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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The results of Israel’s election are here. 

 

THE BACKGROUND.

A couple years ago, Israel headed to the polls - and handed the win to current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (his opponent was Benny Gantz). Problem, since his political party didn’t snag the majority. Meaning it was up to Netanyahu to get a group of parties together in a coalition. Whiiiich he wasn’t able to do. Intro election number two - except after multiple attempts, neither candidate was able to form a majority gov. So last year, Israel had its third election in eleven months. And yet again, the result was not all that certain. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Recently, Israel had its fourth election in just over two years. Not a typo. The results...are a lot of the same

 

THE DEETS. 

Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party won the most seats in Israel’s parliament, but like the other three elections, they weren’t able to immediately cobble together enough support from other parties to (say it with us) form a majority. When that happens, the country’s prez picks the candidate he thinks has the best shot of somehow forming a gov. This time around, the lucky winner was Netanyahu - but the prez says he still doesn’t think he’ll be able to get the job done. 

 

THE TAKE. 

If Netanyahu isn’t able to get together enough support, Israel will be headed for its fifth election in a few years. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

USA: Yesterday, the second week of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial got started. The biggest takeaway? The Minneapolis police chief testified that Chauvin “absolutely” violated dept policy on use of force. He said that there was an “initial reasonableness of trying to just get [George Floyd] under control in the first few seconds, but once there was no longer any resistance, to continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back, that in no way shape or form is anything that is by policy, part of our training and is certainly not part of our ethics or value.” Stay tuned. Meanwhile, United Airlines just slammed those new Georgia voting restrictions, joining bizes like Coca-Cola and Delta. 

 

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS: Virginia is making history. Recently, the state became the first in the South to ban gay and trans panic as a defense for murder. ICYDK, that's the argument that a victim’s gender identity or sexuality provoked the perpetrator to kill them in a crime of passion. You read that right. Speaking of which, Arkansas’ Republican governor just vetoed a piece of anti-trans legislation. The bill would have blocked physicians in the state from providing gender-affirming procedures for trans people under the age of 18. Despite the veto, there’s still a chance it could end up becoming law. Hint: it only takes a simple majority in the Arkansas state legislature to override a veto. 

 

WORLD: The other day, a tropical cyclone hit Indonesia, killing at least 119 people and leaving countless more missing. The cyclone brought rain, high waves, and deadly flooding and landslides to the region. Now, rescue teams are searching for any remaining survivors. In other news, Prez Vladimir Putin is eyeing even more years as Russia’s leader. Quick refresher: last year, Russia made sweeping changes to its constitution, giving Putin the chance to run again for two more six-year presidential terms. Now, it looks like the Prez is signing off on a new law that essentially formalizes those constitutional changes. 


WHAT TO KNOW

April:” what’s now Arab American Heritage Month. 


SAY WHAT?

“Ketchup reportedly suffering from latest COVID-era shortage” - an actual headline. Tomatoh no. 

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