* Sidelined ultra-Orthodox parties fear new 'secular' govt: Israel Once powerful kingmakers find themselves sitting in opposition, along with ally Netanyahu.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
* Religious Party Vow 'War' Against New Government For Trying To Alter Israel's Religious Status Quo United Torah Judaism lawmakers were enraged to learn on Wednesday that Israel’s new government plans to set up a special committee to review the longstanding religious-secular status quo in Israel.
* Netanyahu Is Down, but Is He Out for Good? After frantic negotiations, on Sunday the so-called change coalition succeeded in forming a government in Israel, replacing the country’s longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with his one-time protégé Naftali Bennett.
* PA: Israel’s new government ‘not a government of change,’ Hamas vows to continue ‘armed resistance’ The Palestinian Authority and Hamas have reacted predictably to a new Israeli leadership. Less predictable is the future of Israel now that Netanyahu has been replaced.
* Palestinians warn PA against resuming peace talks with Israel The warning came after reports emerged claiming the PA formed a negotiating team to deal with the Bennett-led government.
* Israel Keen to Establish Ties With SE Asia's Muslim Nations - Envoy Israel is willing to work towards establishing ties with Southeast Asia's Muslim majority nations, its ambassador to Singapore said on Thursday, despite their condemnation in May of Israeli air strikes on Gaza.
* Conservative cleric Raisi favored to win Iran's presidential election Iranian Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi is the favorite to win Friday's presidential election, a result that would reassert conservative control over all levers of power in Tehran.
* Germany's Failed Hezbollah Ban In retrospect, Germany's much-vaunted Hezbollah ban appears to have been little more than a publicity stunt aimed at silencing critics of the German government's pro-Iran foreign policy.
* Erdoğan’s Eastern Med Repentance: Too Little, Too Late Turkey’s string of failures and increasing isolation in the Eastern Med have forced President Erdoğan to recalibrate his policy toward the region.
* 4.2 Earthquake Rocks Dead Sea A magnitude 4.2 earthquake was felt in southern Israel on Tuesday night at 2:08 AM. The epicenter of the quake was 68 kilometers northeast of Eilat and a depth of ten kilometers.
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