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  • Illustrative: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon at a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on January 11, 2018. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool)
    Illustrative: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon at a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on January 11, 2018. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool)
  • US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, June 7, 2017. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
    US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, June 7, 2017. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
  • US President Donald Trump meets with Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Oval office of the White House on October 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP PHOTO / Olivier Douliery)
    US President Donald Trump meets with Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Oval office of the White House on October 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP PHOTO / Olivier Douliery)
  • US Ambassador to the United Nation Nikki Haley speaks at the US Department of State in Washington DC on June 20, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS)
    US Ambassador to the United Nation Nikki Haley speaks at the US Department of State in Washington DC on June 20, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS)
  • UN Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley meets with President Rivlin in Jerusalem, June 7, 2017 (Mark Neiman/GPO)
    UN Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley meets with President Rivlin in Jerusalem, June 7, 2017 (Mark Neiman/GPO)
  • In this June 5, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein appears in court in New York. (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)
    In this June 5, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein appears in court in New York. (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)
  • Activists, members of the Human Rights Association Istanbul branch, holding posters with photos of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, talk to members of the media, during a protest in his support near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, October 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
    Activists, members of the Human Rights Association Istanbul branch, holding posters with photos of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, talk to members of the media, during a protest in his support near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, October 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman meets with undercover soldiers from the army's elite Duvdevan unit on October 9, 2018. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
    Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman meets with undercover soldiers from the army's elite Duvdevan unit on October 9, 2018. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Tuesday’s events as they unfolded.

Turkey to search Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry says Turkish authorities will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The ministry says in a statement that Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they are “open to cooperation,” and would allow the consulate building to be searched.

The ministry has not said when the premises would be searched.

Khashoggi disappeared a week ago after entering the consulate to obtain paperwork required for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

Turkish officials have alleged he was killed in the compound while Saudis officials said he left the building unharmed.

— AP

Jihadists, rebels withdraw most weapons from planned Syria buffer zone

Jihadists and Turkish-backed rebels in Syria’s last major opposition stronghold withdraw most of their heavy weapons from a planned buffer zone, ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, a monitor says.

The pullback is the first major test of a deal brokered by government ally Russia and rebel-backer Turkey last month to avoid what the United Nations warned would be the appalling humanitarian consequences of a major government offensive.

Under the agreement, all factions have until Wednesday to withdraw heavy weaponry from the 15- to 20-kilometer (nine- to 12-mile) wide buffer zone, which rings Idlib province and adjacent areas of the northwest.

And by next Monday, the buffer zone must be free of all jihadists, including those of the region’s dominant armed group, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) alliance led by Al-Qaeda’s former Syria branch.

— AFP

Netanyahu nominates Prof. Amir Yaron as next Bank of Israel governor

Amir Yaron, an Israeli-US citizen and finance professor, is nominated the next governor of the Bank of Israel, the country’s central bank.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon give a press conference and Netanyahu announces Yaron, 54, as the nominee for the position.

Netanyahu says Yaron is the “most suitable” candidate for the position and praises his relevant experience and “hands-on approach.”

Outgoing governor Karnit Flug is set to retire next month, after announcing earlier in the year that she would not be continuing in the position.

New Jordanian envoy holds first meeting at Israeli Foreign Ministry

Ghassan Majali, Jordan’s newly appointed ambassador to Israel, has his first meeting with Israeli Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem this afternoon.

Jordan last month officially announced the appointment of Majali, who previously served as the Jordanian ambassador to Spain, as its new top diplomat in Israel.

Former ambassador Walid Obeidat recently left Tel Aviv after serving as Jordan’s envoy for more than five years.

UN has ‘serious concern’ on missing Saudi writer

The UN human rights office says the disappearance of a Saudi journalist from the Saudi Consulate in Turkey’s largest city is “of serious concern,” and is urging the two countries to cooperate in investigating it.

Rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani says it would be “truly shocking” if reports of the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are confirmed.

Shamdasani says during a UN briefing in Geneva that the rights office is urging Turkey and Saudi Arabia to cooperate and conduct an “impartial and independent investigation” into Khashoggi’s disappearance in Istanbul, and “to make the findings public.”

She is not calling for a UN or other international investigations.

Turkish prosecutors are already investigating the disappearance of Khashoggi, who has written columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

— AP

Netanyahu says timing of next elections ‘still an open question’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells reporters that his government is “making efforts” to solve coalition crises and prevent early elections.

