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Netanyahu On His Way To Fourth Term

Netanyahu On His Way To Fourth Term

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.

  • Top U.S. envoy John Allen insisted the U.S. still wants a political settlement in Syria that excludes President Bashar al-Assad, appearing to contradict Secretary of State John Kerry who was reported as saying over the weekend that they will eventually have to negotiate with Assad. Kerry’s comments had drawn intense criticism from Assad’s opponents in the Middle East and were later denied by the State Department.
  • A report from Human Rights Watch claims that Iraqi troops and Shia militia looted, burned homes and destroyed Sunni villages when it broke a months-long ISIS siege last year. This comes amid an offensive to liberate the town of Tikrit. “The forces need to focus their efforts on defeating ISIS, and to end their atrocities against civilians and those they take prisoner,” HRW warns.

The U.S. Secret Service would like an extra $8 million in its budget to build a “mock-up” White House to better train agents to protect the president. “Right now, we train on a parking lot, basically,” director Joseph Clancy said. This comes after several notable security breaches at the White House.

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At least 350 people were arrested amid violent anti-austerity protests outside the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt ahead of the $1.4-billion building’s inauguration, with 88 policemen wounded in clashes, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. Police cars were torched, windows broken and stones thrown. According to Deutsche Welle, the protest’s organizers have accused the police of sparking the violence, saying they set up a "civil war type scenario" to provoke demonstrators.

Doan Bui in French weekly L’Obs tells the heart-wrenching story of Nicolas and Damien Delmer, the 35-year-old French twins born with the incurable disease of cystic fibrosis — and their fight for the right to die the way they want: “The brothers often talk about death. They think about it. They've always thought about it. They made a pact: The one who stands last helps the other leave, in peace.
Once, when they were teenagers, Nicolas had to go to the hospital in Paris. Damien still remembers the cold fear that engulfed him at the thought of losing his brother. Today, Nicolas is the one having trouble finding words to describe the unspeakable. Read the full article, Why These French Twins Are Fighting To Legalize Euthanasia.

The Serbian police have arrested seven men suspected of having taken part in the slaughter of some 1,000 Muslims during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the first such arrests in the ex-Yugoslav country, Reuters reports. More than 8,000 Muslims, men and boys, are believed to have been killed over three days in what has since been described as Europe’s worst atrocities since World War II.

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“You can't have a person driving a two-ton death machine.” For Tesla CEO Elon Musk, humans should be banned from driving cars when self-driving vehicles become the norm. But he warned that it could take 20 years before autonomous cars take over. Read more about the Tesla co-founder and find out what our Chinese partner Economic Observer thinks of Musk’s managerial skills.

A Brazilian study started in 1982, with results just now being published in the Lancet Global Health journal shows that breast-fed babies have gone on to score higher on IQ tests. Moreover, the longer the breastfeeding lasted, the better off they tended to be 30 years later.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

A Profound And Simple Reason That Negotiations Are Not An Option For Ukraine

The escalation of war in the Middle East and the stagnation of the Ukrainian counteroffensive have left many leaders in the West, who once supported Ukraine unequivocally, to look toward ceasefire talks with Russia. For Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Piotr Andrusieczko argues that Ukraine simply cannot afford this.

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KYIVUkraine is fighting for its very existence, and the war will not end soon. What should be done in the face of this reality? How can Kyiv regain its advantage on the front lines?

It's hard to deny that pessimism has been spreading among supporters of the Ukrainian cause, with some even predicting ultimate defeat for Kyiv. It's difficult to agree with this, considering how this war began and what was at stake. Yes, Ukraine has not won yet, but Ukrainians have no choice for now but to continue fighting.

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These assessments are the result of statements by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, and an interview with him in the British weekly The Economist, where the General analyzes the causes of failures on the front, notes the transition of the war to the positional phase, and, critically, evaluates the prospects and possibilities of breaking the deadlock.

Earlier, an article appeared in the American weekly TIME analyzing the challenges facing President Volodymyr Zelensky. His responses indicate that he is disappointed with the attitude of Western partners, and at the same time remains so determined that, somewhat lying to himself, he unequivocally believes in victory.

Combined, these two publications sparked discussions about the future course of the conflict and whether Ukraine can win at all.

Some people outright predict that what has been known from the beginning will happen: Russia will ultimately win, and Ukraine has already failed.

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