It’s Not Up to the Israeli Supreme Court to Decide Who Will Be the Next Prime Minister

The Jewish state’s High Court of Justice heard arguments yesterday about whether Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu should be allowed to form a new government despite the fact that the attorney general intends to indict him on charges of corruption. Previously, the court asserted that it is empowered to issue such a ruling, even though no law prohibits an indicted politician from serving as prime minister. If the court concludes that he cannot serve, the near-inevitable result would be to render the most recent election, like the two that preceded it, inconclusive—meaning that a fourth would take place in the fall. In March, before the current coalition was formed, David M. Weinberg warned of the possibility of such an intervention. He has republished his column on the subject, as it is now even more relevant:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli politics, Israeli Supreme Court, Knesset

Emmanuel Macron Signals an End to the Appeasement of Hizballah

Since the August 4 explosion in Beirut, Paris has sought to take an active role in helping its former colony’s recovery, and overseeing political reform. One major obstacle is Hizballah, which, in Matthew Levitt’s words, serves “as the militant defender of the corruption and cronyism of the current government system.” While France has historically been reluctant to confront the terrorist group, its president seems to be losing patience:

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More about: Emmanuel Macron, France, Hizballah, Lebanon, Terrorism