Israeli political parties Yamina, Yesh Atid, and New Hope held intensive talks on Thursday in an attempt to form an alternative coalition before next Tuesday, which is when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's mandate is set to expire. The three parties reportedly made progress in the meeting, though major gaps still remain between the differing factions. The parties remain hopeful that they will reach an agreement by the Tuesday deadline. Meanwhile, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett are each reportedly working to secure for themselves the next presidential mandate to form the government if Netanyahu fails to do so.
Terrorists in Gaza fired rockets toward Israel for the third night in a row—on Sunday and early Monday—with the Iron Dome system intercepting two of the five projectiles. Palestinian terror groups have said that the rocket attacks were in response to ongoing unrest in Jerusalem, where Arab residents have demonstrated for several days against imposed Ramadan restrictions. In total, over 40 rockets were launched into Israel last weekend.
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