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Netanyahu Given First Opportunity to Form Government

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26 Sep 2019
Netanyahu Given First Opportunity to Form Government
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced on Wednesday evening that incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would receive the first opportunity to form a governing coalition following last weeks elections. The deadline is 24 October, but Netanyahu said he would like to conclude negotiations quickly in light of the ongoing regional crisis and the soon-to-be-unveiled “Deal of the Century” plan by the Trump Administration. In a sign that the coalition might come sooner rather than later, Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman announced on Thursday morning that he was indeed ready to negotiate with Netanyahu “without preconditions” and that he wouldn’t negotiate with Blue and White at this time.

However, Lieberman’s associates were quick to point out that Lieberman was prepared to negotiate with Likud only, not the Ultra-Orthadox parties which are Likud’s traditional allies. Labor-Gesher leader Amir Peretz also received pressure from some of his faction members to negotiate with Netanyahu, despite the historic enmity between Labor and Likud and the broad opposition to Netanyahu personally within Labor’s rank and file.

In related news, Joint (Arab) List faction leader Ayman Odeh posted a video in Arabic on Facebook Wednesday evening in which he said that Blue and White had requested that the Balad (Arab Nationalist) faction within the Joint List be removed from the list of factions recommending Gantz to be Prime Minister in order to send the ball into Netanyahu’s court by being given the first chance to form a government.

"We are interested in the mandate being given first to Netanyahu and only afterwards to us," Odeh said Blue and White MKM Ofer Shelah told him. "[Blue and White] believe Netanyahu won't succeed in forming a government, after which the other parties won't want a third election. That will cause public pressure and then Gantz will be able to form a coalition."

However, Shelah denied making the statement and Balad leader MK Mtanes Shihadeh also tweeted on Thursday denying the truth of Odeh’s narrative.

Livni Named to Prestigious Fellowship at Harvard
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat this week when Tzipi Livni, former foreign minister deputy prime minister, was announced to be a 2019 Fisher Family Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. “I'm happy for the opportunity that was given to me to share my experience as a decision-maker in the Israeli cabinet and as chief negotiator for peace with the students at Harvard Kennedy School," Livni told The Jerusalem Post.

Here is a video about other recent defeats for the BDS Movement

IAF Promotes First Female Squadron Leader
History was made this week when Lt.-Col. G (full name withheld for security reasons by the IDF) became the first female to command an aviation squadron in the Israel Air Force, specifically the 122 squadron, a field intelligence unit including reconnaissance aircraft, based out of the Nevatim Airbase south of Tel Aviv. “Congratulations to our first female commander of an operational squadron in the Air Force – we’ve been waiting for you for 71 years,” IAF Cmdr. Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin said at the ceremony on Tuesday night. “Lt. Col. G, the mother of two boys, you are a role model and an inspiration for thousands of women in the State of Israel.”

Here is a video the IDF recently posted about women who serve in the military

PA Officials in Jerusalem Arrested
Israeli security forces arrested the Palestinian Authority’s minister for Jerusalem affairs, Fadi al-Hadmi in an early Wednesday morning raid on his eastern Jerusalem home, shortly after a similar arrest raid on the home of PA governor for Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith. Ghaith avoided the arrest attempt as he was not home at the time, later telling journalists that “Due to Israeli laws, our activities in Jerusalem are considered as interfering with Israeli sovereignty there, which violates all international understandings and resolutions regarding Jerusalem. Israel won’t allow any [official] Palestinian presence in Jerusalem, and we [the PA] represent the Palestinians there.”


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