Speaking at a press conference announcing the next Bank of Israel governor, the premier says “we are making efforts to solve the issues, including the [ultra-Orthodox] draft problem.”

Regarding the possibility of calling elections earlier than November 2019, Netanyahu says: “If we find a way, we would be happy to continue until the end of the year. That is still an open question.”

Netanyahu also defends Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in his public spat with Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett, saying Bennett’s criticism was “unnecessary” and should have been voiced in cabinet meetings.

He also says the ongoing corruption probes against him aren’t affecting his daily activities.

“I am performing well, working a lot and not taking my eyes off the target.”

Netanyahu meets Russian deputy PM on boosting economic cooperation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Russian Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov, and they discuss economic partnership between their two countries, the Prime Minister’s Office says in a statement.

Akimov is participating in the 15th Joint Russian-Israel intergovernmental committee of economic cooperation.

During a meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Netanyahu talks with Akimov about cooperation in the fields of medicine, science, innovation, construction, and agriculture.

Netanyahu stresses the importance of international relations and the continued dialogue on regional threats, while taking advantage of common interests, the statement said.

— Stuart Winer

EU says bloc backs US demand for clarifications on missing Saudi journalist

The European Union is adding its weight to international demands for official clarifications about what happened to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc stands side-by-side with the United States in urging authorities to clear up the journalist’s disappearance in Turkey a week ago.

Mogherini tells The Associated Press: “Let me subscribe 100 percent (to) what (US) Secretary (of State Mike) Pompeo said just a few hours ago. We are fully aligned with the United States on this, with the US position on this.”

Mogherini adds: “We expect a thorough investigation and full transparency from the Saudi authorities on what has happened.”

— AP

Israeli businessman, Guatemala ex-VP sentenced in $18 million fraud scheme

A Guatemalan court sentences former vice president Roxana Baldetti to more than 15 years in prison for involvement in a fraudulent state contract involving an Israeli firm.

Israeli businessman Uri Roitman is sentenced to 11 years in jail for bribery and conspiracy, according to local media reports.

A UN-backed anti-corruption commission accused Baldetti and 12 other people of conspiring to grant an $18 million contract to clean up Lake Amatitlan to Israel-based company M. Tarcic Engineering Ltd. Investigators determined the company used a substance that was merely water, salt and chlorine.

Judge Pablo Xitumul imposes a 15-and-a-half year sentence on the 55-year-old Baldetti for illegal association, fraud and influence trafficking. He calls her “the big chief” of the plan. Baldetti has consistently denied wrongdoing.

— with AP

Merkel affirms Germany’s support for two-state solution, in call with Abbas

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tells Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a telephone conversation that Berlin supports achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of a two-state solution, the official PA news site Wafa reports.

Merkel also informs Abbas about the results of her meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week in Israel, the Wafa report adds, without elaborating.

The German chancellor met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem last Wednesday and Thursday.

Abbas thanks Merkel for Germany’s economic support in constructing PA government institutions and for supporting the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the UN body tasked with aiding Palestinian refugees, the Wafa report also says.

During a press conference with Netanyahu in Jerusalem last Thursday, Merkel pledged to call Abbas to ask him questions about the peace process and the situation in the Gaza Strip.

— Adam Rasgon

Police find suspicious balloon near Modiin

A suspicious balloon is found near the city of Modiin in central Israel, prompting police sappers to arrive at the scene.

Police say in a statement that its staff “prevented any injuries from taking place,” but does not confirm it was an incendiary balloon.

Watchdog says Putin honored suspect in Skripal poisoning

Investigative group Bellingcat says the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was decorated as a hero by President Vladimir Putin in 2014.

The site said yesterday that the man, who used the alias “Alexander Petrov,” is in fact Alexander Mishkin, a trained military doctor employed by Moscow’s GRU military intelligence service.

— AFP

DR Congo migrants in Israel to face deportation

The Israeli government withdraws the temporary group protection status from hundreds of migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo, meaning they could be deported.

The decision, made by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri after consulting the Foriegn Ministry, says there is no reason not to deport the Congolese migrants back to their home country, deeming the country safe, Haaretz reports.

The migrants now have until January 5, 2019 to leave Israel, after which visas will only be extended on a case-by-case basis, the Administration of Border Crossings, Population and Immigration says.

UN envoy says ‘anti-Semite’ Corbyn wants to ‘return Britain to dark times’

Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon slams UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during a visit to the British parliament, calling him “an anti-Semite who wants to return Britain to dark times in history.”

