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Sun. Nov 13, 2016 News from Israel

  • Regulation Law passes despite Netanyahu’s request to postpone vote
  • Trump promises to deport 3 million immigrants
  • President Rivlin warns of another political assassination at 21st memorial ceremony for late PM Yitzhak Rabin

The coalition’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation passed on Sunday evening the Regulation Law, popularly referred to as the “Amona bill”, which would normalize the status of Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria and potentially hold off the demolition of the town of Amona. Following a heated discussion regarding the vote for the Regulation Law earlier, Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked announced that the law would be voted on in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation despite Prime Minister Netanyahu’s request to postpone. The Prime Minister asked Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett to postpone the vote due to the fear of harming the Supreme Court’s efforts in reaching a decision on the issue. Netanyahu slammed Education minister Naftali Bennett: “I don’t need protection from spins, neither those created by politicians nor those created by the media.” In response to Netanyahu’s comment, Bennett said that if this is the case, the Likud and Netanyahu need to vote in favor of the law. “It’s so childish and irresponsible to try and have a moment of [political] gain while we are trying to be granted a delay from the court,” countered Netanyahu. They then when on blaming each other calling one another a blogger.

Several days after his election, US president-elect Donald Trump detailed his policies on immigration in an interview with CBS’ “60 minutes”. Meanwhile, demonstrators across the US continue to take to the streets in protest of the election of Trump.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday hailed the legacy of slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, and likened the landmark 1995 peace deal Rabin brokered with the Palestinians to his own government’s efforts to renew deadlocked peace talks. Addressing the state memorial marking the 21st Hebrew anniversary of Rabin’s murder, Netanyahu noticeably avoided the political controversy surrounding the 1995 assassination, including claims his own rhetoric led to the murder. President Rueven Rivlin as well Rabin's daughter Dalia warned that another political assassination was imminent due to the increasing wave of incitement. Later the Knesset's annual memorial for former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin took a turn for the bitter, when opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) spoke, saying of the Right: “The power of violence, the poison of racism, hatred and incitement mixed with silence were fertile ground for the murder...You didn’t mean it, but you didn’t prevent it, either.” Education Minister Naftali Bennett, directed his speech to Herzog, “You are trying to silence half of the population and blame them,” Bennett stated. “For 21 years the Left has been trying to blame Netanyahu for the incitement. Over and over Netanyahu said we disagree, but there should be no incitement. And now you're trying to silence him.”

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