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The Last 7 Days in Israel

Yair Lapid has only one week left to put together a governing coalition. He spent this week inking deals with parties that everyone already knew were with him.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

A few days into the conflict, it was announced that Naftali Bennett was no longer willing to join a coalition with the left-wing and Arab parties.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Israeli Arabs continue to riot and attack Jews and Jewish religious buildings throughout the country. The police refuse to deal with it in any meaningful way.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

We have mentioned the overall incompetence of the Israeli police numerous times in the past, but this is a pretty egregious example.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu suffered what seemed like a severe political setback. The parties seeking to replace him, with the support of the Arab Ra'am party, formed a majority on a strategic Knesset committee.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

What we have here is a game of "Mexican chicken" to see who blinks first. There cannot really be a viable left-wing/Arab/fake right government – the numbers just aren't there.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Prime Minister Netanyahu, after receiving the mandate to form a coalition government from President Rivlin, continues to try to do just that.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Certainly the highlight of the process, at least for me, was Naftali Bennett's nominating himself.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Tourist and religious sites have been packed over the holiday. If infection numbers don't spike the week after Passover, expect whatever restrictions remain to be significantly eased or completely eliminated.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

The good trend continues: All bad numbers are down. However, it does seem that all the folks willing to get the vaccine have received it already. Very few people are going to get it now.

The Last 7 Days In Israel

Prime Minister Netanyahu claimed this week that Israel in on the verge of diplomatic agreements with at least four additional Muslim countries.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

So far, Naftali Bennett continues to rise in the polls and his party is now polling in third place overall. This is quite impressive, but Netanyahu still has two weeks to take voters from Bennett, like he has consistently done in the past.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

One of the least likely to be able to influence anything is Benny Gantz and his Blue and White party. Even more of his friends publicly encouraged him to drop out again this week.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

The declared intent of the curfew is to prevent large drunken parties/festive gatherings in the evenings. The upcoming video footage of attempted enforcement will be incredible!

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Things are definitely heating up in the Middle East, despite it being quite cold. Could anyone have predicted this? Everyone did.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

The continued spread of the virus is mostly being attributed to the "British Mutation.” This strand of the virus has attacked much younger people and specifically late-term pregnant women.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Blame for the continued spread is mostly being attributed to new mutations of the virus. And anti-Semites are just blaming the charedim.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

The enforcement of the lockdown regulations also continues to be quite contentious, particularly since it's only done in charedi areas.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Meanwhile, illegal construction by Arabs remained rampant. And there were no changes in the status of endangered Jewish religious sites or politically significant areas.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Betzalel Smotrich of the National Union party announced that he would be launching a new party to run in the upcoming elections and would not partner with Naphtali Bennett's "New Right" Party.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Israel is experiencing two dramatic trends – lots of vaccinations administered and lots of new cases of Covid-19.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Meanwhile, Saar announced some of his party's platform, such as a term limit for being prime minister, regional representation in the Knesset and… who cares, none of this stuff is going to happen.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Naftali Bennett of the Yamina Party has declared his desire to be prime minister. Him being elected to that position in March is about as likely as me growing taller.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

It’s still unclear when the country will be opened to foreign tourists, but the spring seems like a good bet, maybe even Pesach.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

At this point, it seems the jack is out of the box and new elections are a done deal. Folks are already starting to maneuver.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

For his part, Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to call for "unity" and the preservation of the current coalition government.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Quebec's attempt to use historical anti-Semitism to regain its former historical importance is similar in certain ways to the majority of the population of Quebec: ugly and stupid.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

All of these conflicts between mostly Muslim countries further serve to fragment the Islamic world and could potentially push more countries to seek and benefit from the strength and relative stability of Israel.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Retail stores have reopened this week in Israel and active corona cases continue to decrease – there are now about 8,000 active cases.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

One of the issues that has led to the political turbulence of the past few years is the draft. The Supreme Court previously ruled that the current law that exempts yeshiva students from military service is illegal.

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