Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is set to embark on an historic visit with some of the more moderate majority Muslim countries. This is an effort to reach out to Muslim nations so as to foster diplomacy and, perhaps, even open up some further avenues for trade. While visiting, Netanyahu also plans to meet with important figures within the Jewish communities of these respective nations.
The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has caused a number of countries to reevaluate the relationship that they have with the country and the agreements which they operate under. One of those countries is Israel and its own people aren’t the only ones concerned about some of the actions that have recently occurred regarding the president elect.
Minister of Finance, Yair Lapid defended the government's record as well as his political party, Yesh Atid, earlier this week on Israeli TV. Lapid promises that there will be significant improvements so long as he and his party continue to remain in the government.
By: Sarit Newman
The Bank of Israel has had a whirlwind of a ride trying to find a new governor. On July 29, Prof. Jacob Frenkel, the governor designate after former governor Stanley Fischer, withdrew his candidacy to become Governor of the Bank of Israel because of an alleged shoplifting incident. The item of his desire was of a bottle of perfume at the Hong Kong Airport several years ago.
In the beginning of July, the European Union sent out a new directive regarding funding for Israeli settlements and caused an ignited uproar from Israeli officials.
Yair Lapid was certainly the dark horse of the 2013 Israeli general elections. With all the polls predicting his new party Yesh Atid would get at most 12 seats, Lapid came in second place with 19 mandates for the 19th Knesset. While all the pundits in Israel and abroad were busy predicting an Israeli election that focused on Benjamin Netanyahu and his new partnership with Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu the new coalition government will surely include Lapid with a requirement to implement his vision for economic and social reforms.
While the world’s focus has been elsewhere in recent weeks, two events have pushed the Israel – Iranian conflict back to the top of the agenda in foreign policy circles.