Netanyahu slams ‘fake news’ media amid corruption investigation

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Israeli politics

Netanyahu slams ‘fake news’ at Tel Aviv rally, calls investigations a ‘witch hunt’,

Held Wednesday at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, the rally was organized by coalition chairman and Likud lawmaker David Bitan, who told Israeli media he organized the rally because Netanyahu is being “persecuted” by the media and the opposition. Supporters were bussed in from around the country for the rally.

Differing scenarios for a post-Netanyahu government,

Israeli law would not force an indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign, but behind the scenes a war of succession is already underway.

Occupation/Human rights

The Israelis Who Take Rebuilding the Third Temple Very Seriously,

Eran Tzidkiyahu, a guide to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, explains why Temple activists are so driven – and how their mission clashes with a fundamental part of Palestinian identity.

Waqf says Israel didn’t damage any historic items on Temple Mount,

The Jerusalem Waqf said on Wednesday that when Israeli security services conducted searches on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem following a shooting attack at the site, they did not damage or steal any historical items.

Jerusalem for sale: Christians fight church land transfer to settlers,

Palestinian Christians have pledged to fight against the sale of church land in East Jerusalem to Israeli settlers amid a dispute that has roiled the Greek Orthodox church.

Ignoring Court Case, Israel Seizes Solar Panels Powering Bedouin School in West Bank,

The Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank seized solar panels that powered a Bedouin school and a preschool outside Jerusalem on Wednesday, even though it knew a petition against the seizure was being filed to the High Court of Justice. Indeed, the court issued a restraining order against the confiscation – an hour after the panels were carted off.

More Than 200 U.S. Rabbis Sign Letter Against Israel BDS Travel Ban,

More than 200 rabbis from the liberal movements of American Judaism signed a letter in opposition to Israel’s travel ban on leaders of the BDS movement against Israel.

Israeli settlers launch march to Abu Rajab family home in Hebron's Old City,

Hundreds of Israeli settlers originating from France launched a march on Wednesday afternoon toward the Abu Rajab home in Hebron’s Old City, which was forcibly taken over by settlers some two weeks ago, to reportedly show solidarity with the settlers.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

The Get-out-the-vote Effort for Americans in Israel at the Heart of the Netanyahu Corruption Probes,

When American citizens living in Israel dropped their absentee ballots in conveniently-placed boxes for the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections with the assistance of iVoteIsrael, they couldn’t have imagined the get-out-the vote effort would end up at the red-hot center of criminal investigations that could land Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in court.

Palestinian politics

Palestinian journalists the latest victim of Hamas-Fatah rivalry,

Fatah-affiliated security forces arrest five journalists in the West Bank; Hamas forces are holding at least one journalist in Gaza. Palestinian rights groups demand both parties keep journalists out of their political rivalry.