Archiv: Netanyahu-Gantz unity government / Einheitsregierung Israel


17.01.2021 - 11:04 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Making Progress in Bid to Cancel His Corruption Trial

A year ago, Netanyahu waived his parliamentary immunity after he realized that in the Knesset elected in September 2019, he had no chance of receiving immunity. But the prime minister’s lawyers recently claimed in court that he never waived his right to parliamentary immunity, saying that the Knesset’s immunity proceedings were flawed.

14.01.2021 - 19:07 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz, We’ll Take It From Here

It’s hard not to feel uncomfortable when we hear Gantz – who gave Netanyahu the government, betraying his voters and his partners – trying to look like someone worried about the future of the “Anyone But Bibi” camp and trying to serve as a strategic adviser.

12.01.2021 - 14:53 [ Haaretz ]

‚I Was Wrong to Join Netanyahu‘: Gantz Calls for Broad Center-left Coalition

Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz called on leaders of center-left parties to unite ahead of Israel’s March 23 election in order to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – his coalition partner over the past year.

02.01.2021 - 07:40 [ Haaretz ]

New Parties Spring Up All Around and Netanyahu’s Likud Is Alone at the Top Without a Coalition

The leader of the largest party, on paper, simply does not have a coalition. For the first time, facing off against him are two strong rivals from the right

02.01.2021 - 07:28 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Polls: Tel Aviv Mayor Gains Ground, Gantz Grazing Threshold

(30.12.2020)

Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn left the slate on Tuesday to join Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai’s party, and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi announced on Wednesday afternoon that he will not be running with Kahol Lavan in the upcoming election.

After Huldai announced that he is running for Knesset on Tuesday, his Hayisraelim party is projected to win eight to nine parliamentary seats.

02.01.2021 - 07:25 [ Times of Israel ]

Blue and White’s Ashkenazi expected to quit party, leave politics

(29.12.2020)

The Blue and White party’s No. 2, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, is set to announce in the coming days that he is leaving the party and will likely take a break from politics, Hebrew media reports said Tuesday.

Ashkenazi will declare that he is not running in the coming March elections by Wednesday, according to Channel 12 news and Haaretz.

02.01.2021 - 07:20 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Gantz: Nissenkorn stabbed me in the back

(01.01.2021)

In a weekend interview with Yediot Aharonot, Gantz said „I felt him stabbing me in the back and turning the knife.“
Nissenkorn, whose resignation took effect Friday morning, wrote on Facebook afterward that Gantz made „crazy concessions“ that would have emptied the justice minister post of authority in an effort to keep the government together.

02.01.2021 - 07:13 [ Ynetnews.com ]

After joining Huldai, Nissenkorn resigns as justice minister

(30.12.2020)

After leaving Blue & White and joining Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai’s new The Israelis party, Avi Nissenkorn Wednesday resigned from his position as justice minister.

27.12.2020 - 07:00 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands Protest Against Netanyahu; 6 Arrested, Protesters Report Attacks by PM’s Supporters

Saturday’s protest marks the 27th week of the anti-Netanyahu protests. Hundreds also marched from Jerusalem’s String Bridge to the Balfour residence.

Protests also took place on bridges and junctions across the country, as well as at Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea, and in Tel Aviv.

25.12.2020 - 06:53 [ Haaretz ]

Ally’s Brutal Betrayal on Live TV Shocks Israel and Mauls Netanyahu

In a speech far harsher than any delivered by a rival from the left, Elkin confirmed what Netanyahu’s fiercest enemies had been claiming all along: The prime minister had subordinated the good of the country, including its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, to his endless quest to avoid standing trial for criminal corruption.

25.12.2020 - 06:49 [ Haaretz ]

Exodus Continues as Former Netanyahu Loyalist Resigns, Joins Rival Sa’ar

Ze’ev Elkin, who served in a range of posts including as Netanyahu’s coalition head, blasts ‘cult of personality’ ■ Naftali Bennett announces he will run for prime minister, criticizes PM’s handling of coronavirus crisis

23.12.2020 - 19:27 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Live: Four People Test Positive for New Strain of Coronavirus in Israel

(today)

A fourth case had been discovered in an Israeli who had not been abroad recently. The Health Ministry said they are investigating the case and will update accordingly.

„Over the past few days we are making a concerted effort to check that the mutation from Britain has not infiltrated [Israel]. Until several minutes ago, we had been optimistic, and now we are less optimistic,“ Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said.

23.12.2020 - 19:21 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Uses New COVID-19 Strain to Scare the Public at the Best Possible Time for Him

(22.12.2020)

The coronavirus pandemic is dangerous enough on its own – but adding the considerations of a prime minister who is a criminal defendant trying to escape justice, the result is systematic disregard for the population

23.12.2020 - 00:16 [ ORF ]

Neuwahl fix: Israels Parlament automatisch aufgelöst

Gegen Netanjahu läuft ein Korruptionsprozess. Ganz hat dem 71-Jährigen vorgeworfen, er wolle alles unternehmen, um einer Verurteilung zu entgehen.

Das Bündnis um Ganz ist inzwischen zerbröselt. Bei einer Neuwahl muss Blau-Weiß sogar bangen, ob es die 3,25-Prozent-Hürde schafft.

22.12.2020 - 23:53 [ Haaretz ]

Nation-state Law Essentially Establishes Apartheid Regime

If the High Court does not examine the Jewish nation-state law according to norms external to the Israeli system and in accordance with criteria derived from consensual universal and international norms and values, it will justify the existence of a regime of constitutionally-mandated segregation for every ethnic dominating group trying to grant itself exclusive supremacy in any country, not only the Jewish people in Israel.

22.12.2020 - 23:28 [ Washington Post ]

Israeli government collapses, sending country back to elections for fourth time in two years

In the run-up to the budget vote, Gideon Saar, a former Likud education minister, shocked his fellow party members by resigning from the Knesset and starting a new party to challenge Netanyahu’s grip on the right wing of Israeli politics. Polls immediately showed Saar’s fledgling “New Hope” draining a significant number of parliamentary seats from Likud, reflecting growing frustration with Netanyahu even among conservative voters.

22.12.2020 - 23:27 [ New York Times ]

Israeli Government Collapses, Forcing 4th Election in 2 Years

“It’s not the budget, stupid,” said Reuven Hazan, a professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mr. Netanyahu “needs a government that will pass legislation either to delay his case for the foreseeable future or cancel it altogether,” he added.

22.12.2020 - 23:21 [ Haaretz.com / Twitter ]

Attempts by Gantz and Netanyahu to buy more time have failed, turning their coalition into a zombie government until the anticipated March ballot, Israel’s fourth in two years

22.12.2020 - 06:41 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz’s Political Party Was Last Year’s Largest. Now It’s the Walking Dead

There is no scenario now under which Gantz can credibly lead his party into another election. And without Gantz as a potential replacement for Netanyahu, there is no reason for Kahol Lavan to continue to exist as a political entity.

22.12.2020 - 06:29 [ ORF.at ]

Israel vor vierter Wahl in zwei Jahren

Ohne Einigung in letzter Minute wird sich das Parlament am Dienstagabend um Mitternacht automatisch auflösen

22.12.2020 - 06:25 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Election prevention bill fails, Israel headed to elections on March 23

47 MKs voted for the bill, while 49 voted against. The 23rd Knesset will be dissolved automatically at midnight on Tuesday night.
Shortly after the vote, Likud MK Michal Shir announced that she would be joining Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party, after voting against the bill.

22.12.2020 - 06:24 [ Haaretz ]

Last-ditch Effort to Avoid Election Fails as Disagreements Between Gantz and Netanyahu Persist

nesset votes down bill that would postpone deadline for passing budget, bringing Israel closer to its fourth election in two years

20.12.2020 - 22:41 [ Haaretz ]

Anti-Netanyahu Bloc Grows but Gantz Is Losing Steam, Election Poll Shows

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The bloc that has pledged not to join a Netanyahu government would stand at 64 out of 120 Knesset seats. The opposing bloc, composed of Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and Yamina, would garner just 56, which is not enough to form a government.

20.12.2020 - 22:38 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz’s Party Agrees to Delay Budget Deadline to Give More Time for Deal With Netanyahu

Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party said Sunday that it has agreed to postpone the Tuesday deadline to pass Israel’s 2020 state budget by one week, in a move that could give it more time to negotiate a deal with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud to avoid what would be a fourth election cycle in two years.

20.12.2020 - 15:08 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Agrees to Curb Justice Minister’s Powers in Deal With Netanyahu to Stave Off Election

Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz has agreed to curb Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn’s powers, sources said, in bid to stave off election.

In return, Gantz hopes to cement the rotation agreement for the premiership with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is upheld.

