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With Netanyahu poised to become PM again, Bahrain says will ‘continue building our partnership’

A Gulf Air A320 plane coming from the Bahraini capital Manama arrives at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on September 30, 2021. (EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
A Gulf Air A320 plane coming from the Bahraini capital Manama arrives at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on September 30, 2021. (EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Bahrain says it will continue to advance growing ties with Israel, as former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to form a new government.

Following this past week’s election, Israel looks set to usher in its most right-wing government ever, including extreme-right elements.

A normalization agreement between Israel and Bahrain was signed under Netanyahu’s previous government in 2020.

According to the Reuters news agency, the diplomatic adviser to Bahrain’s king says Netanyahu’s win is “normal and always expected.”

“We have an agreement with Israel, part of the Abraham Accords, and we will stick to our agreement and we expect it to continue in the same line and continue building our partnership together,” says Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.

“We will want to make an example and succeed together and face all the threats,” he adds.

Palestinian allegedly stoning Israeli cars shot dead, another seriously hurt

Israeli troops opened fire at a group of Palestinians allegedly hurling stones at Israeli cars on the Route 60 highway near the West Bank town of Sinjil, killing one.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, several Israeli cars traveling along Route 60, the West Bank’s main north-south highway, are damaged in the stone-throwing attacks in the area.

Troops stationed nearby ambushed the group of alleged stone throwers, the military says.

One of the Palestinians is killed and another is seriously hurt. The seriously wounded man is being treated by army medics.

‘Terror’ motive behind UK immigration center attack, police say

Fire seen rising for an an immigration center in the English port town of Dover, after a man threw firebombs toward it, October 30, 2022. (Twitter screenshot: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Fire seen rising for an an immigration center in the English port town of Dover, after a man threw firebombs toward it, October 30, 2022. (Twitter screenshot: used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

LONDON — Last week’s firebombing of a UK migrant processing center was motivated by “terrorist ideology,” counter-terrorism police say.

Police say evidence — including from devices — suggests “an extreme right-wing motivation behind the attack” in the southeast port town of Dover on October 30.

The evidence recovered “indicates the attack… was motivated by a terrorist ideology,” police say.

Homemade incendiary devices were thrown at the Western Jet Foil Border Force center, leaving two staff with minor injuries.

The facility in the busy town processes migrants who have crossed the Channel from northern Europe in small boats.

Tim Jacques, a senior national coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, says while there were “strong indications that mental health was likely a factor”, he had concluded that the “suspect’s actions were primarily driven by an extremist ideology”.

These met the “threshold for a terrorist incident,” he says.

The attack was carried out by a 66-year-old man who was later found dead.

“There is currently nothing to suggest the offender was working alongside anyone else and there is not believed to be any wider threat to the public,” police say.

The British government is currently grappling with how to deal with a record number of migrants crossing the Channel from northern Europe in small boats.

Likud MK says Tel Aviv light rail won’t operate on Shabbat

Construction at the Allenby underground station of the light rail, part of the red line in Tel Aviv, July 14, 2021. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)
Construction at the Allenby underground station of the light rail, part of the red line in Tel Aviv, July 14, 2021. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Former transportation minister and Likud MK Miri Regev says the soon-to-open light rail system in the Tel Aviv area will not operate on Shabbat.

The outgoing minister Merav Michaeli had vowed last month that the rail would run on Saturdays.

Speaking to Channel 12 news, Regev says the rail will not operate on Shabbat, but she does not confirm if she will even return to the Transportation Ministry to order such a move.

Netanyahu invites right-religious bloc leaders for meetings tomorrow

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu waves to his supporters at his party's headquarters in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu waves to his supporters at his party's headquarters in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu has invited the leaders of his right-wing and religious bloc for individual meetings tomorrow in Jerusalem, his office says.

The meetings would come before Netanyahu is formally tasked with building a coalition, although he is expected to form one with his partners.

The Walla news site cites sources in Netanyahu’s bloc saying the meetings are not “official negotiations.”

Netanyahu is expected to meet with Itamar Ben Gvir, the leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party, later in the week as he is currently on holiday, Walla says.

