2021-06-13 14:34:30 59481660 Israel's incoming and outgoing leaders prepare for political change PM-designate Naftali Bennett begins day with prayer as security tightens at his home while centrist partner Yair Lapid celebrates 'morning of change' with cup of coffee; Netanyahu cites message to him from Lubavitcher Rebbe that God was on his side Hadar Gil-Ad, Moran Azulay, Sivan Hilaie https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Sy1NjLXsu Sun, 13 Jun 2021 14:6:47 +03:00 Yamina leader Naftali Bennett marked the morning of his inauguration as Israel's 13th prime minister with a prayer, while security around his home in the central city of Ra'anana received a significant upgrade befitting the head of the country. Bennett posted an image of himself on Twitter wearing the traditional Jewish tefillin, with Hebrew version of the famous prayer from the Torah: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His countenance shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace." Bennett's political partner, centrist Yesh Atid leader and incoming foreign minister Yair Lapid, saw significantly less security measures at his own Tel Aviv home. Lapid, who successfully put together the coalition that ended Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year rule, celebrated his achievement with of himself sipping a cup of coffee. He posted the image on social media with the caption: "A morning of change," a reference to the new government that he put together that is known as "the coalition of change." Both leaders refrained from making public statements on Sunday as they prepared to take office. On Saturday night, Bennett asked those celebrating in Jerusalem over Netanyahu's imminent departure to respect the outgoing prime minister's honor. Netanyahu chose to mark the day with a Twitter post recalling a meeting in the 1990s with Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a day after the anniversary of his death in 1994. "I remember what the Lubavitcher Rebbe said to me," Netanyahu wrote in Hebrew alongside the image. "You will have to fight with 119 people. It will not leave an impression because The Holy One, blessed be He, is on [your] side.” The leaders of the parties in the new coalition were to meet at 2pm two hours before the new government was set to approved in Knesset and sworn in. Bennett's Yamina party was due to meet at 3:15 pm, along with the other Knesset factions who were to hold meetings ccaptionImageElement19204355> <p>Netanyahu chose to mark the day with a Twitter post recalling a meeting in the 1990s with Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a day after the anniversary of his death in 1994.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I remember what the Lubavitcher Rebbe said to me," Netanyahu wrote in Hebrew alongside the image. "You will have to fight with 119 people. It will not leave an impression because The Holy One, blessed be He, is on [your] side.” &nbsp;</p> <DIV id=tvElement5873376></DIV><BR><p>The leaders of the parties in the new coalition were to meet at 2pm two hours before the new government was set to approved in Knesset and sworn in.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bennett's Yamina party was due to meet at 3:15 pm, along with the other Knesset factions who were to hold meetings closed to the media.</p> <p>Ahead of the Knesset’s vote, Bennett was scheduled to deliver a conciliatory speech that would also refer to Netanyahu.&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19204356> <p>Immediately afterwards, Lapid was to speak, followed by the new leader of the opposition, Netanyahu himself.</p> <p>Soon after, the lawmakers were expected to vote in Yesh Atid MK Mickey Levy as the new Knesset speaker, who would lead the rest of the session. &nbsp;</p> <p>The day's formal events were to conclude with a vote of confidence in the new government.</p> <p><br></p> message 59481260 Ra'am to convene following al-Harumi's threats None Hassaan Shaalan https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BJaB0I7id Sun, 13 Jun 2021 13:34:6 +03:00 In light of Ra'am party member Said al-Harumi's threats not to support the government headed by Yamina leader Naftali Bennett, Ra'am will convene at 1:30 pm. message 59481250 PLO warns of 'explosion' if Jerusalem 'flag parade' goes ahead None i24NEWS https://www.ynetnews.com/article/r1hs6I7o00 Sun, 13 Jun 2021 13:29:39 +03:00 The Jerusalem Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization has warned of an "explosion" if Tuesday's scheduled Jerusalem flag parade goes ahead. The PLO cautioned that unrest could extend beyond Jerusalem to the Palestinian territories if the march takes place, saying that the "occupation authorities" have not learned from the political changes in the region and internationally. The right-wing parade, which normally takes place in May, was rescheduled after it was cut short by a barrage of rocket fire from Gaza that marked the start of last month's 11-day war. message 59481080 Illegal West Bank outpost could be first real test for new government Eviatar has acquired 50 families as residents since its establishment last month and has been a source of friction with nearby Palestinian communities; Netanyahu critics accused outgoing PM of deliberately leaving issue for his replacement Elisha Ben Kimon https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SJLTO7Qid Sun, 13 Jun 2021 13:21:15 +03:00 The illegal West Bank outpost of Eviatar has been growing at an abnormal rate ever since it was set up one month ago, with 50 families already in situ. Its fate will ultimately be decided by fervently pro-settlement Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett and his government that spans the spectrum of Israelis politics. Netanyahu critics have accused the outgoing prime minister of deliberately leaving the issue to be a thorn in the side of the new government and the man who was to replace him. Unlike previous efforts to settle the area, which comprised tents that could be removed by the IDF without the need for special government permission, Eviatar already has brick buildings, a yeshiva and infrastructure for electricity and waterworks. It even has a bus station, although it is near no current bus routes. Clashes between the IDF and Palestinians from nearby villages have broken out over the new outpost, resulting Friday in the death of a Palestinian youth. A growing number of settlers have been arriving at the site in an effort to foil any attempt by security forces to remove it - should the new government give the order do so. Eviatar is situated in Area C, which is under Israeli civil and security control. The ownership of the land has not yet been determined and although the outpost's ultimate fate is still undecided, evacuation proceedings have already been approved by the outgoing government. "What is happening here is an attempt by the government to uproot a settlement established on uncontested land at a strategic point,” said Yossi Dagan, the head of Samaria Regional Council. “If there is one righteous Zionist act that the Israeli government should adopt, it is Eviatar," Dagan said. "To anyone talking about legality, I would like to point out that there are 80 illegal houses built by Arabs around Eviatar as part of their efforts to control Area C.” The construction of the settlement prompted riots in the nearby Palestinian villages as well as te is still undecided, evacuation proceedings have already been approved by the outgoing government.</p> <p>"What is happening here is an attempt by the government to uproot a settlement established on uncontested land at a strategic point,” said Yossi Dagan, the head of Samaria Regional Council.</p> <p>“If there is one righteous Zionist act that the Israeli government should adopt, it is Eviatar," Dagan said.</p> <p>"To anyone talking about legality, I would like to point out that there are 80 illegal houses built by Arabs around Eviatar as part of their efforts to control Area C.”&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19202222> <p>The construction of the settlement prompted riots in the nearby Palestinian villages as well as clashes with Israeli security forces, during which a Palestinian youth was killed.</p> <p>Eviatar’s construction was also a cause for friction between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who lambasted the outgoing leader for his opposition to an order for all construction to cease at the outpost.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19202223> <p>"The very establishment of the outpost is an illegal move of exceptional scope,” read a letter sent by the Defense Ministry to the Prime Minister's Office on Gantz's behalf.</p> <p>“It is the exceptional circumstances of the case that led to the decision to issue the order, after consultation with all the relevant security and legal factors," the letter said.&nbsp;</p> message 59480260 PM pressures Ra'am MK to vote against new coalition None Moran Azulay https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJUnbBQou Sun, 13 Jun 2021 11:39:44 +03:00 Islamist Ra'am party member Said al-Harumi on Sunday, threatened to withhold his support of the new government after he was promised policy changes to benefit his constituents, by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party. According to sources close to al-Harumi, Netanyahu and Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri have been exerting pressure on the Ra'am member promising to suspend demolition of homes in the Bedouin Sector, that were decided during the term of the outgoing government. message 59480250 From face of Israel to belligerent opposition After 12 years of ruling over Israeli politics, Benjamin Netanyahu inspires both ardent adoration and profound disgust in a country that has become deeply divided during his tenure; even so, his place in history is secure News Agencies https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/BJ4P3EQoO Sun, 13 Jun 2021 11:35:44 +03:00 On the international stage, with his polished English and booming baritone voice, the telegenic Benjamin Netanyahu had become the face of Israel. But on Sunday, Israel was to swear in a new government that would send him into the opposition after a record 12 years in office and a political crisis that sparked four elections in two years. Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, remains the head of the largest party in Knesset and is expected to vigorously oppose the new government as the leader of the opposition. If just one faction bolts, it could lose its majority and would be at risk of collapse, giving him an opening to return to power. The new government is promising a return to normalcy after a tumultuous two years that saw four elections, an 11-day Gaza war last month and a coronavirus outbreak that devastated the economy before it was largely brought under control by a world-leading vaccination campaign. The Knesset was to convene to vote on the new government at 4 pm. It was expected to win a narrow majority of at least 61 votes in the 120-member assembly, after which it was to be sworn in. It's unclear if Netanyahu was to attend the ceremony or when he would move out of the official residence. He has lashed out at the new government in apocalyptic terms and accused Bennett of defrauding voters by running as a right-wing stalwart and then partnering with the left. Netanyahu's supporters have held angry protests outside the homes of rival lawmakers, who say they have received death threats naming their family members. The Shin Bet internal security service issued a rare public warning about the incitement earlier this month, saying it could lead to violence. Netanyahu has condemned the incitement while arguing that he has suffered worse from it. His place in Israeli history is secure, having served as prime minister for a total of 15 years - more than any other, including the country's founder, David Ben-Gurion. Netanyahu began his long rule by d right-wing stalwart and then partnering with the left.</p> <p>Netanyahu's supporters have held angry protests outside the homes of rival lawmakers, who say they have received death threats naming their family members.&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19197767> <p>The Shin Bet internal security service issued a rare public warning about the incitement earlier this month, saying it could lead to violence.</p> <p>Netanyahu has condemned the incitement while arguing that he has suffered worse from it.