Israel news summary

Israel News for 3-8-19

Election Update
The Central Elections Committee ruled Wednesday that the Right wing Otzma Yehudit candidates Itamar Ben-Gvir and Michael Ben-Ari can run for the Knesset, despite Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan recommendation against allowing the latter to run. The committee’s vote passed by one vote. MK Stav Shaffir (Labor) announced that she would appeal the committee’s ruling before the Supreme Court.

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Meanwhile, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz is courting the Druze vote, promising to ensure their equality under the law.

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Soldiers Convicted
The military court in Jaffa yesterday convicted three soldiers from the haredi Netzah Yehuda Battalion of aggravated assault and aggravated battery against two Palestinian detainees in January. The Palestinians were arrested for allegedly collaborating with terrorists who killed 2 Netzah Yehuda soldiers.

The three convicted soldiers have reached a plea bargain with prosecutors, although it has yet to be approved. The deal will see the three sentenced to 190 days in jail, demoted to the rank of private and given probation. The final verdict will be handed down on Sunday.

Two more soldiers have also been charged in the affair, while the platoon commander is accused of standing by and not preventing the violence. He did not sign a plea bargain and will now face a full trial. The other two soldiers are reportedly negotiating their own plea deals.

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Israeli TV
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Quoting Prophets
People looking to support liberal social and political policies tend to grab quotes from the Prophets that promote social justice for all. And these quotes are absolutely true, and accurately reflect the teachings of the Prophets. However, if we’re following the words of the Prophets then we should also realize that those same Prophets would also demand the rebuilding of the Temple on the Temple Mount and the institutionalization and enforcement of public (and private) observance of Jewish religious law. So those who choose to quote the Prophets should do so in the greater context of the teachings of those Prophets, and live by those teachings. All of them.