Archives For Middle East Updates

After heading to the polls for the second time in half a year, Israelis are left in almost the same quandary as last time: The vote was more or less split down the middle and any leader given the nod to form a coalition will face many challenges in doing so.

In April’s election Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party both garnered 35 votes. Netanyahu, who had a better chance at rallying a majority of seats for a coalition in the 120-seat Knesset, was given the nod to form a government. He failed to do so which is why the country went back to the polls so soon.

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Israel has discovered yet another secret nuclear facility in Iran, this one apparently a site in which the Islamic regime conducted experiments in its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

“Today, we’re revealing that yet another secret nuclear site was exposed in the archives that we brought from Tehran,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “In this site, Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons.”

Last year, Israel raided a warehouse in Tehran and captured footage of Iran’s secret nuclear weapons archives.

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Israel has less than a week to go until elections that will determine the next government and yet, according to polls, Israelis are more apathetic than ever. 

With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dogged by allegations of corruption and a growing mistrust among secular Israelis who are ruffled by his alliance with religious parties, no clear leader has risen up to pose a real challenge to the Likud party leader. Even his main rivals, Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party and Ehud Barak of the Independence party are garnering little excitement among voters.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was rushed off the stage mid-speech when the Red Alert sirens sounded a warning that rockets were incoming to Ashdod during the leader’s campaign event in that city on Tuesday.

Israeli planes struck in Gaza shortly after, hitting 15 targets, including a weapons manufacturing facility, a naval compound and tunnels belonging to the terror group Hamas, the IDF said.

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Tensions on the northern border escalated this week when Hezbollah launched a missile into Israel that narrowly missed a military vehicle on Sunday in the town of Avivim.
 
The Israeli soldiers were not injured, but the attacks sent residents of the north into lockdown, just as thousands of children were returning to school for the first time after summer vacation. Israel faked an evacuation of wounded soldiers with fake blood and a helicopter lifting the allegedly injured soldiers to a Haifa hospital. 

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