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The Damage Wrought by Netanyahu

14 Apr 2024  |  qoshe.com
Israel's reaction to countries recognizing a Palestinian state has shifted significantly since the Gaza Strip war began, with European nations increasingly considering recognition of Palestine. The article criticizes Netanyahu's actions and their consequences on Israel's international standing.

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04 Apr 2024  |  opinionnigeria.com
The article discusses the exacerbated isolation and mental health challenges faced by LGBTQI asylum seekers in Germany during the COVID-19 lockdown. Livia, a lesbian from Uganda, and other LGBTQI refugees like Sam from Algeria, Angel from Jamaica, and Rami from Syria, share their experiences of heightened loneliness, fear of deportation, and loss of income due to the pandemic. The Munich-based lesbian rights organisation LeTRa expresses concern over the safety and well-being of LGBTQI asylum claimants in camps, where social distancing measures have halted progress in providing safe housing. The article highlights the unique vulnerabilities of LGBTQI refugees, who often face homo/transphobia, racism, and xenophobia, and calls for authorities to ensure continued access to health services and support for this group during the crisis.

Netanyahu's New Alliance With Hamas

04 Apr 2024  |  qoshe.com
The article criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his lack of a clear strategy to disengage from the negative consequences of his previous alliance with Hamas. The author suggests that Netanyahu is entangled in a problematic situation due to his past decisions and is now forming a new alliance with the same group, which the author refers to as 'monsters'. The tone of the article is critical of Netanyahu's political maneuvers regarding Hamas.

The Israeli Right's Campaign to Delegitimize the PA Is How Hamas Will Win

04 Apr 2024  |  qoshe.com
The article discusses the change in attitude among the Israeli right towards the Gaza Strip. It notes that while extreme figures like lawmaker Orit Strock and settler leader Daniella Weiss may still entertain the idea of resettling the Gaza Strip, the majority of the presumably sane right-wing has abandoned such aspirations. However, the possibility of the Palestinian Authority returning to power in Gaza is causing concern and unease among them, suggesting a complex political landscape with regards to the future governance of the region.

Netanyahu-Biden Meeting: A Unique Opportunity for Israeli Media to Get Answers

04 Apr 2024  |  qoshe.com
The article discusses U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to meet with the leader of Israel's judicial overhaul, despite opposition from thousands of intellectuals. The author appears to support Biden's choice, highlighting the importance of the meeting even though the Israeli leader is accused of serious crimes and has formed a government with extreme parties. The tone suggests that the author believes engaging in dialogue is the correct approach, regardless of the controversy surrounding the Israeli leader.

Israel's Unilateral Strategy Toward Gaza Will Keep Leading to Disaster

04 Apr 2024  |  qoshe.com
The author expresses a negative opinion about Israel's former presence in Gush Katif, a bloc of settlements in the Gaza Strip. The article reflects on the cost of maintaining a Jewish presence in Gaza, highlighting the loss of 260 soldiers and civilians and the impact on two million Palestinians without human rights. The author criticizes the unilateral disengagement from Gaza as a significant mistake in Israel's policy over the last 56 years.

The Israeli prime minister has broken with the Israeli right-wing policy of creeping annexation. Why the shift?

04 Apr 2024  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's shift from a policy of creeping annexation to openly advancing Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank. This move breaks with the approach of previous right-wing leaders and is driven by the potential change in U.S. presidency, which could see Joe Biden, an opponent of unilateral annexation, replace Donald Trump. The international community, including the UN, EU, and Arab states, opposes annexation, warning of legal violations and regional instability. Israeli security officials fear violence, and settlement leaders worry about the implications for Israeli settlements and the possibility of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu seems undeterred by the potential fallout, including from his coalition partner Benny Gantz, as annexation could politically benefit him, especially if it leads to new elections.

Trauma Can Open the Israeli Public’s Eyes. Time for a Peace Cabinet

04 Apr 2024  |  qoshe.com
The article reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, highlighting the diplomatic failure that led to the military defeat. It specifically points out the decision of then Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir to dismiss peace overtures from Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The author implies that this rejection had severe consequences, resulting in the loss of 2,689 Israeli soldiers' lives and over 7,000 injuries. The piece serves as a retrospective on the war's origins and its tragic outcomes.

Israel's Exit Strategy From Gaza That Hasn’t Been Adopted

04 Apr 2024  |  qoshe.com
The article discusses the ongoing military operation by the Israel Defense Forces in the Gaza Strip, highlighting concerns about the long-term strategy and potential exit plan from the region. The Gaza Strip is characterized by violence, poverty, and overcrowding, and there is uncertainty about the duration and aftermath of the IDF's ground incursion. Both the political leadership and the military expect the operation to last for many months, raising questions about the future steps and implications for the area.

The U.S. must want Israeli-Palestinian peace more than the parties themselves

18 Jan 2024  |  www.haaretz.com
The article argues that the U.S. must take a more proactive role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, suggesting that the current Israeli government, led by Netanyahu and his far-right allies, prefers maintaining the status quo with Hamas. It criticizes Netanyahu's approach and highlights the need for the U.S. to prioritize peace more than the conflicting parties themselves.

Netanyahu's new alliance with Hamas | Opinion

26 Dec 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his past and current dealings with Hamas. The author suggests that Netanyahu lacks a strategy for resolving the issues caused by his previous alliance with Hamas and is now forming a new alliance with the group, which the author views as problematic.

Israel's Unilateral Strategy Toward Gaza Will Keep Leading to Disaster

08 Dec 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article expresses a critical opinion on Israel's past presence in the Gaza Strip, particularly in the Gush Katif settlement bloc. The author reflects on the cost of maintaining the settlements, both in human lives and the tension it created with the Palestinian population. The author does not see any benefit for Israel in Gaza and considers the unilateral disengagement from the area as a significant mistake in Israel's policy. The piece suggests that the presence of a small number of Jewish settlers amidst a large Palestinian population was a source of conflict and a violation of human rights.

The Israeli Right's Campaign to Delegitimize the Palestinian Authority Is How Hamas Will Win

28 Nov 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the change in attitude among the Israeli right towards the Gaza Strip. While extreme figures such as lawmaker Orit Strock and settler leader Daniella Weiss may still entertain the idea of resettling the Gaza Strip, the majority of the presumably sane right-wing faction has abandoned such aspirations. However, the prospect of the Palestinian Authority returning to power in Gaza is causing concern and unease among them, indicating a shift in their political nightmares from expansionist ambitions to fears of Palestinian political resurgence.

