The Last 7 Days in Israel

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everyone agrees that these numbers are up, but that's pretty much where agreement ends. Will the lockdown decrease the numbers?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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