Opinion polls conducted in Israel late last week revealed that former Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition partners will gain 60 seats in the 120 member Knesset, just one short of a majority. The “centrist and leftist parties in the current government are set to secure 56 seats while the parties representing Israel’s Palestinian citizens will receive four seats.
The victory of Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud in the Sunday election raises many questions about Israel, about Palestine, and about Middle East in general. Netanyahu is a complex and controversial Israeli politician who seems to come back time and again and given Israel’s mind-boggling coalition politics he seems to manage
Israel could pay a high price if its longest serving prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, succeeds in forming a new government which includes the extreme right-wing Jewish Power and Religious Zionism Parties. Both have been given ministries which could define Israel in future years.
Israel’s second wave of coronavirus infections should serve as a warning to global governments seeking to open schools in coming weeks. Israel’s Covid-19 cases have soared to 50,000, with nearly 400 deaths.
The “one-state solution” for the Palestine/Israel dispute has come back into fashion because it is at long last admitted that the “two-state solution” has been buried under the millions of tonnes of cement and red roof tiles of illegal Israeli colonies.
With all votes counted, the Likud announced that Netanyahu had secured 72.5 per cent, with Saar winning 27.5 per cent.
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit "decided to file charges against the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for offences of receiving a bribe, fraud, and breach of trust," a ministry statement said.
He vows to stay on as interim premier despite potential court dates and intense political pressure.
Five major European countries said an Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank would “constitute a serious breach of international law.”
The far-right coalition government of Prime Minister Netanyahu passed the first part of a legislation which restricts Israel’s Supreme Court striking down legislation that the court considers ‘unreasonable’ despite months-long massive protests in the country, and objections from closest ally, the United States. Netanyahu has however