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Netanyahu Given Slight Reprieve on Indictments

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12 Mar 2019
Netanyahu Given Slight Reprieve on Indictments
Israel’s Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit reportedly informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that his first court hearing to determine whether or not he will be indicted for fraud, breach of trust and bribery will be scheduled for no later than 10 July. He also agreed to Netanyahu’s request not to transfer the evidence in the three cases against him to the prosecuting and defense attorney’s until 10 April, the day after the election. Analysts assessed these decisions by Mandelblit  give Netanyahu time and space to concentrate on the election.

Here is a video on Israel's upcoming elections posted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Visiting US Senator Graham Takes Golan Tour
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted US Ambassador David Friedman and Senator Lyndsey Graham [R-SC] for a tour of the Golan Heights on Monday, sharing with them about the necessity of Israel retaining control of the strategic region. The American delegation expressed their support for Israel’s position and vowed to work towards formalizing US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory.

Here is the GPO video from their tour

Israel Blesses the World
Israeli irrigation tech firm Netafim won a contract this week, worth over $100 million, to build infrastructure projects which will allow nearly 60,000 farmers in over 100 communities in the southern Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to increase their crop yields while reducing their use of chemical fertilizers and water. "India is a key market for Netafim in fulfillment of its commitment to help the world to grow more with less," said Netafim president and CEO Ran Maidan.

BDS Movement Suffers Defeats
The effort to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered a massive defeat on Monday when US hi-tech giant Nvidia announced it is acquiring Israeli chipmaker Mellanox for $6.9 billion in the latest massive “exit” of an Israeli Start-Up company. “The success of Mellanox is another sign of respect for the Israeli economy and a source of great pride for the hi-tech industry,” said Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. Also on Monday, Jerusalem’s YMCA hotel hosted executives from some of the world’s largest media companies for a conference aimed at expanding operations in the Jewish State. Executives from Netflix, CNN, CBS, Amazon Studios among others took part in the sixth annual Keshet INTV conference, with Cindy Holland, VP of original content at Netflix telling Keshet CEO Avi Nir during the opening panel that her company is “trying to program for audiences with such wide, inclusive and eclectic tastes…80% of our new acquisitions are coming from outside the United States (and) foreign titles were always of great interest to our members.”

Israeli Police Make Massive Drug Bust
Israelis awoke Tuesday morning to the news that Telegrass, one of the largest narcotics distribution networks in the country, had been targeted by police in a raid which resulted in the arrest of 42 suspects. The group’s name derived from its use of the encrypted Telegram app to communicate between administrators, dealers and an estimated 100,000+ users all over the country. The group, which operates semi-above ground, issued a statement on its Facebook page saying Tuesday’s raid won’t make a significant dent in its operations and predicting that recreational cannabis use will soon be legalized in Israel. 


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