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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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Israeli embassies and the country’s Air Force are on high alert as concerns intensify that Iran might carry out an attack against the Jewish state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is increasingly worried about Iran’s capabilities to carry out cruise missile attacks or suicide drone attacks similar to the ones used in an October attack against Saudi Arabian oil rigs. Israeli media reported that the Air Force made adjustments to the nation’s air defense systems in light of these fears.

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The Palestinian Authority has paid out close to a million dollars in financial support to terrorists and their families, a watchdog group has said.

Palestinian Media Watch has accused the PA of paying 3,248,900 shekels ($916,150.85) in financial rewards to Hamas terrorists over the past 16 years and has raised the salaries of two of them from 6,000 to 7,000 shekels a month (from $1,700 to $2,000).

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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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The Israeli women’s lacrosse team scored major points last week when the players found a way to gift cleats to the entire Kenyan team who had been playing all this time without them.

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