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Former defense brass demand commission of inquiry into submarine affairThe Times of Israel - As part of lawsuit filed by anti-corruption group, affidavits urge Netanyahu be investigated in scandal over bribery in the procurement of German naval vessels [ry] 3/8/2020
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Court orders PM`s son to `cease harassing` protest leadersAFP - Ynet - Judge orders Yair Netanyahu to stop harassing demonstrators against his father for the next 6 months after he posted their addresses and encouraged followers to picket their homes [ry] 3/8/2020
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Is Israel foiling Fatah-Hamas reconciliation?Khaled Abu Toameh - Jerusalem Post (quoting Al-Quds Al-Arabi) - Hatem Qafisheh, a senior Hamas official from Hebron who was briefly detained by the IDF earlier this week, said he and other Hamas representatives were warned by their Israeli interrogators not to strike any deal with Fatah. The interrogators told him he and other Hamas officials would pay a price if an agreement is reached between Hamas and Fatah. Bassem Za’areer, another Hamas official in the West Bank, said some of his colleagues received phone calls from Israeli intelligence officers warning them against taking parts in current efforts to end the Fatah-Hamas dispute. [bz]28/7/2020
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Who are the Israeli protesters at Netanyahu’s doorstep?Robert Swift - +972 Magazine - The people who have been taking to the streets over the last two weeks — in numbers unprecedented in recent years — can be roughly divided into there main categories. Many protesters demand that Netanyahu resign, arguing that he is corrupt and is pushing an anti-democratic agenda. A prominent symbol at the protests is the black flag, representing the death of democracy in Israel, which protesters often wave on bridges over highways across the country. Others have been wearing t-shirts and carrying posters that say “Crime Minister,”. Another gripe comes from younger protesters who are frustrated by the bleak economic options on their horizon, struggling to provide for their families or to prevent their business from going under during the pandemic, even as the prime minister is focused on granting himself tax rebates. A minority among the protesters can be termed the anti- occupation camp, calling for a change in Israel`s attitude to the Palestinians, expressing solidarity with the US Black Lives Matter movement and revulsion at the recent fatal shooting by Jerusalem police of Iyad al-Hallaq, an autistic Palestinian man. Of the 15 people interviewed for this story, two or three seemed to place oppression of Palestinians as their central reason for protesting, with a similar number mentioning the occupation after first referring to corruption.[ak] 28/7/2020
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Hezbollah accuses Israel of fabricating border clashTimour Azhari - Al Jazeera - Conflicting versions abound regarding yesterday`s events on the Israeli-Lebanese border. According to the government of Israel, the IDF has successfully foiled an attempted border infiltration by a Hezbollah squad. PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ganz, habitually at loggerheads, were as one in condemning "the violation of Israeli sovereignty" and warning that Hezbollah was "playing with fire". On the other hand, Hezbollah denied that any such attempt was made and accused Israel of "attempting to create false victories". Hezbollah also noted that Israeli shells fired in response to the alleged infiltration smashed a civilian home in the Lebanese village of Al-Habbariyeh, narrowly missing a family in the house at the time. Hezbollah also declared it still intends to launch some kind of retaliation for the killing of a Hezbollah member in an air raid on Syria last week - a raid attributed to Israel, though not officially claimed. [ak] 28/7/2020
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Right wingers furious at Haifa`s bid to honour Egyptian diva AFP/Y-net - Haifa Mayor Einat Kalisch-Rotem said the naming of a Haifa street for the late Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum "highlights the diversity of the city, which represents a model of co-existence between Arabs and Jews" and noted that the Egyptian singer had performed in Haifa in the 1930s, when the city was in British mandatory Palestine. Outraged right wingers such as Yair Natanyahu, the PM`s son, condemned the move as "crazy", quoting Umm Kulthum`s support for Palestinian armed struggle and for the Egypt`s war with Israel in 1967. Israeli musician Ariel Cohen said that some Jews with Arab roots "grew up with Umm Kulthum," and noted that one of her most famous songs, "Enta Omri", was translated into Hebrew. "Umm Kulthum is not an enemy," Cohen said. Even if she sang patriotic songs during conflict between Egypt and Israel before the neighbours signed a 1979 peace, "it is natural for singers to sing patriotic songs in times of war," Cohen added. The singer died in 1975 and did not witness the Israeli- Egyptian peace. [ak] 28/7/2020
Keir Starmer hints at Labour retreat on Israel sanctionsAsa Winstanley - EI - “Starmer’s jibe that the party ‘is under new management’ could have been just as much a reference to Labour’s increasingly right-wing approach towards Israel as much as it was about Russia. According to Labour Friends of Israel, Starmer thanked them ‘for the crucial role they play in the Labour Party’ and for ‘contributing to a balanced debate on the Middle East’” [ry] 27/7/2020
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Several violent attacks on anti-Netanyahu protesters reported across countryThe Times of Israel - Man stabbed in south, group in Jerusalem said to beat up activists, man and son say they were pepper-sprayed near Tel Aviv; Gantz, Peretz decry violence, call to protect protesters [ry]27/7/2020
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How Netanyahu lost focus, and his coalition lost control, in fight against COVIDHAVIV RETTIG GUR - The Times of Israel - The coronavirus pandemic arrived in Israel in mid-February. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed up to the task. He led regular televised briefings announcing each new stage of social-distancing restrictions. At his side, each time, were top officials of the state bureaucracy, especially the directors of the Health and Finance ministries, Moshe Bar Siman-Tov and Shai Babad respectively. Cabinet ministers, on the other hand, were nowhere to be found during the most dire crisis Israelis could remember. Then-finance minister Moshe Kahlon and then-health minister Yaakov Litzman (now the housing minister) openly admitted they were uninvolved, and seemed happy about that fact. (rh)22/7/2020
