In an exclusive interview for channel 2 news ahead of his visit to Israel next Wednesday US president Barack Obama said that his visit to Israel was a chance to reconnect with Israeli people. Regarding the Iran the Untied States is still hoping to solve the Iranian nuclear threat diplomatically and prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon. Obama pointed out that his working relationship with PM Benjamin Netanyahu was very good and regarding the peace process he believes that a solution is very important for Israel's security. Regarding the release of Jonathan Pollard he said he would be willing to review his situation.
A woman and her three daughters were injured on Thursday in a car accident caused by stones hurled by Palestinians on Route 5 connecting Tel Aviv and Ariel. One of the girls, aged three, was critically wounded, while the mother, 40, and her two other daughters, ages four and five, sustained moderate injuries. A truck that veered off course crashed into the woman's car as a result of stone throwing.
Following another round of nightly negotiations, the final agreement between the three main coalition partners was signed on Thursday. Israel's 33rd government will be sworn in on Monday.
The crisis between Likud-Beiteinu and Yesh Atid ended with a compromise and a number of achievements for Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennet.
After reaching coalition agreement PM Netanyahu told Likud-Beiteinu members that next term would be one of the most challenging in Israel's history. the Party elected MK Yuli Edelstein as its candidate for Knesset speaker.
Netanyahu's bloc will retain control of the powerful defense and interior ministries, giving him the final say in military matters and over immigration policy.
Lapid, who leads the second-largest party in parliament with 19 seats, is set to serve as the new finance minister a position with great influence over the budget. His party will also control the education ministry. Habayit Hayehudi will control the housing and trade ministries.