Fewer infections in Israel in a lockdown marked by protests

Israel extends the state of emergency one more week and the second confinement takes place in the middle of the political battle between Benjamin Netanyahu and his detractors, the scandals of ministers and public figures who violate the rules and the rejection of numerous ultra-Orthodox groups when it comes to respecting the restrictions, despite being the community most affected by the pandemic.

Daily clashes with security forces leave dozens of detainees and overshadow the improvement in the curve, which for the first time this week reflected a decrease in contagion below 5,000 per day, with a 10.5% positive rate, when Israel reached 15% at the end of September. During the first wave of the coronavirus, the Jewish state rarely exceeded 3%. Netanyahu was cautious after learning of this improvement in the curve and asked the Israelis for cooperation in respecting the restrictions so that he could begin to lift the confinement progressively from next week.

Thousands of protesters daily challenge the ban on demonstrating more than a thousand meters from home with «Mobilizations in capsules» in different cities that force the police to intervene. They demand the resignation of the prime minister for being corrupt and for the mismanagement of the pandemic, which has already caused unemployment to rise to almost one million people in a country that before March only had a technical strike.

Netanyahu is multiplying the fronts and the Minister of the Environment, Gila Gamliel, tested positive after being caught violating the restrictions in a synagogue in Tiberias, where she traveled from her home in Tel Aviv to spend Yom Kippur. The Prime Minister’s wife, Sara, was also in the news for skipping lockdown and hosting a hairdresser at the official residence to cut her hair. Ms Netanyahu claimed that she thought she was allowed to be “a public figure”, but the local press reported that only her husband is considered a public figure, not her.

Ultra-Orthodox Rebellion

Another of the daily mantras of the second confinement are the nocturnal mobilizations in the neighborhoods and cities of ultra-Orthodox majority, where it is received with the cry of “Nazis!” or “animals!” to the police who come to enforce the restrictions. The streets of the Mea Shearim neighborhood, in Jerusalem, or cities like Bnei Brak or Modiin Illit live real pitched battles with religious who attack the agents with stones, sticks and fireworks because they want to continue with their mass celebrations despite the pandemic.

These situations of urban violence They occur within the community with higher rates of contagion among the population and it generates a new concern for the authorities since more and more groups fail to comply with the guidelines of the Chief Rabbinate, who calls for respect for the restrictions. 34% of citizens with coronavirus in Israel belong to this community.


Corona escape from Israel: what Markus Rogan is now threatening – football

Markus Rogan became infected with the corona virus, but instead of isolation, he fled Israel to the USA. He is now facing a severe penalty.

Because the ex-mental coach of Israel’s national soccer team ignored several rules. He deceived the authorities by evading isolation, presented an outdated negative corona test at the airport and traveled on scheduled flights via Germany to his family in Los Angeles.

Rogan’s statement: “I didn’t want to stay in Israel for two weeks, this is not my country.” He always kept his distance from fellow passengers on the flights and wore mouth and nose protection.

But the matter will have consequences. Israel’s association announced that it would initiate a civil clearing against Rogan. Also, regulations in Israel are tightened because of the incident. If Rogan infected people while traveling by air, further lawsuits could follow. Likewise from the airlines, which were deceived by the ex-swimmer. In Austria, intentionally endangering people from communicable diseases is punishable by up to three years in prison.

Herzog’s former companions, ex-Israel team boss Andi Herzog and interim coach Willi Ruttensteiner, are stunned. “That must have been a panic action. He certainly wanted to go back to his wife and the small children, he only listened to the heart instead of the brain,” believes Herzog. Ruttensteiner says: “It was a big mistake for which he has to take responsibility. Before you convict Markus, you should hear him. Contrary to other reports, he has not yet been dismissed by the association. But there are voices calling for it. “

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Negev in Israel: five tips for a vacation in the desert

Wüste – isn’t that this inhospitable place where you want the people you want to be gone forever? Isn’t there a void there that is merely filled with evidence of impermanence? Isn’t the desert a space without a future, a still life, memento mori? Someone who asks like this has never been to the desert.

There are two desert zones on earth. Once in the south at the height of Australia and in the north between the 25th and 35th parallel. Europeans who want to experience the desert will find the closest one in Israel: the Negev.

