Israelis and Americans Both Are Asking, Whose Country Is This Anyway?

Israel and the U.S. are trying to define anew what it means to be a pluralistic democracy.

#elections, #israel, #minorities, #netanyahu-benjamin, #orthodox-judaism, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-torah-judaism

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Netanyahu Gets First Crack at Forming New Government in Israel

After a fourth inconclusive election in two years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still has no easy path back into office. But he has more of a chance than his opponents.

#corruption-institutional, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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Netanyahu Corruption Trial Opens in Israel

With Benjamin Netanyahu on trial on corruption charges, even as he tries to cobble together a new government, Israel’s democratic system is drawing closer to a constitutional crisis.

#corruption-institutional, #elections, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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Israel Election Results Show Stalemate

Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his opponents won a majority in Israel’s fourth election in two years, deepening Israel’s political crisis.

#elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #rivlin-reuven

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Netanyahu’s Party Leads in Israel Elections

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party took a lead in Israel’s fourth election in two years, but updated exit polls projected a stalemate that could extend Israel’s political deadlock.

#elections, #international-relations, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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Netanyahu’s Party Leads but Faces Obstacles to Forming Government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party took a lead in Israel’s fourth election in two years, but updated exit polls projected a stalemate that could extend Israel’s political deadlock.

#elections, #international-relations, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

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Tensions With Arab Allies Undermine a Netanyahu Pitch to Israeli Voters

The Israeli prime minister has presented himself as a global leader, but that image has been dented by tensions with Jordan and the United Arab Emirates as Israeli voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

#defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-arab-emirates

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Palestinians and Israelis Both Vote Soon. The Differences Are Stark.

Many Israelis feel numbed by their endless election cycle. Many Palestinians are excited about a rare chance to vote — but others expect little change without statehood.

#abbas-mahmoud, #al-azhar-university, #elections, #fatah-al, #fayyad-salam, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #livni-tzipi, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #ramallah-west-bank

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Will Israel’s Strong Vaccination Campaign Give Netanyahu an Election Edge?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is banking on voters crediting him for beating the pandemic. But many worry that the country’s reopening may be premature and politically driven.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

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As 4th Election Looms, Some Ask: Is Israel’s Democracy Broken?

Voters are heading to the polls in Israel for the fourth time in two years. And with few signs that this vote will break the cycle, many are already bracing for a fifth.

#gantz-benny, #government-employees, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #joint-list-israel, #likud-party-israel, #livni-tzipi, #netanyahu-benjamin, #odeh-ayman-1975, #olmert-ehud, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #saar-gideon, #vaccination-and-immunization

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What’s Missing in Israel’s Election? Biden.

But that may not be a good sign after all.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #united-states-international-relations

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Life After the Vaccine in Israel

Half the country has been inoculated, ushering in a kind of normalcy that is largely defined by the people it excludes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Palestinians Go Into New Lockdown While Awaiting Vaccines

Covid cases are surging again in the West Bank amid a dispute over Israel’s obligations toward the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #shtayyeh-muhammad, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

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Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnabout

The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in 2017 for corruption in Africa. In Donald Trump’s final days in office, they were rolled back with no explanation.

#annan-kofi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #dershowitz-alan-m, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #freeh-louis-j, #gertler-dan-1973, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #kabila-joseph, #kabila-laurent, #magnitsky-sergei-l, #mandelker-sigal, #mnuchin-steven-t, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #senate-committee-on-foreign-relations, #state-department, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Israeli Election, a Chance for Arabs to Gain Influence, or Lose It

Jewish politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are courting Arab Israeli voters, and some Arab politicians are prepared to work with them.

#arabs, #elections, #israel, #joint-list-israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government

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Israel Secretly Agrees to Fund Vaccines for Syria as Part of Prisoner Swap

To secure the release of an Israeli civilian held in Syria, Israel agreed to finance a supply of Russian-made Covid-19 vaccines for Damascus, an official said.

