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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Israel/World

WZC US Elections Reveal ‘Tectonic Shift’

Based on initial reports released this week, groups promoting observant religious practices in Israel will have a much larger role in the American delegation to the 2020 World Zionist Congress. This indicates a profound shift from five years ago, when liberal groups won a supermajority of delegates.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein Resigns Over Supreme Court Ruling

(JNS) Longtime Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein resigned his post this week rather than implement a ruling by Israel’s High Court that the parliament must hold a vote to appoint a new speaker.

Addressing the Knesset in announcing his resignation, the Likud party member stated, “The Supreme Court of

FIDF Delivers Emergency Packages To Israeli Soldiers in Quarantine

(JNS) In light of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of IDF soldiers are being ordered to remain on base for an indefinite period of time to minimize their exposure. The IDF is taking such measures to remain vigilant against COVID-19 and maintain operational preparedness.

FIDF has implemented programs

24 American Olim Arrive on Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight

While much of the country comes to a halt, olim continue to arrive in Israel amidst global uncertainty.

(Courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh) Twenty-four new olim recently landed at Ben Gurion airport through a Nefesh B’Nefesh group aliyah flight in cooperation with the

US to Designate New ISIS Leader as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’

(JNS) The U.S. State Department has announced that it intends to designate new Islamic State leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, or SDGT.

Al-Mawla succeeds

Amazon Bans Selling of Most Editions of ‘Mein Kampf,’ Books on Nazi Propaganda

(JNS) The online retail giant Amazon has banned the sale of most editions of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and other Nazi propaganda books after being pushed to do so for decades by leading Holocaust-education charities and Jewish groups, The Guardian reported on Monday.

Amazon informed

Will Gantz and Lieberman Form Minority Government With Israeli-Arab Support?

(JNS) With no clear path towards a government coalition for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the third round of elections on March 2, Israel’s political scene has entered a state of chaos that could produce an unlikely alliance of parties seeking to oust the longtime leader.

Earlier

Report: US Sanctions Have Strangled at Least One-Fourth of Iranian Oil Rigs

(JNS) U.S. sanctions have caused at least one-quarter of Iran’s oil rigs to be inactive, according to a Reuters report.

“At least 40 of about 160 oil rigs in Iran remain idle or under repair,” reported the outlet,

Columbia University President Opposes BDS Referendum Ahead of Vote

(JNS) Columbia University president Lee Bollinger came down hard on anti-Semitism last week ahead of an undergraduate student referendum next month calling on the university to divest from companies doing business in Israel.

Muslim World League Secretary General Denounces Political Islam

(MEMRI via JNS) There is no place for political Islam in France or anywhere else, Saudi cleric and Muslim World League Secretary-General Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa said last week.

In an interview with France 24 TV’s Arabic-language channel on March 4, Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa said that

Netanyahu Election Lead Shrinks, Raising Prospect Of Another Israel Vote

(Algemeiner) At press time, Israel appeared headed into another political stalemate after nearly complete results indicated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had failed to secure a clear majority for a right-wing bloc in parliament.

With 99% of votes counted, Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party was

Israeli Government Releases More Guidelines to Combat Spread of Coronavirus

(Ynetnews) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yaakov Litzman announced that Israelis arriving from France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Spain must enter a two-week period of quarantine. Non-Israelis will be allowed in from those destinations if they can be