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

The U.S., Israel, and Their Arab Partners Should Work Together to Create the Next Generation of Defensive Weapons

Jan. 18 2021

Last month, Jerusalem and Washington announced the successful testing of jointly developed systems of high-tech devices for knocking incoming rockets and missiles out of the air. This technology, writes Michael Knights, is not only of strategic importance to both countries, but they can be of use to the Gulf states, which also are under the growing threat of Iranian missile attacks. Further improvements are necessary, and the Abraham Accords may be the best tool for advancing them:

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More about: Abraham Accords, Iron Dome, Israeli Security, Israeli technology, U.S. Security, US-Israel relations