Israel's best defense is an offense of conciliation | Opinion

17 Nov 2023  |  haaretz.com
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant delivered a message to the Israeli public from the Platform 17 Memorial in Berlin, a site from which 50,000 Jews were historically deported to concentration camps during the Holocaust. In his address, Gallant emphasized Israel's capability and determination to defend itself, its families, and its children without external assistance. This statement came approximately a week before a violent outbreak by Hamas.

Israel's exit strategy from Gaza that hasn’t been adopted | Opinion

02 Nov 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the ongoing military operation by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the Gaza Strip, highlighting concerns about the long-term strategy and eventual exit plan from the region. The Gaza Strip is characterized by violence, poverty, and overcrowding, and the political and military leadership of Israel anticipates that the ground incursion will persist for several months. The article raises questions about the aftermath of the incursion and the future of the Gaza Strip.

Trauma Can Open the Israeli Public’s Eyes. Time for a Peace Cabinet

18 Oct 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, highlighting the diplomatic failure that led to the military defeat. It specifically points out the decision of then Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir to dismiss peace overtures from Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The author implies that this rejection had severe consequences, resulting in the loss of 2,689 Israeli soldiers and over 7,000 wounded during the conflict.

The Israeli Left's Declaration of Victory Will Be in Ramallah

01 Oct 2023  |  qoshe.com
The article argues that the ongoing suffering of Palestinian children, as shown in international media, is undermining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim of total victory. The true measure of victory will be determined by the outcome of the upcoming election, particularly the soldiers' votes.

Netanyahu-Biden meeting: A unique opportunity for Israeli media to get answers | Opinion

19 Sep 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to meet with the leader of Israel's judicial overhaul, despite opposition from thousands of intellectuals. The author appears to support Biden's choice, suggesting that it was the right thing to do. The leader in question is also described as someone accused of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, and who has formed a government with neofascist parties. The author commends Biden for his willingness to engage with this individual for an hour.

Demonstrations and Democracy

14 Aug 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the historical context of demonstrations leading to the resignation of prominent leaders such as Charles de Gaulle, Golda Meir, and Menachem Begin, as highlighted by Prof. Shlomo Avineri in Haaretz. It draws a parallel to the current situation in Israel, suggesting that ongoing protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could potentially lead to his resignation. Netanyahu is portrayed as a leader under criminal indictment who has also been unsuccessful in managing the coronavirus crisis. The article implies that public demonstrations are a significant expression of the people's will, sometimes leading to political change outside of elections.

The mishandling of the pandemic fallout and his bid for early elections could bring down the Israeli prime minister.

02 Aug 2023  |  aljazeera.com
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his push for early elections are criticized as self-serving and potentially leading to his political downfall. Netanyahu, who once enjoyed high approval ratings for his management of the health crisis, is now facing public discontent as Israel grapples with a second wave of infections, economic distress, and a looming budget crisis. His decision to ease lockdown restrictions against expert advice and his insensitivity to the economic struggles of Israelis have fueled protests against his leadership. The article suggests that Netanyahu's bid to dissolve the coalition and trigger early elections is a strategy to maintain control and avoid trial for corruption charges. With growing public anger and the possibility of losing his ally in the White House, Netanyahu's political future appears uncertain.

Biden take note, there are war criminals in Israel’s government | Opinion

03 Jul 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses a significant shift in the approach of the United States towards Israel, indicating that President Joe Biden is taking a more assertive stance. The tone suggests that this change in policy could have important implications for the citizens of Israel, as the U.S. leadership, often referred to as 'the leader of the free world', is now engaging with the situation more actively. The metaphor of Biden 'taking off his gloves' implies a readiness to address issues more directly and possibly with a tougher stance than before.

How Israel was defeated in the 1967 War | Opinion

06 Jun 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article reflects on the anniversary of a significant national disaster for two peoples. The Palestinians are mourning 56 years of occupation by Israel, which they view as a period of humiliation. On the other side, Jewish-Israelis are observing the anniversary as a descent into what the author describes as apartheid, tyranny, and isolation. The piece presents a somber reflection on the ongoing conflict and the perceptions of both communities regarding their historical and current situations.

Israel strengthens Iran’s growing status in the region | Opinion

26 Apr 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses a statement made by Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the relationship between Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Israel. Netanyahu suggests that Saudi Arabia views Israel as a friend and Iran as an adversary. However, the article questions this assertion by pointing out that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has recently welcomed Iran, allowing it to fly its flag in Riyadh, while seemingly distancing Saudi Arabia from Israel. The article criticizes Netanyahu for making misleading statements to international media outlets such as CNBC and CNN, implying that these networks are not challenging enough in their interviews with the Israeli Prime Minister.

Israel’s new national emergency government was established not to defeat COVID-19, but to keep Netanyahu out of prison.

20 Apr 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the formation of Israel's new national emergency government, which the author suggests was created not to combat COVID-19 but to prevent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from going to prison. Netanyahu's recent actions, including signing a power-sharing agreement with his political rival Benny Gantz, are portrayed as self-serving, aimed at maintaining his position and avoiding his upcoming corruption trial. The agreement establishes a bloated government with Netanyahu as the prime minister for the first 18 months, followed by Gantz. The author criticizes Netanyahu's handling of the pandemic and his use of Holocaust Remembrance Day to boast about his leadership. The article also touches on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the potential annexation of West Bank settlements. The Supreme Court is mentioned as the next arbiter of the legitimacy of the coalition deal, with several petitions challenging it.

Netanyahu’s downfall might mark the rise of another Israeli leader, even more right-wing than him.

05 Apr 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the political landscape in Israel, focusing on the rise of Naftali Bennett, head of the right-wing Yamina alliance, amid Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's declining popularity. Netanyahu's government has been criticized for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout, which has led to a shift in voter support towards Bennett. Despite Bennett's controversial stance on issues such as West Bank annexation and his perceived lack of commitment to peace, his reputation as an honest politician and his critique of the government's pandemic response have gained him popularity. The article also touches on the diminishing relevance of centrist parties like Blue and White and Yesh Atid. The author expresses concern over the potential implications of Bennett's rise for Israeli politics and peace prospects.