It covers about 60 percent of the country – too much for the Israelis to simply hide the area. Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, already closely linked the country’s fate with the Negev: If Israel does not learn to use the desert, it will not survive.

Indeed, the Israelis have gone to great lengths to make the area fertile. Israel is now one of the leading nations when it comes to agriculture in the desert. There are around 2000 greenhouses in the Negev.

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As a tourist destination, the Negev has only been on the radar of the responsible ministry since the beginning of last year. The Negev has its charms. Even if you can no longer travel there this year due to Corona, the plans for the coming year have to be made after all. Five reasons why the Negev is worth visiting:

Hiking in the spectacular Negev countryside

It’s really not an exaggeration: the Israel National Trail is one of the most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in the world. From the border with Lebanon in the north down to Eilat in the south, it stretches for a good 1000 kilometers and offers a spectacular landscape including top panoramas.

Many sections of the route can be reached by public transport, luggage deliveries from A to B are also possible, so you don’t have to forego all comfort. Cell phone reception is mandatory everywhere in the desert.

The Negev desert in Israel

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If you are lucky, you can observe animals such as eagles, foxes, wolves, hyenas (larger than the African variant), Nubian ibex, porcupines, badgers, jackals or even scorpions, which can be best seen at night using a black light. But be careful, many of them are extremely poisonous! Much more often, however, one meets sheep and camels.

If you come across a flock of sheep on a hike through the desert, you shouldn’t pay too much attention to the herding dogs. Not that these are snappy. But they quickly identify you as part of the herd they must hold together under all circumstances, which is why they find it difficult to accept if you intend to continue on your own path. With loud barking, you are repeatedly asked to line up – and these guys can be pretty persistent.

Israel: The Maktesh Ramon is a 40 kilometers long and up to ten kilometers wide crater in the Negev

The Maktesh Ramon is a 40 kilometers long and up to ten kilometers wide crater in the Negev

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As for the camels, they are perfectly adapted to the conditions. An animal can carry a load of up to 400 kilos and can do without water for six days. Owning camels is still part of the Bedouin tradition – animals no longer have any real practical use. In the past, they were used as pack animals and to have milk and meat if necessary.

Today they are sent into the desert and collected again after days. This has a decisive advantage for hikers: Camels always look for the most comfortable and safest way over the stony ground, so their paths are safe and easy to hike.

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Every hiker should ideally carry five liters a day with them. You can spend the night in desert camps. For a hut with a mattress, a wood stove and a sleeping bag, you pay just under 90 euros a night. Breakfast and a ride on a camel are included. But it remains unforgettable when you go to the washbasin in the bathhouse in the morning to brush your teeth and look not into a bathroom mirror, but through a large round opening in the wall into the never-ending desert.

A tour by jeep in the Maktesh crater

This natural spectacle is only found in the Negev and Sinai. The Maktesh Ramon is the largest crater of its kind, 40 kilometers long and between two and ten kilometers wide. The best way to explore it is on a tour with a jeep, then you can see most of these bizarre rock formations, layers and structures. And the sunsets there are incomparable.

Negev desert in Israel: The best way to explore the Maktesh Ramon crater is by jeep

The best way to explore the Maktesh Ramon crater is by jeep

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When you get out, you should be aware that you are walking on 200 million year old soil. Why it is like that? The crater was created by the erosion of sedimentary rock. There used to be an ocean there and it washed up a lot of sand.

Over the course of time, a harder layer of limestone has formed over this layer of sand, with the folding of the ground, mountains emerged, the part of which protruding above the water surface was slowly eroded by the ocean. This exposed the sandstone again.

After the ocean disappeared, rains continuously washed away this sandstone until a crater was formed. The important thing is that the water only found one exit to drain; if there were two, you would have been dealing with a canyon. Fun fact: there are even leopards in this area.

Sandboarding on the temptation dunes

About halfway between Beersheba and Mizpeh Ramon are the dunes of temptation. The 43-year-old Dror Bamidbar runs a small sandboarding station here. By the way, snowboarding comes from sandboarding and not the other way around, he says. However, this can hardly be verified.

