Archiv: prime ministers


22.02.2021 - 07:09 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Small Parties May Decide Election, and Pressure on Them Is Mounting

Yesh Atid will try to ratchet up pressure in the coming days on Kahol Lavan and Yaron Zelekha to quit the race, leaving to the left of Yesh Atid only Labor, Meretz and the Joint List. The departure of one or two slates from the bloc will increase the seats for the parties left standing and will help them pull in many floating votes.

14.02.2021 - 23:23 [ Radio Prague ]

Government declares new state of emergency

Although the lower house refused to extend the state of emergency it in a vote on Thursday, the government acted in response to a request from the governors of the country’s 14 regions who argued that a state of danger would not give them adequate powers to enforce the necessary restrictions needed to keep the coronavirus epidemic in check.

05.02.2021 - 22:35 [ RT / Youtube ]

Uncut Chronicles: Blood & Tears. Gaza August 2014

(02.09.2014)

Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed to an open-ended ceasefire on August 26 after seven weeks of fighting – an uneasy deal that halted the Protective Edge operation, with more than 2,200 killed.

05.02.2021 - 22:32 [ RT / Youtube ]

Uncut Chronicles: Gaza-Israel War. Deadly July 2014

(03.08.2014)

The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) began their current operation against Hamas after three teens were kidnapped and killed. The military op has already claimed over 1,500 civilian lives in Gaza.

05.02.2021 - 21:32 [ Clarity / Twitter ]

The flu abruptly disappeared in March of 2020. It disappeared at about the exact same time covid-19 testing and detection ramped up. See the timing overlay below

05.02.2021 - 21:16 [ theSun.co.uk ]

UK Covid cases fall by a THIRD in a week and deaths down almost 20% piling pressure on Boris to show way out of lockdown

Mark Harper — chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown sceptics, with 70 Tory MPs — said: “Back-of-the-envelope calculations I did based on two million doses a week mean you could get the top nine priority groups, first doses, and the top four groups, second doses, all done by the end of May.

“So it seems to me by the time you get to the end of May, no later than that, you should be in a position to get rid of restrictions completely.

01.02.2021 - 08:17 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Covid vaccine rollout to care homes is complete

On Sunday night, Mr Johnson said the successful rollout of jabs to care home residents „marks a crucial milestone in our ongoing race to vaccinate the most vulnerable against this deadly disease“.

He said: „There will be difficult moments to come, and the number of cases and people in hospital remains dangerously high. But vaccines are our route out of the pandemic and, having protected 8.9 million people with a first dose so far, our rollout programme will only accelerate from here on.“

30.01.2021 - 11:44 [ Independent.ie ]

Covid-19 vaccine chaos as EU is forced into U-turn after blocking supplies to the North

A government source said the Taoiseach had not been given any advance warning of the EU decision to invoke the article in the protocol.

The source said the article may have been inadvertently triggered by “someone who did not understand the political implications” of the decision.

Some EU officials are understood to be livid about the move, which they see as ruining the work they’ve done since the Brexit vote in 2016.

21.01.2021 - 09:45 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Oxford scientists preparing new vaccine versions to combat emerging Covid strains

A laboratory study found that the 501Y.V2 variant achieved „complete escape“ from monoclonal antibodies, the man-made proteins that act like the antibodies produced by jabs.

Boris Johnson said he was holding „intensive talks“ with scientists about the new variants. The Prime Minister told MPs he was confident that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) was capable of approving new vaccine modifications as quickly as necessary.

11.01.2021 - 08:14 [ DailyMal.co.uk ]

No 10 considers a tougher lockdown ‚with curfews, exercise limits, compulsory masks outside, no support bubbles and nurseries shut‘ if Covid cases keep rising‘ – amid suggestion ‚people may only be allowed to leave home ONCE a week‘

– The Cabinet Office refused to deny that the draconian new laws were incoming after UK’s streets were busy
– They instead pointed to Matt Hancock’s vague statement on rules earlier today: ‚Follow the rules we’ve got‘
– Hancock refused to speculate when asked if harsher measures coming, such as curfews and closing nurseries
– Whitehall source said potential changes included introducing ban on people leaving their homes more than once a week

10.01.2021 - 15:33 [ theGuardian.com ]

NHS could vaccinate UK against Covid in five days, says Oxford professor

Sir John Bell, regius chair of medicine at the University of Oxford, said stubborn NHS bureaucrats were standing in the way of a high-speed mass inoculation programme that could prevent many further deaths.

“The NHS has the theoretical capacity to immunise everybody in five days if they want to, but I don’t get the sense they are really motivated,” Bell told the Times.

10.01.2021 - 15:27 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

No10 is examining plans to keep bars closed for FIVE MONTHS with full lockdown until late March as Covid death toll passes 80,000

Prof Whitty commended the public for their efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19 and noted the hope offered by various vaccines, but he echoed other experts in saying it would be some weeks before the jabs start to reduce the number of people taken to hospital.

10.01.2021 - 14:42 [ Neil Clark, journalist & broadcaster / Twitter ]

(1) How do we know we’re not bring told the truth? There’s c 1600-1700 deaths a day at this time of the year. Yet we are told that ´1300 are dying from Covid’. But with no excess deaths that means just 3-400 from pneumonia, flu, heart disease, cancers? That is clearly absurd.

(09.01.2021)

(2) Clearly what is happening is a reclassification of deaths. Non-Covid deaths are being reclassified as ´Covid deaths’ by means of ramped up PCR testing. Which begs the question: why are they doing this, if not to justify lockdowns and other restrictions?

10.01.2021 - 14:23 [ theCanary.co ]

Coronavirus data contractors engaged in dirty tricks and disinformation campaigns

(10.05.2020)

Palantir was co-founded in 2004 by Paypal owner and billionaire Peter Thiel. What the blog doesn’t reveal is that Palantir’s client list has included amomgst others, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the Centre for Disease Control, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point and the IRS.

Furthermore, in 2016, it was revealed Palantir had a $34.6m contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and helped the Customs and Border Protection Agency create the Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) system to track immigrants.

Nor does the blog mention that Palantir worked for UK intelligence and was awarded contracts to handle vast data sets on UK citizens for British spy agency GCHQ.

10.01.2021 - 14:15 [ theRegister.com ]

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

(05.06.2020)

UK government has published the contracts it holds with private tech firms and the NHS for the creation of a COVID-19 data store, just days after campaigners fired legal shots over a lack of transparency.

Available on the openDemocracy website, the contracts describe how the arrangements between the NHS and Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and AI firms Faculty and Palantir (which subcontracts to AWS) will operate.

10.01.2021 - 09:41 [ NewStatesman.com ]

How Palantir is quietly extending its reach through the British state

As Palantir’s executives were preparing over the summer to release shares publicly for the first time, they faced a challenge: how do you convince investors to buy into a 17-year-old company that has never turned a profit?

08.01.2021 - 21:17 [ Haaretz ]

President Rivlin, Act Now – Before It’s Too Late

The moment of truth for our future is approaching. What we saw the other day on the steps of the Capitol and inside it is a warning sign. Netanyahu’s readiness to break every rule and law is obvious, and reached a peak at the start of his trial, with that scene in the courthouse that could have come right out of a gangster movie. And in fact, the prosecutor in his trial is already under guard day and night, just like the prosecutors in the trials of organized crime bosses, and for the same reasons.

The trial has begun, and so a new situation is before us.

04.01.2021 - 07:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris’s lockdown D-Day: PM will decide TODAY whether to plunge ALL of England back into full lockdown – potentially for MONTHS – after Keir Starmer demanded tougher restrictions to stop ‚out of control‘ mutant Covid virus

Professor Sir Mark Walport, a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said it would be difficult to keep the new, faster-spreading strain of the virus under control without ‚much tighter‘ social-distancing measures.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, the former chief scientific adviser said: ‚It’s clear that this variant is transmitting more readily – it’s transmitting more readily in younger age groups as well.

02.01.2021 - 14:59 [ news.com.au ]

Why no jab? Australia lags behind in race for vaccine

Despite assurances by Health Minister Greg Hunt that the progression of the vaccine was well under way, the Australian Government is unlikely to start immunising health workers and the elderly until at least March.

02.01.2021 - 14:56 [ SBS.com.au ]

AstraZeneca vaccine could get approval in Australia by late January

(31.12.2020)

The Australian government could grant final approval for the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine by late January, according to AstraZeneca Australia.

A spokesperson for the company told SBS World News that the federal government has indicated the vaccine could get final approval by January 31, with a roll out in March.