Netanyahu’s divisive tactics and the normalisation of Israel-UAE relations

05 Apr 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the political climate in Israel, focusing on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's divisive tactics amidst the normalisation of relations with the United Arab Emirates. Netanyahu is accused of exacerbating ethnic tensions between Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jews to distract from his corruption indictment and to undermine democratic institutions. The article highlights the socioeconomic disparities between the two Jewish communities and criticizes Netanyahu for not addressing these issues during his tenure. It also covers the role of media personalities like Dr. Avishay Ben Haim in shaping public opinion and the diverse nature of protests against Netanyahu. The author suggests that true normalisation should begin within Israel, addressing internal divisions, rather than just establishing formal ties with other states.

Netanyahu and the Pandemic: A Political Lifeline

05 Apr 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the political maneuvers in Israel amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Benny Gantz's Blue and White party, formed as an alternative to Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, initially refused to form a government with Netanyahu due to his indictment. However, the coronavirus crisis shifted public opinion. Netanyahu's handling of the pandemic increased his popularity, and he urged Gantz to join forces for the national effort. Faced with the choice of either supporting Netanyahu or potentially causing a fourth election during a crisis, Gantz chose to support Netanyahu. The author suggests that Netanyahu's political survival has been aided by the pandemic, and the article implies a critique of Gantz's decision to align with Netanyahu.

FYI, Biden: What to Remember When Dealing With Netanyahu

05 Apr 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the political situation in Israel, referring to it as a 'judicial coup' orchestrated by a 'criminal family' that has taken control of the Knesset and the government. The author previously stated that international condemnations from countries that consider themselves 'friends of Israel' would not be effective in stopping this takeover. The article suggests a sense of urgency and concern regarding the political events unfolding in Israel.

What About a Death Penalty for Jewish Terrorists?

16 Mar 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses a recent incident in Hawara where a Palestinian individual captured a Jewish person who was allegedly involved in a pogrom and is accused of killing the Palestinian's friend. The suspect was handed over to the Palestinian police, which has recommended that he be indicted for murder. The article highlights the act of courage by the Palestinian in the aftermath of the violence.

Bring on the sanctions against Israel | Opinion

13 Feb 2023  |  haaretz.com
The article criticizes U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for what the author perceives as interference in the internal affairs of Israel, a democratic country. The author questions the audacity of Blinken's actions and rhetorically asks if anyone could imagine Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu interfering in U.S. elections, before recalling that Netanyahu had indeed clashed with former U.S. President Barack Obama, suggesting a precedent for such interference.

Multiple articles from QOSHE

15 Jan 2023  |  qoshe.com
The article covers a range of topics, primarily focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly the aftermath of the October 7 Hamas attacks and the ongoing hostage situation. It discusses the US's stance on the conflict, including President Biden's commitment to bringing home hostages from Gaza. The article also touches on the call for a boycott of Israeli sports by a top BBC presenter, the situation of Eritrean asylum seekers in Israel, and the potential disruption of the London Stock Exchange by pro-Palestinian activists. Additionally, it covers the 2024 GOP presidential contenders, the Israeli health tech industry, and the mental health crisis. The article also mentions North Korea's provocations and the digitization of medical records in Japan.

Good riddance to the High Court masking Israel's moral decay | Opinion

22 Nov 2022  |  haaretz.com
A group of 126 law school faculty members have expressed their concern over a proposal that would allow a simple majority of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, to override decisions made by the Supreme Court. In an open letter, these legal scholars argue that such a move would undermine the protection of human rights in Israel and have long-lasting negative consequences. They fear that the change could transform Israeli citizens from individuals with rights safeguarded by the judiciary to subjects at the mercy of the prevailing political majority.

A Palestinian partner in Israeli apartheid | Opinion

23 Aug 2022  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the reaction of Israeli officials and commentators to an elderly Palestinian leader's negative remarks about the Holocaust. The Israeli president, prime minister, alternate prime minister, defense minister, politicians, and pundits all expressed their condemnation and dissatisfaction with the Palestinian leader's comments. The article uses a metaphor from a Hebrew children's song to describe the uproar caused by the remarks in Israel.

Europe has given up on the Palestinians | Opinion

09 Aug 2022  |  haaretz.com
The European Union has expressed its deep concern over the recent events in and around Gaza, urging all parties to exercise maximum restraint to prevent further escalation and casualties. The EU acknowledges Israel's right to protect its civilians but emphasizes the importance of avoiding a broader conflict that would primarily harm civilians and lead to more suffering. The statement also underscores the urgent need for a political solution to ensure a stable future for Gaza.

Trump's legacy at the Jerusalem consulate | Opinion

11 Jul 2022  |  haaretz.com
The article draws a parallel between the political situations in the United States and Israel, highlighting the challenges to democracy posed by Donald Trump in the U.S. and the legal troubles of Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. It suggests that, if not for these issues, a meeting between Trump and Netanyahu could have been a possibility, implying a connection or similarity in their political narratives or circumstances.

A reminder from Norway | Opinion

16 Jun 2022  |  haaretz.com
Norway has taken a significant step by deciding to differentiate between products originating from the occupied territories and those from within Israel's 1967 borders. This move comes at a time when Israel is facing a political crisis concerning the ordinance that regulates the status of Israeli settlers in the occupied territories. Although the timing of Norway's decision seems coincidental, it is closely connected to the controversial ordinance, which has been routinely approved by Israel's legislature. Norway's action reflects its stance on the distinction between the territories and may have implications for its trade and diplomatic relations with Israel.

The Duality of Shireen Abu Akleh's Death

24 May 2022  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the late journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and her unintended status as a symbol for the Palestinian struggle and press freedom. It criticizes the reaction of 57 Democratic members of the U.S. Congress who only seemed to show concern because Abu Akleh was a U.S. passport holder, implying that their interest may be superficial or motivated by the opportunity to gain media attention rather than a genuine concern for the issues at hand.

Israel's Dirty Trick of ‘Construction for Palestinians’

16 May 2022  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses a political situation in Israel where the left-wing government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett approved construction plans for Arabs. The author questions why opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu remained silent on this issue and why MK Bezalel Smotrich did not take this opportunity to highlight the influence of United Arab List chairman Mansour Abbas on the coalition government. Additionally, the author is curious as to why Kahanist MK Itamar Ben-Gvir did not protest at the offices of Israel’s supreme planning council for the West Bank, accusing the government of rewarding terrorism.

The Demands Israel's Left Should Make

19 Apr 2022  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the political instability in Israel following the loss of support for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett from MK Idit Silman. This event has led to speculation about potential elections as the coalition now hangs by a thread with the support of 60 Knesset members. The situation has elevated the status of individual members, with each wielding significant influence over the coalition's future.