If you want to zoom down the dunes here on the sandboard, you can choose between three slopes of different difficulty. Regardless of where you ride: The best thing is to stand sideways and with your legs slightly apart on the board, which, unlike a snowboard, has no binding, but only a slightly roughened surface, and then turn your upper body in the direction of travel.

Negev in Israel: If you want to zoom down the dunes on the sandboard, you can choose between three slopes of different difficulty

If you want to zoom down the dunes on the sandboard, you can choose between three slopes of different difficulty

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If you are not an experienced snowboarder, you should hold on to the back of the so-called tail with your right hand and stretch your left hand forward into the air to correct your balance, which automatically assumes a lower and safer riding position – and if in doubt, falls softer.

Two hours of sandboarding is an effective workout for the legs, as there is of course no lift here. You have to work independently to have fun every time (drorbamidbar.co.il).

Cycling in the desert is a challenge

You can also cross the country by mountain bike, at least in theory. Of the 1,100 kilometers of the Israel Biking Trail, however, only a few hundred kilometers are passable. 27 stages are planned, often parallel to the National Trail.

Israel: If you want to explore the Negev by mountain bike, you should be in good physical condition

If you want to explore the Negev by bike, you should be in good physical condition

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You should have a basic athletic constitution, a good physical condition and a certain driving ability if you want to explore the Negev from the saddle. Because the routes are mostly off-road and sometimes quite demanding.

Mountain bikes including helmets can be rented on site. When it rains you should refrain from cycling and hiking: “Flash floods”, lightning-like masses of water, surprise unsuspecting tourists again and again. You have to be especially careful when touring in dry river beds. (Information about the routes: desert-bikeair.co.il, israel-trail.com)

Diving with dolphins in Eilat

Right at the bottom, where the desert borders the Gulf of Aqaba, lies Eilat, a city that has been taken out of a retort: ​​Hotels like Playmobil castles next to fairy-tale castles from the Arabian Nights and sober functional buildings.

Here is the “Dolphin Reef”, an extraordinary resort that attracts people all over the world. Above the water level, a beautiful complex with bars and lounges with a view of the Jordanian coast, where Akaba’s white houses glow in the sun. A wide jetty leads out onto the water.

Israel: If you are lucky, you will be visited by curious dolphins while diving in Eilat

With a little luck, divers in Eilat will be visited by curious dolphins

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But the highlight is a different one: Here is one of the few places on earth where you can dive with wild dolphins, touching is prohibited, of course. The animals can swim in the open sea at any time. However, they have got used to the people who have become part of their lives, and if you’re lucky, they grace you with their closeness and curiosity on a dive.

Five times a day you can snorkel in small groups with supervision or go into the water with an oxygen bottle, even without a diving license. There are 20 minutes in another world that you won’t soon forget (more info: new.goisrael.com).

Participation in the trip was supported by the Israel Ministry of Tourism. You can find our standards of transparency and journalistic independence at axelspringer.de/unabhaengigkeit.

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Gas, a stake in Israeli-Lebanese negotiations

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Israel and Lebanon officially began negotiations last week to delimit their maritime border. Officially, however, the two countries are still at war. But the economic stakes are important. These border waters, and currently disputed, could be rich in natural gas.

At the UN premises in Naqoura on the border between the two countries, the negotiations started last Wednesday between Israel and Lebanon have only ” one specific and limited goal »Assures a source within the Israeli government: there is no question of a normalization of relations between the two countries but of « resolve a maritime dispute » in their exclusive economic zone.

Forages d’exploration

The stake is in fact gas. The two countries have been fighting for ten years over an area of ​​860 square kilometers potentially rich in hydrocarbons. Lebanon and Israel both want to launch exploration drilling on their side of the border. But for lack of a recognized route, any initiative creates tensions. When Israel issued a call for bids for drilling in the north last June, then Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab quickly recalled, “ the legitimate rights (of Lebanon) in its internationally recognized territorial waters ».

Lebanese and Israeli maritime territories and disputed areas
Lebanese and Israeli maritime territories and disputed areas FMM infographic

On the Israeli side, the government would like to launch explorations in an area called Block 72. On the Lebanese side, an exploration contract has already been given to an international consortium led by Total to search for gas in the ” bloc 9 “. The two areas are adjacent.

