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November 3, 2022
Netanyahu's Bloc Leading after Knesset Vote (Ha'aretz)
With 95% of the vote tallied from Tuesday's Knesset elections, former Prime Minister Netanyahu's bloc was projected to win 65 seats in the 120-member Knesset, enough to form the next coalition government.
As of Thursday, the results were: Likud (Netanyahu) 32 seats, Yesh Atid (Lapid) 24, Religious Zionism (Smotrich and Ben Gvir) 14, National Unity (Gantz) 12, Shas (Sephardi religious) 11, United Torah Judaism (Ashkenazi religious) 8, Yisrael Beiteinu (Lieberman) 5, United Arab List (Mansour Abbas) 5, Joint List (Arab) 5, Labor (Michaeli) 4.
The veteran Meretz party did not pass the 3.25% electoral threshold.
See also Netanyahu Expected to Be Tasked with Forming Next Israeli Government - Luke Tress (Times of Israel)
Hamas Operations Continue Unhindered in Turkey - Joe Truzman (Foundation for Defense of Democracies)
Despite warming relations with Israel, Ankara continues to turn a blind eye to Hamas activity in the country.
The organization is using Turkey as a hub to circumvent international sanctions and direct military operations against Israel.
If Turkey is serious about improved relations with Israel, it must demonstrate it is making a genuine effort to curb Hamas activity within its borders.
Jordanian Lawmakers Seek Expulsion of Israeli Ambassador - Raed Omari (Arab News-Saudi Arabia)
A group of 66 Jordanian MPs from the 130-strong Lower House have called for the expulsion of Israel's ambassador in Amman, citing "Israeli massacres against the brotherly Palestinians." They also called on the government to recall Jordan's ambassador from Israel.
Moreover, the MPs called on the government to terminate the 1994 Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty.
The Palestinian Parliament hailed the Jordanian MPs' appeal and urged other Arab and Islamic parliaments to pressure their countries' governments to end relations with Israel.
The Jihadi Onslaught Against Christians - Melanie Phillips (Substack)
Last Saturday, in the vicinity of Bethlehem, a Christmas bazaar opened in the neighboring Christian town of Beit Sahour.
When a young Muslim Arab came and started taking videos of Christian girls wearing western clothes, a Christian scout leader threw him out of the bazaar.
A short time later, he returned with a gang of men. They started stoning the Holy Forefathers Greek Orthodox Church near the bazaar. They smashed up cars parked nearby belonging to Christians and struck the scout leader in the face.
Videos of these events started circulating on social media.
Azerbaijan Arrests Group Established by Iranian Intelligence - Tzvi Joffre (Jerusalem Post)
Azerbaijan's State Security Service announced Tuesday it had arrested a group of Azerbaijani citizens who had been trained and funded by Iran's intelligence service.
Members of the group, the Muslim Unity Movement, received military training and funding in Iran and Syria.
India and Israel to Produce Electronic Warfare System for Indian Navy (Outlook-India)
India's Centum Electronics and Israel's Rafael Advanced Systems signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Oct. 29 to jointly develop an electronic warfare system for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
Nikhil Mallavarapu, Executive Director of Centum Electronics, said, "Through this partnership, we look forward to augmenting our indigenous electronic warfare offerings with a range of high-performance, mission-critical products."
Israeli Business in Saudi Arabia Emerges from Shadows at Investment Conference - Stephen Kalin (Wall Street Journal)
Israeli businessmen addressed Saudi Arabia's flagship Future Investment Initiative conference last week, in a clear sign of burgeoning commercial ties and Israel's growing acceptance in the kingdom.
"We're proudly from a little country just down the road called Israel," Jonathan Medved, chief executive of online venture investing platform OurCrowd, told a panel that included two Saudis.
Medved said it was becoming normal for Israeli companies to operate in the kingdom.
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