20.12.2020 - 10:33 [ Haaretz ]

Three Days to Stave Off Election: Gantz Met With Netanyahu Rival Sa’ar

Defense Minister and Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz met on Saturday with breakaway Likud lawmaker Gideon Sa‘ar, three days before the Knesset is expected to disband.

18.12.2020 - 08:45 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Attorney-General to High Court: Don’t overturn unity gov’t

It was unclear whether the High Court could ever strike down a quasi-constitutional basic law, he said. In any event, if it were possible, it would need to be a far more extreme law, implying something criminal or actively undermining democracy, he added.

Furthermore, Mandelblit rejected the notion that the coalition was abusing or ignoring the will of the voter by forming coalitions they had vowed not to form.

18.12.2020 - 08:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Preparing Another Request for Lawmakers to Grant Him Immunity

(30.11.2020)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to ask the Knesset again for immunity from prosecution in his corruption cases, based on his lawyers’ argument that the criminal investigation against him was flawed and should be reconsidered.

In the past month, the prime minister has told associates that he is weighing the benefits of such a move against the possible damage it could do to his image in public opinion.

17.12.2020 - 10:42 [ Globes.co.il ]

Israeli drones leased to Germany to remain unarmed

Felgentreu is considered one of the biggest supporters of the move to arm the UAVs, which was separated from the actual procurement of the UAVs due to previous opposition within the SPD, which caused him to resign over the issue. Felgentreu has told „Globes“ in the past that the German army needs the Israeli UAVs to help protect its combat soldiers on missions in Afghanistan and Mali.

17.12.2020 - 09:58 [ oe24.at ]

Nehammers BVT erhält Hilfe: Mehrere Geheimdienste helfen bei Terror-Aufklärung

(18.11.2020)

Der österreichische Terrorist soll international vernetzt gewesen sein. Wer mithilft.

15.12.2020 - 23:55 [ Haaretz ]

Gideon Sa’ar’s Party Would Be Second Largest in Knesset, Election Poll Shows

A poll released by Channel 12 News Tuesday shows the party led by former Likud lawmaker Gideon Sa’ar surging ahead to become Israel’s second largest party, were elections held now.

The party led by Sa’ar, a rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would garner 21 seats, trailing Likud by just six seats.

15.12.2020 - 23:53 [ Haaretz ]

Gideon Sa’ar Just Paid a High Price in Future Battle Against Netanyahu, but It’ll Be Worth It

There was some nervousness over the weekend at the Balfour Street residence. Someone close to the royals, employed in a very rewarding job at the Prime Minister’s Office as a “consultant on the outbreak of the coronavirus,” had written an article. Its convoluted thesis was that the deserter Gideon Sa’ar was leading a move which has party, community and governmental implications, aimed at turning back the 1977 overthrow of the long-reigning Labor Party by Likud.

15.12.2020 - 22:43 [ PCwelt.de ]

Heron TP: Deutschland bekommt kampffähige Drohne aus Israel

(14.06.2018)

Die Bundeswehr bekommt aus Israel die Drohne Heron TP. Zunächst nur in der Aufklärungsvariante, doch die Drohne kann auch bewaffnet werden und dann als Kampfdrohne fungieren.

14.12.2020 - 09:38 [ Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין / Twitter ]

“This system allows tracking of every citizen or resident of Israel. It can also follow intentions or motivations, and not just specific people. It can track everyone who visited the website of anti-Netanyahu protest movement and block the website.“

14.12.2020 - 06:40 [ avi scharf / Twitter ]

Police spying on Israelis online via secret backdoor. Israeli police have for years required internet providers to allow them to track users or websites through a special system

14.12.2020 - 06:09 [ Omer Benjakob / Twitter ]

This is CRAZY Israel’s police have a secret backdoor that allows them to follow any Israeli online or track anyone who visits a certain website: “We say China’s a technological dystopia, but here we live in one too and just don’t know it“

13.12.2020 - 19:46 [ Haaretz ]

Police Spying on Israelis Online via Secret Backdoor

“This system allows authorities to follow everything someone does online, and even permits them to manipulate the website these users visit,” said ethical hacker Noam Rotem, from the CyberCyber podcast. “This system allows tracking of each and every citizen or resident of Israel. But it’s not just that; the system is built in such a way that it can also follow intentions or motivations, and not just specific people. For example, it can track everyone who visited the website of the protest movement against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and can even block the real website and change what people are seeing,” Rotem said.

12.12.2020 - 17:47 [ Haaretz ]

Anti-Netanyahu Protests Resume for 25th Week in a Row

Protests are slated to be held in front of the prime minister’s Jerusalem and Caesarea residences, as well as in front of Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz’s home in Rosh Ha’ayin

11.12.2020 - 14:18 [ Haaretz ]

The Master Plan: Clone Likud Without Bibi and His Sycophants

For several months the prime minister’s rival has been secretly spinning his web. Each week more advisers, lawmakers, mayors, key activists joined the secret circle

11.12.2020 - 14:15 [ Times of Israel ]

Israel said considering restrictions on those who refuse COVID vaccine

Under the proposal being considered, those who refuse to be inoculated will only be allowed to fly, attend certain events, dine at restaurants or frequent cultural venues by providing a recent negative result from a coronavirus test, according to Channel 12 news, which quoted unnamed senior officials.

Health officials were also reportedly considering barring medical personnel who refuse vaccination from working in coronavirus wards or intensive care units.

11.12.2020 - 13:57 [ Haaretz ]

Let the Israeli Left Choose Their Own Leaders. Only Then Will They Replace Netanyahu

For now, opinion polls show that the left has no chance of defeating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Lawmakers Amir Peretz and Itzik Shmuli, by crawling into his government, have turned the Labor Party into a historical relic. Both Labor and Meretz have forgone primaries, leaving power in the hands of their leaders. There is no democracy in the parties of Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid either. This leaves Likud, embarrassingly, as the only democratic party.

09.12.2020 - 05:45 [ Haaretz ]

Gideon Sa’ar, Netanyahu Rival, Breaks With Likud to Start New Party

Other Potential candidates to join Sa’ar’s new party are lawmakers Yifat Shasha-Biton of Likud and former Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot.

06.12.2020 - 12:35 [ Haaretz ]

Around 30 Arrested as Thousands Protest Against Netanyahu in Jerusalem

Some 30 protesters against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were arrested on Saturday as thousands gathered in Jerusalem and at traffic junctions nationwide for the 24th week in a row.

05.12.2020 - 16:25 [ Noga Tarnopolsky / Twitter ]

🏴 🇮🇱 „Hero of Israel,“ a bronze sculpture by the multidisciplinary artist Itai Zalait, was installed guerrilla-style in front of PM Netanyahu’s official Jerusalem residence, on the 24th weekend of @TheBlackFlags1 protests.

05.12.2020 - 16:10 [ Times of Israel ]

Mossad expert, ex-spies outline planning, challenges of targeted killings

The report consisted of interviews with three people with knowledge of the Mossad — journalist Ronen Bergman and agency veterans Victor Ostrovsky and Ram Ben-Barak. Channel 12 noted the report was approved by Israel’s military censor.

05.12.2020 - 15:55 [ Times of Israel ]

Yossi Cohen, shadow warrior against Iran, is PM’s chosen successor

Spy chief widely seen behind killing of Iran’s nuclear weapons chief is a trusted Netanyahu loyalist, and his preferred choice to steer Israel through the coming regional chaos

02.12.2020 - 14:56 [ theGuardian.com ]

Israel moves towards fourth election with no-confidence vote

Wednesday’s vote, which is not final and requires several more readings, was largely seen as a gambit by Benny Gantz, the former head of the opposition who reluctantly joined Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition this year, to assert his authority.

In a televised speech on Tuesday night, Gantz, who serves as defence minister, accused the country’s longest-serving leader of lying and sidelining his demands, in particular, a proposed budget.

02.12.2020 - 14:38 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Breaks With Netanyahu, Votes With Opposition to Dissolve Parliament

The Knesset voted to dissolve in a preliminary vote Wednesday, bringing the country closer to a fourth election in under two years.

Sixty-one lawmakers voted in favor, and 54 voted against. The proposal will now go to the Legislative Committee for discussion.

02.12.2020 - 05:29 [ Vol.at ]

Israels Parlament stimmt über seine Auflösung ab

Am Mittwoch steht ein Vorschlag der Opposition zur Auflösung des Parlaments zur Abstimmung. Gantz sagte am Dienstagabend, Blau-Weiß werde den Vorstoß unterstützen. Es handelt sich allerdings um eine vorläufige Abstimmung, für die endgültige Auflösung der Knesset wären drei weitere Lesungen notwendig.