30.12.2020 - 11:06 [ ABC.net.au ]

Australia locks in coronavirus vaccine deal to produce Oxford University-AstraZeneca candidate if approved

(18 August 2020)

Amid rising pressure to lock in supply of a coronavirus vaccine, the Government has signed an agreement with UK-based drug company AstraZeneca to secure the potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University, if its trials prove successful.

20.12.2020 - 15:24 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

It felt like a meeting of horror movie scriptwriters: GLEN OWEN tells the inside story of how a libertarian PM ended up feeling he had no choice but to cancel Christmas

The grim countenances of Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance told the story before they even started talking – Christmas was off. As Boris Johnson sat in the Cabinet Room at 5pm on Friday, Whitty and Vallance appeared on the Zoom monitors and started reeling off increasingly alarming data about the new mutant strain of the coronavirus…

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

03.11.2020 - 14:59 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

More proof England’s lockdown was premature? Top researchers say R rate has dropped to 1 as Oxford expert claims Covid infections are ‚flatlining‘ and the ‚4,000 deaths‘ graph used to justify restrictions has ‚proven to be incorrect‘

– King’s College London said cases were now ‚plateauing‘ and there was a ’slight fall‘ in infections across UK
– Oxford’s Carl Heneghan said told how coronavirus hospital admissions, cases and ‚in effect‘ deaths in retreat
– It comes as Sir Patrick Vallance and Prof Chris Whitty face questions from MPs over the 4,000 deaths figure

03.11.2020 - 14:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Is the NHS actually QUIETER than usual? Leaked document claims hospitals are 84% full (but last autumn the figure was 92%)

– Beds have never been less than 85% full for a three-month period since 2010
– Spring this year was the first time, because patients were turfed out for Covid-19
– And occupancy remains below average levels despite second wave, stat shows

02.11.2020 - 15:38 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

How Vallance’s secret blood-curdling press briefing on looming lockdown – an hour BEFORE Boris agreed to it – lit the fuse on Nov 5th shutdown that could blow up our economy

– Boris Johnson announced England-wide lockdown after weeks insisting he would stick to his local ‚Tiers‘
– The PM summoned a dramatic press conference Saturday night after details of the U-turn idea were leaked
– Sir Patrick Vallance gave blood-curdling briefing about the situation on Friday before ministers made decision
– More details were then leaked overnight before the wider Cabinet had been gathered, forcing the PM’s hand
Mr Johnson is set to use a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon to say there is ’no alternative‘

02.11.2020 - 15:33 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Apocalyptic forecast of 4,000 coronavirus deaths a day could be FIVE TIMES too high and had already been proved wrong when government revealed it at weekend

– Sir Patrick Vallance presented worst-case scenario in Saturday’s briefing when lockdown was confirmed
– But it has emerged it was based on forecasts made weeks ago and since updated to give lower estimates
– Oxford’s Carl Heneghan said he was ‚concerned‘ at officials‘ choice to use old data which could be misleading
– Tory MPs accused SAGE, of which Vallance is chair, of ‚cherry-picking‘ figures and not giving full picture
– England will be thrust into a second lockdown from Thursday, pending a vote in Parliament on Wednesday

01.11.2020 - 18:24 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus latest news: Boris Johnson faces Tory rebellion over national lockdown

Boris Johnson faces a rebellion from his backbenches over the new national lockdown restrictions for England amid warnings that the measures would be „disastrous“ for the economy.

This comes after Cabinet Minister Michael Gove admitted the four-week-long national lockdown could be extended beyond December 2.

01.11.2020 - 18:18 [ CNN ]

Boris Johnson accused of ‚giving in to scientific advisers‘ as England heads for lockdown

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith wrote in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper that the month-long lockdown showed government was „giving in to the scientific advisers,“ claiming that government experts had „pressurised“ Johnson into the step.

„Normally, advisers advise and ministers decide. Yet that system has broken down with Sage [the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies] believing its advice to be more like commandments written on stone and its members publicly lecturing the Government over the airways,“ Duncan Smith wrote.

31.10.2020 - 21:18 [ BBC ]

‚Stay at home‘ from Thursday, says PM in new England lockdown

During the news conference, it was explained that the number of hospital admissions is rising rapidly.

Scientists have made a projection to see how the number of daily admissions would rise over the next six weeks.

As shown by the graph below, the number would surpass the figures of the first wave.

14.10.2020 - 11:50 [ Scotty #EndSAGENow / Twitter ]

Chris Whitty is trending. That can only call for one thing: #SackWhitty #SackWhitty #SackWhitty #SackWhitty

14.10.2020 - 11:43 [ theSun.co.uk ]

‚WE NEED MORE‘: Tier 3 lockdown not enough to stop Covid, warns Chris Whitty, as it emerges SAGE wanted circuit-break three weeks ago

(13.10.2020)

Meanwhile, it emerged the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) committee – of which Prof Whitty is a member – officially recommended a two-week lockdown on September 21.

14.10.2020 - 11:41 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Chris Whitty ‚wants a new two-week NATIONAL lockdown and true UK cases are as high as 38,000-a-day‘, ex-WHO expert who sits on Independent SAGE panel claims

(17.09.2020)

Professor Chris Whitty is pushing for a new two-week national lockdown amid concerns the true number of coronavirus cases is far higher than being reported, a former World Health Organisation expert claims.

Anthony Costello, who sits on the independent SAGE panel, made the statement on Twitter on Wednesday evening, adding that daily infections could be as high as 38,000.

20.09.2020 - 21:38 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Matt Hancock says ‘everybody’ should snitch on neighbours who don’t self-isolate as they face £10,000 fines

Today’s comments fly in the face of Mr Johnson, who this week railed against “sneak” culture.

The Prime Minister urged Brits not to snitch on their neighbours unless they are having “Animal House parties” with “hot tubs and so forth”.

08.09.2020 - 16:41 [ Downing Street No. 10 - Gov.uk ]

Prime Minister’s words on EU negotiations: 7 September 2020

We are now entering the final phase of our negotiations with the EU.

The EU have been very clear about the timetable. I am too. There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on 15 October if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year. So there is no sense in thinking about timelines that go beyond that point. If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should both accept that and move on.

We will then have a trading arrangement with the EU like Australia’s.

08.09.2020 - 12:29 [ IrishExaminer.com ]

‚Absolutely no chance‘ of border coming back says Micheál Martin

The Taoiseach made clear he was assured by Downing Street that they are committed to implementing the protocol and not undermining the Good Friday Agreement.

08.09.2020 - 12:15 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson blasts EU claims he was planning to tear up Withdrawal Agreement

An angry official hit back: “The government is completely committed, as it always has been, to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol in good faith.”

A new law will be published this week that sets out Britain’s position — with No10 arguing it had to come this week in order to get through Parliament by December.

08.09.2020 - 11:50 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Brexit trade deal on the brink: Boris Johnson warns ‚contradictory‘ EU divorce terms on Northern Ireland must be overhauled as Michel Barnier arrives in London for crunch talks

The standoff turned nasty yesterday as Brussels voiced fury at UK threats to override parts of the Withdrawal Agreement thrashed out last year. Legislation would unilaterally ‚clarify‘ key parts of the settlement, including customs rules for Northern Ireland, that the EU insists should be resolved by a joint committee.

Despite Mr Barnier warning that step would end hopes for a trade deal, the PM’s chief negotiator Lord Frost increased the temperature again today, demanding ‚more realism‘ from the EU that the UK was now a sovereign country.

07.09.2020 - 10:12 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU will have just 38 days to strike a Brexit deal, warns Boris Johnson

The UK ‚cannot compromise on the fundamentals of what it means to be an independent country‘

07.09.2020 - 10:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Five weeks to seal Brexit… or we walk: Boris Johnson threatens to TEAR UP Withdrawal Agreement and remove Irish customs pledge as he insists No Deal would be ‚good outcome‘

– Boris Johnson says there is ’no sense‘ in faltering trade talks after October 15
– He says he won’t compromise on UK’s freedom to set own laws and fish in waters
– Mr Johnson insists a No Deal departure would still be a ‚good outcome‘
– Is is also reported today the UK could tear up parts of the Withdrawal Agreement
– Such a move could be seen as ‚bad faith‘ by the EU, lowering chances of a deal

06.09.2020 - 12:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚This time, we won’t blink‘: Boris Johnson’s chief negotiator warns EU that Britain will not become a ‚client state‘ of Brussels on the eve of crunch talks to avoid a No Deal Brexit

– Lord Frost warned Michel Barnier that the UK would not become a ‚client state‘
– He said EU needs to realise PM’s Government is adopting more steely approach
– Comments come ahead of Barnier’s arrival in London for a fresh round of talks

06.09.2020 - 12:25 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit LIVE: EU warned UK ‘serious’ about no deal threat – Boris prepared to WALK AWAY

A Government source said: „The EU must also realise that we are serious about leaving with an Australian-style trading relationship and reclaiming our independence as a sovereign nation if we cannot find acceptable terms.”

