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    Is the curtain finally coming down on Netanyahu’s reign?

    Nov 28, 2019 Go comment!
    For the first time ever, Israel is being led by a prime minister under indictment. Fighting the biggest political battle of his life, Benjamin Netanyahu is holding onto his position as if his life depends on it. To some extent it does. Should he be admired – or not – for refusing to step down?
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    Settlement decision strengthens Israel’s bargaining position

    Nov 21, 2019 Go comment!
    Suddenly, it seems as if everyone is an expert in international law. After United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday this week that Washington believes the settlements aren’t inherently illegal, everyone has been weighing in on the matter.
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    Rockets raining down on Israel from Gaza

    Nov 14, 2019 Go comment!
    I woke up at 08:00 on Tuesday to sirens blaring across Tel Aviv. Disconcerted, I looked out of my bedroom window to see the usual morning traffic screeching to an immediate standstill. Buses were pulling over, and frightened passengers were jumping out to lie down on the surface of the emergency lanes. I was still groggy with sleep and it took a few seconds to comprehend what was happening. I stumbled to the second bedroom that doubles up as a bomb shelter (according to Israeli law, all buildings built since the 1990s must have one), closed the heavy door, and waited. A few seconds passed. Then, finally awake, I remembered that I am a journalist and the last place I should be – literally and figuratively – is in the dark about what was happening. I ventured out.
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    Israeli government not the issue, occupation is, says Palestinian PM

    Nov 07, 2019 Go comment!
    I recently sat down with Palestinian Prime Minister Dr Mohammad Shtayyeh in Ramallah to gauge his views on a range of issues including the Israeli elections.
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    • Paula

    Paralysed Israeli politics makes third election increasingly likely

    Oct 31, 2019 Go comment!
    Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Unless something dramatic happens, the political scene in Israel is paralysed, and for the third time in one year, Israelis could be headed for the polls.
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    Israel heading for a third election

    Oct 10, 2019 Go comment!
    Increasingly, it seems inevitable that Israelis will be heading into a third round of elections. Until now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to concede that he is unable to form a government. But at the same time, he has not allowed any other member of his Likud party to try to do so.
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    Who will be the next to wear the Israeli crown?

    Sep 26, 2019 Go comment!
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced on Wednesday night that he would task incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a government coalition. It came as talks between the sides reached a stalemate.
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    Second time unlucky for Netanyahu?

    Sep 19, 2019 Go comment!
    After a decade in power, incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might soon have to vacate the country’s top office.
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    Netanyahu fights for survival

    Sep 12, 2019 Go comment!
    On Tuesday next week, Israelis head to the polls in the second election in five months. Although Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won back in April, the prime minister was unable to form a governing coalition, and dissolved the newly elected Knesset (parliament).
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    • Paula

    Was this indeed another Israeli victory?

    Sep 05, 2019 Go comment!
    Israel just scored another victory in the ongoing psychological warfare against her enemies. Or did she? On Sunday, after Hezbollah, the militant Iranian-sponsored group, fired three missiles at northern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) posted photographs of injured soldiers on its Facebook page.
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    • Paula

    Israel on a knife edge again

    Aug 29, 2019 1 Comment
    Israel’s military is again on high alert. It’s limiting civilian traffic near the country’s border with Lebanon, and has deployed an Iron Dome missile defence battery in the north. But at the time of writing this, it had stopped short of opening bomb shelters for civilians.
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    Ayelet Shaked’s rising star in Israeli politics

    Aug 08, 2019 1 Comment
    It’s been 45 years since Israel’s fourth prime minister, Golda Meir, resigned from the country’s top job. Often described as the “iron lady” of Israeli politics, she was strong-willed and straight-talking.
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    • Paula

    What does it mean if Israel bombs an Iranian warehouse in Iraq?

    Aug 01, 2019 Go comment!
    For 38 years, there’s been no mention of Israeli strikes in Iraq. All that changed this week, when the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported that Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35 jets bombed Iranian warehouses storing arms and missiles near Baghdad.
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    • Paula

    Boris Johnson – is he good for the Jews?

    Jul 25, 2019 Go comment!
    My grandmother had a very particular world view. For the 25 plus years I’ve been a journalist, regardless of what was happening in the world, she’d ask me, “Is it good for the Jews?”
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    • Paula

    Israel warns soldiers of fake friends on social media

    Jul 18, 2019 Go comment!
    Israel is stronger than Hamas on the ground. But in the digital sphere, the Gaza militant organisation is fast developing cyber capabilities that if the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is not vigilant, could seriously compromise its troops.
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    • Paula

    Ehud Barak – the comeback leader

    Jul 11, 2019 1 Comment
    “The state of Israel is facing the total dissolution of its democracy,” says former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. “This is a strategic threat no less than the Iranian threat.” This is the alarming opinion of the man who occupied the country’s top seat from 1999 to 2001.
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    Ethiopian Israelis take to the streets following another death

    Jul 04, 2019 Go comment!
    The rallying call, “Black lives matter!” was heard again this week. But it didn’t emanate from American cities like Ferguson, Baltimore, and New York – or even Africa. Instead, it came from Tel Aviv, Netanya, and Haifa. And the protestors weren’t African Americans, but Ethiopian Israelis.
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    • Paula

    The reason for Lieberman upending Netanyahu’s government

    Jun 06, 2019 Go comment!
    Israelis are going to the polls again over an issue that is as divisive as it is seemingly unsolvable. Should ultra-Orthodox (haredi) men serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), or not?
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    • Paula

    Netanyahu loses election he has already won

    May 30, 2019 Go comment!
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lost an election he had already won. For the first time in the country’s history, a party (in this case Netanyahu’s Likud) was unable to form a majority coalition after parliamentary elections.
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    • Paula

    Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as voters swing to the right

    Apr 18, 2019 Go comment!
    As expected, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has named incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the best person to put together the next Israeli government.
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