02.12.2020 - 05:24 [ Tagesanzeiger.ch ]

Regierung in Israel wankt: Benny Gantz hat genug von Netanyahus Spielen

Gantz hatte diese Runde der Auseinandersetzung in der vorigen Woche mit einem Frontalangriff auf Netanyahu eröffnet, als er in seinem Ministerium eine Untersuchungskommission einsetzte, die den Kauf deutscher U-Boote näher beleuchten soll. Es geht um den Verdacht der Korruption im engeren Umfeld des Premiers.

02.12.2020 - 03:39 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says His Party Will Vote With the Opposition to Dissolve Parliament

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday his party will vote in favor of an opposition-backed bill to dissolve the Knesset, which would come for a preliminary vote on Wednesday, as he continued to butt heads with coalition partner Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

30.11.2020 - 22:08 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Government Is Set to Fall. Here’s How It Got There and What Happens Next

By Wednesday night, the seven months of the Netanyahu-Gantz zombie government could be over and Israel will be on its way to an election in March 2021, the country’s fourth in two years.

30.11.2020 - 11:22 [ Haaretz ]

Full Transparency for the Submarine Inquiry

The commission’s first meeting, scheduled for Monday, has been postponed at Mendelblit’s request until the scope of its activity has been defined. The commission is expected to submit a final report in about four months.

29.11.2020 - 13:07 [ Haaretz ]

World Should Thank Us for Killing Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist, Senior Israeli Official Tells NYT

Israel will keep acting against Iran’s nuclear program ‚as needed,‘ an Israeli official who was reportedly involved for years in tracking Mohsen Fakhrizadeh tells the New York Times.

29.11.2020 - 11:34 [ Haaretz ]

‚Netanyahu Endangers Israel‘: Thousands Protest Against PM Across Israel

Thousands of protesters demonstrated on Saturday evening against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at intersections, bridges and squares across Israel, as weekly demonstrations continued for the 23rd week in a row.

28.11.2020 - 22:10 [ New York Times ]

Israel’s Gamble: If Assassination Fails to Set Back Iran’s Nuclear Program, Blowing Up Deal Is Easy

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.

28.11.2020 - 19:24 [ UPI.com ]

USAF F-16s move from Germany to UAE

(16.11.2020)

Although CENTCOM did not offer specific information about the move, the UAE base has been the center of operations for planes patrolling the Persian Gulf to monitor activities by Iran’s military.

28.11.2020 - 19:19 [ Fox News ]

Message to Iran: B-52 bombers deployed to Middle East

(22.11.2020)

U.S. Central Command said the U.S. Air Force B-52H “Stratofortress” aircrews conducted the mission on „short notice“ to „deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies.“

“The ability to quickly move forces into, out of and around the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative is key to deterring potential aggression,“ said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, 9th Air Force commander.

28.11.2020 - 19:08 [ CODEPINK / Twitter ]

This is BAD. Israel is trying to incite a war with Iran before Trump leaves office. The whole world, especially @JoeBiden , should condemn the illegal assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Don’t let Israel sabotage #PeaceWithIran!

28.11.2020 - 19:03 [ Medea Benjamin, Cofounder of peace group CODEPINK / Twitter ]

Biden’s silence re the assassination of Iranian scientist is DEAFENING.

28.11.2020 - 18:42 [ theGuardian.com ]

Iran scientist’s assassination appears intended to undermine nuclear deal

If Mossad was indeed behind the assassination, Israel had a closing window of opportunity in which to carry it out with a green light from an American president, and there seems little doubt that Trump, seeking to play a spoiler role in his last weeks in office, would have given approval, if not active assistance. He is reported to have asked for military options in Iran, in the aftermath of his election defeat.

28.11.2020 - 18:18 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Speaking out against violations of international law isn’t partisan issue, it’s also not being on the side of Iran. It’s about balance and not plunging the world into more chaotic state than we are already in.

(…)

28.11.2020 - 18:13 [ Remi Brulin / Twitter ]

Crazy suggestion: If a team of armed Iranian operatives had covertly entered Israel & killed its top nuclear weapons scientist, world leaders would not be „mum“

In fact, every single Western leader would have denounced it as a despicable, evil act of terrorism

28.11.2020 - 13:16 [ Haaretz ]

Trump Might Leave Scorched Earth on His Way Out. Netanyahu Is Happy to Lend Him a Lighter

The president’s frantic tweets after the news broke of top Iranian nuclear scientist’s assassination make it clear his administration gave its blessing to the Tehran attack attributed to Israel. Could this be Trump’s final frenzy?

28.11.2020 - 12:01 [ Radio Utopie ]

Attentat im Iran: Die „freie Welt“ kriecht wieder mal vor ihren Herrchen

dann schweigen sie wieder alle, diese Feiglinge, diese Kriegstreiber, diese Massenmörder und Helfershelfer, nach neunzehn Jahren weltweitem „Krieg gegen den Terror“ und Millionen von Toten und halten ihr Maul. Und nicht nur der neue Cäsar Pandemie-Joe, sondern alle Regierungen weltweit.

Zukünftige Generationen werden sich vor euch erbrechen.

28.11.2020 - 10:54 [ Times of Israel ]

US, world leaders mum on Fakhrizadeh killing; ex-CIA chief calls hit ‘reckless’

There were no immediate comments from the White House, Pentagon, US State Department, CIA or US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.

The leaders of other countries were similarly silent.

28.11.2020 - 10:42 [ John O. Brennan, former CIA Director (2013-17) / Twitter ]

I do not know whether a foreign government authorized or carried out the the murder of Fakhrizadeh. Such an act of state-sponsored terrorism would be a flagrant violation of international law & encourage more governments to carry out lethal attacks against foreign officials.

28.11.2020 - 10:34 [ theHill.com ]

Who killed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s nuclear chief? Israel is the likely suspect

For COVID-era fans of the Israeli spy series, “Tehran,” on Apple+, the idea of Israeli agents pulling off an assassination inside Iran would not appear far-fetched.

27.11.2020 - 18:12 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators Iran calls on int’l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.

27.11.2020 - 18:09 [ CNN ]

Iran’s top nuclear scientist killed in apparent assassination, state media reports

Iran’s top nuclear scientist was reportedly killed Friday in an apparent assassination that the country’s foreign minister linked to Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

25.11.2020 - 11:05 [ Haaretz ]

Next Stage of Netanyahu’s Corruption Trial Delayed Until February

The prime minister’s lawyers had also previously argued that the trial should be delayed due to coronavirus health restrictions, saying that it would be difficult to see whether a masked witness was „telling the truth.“

24.11.2020 - 11:55 [ New York Times ]

Israeli Panel to Look Into Submarine Scandal, Riling Netanyahu

Mr. Netanyahu was not named as a suspect in an earlier police investigation of the purchase of submarines and missile boats from Germany that caught up several of his close associates. The planned commission of inquiry lacks legal authority. It may summon any witness to testify but cannot compel anybody to appear before it.

24.11.2020 - 11:22 [ Rashida Tlaib, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

So long as he doesn’t suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against Netanyahu’s racist and inhumane policies. The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice.

24.11.2020 - 11:20 [ Fox News ]

Rashida Tlaib accused of anti-Semitism for reaction to Biden’s Jewish Sec of State nominee

„Biden names a Jew to his cabinet What’s Rashida’s response?! ‚Welp, as long as that Judische pick doesn’t stop me from focusing my hatred on one country, Israel, then he’s a good Jew!‘ It’s not your 1A right you’re trying to protect but your vile Jew-hatred! That’s ALL yours!“ Americans Against Antisemitism founder Dov Hikind reacted.

„You can just say you’re worried because he’s Jewish…“ the Republican Jewish Coalition tweeted.

23.11.2020 - 12:30 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Announces Commission of Inquiry Into Submarine Affair That Has Plagued Netanyahu

The submarine affair has become a central element in the protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, where demonstrators have carried inflatable submarines inscribed with slogans like “S.S. Investigation.” Protesters are calling for a commission of inquiry into the affair, as well as calling on Netanyahu to step down in light of his corruption charges.

15.11.2020 - 00:21 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands Protest Netanyahu in Jerusalem, at Least 18 Arrested Ahead of Demonstration

Police say they arrested 18 with protesters claiming 23 have been detained as they demand Netanyahu be investigated for the so-called ’submarine affair‘

12.11.2020 - 15:14 [ Haaretz ]

The Electoral Math Behind Netanyahu’s Sudden Affinity for Arab Lawmakers

Last Thursday, in an interview with Radio Anas, Abbas said he wouldn’t dismiss supporting legislation to freeze Netanyahu’s trial. The choice of Matanyahu Englman as state comptroller was attributed to the “defection” of Ra’am members from the opposition ranks, in addition to Abbas’ support for canceling the vote that approved the establishment of an inquiry committee on the submarine procurements.