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Lebanon began its gas explorations off its coasts at the end of February. The first took place in Block 4, in the center of the country’s exclusive economic zone. But if the campaign revealed traces of hydrocarbons, it did not reveal any deposit. The country’s hopes for zone 9 are therefore all the greater.

The outcome of these negotiations would be « a step forward for both peoples » underlines a cadre of the Israeli Ministry of Energy, leading the negotiations for the Israeli side. But he says the interest of reaching an agreement is even greater for the Lebanese. « If Lebanon discovered a medium-sized deposit, it would save it 5 to 6 billion dollars per year and reduce its energy bill. » judge this source. « It would be important for us too » she admits, but stresses that Israel is already one of the gas exporting countries.


A Puerto Rican military man was key in the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

Washington D. C. – Puerto Rican Major General Miguel Correa, now an adviser to the White House National Security Council, was a key player in the signing of the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Wall Street Journal revealed today.

Correa was a military attache at the US embassy in Abu Dhabi when he coordinated a US emergency military operation in Yemen in 2017 to rescue soldiers from that country, a Middle Eastern monarchy.

One of the rescued soldiers – after crashing, by accident or because of the fire of Al Qaeda militants – turned out to be a member of the UAE royalty, nephew and godson of the crown prince and ruler of that country, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan , known as MBZ.

“That general is part of my family”, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan told President Donald Trump before signing the peace agreement with Israel – which Bahrain joined – in a ceremony that took place at the White House last year. September 15.

The UAE foreign minister is the younger brother of the crown prince and the uncle of the wounded royal soldier, 27-year-old Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.

The rescue mission – which took place in a secret way – was carried out on August 11, 2017, after a UAE helicopter crashed in Yemen.

Three soldiers were killed and seven wounded, including the crown prince’s nephew.

The seven wounded UAE soldiers were first taken to the US ship USS Bataan, where the medical team used 54 out of 66 units of blood, making it the largest “mobile blood bank” the US Navy has used since WWII. World War, according to Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for the United States Central Command.

One of the seven injured soldiers rescued also died while being transported by helicopter to the ship.

At the request of UAE leaders, the six survivors – including the crown prince’s nephew – were later treated at the US Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, which specializes in treating soldiers wounded in combat.

The rescue operation made General Correa something of a hero among the rulers of the UAE, the Arabian peninsula that has 6% of the world’s oil reserves.

Already in the White House, Major General Correa played a notable role, behind the public stage, in sealing the peace agreement between Israel and the UAE, because of the trust that the royal family has in him. “This would not have happened without him,” Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan said.

Yousef al Otaiba, UAE ambassador in Washington and who played a key role in the peace process, said that the success of the negotiations was anchored in the trust his government has in General Correa and the White House team, mediators. between your country and Israel.

At the end of last July, it was General Correa who traveled to Abu Dhabi in a personal meeting to assure Prince Mohammed that the United States will guarantee that the agreements are fulfilled, US officials said.

Before that meeting, the prince invited his godson, in a wheelchair, to meet General Correa. Correa was also the one who gave the name of “Abraham’s Accords” to the peace treaty, with the aim of emphasizing that Islam, Christianity and Judaism are religious branches of the prophet Abraham.

The general was assigned in March to the White House National Security Council, as director for Middle East affairs, after leaving Abu Dhabi and undergoing an investigation by the Pentagon Inspector General on allegations that he did not keep his civilian bosses informed. on his relationships with UAE leaders.


Back on the streets (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

“Go to jail”: demonstrators on Saturday in Jerusalem

In Israel, the first, albeit very minor, easing of the corona measures that have existed since September 18 came into force on Sunday: daycare centers and preschools for children under six years of age are allowed to resume operations. Restaurants must remain closed, but are allowed to sell food outside the home. It is possible to work again in companies or parts of companies in which there is no public traffic. The ban on moving more than 1,000 meters from your own home without “compelling reasons” has been lifted. People can meet or visit again. However, the upper limit of ten people indoors and 20 outdoors must not be exceeded.

