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Israel’s Cabinet meeting Tuesday descended into chaos, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise move to have Ofir Akunis, his pick for Justice Minister, selected amid cries that the action was “illegal.”

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Hamas, the terrorist group funded by Iran in Gaza, fired more than 40 rockets into Israel earlier this week, while Tik Tok videos sparked several nights of unrest and clashes between Palestinians and Jewish extremist youths in Jerusalem.

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John Kerry, former Secretary of State under the Obama Administration, and current climate special envoy for President Joe Biden, is in hot water again over allegedly disclosing Israeli military information with Iran. Calls for an investigation and his resignation are coming from many sources—US Senators, a pro-Israel group, as well as an Iranian American activist group.

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On Monday, Sudan cleared a 20th-century law off the books, ending a decades-old boycott of Israel and opening the way for commerce and travel between the two nations in the 21st century. And as a result of last year’s Abraham Accords, Moroccan and Israeli officials met Tuesday to discuss opening doors for joint ventures between the countries.

While Sudan is not in close proximity to Israel, it has played at least a symbolic role over the years in the Middle East conflict. Sudan maintains connections with Hamas and Hezbollah, militant groups backed by Iran, and Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, served as the host for the 1967 Arab League summit.

Before that, in 1958, Sudan, like many Arab nations at the time, made it illegal for anyone to do business with Israel or visit there. An offense was punishable by a fine and up to 10 years in prison.

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As the countdown clock winds down for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a governing coalition, the “anti-Bibi” parties made a surprise move Monday and wrested power from him through a parliamentary maneuver.

In Israel, after most elections, while a leader works to build a ruling coalition, the Arrangement Committee in the Knesset runs the government. Netanyahu’s party, Likud, had put in a bid to lead the committee, which is in charge of the budget, foreign affairs, the legislative agenda, and key government appointments.

Through two unexpected twists, Netanyahu has lost control of the Knesset. First, the Islamist party, Ra’am, committed their support to Netanyahu’s opponents, allowing the leadership of the powerful committee to go to the so-called “anti-Bibi bloc,” a diverse group unified mainly through their hatred for Netanyahu. Many of these, if not most, are ideologically aligned with Netanyahu but no longer trust him.

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