With pressures mounting, Prime Minister Netanyahu has announced that he will take on the post of defense minister following Avigdor Liberman’s resignation. The Israeli PM pledges to reverse the “hesitant and stammering” security policy of the last decade, and switch to a “creative, proactive course for leading the country to victory.” (Article 1)
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- Jewish Home ministers call off walkout. No snap election. Netanyahu rides out cabinet crisis with expected Gaza move – Debka.com, DEbka Staff
- Israeli Supreme Court’s Ruling on E. Jerusalem House May Lead to Palestinian Evictions – Haaretz.com, Nir Hasson
- The midterm was a huge win for Trump’s Mideast policy – IsraelNationalNews.com, Dr. Aviel Sheyin-Stevens
- Hamas, Islamic Jihad keep threatening Israel: ‘Rockets will reach Tel Aviv next’ – YnetNews.com, Elior Levy, Itamar Eichner, Smadar Perry
- Hailing US vote against UN resolution, PM says Golan will ‘always’ be Israeli – TimesofIsrael.com, TOI staff and Agencies
Netanyahu rides out cabinet crisis with expected Gaza move
by Debka Staff for Debka.com, November 19, 2018
Education and Justice Ministers, Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked (pictured right) surprised everyone Monday, Nov. 19, by announcing that their Jewish Home party would stay in the government if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stood by his pledge to reverse the “hesitant and stammering” security policy of the last decade, and switch to a “creative, proactive course for leading the country to victory.”
The two ministers spoke at a special news conference they called in the Knesset, at which they were widely predicted to announce their resignations.
“For the past decade, our soldiers have been held back by one constraint after another and taught to fear the military prosecutor more than the enemy,” Bennett said in a detailed indictment of the Netanyahu government’s security policy. “Hamas and Hizballah became more brazen day by day because they sensed our fear, whereas our enemies no longer feared us,”
by Nir Hasson for Haaretz.com, November 19, 2018
Some 40 members of family fighting eviction since 2008 must leave home in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood within months.
The Supreme Court on Thursday denied a Jerusalem Arab family’s appeal against their eviction and refused to hear a case on the ownership of the building, citing the statute of limitations.
As a result, around 40 family members will have to leave their home in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood within months. The ruling will also make it very difficult for dozens of other Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah to avoid eviction.
The appellants are members of the Sabag family, who live in a building with five apartments. About 40 relatives, including 30 children, live there.
by Dr. Aviel Sheyin-Stevens for IsraelNationalNews.com, November 19, 2018
The election unified the Republican Party behind Trump, on conservative principles. It also empowered moderate Democrats at the expense of the until-now ascendant radicals. Photo: Hyosub Shin / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Donald Trump’s supporters take him seriously but not literally; whereas, Democrats and their media acolytes, along with Never Trump Republicans, take him literally but not seriously.
Before the midterm election, Trump intimated he could win the election and outperform previous presidents who generally lost seats in their first midterm election; however, he also acknowledged that Democrats may win the House. Now, many claim he lost the election. Although the Democratic Party won the House, Trump won the election.
What President Trump achieved by his net gain of Senate seats in the midterm was unprecedented for a Republican. He has also essentially eliminated the Never Trump section of the Republican Party. Since the beginning of his administration, Never Trump Republicans refused to accept his leadership of their party and therefore use every opportunity to undermine him.
by Elior Levy, Itamar Eichner and Smadar Perry for YnetNews.com, November 19, 2018
At a rally in memory of Hamas fighters killed in Gaza last week, Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar draws a pistol and threatens Israel once again: ‘The first barrage to hit Tel Aviv will surprise Israel’; Arab media reports progress in negotiations for POWs and MIAs exchange; delegation of senior Egyptian intelligence officials leave Gaza.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad continued to threaten Israel over the weekend despite the latest ceasefire agreement, as a delegation of senior Egyptian intelligence officials left the Gaza Strip after holding talks about a broader arrangement between the warring sides.
During a memorial service for Hamas fighters killed in the firefight that erupted after the Palestinians uncovered a secret IDF mission in Gaza last week, Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar pulled out a gun—which he claimed belongs to an IDF soldier who participated in the operation—and declared: “Next time, the barrage of rockets will reach Tel Aviv and its surrounding area.
by TOI staff and Agencies for TimesofIsrael.com, November 19, 2018
Netanyahu thanks Trump administration for ‘no’ vote, which broke with Washington’s longtime practice of abstaining on status of the Heights.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday welcomed a US decision to vote for the first time against an annual UN resolution condemning Israeli sovereignty of the Golan Heights.
“I would like to thank President [Donald] Trump and Ambassador [Nikki] Haley on this important and just vote that is completely in keeping with my policy,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.
“Israel will always remain on the Golan Heights, and the Golan Heights will always remain in our hands,” he said.