28.08.2020 - 07:56 [ The New York Times ]

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Longest-Serving Leader, to Resign Because of Illness

During his second period in office, which began in late 2012, Mr. Abe survived a few influence-peddling scandals and rode out numerous elections. In 2015, he pushed through contentious security legislation that permitted Japanese troops to engage in overseas combat missions alongside allied forces, as part of “collective self-defense.”

19.08.2020 - 07:00 [ The Hill ]

Mali president resigns after being arrested by troops

Keita and his Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were arrested along with other government officials earlier in the day, according to the head of the African Union.

10.08.2020 - 19:37 [ Reuters ]

Tunisia PM designate will form a technocrat government without political parties

Mechichi’s decision will likely put him in confrontation with the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party, the largest party in Parliament, which announced its rejection of a government without political parties.

19.07.2020 - 17:17 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson exclusive interview: We will not need another national lockdown

As the PM marks one year in office, he likens shutdown to the nuclear deterrent, saying: ‘I certainly don’t want to use it’

11.06.2020 - 01:26 [ Al Jazeera ]

Ethiopian parliament allows PM Abiy to stay in office beyond term

The vote on Wednesday – 114 in favour, four against and one abstention – came two days after a leading opposition politician resigned as speaker in an apparent protest against the decision to delay the election.

24.05.2020 - 19:41 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson steps in at 5pm press conference to REFUSE to sack Dominic Cummings and says aide acted ‚responsibly and legally‘ while ‚following instincts of any father‘ amid calls for resignation over claims he broke lockdown three times

But despite ten Tory backbenchers demanding the scalp of his closest adviser and the mastermind of the Brexit Vote Leave campaign, he backed the divisive Machiavellian figure over revelations he twice travelled 270 miles from London to Durham while the public were told to stay at home.

17.05.2020 - 15:50 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson accepts ‚frustration‘ over lockdown rules

„I understand people will feel frustrated with some of the new rules,“ the PM wrote.

„We are trying to do something that has never had to be done before – moving the country out of a full lockdown, in a way which is safe and does not risk sacrificing all of your hard work.

„I recognise what we are now asking is more complex than simply staying at home, but this is a complex problem and we need to trust in the good sense of the British people.“

11.05.2020 - 01:26 [ Al Jazeera ]

New Iraq PM releases protesters; promotes respected general

The Supreme Judiciary Council said in a statement it ordered the release of protesters detained since demonstrations erupted last year in line with the new prime minister’s call.

The council released detainees based on Article 38 of the constitution that guarantees the right to protest, „provided that it is not accompanied by an act contrary to the law“, it said.

07.05.2020 - 04:10 [ The National ]

Iraqi Parliament confirms Mustafa Al Kadhimi as new Prime Minister

The Iraqi Parliament voted on Wednesday night to approve the government of Mustafa Al Kadhimi, ending weeks of political deadlock.

More than 250 members attended the session in Baghdad and passed 15 ministers while rejecting five – those for trade, justice, culture, agriculture and migration.

05.05.2020 - 21:08 [ theAge.com.au ]

The Queen calls Scott Morrison to wish Australians well amid pandemic

„Was very kind to receive Her Majesty’s call this evening to check in and see how we’re all getting on in Australia. The Queen was very interested to hear about our progress in combatting COVID-19 and was so pleased we have managed to prevent the terrible impacts.“

28.04.2020 - 17:41 [ Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives / Twitter ]

This morning I took part in a minute’s silence to remember those workers who have tragically died in the coronavirus pandemic. The nation will not forget you.

26.04.2020 - 21:02 [ Daily Mail ]

EXCLUSIVE – Boris is BACK in Downing Street: PM is seen returning to work after coronavirus battle…as pressure grows on him to announce his plan to end the lockdow

– The Prime Minister was pictured at the back entrance of Downing Street where he smiled to a security guard
– He returns to Westminster facing restlessness for the government to publish a lockdown exit strategy
– He has been recuperating from his own coronavirus battle at Chequers home with fiancée Carrie Symonds

08.04.2020 - 08:53 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson could be off work at least a month: Experts warn the PM’s recovery from shock of intensive care may last into summer as stand-in Dominic Raab brands him ‚a fighter‘

Experts said a ‚period of inactivity‘ in intensive care would result in the Prime Minister suffering a significant loss of muscle mass and strength.

They forecast Mr Johnson would be physically drained from fighting the virus, for which he has received oxygen in St Thomas‘ Hospital in central London.

06.04.2020 - 10:20 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Politics latest news: Boris Johnson spends night in hospital as cabinet colleagues say he continues to lead Government

Robert Jenrick, the Housing and Communities Secretary, insisted that the Prime Minister „will continue to be kept informed as to what’s happening and to be in charge of the Government“ from his hospital bed.

This was echoed by Sir Iain Duncan Smith who said Mr Johnson remained „clear headed“ and would be able to continue running the country, with extra demands falling „on the shoulders“ of his cabinet.

03.04.2020 - 20:08 [ Yahoo.com ]

Dutch PM prefers a ‚gift‘ to a loan for European coronavirus support

He said he would also prefer setting up a new support fund rather than having countries use the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

„If you do (support) from the ESM, then it’s a loan and a loan must be paid back,“ he said. „If you do it as a gift, then it’s: ‚Listen, you guys have been hit hard, but together with a number of wealthier countries, we’re prepared to bear the direct costs of the coronavirus crisis‘.“

20.03.2020 - 12:39 [ Haaretz ]

Unity Under Bibi Would Be Capitulation

On top of all that, this would be political idiocy of the highest order, because sooner or later, Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi will discover what their colleagues in Kahol Lavan’s cockpit, Moshe Ya’alon and Yair Lapid, have already learned through bitter experience: That Netanyahu is exactly what people say of him – a liar, devoid of credibility and dangerous to Israel, just as Kahol Lavan’s leadership so ably explained in election after election. And then, when people once again seek an alternative, nobody in Kahol Lavan’s electorate will give it their vote.

09.03.2020 - 17:06 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Gantz Speaks to Joint List, Says Will Form Gov’t to Serve Jews and Arabs

Earlier the Kahol Lavan leader met with Lieberman, agreeing that the main goal is to avoid a fourth round of elections ■ Gantz to hold meeting with all four leaders of Joint List faction Tuesday

07.03.2020 - 20:11 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Gantz Vows to Form a Government, Says Voters ‚Want an End to Netanyahu’s Rule‘

Joint List MK and Balad Chairman Mtanes Shehadeh said Saturday following Gantz and Netenyahu’s statements that „the arab community has spoken, they want a change in their position and aim for an end to discrimination and racism. Netanyahu would die to disqualify them but could not, and Gantz would have liked to ignore them but he couldn’t.“

06.03.2020 - 13:57 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Hat Has Run Out of Rabbits. Now Lieberman Can Finish Him Off

Israel’s right didn’t get the victory it expected – but at least there’s corona ■ Netanyahu’s 2020 achievement: Boosting the Joint List ■ Left and right, Naftali Bennett and Amir Peretz are waging the same war

06.03.2020 - 13:53 [ i24news.tv ]

Liberman’s party declares support for law that disqualifies Netanyahu as PM

Announcement means center-left, Joint List bloc will have 62 Knesset seats to pass bill

05.03.2020 - 22:10 [ The Jerusalem Post ]

Anti-Netanyahu bill has majority support with Liberman vote

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffered a blow on Thursday afernoon when Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman endorsed Blue and White leader Benny Gantz’s efforts to pass a law that would prevent an indicted MK from forming a government.

02.03.2020 - 15:28 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election 2020: Facebook Deletes Netanyahu Video After He Violates Election Law Again

„Attempts are being made across the web to suppress the participation of Arab citizens of Israel,“ said Morshed Bebar, who led the Democratic Bloc investigation.

Bebar said that publication patterns by these fake accounts indicate an organized and systematic operation.“

02.03.2020 - 11:41 [ Haaretz ]

Zero Hour for Israeli Democracy

Netanyahu’s ever-changing campaign slogans and the self-praise he exudes in every rally and interview barely mask the prime minister’s real goal: to avoid prosecution for bribery, fraud and breach of trust. The “judicial reforms” promised by the right-wing parties are aimed at aiding one particular, privileged defendant, to save him from facing justice, from the humiliation of appearing in court and perhaps even from imprisonment. To obtain that goal, they will turn the entire legal system into an obedient arm of a right-wing government.

