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Nine Israeli inventions made it to TIME magazine’s list of 100 Best Inventions which means that Israeli inventions accounted for nearly 10 percent of the list — an amazing showing for such a small country!

The American-based magazine said it assembled its 2019 list by soliciting “nominations across a variety of categories from our editors and correspondents around the world, as well as through an online application process.” 

“Then TIME evaluated each contender based on key factors, including originality, creativity, influence, ambition and effectiveness.”

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Israel deported a human rights workers this week after a drawn out appeal process after the Ministry of Interior refused to renew his work visa in May 2018. 

With a long history of support for the BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions), Omar Shakir was hired by Human Right Watch to be the Israel and Palestine country director. He continued his anti-Israel activity after he took the job until the Ministry of Interior refused to renew his visa under a controversial 2017 law allowing the deportation of foreigners who support a boycott of Israel.

Shakir appealed his work visa refusal all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court, but the court sided with the Ministry of Interior and the deportation date was enforced on Monday.

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Following last week’s announcement by the United States that Israeli settlements do not violate international law, thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank protested on Tuesday as part of a “day of rage.”

In Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron, protesters threw stones at Israeli forces and, on Tuesday night, Palestinians from Gaza fired two rockets at southern Israel. One rocket was shot down by Iron Dome and the second landed in an open field.

The rockets triggered alert sirens in southern Israel sending residents running for shelters again. The attacks followed several days of relative calm.

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Israel’s attorney general made a bombshell announcement on Thursday, leveling criminal charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three separate cases, as the country still remains at an election impasse with no government. 

This is the first time in Israel’s history that a sitting prime minister has faced indictment on criminal counts. Netanyahu described the charges as a politically motivated “attempted coup.”

Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to “continue to lead Israel… in accordance with the law.” He may legally continue as prime minister and would only have to step down if convicted.

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Israel is on the cusp of going to the third round of elections in less than a year as the midnight deadline for Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to form a coalition comes to a conclusion with no agreement in the wings on a unity government. 

Knesset members will have 21 days to appoint another Knesset member who could possibly form a government. If that fails, the nation will go to elections for the third in less than a year, which is the widely expected outcome according to political commentators across Israeli media.

Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beytenu party, had promised to throw his support behind a unity government if Prime Minister Netanyahu, head of Likud, and Gantz could decide on a power sharing agreement. Since they could not come to terms, he announced he could not support either party. 

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