</p> <p>His place in Israeli history is secure, having served as prime minister for a total of 15 years - more than any other, including the country's founder, David Ben-Gurion.</p> <p>Netanyahu began his long rule by defying the administration of Barack Obama, vigorously campaigning against the president's emerging nuclear deal with Iran, even denouncing it in an address to the U.S. Congress in 2015.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19197768> <p>But he suffered few if any consequences from those clashes and was richly rewarded by the Trump administration, which recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital, helped broker normalization agreements with four Arab states and withdrew the U.S. from the Iran deal.</p> <p>Netanyahu has portrayed himself as a world-class statesman, boasting of his close ties with Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.&nbsp;</p> <p>He has also cultivated ties with Arab and African countries that long shunned Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians.</p> <p>But he has gotten a far chillier reception from U.S. President Joe Biden's administration and is widely seen as having undermined the long tradition of bipartisan support for Israel in the United States.</p> <p>His reputation as a political magician has also faded at home, where he has become a deeply polarizing figure.&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19197769> <p>Critics say he has long pursued a divide-and-conquer strategy that aggravated rifts in Israeli society between Jews and Arabs and between his close ultra-Orthodox allies and secular Jews.</p> <p>In November 2019, he was indicted for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes.&nbsp;</p> <p>He refused calls to step down, instead lashing out at the media, judiciary and law enforcement, going so far as to accuse his political opponents and the judiciary of orchestrating an attempted coup.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last year, protesters began holding weekly rallies across the country calling on him to resign.</p> <p>Celebrations by his opponents to mark the end of the Netanyahu era began late on Saturday outside his official residence in Jerusalem, the site of weekly protests against the right-wing leader for the past year, where a black banner stretched across a wall read: “Bye Bye, Bibi, Bye bye”, and demonstrators sang, beat drums and danced.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19197770> <p>But for Netanyahu’s large and loyal voter base, the departure of “King Bibi” as some call him, may be difficult to accept.&nbsp;</p> <p>His supporters are angered by what they see as the country turning its back on a leader dedicated to its security and a bulwark against international pressure for any steps that could lead to a Palestinian state, even as he promoted diplomatic deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19197771> <p>While Netanyahu remains popular among the hardline nationalists who dominate Israeli politics, but he could soon face a leadership challenge from within his own party.&nbsp;</p> <p>A less polarizing Likud leader would stand a good chance of assembling a coalition that is both farther to the right and more stable than the government that is set to be sworn in.</p> <p><br></p> message 59477140 Israel on cusp of new government, ending Netanyahu era Bennett, Lapid-led coalition to be sworn in at 4pm; with with razor-thin majority, it is set to avoid divisive issues such as Palestinians, focus on domestic reforms; outgoing PM yet to confirm attendance at ceremony Ynet, Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/SyJel11mju Sun, 13 Jun 2021 10:55:19 +03:00 Israel was set to swear in a new government on Sunday that will end a political crisis that sparked four elections in two years and send Benjamin Netanyahu into the opposition after a record 12 years as prime minister. Netanyahu had failed to form a government after the country's March 23 election, a task that political opponents Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid managed with minutes to spare on June 2. The new cabinet, which will be sworn in after a Knesset confidence vote it is expected to win, was cobbled together by the centrist opposition leader Lapid and his right-wing ally. Bennett, a hawkish high-tech millionaire, will serve as prime minister for two years before Lapid, a former finance minister and journalist, takes over. They will head a government that comprises parties from across the political spectrum, including for the first time one that represents the Arab minority that makes up a fifth of the country. Hoping to keep their disparate coalition together, they plan largely to avoid sweeping moves on divisive international issues such the Palestinians while they focus on domestic reforms. With little to no prospect of progress toward resolving the decades-long conflict with Israel, many Palestinians will be unmoved by the change of administration, saying Bennett will likely pursue the same right-wing agenda as Netanyahu. The inauguration of the new coalition was to begin Sunday at around 4pm, when members of the Knesset were to convene in the presence of President Reuven Rivlin and Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut to approve the new government. Bennett was to present the coalition and its agenda as well as its ministers. He was to be followed by Lapid and the outgoing prime minister – who has not yet confirmed his attendance. The remainder of the Knesset factions were then to have nine minutes each to address the plenum. A new Knesset speaker, Mickey Levy from Yesh Atid, was then to be elected and preside over the vote to approve the gwill be unmoved by the change of administration, saying Bennett will likely pursue the same right-wing agenda as Netanyahu.</p> <p>The inauguration of the new coalition was to begin Sunday at around 4pm, when members of the Knesset were to convene in the presence of President Reuven Rivlin and Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut to approve the new government.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bennett was to present the coalition and its agenda as well as its ministers. He was to be followed by Lapid and the outgoing prime minister – who has not yet confirmed his attendance.&nbsp;</p> <p>The remainder of the Knesset factions were then to have nine minutes each to address the plenum.</p> <p>A new Knesset speaker, Mickey &nbsp;Levy from Yesh Atid, was then to be elected and preside over the vote to approve the government and over the swearing-in of its ministers.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19195699> <p>Often referred to by his nickname Bibi, Netanyahu is loved by his hard-core supporters and loathed by critics. His ongoing corruption trial, on charges he denies, has only deepened the chasm.</p> <p>On the international stage, with his polished English and booming baritone voice, the telegenic Netanyahu has become the face of Israel.&nbsp;</p> <p>Serving in his first term as prime minister in the 1990s and since 2009 winning four more terms in succession, he has been a polarizing figure, both abroad and at home.&nbsp;</p> <p>His opponents have long reviled what they see as Netanyahu’s divisive rhetoric, underhanded political tactics and subjection of state interests to his own political survival. Some have dubbed him "Crime Minister" due to his corruption trial and have accused him of mishandling the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout.</p> <p>Celebrations by his opponents to mark the end of the Netanyahu era began late on Saturday outside his official residence in Jerusalem, the site of weekly protests against the right-wing leader for the past year, where a black banner stretched across a wall read: “Bye Bye, Bibi, Bye bye”, and demonstrators sang, beat drums and danced.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19195700> <p>But for Netanyahu’s large and loyal voter base, the departure of “King Bibi” as some call him, may be difficult to accept.&nbsp;</p> <p>His supporters are angered by what they see as the country turning its back on a leader dedicated to its security and a bulwark against international pressure for any steps that could lead to a Palestinian state, even as he promoted diplomatic deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.</p> <p>None of those moves, however, nor the role he played in securing COVID-19 vaccines for the country’s world-beating inoculation campaign, were enough to grant Netanyahu’s Likud party enough votes to secure him a sixth term in office.&nbsp;</p> <p>Bennett in particular has drawn anger from within the right-wing camp for breaking a campaign pledge by joining forces with Lapid.&nbsp;</p> <p>He has justified the move by saying a fifth election since April 2019, which would likely be called were no government formed, would have been a disaster for Israel.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19195701> <p>Both he and Lapid have said they want to bridge political divides and unite Israelis under a government that will work hard for all its citizens.</p> <p>Their cabinet faces considerable diplomatic, security and financial challenges: Iran, a fragile ceasefire with Palestinian militants in Gaza, a war crimes probe by the International Criminal Court, and economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>On top of that, their patchwork coalition of parties commands only a razor-thin majority in parliament, 61 of the Knesset’s 120 seats, and will still have to contend with Netanyahu - who is sure to be a combative head of the opposition. And no one is ruling out a Netanyahu comeback.</p> message 59478910 China cautions G7: 'small' groups don't rule the world None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Bk0dZEmi00 Sun, 13 Jun 2021 10:19:28 +03:00 China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when "small" groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the world's richest democracies which sought a unified position to counter China. "The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone," a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said. "We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equals, and that world affairs should be handled through consultation by all countries." message 59478870 China city deploys drones to keep people inside None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S1bfbNXi00 Sun, 13 Jun 2021 10:17:46 +03:00 A fleet of 60 drones has been deployed in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to keep people indoors and remind those going out to wear masks. China has largely stamped out cases of local COVID-19 transmission, but Guangzhou has seen a flare-up of the more infectious delta variant of the virus, initially discovered in India. Six new cases were reported in Guangzhou over the previous 24 hours, raising the number in the outbreak to more than 100. message 59474860 A new government to end Israel's political impasse In-depth: With coalition agreements signed and ministerial appointments finalized, Knesset will Sunday to elect new parliament speaker to preside over vote to approve new government led first by Naftali Bennett and later by Yair Lapid Moran Azulay https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/H1ZCaZzju Sun, 13 Jun 2021 10:2:23 +03:00 After the more than 12 years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to be replaced Sunday afternoon by his former chief of staff, Yamina leader Naftali Bennett, despite his Yamina party winning only seven seats in the March 23 elections. The final coalition agreements were signed on Friday and the agenda for the new government finalized, clearing the way for Bennett to become the 13th prime minister since the establishment of the State of Israel. This will be the first ever coalition to include an Arab political party and the first since 2013 not to include representatives of the ultra-Orthodox parties. After the parties making up the new government managed to bridge what often seemed impossible differences, Bennett and alternate prime minister-designate Yair Lapid, the centrist Yesh Atid leader, will be joined by Blue & White, Labor, Yisrael Beytenu, Meretz, New Hope and Ra'am. The agreements that were finally signed Friday were described as binding for all coalition parties, and individual legislative proposals, policy changes and declared aims would now be subject to the consensus of all members of the government - including on matters of religion and state. Lapid had in the past promised a lean government with no more than 18 ministers, but had conceded to increase the cabinet in size to 28 in order to satisfy the demands of his many partners. The outgoing government's 34 ministers had evoked public criticism and at least some of them will now be shut down. Speaking Friday, the prime minister-designate said that the coalition agreement "brings two and a half years of political crisis to an end." Israel has had four elections since April 2019, most recently in March. The failure by Lapid and Bennett to put together their coalition would almost certainly have plunged the country into yet another round of voting. Bennett promised his government would serve all Israelis - religious and secular, Arab and Jew. "We will work together out of mutual resthe demands of his many partners.