Israeli President Taps Netanyahu to Form New Government

PM Netanyahu speaking on Iran, September 24, 2019


Following indecisive election results, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced this week that he will ask current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next government. Rivlin said that Netanyahu had the best chance of forming a coalition.

  • World leaders met in New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly, but the U.S. and Iran did not cross paths.
  • U.S. Special Representative to Iran Brian Hook disputed Iran’s claim that it is not looking to build nuclear weapons, but rather is looking for alternative energy sources.
  • Also in New York at the annual Iran Policy conference, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. plans to increase sanctions again against Iran and President Hassan Rouhani because of Iran’s “menacing behavior.”
  • In addition, Secretary Pompeo also announced that the U.S. will take action against those entities who violate the sanctions with Iran.
  • Israel hailed the fourth Jewish woman in space, 44-year-old Jessica Meir, after a successful launch this week on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Although Meir is not an official citizen of Israel, her father is Israeli, and many consider her a representative of the Jewish state.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features Fellowship President and CEO Yael Eckstein’s thoughts on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

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