“In his actions and remarks, Corbyn enables racist manifestations, embraces his terrorist friends and encourages BDS activity,” Danon adds.

“Israel stands with the UK Jewish community at this time.”

Incendiary balloons from Gaza spark 3 blazes in southern Israel

Since this morning, firefighters have worked to extinguish three blazes caused by an incendiary balloons near Israeli towns along the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services says.

— Jacob Magid

Kanye West to visit Trump, discuss prison reform, violence

US rapper Kanye West has been invited to the White House.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says West is scheduled to have lunch with US President Donald Trump and meet with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Sanders says they’ll talk about manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, where West grew up.

The White House doesn’t say when West will visit.

Trump recently tweeted praise for West, who closed a “Saturday Night Live” show wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and delivering an unscripted pro-Trump message after the credits rolled.

West is married to reality television star Kim Kardashian West, who successfully pushed Trump to grant a pardon for a drug offender this year and has met with senior aides regarding criminal justice reform.

— AP

Hamas fetes Qatari fuel aid to Gaza as PA ‘failure’

Palestinian terror group Hamas responds to the entry of Qatari diesel fuel into the Gaza Strip this morning by saying that “all the Palestinian Authority’s attempts to prevent the step have failed,” despite “threats” made by PA officials.

The rulers of the Strip also say Gaza residents should “live with dignity, without blockades or wars,” Ynet reports.

US ambassador to UN Haley stepping down from post — reports

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley resigns from her position, according to a report in Axios.

President Trump is said to accept her resignation, which “shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials.”

Trump says there will be a “big announcement” when they meet shortly in the Oval Office.

Syria issues pardon for army deserters, draft dodgers

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad issues a general amnesty for army deserters and those who have avoided compulsory military service during the country’s seven-year civil war, state media says.

Assad declares “a general amnesty from any penalties for military deserters inside and outside the country,” SANA reports.

Tens of thousands of Syrian soldiers have deserted since the start of the war in 2011, some of them joining rebel factions and others either hiding at home or escaping abroad.

A similar number is estimated to have avoided completing compulsory military service. The fear of being sent to the front line has kept many male Syrian refugees from returning to their home country.

— AFP

Elie Wiesel bust unveiled in Romania to mark Holocaust day

A bust of renowned Romania-born Jewish writer Elie Wiesel is unveiled in Bucharest on the country’s national Holocaust remembrance day.

The director of Romania’s National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust joins Bucharest’s mayor and the US and Israeli ambassadors for today’s event in a small square named for Wiesel.

Wiesel and his family were among an estimated 14,000 Jews who were deported to the Auschwitz death camp from a town in northwest Romania in May 1944. His mother and younger sister died there.

In August, anti-Semitic graffiti appeared on the house in Sighetu Marmatiei where Wiesel was born. One stated Wiesel was “in hell with Hitler.”

Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and died in 2016.

— AP

Haley to leave post as UN envoy by end of year — Trump

US President Donald Trump says UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is leaving the administration “at the end of the year.”

Trump made the comment as he and Haley met in the Oval Office, shortly after word came of her plans to resign.

He calls Haley a “very special” person, adding that she told him six months ago that she might want to take some time off. Trump says that together, they had “solved a lot of problems.”

It’s the latest shake-up in the turbulent Trump administration just weeks before the November mid-term election.

No reason for the resignation was immediately provided.

Haley says ‘honor of a lifetime’ to have served under Trump, denies 2020 run

Resigning US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley tells President Donald Trump it has been “the honor of a lifetime” to serve under him.

She also denies she is planning a 2020 presidential run, saying her motives are unrelated to politics.

Israel’s UN envoy thanks Haley for ‘standing with truth’

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, thanks his resigning US counterpart Nikki Haley, who has led several key pro-Israel decisions during her tenure.

“Thank you, Nikki Haley!” he says in a statement. “Thank you for standing with the truth without fear. Thank you for representing the values common to Israel and the United States.

He says Haley “helped lead to a change in Israel’s status in the UN.”

Haley defends Jerusalem embassy move, says peace plan ‘unbelievably well done’

Resigning US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley defends US administration’s pro-Israel policies during her tenure, including moving the embassy to Jerusalem and pulling out from the Iran nuclear deal.

“We will put our embassy where we want to put out embassy,” Haley says while detailing what she says is the administration’s achievements over the last two years.