&nbsp;</p> <p>The outgoing government's 34 ministers had evoked public criticism and at least some of them will now be shut down.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19192200> <p>Speaking Friday, the prime minister-designate said that the coalition agreement "brings two and a half years of political crisis to an end."</p> <p>Israel has had four elections since April 2019, most recently in March. The failure by Lapid and Bennett to put together their coalition would almost certainly have plunged the country into yet another round of voting. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Bennett promised his government would serve all Israelis - religious and secular, Arab and Jew. "We will work together out of mutual responsibility and I believe we will succeed," he said.</p> <p>Lapid, who will serve as foreign minister until he takes over as prime minister in August 2023, said that Israelis deserve a functioning government that puts the good of the country ahead of all other considerations.&nbsp;</p> <p>"That is why we formed this unity coalition and all of us are committed to the citizens of Israel," he said.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19192201> <p>On Sunday, members of the Knesset will convene in the presence of President Reuven Rivlin and Chief Justice Esther Hayut to approve the new government. Bennett will present his coalition and its agenda as well as its ministers.</p> <p>Lapid will speak next, followed by the outgoing prime minister – who has not yet confirmed his attendance - and the rest of the Knesset factions will then have nine minutes each to address the plenum.</p> <p>A new Knesset speaker – Miki Levy from Yesh Atid - will then be elected and preside over the Knesset vote to approve the government and over the swearing in of its ministers.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19192202> <p>Netanyahu's office has refused to comment on the Sunday schedule or to provide any information on a possible meeting with Bennett to brief him on matters of national security, but the Likud party insisted there would be an orderly transfer of power.</p> <p>Yesh Atid ministers will head of the Foreign, Economy, Social Welfare, Energy, Tourism and Social Equality ministries.</p> <p>Yamina will lead the Interior, Religious Affairs and Settlements ministries.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19192203> <p>Blue &amp; White, which is headed by Benny Gantz, will take charge of the Defense Ministry (a position Gantz held in the previous government and will continue to hold), Culture and Sports, Immigration and Absorption, and the Science and Technology Ministry, which has been renamed the Ministry for Innovation. Gantz will also be named as deputy prime minister.</p> <p>Members of Blue &amp; White will head the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee and serve on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and its sub-committee on intelligence. A member of the party will also be appointed as deputy Knesset speaker.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19192204> <p>New Hope leader Gideon Saar will become justice minister and his party will head the Education and Jerusalem Affairs ministries.&nbsp;</p> <p>A member of the party will also lead the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and a &nbsp;committee tasked with reducing government bureaucracy.</p> <p>The government will advance New Hope's proposed legislation to limit the length of time for which any prime minister can serve, proposing a maximum of two terms or eight years – whichever lasts longer.</p> <p>Another legislative agenda of the New Hope party that will be advanced will be the full decriminalization of cannabis.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Labor Party, led by Merav Michaeli, will receive the Transportation Ministry, the Ministry of Public Security and the Diaspora Affairs Ministry, although the holder of the latter has not yet been decided. &nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19192205> <p>The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee will be divided into two, and while a Yamina MK will chair the new Health Committee, the Labor Party will head the Labor and Welfare Committee.</p> <p>After a row over the appointments to the Judicial Selection Committee that threatened to derail the new coalition altogether, Yamina No. 2 Ayelet Shaked will be named as the government representative to the committee only after Michaeli or another Labor representative is seated on the panel.</p> <p>After Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid replaces Naftali Bennett as prime minister in 2023, Michaeli will become the representative of the government and a member of New Hope will become a Knesset representative in her place.</p> <p>Labor will also receive the leadership of a special committee for foreign workers, and party MKs will serve on the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and chair of one of its subcommittee.</p> <p>The party will also receive a deputy Knesset speaker position and representation in the European Parliamentary Assembly.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19192206> <p>Yisrael Beytenu, whose chair Avigdor Liberman will become finance minister, and which will receive the leadership of the Knesset Finance Committee, will also receive the Ministry for the Development of the Periphery, the Negev and the Galilee.</p> <p>It is undecided who will head the prestigious Finance Committee and the ministry, both of which were previously given to the ultra-Orthodox parties that are heading to the opposition for the first time in years.</p> <p>The party also had another significant achievement with the transfer of conversion powers to municipal rabbis instead of the centralized Rabbinate.</p> <p>Mansour Abbas and his Islamist Ra'am party did sign the coalition agreement on Friday, although his signature is missing from the general document of the party leaders.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19192207> <p>The agreement reached with Ra'am states that the party will vote in favor of the formation of the government - and will only join it after its formation.</p> message 59478060 Yisrael Beytenu member says he is not part of coalition None Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJON17miu Sun, 13 Jun 2021 9:4:12 +03:00 Yisrael Beytenu member Eli Avidar said on Sunday that he would be operating as an independent faction after party leader Avigdor Liberman refused to appoint him to head the Agriculture Ministry. Avidar said he will support the new coalition but will vote his conscious in future parliamentary votes. Liberman will now lead a faction with six members only. message 59476870 Ahmadinejad claims Iranian intelligence officials helped Israel steal nuclear archive None Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Skh1AeXod Sun, 13 Jun 2021 6:47:4 +03:00 Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that senior Iranian intelligence officials assisted Israel when it seized the secret archive of Iran's military nuclear program in 2018. According to a report on the Iran International channel the former president said some of the officials were Israeli agents. message 59475010 G7 source praises Biden after 'complete chaos' of Trump None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/r17Na5Mou Sat, 12 Jun 2021 23:47:52 +03:00 U.S. President Joe Biden brought a sharply different tone to the Group of Seven summit from predecessor Donald Trump by allowing frank and collaborative discussion of global issues without sowing disruptive chaos, a source with knowledge of the discussions says. "It used to be complete chaos," says the source. "Before, we were on edge the entire, the whole time just trying to keep the G7 intact - and you don't have to worry about that now." message 59475000 Hundreds demonstrate outside PM's Jerusalem residence None Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Sk7S3cMs00 Sat, 12 Jun 2021 23:45:24 +03:00 Hundreds of people demonstrated Saturday night outside the prime minister's official Jerusalem residence on the eve of the swearing-in of a new government. The demonstration is marks the end to a year and a half of regular protests against the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, who leaves office Sunday after 12 years. message 59473850 Syrian hospital hit in artillery attacks on Afrin, at least 13 killed None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJYRnOzod Sat, 12 Jun 2021 21:29:48 +03:00 At least 13 people were killed and several wounded in two separate artillery attacks on the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Saturday, local medical sources said. The first attack struck a residential area, while the second hit a hospital shortly afterwards, civil defense sources said. Video footage on social media showed casualties amid the ruins of the Al Shifa hospital. Turkey's Anadolu agency also put the number of those killed at 13 and said 27 were injured .A local Turkish official said sources at the hospital claimed the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia hit the building with a missile launcher, according to initial reports. The official said Turkish artillery are shelling rural positions near the city of Maarat al-Numan in response. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the U.S.-backed militia force spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG, later said it was not responsible for the attack. message 59472730 ‘We invest in defending our citizens; I wish Palestinian leaders would do same’ Q&A: Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Haiat offers a diplomat's perspective on the 11-day conflict waged last month between Israel and the terror groups in Gaza, the social media response and the reaction around the world Felice Friedson/The Media Line https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/Hyb5wNJiO Sat, 12 Jun 2021 19:17:34 +03:00 Two weeks on from Operation Guardian of the Walls and there is quiet in the south. But Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel and still has that capability. Let’s start by putting this whole operation into context. Israel wasn’t looking to start a military conflict with Hamas, a terrorist organization in Gaza. We did everything we could to avoid conflict and to avoid confrontation but it was a decision made by Hamas that had nothing to do with Israel. This decision was internal dynamic politics within the Palestinian people and Hamas wanted to show their strength vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority and they thought that attacking Israel and Israeli citizens is a way to do so. Israel was under a terror attack by a terror organization the controls the Gaza Strip and what we did during the almost two weeks of Guardian of the Walls was to first of all try to stop the missile launching from the Gaza Strip unto the Israeli cities and also to damage the infrastructure of the terror organization Hamas and other terror organizations within the Gaza Strip. And I don’t think we ended this operation in the same way we started [it]. Hamas took a huge hit to its powers. A lot of the things that Hamas prepared for a future confrontation with Israel are no longer available for its terrorist organization. It doesn’t mean that Hamas is not in control of the Gaza Strip anymore but it does make a difference when we talk to the international community regarding how to move forward and to understand that we cannot go back to the day before. Things cannot be the same. We can’t allow Hamas to regain its power and we cannot allow Hamas to take both Israeli citizens and Palestinian citizens of the Gaza Strip hostage in the hands of a terror organization deciding whether they want to start a military confrontation with Israel or not. Why does Israel always wait to have to be on the offensive? They knew that the tunnel [system] was being built deeper and that there was an accum control of the Gaza Strip anymore but it does make a difference when we talk to the international community regarding how to move forward and to understand that we cannot go back to the day before.