Twenty Years Since Israel’s Biggest Missed Opportunity

27 Mar 2022  |  haaretz.com
The article reflects on a historical statement made over 50 years ago by Moshe Dayan, who was the Defense Minister of Israel at the time. Dayan asserted that retaining control over Sharm el-Sheikh, even without peace, was preferable to peace without control over the strategic resort town. This sentiment resonated with many Israelis, who flocked to Sharm el-Sheikh, which Israel had renamed Ophira. The article suggests that Dayan's view was widely accepted among Israelis, highlighting the significance of Sharm el-Sheikh in the context of Israeli security and territorial interests.

Sheikh Jarrah Is the First Test for Israel's New Attorney General

22 Feb 2022  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the events of May 7, 2021, when Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir moved into the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. On that day, then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Ben-Gvir about specific security warnings related to Sheikh Jarrah. Netanyahu cautioned that Ben-Gvir's presence in the area could escalate to the point where Hamas might fire on Israel in the immediate future.

If Speaking Against Injustice Is Antisemitic, I'm an Antisemite

09 Feb 2022  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses a report by Amnesty, a human rights organization, which accuses Israel of apartheid. The report criticizes Israel's treatment of Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line and suggests allowing the descendants of the 1948 refugees to return, a move the author believes would undermine the two-state solution. The recommendation is controversial, even among the Israeli left, such as the Meretz party, which advocates for Israel to be a state for both Jews and all its citizens.

The Iranian Threat: No Nukes for Us – or Israel

28 Dec 2021  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the rhetoric often used by politicians and military officials, particularly in the context of Israel's stance on the negotiations with Iran over a nuclear agreement. It highlights the phrase “all options are on the table” and suggests that this phrase typically implies a focus on the military option. The article implies that Israel may resort to military action if the negotiations with Iran do not yield an agreement that satisfies Israel's political leadership.

We Don’t Want Peace, but We Want the World to Keep Funding the Occupation

23 Nov 2021  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the seemingly paradoxical situation where the Israeli government, led by Naftali Bennett of the Yamina party, is actively seeking international donations for the Palestinian Authority, despite Bennett's previous harsh criticisms of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The Israeli government sent a delegation to a donor conference in Oslo, indicating a shift in approach towards the Palestinian Authority, which plays a role in Israel's national security. The article also mentions a meeting between Abbas and the head of Israel's secret service.

On Israel, Biden Should Learn From George H. W. Bush

31 Oct 2021  |  haaretz.com
The article reflects on the 30th anniversary of the 1991 Madrid Conference, a significant event in the Middle East peace process. Former Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, who led the Israeli delegation in discussions with the Jordanian-Palestinian delegation, shared his views with Haaretz. He expressed that the summit has not been acknowledged as it should have been in historical accounts. The article likely explores the implications of the conference and Rubinstein's perspective on its outcomes and legacy.

Why Does Israel's Interior Minister Insist on Lying?

12 Jul 2021  |  haaretz.com
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked expressed her admiration for the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in an op-ed for Makor Rishon newspaper. She praised Shamir's stance that lying is permissible when it serves the interests of a Jewish land of Israel. The op-ed was published on the anniversary of UN resolution 181, which is significant in the context of Israeli history and politics.

Standing up to the US on the Iran deal is not an option

04 Jul 2021  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the strategic dilemma faced by Israel's new government following U.S. President Joe Biden's expected signature on an amended nuclear agreement with Iran. It contrasts the aggressive campaign against the 2015 Iran deal by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the current government's more cooperative approach, as indicated by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid's comments. The article reviews the history of the Iran deal, Netanyahu's opposition, and the potential consequences of the U.S. re-entering the agreement. It also touches on the implications for Israel's relationship with the U.S. and other world powers, as well as the domestic political pressures faced by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Lapid. The author suggests that Israel cannot afford to be in opposition to the U.S. and that a peaceful resolution to the conflict is preferable to military action.

One Picture From the Evyatar Outpost

16 Jun 2021  |  haaretz.com
The article expresses concern and indignation over an incident where soldiers were seen assisting settlers in moving prefab buildings into the outpost of Evyatar, which is considered an act of land theft. The author is troubled by the image of the nation's soldiers, referred to as 'our children', being involved in illegal activities and suggests that such actions should be met with severe legal consequences. The tone of the article is critical of the military's cooperation with lawbreakers in this context.

The outgoing Israeli prime minister and his supporters are already trying to undermine the new coalition government. Will it survive?

13 Jun 2021  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the challenges facing Israel's new coalition government led by Naftali Bennett of the Yamina party and Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party. It compares the current situation to the diverse coalition led by Ehud Barak in 1999, which lasted less than two years. The new government faces internal divisions, with parties from both the right and left, and external pressures such as the potential for incitement and violence, sensitive legislative issues, and international relations, particularly with the United States and Iran. The article suggests that Bennett will need to navigate these challenges skillfully to maintain the coalition and address the damage done by the previous Netanyahu administration. The author's views are presented as their own and not reflective of Al Jazeera's editorial stance.

The Army General in Israel's Foreign Affairs Ministry

31 May 2021  |  haaretz.com
Gabi Ashkenazi, once seen as a promising figure for the 'peace camp' in Israel, has decided to take a break from politics. His decision to join Kahol Lavan was initially met with enthusiasm by those who believed he could challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, two years later, his announcement to step back is being met with indifference. Ashkenazi's political and diplomatic career, which found him at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, is described as having been unremarkable.

How the violence plays into Netanyahu’s hands

16 May 2021  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the political maneuvering of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amidst escalating violence in East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and other areas. Former defense ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Avigdor Lieberman suggest that Netanyahu is using the conflict for political gain. The article also covers the efforts of the 'change bloc', led by Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz, to form a government to oust Netanyahu. The bloc, however, is facing challenges as it relies on a diverse coalition, including Palestinian political forces. The recent violence has caused a rift within the bloc, with Naftali Bennett of Yamina resuming talks with Netanyahu and the potential for a fifth election looming. The author argues that any Israeli government must address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its policies towards the Israeli Palestinian minority to ensure the safety of its citizens and maintain international relations.

In Pictures: Stampede at Israeli religious festival kills dozens

30 Apr 2021  |  aljazeera.com
A tragic stampede occurred at a religious festival in northern Israel, resulting in at least 44 fatalities and approximately 150 injuries. The incident took place at the Lag BaOmer celebrations at Mount Meron, which is a significant event for ultra-Orthodox Jews to honor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. This year's gathering was particularly large, with an estimated 100,000 attendees, as it was the first mass religious event since Israel eased COVID-19 restrictions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to the catastrophe as a 'great tragedy' and expressed condolences and prayers for the victims.

