Israel news summary

Israel News for 11-1-2019

News Update

The Israeli Air Force will host a massive international exercise called “Blue Flag”, from Sunday to Thursday. The exercise will be hosted at the Ovda air base in southern Israel and will include over 1,000 air crews and personnel from Israel, Germany, Italy, Greece and the US.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will soon test its version of Air Force One. The Boeing 767-300 was converted into a “head of state” plane over 3 years and at a cost of over NIS 700 million. The plane will be able to fly non-stop to the Far East and the US. Advanced encoded communications systems are installed on the aircraft in order to enable a president or prime minister to maintain continuous contact with various parties when the plane is airborne and far from the country’s borders. [No more chartered El Al flights!]

Blue and White leader Gantz met with the leaders of the Arab Joint List on Thursday as part of his efforts to form a coalition government. Arab MKs expressed satisfaction with the discussion, which revolved primarily around social and financial issues effecting the Arab community. They look forward to further meetings.

Jason Greenblatt on Thursday officially completed his term as US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the Middle East. Avi Berkowitz, a 30 year old Orthodox Jew from Lawrence (Long Island) who met Jared Kushner at a Passover getaway in Arizona many years ago, is expected to take over most of Greenblatt’s duties.

A British production company with an Israeli branch is developing a TV series based on the live of PM Netanyahu, based on the biography by Ben Caspit. [Look out]