07.11.2020 - 23:18 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands of Israelis Protest Against Netanyahu in Hundreds of Locations Across Country

Hundreds of demonstrations are taking place Saturday night in squares, junctions and on bridges around the country for the 20th week in a row since the anti-Netanyahu protests began in July.

07.11.2020 - 18:59 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Want a Stable Government. Netanyahu Only Wants Survival

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s need to control this government’s expiry date is dooming it to complete paralysis in everything pertaining to senior officials’ appointments, and to preparing next year’s state budget.

The damage is piling up daily, and if the public cannot detect it, this is only because people are busy worrying about their physical and financial health.

07.11.2020 - 09:30 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Party Can’t Fathom Politicians Aren’t Above the Law

: Representatives of the ruling party (in the spirit of the commander, the commander’s wife and their son) long ago crossed the red line that separates the parliamentary freedom to criticize and exercise oversight of the branches of government, and sowing fear, stoking unbridled incitement and making explicit threats against those who displease them.

05.11.2020 - 17:29 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Coalition Whip Investigated for Extortion of Attorney General

Zohar allgedly threatened Mendelblit in October, saying that if the attorney general did not resign from his position and drop the three pending corruption indictments against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, incriminating recordings of Mendelblit would be leaked to the public.

The police interrogation of Zohar was authorized by the state prosecutor’s office.

05.11.2020 - 08:36 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Learnt the Lesson of Rabin’s Assassination. The Israeli Left Should Too

“Rabin’s murder was a perfect murder that paid off,” the late Prof. Moshe Negbi once wrote. This is a serious charge, but an accurate one. Netanyahu owes his political existence to this murder. The roots of his rule are planted in the blood of the slain prime minister. Fanning the violence and then looking away is a strategy that served him both before the murder and after it.

03.11.2020 - 06:28 [ i24news.tv ]

Gantz asserts Netanyahu won’t honor coalition agreement: report

Gantz, according to the report, stressed that he is willing to “pay with [his] seat,” but will delay a decision for two weeks.

31.10.2020 - 21:20 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands Protest Against Netanyahu Across Israel, Three Attacks Reported Against Demonstrators

A protester in Ramat Gan was pepper sprayed by someone passing by on a scooter ■ Man at Ramat Hasharon was beaten by two men ■ four youths vandalize booths belonging to Peace Now group in Jerusalem, police arrested two

31.10.2020 - 10:15 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

So wird alles Fortschrittliche ruiniert. Überall. Wie so oft mit dem Vorwurf des Antisemitismus.

Dieser Vorgang ist Teil eines grandiosen und weltweiten Spiels: Zum einen werden die sozialdemokratischen und sozialistischen, also die linken Parteien, in den meisten Ländern systematisch umgedreht und ruiniert. Zum andern gibt man sich mithilfe eines „streitbaren“ Kampfes gegen Rechts ein linkes Image. Siehe Merkel, siehe Macron und all ihre Unterstützer in den großen Unternehmen, Finanzkonzernen, den Milliardären und Geheimdiensten dieser Welt.

31.10.2020 - 10:00 [ Bild / Twitter ]

Antisemitismus-Vorwürfe: Labour suspendiert Ex-Parteichef Corbyn

(29.10.2020)

30.10.2020 - 05:55 [ Haaretz ]

25,000 Candles Lit at Tel Aviv Ceremony for 25th Anniversary of Rabin Assassination

Twenty-five-thousand memorial candles were lit to commemmorate the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv Thursday.

30.10.2020 - 01:22 [ Haaretz ]

On Rabin Assassination Anniversary, anti-Netanyahu Protesters March Through Tel Aviv

A large crowd was expected to turn out for protests Thursday evening at locations throughout Israel, as anti-government demonstrations coincide with the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, according to the Hebrew calendar.

29.10.2020 - 05:48 [ Times of Israel ]

Germany to include Israel in EU deal for vaccine, citing ‘special relationship’

(14.10.2020)

Berlin’s foreign minister reportedly tells Gabi Ashkenazi that Israel will get AstraZeneca COVID-19 inoculation when it is sold to European countries

23.10.2020 - 22:45 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Says Israel Agreed to Sale of F-35s to UAE; Gantz: Talks Were Kept From Me

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Israel’s authorization of the United States‘ sale of F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates was not part of the peace deal signed between the nations in Washington, and that this came about through discussions held by Defense Minister Benny Gantz with the Pentagon.

Meanwhile, in a statement of his own, Gantz claimed that negotiations on the sale of arms were known to some Israeli officials, but were kept hidden from him and Israel’s security establishment.

20.10.2020 - 22:27 [ Nehemia Shtrasler / Haaretz ]

‚You Really Believe Netanyahu Wants the Coronavirus Pandemic to Last?‘

Let me be clear, I’m not saying that Netanyahu wants people to get sick or die. He wants the pandemic to not disappear. He does not want a return to normal. He wants the emergency period to continue, for chaos to reign, for businesses to open and close like an accordion, and for the Israeli public to cry out to the heavens: Save us, Bibi. Save us like you saved us from the dreaded nuclear threat from Iran. After all, Bibi, the world expert in sowing fear and anxiety, has no equal when it comes to spurring terrified voters to cast their ballots for Likud.

17.10.2020 - 22:51 [ ‏Tal Schneider טל שניידר تال شنايدر Diplomatic & Political Correspondent globes.co.il / Twitter ]

Groundbreaking number of demonstrators against PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem tonight, across the street from his house. It is an anti corruption demonstration as he is defendant in bribery, breach of trust trial.

17.10.2020 - 22:46 [ globes.co.il ]

Israel gets top marks for combating international bribery

For the second successive year, Transparency International ranks Israel in its highest category for enforcement against bribery of foreign officials.

17.10.2020 - 22:08 [ haaretz.com ]

Anti-Netanyahu Protests Resume in Jerusalem, Across Israel, in Shadow of Right-wing Violence

Following the expiration of movement restrictions, tens of thousands of protesters gathered across Israel Saturday night, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down in light of his criminal indictments, and many faced violence at the hands of both police and right-wing groups.

16.10.2020 - 21:01 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Henchmen Prove Once Again They’re Soldiers in a Criminal Organization

It’s just like in the Mafia: The boss is surrounded by soldiers. By made men.

They’re the ones he sends into the streets to kneecap his enemies. They don’t ask questions. They carry out orders. Sorry, instructions. An explicit utterance isn’t always needed. A look or nod can suffice. They understand.

16.10.2020 - 21:00 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Whip Threatens AG: Drop Bibi Indictments, or More Tapes Will Come Out

(14.10.2020)

Saying that there are incriminating tapes from a previous court case against Avichai Mendelblit that will be released, Miki Zohar demanded the attorney general drop Netanyahu’s charges and resign

16.10.2020 - 04:14 [ Ben Reiff / Twitter ]

Stunning action this morning: activists from the Bloc Against Occupation fill TLV’s Rabin Square with the words “DEMOCRACY OR OCCUPATION”. They write: “The problem does not begin or end with Netanyahu. Only when we end the occupation can we start talking about what democracy is”

16.10.2020 - 04:07 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Thousands protest across Israel demanding Netanyahu’s resignation

Some protesters accused Netanyahu of not condemning violence against them and also directed their ire at his coalition partner, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, for not taking a harsher stance against the violence.

„The fact that the Israeli prime minister has not once condemned the violence against the protesters is a green light for violence against citizens of the country,“ they said.

16.10.2020 - 03:59 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Protests turn violent as photographer attacked, man run over by vehicle

Demonstrators in Holon calling for the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were attacked and sprayed with tear gas by right-wing activists of the “La Familia” soccer fans organization, outlet N12 reported.

A Haaretz photographer, Tomer Appelbaum, was reportedly attacked with fists and kicking when arriving at the scene to document the rally, forcing him to flee.

16.10.2020 - 03:55 [ Haaretz ]

Anti-Netanyahu Protesters Report Attacks as Weekend of Demos Kicks Off Across Israel

At least 30 young people identified as members of La Familia, a group of far-right militants associated with the Betar Jerusalem football club, came to confront protesters assembled in a city square. They were wearing black shirts, waving Likud flags and carrying signs that read ‚A good leftist is a dead leftist‘ and ‚Leftists are traitors,‘ and cursing at protesters. According to police officers present at the scene, which were forced to call for reinforcements, they sprayed mace on the protesters.

16.10.2020 - 03:51 [ Ben Reiff / Twitter ]

At the margins of the anti-government protest tonight in Tel Aviv, right-wing counter-protesters held up a sign that reads “a good leftist is a dead leftist”.

