In Brief: Israel covid death toll rises as ministers consider easing weekend rules

Israel saw the deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic this week, as ministers prepared to meet today to consider a relaxation of some weekend restrictions. On Tuesday, the Health Ministry announced that 15 people died on Monday, the highest single-day death toll since the pandemic began. Three more deaths Wednesday morning brought the death toll to[…]

In Brief: Likud party “approaching bankruptcy” as it fires staff and sells assets

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is “approaching bankruptcy”, a former official has told the Jerusalem Post. The party is believed to be firing staff, facing huge debts to the banks and suppliers, and considering selling assets. The Likud, which has led Israel’s government since 2009, is believed to have been hit hard financially by the country’s[…]

In Brief: Israel offers assistance to Lebanon following Beirut port disaster

Israel made an unprecedented offer of humanitarian assistance to Lebanon on Tuesday evening following the Beirut port explosion in which over 100 people are feared dead and 4,000 injured. A number of Israeli hospitals also offered to take in and treat those injured in the disaster. Several Beirut hospitals were badly damaged in the blast,[…]

Analysis: Israel’s anti-Bibi protests grow in size 

Thousands of Israelis joined demonstrations calling for Benjamin Netanyahu’s resignation on Saturday night. An estimated 10,000 people rallied outside the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem – the largest gathering yet since the wave of protests started six weeks ago. There were also demonstrations in Tel Aviv and Haifa, outside Netanyahu’s villa in Caesarea, and[…]

In Brief: Israel and Hezbollah in clash on northern border after Syria airstrike

Israel successfully repelled a Hezbollah attack on its northern border on Monday amid rising tensions between the Jewish state and the Iranian-backed terror group. A spokesperson for the IDF said about five Hezbollah operatives had crossed several metres into Israel in the Har Dov area, also known as Shaba Farms, in the Golan Heights. The[…]

In Brief: We turned down $15bn aid because we wouldn’t disarm, says Hamas

The head of Hamas has admitted it refused a recent offer of $15bn in aid for Gaza because it was conditioned on the terror group giving up its arms. Ismail Haniyeh said that the proposed aid package also contained a pledge that Israel and Egypt would lift their blockade of Gaza, which was imposed when[…]

In Brief: Netanyahu believed angling for new elections as budget deadline nears

Benjamin Netanyahu is reported to be angling to dissolve his newly formed “unity government” and plunge Israel into new elections – the fourth in just under 18 months. The prime minister and his centrist coalition partner, Benny Gantz, are locked in an increasingly acrimonious dispute over the budget which some speculate Netanyahu is using as[…]

Analysis: Bibi faces Israel’s summer of discontent

Benjamin Netanyahu is facing mounting public pressure as Israel is rocked by the country’s largest demonstrations since the 2011 social justice protests. Thousands of people took part in demonstrations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem at the weekend, protesting against both the prime minister and his government’s bungled handling of a second wave of coronavirus cases.[…]

In Brief: Drop the “false distinction” between Hezbollah wings, EU urged

LFI chair Steve McCabe has joined more than 200 fellow politicians in calling for the European Union to drop its “false distinction” between Hezbollah’s military and political wings. The letter was organised by the recently formed group Transatlantic Friends of Israel which brings together European and American politicians. David Schwammenthal of the American Jewish Committee, who[…]