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Bibi Concludes Coalition Negotiations Just Before Stroke of Midnight – Doesn’t Turn into Political Pumpkin … Yet

The Cinderella story of Israel’s post-election coalition negotiations has finally reached an eleventh hour conclusion. After seven weeks of tortuous negotiations filled with more backflips than an Olympic diving competition, Prime Minister Netanyahu managed to cobble together a coalition supported by the barest of bare minimums required to govern – 61 seats. Yet while Netanyahu barely managed avoid turning into a political pumpkin at the stroke of midnight, it remains to be seen whether he left behind a proverbial glass slipper that will haunt his government later down the track.

Lying in wait

The moment I heard about the devastating earthquake in Nepal, I knew that one of the first countries to put its hand up to offer assistance would be Israel. The IDF and other Israeli rescue teams are well renowned for their expertise in the area of crises. In 30 years, the IDF has sent 24 missions to 22 countries around the world, including countries that would not exactly call Israel a friend.

No Jews is no news…

For many years, the trend in reporting on world affairs seems to increasingly be that Israel is held to different standards than those which apply to its neighbours.