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Far-right Knesset Member Bezalel Smotrich, who was seeking to become justice minister, said that Israel should “return to the way it was in the days of King David and King Solomon, run by the laws of the Torah.”

He added there would be no stonings, however. (How generous!)

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You would think after having launched more than 700 rockets into Israel in one day that Palestinian militants in Gaza had depleted their weapons supply.

However, the Wall Street Journal reported this week that Hamas has a stockpile of 10,000 rockets and is more than willing to use them to achieve its goals of wiping Israel off the map.

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Another brush with near war in in northern Israel after Israel bombed a missile launcher on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Monday night in retaliation for firing on Israeli fighter jets running a routine mission in Israeli airspace earlier in the day.

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Whenever I visit the beautiful Golan Heights in Northern Israel, I can’t help but think of Israel’s most revered spy, Eli Cohen.

Eli was born in Alexandria, Egypt. His parents were Syrian Jews from the once great town of Aleppo. The same Aleppo that has been torn to shreds by the Syrian civil war.

He was raised as a Zionist. When Israel became a nation most of his family made Aliyah, moved to Israel, but Eli stayed behind and worked on behalf of Israel in Egypt. In 1956 he was arrested by Egyptian authorities and eventually deported along with the rest of the Alexandrian Jews in Egypt.

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Israelis went to elections on April 9, 2019. While the main two parties came out almost even, it was clear, based on the victories of the smaller parties, that Israelis were voting for a right-wing government led by Benjamin Netanyahu. However, after asking for a two-week extension to form a coalition, Netanyahu has not been able to put together a 61-seat majority government. There are many factors.

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