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Sun. Nov 6, 2016 News from Israel

  • Prime Minister Netanyahu says he expects continued support for Israel whoever wins Tuesday’s US election
  • Minister Shaked and chief justice resolve differences as Supreme Court nominees unveiled
  • Yitzhak Rabin’s sister calls for Netanyahu to respond to Bitan’s controversial statement

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a public plea Sunday for the US continue its support for Israel and not seek a UN resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “whoever wins” Tuesday’s election. Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet meeting he expects the “United States will remain true to its commitment for many years that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be resolved through direct negotiations without pre-conditions, and of course not through decisions by the United Nations of other international bodies.” Netanyahu also said ties would remain strong no matter who won Tuesday’s vote. Meanwhile the U.S. Presidential race continues to be tight as it enters its final stretch. Two days before the election, a poll conducted by ABC, indicates a 5% lead in the polls for the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, over her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. Statistics from polls indicate that Clinton leads with women ,African-Americans ,Hispanics (65% and Millennials. On Saturday Trump was taken off stage by Secret Service agents during a rally he held in Nevada following a threat that was made by an audience member. Several minutes later, Trump returned to the stage to continue his speech. Ivanka Trump, sought some spiritual intervention of the Jewish variety when on Saturday night, Ivanka and her Jewish husband Jared Kushner prayed at the tomb of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menaḥem Mendel Schneersohn, in Queens New York.

Channel 2 news visited Florida to find out which candidate would receive the vote of the Jewish population there as opposed to the community of Israelis living in Florida. The majority of Florida Jews identify as democrats and therefore support Hillary Clinton whereas the Israelis living in Florida identify themselves as republicans and mostly support Donald Trump.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and the president of the Supreme Court on Sunday resolved their differences regarding the minister’s bid to withdraw the Supreme Court’s de facto veto power over the appointment of new justices, as a list of the 28 candidates for Israel’s top court was unveiled. Meanwhile, Shaked released the list of 28 Supreme Court justice nominees, which included a legal columnist for the pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom daily and a Christian Arab judge who convicted former president Moshe Katsav of rape.

91-year-old Rachel Rabin Yaakov commented Sunday for the first time on the controversial remark made by coalition chair David Bitan regarding her brother’s murder claiming that former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s murder was not a political act. "His superior, the prime minister, is keeping quiet as always,” she said. “I expect that as prime minister and head of the Likud party, he would respond to this and tell the coalition chair that this was a political murder.

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