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a meeting with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on October 9, 2018. (AFP Photo/Olivier Douliery)

“I am such a lucky girl to lead the state that raised me and to serve a country that I love so very much,” she says at a joint press conference with President Donald Trump. “Look at the two years. Look at what has happen for two years on foreign policy. Now the United States is respected. Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do.

“Looking at what we’ve done on the Middle East peace plan. It is so unbelievably well done,” she adds, referring to the not-yet-unveiled plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Adds Haley: “I can’t say enough good things about Jared [Kushner] and Ivanka [Trump]. Jared is such a hidden genius that no one understands… We’re a better country because they’re in this administration.”

At the UN, Haley helped spearhead the Trump administration’s efforts to combat what it alleged to be anti-Israel and anti-US actions by the international body.

— with AP

Ivanka Trump praises ‘champion of truth’ Haley

Ivanka Trump praises outgoing US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley for being a “champion of truth, principled realism and integrity.”

Last fall, reports in US media said White House officials had floated the idea of the US president’s daughter and adviser replacing Haley as the country’s UN envoy.

Liberman says Israel ‘getting closer’ to capturing Barkan terrorist

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman says Israeli security forces are close to capturing the Palestinian terrorist who shot two Israelis to death in the West Bank earlier this week.

“We’re getting closer to the terrorist. His time is running out,” Liberman writes on his Twitter account.

Liberman sends out the tweet after meeting with soldiers from the elite Duvdevan unit’s undercover unit.

“This unit does things beyond imagination, far beyond any thriller,” he says.

Liberman also says he’s been “closely tracking” efforts to track down Ashraf Na’alowa, the suspected attacker.

— Alexander Fulbright

Hebrew U president says US student held at airport not in Israel to support BDS

Asher Cohen, president of Hebrew University, defends the institution’s decision to aid US student Lara Alqasem who has been held for a week at Ben Gurion airport and faces deportation.

Israel’s universities “are targeted by BDS,” Cohen tells Army Radio, adding that “we’re always against BDS.”

But the university is acting with the student, who has Palestinian origins, in her legal effort against the state because “what’s being done [by Erdan’s Strategic Affairs Ministry] regarding this student hurts our activities against BDS.

“She says she’s coming to study for a year,” he adds. “That activity of hers is against BDS.”

Cohen says the university supports the law that bars BDS activists, “but this is [a legal battle] over the interpretation of the law. The law is intended to stop BDS activists. But that’s not what she’s coming here to do.”

Lapid praises Haley as a ‘beacon of light’ at UN

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid responds to Nikki Haley’s resignation as US ambassador to the UN, saying she has acted as “a beacon of light” at the international body.

“Her standing up for the State of Israel has been brave and unconditional, even in hard times,” Lapid says in a statement.

“Thank you Haley, you will always be welcome here.”

— Raoul Wootliff

Fire balloon from Gaza starts fire in Israeli forest

A fire breaks out at Kissufim Forest near Gaza as a result of an incendiary balloon launched from the Strip, the Fire and Rescue Services say in a statement.

Firefighting teams are at the scene at the Eshkol Regional Council, along with KKL-JNF staff.

Netanyahu thanks Haley for leading struggle against UN ‘hypocrisy’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praises US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley after she announces she’ll resign at the end of the year.

“I thank you Ambassador Nikki Haley for leading an uncompromising struggle against the hypocrisy of the UN and for the truth and justice of our country. Godspeed,” he says in a statement.

Iranian diplomat extradited to Belgium over ‘bomb plot’ in France

An Iranian diplomat linked to an alleged bomb plot against an Iranian opposition rally in France is extradited to Belgium from Germany, prosecutors say.

The Vienna-based Iranian, who has previously been identified as Assadollah Assadi, is handed over and will appear tomorrow before the Belgian judge in charge of the case, Wenke Roggen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutor’s Office tells AFP.

— AFP

Weinstein due in court as judge mulls motion to dismiss case

Harvey Weinstein is due in a US court as a New York judge weighs his bid to have some or all of his sexual assault case thrown out.

A court spokesman says Judge James Burke will deliver a partial ruling on defense motions at Thursday’s hearing. The disgraced movie mogul’s next court date had been scheduled for November 8.

Weinstein faces a six-count indictment covering allegations from three women. He has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault.

His lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, has said prosecutors failed to inform the grand jury of evidence showing a friendly relationship between Weinstein and one accuser.