Israel’s democratic immunity is under threat

11 Apr 2021  |  aljazeera.com
President Reuven Rivlin has tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new Israeli government, despite Netanyahu lacking a clear majority in the Knesset. This marks the fourth attempt in two years to establish a government after inconclusive elections. Netanyahu faces opposition within his own political spectrum, with figures like Gideon Saar of the New Hope party suggesting that a stable government could be formed if Netanyahu steps aside. Netanyahu, who is currently on trial for corruption charges, relies on his political position to negotiate his legal battles. The article compares Netanyahu's situation to past US presidents like Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, who also faced legal and ethical controversies. The author reflects on the erosion of Israeli democracy under Netanyahu's rule and the possibility of a fifth election without a significant change in the political landscape. The article concludes with a disclaimer that the views expressed are the author's own and not necessarily those of Al Jazeera.

Israelis vote in fourth election in two years as Netanyahu seeks re-election

23 Mar 2021  |  aljazeera.com
Israel held its fourth parliamentary election in two years, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking re-election amidst a polarized electorate. The race is tight, with Netanyahu's Likud party expected to be the largest but without a clear majority. Netanyahu, facing corruption charges, has focused his campaign on Israel's successful vaccination drive. His main competition comes from Yair Lapid's centrist Yesh Atid party and other former allies like Gideon Saar's New Hope and Naftali Bennett's Yamina. The election is seen as a referendum on Netanyahu's leadership, with the possibility of a fifth election if no clear governing coalition emerges. Voter fatigue and lower turnout are expected, particularly among Palestinian citizens of Israel and secular voters in Tel Aviv. The final results are anticipated by Friday, with the potential for continued political deadlock.

Israelis go to the polls again hoping to end the deadlock

22 Mar 2021  |  aljazeera.com
Israel is undergoing its fourth election in less than two years in an attempt to resolve a persistent political deadlock. Despite hopes for a conclusive outcome, opinion polls indicate that the results may be inconclusive, potentially leading to another unstable coalition government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been in power for 12 years, is seeking re-election and believes he and his right-wing allies might have a slight advantage. However, he faces opposition from a divided array of political rivals. The article discusses the potential impact of the election and features insights from political analyst Akiva Eldar, Gil Hoffman from the Jerusalem Post, and Yossi Mekelberg from Chatham House.

On the eve of its fourth election in two years, Israel is still not talking about the issues that really matter.

18 Mar 2021  |  aljazeera.com
Israel is approaching its fourth election in two years without addressing critical issues such as the occupation of Palestinian territories and the state of Israeli democracy. The article discusses the political landscape, with parties like Likud, Blue and White, Meretz, and others focusing on electoral gains rather than substantial policy differences, particularly on the occupation. The Israeli society's indifference to the occupation and human rights violations is attributed to long-term indoctrination, as explained by Israeli psychology professors Daniel Bar-Tal and Amiram Raviv. The article suggests that regardless of the election outcome, there will likely be no significant change in addressing the occupation or improving Israeli-Palestinian relations.

The Israeli election – 5 things to know | Start Here

18 Mar 2021  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the political climate in Israel, which is undergoing its fourth election in two years. The focus is on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently embroiled in controversy. Netanyahu is accused of attempting to maintain his grip on power amidst the political turmoil. The article also touches upon the corruption charges against Netanyahu and raises questions about their impact on the election and his political career.

Netanyahu Abuses Democracy as Biden Tacitly Nods in Agreement

15 Mar 2021  |  haaretz.com
The article reflects on the 11th anniversary of a significant event that occurred during Joe Biden's visit to Israel when he was vice president of the United States. On that day, Israel's Interior Ministry announced a plan to construct 1,600 apartments in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo. This announcement was made on March 9, coinciding with Biden's visit, and the article implies that the timing of the announcement was noteworthy.

Israel: Netanyahu rival bolts to launch leadership challenge

08 Dec 2020  |  aljazeera.com
Gideon Saar, a prominent member of Israel's Likud party, has announced his departure from the party to form a new political movement. Saar criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and accused him of using Likud as a means for personal survival amidst his corruption trial. Saar, who has previously held significant ministerial roles and was once a close aide to Netanyahu, intends to challenge Netanyahu for the prime minister's position. His new party could attract nationalist voters dissatisfied with Netanyahu, potentially making it more difficult for Netanyahu to form a new coalition. The announcement comes at a time when Israel's government is facing instability, with a possible fourth national election in two years looming due to the shaky coalition between Netanyahu and Benny Gantz's Blue and White party.

Can Israel Now Give Up Its Nuclear Capabilities?

08 Dec 2020  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the implications of the normalization agreements between Israel and the Gulf states, particularly in the context of the regional power dynamics concerning Iran. It suggests that while conventional wisdom posits that these agreements bolster the coalition against Iran, there may be more nuance to the situation. The article also touches upon the role of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his relationship with former U.S. President Donald Trump in securing Arab acceptance of Israel's nuclear capabilities.

“Case 3000” – the submarines and war ships affair

17 Nov 2020  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses 'Case 3000', which is referred to as the submarines and warships affair. It emphasizes that this case is not a typical corruption scandal focused solely on unethical practices. Instead, it is characterized as a combination of Grand Corruption and Defense Corruption, which carries significant legal consequences. The article likely delves into the details of the case, highlighting the gravity of the corruption involved and its implications for the defense sector.

The pandemic is revealing Israel’s festering sore

29 Oct 2020  |  aljazeera.com
The article discusses the divide in Israeli society amid the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly between the Jewish Zionist majority and the ultra-Orthodox minority. The ultra-Orthodox community, following their clerics' guidance, has been sending children back to school despite government closures, leading to a spike in infections. The government's inability to enforce restrictions on this community is tied to the ultra-Orthodox parties' political power in forming coalitions. The article highlights the tension between adherence to state laws and religious edicts, with instances of ultra-Orthodox leaders and communities openly defying COVID-19 restrictions. The situation has exacerbated existing societal tensions, with a study showing differing perceptions of lockdown violations among various Israeli demographics. The author suggests that the pandemic has revealed deep-seated issues within Israeli society that challenge the principles of democracy and equality before the law.

