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Fake AIPAC’s endorsement of apartheid goes viral and top Jewish exec departs as Twitter turmoil mounts

By PHILISSA CRAMER

(JTA) — For a short time Thursday night, Twitter users could see a post that would confuse anyone plugged in to the world of Israel advocacy.

“We ❤️ apartheid,” tweeted an account with the handle AIPAC, the acronym for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The account’s profile picture was the same red-and-blue Jewish star that the organization has long used on the social media platform.

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Biden congratulates Netanyahu on his win — and is told to expect more normalization deals

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden called Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on being reelected Israeli prime minister. Netanyahu said the two would work to expand the Abraham Accords.

“President Biden called me to congratulate me on my elections victory and said the U.S.-Israel alliance is as resilient as ever,’ Netanyahu said Monday in Hebrew on Twitter. “I thanked President Biden for our close personal friendship of...

Decisive victory: Netanyahu’s bloc secures 64 mandates

– With more than 4.7 million votes officially counted, or 99.87% of the total ballots cast in Israel’s election on Tuesday, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-religious bloc has emerged victorious.

According to the results the Central Elections Committee (CEC) announced on Thursday evening, Netanyahu’s bloc will pick up 64 seats. The far-left Meretz and anti-Zionist Arab Balad parties have been eliminated and will not enter the Knesset.

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Lapid concedes to Netanyahu, prepares to hand over reins of government

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called his rival, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to concede this week’s election as most of the votes were counted by the end of Thursday.

“The State of Israel is above any political consideration. I wish Netanyahu luck for the sake of the people of Israel and the State of Israel,” Lapid wrote in a statement.

Netanyahu, meantime, has launched...

Netanyahu seeks to form government in two weeks

– Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu will attempt to form a governing coalition in just two weeks, by Nov. 15, the date of the swearing-in of the new Knesset, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

Netanyahu’s move reflects his confidence that he will easily form a government, as he would normally be given 28 days to build a coalition with the possibility of a 14-day extension. He will assign...

Israel exit polls predict narrow win for Netanyahu with help of surging right-wing bloc

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — According to exit polls, Benjamin Netanyahu looks to have eked out a victory in Israel’s election on Tuesday, with a projected bloc of 61-62 seats, at or just above the 61 needed to form a majority in a 120-seat parliament.

Those polls, taken at voting stations by local broadcasters and released at 10 p.m. Israel time, have been known to be skewed compared to the...

Israel and Lebanon sign US-brokered maritime boundaries deal

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — After years of negotiation and military posturing, Israel and Lebanon signed a U.S.-brokered agreement that establishes maritime boundaries between the countries, allowing each to explore for fossil fuels unthreatened by the prospect of an attack.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, heading into an election next Tuesday and under fire from his rival, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who says the deal concedes too much, cast...

Israel’s upcoming election and its high stakes for democracy, explained

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid was all smiles on Thursday, as he signed a long-delayed maritime deal with Lebanon, an adversary in the region. “It is not every day that an enemy state recognizes the State of Israel,” he boasted at a cabinet meeting.

But his good mood likely won’t last long. 

Despite helping oust Israel’s polarizing and longtime face on the world stage, Benjamin...

Israeli seriously wounded in Jerusalem attack; assailant neutralized

(JNS.org) –A 20-year-old Israeli was seriously wounded on Saturday in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem’s Givat Hamivtar neighborhood, according to an Israel Police statement.

The victim was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics and taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where he was slated to undergo surgery. He was listed in critical but stable condition.

The assailant, a Palestinian, fled the scene on foot before being tracked...

As Russia scales back in Syria, Israel says it still won’t give Ukraine weapons

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Intelligence officials say Russia has removed troops and an air defense system from Syria, removing a factor that until now has inhibited Israel from assisting Ukraine in defending itself from Russia’s war against the country.

Israel has delivered substantial humanitarian aid to Ukraine since the war’s launch but has resisted calls from the West and from Ukraine to provide defensive weapons. A main reason is...