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Likud: We Will Promote Law Stopping Arab Immigration

The Likud party announced Thursday that “the opposition will promote the right-wing law regarding putting a stop to Arab immigration to Israel -- Basic Law Bill: Immigration to Israel.”

Religious Zionism chair, lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich, referred to the bill as well, saying that for the first time there is a clear majority to pass it.

“The current laws preventing families’ unification have been based on dilapidated foundations and were perforated over the years like Swiss cheese,” Smotrich said.

“Thousands of Palestinians receive citizenship every year via a clause for exceptions. For the first time in many years, there is a solid right-wing majority in the Knesset that allows enacting a basic immigration law with a large majority that will preserve Jewish majority and Israel’s security.”

Photo: Walla! News

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Netanyahu: New Gov't 'Renounced the National Interest'

Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu referred Thursday, in a closed meeting of the Likud party, to the political storm over the family unification law that the Bennett-Lapid coalition is finding difficult to approve.

“They renounced the national interest and we are supposed to cover it up?” he criticized.

“This coalition has very serious cracks. We are standing in front of one of them. They formed a hybrid government, with Ra’am in the coalition, and now they are telling us to ‘rescue us from this coalition.’ Excuse me? What is this thing? They are coming to complain over Israeli security? They should not establish a government with Ra’am,” Israel’s longest-serving prime minister said.

However, the Likud faction has not yet made a decision whether it will back or oppose the law, which employs a citizenship prohibition on Palestinians who marry Israelis.

Some Likud members suggested that if the party opposed the law, the public would not forgive it. Lawmaker Shlomo Karhi said that “it might even be a trick that they are doing to us.”

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History
Throwback to Israel's First-Ever Gov't

As Israel swore in its new unity government earlier this week, here's a throwback to the country's first-ever government and their first meeting in March 1949. At the head of the table is Israel's first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.

Photo: Beno Rothenberg, the Meitar Collection/National Library of Israel

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Israeli Politics
Gantz Calls On Netanyahu to Back Family Unification Law

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz asked Thursday Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu to help extend the law prohibiting Palestinians who marry Israelis from receiving citizenship.

“The security consideration should be placed above all political considerations,” Gantz said.

The former military chief further instructed Blue and White chair, Eitan Ginzburg, to collaborate with coalition chairwoman Idit Silman to make sure there would be a majority within zionist parties to pass the law.

On Wednesday, the new coalition leaders realized they did not have the required majority to approve the bill, as the Likud refused to back the coalition even though they proclaimed their ideological support of the law.

The Lapid-Bennett coalition is comprised of the Islamist party Ra’am, led by lawmaker Mansour Abbas, who said he would not vote in favor of the extension, which puts this issue as the first obstacle facing the new coalition.

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Israeli Politics
First Hearing-Impaired Member of Knesset Sworn in!

WATCH: What a moving moment! Mazal Tov to Israel's first-ever hearing-impaired Member of Knesset Shirly Pinto, who was sworn in using sign language.

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Israeli Politics
Likud Party Statement

The Likud Party made a statement on Twitter in regards to Bennet's policy:

"Due to the bizarre composition of Bennett's weak government, it is unable, as early as the third day of its existence, to pass an extension of the Family Reunification Law to prevent the naturalization of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and illegal infiltrators - which would eliminate the Jewish state."

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Israeli Politics
New Coalition Cancels Important Discussion

The new coalition canceled the discussion of the committee that organizes matters regarding the prevention of family reunification.

Miki Zohar, head of the Likud faction in the Knesset said on the subject:

"In all actuality, they are simply incapable of maintaining the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

We will agree to help them if they agree to advance the law to regulate young settlements in Judea and Samaria."

📷Walla News

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Israeli Politics
Motion of No Confidence in PM Bennet Submitted

Today, the chairman of the Likud faction, MK Miki Zohar, submitted a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister to the Speaker of the Knesset, MK Miki Levy. The request states:

"In accordance with Article 44 of the Knesset Rules of Procedure, I respectfully submit a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister on the subject: a government that was formed by lies and public deception that has no mandate from the public."

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Israeli Politics
Netanyahu Thanks Croatian PM for Kind Words of Gratitude

In a Tweet, former PM Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Croatia's PM, Andrej Plenkovic, for his kind letter of gratitude:

"Thank you, my friend, for your kind words and for all you do to deepen the warm and important relationship between Croatia and Israel. I appreciate your strong support for Israel and look forward to further strengthening the bond between our two nations."