#assad-bashar-al, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #syria, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Muted Reaction in Israel and Gulf to U.S. Push for Iran Talks

Nations that were fierce opponents to the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran responded cautiously to the Biden administration’s decision to re-engage. In Russia, a government spokesman called the move a “plus.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

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Israel and Syria Complete a Prisoner Swap, Mediated by Russia

An Israeli woman in her 20s was allowed to leave Syria for Russia, after Israel returned two captured shepherds to Syria.

#golan-heights, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #syria

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Biden and Netanyahu Finally Talk, but No Details Are Revealed About What

Israel’s statement emphasized the personal relationship between the two leaders. The U.S. statement said they “discussed the importance of continued close consultation.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Want Israeli-Palestinian Peace? Try Confederation

Politicians and experts should not doubt a two-state solution. But they should finally consider a plausible version of it.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #ramallah-west-bank, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j

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The Netanyahu Trial, Explained

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is standing trial on corruption charges. Here’s a look at the context of the trial, the main charges and the political ramifications.

#corruption-institutional, #crime-and-criminals, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

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Benjamin Netanyahu Pleads Not Guilty in Israel Corruption Trial

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel returned to court with a general election just weeks away. The trial is viewed by many as a test of the nation’s judicial system.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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I.C.C. Rules It Has Jurisdiction to Examine Possible Israel War Crimes

The International Criminal Court on Friday said it has the authority to investigate alleged crimes in the occupied territories, in a ruling condemned by Israel and praised by Palestinians.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bensouda-fatou, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-criminal-court, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #state-department, #west-bank

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Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff

Despite the move, analysts believe the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement remain distant.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #west-bank

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Strong Views and ‘Close to the Boss’: How U.S. Envoy Reshaped a Conflict

David Friedman, President Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer-turned-ambassador, leaves his post having radically overhauled policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #friedman-david-m-1958, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pompeo-mike, #tillerson-rex-w, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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After Quick Vaccine Success, Israel Faces New Virus Woes

Israel imposed a tighter lockdown as coronavirus infections soared, the variant spread, vaccines were running out and a debate erupted over the country’s responsibility to the Palestinians.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #edelstein-yuli-1958, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #moderna-inc, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #segal-eran, #shutdowns-institutional, #west-bank, #world-health-organization

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How Israel Became a World Leader in Vaccinating Against Covid-19

Badly hit by the coronavirus, Israel has distributed the first of two vaccine doses to more than 10 percent of its population. Prime Minister Netanyahu is leading the charge, bolstering his own battered image along the way.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #moderna-inc, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Jonathan Pollard, Convicted Spy, Arrives in Israel

Mr. Pollard, who gave a range of classified documents to Israel starting in 1984, recently completed his parole, and his case was a longstanding irritant to American-Israeli ties.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pollard-jonathan-j, #united-states, #united-states-navy

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Why Israel Faces a Fourth Election in Just Two Years

What to know as Israel gears up for another vote, this time set for March 23.

#elections, #gantz-benny, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #saar-gideon

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Israel Heads Toward Yet Another Election, Its 4th in 2 Years

A protracted political crisis revolving around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal troubles has brought the coalition government to the verge of collapse.

#blue-and-white-israeli-political-party, #budgets-and-budgeting, #elections, #gantz-benny, #immunity-from-prosecution, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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Israeli Soccer Team, Infamous for Anti-Arab Fans, Has New Co-Owner: a Sheikh

The barrier-shattering deal puts an Emirati royal at the helm of Beitar Jerusalem, the only Israeli team that has never fielded an Arab player and whose most extreme fans chant racist slurs.

#arabs, #beitar-jerusalem-soccer-team, #discrimination, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #soccer, #united-arab-emirates

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Israel Takes First Step Toward New Election

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition partners sided with the opposition in a preliminary vote to bring down the government, which has been largely paralyzed over infighting.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #elections, #gantz-benny, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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Dear Joe, It’s Not About Iran’s Nukes Anymore

Biden wants to reinstate the nuclear deal, but first he must confront the new Middle East.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hezbollah, #iran, #middle-east, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #saudi-arabia, #targeted-killings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Brazen Killings Expose Iran’s Vulnerabilities as It Struggles to Respond

After suffering a string of audacious attacks, Tehran faces an agonizing choice: embracing hard-liner demands for swift retaliation, or trying to make a fresh start with the Biden administration.

