Meanwhile, illegal construction by Arabs remained rampant. And there were no changes in the status of endangered Jewish religious sites or politically significant areas.
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.
Israel is experiencing two dramatic trends – lots of vaccinations administered and lots of new cases of Covid-19.
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.
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.
It’s still unclear when the country will be opened to foreign tourists, but the spring seems like a good bet, maybe even Pesach.
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.
For his part, Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to call for "unity" and the preservation of the current coalition government.
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.
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.
Retail stores have reopened this week in Israel and active corona cases continue to decrease – there are now about 8,000 active cases.
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.
As his detention has continued without charges being filed, the terrorist went on a hunger strike. He has now been on that hunger strike for over 90 days!
Five thousand proposed residential units were advanced in the respective planning meetings. That's a very large number, but the overall number is not what's nearly the most important part – it’s where they are!
Restrictions on outdoor weddings and protests have been lifted. While it's unclear how many people can protest at a wedding, 20 people are allowed at weddings and 20 million people are allowed at protests.
It's not uncommon for Bennett to do very well in the polls and then not perform on election day.
Reports continue that Israel will establish relations with at least Sudan and Oman in the next few weeks. President Trump has said the number could be as high as nine countries.
Everyone agrees that these numbers are up, but that's pretty much where agreement ends. Will the lockdown decrease the numbers?
Ironically, the signings took place very close to the anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords – possibly the worst agreement since… ever… like in the history of the world.
Malawi announced plans to open an embassy in Jerusalem. It would be the first African country to do so.
Now Trump Administration officials, including Ambassador Friedman, are regulars at the Wall. Visiting such a revered place should never have been a question, much less prohibited.
After the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was announced, it was rumored that other Muslim countries were on the brink of following suit. That hasn't happened yet.
In truth, it's been known for a while that Israel and the UAE did things together, quietly. UAE even has a small, but active, Jewish community.
Hezbollah is doing everything it can to conceal this information. Not since O.J. Simpson has a party appeared more guilty and yet claimed it wasn’t.
As of now, if a budget of some kind is not passed by the end of August, the government will be dismantled and new elections called for November.
Unlike in the States, now right-wing protesters are starting to show up to counter (read: fight) the leftists.
A nationwide lockdown is being considered, but in the meantime it was decided to lockdown only charedi areas because the courts won't protect them like they would other places.
Prime Minister Netanyahu just extended the head of the Mossad's term by another 6 months, so I think we can reasonably expect a continuation of Israel putting Iran in its place.