&nbsp;</p> <p>Things cannot be the same. We can’t allow Hamas to regain its power and we cannot allow Hamas to take both Israeli citizens and Palestinian citizens of the Gaza Strip hostage in the hands of a terror organization deciding whether they want to start a military confrontation with Israel or not.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19177277> <p><strong>Why does Israel always wait to have to be on the offensive? They knew that the tunnel [system] was being built deeper and that there was an accumulation of rockets. It’s almost like this happens every five years.</strong></p> <p>First of all, we have no interest with starting a conflict with Gaza. Israel left the Gaza Strip in 2005 with no intention in going back there. It’s not our goal. We want to live in peace with our neighbors in the Gaza Strip and we really thought that the Gaza Strip could become an example for other places [of] how Palestinians can rule themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unfortunately, it became a territory that is controlled by a terror organization that actually took over in a military coup against the Palestinian Authority, killing hundreds of Palestinians while doing so.</p> <p>The idea was that we didn’t think that Hamas had any objective of attacking Israel.&nbsp;</p> <p>We understand that they have gained power in the Gaza Strip but there was an imbalanced situation that was relatively quiet to calm.&nbsp;</p> <p>Israel had no intention of starting a military operation but we were prepared because we knew that that day might come and we prepared ourselves in two ways.&nbsp;</p> <p>We prepared ourselves [by] defending our civilians. The Iron Dome was a great example of that. Over 90% of the missiles and rockets that were launched from the Gaza Strip were intercepted before they hit Israeli cities.&nbsp;</p> <p>But we also prepared ourselves with intelligence of what’s going on in Gaza, knowing how to get the terrorists while they are attacking Israel. &nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19177278> <p><strong>Hamas and the Iranian proxies were looking at the capabilities of the Iron Dome missile defense system and how they could overpower it. What do you think they learned?</strong></p> <p>I think that they learned that the Iron Dome is very successful technology.&nbsp;</p> <p>I don’t think that anyone could imagine this kind of technology in another place in the world. Ten years ago, if we hadn’t had this kind of technology, we would be looking at 10 times as many casualties on the Israeli side. Israel invested in defending its citizens.</p> <p>Iran, the proxies, [and] other terror organizations in the region understand that Israel has the capability. True, it’s not 100% efficient but it’s very close.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the reactions I had on social media talked about how expensive Iron Dome is. Every missile launched from Gaza costs $2,000 [and what] we launched [in return] cost tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars.</p> <p>Well, yes, we’re investing in defending our citizens. I wish the leadership of the Palestinian people would’ve done the same thing.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead, they are investing in attacking Israel and putting their civilians as human shields to protect the terrorists.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>It has been said that the operation that we just saw was a mere 8% of what it might be if Hezbollah were to attack Israel. Defense Minister Benny Gantz just reiterated that. Is Israel prepared? &nbsp;</strong></p> <p>First of all, we need to be concerned. We live in a neighborhood that has terrorist organizations like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others [who] see Israel as their enemies.</p> <p>The fact that we’re concerned doesn’t mean that we’re not ready. I think that the lesson that the terrorist organization learned from this operation or others in the past, is that the cost of attacking Israel [is prohibitive].&nbsp;</p> <p>Israel will defend its citizens and Israel will do whatever we can to stop the aggression and hit the infrastructure of the terror organization. This is the right and the duty of every government to defend its citizens.</p> <p><strong>On social media, the Hadid sisters were vocal on the Palestinian side while Gal Gadot and others were on the Israeli side. How do you view what’s happening on social media?</strong></p> <p>On social media, we are David and they are Goliath. It doesn’t mean that they are right. It doesn’t mean that they have more influence.&nbsp;</p> <p>It doesn’t mean that 30 million followers of one of the models that you mentioned are interested in what’s going on between the terror organization Hamas and Israel.&nbsp;</p> <p>I think they are more interested in the way they are models dressed and what they choose to wear, so this is one part.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19177279> <p>I think that the message, most of the messaging that Israel was under attack did go through and we saw that. We saw that in polls. We saw that we did [so] in Europe and we did [so] in the U.S. We saw that in numbers. We saw that in places where there were demonstrations against Israel that were very small compared to other operations in the past.</p> <p>There were a lot of demonstrations supporting Israel, not only by Jewish communities or Israelis living abroad but also by other groups that understood that Israel is under a terrorist attack and if you don’t support Israel in this time, you will have the same situation in your country in the future.</p> <p><strong>What do you think is going wrong? Why is Israel failing in a way to get the messages they are trying to get out to the world?</strong></p> <p>I don’t think Israel is failing. I think that we have priorities and the first priority is defending our citizens. We will not allow Hamas to kill more Israelis just to gain more support around the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>We created the State of Israel to create or to build a safe place for Jews around the world. We invest a lot in creating this safe place. There is no other country in the world [where] kindergartens are actually shelters [so] that kids could play in a safe place for them.</p> <p>The other side is doing the exact opposite. They are defending terrorists. They are investing in the way they could attack Israelis, while leaving their citizens as human shields to die and to gain their propaganda around the world by celebrating the death of their own citizens.&nbsp;</p> <p>Israel’s goal is to defend the Israeli citizens. The second goal is also to defend the Palestinians [who] were not involved. We will not just sit and allow the Hamas, as a terror organization, to kill us, just to be more popular around the world. This is not how Israel will act.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19177280> <p><strong>The war was with Hamas. It wasn’t necessarily with the Palestinian people. Did that message get out?</strong></p> <p>The war wasn’t with Gaza. The war was against Hamas, a terror organization. A recognized terror organization. Unfortunately, the media coverage of that part wasn’t entirely correct.</p> <p>In the international media, the way they portrayed the message was as a war between Israel and the Palestinians and I don’t think that’s the truth.&nbsp;</p> <p>Israel was in a military conflict with a terror organization. This terror organization controls the Gaza Strip but we are not in a conflict with the Palestinians that live in the Gaza Strip – [but] only with the terrorists.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19177281> <p>Every time we are in a conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, it’s only directed at the terrorists and the terror infrastructure. Unfortunately, Hamas is using and abusing the people of the Gaza Strip in order to defend their terror infrastructure. And I would say another thing.&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the problems we saw was [when] you saw one side of the conflict is Israel. You saw Israelis defend themselves. You saw Israelis in shelters. You saw the Iron Dome operatives that were actually very successful in this operation.&nbsp;</p> <p>On the other side, you wouldn’t see the Hamas militants, terrorists. You would see only the Palestinians and that created the situation like that or the image that Israel is fighting the Palestinians.</p> <p>We had no conflict with the Palestinians of Gaza. We have no conflicts with the Palestinians of Gaza. We do have a conflict with a terror organization named Hamas and others that control the Gaza Strip.</p> <p><strong>And yet this also did weaken the Palestinian Authority. How does that bode for the future?</strong></p> <p>I think that the inner politics of the Palestinians shouldn’t be an issue that Israel deals with from outside. I do think that the Palestinians wouldn’t gain anything by allowing Hamas to be in power.&nbsp;</p> <p>I don’t think that the region will gain anything if we allow a terror organization to be the leading voice of the Palestinian people.&nbsp;</p> <p>And I don’t even think that the international community will gain anything by allowing Hamas to be the leadership or to gain the leadership of the Palestinian people.</p> <p>Hamas is not just a problem for Israel. It’s a problem for the Palestinians. It’s a problem for the region, because there are other countries that deal with similar terror organizations with the same ideology, like ISIS [and] al-Qaida, like the Muslim Brotherhood in different places, and it’s a problem.&nbsp;</p> <p>Also, Hamas is a huge problem for the international community. Those who seek to help the Palestinians, shouldn’t support Hamas gaining control over the Palestinian Authority.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19177282> <p><strong>In past conflicts, Israel has set up field hospitals for humanitarian aid to assist the Gazan people. Why not now?