11.10.2020 - 03:17 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Erneut Demos in Israel: Tausende protestieren gegen Netanyahu

Kritiker sehen die neuen Regeln als Versuch, die seit Wochen andauernden Proteste gegen Netanyahu zu ersticken. Die neuen Vorschriften untersagen es Demonstranten, sich weiter als einen Kilometer von ihrem Zuhause zu entfernen, um an Protesten teilzunehmen.

Zudem wurden im Vorfeld der erwarteten Demonstrationen die Regeln von der Polizei nochmals verschärft:

11.10.2020 - 02:56 [ Haaretz ]

‚You Messed With the Wrong Generation‘: Tens of Thousands March Against Netanyahu Across Israel

The police came under criticism for issuing a statement implying that the Crime Minister organization, one of the protests‘ organizers, had called on protesters to arm themselves in order to confront police officers. They were forced to retract the allegation after it became clear it was fabricated.

09.10.2020 - 20:25 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

Finance Minister Israel Katz sharply criticized the government’s renewed lockdown policy to try and regain some control of the #coronavirus pandemic, arguing that „indiscriminate closure would drive millions of Israelis to hunger and despair‘

09.10.2020 - 20:15 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz: Rising Violence Against anti-Netanyahu Protesters Could Lead to Murder

Gantz called on Public Security Minister Amir Ohana of Likud and acting police commissioner Motti Cohen to bolster police forces at the demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slated for Saturday evening.

The defense minister told Ohana and Cohen that „the violence toward protesters is evident and there’s a genuine fear for human life.“

09.10.2020 - 20:12 [ Haaretz ]

Four Months In, Dozens of Attacks on Israeli Protesters but Only One Indictment

As one demonstrator puts it, ‘It seems the police have picked a side in the conflict between the Israeli public and Netanyahu and his supporters’

08.10.2020 - 20:58 [ Haaretz ]

They Fought for Israel’s Independence. Now They’re on the Streets Fighting Netanyahu

Yitzhak Arad, a veteran of Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, organized an anti-Netanyahu protest the other day for residents of his assisted-living center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon.

About 50 people attended. “We would have easily gotten a bigger crowd, but we didn’t want to violate the social distancing rules or endanger anyone’s health,” says Arad, a Holocaust survivor who served as director of Yad Vashem (Israel’s Shoah memorial center) for over 20 years.

08.10.2020 - 20:53 [ Chuck Freilich / Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Plot Against Israel

If you share my misgivings, if you feel the foundations of Israel’s democracy fracturing as never before, go out and demonstrate, shout your defiance from every balcony, swamp social media with posts, cry out in every direction. Don’t give this government a moment’s rest. Not a second’s respite. While you still can.

06.10.2020 - 19:55 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

#Israel: Anti-Netanyahu protesters gathering now in central #TelAviv and are preparing to march throughout the city — i24NEWS‘ @emilyarielrose reports to @calev_i24

06.10.2020 - 19:50 [ Haaretz ]

Anti-Netanyahu Protests Continue in Tel Aviv in Shadow of Lockdown, Police Violence

Dozens of demonstrators took to the streets in Tel Aviv and more in dozens of other cities and towns across Israel, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down and protesting the government’s restrictions on demonstrations during Israel’s coronavirus lockdown.

Following reports of police violence directed at protesters on Saturday night, organizers are expecting a large turnout later on Tuesday evening.

06.10.2020 - 19:38 [ Haaretz ]

Chaos Raging on Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Streets Reveals Unraveling Leadership

The violence, which took place in the ultra-Orthodox cities of Betar Ilit, Modi’in Ilit, and even in the “city of Torah and Hasidism” Bnei Brak, was severe, say the people who witnessed it. The general feeling is of a loss of control, not just on the part of the police. Thousands thronged the streets, objects flew in the air, garbage cans were lit on fire and harsh words were spoken (“Nazis,” they called policemen). These weren’t extremists, not the usual rebellious “Jerusalem faction” of zealots. These were people from the Haredi mainstream.

06.10.2020 - 19:35 [ Ynetnews,com ]

Haredim clash with police during crackdown of illegally-run synagogues

The sect is known for its civil disobedience and frequent clashes with security forces over conscription as well as state and religious affairs.
Officers also raided two mass gatherings in the area, celebrating the Sukkot holiday, one organized by a confirmed virus carrier and another, a Tish (a gathering of Hasidim around their Rebbe), organized by the Zotshka Hasidic Dynasty.

06.10.2020 - 19:23 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel FM meets with UAE counterpart in Berlin for ‚historic‘ summit

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said it was a ‚great honor‘ to host the high-level summit

05.10.2020 - 12:00 [ i24news.tv ]

Whispers in Blue and White to dissolve Israeli gov’t intensify: report

More Blue and White party members are calling to end the collaboration with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and dissolve the government, broadcaster Channel 12 reported Sunday.

In an interview with Israel’s public radio Kan, chairwoman of the Knesset’s (Israel Parliament) Internal Affairs and Environment Committee Miki Haimovich said that more people within her party are thinking on such a possibility.

05.10.2020 - 11:42 [ Carolina Landsmann / Haaretz ]

Fascism Is Dead, Long Live Dictatorship

It’s important for me to be precise, because I know the mechanisms of thought enforcement in my political camp, which will want to turn my words into support for Netanyahu. I firmly oppose the lockdown, but the fact that Israel is enforcing it by using the army doesn’t make the paratroopers’ presence at checkpoints proof that “the dictatorship is already here.” Certainly no more than the curfew in Spain and the soldiers patrolling the streets there were proof of Franco’s return.

05.10.2020 - 02:30 [ Haaretz ]

Lawmaker From Gantz’s Party: More ‚Thinking of Quitting Netanyahu Government‘

Israeli lawmaker Miki Haimovich, a member of Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party, said on Sunday evening that there is a growing group in Kahol Lavan that is considering dismantling the partnership with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

05.10.2020 - 02:20 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Knows the Premiership Is Lost and Now His Party Is Raising the Stakes

Passing legislation to keep protests away from Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem, to which Gantz’s party didn’t oppose, was the last of too many straws, bringing Kahol Lavan to its limit

04.10.2020 - 15:46 [ Haaretz ]

Footage Shows Violent Police Crackdown on anti-Netanyahu Protesters, Journalists

Protests held against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu across Israel on Saturday were marked by incidents of violence, including attacks on protesters by civilians and police.

Violent incidents took place in several locations across the country, as thousands of protesters demanded the resignation of the Netanyahu government over what they say is the mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

04.10.2020 - 08:59 [ Niv Lilien / Twitter ]

תגיד, אתה ראש ממשלה או סמרטוט? תדרשו לפטר את אוחנה ולסיים את העוצר הכללי, או שאתם מפילים את הממשלה. אופציה ב‘ – תעברו ישר לחלק של להפיל את הממשלה. תעיפו את נתניהו!

04.10.2020 - 08:55 [ בני גנץ - Benny Gantz, Verteidigungsminister von Israel / Twitter ]

תקיפת המפגינים הערב ובימים האחרונים בלתי מתקבלת על הדעת. ההפגנות המתקיימות לפי ההנחיות הן דבר לגיטימי וחיוני בדמוקרטיה. אני קורא למשטרה לשים את ידה על התוקפים ולמצות עימם את הדין.

04.10.2020 - 08:48 [ Haaretz ]

Tel Aviv’s Mayor Among Injured Amid Violence at Nationwide anti-Netanyahu Protests

Defense Minister Benny Gantz tweeted on Saturday night that violence against protesters is „intolerable“, adding that the demonstrations are a „legitimate and vital aspect of democracy“. He called on police to apprehend those attacking protesters and bring them to justice.

The Black Flag responded to Benny Gantz in a fiery tone: „Words do not suffice: as long as you serve the defendant you are just as guilty as he is – resign!“

04.10.2020 - 08:39 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel Police arrest dozens as protests spring across country

Protesters at Habima Square in Tel Aviv managed to breach through a police roadblock and marched into the street, blocking traffic, outlet Walla News reported.

Dozens were apprehended by Israel Police, as several protests drew near houses of government ministers.

04.10.2020 - 08:32 [ Haaretz ]

Anti-Netanyahu Protesters Fined Despite Not Violating Coronavirus Restrictions

Five demonstrators were fined for staying at a protest encampment near Netanyahu’s’ official Jerusalem residence despite renting an apartment less than a kilometer away from the site

04.10.2020 - 08:22 [ @noa_landau / Twitter ]

Haaretz reporter @bar_peleg fined for a nonexistent offense while covering anti-gov protests in Tel Aviv

04.10.2020 - 08:10 [ Ben Reiff / Twitter ]

Earlier this week Netanyahu extended the lockdown regulations to include a ban on protesting further than 1km from home. While stifling the regular demonstrations at Balfour and other epicentres, protestors responded by demonstrating at every street corner across the country.

