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26 Jun 2019
Strong Earthquake Hits South of Jerusalem
The Israeli Geophysical Institute reported on Wednesday afternoon that a 3.8 magnitude earthquake had hit in the southern Dead Sea region, south of Jerusalem. No injuries or damage were immediately reported but residents and tracking stations from the Sea of Galilee in the north to Eilat in the south reported feeling tremors.

Rumors Swirl About Elections and Coalition Agreements
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to quell rumors swirling around Jerusalem that a cancellation of September’s elections and the formation of a national unity government were in the works, saying "I respect Knesset Speaker Edelstein's efforts to avoid another round of elections in Israel, and I will meet with him in the days ahead at his request. All the rest is spin. At no point was a rotation offered. There has been no contact between Likud and Blue and White at this point and I do not intend to give up on my natural partners in a right-wing government."

Blue and White’s number two candidate, Yair Lapid added his own rejection of the idea of a rotational arrangement, Tweeting “There is no problem with a unity government. There is only one man, only one, who has to move aside and go deal with his indictments. The Likud can appoint whoever they want. We would have a unity government of at least 75 MKs that would be stable, functional and fair.”

Palestinians Protest Against ‘Deal of the Century’
Palestinians protesting near the border between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip against the “deal of the century” economic forum in Bahrain this week were fired upon by IDF troops Tuesday evening, resulting in a dozen protesters being wounded. Several incendiary devices attached to kites and balloons were sent over the border into Israel amidst the protests, sparking fires in Israel. A senior Saudi official spoke to Globes about the protests recently, speculating that “Maybe it is hard for (the Palestinians) to part with the character of the ever-suffering victim and they don’t believe they could survive without it.”

Here is a video of the presentation of the plan in Manama by White House Representative Jared Kushner

Israel Blesses the World
Representatives from over 40 countries were in Israel this week to explore opportunities for acquiring agricultural technology developed in the Jewish State at the 4-day Agriisrael 4.0 conference. “Israel’s agricultural industry has been a world leader in terms of development and innovation as a whole,” Lior Konitzki, Israel Export Institute vice director-general, told the Jerusalem Post. “We see people coming from more than 40 countries to Israel because they understand that something is happening here, and they don’t want to miss out,” said Dr. Michal Levy of the Agriculture Ministry.

Rwandair Inaugurates Direct Route to Israel
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat on Monday when RwandAir, Rwanda’s national carrier, landed an aircraft at Ben Gurion Airport on a direct flight. "This is a big step for us," Rwandair CEO  Yvonne Manzi Makolo said before the flight to CNBC. "It holds a lot of potential for us both for Rwanda strategically, it terms of strengthening diplomatic ties between the two countries, but also for the entire network where we will be transporting passengers from different destinations in the African continent to Israel, whether they are business travelers or tourists or religious tourists."

Today's video shows a panel discussion about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East


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