</strong></p> <p>Haiat: Actually Hamas. We wanted to send internati message 59472550 Palestinian woman yielding knife shot at Kalandia crossing None Nina Fox https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HkVeUIzi00 Sat, 12 Jun 2021 18:45:28 +03:00 A Palestinian knife yielding woman was shot dead at the West Bank Kalandia crossing near Jerusalem on Saturday by a security guard. The woman was identified as a 28-year old Hamas activist from the Aqabat Jabe refugee camp outside Jerico. message 59470730 Saudi Arabia says hajj to be limited to 60,000 in kingdom None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BJsAiMfsu Sat, 12 Jun 2021 14:35:27 +03:00 Saudi Arabia announced Saturday this year's hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by the kingdom comes after it ran an incredibly pared-down pilgrimage last year over the virus, but still allowed a small number of the faithful to take part in the annual ceremony. A statement on the state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted the kingdom's Hajj and Umrah Ministry making the announcement. It said this year's hajj, which will begin in mid-July, will be limited to those ages 18 to 65. Those taking part must be vaccinated as well, the ministry said. message 59470720 UK's queen joined by cousin for 'Trooping the Colour' event None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BkIsjMfiu Sat, 12 Jun 2021 14:34:28 +03:00 Britain's Queen Elizabeth viewed a scaled-down military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark her official birthday on Saturday, her first since the death of her husband Prince Philip two months ago. The 95-year-old monarch was accompanied by her cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, for a socially-distanced version of the 'Trooping the Color', a ceremony which has been staged for more than 260 years. Philip, Elizabeth's husband for more than 70 years, died in April. The event comes a day after the queen hosted leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations for a reception in Cornwall, southwest England, where they are holding a three-day summit. message 59470700 13 hurt in downtown Austin shooting; suspect not in custody None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SkavjGGs00 Sat, 12 Jun 2021 14:33:28 +03:00 A shooting in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin, Texas, injured 13 people early Saturday, and police said the suspected shooter was not in custody. Two of the injured people were in critical condition but as of the news conference at 4 a.m. local time, no one had died, interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said. Gunfire erupted just before 1:30 a.m. along 6th Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants. The street was barricaded to keep out vehicle traffic at the time of the shooting, Chacon said. It was unclear what sparked the shooting. message 59470470 Marble bases and bombs: Ex-Mossad chief hints at Israeli ops to thwart Iran nukes Going against a long-standing practice of secrecy involving spy agency's activities, Cohen describes Israeli effort to dissuade Iranian scientists from taking part in nuclear program, discusses operation to seize thousands of archival documents from Islamic Republic's military atomic program Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/HySPAZMjO Sat, 12 Jun 2021 13:59:3 +03:00 The outgoing chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service has offered the closest acknowledgment yet his country was behind recent attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear program and a military scientist. The comments by Yossi Cohen, speaking to Israel’s Channel 12 investigative program “Uvda” in a segment aired Thursday night, offered an extraordinary debriefing by the head of the typically secretive agency in what appears to be the final days of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule. It also gave a clear warning to other scientists in Iran’s nuclear program that they too could become targets for assassination even as diplomats in Vienna try to negotiate terms to try to salvage its atomic accord with world powers. “If the scientist is willing to change career and will not hurt us anymore, than yes, sometimes we offer them” a way out, Cohen said. Among the major attacks to target Iran, none have struck deeper than two explosions over the last year at its Natanz nuclear facility. There, centrifuges enrich uranium from an underground hall designed to protect them from airstrikes. In July 2020, a mysterious explosion tore apart Natanz’s advanced centrifuge assembly, which Iran later blamed on Israel. Then in April of this year, another blast tore apart one of its underground enrichment halls. Discussing Natanz, the interviewer asked Cohen where he’d take them if they could travel there. Cohen said “to the cellar” where “the centrifuges used to spin.” “It doesn’t look like it used to look,” he added. Cohen did not directly claim the attacks, but his specificity offered the closest acknowledgement yet of an Israeli hand in the attacks. The interviewer, journalist Ilana Dayan, also seemingly offered a detailed description in a voiceover of how Israel snuck the explosives into Natanz’s underground halls. “The man who was responsible for these explosions, it becomes clear, made sure to supply to the Iranians the marble foundation on which the centrifuges are placed,” Day asked Cohen where he’d take them if they could travel there. Cohen said “to the cellar” where “the centrifuges used to spin.”</p> <p>“It doesn’t look like it used to look,” he added.</p> <p>Cohen did not directly claim the attacks, but his specificity offered the closest acknowledgement yet of an Israeli hand in the attacks. The interviewer, journalist Ilana Dayan, also seemingly offered a detailed description in a voiceover of how Israel snuck the explosives into Natanz’s underground halls.</p> <p>“The man who was responsible for these explosions, it becomes clear, made sure to supply to the Iranians the marble foundation on which the centrifuges are placed,” Dayan said. “As they install this foundation within the Natanz facility, they have no idea that it already includes an enormous amount of explosives.”&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19193620> <p>They also discussed the November killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian scientist who began Tehran’s military nuclear program decades ago. U.S. intelligence agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency believe Iran abandoned that organized effort at seeking a nuclear weapon in 2003. Iran long has maintained its program is peaceful.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19193621> <p>While Cohen on camera doesn’t claim the killing, Dayan in the segment described Cohen as having “personally signed off on the entire campaign.” Dayan also described how a remotely operated machine gun fixed to a pickup truck killed Fakhrizadeh and later self-destructed.</p> <p>Cohen described an Israeli effort to dissuade Iranian scientists from taking part in the program, which had seen some abandon their work after being warned, even indirectly, by Israel. Asked by the interviewer if the scientists understood the implications if they didn’t stop, Cohen said: “They see their friends.”</p> <p>They also talked about Israel’s operation seizing archival documents from Iran’s military nuclear program. Dayan said 20 agents, none Israelis, seized material from 32 safes, then scanned and transmitted a large portion of the documents. Cohen confirmed that the Mossad received most of the material before it was physically taken out of Iran.</p> <p>Cohen defended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to go public with the results of the operation, going against a long-standing practice of secrecy involving Mossad activities.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19193622> <p>“It was important to us that the world will see this, but this thing should also resonate with the Iranian leadership, to tell them, ‘Dear friends: One, you have been infiltrated. Two, we see you.. Three, the era of ... lies is over,’” Cohen said.</p> <p>Media in Israel operate under a decades-old policy that requires journalists to clear stories involving security matters through military censors. That Cohen’s remarks apparently cleared the censors suggests Israel wanted to issue a new warning to Iran amid the Vienna nuclear negotiations.</p> <p>Iran has repeatedly complained about Israel’s attacks, with Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharibabadi warning as recently as Thursday that the incidents “not only will be responded to decisively, but also certainly leave no option for Iran but to reconsider its transparency measures and cooperation policy.”</p> <p>Shahrokh Nazemi, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations, told The Associated Press early Saturday that Cohen’s comments reflected a long-running pattern of “criminal” sabotage against Tehran that includes the Stuxnet computer virus attack on Natanz over a decade ago.</p> <p>“This lawlessness has reached a point when the former official of this regime is shamelessly and blatantly threatening our nuclear scientists with death,” Nazemi said. “This madness must not be tolerated.”</p> <p>Cohen, who was replaced by former operative David Barnea, acknowledged in the interview he might one day seek the prime minister’s office himself.</p> <p><br></p> <p><br></p> message 59468730 Al Jazeera is a network that makes the news Qatari outlet is boycotted in many Arab countries, including Jordan, Egypt and Gulf states but welcomed in Iran, Syria and Lebanon; despite its confrontational approach to guests from Israel, it hosts many officials including the PM in waiting Smadar Perry https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/BJLgILyo00 Sat, 12 Jun 2021 8:42:4 +03:00 The Al Jazeera Network has been making news in Israel instead of reporting on it. The network's reporter Givara Budeiri was manhandled by Israeli police last week, while reporting on the events in the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Her ordeal was recorded by media crews after her own cameraman's gear was broken. Budeiri was in Sheikh Jarrah to cover the protests over the possible expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes after a right-wing Jewish group claimed ownership of them. When she was released after police questioning, Budeiri appeared on camera with her arm in a cast and recounted her experiences. The clip was quickly disseminated all over social media. On the same day, in a broadcast out of Qatar, Al Jazeera aired audio and images of who they claimed was Avera Mengistu, an Israeli civilian believed held by Hamas in Gaza. "I am an Israeli soldier," the man on the recording says in broken Hebrew. The images were of bad quality and too fuzzy to validate. Mengistu was not a member of the IDF and his mother quickly declared the voice was not that of her son. Israeli officials branded the broadcast a "cheap trick." Al Jazeera is run differently from other Arab networks in the Middle East. It was founded with $150 million provided by previous Qatari ruler Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad. Its headquarters are in Qatar's capital Doha, in a well-guarded compound of tiny offices. So small are the offices, that when former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak visited the building, he mused that the offices were the size of match boxes but as loud as a nuclear explosion. The network quickly became not only an important voice in the region but also the only Arab language station to have interviewed Israelis. Israelis do not have an easy time on Al Jazeera and are constantly pounded with accusations. Even so, some have become regulars on the network's shows, among them Ofir Gendelman, the prime minister's spokesman to the Aari ruler Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its headquarters are in Qatar's capital Doha, in a well-guarded compound of tiny offices.&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19191057> <p>So small are the offices, that when former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak visited the building, he mused that the offices were the size of match boxes but as loud as a nuclear explosion.</p> <p>The network quickly became not only an important voice in the region but also the only Arab language station to have interviewed Israelis.</p> <p>Israelis do not have an easy time on Al Jazeera and are constantly pounded with accusations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Even so, some have become regulars on the network's shows, among them Ofir Gendelman, the prime minister's spokesman to the Arab-language media, and IDF spokesman Avichai Adrai.</p> <p>They rose to the challenge of undergoing aggressive grilling while still managing to explain the Israeli position to the network's viewers.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19191058> <p>Al Jazeera is boycotted in many Arab countries, including Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and many Gulf states. It is however welcomed in Iran, Syria and Lebanon.</p> <p>To present an Egyptian perspective, the network interviews experts residing in Europe or the United States who often voice a more extreme viewpoint.</p> <p>The network is often criticized in Israel, but Israeli politicians do appear in interviews on its programs, among them Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett.</p> <p>Their local bureau is located in the West Bank city of Ramallah and headed by Walid al-Amari, an Israeli Arab who relocated to the West Bank.&nbsp;</p> <p>Al-Amari is an excellent and trustworthy journalist. His bosses in Qatar, however, are a different story.</p> message 59468710 Putin denies Russia to supply Iran with satellite None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJRddT11ju Sat, 12 Jun 2021 8:41:28 +03:00 Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed a report in the Washington Post this week that Russia was preparing to supply Iran with an advanced satellite that would enable it to track potential military targets across the Middle East. "It's just fake news. At the very least, I don't know anything about this kind of thing," Putin said, in an interview with NBC News. "It's just nonsense garbage," he told NBC. message 59468700 Putin says relations with U.S. at lowest point in years None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/H19uPaZsu Sat, 12 Jun 2021 8:35:38 +03:00 Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with NBC News ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden next week, said U.S.