04.10.2020 - 08:00 [ Tomer Appelbaum / Twitter ]

עולים ברחוב העליה

04.10.2020 - 07:52 [ daniel dolev דניאל דולב / Twitter ]

בינתיים התקדמו לפלורנטין. המשטרה ניסתה כמה םעמים לכלוא את המפגינים על אברבנאל, אבל עכשיו בדיוק הם ממשיכים

04.10.2020 - 07:34 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Erneut Demos in Israel: Wieder Zehntausende gegen Netanyahu

Parlament und Regierung hatten in dieser Woche eine umstrittene Einschränkung für Demonstrationen beschlossen: Wer protestieren will, darf dies demnach während des kompletten Lockdowns nur innerhalb eines Umkreises von 1000 Metern von seinem Zuhause und in Gruppen von maximal 20 Menschen.

03.10.2020 - 23:41 [ ORF ]

Trotz Einschränkungen: Viele Demos gegen Netanjahu

Im ganzen Land protestierten – an Hunderten Orten in kleineren Gruppen – geschätzt 100.000 Menschen, wie Medien unter Berufung auf die Protest-Bewegung „Schwarze Flaggen“ berichteten.

03.10.2020 - 19:37 [ Haaretz ]

After Restrictions, anti-Netanyahu Protests Continue at Hundreds of Locations Around Israel

The Black Flag movement estimated that 100,000 people have taken part in Saturday’s protests against Netanyahu in cities and towns across the country. Clashes between protesters and police broke out in Tel Aviv, with arrests taking place. At least seven arrests have been reported.

30.09.2020 - 23:20 [ Haaretz ]

A Body Blow to Democracy

It’s important to be precise: In practice, this legislation does not limit demonstrations, it bans them. The proposed restrictions are so draconian that they amount to a prohibition. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting, in the most cynical fashion, to exploit the coronavirus and the restrictions needed to fight its spread in order to undermine fundamental democratic rights and to suppress the dissent against him and his incorrigible government.

30.09.2020 - 23:16 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Israel Live: Netanyahu Says Exit Strategy May Take Six Months to a Year

Netanyahu says lockdown won’t be lifted in a month ■ Knesset passes law limiting protests

30.09.2020 - 23:07 [ The Jerusalem Post / Twitter ]

The High Court of Justice has given little help to the #protest movement against Prime Minister Benjamin #Netanyahu, slow-walking their petition to strike down new corona-era limits on demonstrations. @jeremybob1 reports.

30.09.2020 - 23:05 [ Times of Israel ]

High Court says it won’t block a coronavirus law limiting protests, for now

Justice Neal Hendel has given the government a week — until October 7 — to respond to the Movement for Quality Government’s petition, according to an update by the plaintiffs on their Twitter account.

30.09.2020 - 22:46 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Didn’t Just Limit Demos. It Neutered the Right to Protest

The right to protest, the beating heart of freedom of political expression, is the cornerstone of democracy. It’s even more so during a health crisis

29.09.2020 - 17:22 [ Haaretz ]

The Bibi Cult Has Finally Detached Itself From Israeli Society

Today, none of them would even trust an agreement to buy a bicycle from him. They’ll turn their backs on him when the scent of his weakness strengthens, at which point the Bibi-ists will call them a radical leftist faction financed by the New Israel Fund.

The haters of the old elite and Mapai followed Netanyahu because he promised to destroy these groups – and indeed in this realm he has chalked up a few achievements.

29.09.2020 - 17:01 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Israel Live: Lockdown Won’t Be Lifted Within Month, ‚May Take Much Longer,‘ Netanyahu Says

Also on Tuesday, the Knesset is debating an amendment to the government’s coronavirus law that would bar protesters from traveling more than a kilometer (0.6 mi) from their homes to attend a demonstration.

Outside, hundreds of protesters gathered to protest the legislation, three of whom were arrested by Israel Police.

29.09.2020 - 17:00 [ Haaretz ]

Limiting Protests Back in Focus as Netanyahu Gets Conditional Support From Gantz’s Party

Parliamentary voting will resume after the government failed to complete ratification of the legislation on Friday, and so protests were held Saturday night, as they have been for the past several months on Saturday evenings.

The government has sought to limit the distance protesters can protest to within 1 kilometer from their homes, a restriction which the current version of the law, passed in July, specifically prohibits. The government is now seeking to restrict protesters’ movements.

28.09.2020 - 14:39 [ SIPRI.org ]

USA and France dramatically increase major arms exports; Saudi Arabia is largest arms importer, says SIPRI

(09.03.2020)

Russia accounted for almost all of Armenia’s arms imports over the past five years. A total of 60 per cent of Azerbaijan’s arms imports came from Israel and 31 per cent from Russia.

28.09.2020 - 14:05 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Armenia and Azerbaijan Are at War Again – and Not in Nagorno-Karabakh

(24.08.2020)a

A 2018 report by the Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies shows that annual defense spending rose from $700 million in 2007 to $3.7 billion in 2013. Included in this was roughly $5 billion in Russian arms purchases: Baku bought T-90C battle tanks, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, Mi-35M helicopter gunships, and other equipment.

Baku’s Israeli purchases, however, have been most visible on the battlefield, in particular its drones. All eight drone types reportedly in Azerbaijan’s inventory hail from Israel, with which Azerbaijan has a long-running military relationship.

26.09.2020 - 17:55 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands of Israelis Join Protest Caravan Against Netanyahu After Attempts to Curb Demonstrations

The motorcades were organized in light of the government’s attempts to curtail citizens‘ right to demonstrate during the country’s second nationwide lockdown. Despite gaining government approval, restrictions that would only allow Israelis to protest within a 1,000 meter distance from their home failed to make it through the Knesset.

26.09.2020 - 17:38 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Seeks Emergency Powers to Quash Protests Under Coronavirus Regulations

The Knesset, mired in political deadlock, failed to pass legislation that would limit the right to protest under the coronavirus restrictions that took effect at 2 P.M. Friday.

26.09.2020 - 17:38 [ Haaretz ]

The Law for Declaring War on Protests

A new amendment to the coronavirus law is meant to enable the cabinet to prevent demonstrations outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem. This is a dangerous amendment that undermines Israel’s democratic character. Virtually its only purpose is to give the cabinet the power to prevent people from protesting in the places where they have been doing so until recently.

24.09.2020 - 10:44 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Israel Live: Government Approves Stricter Lockdown, Limiting Protests

„The exact outline for protests will for the moment be very limited, but if they actually allow more prayer, then they’ll allow protests at the same level,“ he said of the new restrictions, which allow demonstrators to protests only within a kilometer of their homes and in groups of 20. „I think that at the moment, the trend is to have solidarity.“

Nissenkorn, a Kahol Lavan member, added that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not acting cynically and wanted a partial closure, „even after two weeks where protests [in front of his official residence] were not allowed, and neither was going from city to city, he didn’t achieve that.“

23.09.2020 - 03:50 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Meets Kushner in Washington Discusses Israel’s Military Edge, Additional Peace Deals

Gantz is also expected to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other Pentagon officials in Washington on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

Gantz is also set to discuss international policy vis-à-vis Iran and strategy for stopping its expansion and entrenchment in the Middle East.

19.09.2020 - 15:30 [ Haaretz ]

Tell Us the Truth. Why Does Israel Have a Second Lockdown?

Israel is a banana republic, from top to bottom. The cabinet ministers don’t obey the coronavirus czar, the public doesn’t (fully) comply with the directives, the prime minister lies like he breathes and so on. This has an upside. Contrary to many people’s deep fears, real fascism will never take hold here: Someone will fail to send the fax with the correct spelling of the head of the opposition, or the bus driver for the reeducation camps will fail to wake up in time in the morning.

16.09.2020 - 08:48 [ Haaretz ]

Annexation Plan Is Being Realized

In the meetings of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee from July 29 and August 18, MKs from Likud and Yamina and settlers whom they hosted, openly declared what the natural evolution of this process would be: The Palestinians must make do with Areas A and B; that is, no more than 39 percent of the West Bank, with non-contiguous strips of land. So said the man from the right-wing NGO Regavim, Meir Deutsch; so said Likud MK Nir Barkat, who also called for the settlement of two million Jews in the West Bank;

14.09.2020 - 11:16 [ ORF.at ]

Israel verhängt dreiwöchigen Lockdown

In Israel kommt es aufgrund steigender CoV-Zahlen zu einem neuen landesweiten Lockdown. Die Regierung stimmte am Sonntag gegen den Widerstand einiger Minister für drastische Ausgangsbeschränkungen, die ab Freitagnachmittag zunächst für drei Wochen gelten sollen. Schulen, Kindergärten, Hotels, Restaurants und Einkaufszentren müssen sperren. Menschen dürfen sich nur bis zu 500 Meter von ihrem Zuhause entfernen.