However, two important conditions remain: All the easing measures that have now been announced only apply if no more than 2,000 new infections with the corona virus are found per day. That has been the case for a few days after a record was set in the country about three weeks ago with almost 8,000 new infections reported. In addition, as the prime minister’s office announced at the weekend, the “R value” (number of reproductions, an infected person infects this number of people on average) must not exceed 0.8. This value is based only on estimates and fluctuates repeatedly by several tenths at short intervals. In Germany, according to the Robert Koch Institute, it was 1.22 on Friday and 1.40 on Saturday.

Since according to official statements, measures should apparently be put into effect purely mechanically in accordance with these upper limits, these relaxations can be lifted at any time, in the worst case even from one day to the next. The same applies to the gradual relief that the government is promising for the next few weeks and months. For example, school operations should only be resumed up to the fifth grade when the number of new infections registered daily drops to 1,000. A maximum of 250 new infections may even be detected for classroom lessons for older students.

The same applies to other future easing, such as the reopening of restaurants and small shops, on which the material existence of hundreds of thousands of people depends. Nobody can say when the existing bans will be lifted. Nor can it be foreseen when these will come into force again in the event of only minor deviations from the specified key figures. As a token of their desperation and protest, small retailers have distributed their wares on the streets or publicly burned their stocks.

With the easing, the regular demonstrations for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on trial for fraud, bribery and embezzlement, will gain further popularity. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday and demanded that the “Crime Minister” also be investigated because of his possible role in the so-called submarine scandal. Many participants had come to Jerusalem in several convoys from other parts of the country and had converted their vehicles into fantasy submarines.

Their demand was denied Thursday by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who sees no reason to reopen the investigation against Netanyahu on this matter despite important new statements on the matter. This does not bode well for the criminal proceedings that began in the spring, in which the prime minister has to appear in court in person from January.

The scandal also involves several surface warships that Israel and the submarines bought from Thyssen-Krupp. The accusation is, on the one hand, that the shipbuilding contract – without the legally required open tender – was clandestinely awarded to the German armaments company. And on the other hand, in contrast to the head of government, the Israeli Defense Ministry had denied the military need to acquire three more after the purchase of six German submarines that had already been completed.

The ex-representative of Thyssen-Krupp in Israel, Michael Ganor, allegedly distributed several million euros in bribes to Israelis up to 2015, which were important for the two deals to come about. Among them were Netanyahu’s lawyer and cousin David Shimron. The other alleged beneficiaries were also close to the prime minister.

Nevertheless, a direct involvement of Netanyahu in the machinations has not yet been proven. The Israeli broadcaster reported last Monday Channel 12 however, from a previously unknown written and sworn testimony of the former Director General in the Ministry of Defense, Dan Harel, several months ago. According to his account, Netanyahu pressured him and then Defense Minister Moshe Jaalon to agree to deal with Thyssen-Krupp. Ultimately, however, they were passed over.


The deterioration of the health of the Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat

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Ramallah: On Sunday, the Palestine Liberation Organization confirmed that its secretary Saeb Erekat, who was recently infected with the Coronavirus, had been transferred for treatment in an Israeli hospital after his health deteriorated.

The Organization’s Negotiations Affairs Department said in a brief statement that his transfer for treatment was “due to chronic health problems in his respiratory system” and “because his condition requires special medical care and oversight.”

His brother Saber Erekat told AFP that his brother’s condition “is not good and he suffers from general weakness and lack of oxygen.”

He confirmed his transfer to the “Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva” inside Israel.

And the Jordanian King Abdullah II had given instructions to provide the necessary medical care to Erekat in Jordanian hospitals in case the need to do so.

Erekat, 65, who suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, underwent a lung transplant in a hospital in the United States in 2017 before resuming his activities.

Erekat holds the position of Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization and is close to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and has participated in several negotiations to try to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and in recent weeks, he has intensified statements opposing the normalization of relations between Israel and Gulf countries in the absence of a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Hebrew state.

As of Sunday, the occupied West Bank had recorded 42,490 cases of the virus, and 381 deaths.


New allegations against Israel’s prime minister: submarines could sink Bibi

Israel has bought German submarines from Thyssenkrupp. The deal went to court – now Prime Minister Netanyahu could also be investigated.

