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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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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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While Israelis celebrated the 52nd anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification under Israeli rule on Sunday, clashes broke out on the Temple Mount as police cleared the way for Jews to enter the site.

Typically, the Temple Mount remains closed to tourists and Jews during the final days of Ramadan. But this year police decided to open the site to a certain amount of Jews who wanted to mark Jerusalem Day on the very land that Israel recaptured in the 1967 war.

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