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Israeli court releases anti-Netanyahu activist after arrest

Israeli court releases anti-Netanyahu activist after arrest

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A Jerusalem court has released a former Air Force general and leading activist opposed to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu whose arrest prompted hundreds to protest outside the Israeli leader’s residenceBy TIA GOLDENBERG Associated PressJune 28, 2020, 10:11 AM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleJERUSALEM -- A Jerusalem court early on Sunday ordered the release of a former Air Force general and leading activist opposed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rule whose arrest prompted hundreds to protest outside the Israeli leader's residence. Retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel has been a leader of the protest movement against Netanyahu, demanding that the long-time leader step down while facing charges of fraud, breach of trust and accepting
Arab League: Israeli annexation could ignite a religious war

Arab League: Israeli annexation could ignite a religious war

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UNITED NATIONS -- The head of the Arab League warned a high-level U.N. meeting Wednesday that Israel’s annexation of parts of the West Bank would inflame tensions and endanger peace in the Middle East, and could ignite “a religious war in and beyond our region.” Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary-general of the 22-member organization, said annexation will also have “broader ramifications on the international security around the world.” “If implemented, Israeli annexation plans would not only be detrimental to the chances of peace today but will destroy any prospects for peace in the future,” he told the Security Council. “Palestinians will lose faith in a negotiated solution, I’m afraid Arabs too will lose interest in regional peace. A new dark reality will set in vis a vis this conflict and in
Israeli Supreme Court: Netanyahu may form government

Israeli Supreme Court: Netanyahu may form government

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may form a new government while under indictment for corruption charges, clearing the way for him and his rival-turned-uneasy ally to join together in a controversial power-sharing deal. The unanimous decision, released just before midnight, ended a 17-month political stalemate and prevented the country from plunging into a fourth consecutive election in just over a year. Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz, said they expected their coalition to be sworn into office next week. After battling to three inconclusive elections over the past year, Netanyahu and Gantz, a former military chief, announced their “emergency” government last month, saying they would put aside their rivalry to s
Thousands demonstrate against Israeli coalition deal

Thousands demonstrate against Israeli coalition deal

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Several thousand Israelis have demonstrated against a unity government deal reached last week that leaves Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power as he prepares to go on trial for corruption chargesBy SHLOMO MOR Associated PressApril 25, 2020, 9:30 PM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTEL AVIV, Israel -- Several thousand Israelis on Saturday demonstrated against a unity government deal reached last week that leaves Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power as he prepares to go on trial for corruption charges. The protesters oppose having Netanyahu as prime minister as long as he is a criminal suspect. The protesters say the unity government agreement, which gives Netanyahu influence over the appointment of judges and legal officials, “crushes democr
Israeli parliament to choose new speaker amid double crisis

Israeli parliament to choose new speaker amid double crisis

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli parliament will select a new speaker on Thursday after the Supreme Court forced the vote amid an unprecedented challenge to Israeli democracy unfolding amid the country's battle against the rapid spread of coronavirus. Outgoing Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein resigned in protest Wednesday. A close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Edelstein had refused to comply with a high court order to convene the plenum for a vote on his successor the same day, angrily accusing the court of an “arrogant intervention” in the legislative branch. Even in stepping down, Edelstein tried to stall the vote for several days, as his resignation would take effect 48 hours later. The court responded by stripping Edelstein of his authorities even before his resignation too