This holiday commemorates events in Judea from more than 2,000 years ago when the Syrian king Antiochus ordered Jews to abandon the Torah and publicly worship Greek gods.
Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu congratulated his British counterpart Boris Johnson following Johnson’s landslide win in last week’s UK general election.
Boris Johnson’s big win in UK elections last week may be a sign of a trend with Jewish voters.
Any member of Israel’s parliament now has a 21-day window to seek the 61 seats necessary to become Prime Minister. If no frontrunner emerges, a new election will be called.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Mon. 18 Nov. 2019 said the Trump administration no longer views Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal.
Despite hundreds of rockets launched at civilians in Israel, most 2020 Democratic contenders were silent. Only Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar commented.
Hamas has thanked Iran for providing the rockets it used against Israel and warned that Tel Aviv would be struck again in any offensive against the Gaza Strip.
Gaza fired at least 160 rockets into Israel by mid-afternoon on Tues. 12 Nov. 2019, setting off sirens and forcing people into bomb shelters across the country including in Tel Aviv.
Iran on Mon. 4 Nov. 2019 announced that it is doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates. The centrifuge is 50 times faster than those allowed under the 2015 accord.