14.09.2020 - 11:09 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Lands in D.C for UAE, Bahrain Deal as Israel Braces for 3-week Lockdown

Netanyahu’s main coalition partners, Defense Minister Benny and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, were shunned from the trip

13.09.2020 - 13:42 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Businesses Say Without Compensation They Would Defy Coronavirus Lockdown

Tomer Mor, who leads a union of restaurant owners, said many of its members will open their eateries regardless of the government’s decision. “The government will face strong opposition and disobedience by caterers and self-employed people fighting for their lives,” he said.

A protest by restaurant owners against a government decision in July to shut down their businesses with immediate effect succeeded in changing that decision, eventually undoing it altogether.

13.09.2020 - 13:24 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Israel Live: Haredi Minister Quits Netanyahu Gov’t to Protest Lockdown

Ultra-Orthodox minister and Netanyahu ally Yaakov Litzman resigned from government in protest over an expected lockdown on Sunday.

Litzman is the chairman of the United Torah Judaism party and construction and housing minister. He had threatened to resign earlier Sunday if the coronavirus cabinet votes to impose a two-week lockdown ahead of the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

12.09.2020 - 21:13 [ Haaretz ]

Anti-Netanyahu Protesters Warn of ‚Anti-democratic‘ Coronavirus Lockdown Ahead of Vote

Thousands have been gathering near the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem every week, slamming the government for mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis and Netanyahu for preoccupation with his ongoing trial in three criminal cases.

Demonstrations are also taking place near Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea and at major intersections and bridges across the country.

12.09.2020 - 18:10 [ @JessicaMontell / Twitter ]

Today is apparently the last Saturday night anti-Netanyahu, pro-democracy demonstration before they lock the whole country down. So I expect it to be big.

6pm at bridges & junctions around the country
8pm at Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem

12.09.2020 - 18:06 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Deceitful Lockdown

Netanyahu is pursuing two tracks simultaneously. The first is that of the attorney general. It involves ceaselessly attacking Avichai Mendelblit to get him to break and resign, thereby enabling Netanyahu to appoint an attorney general after his own heart who will cancel his trial due to “lack of public interest.”

The second track is the general lockdown he intends to impose later this month to stop the demonstrations outside his official residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street.

12.09.2020 - 17:56 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Cynical Crusade Against Law Enforcement Will Cost Israel Dearly

Senior police officers have been charged with sex crimes against their subordinates. They have consorted with famous rabbis, ministers and mafia bosses. One was offered a bribe that he did not report. Another served as a mole for a tycoon who was the target of a police intelligence operation.

One officer, considered a rising star, worked with a famous lawyer to trade sensitive information from undercover investigations for cash-filled envelopes. …

03.09.2020 - 09:09 [ Haaretz ]

Dozens Are Killed in Air Strikes Attributed to Israel in Syria. But Who’s Counting?

They are the most boring and low-priority reports of all. Most Israeli media outlets don’t even bother to post them. They are like a bus plunging into a river in Nepal, like victims in Chad’s civil war or trapped mine workers in Siberia.

The same applies to the victims of yet another Israeli air strike in Syria. Who’s heard about it? Who knows about it, who cares? Who has the energy to look into it?

02.09.2020 - 05:26 [ Haaretz ]

Can a Nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia Be Israel’s Partner for Peace?

Riyadh is systematically building a nuclear infrastructure that it could easily flip from civilian to military purposes. A Saudi Arabia whose strategic interests align with the U.S. and Israel today may be a very different country down the line

02.09.2020 - 05:10 [ Haaretz ]

Pro-Israel Incumbent Defeats Challenger in Massachusetts Democratic Primary

The 71-year-old Neal — the longest-serving member of the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation — defeated 31-year-old Morse, seen as a political rising star after becoming one of Massachusetts’ youngest and only openly gay mayors since becoming chief executive of Holyoke in 2011 at age 22.

01.09.2020 - 09:31 [ Haaretz ]

Resigning Budget Chief Is Latest Victim of Netanyahu’s Advancing Revolution Against Democracy

And third, Benjamin Netanyahu has utilized the paralysis and confusion he has imposed on Israel’s body politic over the past two years to dismantle the checks and balances that stand in the way of his efforts to avoid criminal trial. It is one of many battles in the total war that Netanyahu is waging against the very foundations of Israeli democracy, which, in his distress and incessant self-victimization, he has come to despise.

01.09.2020 - 09:19 [ Haaretz ]

Hamas Announces Qatar-brokered Deal to Avoid Escalation With Israel

„After a round of talks, mediated by the Qatari representative, Mohammed al-Emadi, an understanding has been reached to avoid an escalation and stabilize the situation. Several projects were announced that will serve and alleviate the situation for our people in Gaza, given the coronavirus crisis that has struck us,“ a statement from Hamas Leader Yahya Sinwar’s office said.

01.09.2020 - 09:11 [ Weißes Haus ]

Joint Statement by the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

The UAE and Israel wish to express their gratitude for the overwhelmingly positive response to this historic accord from governments around the world. They are especially grateful to President Donald J. Trump for his leadership and to his administration for the critical role it has played in achieving this diplomatic breakthrough. They are also greatly encouraged by the broad bipartisan support for this breakthrough from the United States Congress.

01.09.2020 - 09:06 [ Times of Israel ]

At least 6 reported killed in suspected Israeli strikes in southern Syria

“Israeli missiles bombed the vicinity of Izraa, the Namer Brigade, the Qarafa Brigade, and Tal Mahajah in the northeastern countryside of Daraa, where the Lebanese Hezbollah forces are present,” the organization said in a statement.

The report did not specifically identify the foreign fighters as members of Hezbollah.

01.09.2020 - 09:01 [ i24news.tv ]

Historic US-Israeli delegation lands in Abu Dhabi with ‚Message of Peace‘

The first official flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed Monday in Abu Dhabi, carrying an Israeli-American delegation to advance the landmark peace agreement between the two Middle Eastern states.

Leading the historic occasion, special White House advisor Jared Kushner addressed reporters at the airport promptly after landing, as Arab media televised the event under the title “Message of Peace.”

30.08.2020 - 19:32 [ The Jerusalem Post ]

Gantz to Kushner: Let’s work together to keep Israel’s military edge

Kushner, O’Brien, US Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz and US Iran envoy Brian Hook, together with an Israeli delegation led by National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, are set to take the first-ever direct flight from Israel to the UAE on Monday, on an El Al plane bearing the word “peace” in Arabic, Hebrew and English in honor of the historic moment.

30.08.2020 - 12:17 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and a #US delegation are set to visit #Israel on Sunday

30.08.2020 - 12:12 [ Tagesschau ]

Wieder Proteste gegen Netanyahu

Rund drei Monate nach ihrem Beginn weiten sich die Proteste gegen Israels rechtskonservativen Regierungschef Benjamin Netanyahu von Woche zu Woche aus. Die größte Demonstration fand gestern Abend vor Netanyahus Amtssitz in Jerusalem statt.

30.08.2020 - 11:37 [ Ben Reiff / Twitter ]

The number inside the square is again likely in the tens of thousands, and includes MK Ofer Cassif who just addressed the Hadash bloc

30.08.2020 - 11:34 [ Haaretz ]

20,000 Call on Netanyahu to Resign as Jerusalem Protests Enter Tenth Week

About 20,000 protesters are gathered outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem Saturday evening for the tenth week in a row, calling for his resignation, as tensions with police run high following documented incidents of police violence at last week’s protest.

Parallel protests were held outside Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea and at over 300 bridges and major intersections nationwide.

28.08.2020 - 11:07 [ Haaretz ]

Hundreds of Israelis Call for Netanyahu’s Resignation in Tel Aviv, Haifa Protest Marches

Hundreds of Israelis marched in protest in Tel Aviv and Haifa on Thursday, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.

A wave of anti-Netanyahu protests has swept Israel over the summer, with the largest weekly demonstration taking place every Saturday night near the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem.

