Netanyahu is tapped to form government; UN on antisemitism: Israel Update

September 27, 2019

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form Israel's next government. After talks between Netanyahu's Likud party and Benny Gantz's Blue and White party failed to forge a unity coalition, Rivlin decided Netanyahu had the clearer path to successfully creating the next government. As the election process continues to unfold, here are the important events and dates to be aware of. 


A new UN report warns that antisemitism is on the rise around the world, particularly among white supremacists and Islamists. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, hailed the report, which urged governments to proactively combat hatred through education and outreach.  


Israeli and US officials fear increased attacks on Jews in western Europe, and stressed that European Union leaders should stop funding organizations that support an international boycott of Israel. Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan told EU lawmakers that they should work to ensure its money does not go to groups that back the Palestinian-led boycott movement. 


An Israeli woman was wounded after being stabbed by a 14-year-old Palestinian youth. The 22-year-old woman was treated at the scene near the city of Modiin, before being evacuated to Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan. The teenager was arrested. In a separate incident, a policewoman was stabbed in the hand during an attack in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Palestinian assailant was restrained and subsequently brought to a police station for questioning.


Employees of Israel’s foreign and defense ministries threatened to strike earlier this week. Unions representing the employees of the Foreign and Defense Ministries called for a strike in protest of work conditions and financial issues. The employees have since called off their strike after reaching a deal with the Finance Ministry yesterday.   


As the Jewish High Holidays approach, we wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and joyful new year!


Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tovah,


Jackie Congedo, Director, JCRC

Shep Englander, CEO, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati 


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