The Last 7 Days in Israel

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.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

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.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

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.

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

The Last 7 Days in Israel

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.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

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.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

Malawi announced plans to open an embassy in Jerusalem. It would be the first African country to do so.

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

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

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

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.

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

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 not uncommon for Bennett to do very well in the polls and then not perform on election day.

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

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.

The Last 7 Days in Israel

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.

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.

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