#al-qaeda, #azerbaijan, #brookings-institution, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #iran, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #suleimani-qassim, #targeted-killings

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Assassination Threatens Fate of Iran Nuclear Deal

The killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist is likely to impede the country’s military ambitions. Its real purpose may have been to prevent the president-elect from resuming diplomacy with Tehran.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Israeli Reports Say Netanyahu Met Saudi Crown Prince, but Saudis Deny It

The reported visit on Sunday night, amid talk of warming relations, would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

#group-of-twenty, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia

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Netanyahu Meets With Saudi Crown Prince

The reported visit on Sunday night would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

#group-of-twenty, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia

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Israeli Panel to Look Into Submarine Scandal, Riling Netanyahu

A decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival defense minister, Benny Gantz, to hold an inquiry could further destabilize their unity government.

#gantz-benny, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #submarines-and-submersibles

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For Netanyahu and Israel, Trump’s Gifts Kept on Coming

Allowing the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard the ability to emigrate to Israel was just the latest in a long list of prizes for America’s closest ally in the Middle East.

#adelson-sheldon-g, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pollard-jonathan-j, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump’s Fury Feeds Moscow and Beijing Accounts of U.S. Chaos

President Trump’s baseless claims of a stolen election resonate on Russian state media. Both Russia and China have painted American democracy as volatile and vulnerable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #democratic-party, #netanyahu-benjamin, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j

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Biden’s Win Means a Demotion for Netanyahu and Less Focus on Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu has made his closeness to President Trump, who gave him much of what he wanted, central to his political appeal. Things will be different in a Biden administration.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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Biden to Face Long List of Foreign Challenges, With China No. 1

President Trump will be handing Joseph R. Biden Jr. a difficult cleanup act in America’s relations with many countries. But it may not take much for Mr. Biden to improve the mood.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #europe, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #iran, #kim-jong-un, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #presidential-election-of-2020, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-international-relations

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Israel Sees Warming Ties With Sudan as Symbolic Progress in Hostile Region

Sudan holds historic significance for Israeli leaders because it was the scene of a landmark resolution by Arab states that vowed to shun Israel. The two countries have had a rocky, colorful track record.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #arab-league, #arab-israeli-war-1948, #arab-israeli-war-1967, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #defense-and-military-forces, #israel, #khartoum-sudan, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestine-liberation-organization, #sudan, #united-states-international-relations

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U.A.E. and Israel Agree to Visa Waivers and Direct Flights

In the first official U.A.E. visit to Israel since the countries normalized relations, they agreed to ease travel and upgrade West Bank checkpoints. Palestinians called it tacit assent to Israeli occupation.

#israel, #mnuchin-steven-t, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #pipelines, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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State Dept. to Remove Sudan From List of Terrorist States

The move clears the way for the African nation to seek international assistance and potentially to normalize relations with Israel, which officials said could happen within days.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #arab-league, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hamdok-abdalla, #hezbollah, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sudan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump’s Sanctions on International Court May Do Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #assad-bashar-al, #bensouda-fatou, #bolton-john-r, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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For Trump, Defying Mideast Truisms Produced Breakthroughs and Backfires

Disregarding norms and accepted wisdom, President Trump went his own way in the Middle East and, in some cases, got what he wanted.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kushner-jared, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Israel’s Coronavirus Lockdown Fuels Protests, Violence and Confusion

Last month, the country became the first to reimpose nationwide measures. But the decision has led to chaotic scenes and criticism of how its fragile coalition is handling the crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gantz-benny, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #sukkot-jewish-holiday

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Israel’s Lockdown Feels Pretty Different the Second Time Around

Israel has become the first country to reimpose a full national lockdown. This one is nothing like the first.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #tel-aviv-israel

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Israel Tightens Holiday Lockdown, Restricting Prayers and Protests

Israel now has one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the coronavirus, but the government’s response has gotten mired in political and cultural wars.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #yom-kippur

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