Posts tagged as Israel

Crime wave in Israel’s Arab towns exposes rift with police

Thursday, October 10, 2019

In the week since three men were killed in a midday shootout in an Arab town in northern Israel, the country has seen mass protests, complaints of police negligence and a public debate about violence in Arab communities that has veered into racist generalizations. A recent spike in killings within Arab towns has exposed the longstanding mistrust between the marginalized community and Israeli authorities, with each side accusing the other…

A look at the corruption scandals facing Israel’s Netanyahu

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attorneys met Wednesday with Israel’s attorney general and other top law enforcement officials in Netanyahu’s long-awaited pre-indictment hearing on a series of corruption scandals. The hearing is the last step before formal charges are pressed and has been delayed many times already. It looms large over Netanyahu’s efforts to extend his political career. The sessions are expected to last four days and they come just two…

Israel’s election highlights secular-religious divide

Friday, September 20, 2019

Yamit Dulberg considers herself a traditional Israeli woman with right-wing views who would usually vote for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party. But this week the 37-year-old mother of two cast her ballot for his main rival, in part because she’s sick of his ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies and their disproportionate power over daily life. “Something has changed in recent years, the coercion has gone overboard,” said Dulberg, who runs a…

Israel’s 2 main political parties deadlocked after election

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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. The election’s seeming political kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman, said he’ll insist upon a secular unity government between Netanyahu’s Likud and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White parties, who based on partial results are currently tied at 32 seats each out of the 120 in…

Unable to vote, Palestinians shrug off Israel’s elections

Friday, September 13, 2019

Barhoum Saleh’s town is surrounded by Jewish settlements, the sign above his roadside mechanic shop is in Hebrew, most of his customers are Israeli and he needs an Israeli permit to visit the beach a half hour’s drive away. But unlike his Jewish neighbors, he can’t vote in next week’s elections. Saleh is among the 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank who have no voice in choosing Israel’s next…

Israel trounces Latvia 3-0 with Zahavi hat trick in Euro 2020 qualifying game

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Israel beat Latvia 3-0 on Friday night in Riga, thanks to a hat trick from Eran Zahavi, defying expectations by staying in contention for a spot in the final tournament due to take place next summer in 12 cities in 12 European countries. Zahavi curled in a free kick in the ninth minute and added two more goals in the second half, giving him seven in three qualifiers. “I was…

India Seeks 100 Israeli Advanced Bunker Buster Bombs Allegedly Used in Balakot Strike

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Indian Air Force (IAF) signed a $43 million deal on Thursday to procure an advanced “bunker-buster” version of the Spice-2000 bombs, manufactured by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems. India has asked the Israeli manufacturer to deliver all the bombs in the next three month. “A contract for procuring over 100 SPICE bombs with Mark 84 warheads was signed with Israel under emergency provisions”, a government official said. It is believed that the IAF had used a penetrator version of the…

New Israeli government or election: Netanyahu faces deadline

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Israel’s raucous political world is on edge, counting down to a midnight deadline to see whether a new government will be formed or whether there will be an unpresented second election of the year. Backchannel negotiations are continuing to try and find a compromise that will allow Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu faction to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition. Without him, Netanyahu has no parliamentary majority and won’t be…

Eurovision turns political in Israel amid boycott calls

Monday, May 13, 2019

As Israel is hosting the Eurovision song contest this week, activists have pointed to Israel’s occupation policies in Palestinian territories and calls for artists to boycott the event have been heard though not fulfilled. American news agency AP reports that Palestinian militants fired at southern Israel hundreds of rockets during a bloody round of fighting last week, raising concerns that the contest could be disrupted by violence. Also, the Palestinian-led…

Israeli election won by long-serving Prime Minister Netanyahu

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

In the Israeli general election, the right-wing Likud party of the incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won, according to the country’s media and AFP. French news agency AFP reports, citing three Israeli television channels that with 97 percent of the votes counted, neither of the candidates’ parties had captured a ruling majority. However, Netanyahu was in a strong position to form a coalition government with other right-wing factions that…