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Netanyahu Undergoes Pre-Indictment Hearings

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3 Oct 2019
Netanyahu Undergoes Pre-Indictment Hearings
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netyanyahu underwent his first pre-indictment hearings on Wednesday and Thursday, with his lawyers confidently telling journalists covering the proceedings that they were “surprising” Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit and the prosecutors and that there was a good chance in the charges being dismissed. Meanwhile, Netanyahu met with Yisrael Beytanu leader Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday morning and emerged from the meeting to announce that he’d invited his long-time political frenemy to join his governing coalition in the 22nd Knesset.
Lieberman’s own statement following the meeting indicated that he was seriously considering the offer and had urged Netanyahu to forge agreements with him and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz about serious policy issues before moving on to the minutia of power sharing agreements and portfolio assignments in the new government. However, another variable was added to the ongoing drama surrounding the formation of a new government when long-time Likud stalwart Gidon Sa’ar announced over Twitter on Thursday that he is “ready” to challenge Netanyahu for leadership of the party.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa Joins BDS Movement
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel celebrated a rare success this week as the Anglican Church of Southern Africa Synod, representing approximately 4 million Anglicans in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Angola, voted to approve a resolution supporting BDS. “The current political nation-state of Israel and Israel in the Bible should not be confused with each other,” the resolution stated, adding that “many Christian pilgrimages to the current State of Israel often ignore the Christians living in Palestine.” The resolution also declared that “there are possible similarities between apartheid in South Africa and what is happening in Israel and Palestine, and that in some respects, the situation there can be described as worse than apartheid.”

In other BDS-related news, it emerged on Wednesday that Samer Arbid, a Palestinian man who was recently arrested on suspicion of involvement in a terrorist attack earlier this year which killed 17-year-old Israeli Rina Shnerb and seriously wounding her brother and father, previously worked for a European-funded NGO linked to the BDS movement.

Iranian General Threatens to Annihilate Israel
General Hossien Salami, chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) told a meeting of his senior commanders this week that he possesses "the capability to annihilate" Israel which he declared needed to be "wiped off the world" before concluding that this could and would soon happen. He added that Iran’s “Islamic revolution” would soon become a global phenomenon. At a separate meeting of IRGC officers this week, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Teheran was moving forward with plans to further violate the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal in an effort to force the US to lift economic sanctions.
Here is a video giving some more analysis of the current situation regarding Iran

Arab-Israeli Sector Protests Spike in Crime
Leaders of Israel’s Arab communities issued a call on Thursday for a general strike to protest what they describe as neglect by the police and their own Knesset representatives of the recent surge in violent crime in Arab villages which has included 71 murders so far this year. “The situation in the Arab sector has become intolerable,” protest leader Majd al-Krum Mayor Salim Slaibi said this week. “We want the leaders of our community to take serious measures to stop the bloodshed. We can’t continue to live in fear.”

Israeli Sports Fans Have More to Cheer About
The Israel Cycling Academy team announced this week that it has signed an agreement with Katusha Management which will allow it to join the World Tour of professional cycling in 2020. The Israeli team will thus be participating in some of the most prestigious cycling races in the world, including the Tour de France. "I have stated for some time that ICA would be in the World Tour, sooner or later. I am excited that it is happening right away for next year's season," said Israeli Canadian philanthropist and ICA co-owner Sylvan Adams. 

Here is a video wishing you Shana Tova from Israel


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