-Russia relations are at their lowest point in recent years. "We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years," Putin said, according to an NBC translation of the interview broadcast on Friday. Putin and Biden will meet in Geneva on Wednesday. In the interview, Putin praised former President Donald Trump as "an extraordinary individual, talented individual," and said Biden, as a career politician, was "radically different" from Trump. Asked about Biden calling him a killer in an interview in March, Putin said he had heard dozens of such accusations. "This is not something I worry about in the least," Putin said. message 59468690 U.S. FDA asks J&J to discard millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HytNwaZju Sat, 12 Jun 2021 8:34:29 +03:00 T he U.S. Food & Drug Administration on Friday said Johnson & Johnson must throw away millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine that were manufactured at a problem-plagued Baltimore factory but also cleared millions for use. Two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters that the agency had cleared about 10 million doses. The New York Times said that the batches being discarded amount to around 60 million doses, citing people familiar with the matter. Without disclosing or confirming the number of vaccine doses, the FDA said in a news release that it had authorized two batches of the vaccine for use, that several other batches were not suitable for use and that others were being evaluated. message 59466690 Justice Dept watchdog to probe seizure of Democrats' communications data None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Sk5VnBbs00 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 23:51:43 +03:00 The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog will probe efforts by the department during former President Donald Trump's administration to seize the communications data of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, the watchdog confirmed. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office was beginning a review of the department's "use of subpoenas and other legal authorities to obtain communication records of Members of Congress and affiliated persons, and the news media in connection with recent investigations of alleged unauthorized disclosures of information to the media by government officials." Horowitz said in a statement that his review will "examine the Department's compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, and whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based upon improper considerations." He said his inquiry could expand if unspecified "other issues" arise during the probe. The inspector general announced his review after Senate Democrats on Friday demanded that two former U.S. attorneys general testify about reported subpoenas of records of members of Congress by Trump's Justice Department. A White House official criticized the Trump administration's actions as "appalling." message 59465450 Iran nuclear deal talks to resume on Saturday, Iranian official says None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJV2gMWs00 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:35:41 +03:00 Talks between Iran and world powers on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will resume in Vienna on Saturday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Friday. "The participants are expected to continue consultations on the possible return of the United States to the nuclear accord and ensuring the full and effective implementation of this agreement," Araqchi, Iran's top negotiator at the talks, said on his channel on the Telegram messaging app message 59465430 Israel logs 13 virus cases since midnight, 36 patients in serious condition None Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BJBR1z11i00 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:34:31 +03:00 The Health Ministry reported Friday that 18 new cases of coronavirus have been detected out of some 19,000 tests conducted on Thursday and further 13 cases have been detected since midnight, putting the country's positivity rate at 0.1%. There were 218 active coronavirus patients in Israel, 36 of which were in serious condition and 18 of them were connected to ventilators. message 59465420 Palestinian killed by Israeli forces during West Bank protest None Elior Levy https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BJkkkG11su Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:30:47 +03:00 A 15-year-old Palestinian was killed in clashes between Israeli security forces and residents of the Palestinian village of Beta on the West Bank during a protest against the construction of an illegal Jewish outpost. The Palestinian has reportedly been fatally shot in the chest. Six other Palestinians have been reportedly injured. Protesters were setting tires on fire and hurling rocks at Israeli forces that used riot control measures in response. message 59465380 Yesh Atid, Yamina coalition deal sanctions state inquiry into Meron disaster None Moran Azulay https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BJ6o3bbjd Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:26:5 +03:00 The coalition agreement signed between Yesh Atid and Yemina on Friday sanctions the forming of a state commission of inquiry to examine the events that led to the disaster on Mount Meron in late April. Forty-five people, mostly ultra-Orthodox men, were killed in a stampede during the Lag BaOmer festival at the gravesite of a second-century sage in the worst civilian disaster in Israeli history. message 59464130 Blue & White, New Hope and Yamina sign coalition deals with Yesh Atid, sealing gov't None Moran Azulay https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJbKD6giu Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:26:34 +03:00 The Blue & White, New Hope and Yamina parties signed coalition agreements with Yesh Atid on Friday, thus sealing the new government that will be sworn in this coming Sunday. message 59464110 Police approve contentious Jewish nationalist parade to take place in J'lem Tuesday None Haim Goldich https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SyCNIalj00 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:21:52 +03:00 The organizers of the contentious Jewish nationalist "March of Flags" announced Friday that they had reached an agreement with Israel Police on holding the parade in East Jerusalem's Old City this coming Tuesday. The event, which celebrates the anniversary of Jerusalem's unification by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, was postponed before for fears it could lead to clashes between marchers and local Palestinians. message 59464080 Labor and Yesh Atid sign coalition agreement None Moran Azulay https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Hyp9BalsO Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:16:35 +03:00 The Labor and Yesh Atid parties signed a coalition agreement on Friday. Labor will hold the transportation, public security and Diaspora portfolios. message 59464050 Hamas leader Haniyeh plans tour of Iran and Lebanon, will meet with countries' top brass None Elior Levy https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJMOzaej00 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:12:57 +03:00 Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh plans to go on a tour of Iran and Lebanon, Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar reported on Friday. During his visit, Haniyeh will meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, as well as senior members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps. In Lebanon, Haniyeh will meet with Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. The visit will take place just weeks after the end of the recent round of fighting between Israel and Gaza terrorist factions when Hamas' military wing is in need of assistance in rebuilding its operational capabilities. message 59463930 Time for negotiating with Iran is over, Israeli analysts warn As Blinken says it 'remains unclear' whether Tehran even wishes to return to 2015 nuclear deal, experts say West should consider imposing tighter sanctions on Islamic Republic given that policy of 'appeasement' has proven fruitless Maya Margit/The Media Line https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/ryiMjUJj00 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 13:47:14 +03:00 As Iran continues to press ahead with its nuclear program and the United States pushes for a return to compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, some are warning that the time for negotiations is over. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday said that it “remains unclear” whether Tehran is ready to comply with the nuclear agreement signed with the world powers. Speaking at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Blinken also said that the breakout time for Iran to assemble a nuclear weapon could go down to just a few weeks if it continues to violate the terms of the pact. The U.S. and Iran began indirect talks in Vienna in April in order to reach an agreement and resume compliance with the nuclear accord that was reached in 2015, and which the Trump administration left in 2018. On the heels of Blinken’s comments, regional analysts say that a different approach is now necessary. Dr. Soli Shahvar, founding director of the Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa, says that the Western policy of “appeasement” has proved fruitless. “I don’t see any reason to continue trying to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] or in conducting negotiations,” Shahvar says, using the official name for the nuclear agreement. “The logical thing to do would be to continue the sanctions and take even more aggressive steps against Iran. … If I were an advisor, I would recommend hardening the policy.” Shahvar, an Iranian-born scholar who now lives in the northern city of Haifa, said that stricter measures do not have to be limited to the economic arena, but could also include supporting human rights groups in Iran and adding more individuals connected to the regime to a terrorist watchlist. There is no possibility of successfully negotiating with Tehran because of its religious extremism and ongoing human rights abuses, Shahvar says. From the Middle Eastern point of view, insisting on talks is viewed as a form of weaknressive steps against Iran. … If I were an advisor, I would recommend hardening the policy.”</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19173920> <p>Shahvar, an Iranian-born scholar who now lives in the northern city of Haifa, said that stricter measures do not have to be limited to the economic arena, but could also include supporting human rights groups in Iran and adding more individuals connected to the regime to a terrorist watchlist.</p> <p>There is no possibility of successfully negotiating with Tehran because of its religious extremism and ongoing human rights abuses, Shahvar says.&nbsp;</p> <p>From the Middle Eastern point of view, insisting on talks is viewed as a form of weakness and only serves to encourage the Islamic Republic’s leaders to continue down the path they have taken.</p> <p>“It’s a crazy regime that creates only terror, violence and death, so how can you come to terms with it? How come [Western powers] don’t help their natural allies, the people of Iran?” Shahvar says.</p> <p>“We know that Iran is in a very dangerous situation economically,” he says. “You have to create the circumstances so that the people themselves can arise against their own regime, which they despise.”</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19173921> <p>China and Russia’s growing influence in the region complicates matters even further.&nbsp;</p> <p>China recently signed a $400 billion, 25-year trade deal with the Islamic Republic, which will see China invest in Iranian infrastructure. For its part, Russia has repeatedly supported Iran on several key issues and views Tehran as a regional ally.