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Israeli lawmakers fire opening shots in campaign to revive Kotel deal

Haaretz - Mon, 2021-06-21 15:18
MK Gilad Kariv looks to secure backing from all parties in the government to implement Western Wall deal that would recognize rights of non-Orthodox Jewish groups at the holy site

Rights groups call for probe into Iran's Raisi for crimes against humanity

Haaretz - Mon, 2021-06-21 15:04
New Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has never publicly addressed allegations that he oversaw the extrajudicial executions of thousands of political prisoners

Netanyahu finally agrees to leave the prime minister’s residence — in 3 weeks

JTA - Mon, 2021-06-21 14:40

(JTA) — After being blasted by critics for staying in the Israeli prime minister’s residence well over a week past his ousting from the role, Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to leave — in another three weeks.

He and his successor, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, released a joint statement Saturday that says Netanyahu will depart by July 10 and until then, no official state meetings will be held there.

Netanyahu had stayed in power through a series of close elections over two years and multiple corruption cases that made him the first prime minister to be indicted while in office. After 12 straight years in the role, a diverse coalition of parties ousted him from power less than two weeks ago, and he promptly called the group the “greatest election fraud” the country has seen.

His tone, similar to former President Donald Trump after the U.S. presidential election in 2020, had some critics fearing that Israel could be rocked by public violence similar to the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol building.

Netanyahu also continued to host foreign dignitaries at the residence, posting a photo a week ago with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley there. An anti-Netanyahu protest group vowed to petition Israel’s high court to force him out.

Haaretz reported that Netanyahu has shredded several important documents at the residence and that officials there were investigating the matter. Netanyahu denied shredding anything crucial to the transition of power.

For now, Bennett is living in his home in the city of Raanana, near Tel Aviv.

In its first weekend in power, the new ruling coalition led by Bennett, dubbed the “change bloc,” ordered an inquiry into the Mount Meron disaster, in which 45 people died at a gathering of thousands of haredi Orthodox Jews celebrating the Lag b’Omer holiday in April.

Bennett also reiterated his hardline stance against supporting any kind of nuclear deal with Iran after that country elected a new president who has been sanctioned previously by the U.S. for allowing human rights abuses.

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Netanyahu finally agrees to leave the prime minister’s residence — in 3 weeks

The Forward - Mon, 2021-06-21 14:40
Critics have blasted Netanyahu’s decision to stay in the residence this long.

What a ‘hard-line’ Iranian president really means for the nuclear deal and Israel

Haaretz - Mon, 2021-06-21 14:23
Ebrahim Raisi may be known as the ‘Executioner of Tehran,’ but his election is unlikely to change Iran’s thinking concerning its nuclear program. Israel’s new government has a major challenge ahead

Austrian soldier imprisoned for showing photos of swastika tattoo on testicle

JTA - Mon, 2021-06-21 14:19

(JTA) — An Austrian soldier who posted online pictures of a swastika tattoo on one of his testicles was sentenced to 19 months in prison.

The sentence handed out earlier this month by an Austrian court to the 29-year-old soldier, who was not named in the Austrian media, owes also to an earlier conviction for displaying Nazi symbols, which is forbidden in Austria. He had received a suspended prison sentence for posting online pictures of Nazi World War II memorabilia.

That sentence was activated, however, when the soldier showed others with whom he had served the pictures of the swastika tattoo. The soldier said he had been very drunk when he got the tattoo earlier this year, the Kleine Zeitung newspaper reported earlier this month.

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Israel successfully tests airborne laser interception of drones

Haaretz - Mon, 2021-06-21 14:00
Test involved aerial laser system installed on a plane which 'intercepted and destroyed UAVs at different ranges and flight altitudes,' Israel's Defense Ministry says

A Ukrainian delegation came to Israel to learn crowd control at religious festivals. Then disaster struck

Haaretz - Mon, 2021-06-21 13:48
The Ukrainian delegation, led by the deputy commissioner of the national police, came to study how to handle the large religious festival before the annual celebration in Uman

As schools face COVID outbreaks, just four percent of 12 to 15-year-olds vaccinated

Haaretz - Mon, 2021-06-21 13:43
In light of the recent outbreaks, HMOs report that 18,000 new vaccine appointments for children and teens have been booked with more expected in coming days

A Jewish mom and a Palestinian dad raise a family full of endless contradictions

Haaretz - Mon, 2021-06-21 13:33
After giving up a brilliant legal career in the U.S. to found a rights group, Sari Bashi worked in a nonprofit organization created by Jamal Khashoggi, fell in love with a Palestinian man – and moved to Ramallah to raise an unusual family. An interview

Israel trying to blackmail us, Hamas chief says after Bennett's Gaza warning

Haaretz - Mon, 2021-06-21 12:47
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar says meeting with UN envoy ended in failure, accuses Israel of 'trying to harm every Palestinian'
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