Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked publicly the possibility of a minority government of his rival Blue-White that would be dependent on the Joint List of Palestinians parties, crying that Blue White leadership “has lost its mind, stop this madness.” He reportedly told followers “Burn it all down,” if such a government is formed,
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“What investigation could raise the dead?” Abdullah al-Sawarka, 45, asks, while standing distraught at the edge of a 50-foot-wide crater where his cousin’s tin shack stood. Israelis bombed the house in Gaza on Thursday killing eight family members. They now say it was a mistake but Gazans scoff at the idea that there will be any accountability for the crime. The file will be thrown in the trash, says an aunt of the children killed.
Palestinian militants fired two rockets deep into southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday, and the Israeli military responded with a number of air strikes on militant targets, shaking an already tenuous truce, Reuters reports. Sirens sounded in the middle of the night in Beersheba, the largest city in southern Israel, some 35 km (18 miles) from the Gaza border, warning of incoming fire.
Former Massachusetts Governor (and managing director of private equity firm Bain Capital) Deval Patrick is running for president. While Patrick’s connections to the financial industry will presumably anger left-leaning voters, his foreign policy record should also rankle progressives.
The European Union’s highest court has ruled that products made in Israeli settlements must be clearly labeled as such when being sold on shelves in EU countries.
A ceasefire has been reached between Israel and groups in Gaza, after two days of violence that left 34 Palestinians dead. Many of the Democratic candidates have tweeted about the events, defending Israel’s actions while condemning rocket fire from Palestine. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders have not mentioned the situation at all.
Despite a reported truce agreement between Islamic Jihad and Israel, Palestinians in Gaza are still afraid go out in the streets and return to normal life.
South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has tweeted his support for Israel’s attacks on Gaza and a condemned the returning rocket fire from Palestinians. EI’s Tamara Nassar responds on Twitter, “Buttigieg’s position is clear: Palestinian lives don’t matter.”
As Israel continues to launch dozens of missile strikes into Gaza, so far having killed at least 20 Palestinians, including children, and injuring 70 more, former vice president and current Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden took to Twitter to declare that he supports the country’s actions.
Tensions are high in Gaza after Israel’s targeted assassination of an Islamic Jihad leader. More than 20 Palestinians have been killed so far in Israeli attacks, and 70 more injured.
In the wake of the Israeli assassination in Gaza and the counter-attack by Islamic Jihad, a “convoy” of Netanyahu’s political allies in the Likud party have issued statements that Benny Gantz is not trustworthy because he will depend on the Joint List of Palestinian parties in order to become prime minister, says Moty Cristal, a former Israeli negotiator.
Democratic Party lobbyists for Israel worry that Trump isn’t consulting with Israeli leaders and won’t take on Iran. There have been no phone calls between the two recently, says former ambassador Daniel Shapiro. While Michael Koplow says Israel used to have the sense that there was a “larger US umbrella that will prevent things from getting too far out of hand” in Lebanon and Syria, but they don’t feel that way now.
Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man outside his home today in the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. A video, published by Quds News Network, shows Omar al-Badawi, reported to be 22-years-old, slowly exiting an alleyway next to his home and waving a white towel — seemingly to indicate to soldiers that he meant no harm.
After longtime GOP Rep. Peter King announced that he would not seek reelection, ending a career defined by his history of racism and Islamophobia. Rep. Ilhan Omar took to Twitter to make it clear that she wasn’t exactly upset by the news, while Senator Chuck Schumer praised the retiring Representative. “Peter King stood head & shoulders above everyone else,” tweeted Schumer, “He’s been principled & never let others push him away from his principles.”
After the Israeli army publicized soldiers cutting off their hair to help cancer patients, Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch was among many who pointed out that the Israeli government prevents many cancer patients in Gaza from getting medical treatment.
Given their history of venom, why did Netanyahu decide to elevate Naftali Bennett to the latter’s life-long ambition, the Defense Ministry? Out of political fear of Benny Gantz. Or more fearfully, out of a desire to push hostilities with Iran.
Conservative donors have skewed the American Jewish establishment to support the occupation, said many speakers at the J Street conference. The liberal Zionist organization is mounting a power struggle inside the Jewish community. But those efforts do not include sanctions in opposition to the occupation.
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday to uphold the state’s decision to deport Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine Director Omar Shakir, over accusations that he advocates for the BDS movement.
After 41 days on hunger strike and more than two months under administrative detention in Israeli prison, 24-year-old Heba al-Labadi was released back to her home in Jordan on Wednesday to much fanfare from the Jordanian public.
Insofar as the subject of conditioning Israel’s aid has permeated mainstream political discourse, it’s remained largely hypothetical. Now activists are calling on progressive Senators who have voiced support for conditioning aid to Israel to get behind a policy with actual teeth.
Last week Ami Ayalon, a former Israeli security official, urged American Jews at J Street to restrain Israel’s “unjust” war in Palestine because it fuels anti-Semitism around the world. The statement is remarkable because that view is generally seen as anathema: saying that Israel’s actions have any role in the growth of anti-Semitism.
Pete Buttigieg on the “horrifying” humanitarian crisis in Gaza: “Like many failures, this failure has many fathers. I think that not only should Israel be respecting the human rights of people in Gaza, but Egypt could be doing things differently. The international community could do a better job, the U.S. could do a better job, and, obviously, I’m not a fan of Hamas either.”
Palestinian social media erupted over the weekend as people expressed their outrage over a leaked video showing and Israeli border police officer shooting a Palestinian in the back as the man walked away from the officers, his hands raised in the air.
“We won’t surrender to settler violence, and will stand with Palestinian farmers.” About 100 activists from Rabbis for Human Rights and an Israeli grassroots movement Standing Together sought to protect Palestinian farrmers harvesting olives in the occupied West Bank, but were driven out by the Israeli army and Border Police forces, the Jerusalem Post reports.
On Thursday, by the Wall Street Journal’s Sabrina Siddiqui asked Biden whether he’d consider leveraging aid to Israel to curb settlement expansion. “Not me. Look, I have been on record from very early on opposed to settlements, and I think it’s a mistake,” Biden told the reporter, “And Netanyahu knows my position. But the idea that we would draw military assistance from Israel, on the condition that they change a specific policy, I find it to be absolutely outrageous.”