02.03.2020 - 11:11 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu appears to invent reports that the judges in his case are ‘leftists’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed, apparently falsely, during a prime-time television interview on Saturday that reports have described as “leftists” the judges who will preside over the three corruption cases against him, and demanded a denial of the alleged claim.

02.03.2020 - 11:05 [ MintPressNews.com ]

In Israel, Corruption and Political Turmoil Mark Netanyahu’s Desperate Bid to Stay in Power

It is no secret that Netanyahu’s political behavior is almost entirely shaped by his desire to survive in office for as long as possible in order to avoid possible jail time.

01.03.2020 - 17:30 [ CNN ]

Netanyahu is fighting for power like his freedom depends on it — and it might

Two weeks after the elections, Netanyahu’s criminal trial on charges of bribery and breach of trust begins. He doesn’t have to resign unless he is convicted and if that conviction is upheld through the appeals process.

01.03.2020 - 17:27 [ Haaretz ]

LISTEN: On Election Eve, Bibi Is Gunning for His Only Real Rival

And, once the dust has settled on this election, how does Netanyahu plan to defeat his main rival and his potential nemesis – the Israeli justice system?

21.02.2020 - 04:01 [ The Guardian ]

Varadkar resigns as Irish government enters stalemate

Varadkar submitted his resignation to Michael D Higgins, the president of Ireland, on Thursday night after a tempestuous but inconclusive sitting of Dáil Éireann, which met for the first time since the 8 February election. It adjourned until 5 March, giving party leaders three weeks to try to form a ruling coalition.

19.02.2020 - 19:51 [ Trend.az ]

Iraqi PM-designate says he has picked cabinet, seeks vote of confidence

He also promised to hold an early election free from “the influence of money, weapons, and foreign interference” and called on protesters to give his government a chance in spite of a “crisis of confidence in everything related to politics” that he blamed on the failures of his predecessors.

13.02.2020 - 16:26 [ Jason Groves, Political Editor of the Daily Mail / Twitter ]

I’m told Dominic Cummings opposed the appointment of Andrew Bailey as Governor of the Bank of England. Outmaneuvered by Javid – adding to the reasons he wanted the Chancellor reined in

13.02.2020 - 16:24 [ Sebastian Payne, @FinancialTimes Whitehall correspondent / Twitter ]

Some chatter from inside the Treasury: one of the reasons Dominic Cummings was angry with Sajid Javid was the Bank of England governor. Cummings wanted Andy Haldane as the candidate most attuned to „levelling up“ but Javid managed to secure it for Andrew Bailey. #reshuffle

13.02.2020 - 15:24 [ Spectator ]

Sajid Javid quits as No. 10 takes control

Sunak has long been seen as a rising star and is the person in the Treasury who No. 10 preferred to deal with. Sunak will be helped by the new No. 10/No. 11 special adviser unit. Sunak is a Brexiteer who has good relations both with the Prime Minister and his team. One insider suggests that their relationship will be a friendly one similar to that of David Cameron and George Osborne. What’s clear is that today’s changes mean No. 10 has taken control.

13.02.2020 - 15:12 [ Daily Mail ]

Sajid RESIGNS after refusing to let Dominic Cummings sack his staff: Javid quits saying he won’t be ‚Chancellor in name only‘ during extraordinary showdown with Boris Johnson

Although Mr Cummings was not in the room during fraught discussions with Mr Johnson, sources said it was ‚obvious‘ who was behind the move.

Following more than an hour of frantic wrangling, Mr Javid finally resigned in protest.

‚The prime minister said he had to fire all his special advisers and replace them with Number 10 special advisers to make it one team,‘ a source close to Mr Javid said.

13.02.2020 - 15:00 [ The Telegraph / Youtube ]

Sajid Javid resigns as Chancellor amid Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has resigned from his role in Boris Johnson’s cabinet.

It is believed Mr Javid was asked to stay on in his role, but resigned in protest at being asked to fire all his advisors.

Rishi Sunak has been appointed as the new Chancellor.

02.02.2020 - 11:57 [ BBC ]

Brexit: We won’t take your rules, PM to tell Brussels

The prime minister will use a speech on Monday to toughen his stance ahead of trade talks following the UK’s formal withdrawal from the bloc.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier will also set out his approach to the talks, which are due to start next month.

01.02.2020 - 00:26 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

PM address to the nation: 31 January 2020

Tonight we are leaving the European Union

For many people this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come

And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss

And then of course there is a third group – perhaps the biggest – who had started to worry that the whole political wrangle would never come to an end

I understand all those feelings, and our job as the government – my job – is to bring this country together now and take us forward

And the most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end but a beginning

This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act in our great national drama

And yes it is partly about using these new powers – this recaptured sovereignty – to deliver the changes people voted for

10.01.2020 - 16:12 [ Tagesschau ]

Nach US-Drohnenangriff: Irak fordert Plan für US-Truppenabzug

Mahdi habe Pompeo gegenüber zudem erklärt, dass es einige US-Truppen gebe, die ohne Erlaubnis der Regierung ins Land gekommen seien. Auch US-Drohnen seien ohne Zustimmung der Regierung im Irak aktiv. Das stelle einen Verstoß gegen die Abkommen dar, hieß es weiter.

Die US-Truppen sind auf der Grundlage einer Vereinbarung mit der irakischen Regierung aus dem Jahr 2014 im Land, bei der es um den internationalen Kampf gegen die Dschihadistenmiliz „Islamischer Staat“ geht.

10.01.2020 - 16:00 [ Washington Post ]

Iraq asks United States to set up mechanism for troop withdrawal

In a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi asked the United States to send a delegation to Iraq to set up a mechanism for U.S. troop withdrawal from the country, a statement from the prime minister’s office said Friday.

The request followed a vote by the Iraqi parliament to expel thousands of U.S. troops, a direct consequence of a U.S. drone attack that killed senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and nine companions in Baghdad a week ago.

07.01.2020 - 17:49 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Defence secretary Ben Wallace makes statement in the Commons on Iran – watch live

Defence secretary Ben Wallace updates MPs – returning to the House of Commons after their Christmas break – on the latest in the Middle East, following the assassination of Iran military leader Qassem Suleimani last week. He makes the statement in place of Boris Johnson, who is chairing a meeting of the UK national security council to discuss the crisis.

07.01.2020 - 17:46 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Jeremy Corbyn accuses Boris Johnson of providing ‚cover‘ to Trump over assassination of Iran general

Mr Corbyn branded the drone strike on the leader of Iran’s feared Quds Force an “assassination” and told the House of Commons that it was widely regarded as illegal.

And he accused the prime minister of hiding away from scrutiny after Mr Johnson sent defence secretary Ben Wallace to answer MPs’ questions on the 3 January killing in Baghdad.

07.01.2020 - 17:42 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘US entitled to defend itself’ Britain backs Trump over Iran strike that killed Soleimani

(05.12.2019)

In the absence of Mr Johnson, who is on a Caribbean holiday with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, Defence minister Ben Wallace said Washington has a right to respond to earlier attacks from Iran that resulted in an assault on the US embassy in Baghdad.

07.01.2020 - 17:36 [ Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party / Twitter ]

I’ve written to Boris Johnson requesting an urgent Privy Council briefing and answers to questions following the US assassination of Qassem Suleimani.

(03.01.2019)

06.01.2020 - 04:48 [ Xinhua ]

Iraqi parliament asks gov’t to end presence of foreign forces in Iraq

In an extraordinary session, the lawmakers voted with majority in favor of passing a law requiring the government to cancel the request for assistance from the international coalition to fight Islamic State (IS) group due to the end of military operations and war in Iraq.

05.01.2020 - 18:36 [ Voice of America ]

Iraqi Parliament Calls For US Troops to Leave

Parliamentary resolutions are nonbinding to the government, but Abdul-Mahdi had earlier urged parliament to take urgent measures and end the presence of foreign troops as soon as possible.

30.12.2019 - 19:04 [ Elijah J. Magnier / Twitter ]

To be very clear: #US military officials and US embassy informed Prime Minister @AdilAbdAlMahdi half an hour before the attack about the US intention to violate #Iraq sovereignty and bomb Iraqi security forces positions.

PM Abdel Mahdi strongly refused the attack. US didn’t care.

28.12.2019 - 23:27 [ Rudaw ]

Iraqi military delegation to visit Kurdistan Region

However, the KRG and the Iraqi federal government reached an oil-for-budget deal at the end of November, thereby removing one of the biggest points of contention. This was done under the Kurd-friendly Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who has since stepped down from the post in the wake of widespread calls for his resignation.

