Protests keep up against Israeli PM as new election looms

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, calling on the long-serving leader to resign just days after the country was plunged into a new national election.

The protesters have been gathering outside Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence for months, slamming him for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and saying he cannot lead the country while under indictment for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three separate corruption cases. Netanyahu denies wrongdoing.

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Israel said planning to advance settlement building before Biden enters office

Israel is expected to greenlight settlement construction ahead of the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden, according to a television report on Saturday night.

The Defense Ministry body responsible for authorizing settlement construction is expected to convene in the next two weeks — for the first time since the November US election — to advance plans for building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to the Kan public broadcaster.

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Israel Air Force planes attack Gaza Hamas targets in response to rocket fire

Rocket hit (archive) Police Spokesman

Aircraft and fighter jets attacked targets belonging to the Hamas Islamic organization in the Gaza Strip, the IDF Spokesman said. The planes attacked a weapons production site, underground infrastructure, and a military position.

The attack was carried out in response to rocket fire from the south earlier on Friday evening, when air defense fighters intercepted two launches aimed at Ashkelon.

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‘He’s dangerous’: Ex-Likud MK who joined Sa’ar rules out gov’t with Netanyahu

Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on June 2, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Former Likud lawmakers who left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party to join rival Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope pledged on Saturday their new right-wing list would not join a coalition with the premier following the elections.

Israel heads to its fourth national election in two years on March 23, after the government led by Netanyahu collapsed last week over a failure to pass a state budget.

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Moroccan delegation due in Israel on Sunday to advance normalization deal

The national flags of Israel and Morocco are projected on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, December 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A delegation from Morocco will visit Israel this week to work on advancing diplomatic ties, following the countries’ recent agreement to establish full relations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday.

The sides will discuss reopening liaison offices, establishing embassies and launching direct flights between the countries, Netanyahu said in a video statement.

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How Israel, the US combined media, military power to prevent war

US AIR FORCE maintainers prepare a US military drone RQ-4A Global Hawk for takeoff at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, earlier this month.
(photo credit: ERIC HARRIS/US AIR FORCE/REUTERS)

The third week of December 2020 should go down in history as a lesson in how countries attempted to combine military power, technology and messaging through media to prevent conflict.

On the surface, this appears counterintuitive.

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3 injured while running for cover during Gaza rocket attack on southern Israel

Three people arrived at the emergency room at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon on Friday with light injuries sustained while running for the bomb shelter as rocket sirens sounded in the city and in several nearby localities when two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip and intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

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IDF strikes Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire

Smoke and flames are seen following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, which came after terrorists in the Strip fired rockets into Israel, December 26, 2020. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

Israel attacked the Hamas terror group in Gaza early Saturday morning in response to rockets fired from the Strip into Israel on Friday evening.

Israel Defense Forces aircraft attacked Hamas targets including a rocket manufacturing site, underground infrastructure and a military outpost, the IDF said in a statement.

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Netanyahu has ‘friendly’ call with king of Morocco, invites him to visit Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI on Friday for the first time since the two countries agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations earlier this month.

The two leaders congratulated one another on the agreement brokered by US President Donald Trump, which included the White House agreeing to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara region.

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