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    The Last 7 Days in Israel

    Unlike in the States, now right-wing protesters are starting to show up to counter (read: fight) the leftists.

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

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