27.12.2019 - 18:41 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: AG says will deliver opinion on Netanyahu’s eligibility to form gov’t only after court hearing

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday sought to avoid offering his legal opinion on whether or not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be tasked with forming a government with criminal charges hanging over him.

Mandelblit was earlier in the week requested by Israel’s High Court of Justice by the court to submit his opinion on the matter next week.

27.12.2019 - 17:59 [ theNational.ae ]

Iraq president Barham Salih offers to step down amid protests

He said that he would rather step down than pick a new prime minister rejected by demonstrators but as the constitution does not allow him to reject a nomination he would resign.

Parliament will now have to meet to discuss and vote on the resignation. If they endorse the move, Mr Salih will step down.

27.12.2019 - 17:54 [ Elijah J. Magnier ]

Iraq at the Crossroads: either Prime Minister al-Suheil or President Salih have to resign

(21.12.2019)

“President Barham Salih has his own candidate, the current head of intelligence Mustafa al-Kadhemi. There is no veto on the personality of Kadhemi; however, the serious problem is the attempt of the President to dismiss the power of the Parliament and his rejection of the will of the largest parliamentary coalition”, said the source.

Sources in Najaf stated “the Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Sistani has repeatedly stated that power emanates from the people and not from the President. It is the people and their representatives who make the decisions and if a new Prime Minister is rejected by the people he will not last long in office”.

24.12.2019 - 18:25 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: High Court to deliberate whether Netanyahu can form gov’t despite indictment

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who earlier this year recommended to indict the long-serving prime minister on charges of bribery and fraud, has been ordered by the High Court to come up with a legal opinion on the matter 48 hours before the court assembles to debate it.

18.12.2019 - 19:07 [ Bloomberg ]

U.K. Business Faces End of Honeymoon as Johnson Boycotts Davos

Traders who thought Johnson would use his considerable parliamentary majority to cut ties with the Brexit hard-liners in his party and deliver a soft divorce were “caught by surprise,” said Kit Juckes, chief foreign-exchange strategist at Societe Generale SA.

It was the currency’s biggest slump in a year.

13.12.2019 - 13:02 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson meets Queen after election win and vows not to betray public’s trust

TRIUMPHANT Boris Johnson has met the Queen at Buckingham Palace after his historic election win.

The Prime Minister declared that his party has „smashed the roadblock“ and „ended the gridlock“ as he hailed the biggest Conservative majority since the 1980s.

30.11.2019 - 15:30 [ Middle East Monitor ]

US worried Israel may attack Iran to save Netanyahu

(27.11.2019)

According to Harel, Israel is afraid that the US will desert the Iran issue while America is worried Israel may carry out a unilateral attack against Tehran, forcing Washington into a war.

Harel warned that it is impossible to separate the internal Israeli chaos from the Iran issue; in particular with regards to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment and his failure to form a government.

29.11.2019 - 14:24 [ Haaretz ]

Iraqi Prime Minister Says He Will Resign After Shi’ite Cleric’s Leadership Challenge

Abdul Mahdi’s decision came in response to a call for a change of leadership on Friday by Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the statement said.

„In response to this call, and in order to facilitate it as quickly as possible, I will present to parliament a demand (to accept) my resignation from the leadership of the current government,“ said the statement, signed by Abdul Mahdi.

24.11.2019 - 20:32 [ Reuters ]

Netanyahu faces court, party challenges after indictment

Israel’s top court on Sunday dismissed a petition to order Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step aside after his indictment on corruption charges.

23.11.2019 - 22:08 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says Netanyahu ‚Risks Igniting Civil War,‘ Calls on Likud Members to Speak Out

Alluding to Netanyahu’s role in the right-wing campaign against former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the run-up to his assassination, he said: „Someone who spearheaded the harsh and painful campaign against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of blessed memory, which ended in a national disaster, should know that dangerous words are doomed to turn into deadly bullets.“ He added that „a true patriot“ would not „hold Israeli citizens hostage to his legal battle.“

23.11.2019 - 22:07 [ Haaretz ]

Senior Likud Lawmaker Calls for Leadership Race: Netanyahu Can’t Form Government

Senior Likud member Gideon Sa’ar has called for a Likud leadership primary, criticizing Benjamin Netanyahu’s attack on Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and the claim that the decision to indict the prime minister on corruption charges is „an attempted coup.“

„Whoever heads the executive branch can’t say that Mendelblit’s decision is an attempt of a legal coup. That’s not right, it’s not responsible,“ Sa’ar, seen as Netanyahu’s main rival in the party, told Channel 12 News on Saturday.

20.11.2019 - 06:16 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz After Meeting Netanyahu: Three Election Rounds Are Bad, but We Won’t Abandon Our Principles

Gantz said after meeting with Netanyahu in a statement on his twitter that „Israel needs a broad and liberal unity government, which will consist primarily of the two major white-led political parties that won the elections.“ According to him, it is „a government whose founding lines will be set on the basis of the major parties and therefore cannot be built on one or the other sectoral bloc.“

16.11.2019 - 19:24 [ Trend.az ]

Some 200,000 rally against Czech Prime Minister in central Prague

„Our rally is against the conflict of interests of the businessman and prime minister Babis. He should either get rid of his Agrofert [agricultural] holding and media groups belonging to him or resign from the post of the prime minister“,

03.11.2019 - 09:27 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz at Rabin Memorial: Hate Has Again Been Weaponized by Politicians Without Limits

“As the prime minister of Israel I shall aspire and act to turn this rally into an official rally shared by all of Israeli society,” said Gantz, who was asked in October to form the next government, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned his mandate to President Reuven Rivlin. “I want this square to be balanced, for all the streams to find their place in it and to sincerely mourn this debased murder.”

02.11.2019 - 14:00 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Uninhibited Attacks Signal He’s Seeking Another Election, Gantz Says

„What has been happening in the past few days must be stopped,“ Gantz said. „It’s unacceptable that while we are talking about [forming] a government to rehabilitate diplomacy, to back the Israel Defense Forces, to empower the law enforcement institutions and safeguard a free press, Netanyahu, who is in charge of all these systems, is spreading blatant messages against them.“

01.11.2019 - 12:58 [ Haaretz ]

Rare Moment in Israeli Politics as Gantz Meets Arab Party Leaders for Coalition Talks

Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz met on Thursday with the leaders of the Joint List, an alliance of four Arab-majority parties, as part of his effort to form a governing coalition after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to do so.

29.10.2019 - 16:06 [ teleSUR ]

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri Resigns Amid Pressure From Protesters

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Tuesday that he was headed to the Baabda Palace to submit his cabinet’s resignation to President Michel Aoun „after having reached a dead-end, and sensing the need for a positive shock.”

29.10.2019 - 08:07 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says No Progress Achieved in Talks on Unity Government With Netanyahu’s Likud

Yair Lapid, the No. 2 on the Kahol Lavan roster, said at the party meeting that a government can’t be created in the space of 48 hours, and that all Netanyahu had to agree to was to be second in the rotation – i.e., to agree that Gantz serve as prime minister first, then Netanyahu. But what Netanyahu wants is a third election, Lapid said.

“That’s what his lawyers suggested to him, that’s what he needs because of the indictments,” Lapid said.

27.10.2019 - 17:44 [ Lahav Harkov, Senior Contributing Editor, The Jerusalem Post / Twitter ]

Gantz and Netanyahu are currently meeting in Tel Aviv

27.10.2019 - 10:44 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz to meet with Netanyahu on Sunday, Liberman and Horowitz in following days

According to reports in the Hebrew media, Gantz could offer Netanyahu a “compromise deal” that would force him to choose between including his religious allies in the coalition, and being prime minister first in any rotation deal.

26.10.2019 - 11:44 [ Express.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson could back no confidence vote in own administration to get general election

However the Government could table a vote of no confidence against itself, which only requires a plurality to pass.

If this passes Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, or any other party leader, would have 14 days to form an alternative Government.

Only if these efforts failed would there be a general election.

18.10.2019 - 20:03 [ Y.N.M.S ‏/ Twitter ]

Erdogan: We cannot engage in the fight against terrorist organizations forever. Therefore, President Assad should take on the fight against terrorism in his country.

05.10.2019 - 10:06 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz, the Hope Is a Government Without Netanyahu

The political whirlwind and the desire to avoid another election might cause Gantz to forget the reason his party won 33 Knesset seats and became the largest political party in Israel, namely that the people are sick and tired of Netanyahu. They are sick not only of the abundant criminal accusations now under review at a hearing, but also of his corrupt and cynical politics, which have put his personal survival above any other value, and in the name of which he has pitted parts of Israeli society against each other.

