dec 4: Israel has put its forces on the border with Lebanon on a war footing as part of the Northern Shield operation aimed at destroying tunnels of the Hezbollah group.

TEHRAN, Nov 5: Iran says it has successfully thwarted a wave of cyber attacks apparently staged by Israel to target the country's communications infrastructure, saying it will certainly follow up on the “hostile” scheme via international mechanisms.

JERUSALEM, Oct 30: The Palestine Liberation Organization’s central council has voted to suspend its recognition of Israel and terminate all agreements with the regime until Tel Aviv recognizes a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

TEHRAN, Oct 25: Israel’s main firm in developing military and commercial aerospace technology says it has won a $777 million contract to supply Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missile system (LRSAM) air and missile systems to seven ships in the Indian navy.

LONDON, Oct 11: Edward Snowden is expected to speak via video link at a closed conference held in Israel. The event, which expects to hear Snowden touching upon US spying on Israel, will be joined by a former top Mossad official.

In Israel, identity over democracy

September 26, 2018 00:30 am

Israel has determined that its Jewish identity is more important than its democracy. This will be bad

MOSCOW, Sept 22: The leader of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, has offered to place the embassy of his self-proclaimed state in Jerusalem, if Israel would recognize the renegade Serbian province as an independent country.

CARACAS, Sept 10: A total of 140 European and international artist, including six Israelis, have called for a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision song contest, which will be hosted by Israel, echoing calls by the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to end the “whitewashing” of Israel’s military occupation and apartheid through art.

CARACAS, Sept 4: A total of 15 performers have joined the international campaign to boycott Israel’s Meteor Festival, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) confirmed Monday just a few days after U.S. pop singer Lana Del Rey, the festival's main guest, announced she was not attending the concert in a big victory for pro-Palestinian activists.

CARACAS, Aug 30: Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian laying on the ground immobilized, said in his first interview since being released from prison early that he feels "no remorse for killing a terrorist" and would do the same again.

WASHINGTON DC, Aug 23: Israel’s government has advanced plans to build over 1,000 new homes in West Bank settlements, an Israeli watchdog group has said. According to Peace Now, nearly 400 homes received final approval from defense officials for construction to begin, while the rest require further bureaucratic approvals.

TEL AVIV, Aug 18: Israeli forces opened fire on a group of Palestinian protesters, killing at least two and injuring over 40, during a demonstration near the eastern Gaza Strip, the Gaza Health Ministry said Friday.

KATHMANDU, July 30: Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Benny Omer paid a courtesy call on Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barshaman Singh Pun here today.

LONDON, July 25: The IDF claims it shot down a Syrian Sukhoi warplane that violated its airspace on Tuesday, a charge Damascus denies. Former UK Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford joined Loud & Clear to discuss. A communication line was used to prevent the possibility of shooting down a Russian-operated aircraft. While operated by the Syrian Army, the aircraft was Russian-made.