p Not so long ago, President Donald Trump had backers of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process worried and Israeli settlers and annexationists elated.Many were convinced that a change in U.S. policy toward Israel was imminent, not least because the President’s three main advisers on Israel were modern Orthodox Jews with ties to West Bank settlements.Mr. Trump’s chief negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, is a former West Bank yeshiva student.For months after Trump’s election, Palestinians couldn’t manage to arrange so much as a phone call with his senior advisers.The opposition leader Isaac Herzog, by contrast, has praised Trump’s “impeccable” handling of the diplomatic process.Tzipi Livni, the former foreign minister, who served as the chief negotiator with the Palestinians under two Prime Ministers, said recently that with Trump, who “thinks big” and “addresses the hard core,” she “certainly think[s] something dramatic could happen.” Affirming that she is more sanguine now than at the outset of the talks led by John Kerry, she added, “This time, it looks different.”
p Donald Trump met Mahmoud Abbas, in Bethlehem today, a twofer for a President intent, as the national-security adviser, H. R. McMaster, put it last week, on visiting “homelands and holy sites” and expressing “his desire for dignity and self-determination for the Palestinians.” Reading prepared remarks, in a Presidential palace outfitted with the trappings of sovereignty, Trump told reporters that he’d work with Abbas on “unlocking the potential of the Palestinian economy.” Naftali Bennett, the Israeli education minister and a settlement advocate, probably spoke for most of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government last November, when he declared that, with Trump’s election, “the era of the Palestinian state is over.” Today, in Bethlehem, it was prolonged.(As a Palestinian friend told me, Abbas is in his twelfth year of a four-year term.)officials have managed the flow of aid to monopolistic enterprises that provide perks and inflated salaries to friends and family— including Abbas’s son.Abbas has also appeared powerless to prevent new Israeli settlements, military aggression, and the siege on Gaza.According to Khalil Shikaki, the director of Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, leads Abbas in Presidential polls forty-nine per cent to forty-four.The Islamist group rarely polls above thirty per cent in parliamentary elections, while Fatah polls above forty.
Far-right party leader Naftali Bennett backed a coalition to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and bring a "government of change."
Naftali Bennett, a far right nationalist, is set to replace Netanyahu as part of a power-sharing deal with centrist Yair Lapid.
And Benjamin Netanyahu may be ousted from power within days.
Naftali Bennett is a software tycoon with hard-right nationalist views, a controversial military career, and an anti-Arab track record.
Netanyahu is poised to be ousted as Israel's prime minister, and experts say he'll look to the US for a path to his political revival.
Naftali Bennett will assume the role of prime minister while Netanyahu will become the opposition leader.
The Israeli military issued a statement saying it was "ready for all scenarios, including renewed fighting."
The PA health minister said the doses were supposed to expire in July or August, but expired this month instead.
Israel has the world's highest proportion of its population fully vaccinated, but authorities are worried their success may be short-lived.
Vaccinated Israelis may now need to quarantine if they've been exposed to the Delta variant, officials said.
Israel and the UK have seen a rise in cases, but neither got the sharp increase in deaths seen in places that have been slower to roll out vaccines.
Israel had one of the world's most successful vaccine rollouts. But just a month after lifting restrictions, officials consider reimposing them.
Ben and Jerry's decision not to sell their ice cream in occupied Palestinian territory reanimated bipartisan backlash to the BDS movement.
Recently, another spy scandal erupted when journalists managed to find out that the secret services of a number of countries were monitoring politicians and influential ...
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US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will hold their first face-to-face meeting on Thursday.The new Israeli leader is looking to press President Biden to give up the pursuit of reviving the Iran nuclear deal.Bennett made clear the top priority of the visit to the White House is to persuade Biden not to return to the nuclear accord.He argued Iran has already advanced in its uranium enrichment and relief in sanctions would give Iran more resources to back the enemies of Israel in the region.On Wednesday, the Israeli leader separately met with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to discuss Iran and other issues.Point to be noted that the visit was his first to the US as Israeli Prime Minister Read more...