05.10.2019 - 10:04 [ Economist.com ]

Binyamin Netanyahu’s last chance to avoid indictment

Even if he is indicted, Mr Netanyahu intends to stay on as prime minister. The law does not require him to step down until a final conviction.

03.10.2019 - 09:09 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Read in Full: Boris’s New Negotiation Position

Boris has finally presented his detailed proposals to abolish the Backstop in a letter to the EU. The ERG and DUP are behind the proposals, now over to Varadkar…

Read the proposals in full below…

29.09.2019 - 11:59 [ Haaretz ]

If Center-left Forms Gov’t With Haredis, We May Support It, Arab Israeli MK Says

MK Ofer Shelah of Kahol Lavan, who was interviewed after Tibi, said he did not rule out such a proposal.

26.09.2019 - 15:44 [ ITV.com ]

Johnson: Brexit will happen on October 31 and I won’t resign over Supreme Court ruling

When asked how he could both obey the law and ensure Brexit by October 31, Mr Johnson said: „If you’ll forgive me, I don’t want to tip the hand of the UK government more than Parliament has already required us to do so.“

26.09.2019 - 15:22 [ theSun.co.uk ]

WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER: Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for calling Brexit delay a ‘surrender’ as Remainer MPs accuse him of inciting violence with his ‘horrendous, divisive’ language

He’s repeatedly referred to the new law as the „Surrender Bill“, arguing it means the EU won’t give us a good deal as they think we’ll be forced to delay.

A No10 source said today: „If the question is ‚is he going to stop talking about the Surrender Bill‘ the answer is ‚absolutely no he’s not‘.“

25.09.2019 - 18:12 [ Haaretz ]

Rivlin, President of the Jews – Not Israelis

Yes, this initiative of yours, Mr. President, is very grave indeed! You are dividing the country on an ethnic basis, you are placing one people above another, one public above another, one group above another, when your job is to say loud and clear: They are all my sons. And for this you do not have a mandate. You do not have a mandate to divide the country between Jews and Arabs. You do not have a mandate to exclude a fifth of the population.

25.09.2019 - 17:42 [ New York Times ]

How the U.K. Supreme Court’s Rebuke to Boris Johnson Remakes British Law

Not only did the court declare the prime minister’s action unlawful, it also declared the order itself, which Queen Elizabeth II issued at Mr. Johnson’s request, “unlawful, void, and of no effect.” The request, said the court’s president, Baroness Brenda Hale, might as well have been a “blank sheet of paper.”

Stephen Tierney, a professor of constitutional theory at Edinburgh University, said it was “astonishing” that the court had ruled decisively that it “can review something as fundamental as that, done by Her Majesty, as unlawful.”

25.09.2019 - 17:26 [ Spectator ]

The Supreme Court’s decision is a constitutional outrage

What that means is that prorogation can be limited by statute and the courts would enforce that statute. I doubt anyone disputes that. What it does not mean, yet what has happened, is that in the absence of such a statute, the ‘Supreme’ Court can step in and invent one. So lawyers and judges have, step by step, decided to give themselves more and more power.

No one expected them to do what they did today. No one expected it to be unanimous – which perhaps hurts the most.

24.09.2019 - 14:41 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Gantz Capitulates Without Battle

Less than a week after his impressive electoral achievement, the head of the largest Knesset faction, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, conceded his right to be the first to try and form a coalition government. The explanation given by “party sources” for this concession is that Gantz prefers to wait for Netanyahu to try first and fail.

Regrettably, this lame excuse is unconvincing. This move looks like a capitulation without a fight, an admission that the right wing’s long-standing tactic of delegitimizing parties representing Arab society succeeded.

24.09.2019 - 12:43 [ theGuardian.com ]

Jeremy Corbyn says Boris Johnson should ‚consider his position‘ as he demands recall of parliament

At the Labour conference Jeremy Corbyn has taken to the stage.

He says the supreme court judgment demonstrates Boris Johnson’s contempt for parliament.

He says he will write to the Speaker demanding an urgent recall of parliament.

He says a Labour government would want to be held to account. It would not bypass democracy.

And he says Boris Johnson should “in the historic words, consider his position”.

That means he thinks Johnson should resign.

24.09.2019 - 12:30 [ Daily Mail ]

Supreme Court unanimously rules Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was ‚UNLAWFUL, void and of no effect‘ and overturns the move leaving the PM’s plans in tatters

– The Supreme Court handed down landmark judgment at 10.30am today
– Justices asked to decide whether Boris Johnson gave unlawful advice to Queen
– Judges had 4 options including forcing MPs to return to Parliament this week
– Lady Hale revealed all 11 unanimously agreed to nuclear option of recalling MPs
– PM won’t resign and says MPs have had years to discuss direction of Brexit

24.09.2019 - 12:27 [ ITV.com ]

Supreme Court rules Boris Johnson’s advice to Queen to suspend Parliament was unlawful

Announcing the result, Lady Hale said: „The court is bound to conclude, therefore, that the decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.“

24.09.2019 - 07:19 [ Haaretz ]

Benny Gantz’s Tactical Waiting Game Is Too Clever by Half

Netanyahu getting a first nod from the president would land a harsh blow on the center-left’s morale, which could facilitate Netanyahu’s plan to divide the party from within. The nightmarish vision of Netanyahu settling back in the driver’s seat and recklessly pushing the gas pedal to reach his target would make a mockery of his clear-cut defeat in last Tuesday’s election. While Gantz and his colleagues rejoice over sucker Netanyahu supposedly falling into their well-laid trap, their supporters will see them as naive novices who could soon add insult to injury by reneging on their main pledge not to participate in his coalition.

24.09.2019 - 07:04 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz, Netanyahu meet at President Rivlin’s residence to launch unity talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz (R) as President Reuven Rivlin looks on, at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, on September 23, 2019.

23.09.2019 - 15:59 [ Daniel Neun / Twitter ]

Heba Yazbak, Mtanes Shehadeh, Sami Abu Shehadeh, #Balad : if you make Netanyahu Israel’s prime minister, again, may your names be cursed forever in the history of humanity. Relentlessly, your Daniel 9.

23.09.2019 - 15:51 [ New York Times ]

Israeli Report Cites a Thwarted 2010 Move on Iran

(04.11.2012)

Mr. Ashkenazi and Meir Dagan, who was the head of the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad, at the time, would later say that this was an attempt at “stealing a war,” Ms. Dayan reported, because in their view such an order required a decision of the full cabinet, not the smaller group in the meeting, who were then known as the forum of seven.

Both Mr. Ashkenazi, who is now retired, and Mr. Dagan, who stepped down after the meeting, have become vocal critics of plans for a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran, and of Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Barak’s aggressive approach.

23.09.2019 - 15:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

Ex-Israeli spy boss attacks Netanyahu and Barak over Iran

(28.04.2012)

Diskin’s remarks followed a furore over comments made on Wednesday by Israel’s serving military chief, Benny Gantz, which starkly contrasted with Netanyahu’s rhetoric on Iran. Gantz said he did not believe the Iranian leadership was prepared to „go the extra mile“ to acquire nuclear weapons because it was „composed of very rational people“ who understood the consequences.

23.09.2019 - 15:38 [ New York Times ]

Israeli Army Chief Says He Believes Iran Won’t Build Bomb

(26.04.2012)

The Israeli military chief described the Iranian government as “rational” in interviews published Wednesday and said he did not believe it would build a nuclear bomb, appearing to put some distance between himself and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

“I believe he would be making an enormous mistake, and I don’t think he will want to go the extra mile,” the chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Force, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, told the left-leaning newspaper Haaretz, referring to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

23.09.2019 - 15:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Three Arab Lawmakers Refuse to Endorse Gantz; Netanyahu Leads With 55 Backers

Balad announces it won’t back Gantz, leaving Kahol Lavan with 54 recommendations, while 55 lawmakers said they would recommend Netanyahu ■ Rivlin summons Gantz, Netanyahu for meeting after consultations

23.09.2019 - 05:41 [ i24news.tv ]

LIVEBLOG: Gantz leads in votes for next Israeli PM after first day of talks

September 22, 2019
6:36 PM

By the end of Sunday’s consultations, former IDF chief Benny Gantz secured more recommendations than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

23.09.2019 - 05:31 [ i24news.tv ]

Hitting back at Joint List, Netanyahu vows to form ‚broad unity government‘

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily fired back at the Arab Joint List for recommending rival Benny Gantz to be the next prime minister, insisting if given the mandate he would work to form a „broad national unity government.“

Israel’s Arab parties on Sunday broke longstanding precedent by endorsing former IDF chief Benny Gantz for prime minister after last week’s hard-fought elections.

