This paper aims to analyze the political reflections following the police recommendation to indict the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and to open an investigation against him. Moreover, this paper aims to analyze potential scenarios in the Israeli scene in the upcoming period, which may result either in Netanyahu's fall and the dissolvement of his government and going to early elections, or in the Attorney General of Israel not accepting the police recommendations, thus empowering Netanyahu while legitimizing his discourse of persecution, in which he accuses mainly the media and Israeli traditional opposition elite.

The essence of current US-Israeli relations should not be analysed in the context of Palestinian and regional issues. Analysis needs to cover the political implications of the US President Donald Trump’s declaration of December 2017, which recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Implications of US Vice President Mike Pence’s recent visit to Israel also need to be taken into account.

Recent steps taken by the current Israeli government show that it is proceeding with consolidating the religious character and orthodox dimension of Israel, turning the country into an orthodox Jewish state. This has been facilitated by a set of laws and practices, which the Israeli government initiated in the public sphere and, more generally, in relevant policies.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

MADAR CENTER

The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.

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