In the submarine for a demonstration against Prime Minister Netanyahu, Tel Aviv on October 14th Photo: Oded Balilty / ap

JERUSALEM taz | “We are putting pressure on an investigation into the submarine affair,” says Yossi Zamir and points to his T-shirt: “Investigation now!” by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is surrounded by hundreds of cars, many of which have a self-made submarine dummy on the roof. The convoy set off in northern Israel on Wednesday morning; in the evening he was to arrive at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem.

This must decide whether to initiate an investigation against Netanyahu in the so-called submarine affair. The case first came to light in 2016 through a report by investigative journalist Raviv Drucker. It is about the purchase of three nuclear weapons-capable submarines for 1.5 billion euros and rocket ships for 430 million euros from the German weapons manufacturer Thyssenkrupp. To make the business possible, bribes should have flowed.

Several people close to Netanyahu have already been charged with bribery, fraud and money laundering, including Netanyahu’s lawyer and cousin David Shimron and ex-Thyssenkrupp representative in Israel, Miki Ganor. Netanyahu himself, who is also on trial in three corruption cases, has not yet been investigated in this case. The court could change this now.

The car convoy was organized by Roi Peleg. The former officer has little to do with the image of an anarchist that Netanyahu paints of the demonstrators who have been demanding his resignation for months. “The submarine affair,” says Peleg, “is arguably the largest arms corruption scandal in the history of Israel.” Like so many, Peleg suspects that Netanyahu himself is involved.

Military staff considered the submarines superfluous

They see indications, for example, in the fact that the submarines were bought even though the Ministry of Defense, military staff and the Navy agreed that Israel did not need any further submarines for defense. In addition, the purchase price was extremely high. According to media reports, however, Netanyahu pushed for the deal and replaced the then defense minister, who was against the purchase, with Avigdor Lieberman. In 2016, the government approved the purchase.

Ganor, the representative of Thyssenkrupp who is said to have initiated the deal, is also said to have brought his legal advisor Shimron with him to the negotiations, who is said to have received a high commission. The explosive thing about it is the family relationship between Shimron and Netanyahu and that Shimron was also Netanyahu’s lawyer.

Investigations could also get Netanyahu into trouble over another cousin, Nathan Milikowsky. Netanyahu held shares in his company Sea Drift (later GrafTech). Explosively, the company had supplied Thyssenkrupp with steel, which may have been a serious conflict of interest for Netanyahu.

Netanyahu could have made the equivalent of several million euros with the deal and put it in his own pocket, according to Blue-White boss Benny Gantz. In the past election campaigns, this suspicion was central to Gantz’s former opposition alliance. Now, however, Blue-White is in a coalition with Netanyahu, and the Knesset voted against the establishment of a committee of inquiry in August. Blau-Weiß abstained from voting.

By Thursday, the attorney general, the prime minister’s office, the defense ministry and the police have to tell the Supreme Court whether they approve of an investigation. Then the court will decide whether to initiate an investigation. Time is of the essence: In November it will be ten years since Netanyahu sold his GrafTech shares – after that no further investigation can be initiated in this case.


Pushkov reacted to Erdogan’s words about gas in the Black Sea

Alexey Pushkov appreciated Erdogan’s statement about gas found by Turkey in the Black Sea


Turkey intends to become a European and Middle Eastern gas power, said Federation Council member Alexei Pushkov, commenting on the gas reserves found in the Black Sea.

The senator noted that Ankara is actively searching for gas in the Mediterranean Sea, recalling the recently found 850 billion cubic meters of gas on the Egyptian shelf, as well as discovered deposits on the shelves of Israel and Cyprus, “to the south of which Turkey is conducting its own gas exploration.”

– Turkey intends to control the projects of other countries in the Mediterranean, in particular, to influence the plan for the construction of a gas pipeline from Cyprus to Greece, – said Alexei Pushkov in his Telegram channel.

He also believes that ensuring gas supplies from Azerbaijan via the pipeline is also of great importance in political rapprochement with the country.

Earlier, the KP.ru website reported that, according to the statement President Recep Tayyip ErdoganTurkey discovered a natural gas field in the Black Sea with a volume of about 85 billion cubic meters.