Netanyahu’s bloc won 64 seats out of 120 in last week’s elections.

Outgoing Labor MK says Merav Michaeli made ‘big mistake’ by not merging with Meretz

Labor party MK Emilie Moatti attends a Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting at the Knesset, November 9, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Labor party MK Emilie Moatti attends a Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting at the Knesset, November 9, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Outgoing Labor MK Emilie Moatti says party leader Merav Michaeli made a “big mistake” by not merging with the left-wing Meretz party ahead of the election.

“It was a very big mistake of Merav Michaeli not to merge with Meretz and not to take [Prime Minister Yair] Lapid’s offer,” Moatti, who is placed sixth on the Labor list, tells Channel 12 news.

“I could have flipped tables and made myself louder, I could have threatened, and I didn’t. Maybe I should have done that,” she says.

Labor won just four seats in last week’s election, while Meretz did not cross the electoral threshold.

National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata said set to resign with outgoing government

National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata speaks at the annual conference of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism Policy (ICT) at Reichman University in Herzliya on September 15, 2022. (Gilad Kavalerchik)
National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata speaks at the annual conference of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism Policy (ICT) at Reichman University in Herzliya on September 15, 2022. (Gilad Kavalerchik)

National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata is set to resign as Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to swear in a new government in the coming weeks, according to the Kan public broadcaster.

According to Kan, Hulata announced that he will not continue in his position, and will resign once the current and outgoing government formally ends.

There has not yet been a public announcement by Hulata or by the Prime Minister’s Office regarding his resignation.

Kan lists two possible replacements for Hulata: former Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, who is considered close to Netanyahu; and Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, a twice rejected candidate for chief of the Israeli military, and Netanyahu’s military secretary when he was prime minister.

13-year-old girl regains consciousness after being shot in West Bank’s Kiryat Arba

A picture taken from the West Bank city of Hebron on June 25, 2017 shows a view of the Kiryat Arba settlement on the outskirts of the city. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)
A picture taken from the West Bank city of Hebron on June 25, 2017 shows a view of the Kiryat Arba settlement on the outskirts of the city. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

The condition of a 13-year-old Israeli girl who was shot in the head and critically wounded under unclear circumstances in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on Thursday has further improved.

Tamar Aharon has fully regained consciousness, a day after she began to breath independently, the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital says.

“Today she is fully awake, communicating with her family and the medical staff,” the hospital says.

Aharon had been rushed to the hospital by Magen David Adom paramedics while unconscious after being hit by gunfire while walking down a street in Kiryat Arba.

The military believes errant gunfire from the adjacent Palestinian city of Hebron was likely responsible.

IDF foils bid to smuggle 31kg worth of drugs over Egypt border

Troops foil an attempt to smuggle marijuana into Israel from Egypt last night, the Israel Defense Forces says.

According to the IDF, soldiers seized some 31 kilograms (68 pounds) of hashish, estimated to be worth NIS 1.2 million ($345,000) near the border.

No arrests are made, as the suspects who hurled the package over the border, and those who arrived to pick it up, fled.

The drugs are taken by police for investigation.

Likud MK said to threaten Netanyahu if not given Justice Ministry

Likud MK David Amsalem attends a Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee meeting on June 26, 2022. (Olivier FItoussi/Flash90)
Likud MK David Amsalem attends a Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee meeting on June 26, 2022. (Olivier FItoussi/Flash90)

Likud MK David Amsalem reportedly threatens party leader Benjamin Netanyahu if he is not given the role of justice minister in the expected incoming government, the Walla news site reports.

Amsalem, known for his brash style, tells other party members at an event last week: “I’ll only be justice minister, if not — I’ll be on his head for four years.”

Amsalem denies the quote, Walla says, citing a statement issued on his behalf. “He doesn’t talk like that about the prime minister-elect and these things are probably a figment of the imagination of one person or another,” the statement says.

Still, sources close to Amsalem say the Justice Ministry is the only ministerial role the MK is interested in; however, if he does not receive it, he will still remain in the Knesset.

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