</p> <p>Avi Melamed, president and founder of Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives, says that Iran has presented the international community with a multi-pronged challenge.</p> <p>The nuclear program is one of several issues, he says, along with Iran’s missile program and its use of militias or proxy groups throughout the Middle East.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19173922> <p>The JCPOA, Melamed says, has done little to curb those aggressions.</p> <p>“Some within the international community still insist on turning a blind eye to the severe and complex challenge that the Iranian regime presents,” Melamed says.&nbsp;</p> <p>“We are facing a growing, severe Iranian threat in the region. The alarm bells should have gone off a long time ago in Western capitals. Unfortunately, Western leaders either failed to or did not want to deal with that challenge and it will just get worse.”</p> <p>Aside from Israel, other major players in the Middle East also view Tehran’s nuclear aspirations as a major threat, such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.</p> <p>Like Shahvar, Melamed believes that the U.S. and western Europe need to adopt a much more uncompromising approach to the issue.</p> <p>“It seems that there is a disturbing gap between the rhetoric and the statements, and what is happening on the ground,” he says.</p> <p>Israel’s new government could also shift elements of the equation on Iran’s nuclear program in new and unexpected ways.&nbsp;</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19173923> <p>Led by Yamina’s Naftali Bennett, the coalition – which spans Israel’s political spectrum from left to right and even includes an Islamist party – appears set to be sworn in on Sunday.</p> <p>While Melamed does not expect Bennett’s approach to Iran to be different from that of predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu, the change could pave the path to a more productive dialogue with Western allies.</p> <p>“This is an interesting aspect because it’s very clear that Mr. Netanyahu for different reasons was generating some sort of resentment within western European governments and the Biden administration,” Melamed says.&nbsp;</p> <p>“In that context, we could expect a smoother dialogue between the new government and the Biden administration.”</p> <p><br></p> <p><strong>Reprinted courtesy of </strong><a href="https://themedialine.org/" class="bluelink" style=""><strong>The Med message 59462700 Ra'am, Yisrael Beitenu sign coalition deal with Yesh Atid None Moran Azulay https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S1RlgFlj00 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 9:26:23 +03:00 Yesh Atid, led by Yair Lapid, announced it had signed coalition agreements with the Ra'am and Yisrael Beitenu parties overnight Friday. The coalition agreements that have been published indicate that the Islamist party led by Mansour Abbas will receive a deputy minister portfolio in the Prime Minister's Office, as well as the position of deputy Knesset speaker. In addition, Ra'am will chair the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee and a committee for Arab society that will be established. Moreover, the agreement stated that "the parties agree to approve a five-year plan to reduce gaps in Arab, Druze, Circassian and Bedouin society through a NIS 30 billion investment by the end of 2026, without prejudice to previous government decisions." message 59462670 Japan may keep some virus curbs until Olympic Games start, paper reports None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/ByDB1tgsu Fri, 11 Jun 2021 9:16:28 +03:00 The Japanese government is considering ending a state of emergency in Tokyo and several other prefectures as scheduled on June 20, but keeping some curbs such as on restaurant hours until the Olympics start in July, the Mainichi daily reported. New coronavirus infections in Olympics host Tokyo have inched down during the last month of emergency restrictions although authorities remain concerned about the spread of variants and the continued strain on medical resources. On Friday, the head of Japan's main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Yukio Edano, called for the global sporting event to be postponed or canceled, warning there was an "extremely high risk" of an explosive outbreak in August and September if they went ahead. The Mainichi newspaper reported on Friday the government would ask restaurants to keep shorter hours and impose other curbs under the targeted quasi-emergency measures. Bars and restaurants are now asked to close by 8pm and are banned from serving alcohol. message 59462650 Russia to supply Iran with advanced satellite, Washington Post says None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJv9Cuxj00 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 9:12:44 +03:00 Russia is preparing to provide Iran with an advanced satellite that would enable it to track potential military targets across the Middle East, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. The plan would deliver a Russian-made Kanopus-V satellite equipped with a high-resolution camera which could be launched from Russia within months, the Post said. The satellite would allow "continuous monitoring of facilities ranging from Persian Gulf oil refineries and Israeli military bases to Iraqi barracks that house U.S. troops," said the paper, which cited three unnamed sources — a current and a former U.S. official and a senior Middle Eastern government official briefed on the sale. message 59460540 Biden says biggest vaccine donation 'supercharges' battle against coronavirus None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJFCIexou Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:33:50 +03:00 U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that a donation of 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the world's poorest countries would supercharge the battle with the virus and comes with "no strings attached." Biden, speaking alongside Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla in the English seaside resort of Carbis Bay ahead of a G7 summit, thanked other leaders for recognizing their responsibility to vaccinate the world. "The United States is providing these half-billion doses with no strings attached. No strings attached," Biden said. "Our vaccine donations don't include pressure for favors, or potential concessions. We're doing this to save lives." message 59460450 U.S. warns Israel 'far-right provocations' could light up Jerusalem Biden administration conveys to Defense Minister Gantz it expects Israel to avoid moves that could further escalate tensions in the capital and could spill over to the rest of the country, even kicking off another round of fighting in the Gaza Strip Yoav Zitun https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJJ4rJxjO Thu, 10 Jun 2021 23:26:50 +03:00 The Biden administration warned Israel that a Jewish nationalist march that was scheduled to take place in East Jerusalem next Tuesday could reignite violence across Israel and kick off another round of fighting in the Gaza Strip, Ynet has learned on Thursday. U.S. officials conveyed to Defense Minister Benny Gantz they expected Israel to avoid moves that could further escalate tensions, and especially what they call "far-right provocations." The so-called "March of Flags" was supposed to take on Thursday but police ordered to postpone the event, fearing it would provoke local Palestinians to attack marchers. The rally usually takes place on Jerusalem Day but was interrupted this year when Hamas fired a barrage of rockets at the capital from the Gaza Strip, marking the start of an 11-day conflict between the IDF and the Palestinian enclave's terrorist factions. It was also called off in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In late-night consultations Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tasked Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai with providing alternative routes so that the march could go ahead. Ministers voted Tuesday to allow the controversial far-right march to take place in Jerusalem’s Old City next Tuesday, June 15, with a new route to be decided between the rally's organizers and police. Meanwhile, dozens gathered near the Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem Thursday evening to protest the decision to postpone the march that was slated to leave from that location to the Temple Mount. Religious Zionist party MK Itamar Ben-Gvir joined the protesters, slamming the police for "capitulating to Hamas" and declaring he "won't give up" on Jerusalem and the Old City. The fact that a member of Knesset in Israel cannot march through the Old City is a disgrace, a capitulation to Hamas and a win for terrorism," he told the crowd while noting he did not intend to confront police. "I came here to protest the decision of a failing police commissioner. We won't give up oe Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem Thursday evening to protest the decision to postpone the march that was slated to leave from that location to the Temple Mount.</p> <p>Religious Zionist party MK Itamar Ben-Gvir joined the protesters, slamming the police for "capitulating to Hamas" and declaring he "won't give up" on Jerusalem and the Old City.</p> <p>The fact that a member of Knesset in Israel cannot march through the Old City is a disgrace, a capitulation to Hamas and a win for terrorism," he told the crowd while noting he did not intend to confront police. "I came here to protest the decision of a failing police commissioner. We won't give up on Jerusalem and the Old City. It is ours."</p> <p>After Ben-Gvir left the area, unrest erupted as two groups flying the Israeli and Palestinian flags clashed. Police officers used riot control measures, including several stun grenades, to disperse the crowd and arrested five people suspected of disturbing the peace at the scene.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19179676> <p>In the view of U.S. fears of rekindled violence, Hamas military wing spokesman Abu Obeida said Thursday evening the terrorist group was closely monitoring the "provocative and aggressive" events in Jerusalem in general and the al-Aqsa Mosque in particular.</p> <p>Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on Wednesday, but it is unclear whether he raised the issue.</p> <p>The U.S. supported Israel during the conflict in Gaza and backed the Jewish state's right to defend itself. However, the Biden administration had pressured Israel to seek a ceasefire a few days into the fighting.</p> <p>At the end of the operation, the U.S. administration vowed to replenish Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system and Blinken arrived in Israel for a state visit.</p> message 59459890 IDF forces arrest armed Palestinian infiltrator from Gaza None Yoav Zitun https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BylfZJgiu Thu, 10 Jun 2021 22:0:54 +03:00 IDF forces arrested a Palestinian man who tried to cross the border from the Gaza Strip into Israel Thursday night and took him for questioning. The soldiers searched the suspect and found two knives, an improvised explosive device and a grenade. message 59459870 Jewish House Democrats, Rep. Omar tangle anew over Israel Hours after lawmakers release statement criticizing colleague for comparing U.S. and Israel to Hamas and Taliban, Omar hits back with accusations of 'islamophobic tropes' and 'constant harassment' Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJ24hayj00 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 21:54:32 +03:00 A dozen Jewish Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of likening the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban and giving "cover to terrorist groups," marking the latest bitter flare-up within the party over the Middle East. Hours after the lawmakers released a statement criticizing their Democratic colleague from Minnesota, Omar fired back Thursday on Twitter. She accused them of "islamophobic tropes" and "constant harassment" and she posted a threatening voice mail she said the incident had prompted. The fiery, public exchange was the latest example of how the conflict between Israel and Palestinians has roiled congressional Democrats. Their divisions, generally pitting younger progressives against older, establishment-leaning lawmakers, have intensified since last month's 11-day war between Israel and Hamas. It was also the most recent instance in which Omar, 38, has clashed with fellow Democrats on the issue. Two months after she arrived in Congress in 2019, the House approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, without mentioning her, after she made remarks that critics said accused Israel supporters of having dual allegiances. Earlier this week, Omar, a Muslim-American born in Somalia, tweeted an exchange with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a video conference in which she called for justice "for all victims of crimes against humanity." The remarks that drew the most attention came when she said, "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice." Late Wednesday, Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and 11 other Jewish House Democrats issued a two-paragraph statement labeling her remarks offensive and misguided. They said she should "clarify" what she meant. "Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that all victims of crimes against humanity."