Naftali Bennett’s secret to power: He is not Netanyahu

05 Oct 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
Naftali Bennett's rise in Israeli politics is attributed to his contrast with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose handling of the COVID-19 crisis and personal conduct have eroded his support. Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina alliance, is gaining popularity as a pragmatic alternative, despite his controversial stance on West Bank annexation. The political centre's shift towards Bennett reflects a broader disillusionment with Netanyahu and a search for competent leadership amid the pandemic. The article highlights the challenges faced by other centrist parties and the implications of Bennett's potential leadership for Israeli politics.

Protest, now on its 15th week, keeps pressure on prime minister to quit over alleged corruption and his handling of pandemic.

04 Oct 2020  |  aljazeera.com
For the 15th consecutive week, thousands of Israelis have continued to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding his resignation over allegations of corruption and his management of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a new law restricting protests to within one kilometre of an individual's home to limit the spread of COVID-19, demonstrators gathered across the country. Netanyahu, who is currently on trial for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, has denied all accusations. Critics of the new law see it as an infringement on free speech. During the latest protests, there were minor scuffles with the police, resulting in over 30 arrests in Tel Aviv. Israel is facing a second wave of coronavirus infections, with over 264,000 cases reported and a death toll nearing 1,700.

Iran's Strategic Partnership with China and the Geopolitical Realignments in Asia

10 Aug 2020  |  opinionnigeria.com
The article discusses the geopolitical shifts in Asia, focusing on Iran's emerging strategic partnership with China and the implications for India. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hinted at a long-term agreement with Beijing, which involves a $400 billion Chinese investment in Iran in exchange for discounted oil. This move is seen as a result of the US's maximum pressure policy on Iran. Concurrently, reports emerged that Iran excluded India from a key rail project, although Iran denied having any formal agreement with India on the project. The developments suggest a realignment in Asia, with Iran moving closer to China, potentially affecting India's strategic interests in the region, including trade routes and influence in Afghanistan. The article also touches on the broader implications for the US, Pakistan, and the Belt and Road Initiative.

Netanyahu's Political Maneuvering in the Time of COVID-19

10 Aug 2020  |  opinionnigeria.com
The article discusses the political maneuvering of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, Netanyahu's handling of the crisis earned him high approval ratings and helped him secure a coalition government with the Blue and White alliance, despite their leader Benny Gantz's previous promise not to do so. However, as Israel faces a second wave of the virus, Netanyahu's popularity has plummeted due to his handling of the health crisis and the economic fallout. The article suggests that Netanyahu is pushing for new elections to regain control of the justice ministry and avoid trial for corruption charges. It also covers the public's dissatisfaction with Netanyahu, including protests against government corruption and his insensitivity to the economic struggles of Israelis. The piece concludes by speculating that Netanyahu's political future is uncertain, especially with potential changes in the US government that could affect his support.

The Philippines’ anti-terror bill is poised to cause more terror -By Marc Batac

28 Jun 2020  |  opinionnigeria.com
The article discusses the concerns surrounding the impending anti-terrorism bill in the Philippines, which has been fast-tracked by Congress amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill is criticized for its broad definition of terrorism, which could conflate revolutionary movements with terrorist organizations, and for granting law enforcement excessive powers, such as extended warrantless detention and surveillance. The author argues that the bill threatens to undermine decades of peacebuilding efforts, particularly in the Bangsamoro region, and could lead to increased targeting of Muslim communities and activists. The military views the bill as a means to end the communist insurgency, but the author suggests it may instead escalate violence. The article calls for the government to reconsider the bill and engage in more inclusive deliberations to address the root causes of terrorism without compromising human rights and democracy.

America commits the same abuses it condemns abroad -By Ida Sawyer & Belkis Wille

28 Jun 2020  |  opinionnigeria.com
The article discusses the contradiction between the United States' condemnation of human rights abuses abroad and the recent use of excessive force by US police against peaceful protesters following the killing of George Floyd. It highlights the targeting of protesters, journalists, legal observers, and medics with less lethal weapons and the resulting injuries and arrests. The authors, human rights researchers, draw parallels between the US police's actions and those of repressive governments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Iraq, which the US has previously condemned. The article calls for the US to adhere to international human rights standards and for systemic reforms to address police brutality and ensure the protection of human rights in the US.

Annexation in Palestine and Netanyahu’s calculus -By Akiva Eldar

28 Jun 2020  |  opinionnigeria.com
The article discusses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex parts of the West Bank, a move that has been refrained from by previous Israeli governments since the occupation in 1967. Netanyahu's annexation drive is seen as a shift from de facto to de jure annexation, possibly motivated by the upcoming U.S. presidential election and the potential for a change in U.S. policy under Joe Biden, who opposes unilateral annexation. The international community, including the United Nations, European Union, and Arab states, has expressed strong opposition to the annexation, which could violate international law and harm the two-state solution. Israeli security officials and ambassadors also warn of negative repercussions, including violence and sanctions. Despite the risks, Netanyahu appears undeterred, potentially viewing the annexation as a political strategy to strengthen his position and delay his criminal trial.

Gantz, Demand a Referendum on Annexation

22 Jun 2020  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the political tension between the Israeli parties Kahol Lavan and Likud regarding an annexation plan. Likud members have threatened that if Kahol Lavan leaders obstruct the plan, it could result in the dissolution of the government and trigger an early election. The U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, is mentioned as having difficulties in mediating between the conflicting parties. Friedman is humorously described as someone who, while officially the U.S. ambassador to Israel, often seems to act more like Israel's ambassador to the U.S.

Wanted Urgently: A Firefighter to Put Out Israel's Annexation Blaze

09 Jun 2020  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses the current state of affairs regarding the potential annexation related to Donald Trump's 'deal of the century.' It highlights that although the government has not approved the annexation, and the map has not been marked, Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Benny Gantz is not idly waiting. The article implies that actions or preparations are being made by Gantz in anticipation of future developments, despite the lack of formal discussions in the Knesset, Israel's national legislature.

The Dark Side of Annexing the Jordan Valley: Whitewashing Land Theft

06 May 2020  |  haaretz.com
The article discusses a significant issue that has been overshadowed by political debates and strategic discussions regarding the annexation of land in the West Bank. The focus is on what the journalist describes as one of the biggest conspiracies to misappropriate private land since the occupation of the territory in 1967. The article implies that while political leaders and policymakers are engaged in high-level discourse, there is an ongoing and perhaps neglected concern about the illicit acquisition of land in the occupied territories.

Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a ‘personal salvation government’ -By Akiva Eldar

25 Apr 2020  |  opinionnigeria.com
The article discusses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's use of Holocaust Remembrance Day to tout his government's response to the coronavirus pandemic. It criticizes Netanyahu for exploiting the memorial day and questions his claim of early detection of the virus threat. The article details the power-sharing agreement between Netanyahu and his political rival, Benny Gantz of the Blue and White alliance, which forms a 'national emergency government' with an unprecedented number of cabinet posts. The agreement allows Netanyahu to remain in office despite his corruption charges and is criticized for not addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the occupation. The article also mentions the potential for a Supreme Court ruling on Netanyahu's eligibility to serve as prime minister and the political consequences for the Blue and White party for breaking their campaign pledge by joining Netanyahu's government.

Trump’s $2 trillion will not shield minorities from Covid-19 -By Candace McDuffie

02 Apr 2020  |  opinionnigeria.com
The article discusses the two-trillion-dollar stimulus plan approved by Congress to provide financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. It criticizes President Trump's handling of the crisis, including his initial dismissal of the virus as a hoax and the dismantling of the pandemic unit at the National Security Council. The article highlights the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on people of colour, citing increased vulnerability due to systemic racism, healthcare disparities, and economic inequality. It also addresses the rise in xenophobia against Asian Americans, the challenges faced by immigrants and inmates, and the risks to essential workers. The author warns that the push to return to normalcy prioritizes the economy over human lives, especially those of marginalized communities.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu owes his seat to Coronavirus -By Akiva Eldar

02 Apr 2020  |  opinionnigeria.com
Benny Gantz's Blue and White party aimed to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party, rallying under the slogan 'anyone but Bibi'. Despite winning 61 seats in the Knesset, Gantz's potential coalition began to crumble as members refused to support a government reliant on non-Zionist parties. The coronavirus pandemic shifted the political landscape, with Netanyahu's handling of the crisis increasing his popularity. Faced with the choice of joining Netanyahu or potentially forcing a fourth election during a national crisis, Gantz chose to join Netanyahu, who effectively secured his position due to the pandemic.

Netanyahu’s shameful civics lesson for young Israelis

27 Mar 2020  |  al-monitor.com
The article discusses the decision by Israel's Education Minister Rafi Peretz to simplify this year's matriculation exams for high school students due to the limitations of online teaching amid the COVID-19 lockdown. The Education Ministry, under Peretz's instruction, has reduced the material to be covered and exempted certain topics to ease the burden on students. The ministry's civics studies supervisor, Anat Ohion, directed teachers to focus only on specific sections. However, this decision has been criticized by some, including Haaretz education affairs analyst Or Kashti, who suggest that the selection of topics is politically motivated and may impact the students' understanding of important subjects as future voters and soldiers.

Political crisis proves Israel needs constitution

24 Mar 2020  |  al-monitor.com
The article discusses the political tension in Israel surrounding the Supreme Court's ruling that ordered the Knesset Speaker to convene the plenary to elect a new speaker. Senior Likud party members, including Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, and Agriculture Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, emphasized the importance of adhering to the ruling to avoid anarchy. Blue and White leader Benny Gantz echoed the sentiment, urging Interim Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ensure compliance with the Supreme Court's decisions. Conversely, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin accused the Supreme Court justices of leading Israel to anarchy and conducting a political coup, challenging the separation of powers between the judiciary and legislative branches.

Will Gantz jettison or legitimize Netanyahu's fear mongering?

19 Mar 2020  |  al-monitor.com
The article discusses the political maneuvering of Israel's interim Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, amidst the coronavirus crisis. Netanyahu, who faces charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, has positioned himself as an indispensable leader during the pandemic. He has called on his political rival, Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party, to form a unity government to address the crisis. The Blue and White party, which has a narrow majority in the Knesset and is tasked with forming the next government, has previously vowed not to join a government led by an indicted prime minister. The article implies that Netanyahu is using the crisis to his political advantage and to pressure his accusers.

Netanyahu’s habit of spying on his own citizens

16 Mar 2020  |  al-monitor.com
The article discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on various aspects of life globally, with a focus on Israel. It highlights the severe measures taken by democratic governments to control the pandemic, likening them to wartime states of emergency. The article criticizes the Israeli caretaker government for damaging democracy and human freedoms without a single fatality from the virus in the country at the time of writing. Nobel Prize Laureate professor Michael Levitt is quoted expressing surprise if the death toll in Israel exceeds ten. Yair Lapid, a senior member of the Blue and White party, is mentioned criticizing the government's actions as undemocratic, noting the lack of elected authority and the inability of citizens to challenge or review the government's decisions.

Israelis in panic over COVID-19, but not the 'occupation virus'

13 Mar 2020  |  al-monitor.com
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's interim prime minister, has invited opposition leaders to join an emergency unity government to combat the coronavirus, excluding members of the Arab Joint List. Netanyahu used a military metaphor to emphasize the collective effort required, but his decision to leave out Ayman Odeh and his colleagues from the Arab Joint List has highlighted the ongoing exclusion of Arab citizens in Israel, even during a pandemic that affects all demographics. The article suggests a discriminatory undertone in Netanyahu's approach to forming a government in the face of a health crisis.

Netanyahu's Shift from Reconciliation to Incitement Post-Election

10 Mar 2020  |  al-monitor.com
The article discusses the shift in Israeli interim Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rhetoric following the March 2 election results. Initially, Netanyahu spoke of 'healing the rift' and reconciliation after exit polls suggested a victory for the right-wing ultra-Orthodox parties. However, once the official tally was published, showing the center-left bloc with more seats, Netanyahu's tone changed. He excluded the Arab Joint List, which won a record 15 seats, from his analysis of the election results, calling it an 'abomination' and delegitimizing its part in Israeli democracy. This change in Netanyahu's stance raises questions about his commitment to dialogue between Israel's Jewish majority and Muslim minority.

Coronavirus oblivious to Israeli, Palestinian borders

06 Mar 2020  |  al-monitor.com
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on February 2nd that he had directed the Israel Biological Institute to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus and set up a production line in Israel. Despite this, the virus continues to spread, with 50 cases reported in Israel. The news has shifted from discussions of Israel annexing parts of the West Bank to the need for cooperation with Palestinian authorities due to the shared threat of the virus. The virus is shown to be indifferent to borders and security measures, affecting both Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Could Israel’s president block indicted Netanyahu from premiership?