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Netanyahu faces pushback over money-for-all coronavirus grants planReuters - Ynetnews - Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron tells Army Radio the government should focus on helping the poorest citizens instead of payments to all Israeli citizens, which PM say will bolster consumer spending. (rh)22/7/2020
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‘People are waking up’: 50 arrested in anti-Netanyahu protestsOren Ziv - +972 - A protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned into a chaotic and historic night, during which Israeli-Jewish leftists turned their anger on the police. (rh)22/7/2020
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Netanyahu’s Corruption Trial Resumes as Israel Faces Coronavirus Protests (VIDEO)Reuters - Palestine Chronicle - On Saturday, police used water cannons to disperse demonstrators around Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence. In Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial hub, thousands gathered to demand better state aid to businesses hurt in the health crisis. Bribery charges carry a sentence of up to 10 years in jail and/or a fine. Fraud and breach of trust carry a prison sentence of up to three years.(rh)22/7/2020
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Besieged Netanyahu announces virus handouts to all Israelis totaling billionsTOI STAFF - Times of Israel - Facing rising criticism over his response to the financial crisis touched off by the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday announced a new NIS 6 billion ($1.75 billion) financial aid package that will see the government cut a check to every Israeli. The plan will see couples with one child receive a one-time payment of NIS 2,000 ($583), which rises to NIS 2,500 ($729) for those with two children, and NIS 3,000 ($875) for those with three or more. Single Israelis aged 18 and over will each receive NIS 750 ($218). (rh)22/7/2020
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Gantz pushing for halt to West Bank areas sovereignty plani24 News/Israel Hayom - Gantz said to prioritize health crisis response, improving infrastructure used by settlers and Palestinians Israel`s Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz is pushing for a halt for Jerusalem`s plans to apply its laws to a number of West Bank areas, Israel Hayom reported Saturday. The newspaper cited two cabinet ministers as saying that Gantz wants Israel to focus on the health crisis it has on its hands, with new COVID-19 cases surging and tensions mounting over the government`s response to the pandemic. As far as sovereignty is concerned, however, the defense minister reportedly prefers an approach that would build up on the existing settlements and work to improve the living conditions for both Israelis and Palestinians. To this goal, Gantz seeks to prioritize developing infrastructure projects that would benefit both settlers and Palestinians living in the area, such as the local power grid and a waterway into the strategic Jordan Valley. [bz]21/7/2020
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Jordan could `look positively` on one-state solution if Palestinian-Israeli rights equalMichael Safi and Jassar al-Tahat - The Guardian - “The way we see it, anything short of a viable two-state solution is going to push not just Jordan, not just Palestine, not just Israel, but the region and the world into chaos,” he said in an interview in Amman. But in a sign of the ailing status of the decades-old two-state formulation, Razzaz said Jordan could view favourably the creation of a single Palestinian-Israeli state, provided it gave equal rights to both peoples. Israeli leaders have traditionally eschewed any kind of one-state solution, fearing that the Palestinian population would eventually eclipse the Jewish one and threaten Israel’s religious identity. But the idea has grown in popularity among Palestinian activists as the prospect of establishing their own state has dimmed. “You close the door to the two-state solution, I could very well look at this positively, if we’re clearly opening the door to a one-state democratic solution,” Razzaz said. “But nobody in Israel is talking about that, and so we cannot just sugar-coat what they’re doing. [bz]21/7/2020
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Israel supporter’s dramatic shift shocks establishmentAssociated Press - Ynet - Peter Beinart says after decades of settlement expansion on land claimed by the Palestinians and proposals such as U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan, a viable Palestinian state is impossible [ry] 20/7/2020
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Mandela’s Legacy, Then and NowOSSIM SHALOM – Social Workers For Peace & Social Welfare - a coalition of organizations invite you to an online event commemorating Nelson Mandela. Panel: MP Ayman Odeh - Leader of the Hadash Party, head of the Joint List Alliance Dr. Alon Liel - former Ambassador of Israel to South Africa, founder of J-LINK Robi Damelin - Spokesperson, Parents Circle - Families Forum Maya Savir - Author Moderator: Perli Shachar - Journalist With greetings from: Sharon Katz – Artist activist, founder of the “Peace Train” in South Africa Prof. Izzledin Abuelaish – MD, author, founder of Daughters for Light Foundation Sulaiman Khatib - Co- Founder and former Co-Director of Combatants for Peace Dr. Stephen Fulder - founder of Amutat Tovana, senior mindfulness teacher, author Registration page (Todaa Bria): https://bit.ly/2ZDhjgz 19/7/2020
Israel Is Trying To Provoke Iran To Start a WarMuhammad Sahimi - AntiWar - "The net result of Israel’s efforts to provoke a war with Iran is that the Iranian people must constantly wage battle in multiple fronts: against Iran’s hardliners; against the destructive effect of the US illegal sanctions and their effect on Iran’s economy and their daily lives, and against the threat of a war with Israel and/or the United States that no one in Iran, even the hardliners, want" [ry] 6/7/2020
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