</p> <p>The remarks that drew the most attention came when she said, "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice."</p> <DIV id=tvElement5867562></DIV><BR><p>Late Wednesday, Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and 11 other Jewish House Democrats issued a two-paragraph statement labeling her remarks offensive and misguided. They said she should "clarify" what she meant.</p> <p>"Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one's intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice," they wrote.</p> <p>They said that while the U.S. and Israel are "imperfect" and merit occasional criticism, "False equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups."</p> <p>Omar tweeted back that was "shameful" that fellow Democrats who sometimes seek her support on issues didn't ask her for an explanation by simply calling her.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19173896> <p>"The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment &amp; silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable," she wrote.</p> <p>She said her comments did not reflect prejudice and cited an International Criminal Court investigation of the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas. "You might try to undermine these investigations or deny justice to their victims but history has thought us that the truth can't be hidden or silenced forever," she wrote.</p> <p>She also wrote, "Every time I speak out on human rights I am inundated with death threats." She posted an excerpt of an expletive-laden voice mail she said she'd just received with a caller hoping she gets "what's coming for you"</p> <p>Underscoring the schisms within the party, Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., a progressive freshman, lashed out Thursday at Omar's Democratic detractor message 59459750 U.S. drops sanctions on former Iranian officials in routine step None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/ryJcKAks00 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 21:27:43 +03:00 The U.S. government said on Thursday it had removed sanctions on three former Iranian officials and on two companies previously involved in trading Iranian petrochemical products, a move a U.S. official said had nothing to do with Iran nuclear talks. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the U.S. official said that the moves by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) were routine and unrelated to efforts to revive Iranian and U.S. compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "Today, OFAC and the Department of State are also lifting sanctions on three former Government of Iran officials, and two companies formerly involved in the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of Iranian petrochemical products," the Treasury said in a statement. message 59459740 U.S. hits alleged financing ring linking Yemen's rebels, Iran None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJ4wYRyju Thu, 10 Jun 2021 21:27:2 +03:00 The U.S. leveled sanctions Thursday against a Yemeni network that the U.S. government claims was cooperating with Iran's Revolutionary Guards to illicitly transfer tens of millions of dollars to Yemen's Iran-allied Houthi rebels. The Biden administration also announced it was lifting sanctions on three former Iranian officials and two companies that it said had been involved in banned petroleum sales, saying the U.S. had "verified a change in status or behavior" on their part. message 59459620 IDF Intel officer who died in prison took antipsychotic drugs before his death None Adir Yanko https://www.ynetnews.com/article/r1QTgCkjO Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:52:51 +03:00 The IDF Intelligence officer who was found dead in his prison cell last month took antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs before his death, this is according to the results of his autopsy. The medication is believed to have led to his death. message 59459610 Hamas monitoring unrest in Jerusalem and al-Aqsa, spokesman says None Ilana Ushomirsky https://www.ynetnews.com/article/ryMmxC1o00 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:49:28 +03:00 Hamas military wing spokesman Abu Obeida said Thursday evening the terrorist group was closely monitoring the "provocative and aggressive" events in Jerusalem in general and the al-Aqsa Mosque "in particular". message 59459530 Police arrest 5 as unrest ensues after far-right MK's visit to Jerusalem’s Old City Protesting decision to postpone Jewish nationalist march, Itamar Ben-Gvir slams police commissioner for 'capitulating to Hamas' and declares he 'won't give up'; officers fire flashbangs at protesters Gilad Cohen https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Hy00kZTysu Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:26:10 +03:00 Five people were arrested as Jews and Palestinians clashed near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City following the visit of a far-right lawmaker Thursday evening. Dozens gathered to protest Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai's decision to postpone a march from there to the Temple Mount for fear it could spark violence between Jews and Palestinians in the city. Religious Zionist party MK Itamar Ben-Gvir joined the protesters, slamming the police for "capitulating to Hamas" and declaring he "won't give up" on Jerusalem and the Old City. "The fact that a member of Knesset in Israel cannot march through the Old City is a disgrace, a capitulation to Hamas and a win for terrorism," he told the crowd while noting he did not intend to confront police. "I came here to protest the decision of a failing police commissioner. We won't give up on Jerusalem and the Old City. It is ours." After Ben-Gvir left the area, unrest erupted as two groups flying the Israeli and Palestinian flags clashed. Police officers used riot control measures, including several stun grenades. Ministers voted Tuesday to allow the controversial far-right march to take place in Jerusalem’s Old City next Tuesday, June 15, with a new route to be decided between the rally's organizers and police. The so-called "Flag Parade" normally takes place on Jerusalem Day that falls in May, but was interrupted this year when Hamas fired a barrage of rockets at the capital from the Gaza Strip, marking the start of an 11-day conflict between the IDF and the Palestinian enclave's terrorist factions. It was also called off in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. message 59459270 Meretz and Yesh Atid sign coalition agreement None Moran Azulay https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SJFv22you Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:24:49 +03:00 The far-left Meretz and centrist Yesh Atid parties struck a coalition agreement Thursday evening. In doing so, Meretz became the first party to officially sign a coalition agreement for the so-called "government for change" which seeks to end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year rule. message 59459140 Israeli oral virus vaccine proven effective as booster in preclinical trial New treatment proven to offer several significant advantages over existing injected vaccines, including ease of administration, longer effectiveness and reducing distribution and storage costs and logistics TPS https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HkASG51sd Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:46:52 +03:00 MigVax Ltd., an Israeli startup company developing an oral subunit vaccine against coronavirus, announced Thursday that preclinical trials yielded promising results that demonstrated its MigVax-101 subunit oral vaccine was effective as a booster for previously vaccinated persons. MigVax-101 is a novel oral subunit vaccine that utilizes a chimeric protein to generate three kinds of simultaneous immunological responses: mucosal, blood-based, and cell-mediated immunity. This triple-armed approach provides comprehensive protection against infection by activating all facets of the immune system, allowing for the effective eradication of the invading virus. Its epitopes were designed using computational chemistry of immunogenic epitopes in IBV, MERS, SARS-COV and SAS-COV-2, focusing on neutralizing antibodies and promoting an immune response. In the trial, tests carried out on rats demonstrated that the MigVax-101 vaccine, when administered in a boost format following an injected S1 protein, elicited markedly higher neutralizing antibody titers than rats receiving an oral placebo booster. In addition, similar to a third booster injection, it elicited more effective neutralizing antibodies. MigVax is seeking the financing necessary for it to launch the first and second phases of its clinical trials, which, if successful, would make the treatment commercially available within 9-12 months after trials begin. As an oral vaccine, Mig-Vax-101 offers significant potential advantages over existing first-generation injected vaccines, including the ease of administration and being uniquely positioned to tackle new variants through quick adaptability In addition, because the other components of the vaccine are comprised of a protein that is not prone to changes, the vaccine may remain effective for longer periods before requiring a booster. Furthermore, MigVax-101 requires refrigeration, but not “deep freeze” conditions, as opposed to coronavirus vaccines using mRNA technologially available within 9-12 months after trials begin.</p> <p>As an oral vaccine, Mig-Vax-101 offers significant potential advantages over existing first-generation injected vaccines, including the ease of administration and being uniquely positioned to tackle new variants through quick adaptability</p> <p>In addition, because the other components of the vaccine are comprised of a protein that is not prone to changes, the vaccine may remain effective for longer periods before requiring a booster.</p> <IMG id=captionImageElement19129059> <p>Furthermore, MigVax-101 requires refrigeration, but not “deep freeze” conditions, as opposed to coronavirus vaccines using mRNA technology such as the Pfizer and Moderna shots. This significantly reduces distribution and storage costs and logistics.</p> <p>“The results of this trial increase our confidence that our MigVax-101 subunit oral vaccine will make a positive contribution to a world coming to grips with the new post-pandemic reality,” said Prof. Itamar Shalit, MigVax’s Infectious Disease Expert.</p> <p>“Oral boosters such as our MigVax-101 will be key enablers that will help health organizations the world over to transition from ‘panic mode’ to routine, due to their ability to reduce the cost and expand the reach of ongoing vaccination programs,” he said.</p> message 59458620 Lebanese hospitals warn of dangerous shortages in supplies None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJLxvi1sO Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:51:52 +03:00 Hospitals in Lebanon warned Thursday they may be forced to suspend kidney dialysis next week amid severe shortages in supplies, the latest in Lebanon's accelerating crises and collapsing health sector. Lebanon is grappling with an unprecedented economic and financial crisis that has seen the local currency collapse and banks clamp down on withdrawals and money transfers. As the Central Bank's foreign currency reserves dry up, the country has been witnessing shortages in medicines, fuel and other basic goods, with long lines forming outside petrol stations. message