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With Israel’s Knesset set to dissolve, PM Bennett says he will not seek re-election – Reuters

| July 2, 2022

JERUSALEM, June 29 (Reuters) - Israel on Wednesday moved closer toward its fifth election in less than four years, plunging it deeper into political uncertainty as it grapples with rising living costs amid renewed international efforts to revive a nuclear deal with Iran. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced he would not run in the upcoming election but would retain his position as alternate prime minister after his coalition partner Yair Lapid takes over as head of the caretaker government

Israel votes to dissolve parliament, collapsing government and triggering fifth election in three years – CNBC

| June 30, 2022

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen during the the 2016 Genesis Prize award-ceremony in Jerusalem, June 23, 2016. Amir Cohen | Reuters DUBAI, United Arab Emirates In what now feels like a familiar story, Israel's government has collapsed after the Parliament, or Knesset, voted on Thursday to dissolved itself

Exclusive: Official Newsletter to Celebrate 75 Years of Israel’s Independence – PR Newswire

| June 30, 2022

The collaborative project will generate original content from leading voices across Israeli society NEW YORK, June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Israel Business Alliance announced today that it will be launching an official newsletter to mark the State of Israel's 75th anniversary. The first newsletter will be published in the coming months and the final issue will be distributed on April 26, 2023 the State of Israel's 75th Independence Day. Each issue will include exclusive content from Israeli leaders in culture, politics, entrepreneurship, and academia

Iranian plot in Turkey reportedly targeted Israels ex-consul to Istanbul – The Times of Israel

| June 30, 2022

An Iranian plot to attack Israelis centered on targeting former Israels consul general to Istanbul Yossi Levi-Sfari, according to the Turkish Sabah news outlet. According to the report, the Iranian attackers were staying in the same hotel as Levi-Sfari and his partner, Ronny Goldberg, and planned to kidnap and then execute the two men.

Bank of Israel to hike rates by 1/2 pct point to get on top of inflation – Reuters.com

| June 30, 2022

The Bank of Israel building is seen in Jerusalem June 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun Register JERUSALEM, June 30 (Reuters) - The Bank of Israel is expected to raise short-term interest rates by half a percentage point next week to a nine-year high in a bid to keep inflation under control amid very low unemployment and strong economic growth. Of 15 economists polled by Reuters, 14 forecast that the central bank's monetary policy committee (MPC) will raise the benchmark rate (ILINR=ECI) to 1.25% -- its highest level since September 2013 -- from 0.75% in what would be its third straight hike

Bernie Sanders went to war with AIPAC. Now the pro-Israel lobby is pushing back. – Forward

| June 30, 2022

The AIPAC logo is displayed during the policy conference in Washington, D.C., U.S., on March 25, 2019. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images By Jacob KornbluhJune 30, 2022 The American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) pushed back Thursday against Sen. Bernie Sanders criticism of their multi-million dollar spending in the Democratic congressional primaries against progressive candidates

Israel delays travel restrictions on West Bank in apparent gesture to Joe Biden – The Guardian

| June 30, 2022

Israel has delayed the implementation of strict rules limiting the ability of foreigners to enter and stay in the occupied West Bank, in what is believed to be a gesture to Joe Biden before the US presidents visit to the Middle East next month. A statement from the high court on Wednesday said the new rules would be shelved until early September, as a decision had not yet been made regarding objections to the proposed policy. An injunction alleging discriminatory and restrictive criteria was filed by HaMoked, an Israeli non-profit organisation focusing on Palestinian legal rights, last week

House Appropriations seeks to cut off US funding to UN Israel investigation – Jewish Insider

| June 30, 2022

The House Appropriations Committee adopted amendments to the 2023 State Department and foreign operations funding bill that aim to cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations commission investigating Israel and prevent the U.S. from revoking the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps terrorist designation

UCSD gets $1M gift to expand archaeological studies of Israel, eastern Mediterranean – The San Diego Union-Tribune

| June 30, 2022

UC San Diego has received a $1 million bequest from the late Orange County philanthropist Norma Kershaw to expand its wide-ranging archaeological studies in the eastern Mediterranean, particularly Israel. Much of the money will be used to support cyber-archaeology, which combines archaeology, computer science, engineering and the natural sciences in ways that help scientists to create rich visualizations of research sites and artifacts. UCSD captures some of this 3-D digital data with the use of flying drones and underwater camera systems, both of which were used to explore and analyze a 3,500-year-old submerged town along the coast of Greece, the university says.

Israel: Smotrich Says He Will Do Anything To Establish Netanyahu-led Government – I24NEWS – i24NEWS

| June 26, 2022

'I am ready to create a...bridge to Ayelet Shaked and my right-wing rivals so that a government can be formed' Religious Zionism party head Bezalel Smotrich said Sunday that he is doing everything he can to establish an alternative government headed by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, preventing the dissolution of the parliament (Knesset) and a fifth-round of elections. "I am ready to create a... bridge to (Interior Minister) Ayelet Shaked and my right-wing rivals so that a government can be formed that will serve the citizens of Israel without dragging us into unnecessary elections," he said.


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