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Israel restores fishing zone near Gaza and opens border checkpoint
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Israel restores fishing zone near Gaza and opens border checkpoint

Israeli authorities decided on Wednesday to open the Erez and Kerem Shalom checkpoints on the border with the Gaza Strip on February 27, and also restore up to 15 nautical miles (about 28 km) a fishing zone for Palestinian sailors off the coast of this coastal enclave.

The publication notes that the fishing zone was canceled, and the border checkpoints were closed by Israel on February 24 in response to rocket attacks on the territory of the Jewish state from Gaza. According to the army press service, on February 23 and 24, radicals from the Islamic Jihad group fired at least 80 missiles into Israel, more than 70 of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. No casualties were reported as a result of the shelling, Israeli state-owned Kan radio station said.

In response to the shelling on Monday night, the Israeli Air Force attacked military targets of the Islamic Jihad group south of Damascus in Syria, as well as dozens of objects of this group throughout the Gaza Strip during the day.

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to confront corruption lawsuit on 17 March
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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to confront corruption lawsuit on 17 March

Benjamin Netanyahu is required to appear at a court hearing on 17 March for the beginning of a corruption case against him, the Israeli legal judiciary has declared.

The first day of the case is scheduled only two weeks after general elections on 2 March in which the PM is battling to stay in power, despite the damaging charges leveled on him.

Following a three-year police investigation, the nation’s attorney general charged the 70-year-old pioneer in November in each of the three of the leading cases against him.

Netanyahu is charged with bribery, fraud, and violation of trust after allegedly accepting a considerable number of dollars worth of gifts from wealthy friends and trading administrative favors for constructive media coverage.

Israel’s Justice Ministry told that he expected to attend court in Jerusalem, where three judges will hear his trial.

He could face up to ten years in jail whenever indicted for bribery charges and a maximum three-year sentence for breach of trust and fraud.

Netanyahu, who denies the charges, is the first Israeli sitting PM to be indicted for corruption.

The general election results could majorly affect his preceding. Netanyahu has already backtracked on a request for parliamentary immunity, yet his adversaries in the Knesset had just demonstrated they would obstruct any solicitation.

Israelis have been requested to take part in the upcoming elections for the third time in under a year following two failed to form a majority government.

Netanyahu’s greatest adversary is politician Benny Gantz, who has centered firmly on the corruption allegations and the Prime Minister’s friendly relationship with US President Donald Trump.

Gantz had rejected after September elections to join a unity government headed by Netanyahu, saying he should initially settle his legal issues before taking control.

As occurred in both the April and September political elections, neither one of the candidates is anticipated to have enough seats to frame a majority government. If that situation occurs again, Israel could dive into fourth general elections, expanding the political crisis well over a year.

In coalition discussions following the last political elections, Netanyahu couldn’t accumulate any help from the centrist or left-wing parties, who declined to stand behind a leader confronting indictment.

Article Credit: The National/ CNN

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Why Does Palestine Feel Like ‘Swiss Cheese’?
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Why Does Palestine Feel Like ‘Swiss Cheese’?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been very vocal in his disgust over the Trump proposed Middle Eastern peace plan when he addressed the United Nation’s Security Council recently. However, bringing attention to the larger picture, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a pertinent opening speech at the Security Council meeting talking about the increasing instability in Yemen, Syria and Libya. He said, “upheaval in these regions asks for an immediate political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has lasted far too long and which remains crucial for sustainable peace in the Middle East.”

He has indicated that ‘a two state’ solution looks like a viable one for Israel and Palestine. There is evident opposition from Abbas, the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and they are not hiding it. Everyone has noticed that Trump’s plan has once again deviated from the international norms. It has favoured Israel more than anyone else and has been disapproved off by African Union member states as well.

Abbas later addressed the Security Council, saying Trump’s plan “violates UN resolutions” and annuls the Palestinians’ right to self-determination while legitimizing illegal Israeli settlements and the illegal annexation of occupied Palestinian land.

Abbas has called the state of Palestine a hopelessly ‘swiss cheese’ state where everything is fragmented and the hope of unity and strength. He is now calling for the convening of an international conference “to bring real peace between the Palestinians and Israel.”

Strangely, when the UN council was about to convene for a resolution vote, Palestinian looked as if it took a back step, showing their lack of confidence that, they would after all not get passed a complete US veto vote.

Abbas also communicated that he was more confident that most nations will side with the Palestinian people and an open dialogue would be the best way to solve the situation. Read all the Middle East Latest news.

Israel Will Not Be Able To Annex West Bank, Afterall!
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Israel Will Not Be Able To Annex West Bank, Afterall!

The U.S. ambassador to Israel has warned Israel against its actions in tandem with the Middle Eastern Plan.  He has asked Israel not to move unilaterally annex territory in the West Bank because it could jeopardize future U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty in the occupied areas.

At the moment, Israel has not put down a proper annexation plan and map that defines the area that they would annex. Unless that happens, US officials are not happy with the Trump- Netanyahu bonding. From the beginning, it seems Trump’s plan has been to give maximum control of Palestinian lands to Israel.  It actually allows Israel to annex about 30% of the West Bank.  According to the Israeli government, this territory is critical to ensuring the country’s security. Also quoting biblical importance, the Netanyahu government has allowed for extensive expansion of Israeli settlements in the area in recent years.

The Trump driven Middle Eastern Plan literally crushes the possibility of a contiguous independent Palestinian state, as it allows for the Israeli annexation of all of the Jewish settlements.

David Friedman has rightly mentioned the media that nothing is stopping Israel from keep it side of the bargain and it does not have to wait till March 02 voting cycle, which is what Netanyahu is doing as of now. Friedman has cleared any confusion saying that the U.S. recognition of the Peace Plan only comes after the U.S. and Israel convened to agree to final, detailed maps.  This is saving grace for Palestinians and all those who are in opposition of a plan that is heavily tilted towards benefiting the dictator that Benjamin Netayahu has been over two decades in Israel. Follow us for more Middle East Latest news.

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