27.08.2020 - 20:42 [ Haaretz ]

How the UAE and Saudi Arabia Now Hold Israel Hostage

The UAE and Saudi Arabia now have significant leverage over Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians. And Riyadh is Israel’s real prize

27.08.2020 - 20:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s ‘Normalization’ Policy Will Turn Israel Into an Arab State

The fruits of the prime minister’s labors will ultimately propel Israel toward a single-state solution, but not before a long spell as an apartheid regime

26.08.2020 - 07:27 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Only Understands Force

The prime minister has been in power for 11 consecutive years. Over time he has developed bad habits and adopted an authoritarian, corrupt and contentious governing culture. He breaks promises and agreements, lies to the public, lies to his political partners and in the past few years slanders his political rivals and even his partners. He is a prime minister who has no red lines, a populist leader who demonstrates zero statesmanship, and there’s no longer any point in trying to change him.

26.08.2020 - 06:57 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Strikes Hezbollah Targets After Troops Fired on From Lebanon, Military Says

The military struck Hezbollah targets in Lebanon after troops were fired upon from across the border, the military said early Wednesday, after announcing a „security incident“ at the border late Tuesday evening.

No soldiers were hurt, the army said.

26.08.2020 - 06:55 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo Delivers R.N.C. Speech From Israel, With Eye Toward 2024

No sitting secretary of state had previously addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years.

25.08.2020 - 06:30 [ i24news.tv ]

UAE canceled trilateral meeting with US, Israel over F-35 sales: report

However, the UAE decided to cancel the public vent in a bid to protest the statements on the prospect of the US selling advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf Kingdom coming from the Israeli security establishment.

Earlier reports in the Israeli media suggested that the sales of F-35s and other advanced military hardware to the UAE came as a secret clasue in the accord to normalize the ties.

25.08.2020 - 06:17 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Has Become All-powerful Even Though Most Israelis No Longer Believe a Word He Says

Outside Netanyahu’s fanatic base, no one in his right mind believes Netanyahu anyway. A poll released on Sunday by Channel 13 revealed that 50 percent of the Israeli public assumes that Netanyahu’s top priority in running the country is to is avoid his upcoming criminal trial, currently slated to start in January. Only 18 percent believe that Netanyahu’s actions stem from love of country and another 14 percent cite ideological differences with the center-left.

25.08.2020 - 06:09 [ ORF.at ]

Neuwahl in Israel vorerst abgewendet

Kurz vor Ablauf einer Frist billigte das Parlament in Jerusalem gestern eine Gesetzesinitiative, die weitere Zeit für die Verabschiedung des Haushalts einräumt. Hätte die Knesset nicht rechtzeitig zugestimmt, hätte sich das Parlament automatisch aufgelöst. Die vierte Wahl in weniger als zwei Jahren wäre die Konsequenz gewesen.

25.08.2020 - 06:04 [ Haaretz ]

At 11th Hour, Israeli Parliament Staves Off Election With 120-day Extension of Budget Deadline

Over the past few days, sources in both parties assessed that the chances that the rotation agreement, which would see Gantz replacing Netanyahu as prime minister, actually being fulfilled are not particularly high, and that the next elections are just a matter of time.

24.08.2020 - 11:32 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Offers Olive Branch to Prevent Election. But It’s Dipped in Poison

If, after all, the bill is approved, the next exit point for an election under conditions convenient for Netanyahu will be pushed back to late December. Taking that exit would mean an election in April, six months before Netanyahu is to pass the reins of power to Benny Gantz.

23.08.2020 - 12:04 [ MIT Technology Review ]

Inside NSO, Israel’s billion-dollar spyware giant

(19.08.2020)

In an age of ubiquitous technology and strong encryption, such “lawful hacking” has emerged as a powerful tool for public safety when law enforcement needs access to data. NSO insists that the vast majority of its customers are European democracies, although since it doesn’t release client lists and the countries themselves remain silent, that has never been verified.

23.08.2020 - 11:44 [ Haaretz ]

With Israel’s Encouragement, NSO Sold Spyware to UAE and Other Gulf States

The Israeli company has signed contracts with Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

23.08.2020 - 05:09 [ Global News Canada ]

Israel demonstrations keep momentum as thousands protest outside Netanyahu’s home

Thousands of Israelis protested outside the prime minister’s official residence Saturday as summer-long demonstrations against Benjamin Netanyahu maintained their momentum.

23.08.2020 - 00:08 [ Haaretz ]

Dozens Arrested at Ten Thousand-strong Protest Against Netanyahu in Jerusalem

Earlier in the evening, about 1,000 protesters marched from the Chords Bridge near the entrance to the city toward Balfour Street, where the residence is located, despite not receiving a permit for the march from the police.

Meanwhile, demonstrators from the „Black Flag“ movement, who call to defend Israel’s democracy from what they perceive as Netanyahu’s government attacks against it, have already gathered at some 300 intersections, junctions and bridges across Israel.

Another thousand protested near the prime minister’s private home in Caesarea.

23.08.2020 - 00:01 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel: Anti-Netanyahu protesters defy police ban to march through Jerusalem

The force added that it suggested a number of alternative paths, but the organizers rejected all of those.

„You cannot stop the protests,“ the organizers retorted. „It is your role to protect us, it is ours to protect a country that is collapsing,“ they added.

22.08.2020 - 23:55 [ Ben Reiff / Twitter ]

Saturday night in Jerusalem means another thousands-strong protest against Netanyahu’s government. This time, however, rather than spending the evening at Balfour, we’re marching to Bibi’s house from Meitarim Bridge at the entrance to the city

22.08.2020 - 06:22 [ Haaretz ]

F-35 Sale to UAE: ‚Netanyahu Knew… It’s an Outrage‘

“The whole system is being upended by this. It’s security recklessness. Netanyahu knew where Trump was going with the arms deal and didn’t tell us a thing,” an Israeli defense source told Haaretz on Thursday.

“Both the Ben Shabbat-Norkin conversation and the Netanyahu-Gantz meeting were part of the prime minister’s feelers without him showing his cards. We suspect that Netanyahu gave Trump a wink. The result will be that if the United States wishes, it will sell those planes, and with them offensive drones and other advanced weapons. It will happen without any prior professional discussion in Israel.

22.08.2020 - 05:44 [ Haaretz ]

Democratic Convention Proves That on Israel, This Is Still Joe Biden’s Party

Much of this was by design. Onstage and off, the convention organizers delicately and carefully walked a tightrope in order to create as unified a front as possible. They needed to show respect to Sanders, who came in second in the primary contest, and to win the trust of high-profile acolytes like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, so that the party’s activist progressive wing will remain engaged in the election.

22.08.2020 - 05:22 [ Haaretz ]

Bibi Awaits Biden? F-35 Ordeal Proves Again the Complex Relations With Trump

In light of all this and more, one may certainly imagine a scenario in which, very quietly, at night before he goes to sleep, Netanyahu is secretly waiting for Joe Biden. The Democratic presidential nominee and his vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, are much easier for AIPAC to maneuver and have a proven record of support for Israel.

True, they won’t pull a gesture out of their sleeve like a new embassy, and it’s also true that there is a wing of the Democratic Party that is very critical of Israel, partially because Netanyahu’s backing of Trump spurred opposition. But they are much more conventional, predictable and easier to work with.

21.08.2020 - 03:57 [ Haaretz ]

What Defendant Netanyahu Really Wants

So we must take seriously the report in Israel Hayom, the Netanyahu family’s private journal, saying that the prime minister is willing to give up the one-year budget – and consequently an election – in exchange for appointing the police commissioner and attorney general of his choice.

20.08.2020 - 09:14 [ theHill.com ]

Netanyahu calls reported US F-35 sales to UAE ‚fake news‘

(19.08.2020)

But Netanyahu said Israel would oppose such a deal, as the Israeli military must maintain superiority in the region.

The peace agreement “did not include Israel’s consent to any arms deal whatsoever between the United States and the UAE,” according to a statement from Netanyahu’s office.

“The U.S. made clear to Israel that it will always ensure to protect Israel’s qualitative edge.”

20.08.2020 - 09:13 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu told Likud MK about UAE deal but left Gantz, Ashkenazi in dark

(17.08.2020)

The prime minister did not reveal the deal to Gantz or Ashkenazi, even though they are both former IDF chiefs of staff, because he was afraid they would leak the secret negotiations, Netanyahu said in an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper published on Monday.
„I have been working on this for years, and they have been here for just a couple of months,“ Netanyahu said.

20.08.2020 - 09:04 [ Times of Israel ]

Defense minister: It’s not good for Israel if other countries get F-35

(18.08.2020)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday warned that the proliferation of the F-35 fighter jet was “not good for Israel,” following reports that the United States would sell the advanced aircraft to the United Arab Emirates.

“It’s not good for Israel that the plane is going around in other places. We need to talk to the Emiratis, to the Americans, and make sure that our security interests are being upheld,” Gantz told reporters in a press conference.