Netanyahu Calls ‘Crisis Meeting’ to Warn Likud that Right-wing Coalition in Peril

Rabbi Steven Wernick CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Israel says the Palestinians are using the issue of settlements as a pretext to avoid direct peace talks.

Netanyahu has cast Gantz as a weak leftist who would endanger Israel's security by giving territorial concessions to the Palestinians.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke accused Netanyahu of racism, a step beyond his last criticism of Israel's prime minister.

The former lawmaker explained that Netanyahu is but an obstacle to U.S.

In a prime-time interview Saturday, Netanyahu was asked why he hadn't annexed some of the larger Jewish settlements in the West Bank during his current term.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to energise supporters on the eve of Tuesday's elections with warnings and controversial promises, while his centrist challenger urged voters to tell the premier the country has had enough.

However, his manifesto also calls for Israeli annexation of the entire occupied West Bank and for its forces to take control of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount complex where the Al-Aqsa mosque, Dome of the Rock, and Western Wall are located.

Mr Safadi said that the only just resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was the two-state solution.

Israelis don't directly elect lawmakers or the prime minister, but vote for party tickets, and seats are allocated in proportion to the number of votes won.




The settlements are illegal under worldwide law, though Israel disputes this.

"If Netanyahu wants to declare Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank, then you know he has to face a real problem, the presence of 4.5 million Palestinians, what to do with them", Malki said, apparently referring to the combined Palestinian population of the occupied West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. "Israel needs to choose a direction of unification, connection and hope or of extremity".

He has repeatedly spoken of Trump's recognition of the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as two of his major accomplishments.

Jerusalem is a critical issue for Palestinians and the USA move is broadly viewed as an attempt to shape the final status issue in favour of Israel.

O'Rourke isn't the first Democrat to criticize Israel in recent weeks.

"This is an ally in the midst of an election", he said on Fox Business Network during an appearance on 'Varney & Co.' on Monday.

During recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the Israeli sovereignty in Syrian Golan Heights, the US took the lead, he said, adding the U.S.'s steps did not comply with the United Nations resolutions.

The general election in which Netanyahu is seeking to extend his already 13 years in office despite corruption allegations against him is expected to be close, with ex-military chief Benny Gantz posing a serious threat.

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