On Wednesday, Israeli news media began reporting, based on an anonymous source within the prime minister’s office, that Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to call elections for this coming November—which, were it to actually happen, would be the fourth election in nineteen months. But even though polls show Netanyahu’s Likud party with a solid lead, writes Haviv Rettig Gur, the same polls show that it would likely be very difficult for him to form a governing coalition. It’s more probable that Netanyahu is simply bluffing, Gur argues:
No, Israel Probably Won’t Hold Elections in November
Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?
On Tuesday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz came to Washington and met with his American counterpart Mark Esper to discuss the possibility that the U.S. will sell its top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the breakthrough in relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, many Israelis fear that selling the aircraft to the UAE would erode the Jewish state’s qualitive military edge over its neighbors—which the U.S. is required to by an act of Congress to uphold. Shimon Arad explains these concerns: