(TEL AVIV, Israel.) LATEST: Netanyahu pushes for a 5th term in office as Likud and its political allies in Yamina, Shas and United Torah Judaism fail to obtain a 61-seat majority on Tuesday, with lawmakers issuing a decree for a squatter settlement – Mevoot Yericho located in the Jordan Valley – as an official one #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.17: The Israeli government has issued its approval for a settlement in the occupied West Bank, in what looks like a desperate attempt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to boost his waning support ahead of the upcoming vote. All Israeli settlements on the occupied territories are deemed illegal under international law, yet Tel Aviv distinguishes between those it approved and those it did not.

Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu rally their voters a day before elections 2019. . (photo credit: SRAYA DIAMANT / MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

“Unlike in the April election, President Reuven Rivlin is expected to begin consultations with the factions that cross the threshold only when the results are official: He is expected to limit whoever he tasks with forming a government to four weeks, without the 14-day extension traditionally granted.

Sources in Likud said Monday that if the Likud and its political allies in Yamina, Shas and United Torah Judaism fail to obtain a 61-seat majority on Tuesday, efforts would begin immediately to unseat the prime minister as head of the party: The sources said those efforts would intensify if Rivlin tasks Gantz with forming a coalition government.

Netanyahu said in interviews on Monday that Likud and its allies did not have 61 seats in the latest private polls taken for his party: He said that majority would not be obtained unless turnout was higher than in April in traditional Likud strongholds.

Both Netanyahu and Gantz visited the Western Wall and reached out to voters on social media on Monday. Likud petitioned the Central Elections Committee and blocked Gantz from holding a rally with media at his childhood home of Kfar Ahim in the northern Negev: Gantz warned against the potential for violence in polling stations, and called on Netanyahu to accept the results if he is defeated. In an interview with the Knesset Channel, Gantz promised to learn from what he admitted was a mistake in the April election and not declare victory after the exit polls, even if they are positive: Gantz announced on Monday that if he forms the government, former IDF chief of staff MK Gabi Ashkenazi will be defense minister.

“There are two domains which are of significant importance in the State or Israel: security and education,” Gantz said. “With that, I have decided to appoint Gabi Ashkenazi, a former IDF Chief of Staff and Golani soldier who rehabilitated the IDF following the Lebanon War, for the position of defense minister. Gabi knows how to restore deterrence and a sense of security to Israeli citizens in the South, in the Gaza envelope, in the North and throughout the country.”……………Gantz said another former IDF chief of staff, MK Moshe Ya’alon, who served as defense minister under prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would become education minister.

“Former chief of staff and defense minister Moshe Ya’alon, a man of unimpeachable moral character and someone who knows how to bring together the factions of Israeli society, I appoint to the position of education minister to repair the rifts in Israeli society,” Gantz said: “Now you just have to decide – an extreme, immunity government or a secular, unity government.”

The foreign minister post has been reserved for Blue and White co-leader Yair Lapid, while the most senior woman in Blue and White, MK Miki Haimovich, would be environmental protection minister. MK Meir Cohen would be Knesset Speaker: “Who would you prefer to face Hamas, former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi or the man who gives [Hamas] suitcases full of dollars?” Lapid tweeted, in a reference to Netanyahu. “Who would you prefer as education minister: [Yamina candidate Bezalel] Smotrich and his racism, or an honest man of values like Bogie Ya’alon?”

Netanyahu mocked the announcement, saying that if Gantz has already started allocating portfolios, “What positions did he promise [Joint List leaders] Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi?””

On Sunday, the cabinet issued a decree recognising one such squatter settlement – Mevoot Yericho located in the Jordan Valley – as an official one. #Netanyahu is trying to shift attention from his corruption scandals as he vows to annex Jordan Valley in the occupied #WestBank if reelected https://t.co/ROIjtBd3t8 pic.twitter.com/t6j0u4bfew— RT (@RT_com) September 11, 2019 “The government passed the prime minister’s motion to build Mevoot Yericho,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said following a weekly government meeting, which was conspicuously held in the Jordan Valley this time.Such movements are quite rare, as, according to the Israeli media, only five similar decisions were taken over the past decade.The fact that this step was made just days ahead of the upcoming snap elections prompted some people, including Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, to believe that it is for the sake of Netanyahu’s electoral campaign.The prime minister earlier vowed to annex the whole Jordan Valley, which accounts for roughly one third of the occupied West Bank, if elected.

Also on rt.com An Israeli soldier in the West Bank. August 2019. © Mussa Qawasma / Reuters Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation plan is vile attempt to win votes at expense of peace – Turkey Mandelblit criticized the settlement approval, arguing that there was “no vital or urgent need” for it and adding that it could be detrimental to Israel’s international posture.Meanwhile, the situation for Netanyahu indeed appears to be desperate. Mired in corruption scandals, the troubled prime minister barely managed to squeak out a victory against his rival, ex-military chief Benny Gantz leading a centrist Blue and White Alliance, in April. People rally in #TelAviv against #Netanyahu’s govt ahead of upcoming legislative elections in #Israel pic.twitter.com/8NBI0r4O3J— RT (@RT_com) September 15, 2019 Yet, he still failed to form a ruling coalition in a development that proved to be quite humiliating for him as he became the first ever prime minister to commit such a blunder.

Now, with his popularity gradually fading, he seems to be ready to stop at nothing to win the support of the rightwingers, which may be crucial for him: However, his trump card of annexing the Jordan Valley might still be turned against him as it could effectively spell an end to the two-state solution and stir up a hornet’s nest of geopolitical tensions.

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(NEW YORK) #9/11 18YRS AGO TODAY: 🇱🇷 God Bless America 🇱🇷 But people still want answers and blame by those who lost their families is still raw as victim’s son blasts Ilhan Omar at Ground Zero memorial service as #alQaeda releases video speech of leader Ayman al-Zawahiri commemorating #911 attacks, titled, “And They Shall Continue to Fight You.” One day God Will Bring 1000yrs of Peace and turn arms into tools for the future Amen 🙏’s #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.11: Americans commemorated 9/11 with solemn ceremonies and vows Wednesday to “never forget” 18 years after https://time.com/4484978/911-september-11-time-cover/” the deadliest terror attack on American soil: Victims’ relatives assembled at ground zero, where the observance began with a moment of silence and the tolling of bells at 8:46 a.m. — the exact time a hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center’s north tower. “As long as the city will gift us this moment, I will be here,” Margie Miller, who lost her husband, Joel, said at the ceremony, which she attends every year. “I want people to remember.”

After so many years of anniversaries, she has come to know other victims’ relatives and to appreciate being with them: “ There’s smiles in between the tears that say we didn’t do this journey on our own, that we were here for each other,” she said.President Donald Trump laid a wreath at the Pentagon, telling victims’ relatives there: “This is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss.”“It’s the day that has replayed in your memory a thousand times over. The last kiss. The last phone call. The last time hearing those precious words, ‘I love you,’” the president said.Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to speak at the third crash site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania: https://time.com/5674255/september-11-18-years-later/new-york-city-commemorates-18th-anniversary-of-the-9-11-terror-attacks/” data-orig-file=”https://timedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/911-memorial.jpg

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: Friends and family of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, pause at the National September 11 Memorial during a morning commemoration ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks Eighteen years after the day on September 11, 2019 in New York City. Throughout the country services are being held to remember the 2,977 people who were killed in New York, the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania.

The nation is still grappling with the aftermath of 9/11: The effects are visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where the post-9/11 U.S. invasion has become America’s longest war. Earlier this week, Trump called off a secret meeting at Camp David with Taliban and Afghan government leaders and declared the peace talks “dead.” As the Sept. 11 anniversary began in Afghanistan, a rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy just after midnight.The political legacy of the 9/11 flowed into the ground.

CBSNewYork reports that thousands of first responders have developed life-threatening illnesses related to the weeks they spent in the rubble of the twin towers: Born out of that tragedy, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation provides support for first responders and their families……………….Stephen Siller died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks (Credit: CBS 2)Frank Siller and his family founded the nonprofit after his brother, Stephen, an off-duty New York City firefighter, was killed while responding to the World Trade Center on 9/11.Siller had just gotten off his shift in Brooklyn………………..When he heard the news, he called his wife to tell her he would be late because he had to help those in need.He never returned.Frank Siller spoke about his brother and what this day means to his entire family.“It’s the day we lost our little brother, you know……………Stephen was the youngest of seven kids but, he was so much younger than… I was closest in age, I was 14 years older than my brother Russ who was 25 years older than him,” Frank said. “My parents died when he was a little boy…………….We raised him, he was like a son to us as well as a brother…………………….He always wanted to be a firefighter, he loved serving people and he paid the ultimate sacrifice 18 years ago today.”“I remember him questioning once why he was put on this earth, why was I even born and I said ‘Stephen, you know your brothers and sisters will always be there for you and someday you’ll do something very special.’ And I didn’t know it was going to be this, by any means, that he ran through a tunnel and because of that act, I think he’s changed a lot of lives………….Not many of us could say that – he has,” Frank added.On the last Sunday in September, runners and walkers retrace Stephen Siller’s steps from Brooklyn, through the Battery Tunnel, and into Lower Manhattan in the Tunnel to Towers run…….via CBS New York https://ift.tt/2LJMazJ

9/11 victim’s son blasts Ilhan Omar at Ground Zero memorial service
// New York Post: A man whose mother is a 9/11 victim ripped Rep. Ilhan Omar for describing the terror attacks as “some people did something” during the annual anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero on Wednesday: Nicholas Haros Jr., wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Some people did something?,” singled out the congresswoman and the other members of the audience.

BREAKING: Al-Qaeda leader urges attacks on US, European, Israeli and Russian targets in 9/11 speech – reports https://t.co/APg0llXw2c pic.twitter.com/UaPX2CUh3H

— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) September 11, 2019

1) #alQaeda releases video speech of leader Ayman al-Zawahiri commemorating #911 attacks, titled, “And They Shall Continue to Fight You.” Zawahiri uses #Israel as a launchpad to call for attacks on US, French, British, & other Western interests & alliances https://t.co/2ukRGXZDU4 pic.twitter.com/7jztFV8w8e Reported by — Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) September 11, 2019:

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JERUSALEM: ‘ Israel jail alleged Jewish extremist for 6-months without trial ‘

#AceNewsReport – JERUSALEM:Aug.05: Israel has jailed an alleged Jewish extremist for six months without charges or trial, AP reported.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon signed an order late Tuesday that jails Mordechai Meyer, from the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim.

For the first time “administrative detention” has been applied against an Israeli since the crackdown against militant Jews began following two deadly attacks last week. Meyer, said to be 18 years old, was being held in connection to “his involvement in violent activities and recent terror attacks.”

He was suspected of links to attacks against a church in northern Israel and another in Jerusalem, as well as attacks on Palestinian property, Israeli media say.

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ISRAEL: ‘ Massive rallies as thousands speak up against incitement & violence known as Jewish terror ‘

#AceNewsReport – ISRAEL:Aug.02: Massive rallies were held across Israel, with thousands of demonstrators gathering to speak up against “incitement and violence,” or what some called “Jewish terror,” following brutal attacks by radicals against Palestinians and homosexuals.

Around 2,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest a string of violent acts committed this week, Israeli media reports. The rally was organized by the Peace Now settlement organization. 

READ MORE: 2 Palestinian teens shot dead amid clashes over toddler killed in arson attack

“We call on the government to take strong action against the violence of the settlers and to restart immediately the peace process,” Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer told AFP, a French news outlet.

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BRITAIN: ‘ Government Agrees Arms Deal to Israel Immediately After Bombardment of Gaza ‘

#AceNewsReport – BRITAIN:July.02: The UK government approved £4 million worth of arms sales to Israel in the immediate months following the Israeli government’s military bombardment of Gaza last summer, new research reveals.

Detailed analysis published Thursday indicates that the related arms licenses cover military hardware likely to be deployed if violence in the besieged coastal strip resumes.

Among the arms sales Britain presided over were special components for military helicopters and a range of hi-tech parts for guidance and navigation systems used by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).

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PALESTINE: ‘ Israel’s Shin-Bet Arrest Hamas Members Suspected of Planning Terrorist Attacks ‘

#AceNewsReport – PALESTINE:July.01: Dozens of Hamas members have been arrested who are suspected of planning attacks and trying to build up the Palestinian militant group in the West Bank, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said Wednesday.

The Islamist group said Israel was just trying to sabotage its relationship with other Arab powers, Reuters reported. The raid followed the roadside shooting of a Jewish settler Monday.

His killing was not claimed by any faction and Israeli officials said it looked like an attack by a lone Palestinian.

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ISRAEL: ‘ Government to issue report on Protective Edge in Gaza ‘

#AceNewsReport – ISRAEL:June.14: The Israeli government is to issue a report on last year’s Gaza offensive on Sunday at 1100 GMT, pre-empting a UN war crimes investigation to be published later this month, Reuters reported.

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“Whoever wants to know the truth, let them read this report. Whoever wants to continue with baseless blaming of the state of Israel, let them waste time reading the report by the UN commission,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet, as cited by Reuters.

Israeli’s two-month Operation Protective Edge took the lives of over 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, while in Israel 67 soldiers and six civilians were killed.

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