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Netanyahu Reprieve Sparks Outrage on Left

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23 May 2019 (All day)
Netanyahu Reprieve Sparks Outrage on Left
Political opponents of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed exasperation and outrage Wednesday following an announcement by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit that he has granted a request to delay Netanyahu’s hearing prior to a possible indictment on corruption charges from July to October. The announcement, which some analysts said would help Netanyahu in his ongoing negotiations with potential partners as he tries to form a governing coalition, also gives him time to push laws through the Knesset which would give sitting MKs immunity from prosecution for the duration of their time in office.

In related news, reports surfaced this week that the trial of Sara Netanyahu, the premier’s wife in a case titled the “Prepared Food Affair” which resulted from Sara being indicted on charges that she abused expense accounts for the Prime Ministers residence going back almost a decade appeared headed for a plea agreement. Mandelblit indicted her in June of 2018 on charges of fraud with aggravated circumstances and breach of public trust, but in recent days her attorneys have said she is willing to plead guilty to less severe charges while wrangling continues over the size of fines she will be required to pay.

BDS Movement Suffers More Setbacks
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered several setbacks on Wednesday, starting with an announcement by Solabia Group, a French maker of natural active ingredients for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and microbiology industries, that it is acquiring Israel’s Algatech. The Israeli company, which has seen rapid expansion in recent years, said it expects to reach new heights of production and profitability with the new arrangement. Earlier this week, Tel Aviv’s Diamond Exchange received delegations from the US and China which included some of the biggest names in international gemstone trading.

The first delegation on Monday featured 25 members of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) led by President Susan M. Jacques. The delegation’s purpose in visiting Israel was to inaugurate a new laboratory at the Ramat Gan Stock Exchange. Later on Monday, deputy mayor of Shanghai Xu Kunlin led a delegation from the Shanghai Diamond Exchange. That visit concluded with an announcement that there will be an Israeli exhibition in China in July.

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Iranian Leader Predicts Demise of US and Israel
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave another of his trademark fiery speeches to a group of university students on Wednesday, telling them that “You young people should be assured that you will witness the demise of the enemies of humanity, meaning the degenerate American civilization, and the demise of Israel." He also addressed the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal, saying he never thought much of it and tried to warn those within the regime who were enthusiastic about its prospects.

Gaza-Launched Incendiary Devices Cause Fires in Southern Israel
Following a series of fires in southern Israel sparked by incendiary devices sent over the border attacked to kites and balloons from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the IDF announced on Wednesday that it was restricting the zone fisherman from the Strip can use to 10 nautical miles off the coast, just one day after expanding the zone to 15 nautical miles.

Israel’s Cost of Living Set to Increase
Israel’s Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday that municipal property taxes (arnona) will increase by 2.58% on 1 January, 2020, with several economic analysts warning that this is likely to set off a spike in prices for nearly all consumer goods as merchants pass on the increase in their expenses to their customers. Rent for apartments as well as other household costs such as groceries, water and electricity, have also increased recently, with more price hikes expected going forward.

Heavy Fighting Reported in Northwest Syria
After several months of relative calm in Syria, heavy fighting has once again been reported between forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad and rebel factions in the northwest corner of the country. Regime aircraft carried out strikes in several areas while fierce fighting was reported between ground forces around the town of Kafr Nabuda. All sides in the fighting, as well as civilian aid agencies, reported large numbers of people killed and wounded in these clashes.

“A full military incursion threatens to trigger a humanitarian catastrophe for over 3 million civilians caught in the crossfire, as well as overwhelm our ability to respond,” said David Swanson, a spokesman for the UN humanitarian office.

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