Israel news summary

Israel News for 11-11-2019

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Naftali Bennett, leader of the New Right party, was appointed Defense Minister yesterday. The position had been held by PM Netanyahu. The appointment is seen as a move by the PM to keep Bennet’s party firmly in the Likud block and out of a potential government formed by Blue and White. Likud and New Right will also operate as a joint faction in the Knesset for the time being.

The latest poll released yesterday shows that if new elections were held now, the balance of power between the right and left would remain the same. Deadlock.

Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White, faced verbal abuse from guests at the wedding of the son of a Haredi MK that he attended last night. Gantz received a warm reception from most of the wedding attendees.

Jordan’s King Abdullah announced Sunday that two pieces of land leased by Israel would be returned to the “full sovereignty” of Jordan. Israel has controlled the agricultural lands for over 70 years and had been permitted to lease the areas under the 1994 peace agreement, with the assumption that the arrangement would be extended once again. Last year, Jordan chose not to renew a clause of the peace treaty that granted Israel use of the two enclaves, called Tzofar and Naharayim in Hebrew, inside Jordanian territory.

Amazon has launched a free delivery service in Israel for purchases of over $49. The free delivery offer does not include all products, but does extend to thousands of products in various categories, which are marked, “Free shipping to Israel.” There is also an option to search for products in stores of specific sellers included in the bargain campaign. Amazon’s international website is now also available in Hebrew.