22.09.2019 - 22:45 [ New York Times ]

Ayman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahu’s Grip on Israel

The Israeli government has done everything in its power to reject those of us who are Arab Palestinian citizens, but our influence has only grown. We will be the cornerstone of democracy.

22.09.2019 - 22:38 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Arab Alliance Endorses Gantz for PM, Lieberman Won’t Back Anyone

Rare move by Joint List in bid to ‚end the Netanyahu era‘ could give Kahol Lavan leader first chance at forming coalition ■ Lieberman: ‚Joint List members are enemies‘

22.09.2019 - 12:33 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: President to Start Consultations With Party Leaders to Designate Next PM

All eyes are on Yisrael Beiteinu’s Avigdor Lieberman and the Joint List, comprised of four Arab-majority parties, in order to gauge Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz’s chances at unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Neither parties have announced officially whether they would recommend Gantz to the president, and are expected to make their decisions public later Sunday.

22.09.2019 - 12:26 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Arab Party Must Recommend Gantz, or Netanyahu Will Be Back

In 1992, Knesset members from Hadash and the United Arab List backed Yitzhak Rabin, who wasn’t their cup of tea, as prime minister. This eventually led to the allocation of significant funds for the benefit of the Arab community – without mentioning the mutual recognition between Israel and the PLO, and the Oslo Accords.

21.09.2019 - 11:04 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel president to start consultations Sunday on next PM

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will begin consultations on Sunday to decide who should form the next government following this week’s general elections, a statement from his office said.

20.09.2019 - 18:25 [ Salon.com ]

Benny Gantz rebukes Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to form unity coalition

Gantz responded to Netanyahu’s request by saying he would only lead a „liberal“ coalition, a statement which excluded the ultra-Orthodox political bloc on whom Netanyahu has relied throughout his tenure.

Moshe Yaalon, another Blue and White leader, added that the party would not enter into a coalition led by Netanyahu because of the corruption charges against him.

20.09.2019 - 11:23 [ Washington Post ]

‘Our relations are with Israel’: Trump appears to give embattled Netanyahu the cold shoulder

(18.09.2019)

Trump said he had not spoken to Netanyahu, a man he has described as a close friend. He then noted that the election is close while playing down Netanyahu’s importance to the alliance between the United States and Israel.

“Our relations are with Israel, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters traveling with him in California.

18.09.2019 - 22:25 [ i24news.tv ]

Joint List chairman says he could recommend Gantz as PM

Parliamentarian Aymen Odeh told Army Radio Wednesday morning he would consider supporting Netanyahu’s chief political rival as official results trickling in continued to solidify a strong showing for the coalition of Arab parties.

18.09.2019 - 22:17 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Head of Arab faction mulls backing Gantz to form next coalition

The chairman of the Joint List of Arab parties, Ayman Odeh, said Wednesday that he may recommend Blue and White leader Benny Gantz as the next prime minister when he meets with President Reuven Rivlin.

Gantz has already reached out to him, Odeh said, adding that “on Wednesday afternoon, we will decide which path to take.”

18.09.2019 - 17:03 [ Martin Indyk, former US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, US Ambo to Israel / Twitter ]

Next phase in Israel is government formation. President Rivlin decides who gets the right to try. Gantz only has mandate to form a government without Bibi. Lieberman and Odeh (Arab Joint List) will likely recommend Gantz because they both want Bibi gone.

14.09.2019 - 10:25 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

David Cameron says Brexit referendum result left him ‚hugely depressed‘ and he ‚thinks about it‘ every day

David Cameron was so confident about winning the EU referendum vote for Remain that he boasted to fellow EU leaders that he was a “lucky” prime minister who knew “how to win”. The shock of losing the vote, and his career as prime minister, caused Mr Cameron to become “hugely depressed”, he has disclosed, in a fascinating account of how and why he inadvertently set Britain on course for Brexit.

04.09.2019 - 05:39 [ theSun.co.uk ]

NOW LET BRITAIN DECIDE: Furious Boris Johnson demands election as rebels take step to block No Deal Brexit

BORIS Johnson tonight demanded a snap general election after rebel MPs pulled off an extraordinary coup to allow a block on Brexit until next year plunging Westminster into outright chaos.

Twenty one Conservative MPs – including NINE ex-Cabinet ministers – were sacked minutes after siding with Labour to seize control of Parliament’s agenda from 3pm tomorrow.

31.08.2019 - 14:24 [ CNN ]

Israel is making the case for war, in public, against Lebanon

Israel’s military went on a propaganda offensive against Iran and Hezbollah using social media to drastically increase tensions with neighboring Lebanon hours after Benjamin Netanyahu warned the nation’s enemies, in Arabic, to „watch it.“

The Israeli prime minister was on the campaign trail ahead of elections scheduled for September 17. But the barrage of agitprop by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) represented a dramatic shift towards a warning of outright war.

31.08.2019 - 12:35 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Olmert: „Netanyahu might draw us into war for political gain“

„This aggressive pretentiousness has no purpose other than political gain, and I do not retract my words,“ he added, saying that „it is not coincidental that he made his statement by the side of Moshe Feiglin. I accuse him of possibly drawing us into war for political gain.“

„It’s unquestionably pure politics and Prime Minister Netanyahu does it unstoppably.

31.08.2019 - 10:35 [ Spiked ]

How Boris Johnson boxed his Brexit opponents in

This makes it clear that the Government is working within the legal stipulations set by Dominic Grieve’s political chicanery, and is responding in kind. So there is nothing unconstitutional or improper here. And if the Commons does not like the move, then it is free to pass a motion of no confidence in the Government. As long as a majority of MPs have confidence in the Government, but disapprove of its Brexit policy, they cannot complain about any legal and constitutional means the Government employs to achieve its objectives.

31.08.2019 - 10:22 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson will take on Remainer Tories by sacking MPs who vote to block No Deal Brexit

TORY MPs who vote to block a No Deal next week will be sacked from the party, we can reveal.

No10 will bar Remainer rebels from standing at the next general election.

29.08.2019 - 18:00 [ BBC ]

EU leaders look on in silence as Johnson makes Parliament move

That’s why German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron sounded fairly enthusiastic when Boris Johnson went to Berlin and Paris last week to talk about getting an agreement, even if they were sceptical that there is a different deal to be agreed.

So why are they not saying anything on the day the prime minister announces the suspension of Parliament in September?

29.08.2019 - 08:36 [ Jerusalem Post ]

State defends greater restrictions on protests near A-G’s house

Protests have continued for over two years near Mandelblit’s home in Petah Tikva to pressure him to take a stronger stance in the various probes against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

29.08.2019 - 08:31 [ Haaretz ]

A Leak That Leaves No Doubts About Netanyahu’s Role in the Bezeq-Walla Case

Any doubts about illicit deals between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and fallen telecom tycoon Shaul Elovitch in the police’s Case 4000 should be put to rest after the details of Shlomo Filber’s statements to police investigators were leaked this week.

This is the case where the police believe Netanyahu traded friendly coverage by Bezeq’s Walla news site in exchange for help with regulations for the company, Israel’s dominant telecom provider. Filber, who had been appointed director general of the Communications Ministry in 2015 shortly after Netanyahu took over the portfolio, was the point man for the alleged trade-offs.

29.08.2019 - 06:15 [ Daily Mail ]

Yes, he’s a chancer and a showman. But if Boris Johnson pulls off this gamble, SIR ANTHONY SELDON says that he’ll be a man who made history

Yesterday’s announcement that Parliament will be suspended is the biggest gamble that any British prime minister has taken in 80 years.

If it pays off, Boris Johnson will be a hero to millions.

29.08.2019 - 06:03 [ Daily Mail ]

‚Now the EU will know we really ARE serious‘: Boris Johnson tells ministers his decision to suspend Parliament will make a ‚huge difference‘ in negotiations with Brussels

– Boris Johnson told his Cabinet EU negotiations would be helped if Parliament could not ‚frustrate‘ Brexit
– Explaining yesterday’s dramatic prorogation he said the EU would think ‚these guys really are serous‘
– Yesterday the Queen assented to the request to suspend Parliament until an October 14 Queen’s Speech
– Move means the House of Commons will be suspended at some point in the week beginning September 9
– Proroguing Parliament will reduce the amount of time available for MPs to try to stop No Deal Brexit

29.08.2019 - 05:53 [ Guido Fawkes ]

General Public Support Prorogation

For their lunchtime broadcast, BBC News ventured as far as the Midlands to get the actual electorate’s reaction to the news, only to be astonished that the vast majority of those asked supported the PM’s decision. Watch above…

29.08.2019 - 05:33 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson leaves Remainers reeling with masterstroke to close Parliament to push through Brexit

One insider said: “The EU will never negotiate with us and consider changes to the backstop if they believe Parliament can block a No Deal.

