Israelis go to the polls

Today the Jewish state decides the future of the Middle East. If hardliner Netanyahu wins, you’re looking at a safer Israel. If the left wins, due in part to the Obama administration’s undermining and meddling in foreign affairs, you will see an Israel giving concessions and inviting an Iranian surprise attack.

 

Israelis are voting in an election expected to be a close-fought battle between the centre left and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has ruled out a Palestinian state in a last-ditch appeal to the right.

The outcome of the race, in which opinion polls suggest Netanyahu will win fewer seats than the centre-left Zionist Union, is likely to help determine the prospects for new Middle East peace talks and Israel’s troubled relations with its US ally.

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Vladimir Putin Sends New Convoy Of Tanks And Military Equipment Into Ukraine As He Brokers Peace Deal

The cease-fire was set to start on Saturday, but in the meantime reports indicate that Vladimir Putin and Russia may already be increasing tension in Ukraine again. Business Insider noted that Russia sent a giant convoy of military equipment and new troops into Ukraine as the peace talks were ongoing:

About 50 tanks, 40 missile systems, and 40 armored vehicles crossed overnight into eastern Ukraine from Russia via the Izvaryne border crossing into the separatist Luhansk region, a Kiev military spokesman said on Thursday.

Armored columns of Russian-speaking soldiers without insignias have advanced around Debaltseve, which has seen heavy fighting recently.

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Lapid: Israel-US relations in ‘crisis’

After Ynet learns White House officials prevented defense minister from meeting Kerry and Biden, Lapid says ‘We need to act with more respect. We must remember that US funds and technology helped Gaza operation.’

“There is a crisis with the Americans and it needs to be addressed as a crisis,” Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Saturday after ongoing tensions between Washington and Jerusalem led US officials to block Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon from meeting with senior administration officials during his current US visit.

“We mustn’t pretend there isn’t a crisis,” Lapid told a crowd in Tel Aviv Saturday. “Our relations with the US are vital and everything that can be done must be done to end this crisis.” Continue reading

EU: Israel will Face ‘Increasing Isolation’ if Talks Fail

EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen threatened Israel Monday over the outcome of peace talks.

“There is a risk that you will face increasing isolation [if talks fail],” Faaborg-Andersen said, in a statement to Channel 2. “Not necessarily as a result of European Union policy, but Israel has to realize that economic relations are established by private economic actors – be it consumers, be it companies – and we, as a government, has no influence on the private decisions that private citizens and companies are making.” Continue reading

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