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Middle East analysis
Will Bennet-Biden divide up the map of Israel?

White House journalist Dr Anthony Harper with the InterMountain Christian News and Israel news service ‘Newsrael’. 
He comments on the Israel Prime Minister Election Results and connects it with former President Trump's ousting asking if this might be becuase of Biden and Bennetts accepting the dividing up of Israel.

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The 5th coloumn supporting the new Bennett government

MK Ayman Odeh (head of Arab opposition party "The Unified List") at the Damascus Gate demonstration last night: 
"The Palestinian flag will be hoisted on these walls." 

On Sunday Odeh hid out of the plenum along with 2 other members of the joint, to make sure the government has a majority of 60 and then went in to vote against. Contrary to all commitments, the Bennett government relies on those working to end the Jewish "occupation" of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

Tweet from MK Yisrael Katz (Likud) 

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Important milestone for Israeli women

In an important milestone and record for Israel, 9 women will serve as ministers in the country's newly elected unity government.

In Israel, women don't break the glass ceiling, they shatter it!

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Israeli Politics
MK Ofir Akunis submitted proposals to establish two Knesset caucuses

On his first day in the Opposition, MK Ofir Akunis submitted proposals to establish two Knesset caucuses, pending approval from the Speaker of the Knesset. MKs from multiple parties, both coalition and opposition, have signed onto these proposed caucuses.

The first caucus: "The Abraham Accords Caucus", to be chaired by MK Akunis, will advance and expand relations in all fields with Muslim countries that signed the Abraham Accords peace treaties, while encouraging additional countries to join these accords. Furthermore, the caucus will promote shared values of tolerance and religious liberty by strengthening ties with Jewish communities in these respective countries.

Additionally, The Caucus to Combat Anti-Semitism & BDS to be chaired by MK Akunis, will stand up to attacks against the legitimacy and existence of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. It will empower and cooperate with Jewish communities around the world who are on the frontlines of this battle.

MK Akunis: "As promised, we've come to the Opposition in order to work. Today, I am establishing two important caucuses that will work to promote Israel's foreign relations and her rightful place among the nations. These two caucuses will strengthen friendships with allies of Israel in parliaments and communities around the world. Through these caucuses, we will fight anti-semitism and BDS while advancing and expanding the circle of peace formed by the Abraham Accords."

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Israeli Politics
Netanyahu Responds to Indian PM's Gratitude

Netanyahu responded to a Tweet by Indian PM Narendra Modi in which he expressed gratitude:

"Thank you Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your great personal friendship and for the strong alliance we forged together between Israel and India."

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Israeli Politics
The Islamic Party Threatening the Leftist Coalition

MK Mansour Abbas stresses that if decisions are made against Islam and its national principles, his party will withdraw from the coalition. "This government depends on our decision, if there is a conflict with our national principles and our religion - we will not be there."

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WATCH
Crowd Cheers for Netanyahu

WATCH: A crowd cheering for outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Israeli Politics
Netanyahu Thanks Supporters

"The eternal people are not afraid of a long journey.

Thank you very much for your tremendous support, citizens of Israel!"

- PM Netanyahu's Spokesperson 

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US - Israeli Cooperation
Biden Welcomes New Israeli Government, Reaffirms Security Support

U.S. President Joe Biden said the United States remained committed to Israel's security and would work with its new government after Israel's parliament ended Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year run as prime minister today.

Biden welcomed the new government coalition led by Naftali Bennett and sought to reaffirm U.S.-Israel ties.

The White House said Biden spoke with Bennett on Sunday "to offer his warm congratulations."

Biden "expressed his firm intent to deepen cooperation between the United States and Israel on the many challenges and opportunities facing the region. The leaders agreed that they and their teams would consult closely on all matters related to regional security, including Iran," the White House said.

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Israeli Politics
Chairman of the Religious Zionist Party Smotrich tweets:

"A minority government that does not enjoy even the moment of its establishment from a majority of Knesset members (sixty versus fifty-nine) and relies on anti-Zionist terrorists. Neither Jewish nor democratic. A shame. Every effort will be made to overthrow this false government as soon as possible. With the help of God we will succeed and the truth will win!

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Opposition leader, Benyamin Netanyahu:

This is a holiday evening in the TV studios, but it is not an easy evening for millions of Israeli citizens. I ask you: do not let your spirit fall. We'll be back - and faster than you think!

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