04 Mar 2020  |  al-monitor.com
The article discusses the legal challenges surrounding the possibility of Benjamin Netanyahu, an elected official under criminal indictment, forming the next government of Israel. Chief Justice Esther Hayut, along with other justices, declined to rule on the matter before the March 2 Knesset elections, agreeing with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit that the petition was theoretical and premature. Following the elections, where Netanyahu emerged with a clear lead, a new petition was filed arguing he should not be tasked with government formation. The Supreme Court rejected this petition as well, citing the absence of official election results and President Reuven Rivlin's consultations. However, the court is expected to address the issue soon as the political and legal drama continues.

The Israeli election was a no-confidence vote in the rule of law and the judicial system

28 Feb 2020  |  al-monitor.com
The article discusses the outcome of the Israeli election, highlighting that a significant portion of the electorate voted for parties supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite his indictment on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. The election results showed Netanyahu's Likud party receiving 36 mandates with 90% of the votes counted. The author suggests that Netanyahu's political success can be attributed to the support from US President Donald Trump, particularly pointing to the unveiling of Trump's Middle East peace plan as a pivotal moment in Likud's campaign.

Young Israeli voters hypnotized by Netanyahu’s narrative

25 Feb 2020  |  al-monitor.com
The article discusses the Likud party's election campaign in Israel, emphasizing its strategy to mobilize loyalists to vote amidst the criminal indictment of its prime ministerial candidate, Benjamin Netanyahu. The piece reflects on the potential impact of Netanyahu's legal troubles on voter turnout, especially among older party supporters who admire past Likud leaders like Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir. It also touches on the political landscape in Israel, suggesting that even if the centrist Blue and White party, led by Benny Gantz, forms a government with other center-left and right-wing parties, the resulting government would still lean to the right due to the ideological positions of some of its members.

The ‘deal of the century’ or the ‘bluff of the millennium’?

31 Jan 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
The article critiques the 'deal of the century' Middle East peace plan proposed by the Trump administration, highlighting skepticism about its viability and fairness. It discusses the influence of conservative donors like Sheldon Adelson on U.S. and Israeli politics, and the legal and political challenges faced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The plan is seen as unlikely to be accepted by the Palestinians and is characterized as potentially the 'bluff of the millennium'.

Magician or con artist: Why does Netanyahu keep winning?

13 Sep 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
Growing dissent within the Likud party, including from former ministers and Knesset members, is challenging Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership ahead of the snap general election. Despite the internal criticism and accusations of damaging Israeli society, Netanyahu's Likud is still polling competitively. His success is attributed to his skillful use of fear tactics and media manipulation, convincing voters of threats from a leftist-Arab-liberal alliance and positioning himself as Israel's sole protector. Netanyahu's dominance in Israeli politics is also due to the lack of a strong opposition leader with comparable media skills. While some hold out hope for his defeat, others liken him to a 'con artist' rather than a 'magician.'

Who is afraid of Arab Israelis?

16 Aug 2018  |  www.al-monitor.com
On August 11, a large protest took place in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square against the Nationality Law, which is seen as controversial. The protest was notably absent of key political figures such as Avi Gabbay, leader of the Zionist Camp, and Tzipi Livni, leader of the parliamentary opposition. Gabbay justified his absence by stating that the protest's organizers, the Balad Party and the Arab Joint List, hold views he does not support, such as the right of return for Palestinian refugees and opposition to a Jewish state. Livni also did not attend because she disagrees with some members of the Joint List on the vision of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The majority of the Zionist Camp's Knesset faction and members of Yesh Atid also did not participate in the protest.

Who is afraid of Arab Israelis?

16 Aug 2018  |  www.al-monitor.com
On August 11, a large protest took place in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square against the Nationality Law, which is seen as controversial. The protest was notably absent of key political figures such as Avi Gabbay, leader of the Zionist Camp, and Tzipi Livni, leader of the parliamentary opposition. Gabbay justified his absence by stating that the protest's organizers, the Balad Party and the Arab Joint List, hold views he does not support, such as the right of return for Palestinian refugees and opposition to a Jewish state. Livni also did not attend because she disagrees with some members of the Joint List on the vision of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The majority of the Zionist Camp's Knesset faction and members of Yesh Atid also did not participate in the protest.

Have Israelis abandoned any hope for change?

12 Jan 2016  |  al-monitor.com
The article discusses the current state of Israeli politics, highlighting the lack of progress in negotiations with the Palestinians following the departure of Interior Minister Silvan Shalom. It notes that several key ministerial positions remain effectively vacant, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holding them officially. The article also touches on the government's controversial actions, such as plans to legalize unauthorized West Bank outposts, proposed legislation requiring activists to wear special badges, the banning of a book depicting a Jewish-Palestinian romance, and attempts to influence media content. Additionally, it mentions the removal of key democratic principles from the high school civics curriculum.

Netanyahu, Liberman deepening Israel's isolation

05 Nov 2014  |  al-monitor.com
The article discusses the implications of Israel's policy on new construction plans across the Green Line, which is causing concern and contributing to the country's isolation from Western nations that view the settlements in the occupied territories as problematic. The author questions the understanding of Israeli leaders, specifically Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, regarding the negative perception of these actions. The article suggests that the construction and rhetoric could either be a distraction from failures in halting Iran's nuclear program and resolving the Palestinian conflict or a belief that settlements are merely a pretext for anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiment from countries like the US and Sweden.

The facts about buying land in Jerusalem's latest settlement

06 Oct 2014  |  al-monitor.com
The article reflects on the contradiction between the peace talks at the United Nations and the actual settlement activities in Jerusalem. It recalls an Israeli-Arab meeting in Oxford in 2008, organized by the Oxford Research Group, which included prominent figures such as Prince Turki al-Faisal, Nabil Fahmi, Hesham Youssef, Jibril Rajoub, Avi Gil, Danny Rothschild, Israela Oron, Matti Steinberg, and Eli Podeh. The author suggests that the recent developments in New York and Jerusalem, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech and the expansion of settlements, echo the dissonance between discussions of peace and actions on the ground that were evident at the Oxford meeting.

Jerusalem and the Yitzhak Rabin legacy

18 May 2010  |  Foreign Policy
The article reflects on Yitzhak Rabin's legacy and his stance on Jerusalem, particularly in the context of the U.S. Embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It highlights Rabin's opposition to the move, fearing it would jeopardize the peace process with the Palestinians. Despite the 1995 U.S. Congress resolution to relocate the embassy, successive U.S. presidents have suspended the move, citing national security concerns. The article underscores the ongoing political, economic, and demographic challenges in Jerusalem and the need for addressing Palestinian sovereignty and the status of Israeli holy places. Rabin's commitment to peace is contrasted with the actions of right-wing Israeli politicians and their supporters.
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