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Netanyahu On His Way To Fourth Term

NETANYAHU WINS
Exit polls had them neck-and-neck yesterday evening but in the end, Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party secured a solid victory ahead of the centrist Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog. Likud came in with an expected 30 Knesset seats ahead of 24 for the Zionist Union. With pre-voting polls suggesting a defeat of the incumbent Prime Minister, Netanyahu’s sharp shift to the right in the final days of the campaign, which included him abandoning a commitment to negotiate a two-state solution with the Palestinians and promising to expand Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories, tilted the balance in his favor.

  • In his victory speech, Netanyahu said he would seek to form “a strong, stable government that will know how to uphold security and socioeconomic well-being,” the campaign’s two main issues. According to The Jerusalem Post, talks have already been initiated with nationalist and ultra-orthodox parties to renew their governing coalition and a new government could be formed within two or three weeks.
  • Palestinians were critical of the election’s result, with senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Yasser Abed Rabbo telling AFP that Israelis had chosen “the path of racism, occupation and settlement building” over negotiation and partnership
  • “The nation must be replaced. Not another election for the country's leadership, but general elections to choose a new Israeli people – immediately,” quipped Gideon Levy, a staunch critic of Netanyahu, writing in Haaretz newspaper .

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The Syrian military said it had shot down a U.S. drone flying over the coastal province of Latakia, an area controlled by government forces in northwestern Syria, Al Jazeera reports. The U.S. military admitted they had lost contact with an unmanned aircraft but did not confirm the device was shot down.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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