Netanyahu Faces Uphill Battle as Israeli Election Too Close to Call

Stand for Israel  |  September 20, 2019

For the second time this year, Israelis went to the polls to elect a new prime minister, and for the second time, the results are unclear. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party are currently down by two seats in the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) to opponent Benny Gantz and his Blue and White party, with neither having the ability to form the 61-seat majority needed to govern.

  • In response to the close election, President Trump said that America’s relationship is with Israel and that everyone expected a very close election.
  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will now play a key role in choosing the next prime minister. 
  • Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called last weekend’s attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil refineries an “act of war,” with evidence pointing to Iran as the culprit.
  • In response to those attacks, President Trump plans to increase economic sanctions on Iran, drawing praise from Netanyahu.
  • On Wednesday, a barrage of rockets was launched from Gaza, falling short of the Israeli border. The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that no rockets entered Israeli airspace.
  • An Hasidic Jewish man was beaten and robbed this week in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. Authorities said the incident was not considered a hate crime.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features Fellowship President and CEO Yael Eckstein on the incredible bond that exists now between Christians and Jews.

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