He also asked the judge to dismiss an assault count because prosecutors didn’t pinpoint the date it happened.

Prosecutors say they’re investigating the circumstances of that charge and that the other counts should stand.

— AP

Coalition party chief says will support immunity for Netanyahu if indicted

The leader of a coalition party says that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reelected in the next Knesset election, his party will support a law that would grant him immunity in case he is charged in one or more of the corruption cases against him, Channel 10 reports.

According to the report, the unnamed minister explains that toppling Netanyahu’s government after the election would be a “distortion of the voters’ wishes,” since they are already aware of the suspicions against the premier.

He also says his party wouldn’t want to strengthen another senior Likud member, who would replace Netanyahu, ahead of the elections that would follow.

Polish leader honors WWII diplomat who tried to help Jews

Poland’s president and descendants of Holocaust survivors hold a graveside ceremony to honor a Polish diplomat in Switzerland who helped Jews escape Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II by issuing phony Latin American passports.

The ceremony takes place at the Friedental cemetery in Lucerne, Switzerland, where Konstanty Rokicki was buried in 1958 in a simple grave after dying in poverty. A new gravestone is placed that describes his role in saving Jews.

Rokicki’s actions were a “brighter star in that night of black despair,” Andrzej Duda tells dozens of attendants.

— AP

Haley’s resignation letter short on details, mentions support for ‘term limits’

Nikki Haley’s resignation letter as US envoy to the UN doesn’t give a detailed explanation for her decision, but says she is returning to the private sector.

The letter handed today to President Trump does mention her support for “term limits,” adding that “rotation in office benefits the public.”

As she did in her press conference with Trump earlier in the day, Haley cites what she says is the administration’s achievements during her tenure and hails the administration’s decisions in support of Israel.

Greenblatt praises Haley for fighting for Israel at UN

US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, praises outgoing UN ambassador Nikki Haley for combating what he calls anti-Israel bias at the world body, adding she will be “sorely missed.”

Ethics group urged probe on Nikki Haley travel a day before her resignation

An anti-corruption group had urged an investigation into Nikki Haley’s acceptance of private airplanes and free basketball tickets a day before she resigned today as US ambassador to the United Nations.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had urged the State Department’s inspector general to probe seven flights that Haley and her husband took last year on the luxury aircraft of businessmen from South Carolina, where she was formerly governor.

Haley, on a filing required of government employees, disclosed the flights from New York to South Carolina and Washington and estimated the highest value at $1,066, based on the cost of commercial first-class tickets.

But the pressure group says the value was more likely in the tens of thousands of dollars.

— AFP

Top Democratic senator ‘deeply concerned’ by Haley’s departure

The top Democrat on the US Senate Foreign Relations committee says Nikki Haley’s resignation as United Nations ambassador is “yet another sign of the Trump administration’s chaotic foreign policy.”

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez says in a statement he’s “deeply concerned about the leadership vacuum” that will be created by Haley’s departure.

— AP

Rivlin says Haley’s tenure a ‘turning point’ in US foreign policy

President Reuven Rivlin calls outgoing US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley an “envoy of truth” and says her activity “removed the cynical veil from processes promoted at the UN and in international organizations.”

In a statement, Rivlin adds that Haley’s tenure will be remembered as a “turning point in the US’s policy toward international bodies and their frequently discriminatory treatment of Israel.

“We will keep viewing Haley as a true friend and would be happy to welcome her at the President’s Residence during her next visit to Israel.”

Finance minister says he won’t let Netanyahu continue as PM if he’s charged

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon says he won’t let Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keep serving if he is indicted in one or more of the corruption probes against him, a day after reports emerge that the premier will ask coalition partners to support him even in that scenario.

“A prime minister under an indictment and after a hearing won’t be able to function,” Kahlon tells Hadashot TV.

UN secretary-general offers praise for Haley despite policy differences

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s office is expressing “deep appreciation for the excellent cooperation and support” from US Ambassador Nikki Haley, despite major policy differences on issues including climate change and Palestinian refugees.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric tells reporters at UN headquarters that the UN-US relationship, and the relationship between the secretary-general and the US ambassador, is “very critical.”

He says Guterres and Haley had “a very productive and strong working relationship” and “worked hard to promote constructive ties between the United Nations and the United States.”

He adds, the UN’s differences with the Trump administration “are open and for all to see.”

— AP

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