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  • Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay resigns over coalition agreement
  • Bennett demands Cabinet changes, threatens to vote against Lieberman’s appointment
  • Netanyahu regrets condemning alleged nationalistic rape while the incident is still being investigated

Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay announced on Friday his decision to resign from his post over the coalition deal with Yisrael Beiteinu and the appointment of its chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister. In his  announcement, Gabbay, who serves as a non-parliamentary minister said “the recent political developments and the reappointment in the Defense Ministry are a very drastic move, in my view, which ignores what’s important to the nation’s security and will further polarize our society.” Gabbay also wished to thank his party chairman, Moshe Kahlon saying he had no doubt that Kulanu would continue to make its mark and fulfil its goals. Kulanu leader and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced that the Environmental Protection Ministry would remain under the supervision of the Kulanu political party.

Political sources have launched indirect talks with MK Naftali Bennett in order to reach an agreement with him regarding the ongoing rift between Likud and HaBayit Hayehudi, which may jeopardize the appointment of MK Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister . Bennett is currently threatening to vote against Lieberman’s appointment if certain changes to the Security Cabinet are not made, mainly to appoint a military secretary to the Cabinet, who would provide ministers with important information and arrange meetings with top security officials. If Bennett and his party members vote against the appointment on Monday, this could give the opposition an advantage and thwart the move. If the crisis is not resolved soon, the vote may be postponed again.Though it is assumed a solution can be reached within the next few days, political sources estimate that if HaBayit Hayehudi thwart the move, all of their ministers – Bennett, Ayelet Shaked and Uri Ariel – will be fired.

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he should not have commented on a suspected rape of an Israeli woman by Palestinians, which was exposed earlier this week, because the investigation has not been completed yet. “The case, as it was reported, triggered deep feelings of pain and devastation in me,” Netanyahu stated. “That being said, it was not right of me to address the issue before the investigation is finished and I am sorry about that.”Netanyahu was referring to the condemnation he had posted on his Facebook page.The main criticism of Netanyahu’s post, however, wasn’t that it came too early but that it contained inciting content by suggesting that the media and left-wing politicians were not voicing their condemnation, which they would have done, according to Netanyahu, if “the situation were the other way around” – meaning had a Palestinian woman been raped by Israelis.

 

And now for this week’s headlines

Sat may 21st– Netanyahu-Lieberman deal to be finalized Sunday

Herzog says negotiation with Likud has ended

Trump may visit Israel before GOP convention

Sun may 22- Moshe Ya’alon leaves Defense Ministry

House prices continue to rise

Hapoel Beersheba soccer club are national champions

Mon may 23rd– Police resume probe into Netanyahu’s past travel expenses

No agreement signed yet between Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu

Netanyahu: I am ready to meet with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Paris

Tues may 24th– State Comptroller calls for investigation into funding of Netanyahu’s overseas trips

Lieberman will not be sworn-in as Defense Minister until next week

President Rivlin hosts outstanding Shin Bet workers

 

Wed may 25th– Lieberman joins coalition

New plans for short work week

Israel celebrates Lag B’omer holiday with bonfires

Thurs may 26th– Large brush fires in Jerusalem under control

Arab MKs plan to defy ban and visit Temple Mount during Ramadan

PA president Mahmoud Abbas invited to Cairo to meet with Sisi

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