If he wins Tuesday’s election, Benjamin Netanyahu is set to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. But as his tricks have grown hoarier and his persona more outsize than Trump himself, he risks becoming a self-caricature. Final polls on Friday showed that his right-wing coalition was favored to reach the magic number of the 61 seats that would give them a majority in the Knesset, even if the prime minister’s own Likud party was not likely to be the biggest individual faction. Nonetheless, Netanyahu has, predictably, been in his customary scuttling underdog mode. On Monday, he called an “emergency” cabinet meeting to declare that victory in the parliamentary election was not assured. So far no bombshells, like the homemade-quality video released on election day four years ago, in which he looked his voters in the eye, and warned them that left-wing opponents were “bussing in Arabs” to vote for them and that there was still time. … [Read more...] about Netanyahu has snake-charmed Israel for a decade, but have voters had enough of ‘King Bibi’?
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The long brown cloak gave the man an antiquated look. His unkempt hair stood out from his head and his face was framed by an unruly beard. He slowly crept up the narrow mountain trail, and when he took a step with both crutches and moved his left leg forward, his right thigh swung slightly in the same direction. The man plodded along like this until he saw a stretch of path in the distance that was so steep it would have to be climbed. He stood still for a while, let his crutches fall to the side and dropped down to the ground. He sat in the dust for a few minutes while bag-toting women, wounded adults and children shuffled past. Finally, he struggled to get up, grabbed his crutches and trudged at a snail's pace until finally disappearing in the crowd that had gathered at the base of the cliff. If the end of Islamic State (IS) could be distilled into one scene, one individual and just a few minutes, it would be this one-legged man on one of the last days in March when people could … [Read more...] about Beaten but Not Defeated: Islamic State Plans Next Move After Loss of ‘Caliphate’
Tom Gross 4 April 2019 6:50 AM 4 April 2019 6:50 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Could Donald Trump win the Nobel Peace Prize after all? He would be following in the footsteps of his predecessor but unlike Barack Obama his award could be for something significant: helping to bring an end to one of the world’s most intractable conflicts – the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians. It might sound implausible but Trump may have a better chance of delivering peace – or at least a non-belligerency agreement – than previous presidents, even if those chances do still remain low. Trump’s Middle East peace envoy (and ex-real estate lawyer) Jason Greenblatt, who I met recently, says that the Trump team will soon unveil their plan – the “deal of the century”, as Trump has dubbed it. It could even come a day or two after next Tuesday’s Israeli elections. The election … [Read more...] about Could Donald Trump unexpectedly triumph in his bid for peace in the Middle East?
The 60-year-old Avigdor Lieberman entered the Israeli political arena in 1993, when he masterminded Netanyahu's Likud party leadership. He then became Likud's director-general and even founded his own right-wing party, Yisrael Beitenu, in 1999. Lieberman has occupied a number of ministerial posts, including in the ministry of foreign affairs, and has twice served as Israel's deputy PM. He had plenty of time to express his hardline views and launch fiery rhetoric — and has hardly missed a chance to do so. The Palestinian Issue: Dare I Axe © REUTERS/ Ahmed ZakotHamas Caused Political Earthquake in Israel - Spokesman on Lieberman's Departure Addressing a rally ahead of the 2015 Israeli legislative election, Lieberman said that the Arab Israelis that oppose the State of Israel should have their heads cut off. "Those who are with us should receive everything. Those against us, it cannot be helped, we must lift … [Read more...] about From ‘Drown Prisoners’ to Calls for Nuking Hamas: Lieberman’s Career in 7 Quotes