The coronavirus could force rival Benny Gantz to shake Netanyahu’s hand

15 March 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Having postponed his own trial for two months, Prime Minister Netanyahu may have left his rival with no option but to accept an offer to form a unity government

The National – 15 March 2020

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s caretaker prime minister, is preparing to squeeze every last drop of personal advantage from a local and global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He has needed to move fast.

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Coronavirus would see “collapse” of Gaza health system

9 March 2020 — The Electronic Intidada

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A Palestinian man prays outside the shuttered Mosque of Omar in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on 8 March. Abedalrahman Hassan APA images

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in the occupied West Bank has increased to 25, the World Health Organization reported on Monday.

That figure appears to be inclusive only of the Palestinian population and not the more than 620,000 residents of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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Netanyahu may yet prove himself the Houdini of Israeli politics

4 March 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The Israeli prime minister has worn down voters by refusing to go, while his rival Benny Gantz has no visible path to power

Middle East Eye – 4 March 2020

It may have taken him a year and three elections to achieve it, but on Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu started to look like the Great Houdini of Israeli politics – escape artist extraordinaire.

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With Head Lowered And Eyes Averted – Israeli Racism And The ‘Honourable’ Robert Peston

26 February 2020 — Media Lens

Robert Peston is one of the UK’s most high-profile broadcast journalists, renowned for his theatricality and… curious… halting… delivery. As political editor of ITV News he has enormous influence, including 1 million followers on Twitter, just behind the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, with 1.1 million. He also hosts a weekly ITV political discussion show, ‘Peston’. From 2006-2014, Peston was the business editor for BBC News and from 2014-2015 economics editor. Before that, he worked at the Financial Times 1991-2000, becoming the financial editor in charge of business and financial coverage. He then became a contributing editor of the hard-right magazine The Spectator and a weekly columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In 2001, he switched to the Sunday Times, where he wrote a weekly business profile, ‘Peston’s People’. The son of a Lord, Baron Peston of Mile End, he is entitled to use the ‘courtesy’ title, ‘The Honourable’.

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Profiting from loss: how business in illegal Israeli settlements continues unchecked

18 February 2020 — Jonathan Cook

UN efforts to protect Palestinian land from economic exploitation are failing, and exposing the hypocrisy of western states 

The National – 18 February 2020

After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel’s illegal annexation and settlement activity in the West Bank.

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Kissing International Law Goodbye to Satisfy Israeli Ambitions

10 February 2020 —American Herald Tribune

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Palestinian chiefs say that Trump’s so-called peace plan contains 300 violations of international law and they will take it up with the Security Council. That’s nearly two violations per page. Given the document was put together by America and Israel, both lawless and criminal to the core, no-one is surprised. It is a brazen expression of criminal intent from start to finish.

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Israel bans Palestinian exports in cruel and merciless ‘final nail’ policy

10th February 2020 — True Publica

Israel bans Palestinian exports in cruel and merciless final nail of its coffin

By TruePublica: Dalia Hatuqa – a journalist at The Economist, Washington Post and Foreign Policy confirms that “Israel is now banning Palestinians from exporting goods to international markets. This came after it banned them from exporting vegetables & fruit to Israel. This is HUGE. In 2018, agricultural exports to Israel were 68% of the total no. of exports ($88m).”

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The Trump plan is just a cover for Israel’s final land grab

4 February 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Israel needed a fresh pretext to justify seizing the last fragments of historic Palestine after the expiry of its Oslo alibi

Middle East Eye– 4 February 2020

The Trump “Vision for Peace” will never be implemented – and not because the Palestinians reject it. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s enthusiastic public embrace of the plan belies the fact that the Israeli right detest it too.

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Duh, Jared! Who built the PA as a police state?

4 February 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Maybe something good will come out of the Trump plan, after all. By pushing the Middle East peace process to its logical conclusion, Donald Trump has made crystal clear something that was supposed to have been obscured: that no US administration has ever really seen peace as the objective of its “peacemaking”.

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