FROM Sheera Frenkel
Is "Bibi" on the Ropes in Israel? Israel's parliament, called the Knesset, has 120 seats. In Tuesday's election, neither of the two major political parties is expected to win more than 25. That means there won't be a new government until Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud or Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union assembles a coalition big enough to constitute a majority. Recent polls show Netanyahu's in trouble . If Republicans on Capitol Hill could decide Tuesday's election, Netanyahu would get a record fourth term as Prime Minister. Israeli voters may have other ideas. The latest polls show his conservative Likud Party lagging behind the center-left Zionist Union. But forming a government means assembling a coalition in Israel's parliament of many parties — so nothing is certain. Adding to this year's drama, Israeli Arabs may win enough seats to make a difference.
Three Americans, Briton Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Four rabbis — three Americans and one Briton, and all joint citizens of Israel -- were killed today in a Jerusalem synagogue by two Palestinians armed with knives, axes and guns. Both killers were shot to death by police. President Obama condemned the attacks, calling it, “a tragedy for both nations.” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu promised to, “demolish the homes of the terrorists who committed this massacre and to accelerate the demolishment of homes of previous terrorists and enforce law, to make punishment more severe and to outlaw all sorts of organizations.” Sheera Frenkel is with Buzz Feed in Jerusalem.
Israel Ramps up Rhetoric, Bombardment over Gaza Fighting continues in Gaza as both sides consider yet another ceasefire proposal. The bombing of Gaza’s lone power plant is further evidence of the humanitarian crisis for Palestinian civilians. Meantime, BuzzFeed has new evidence about the incident that triggered the Israeli incursion: three Israeli teenagers were not kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza after all.
Israel Resumes Air Strikes After Proposed Ceasefire Collapses Israel stopped air strikes in Gaza for six hours today while Egypt tried to negotiate a ceasefire. But Hamas said it was never consulted, and it never discontinued its rocket fire into Israel. Now Israeli air strikes have been resumed. Sheera Frenkel is a Middle East Correspondent for BuzzFeed.
Israel’s Netanyahu Keeps Power, but Centrists Score in Election After days of predictions that yesterday's parliamentary elections would move Israel farther right, a high turnout of voters produced some surprises. Sheera Frenkel is based in Jerusalem for the McClatchy Newspapers .
Possible Cease-Fire in the Works in Israel-Gaza Conflict As we began broadcasting and recording this program moments ago, there was hope that the hour for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel had arrived. We get an update from Sheera Frankel of NPR and the McClatchy Newspapers, who joins us from the border between Israel and Gaza, and Avi Issacharoff, Palestinian and Arab affairs correspondent for Ha'aretz .
US and Israel Discuss Iran's Nuclear Ambitions At the White House today, President Obama began a day of meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , who's been publicly impatient about preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. As they began, the President told reporters they both "prefer to solve this diplomatically." The Prime Minister said, "Israel and America stand together." Yesterday, at the annual meeting of AIPAC, anticipating criticism from Republicans and hard-line Israelis, the President addressed the issue head on. "Already, there is too much loose talk of war. Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government… I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
Settlement Construction in Jerusalem Will Go On Prime Minister Netanyahu has apologized for the timing, but the government of Israel had no comment today on US demands that he cancel construction of 1600 new housing units in east Jerusalem. Correspondent Sheera Frenkel is based in Jerusalem for McClatchy Newspapers .
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.