“As well as having the advantage of sending Remainers into meltdown and putting them on the back foot, this is about showing the EU that they have to come to the table.”

28.08.2019 - 18:09 [ Tom Harris Esq. / Twitter ]

Before everyone gets over-excited (too late, I know) the decision to prorogue Parliament for five weeks means MPs return on October 14 instead of October 7.

28.08.2019 - 17:36 [ Telegraph ]

Boris Johnson is giving Remainers a taste of their own medicine with his Queen’s Speech gambit

Remainers have had a painful reminder of what happens when they forget Mike Tyson’s cardinal rule:: „Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.“

28.08.2019 - 16:43 [ Paul Embery / Twitter ]

I suspect that the decision to suspend parliament will be met with either support or indifference by most people up and down the country. Many MPs have been trying to subvert democracy for three years. This is where their antics have led us. People just want the thing sorted.

28.08.2019 - 16:39 [ Labour Leave / Twitter ]

52% of MPs‘ constituents voted to Leave. MPs are blocking that result because they didn’t agree with it. They think the views of 600 odd MPs should trump the largest democratic vote in British history. And they dare talk about ‚outrages‘. #brexit

28.08.2019 - 16:31 [ BBC ]

Prorogation: How can the government suspend Parliament?

MPs do not vote to prorogue – it’s a power that rests with the Queen, done on the advice of the prime minister.

28.08.2019 - 16:25 [ Spiked ]

A battle of two evils

Proroguing parliament to force through Brexit is wrong. But using parliament to stop Brexit is far worse.

28.08.2019 - 16:21 [ theSun.co.uk ]

The Queen agrees to let Boris Johnson shut down Parliament and thwart Corbyn’s anti-Brexit plot

THE Queen has approved Boris Johnson’s bombshell request to suspend Parliament and stop Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to block No Deal Brexit.

Her Majesty met with the Privy Council today at Balmoral and an order was greenlit to prorogue Parliament from any date between September 9 to October 14.

25.08.2019 - 07:43 [ Telegraph..co.uk ]

Boris is serious about a deal, but the Brussels Eurocrats still want to punish the British ‘deserters’

Even the civil servants seem suddenly to be standing straighter. After three years of immobilism, dreariness and funk, the Government is again exuding purpose.

18.08.2019 - 11:49 [ Daily Mail ]

Cripes! Boris’s Brexit script is left in a pub by a ‘drunk’ official revealing the PM is primed to tackle ‘tricky’ topics of Northern Ireland, citizens’ rights and no deal

And thanks to a boozy civil servant leaving a stash of Brexit papers in a Westminster pub, The Mail on Sunday can reveal the full extent of Mr Johnson’s rigid new regime.

An eight-page document entitled ‘Core Brexit Brief’ and prepared specifically for Mr Johnson by Whitehall spin doctors and policy advisers was found abandoned in The Feathers public house, in the heart of Westminster.

17.08.2019 - 04:22 [ Hindustan Times ]

Rajnath Singh’s hint on ‘no first use’ change is message to Pakistan

Soon after the nuclear blasts in 1998, India adopted the “no first use” policy in a bid to address global concerns of an impending nuclear arms race, especially as the Indian tests were followed by tit-for-tat tests by Pakistan.

The promise not to use nuclear weapons first, a policy adopted by several nations including China, addressed the escalation ladder. It also laid to rest apprehensions or misunderstandings about the possible use of nuclear weapons in a conflict.

17.08.2019 - 04:12 [ Times of India ]

‚No first use’ of nukes policy is open to review: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh’s suggestion that India’s no-first-use nuclear posture may not be sacrosanct sparked intense speculation in the midst of heightened India-Pakistan tensions in the wake of the abrogation of special status to Jammu & Kashmir.
The defence minister’s comment, which he also later tweeted, came at Pokhran — the site of India’s nuclear tests.

17.08.2019 - 03:58 [ Tribune.com.pk ]

India makes veiled threat of nuclear war

Though Rajnath Singh didn’t name any country, it is understood the threat was directed at Pakistan. It shows Modi’s growing frustration at his ill-conceived move to strip Occupied Kashmir of its autonomy on August 5.

16.08.2019 - 15:51 [ theSun.co.uk ]

DO OR DIE: Boris Johnson to make ‘totemic’ Brexit move and sign act repealing EU law in days as he FINALLY frees us from Brussels control

BORIS Johnson is set to sign an act to repeal EU law in days and FINALLY free us from Brussels control.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has been ordered by the PM to sign a “commencement order” that will cement his “do or die” pledge to leave the bloc by October 31.

16.08.2019 - 03:10 [ France24 ]

Lebanon says US mediation on Israel border issue ‚viable‘

In February 2018, Lebanon signed its first contract for offshore drilling for oil and gas with a consortium comprising energy giants Total, ENI and Novatek.

Two blocks in the eastern Mediterranean are part of the deal, but Israel claims that part of Block 9 belongs to the Jewish state.

16.08.2019 - 03:05 [ U.S. Department of State / Youtube ]

Secretary Pompeo and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri deliver statements to the press at the U.S. Department of State on August 15, 2019.

15.08.2019 - 05:49 [ Brendan Chilton Esq, @AshfordLabour Leader ‏/ Twitter ]

Jeremy Corbyn has sought the support of Tory MPs to form a national government. Ramsay MacDonald was the last Labour Leader to enter into government with Tories. At the subsequent election, Labour was devastated and lost 225. #NoNationalUnityGovernment

15.08.2019 - 05:23 [ Daily Mail ]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Number 10 coup: Labour leader writes to rebel Tory MPs offering to fight for a new referendum IF they help to make him caretaker Prime Minister to stop No Deal immediately

– Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of plotting a ‚desperate‘ coup
– He pleaded for support in bringing a no confidence vote to prevent No Deal
– Embarrassingly Mr Corbyn’s plans have been rejected by the Lib Dems already

11.08.2019 - 07:43 [ Tass.com ]

Russian PM to visit Turkmenistan for participation in Caspian Economic Forum

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will pay a two-day visit to Turkmenia, where he will participate in the first Caspian Economic Forum and meet President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, press service of the Russian government reports.

10.08.2019 - 08:54 [ Daily Mail ]

Now No 10 cancels all holidays for aides in the latest sign that Boris Johnson is gearing up for a day-after Brexit election after he fast-tracks a spending review to fulfil pledges on police, the NHS and schools

– PM ordered fast-track spending review to make good on police, NHS pledges
– The move has fueled raging speculation about an imminent general election
– Allies say Mr Johnson would set poll date after Brexit if he loses confidence vote
– Move would frustrate Remainer efforts to stop him going through with No Deal
– PM has repeatedly refused to rule out setting the election date for November

10.08.2019 - 08:35 [ Daily Mail ]

No Deal Brexit bailout fund to stop some of Britain’s biggest employers going out of business if the UK crashes out the EU is being planned by Boris Johnson’s ‚war cabinet‘

– The Prime Minister has created a list of British employers considered at risk
– It comes after the country’s economy shrunk for first time in seven years
– Economy is the lowest it has been in a decade, prompting fears of recession

10.08.2019 - 08:22 [ PoliticsHome.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson tells Civil Service to ‘urgently and rapidly’ prepare for no-deal Brexit

The Prime Minister said laying the groundwork for leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement was now the Government’s “top priority”.

Mr Johnson set out the change of pace in a letter to all Whitehall staff.

10.08.2019 - 08:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Buckingham Palace and Downing Street plan to keep the Queen out of looming constitutional crisis over Brexit

The conversation was prompted by growing speculation that politicians will try to force the Queen to get involved if Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, loses a no-confidence vote early next month.

05.08.2019 - 18:57 [ Daily Times Pakistan ]

Pakistan strongly condemns India’s decision to abolish Article 370

“No unilateral step by the Government of India can change this disputed status, as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. Nor will this ever be acceptable to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan,” said the press release.

“As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps,” it added.

05.08.2019 - 18:38 [ Quartz India ]

The Narendra Modi government scraps Kashmir’s special status under Indian constitution

Addressing parliament today (Aug. 5) following two days of heightened security in the state, home minister Amit Shah announced that Article 370 would no longer exist. President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, has signed this notification. Shah’s announcement was met with loud protests from opposition parties.