У Запоріжжі посадовці пропонують освітянам підписати петицію на підтримку Гриневич

Посадовці департаменту освіти і науки Запорізької обласної державної адміністрації розсилали в установи електронні листи, в яких пропонували долучитися до підписання петиції  з пропозицією залишити Лілію Гриневич на посаді міністра освіти і науки України. Інформацію про це з фото такого листа в соцмережах оприлюднила одна з запорізьких активісток.

 

В департаменті освіти і науки Запорізької ОДА кореспондентові Радіо Свобода спростували інформацію про розсилку подібних листів, однак зазначили, що розмістили петицію відповідного змісту на сайті департаменту.

Як повідомила директорка департаменту Тетяна Озерова, вона особисто підтримує реформи, що наразі запроваджуються в освіті Лілею Гриневич, тому хотіла б, аби цей курс був збережений на далі. 

Озерова зазначила, що не є безпосередньою підлеглою Гриневич, не отримує зарплату в МОН, однак підтримує реформу освіти.

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«Сьогодні, коли реформа лише почалася, незважаючи на якісь політичні амбіції, в освіті має бути певна позиція, що Лілія Михайлівна може продовжити керувати розвитком міністерства для того, щоб реформи не змінили свій напрямок. Тому ми розмістили на сайті департаменту петицію – і це є відкрито – щоб звернути увагу, що є така робота, є такий напрямок… Ми не відстежуємо, хто голосує, не телефонуємо на місця і не вимагаємо звітувати. Це питання особисте кожного освітянина. Але наша і моя позиція сьогодні: я не агітую за політика – я сьогодні висловила свою позицію щодо можливості залишити Лілію Михайлівну на посаді міністра, хоча я розумію, що це політична фігура і вона буде змінена», – сказала Озерова в коментарі Радіо Свобода.

Лілія Гриневич очолює Міністерство освіти і науки з квітня 2016 року в уряді Володимира Гройсмана. Вона балотувалася в народні депутати України на позачергових парламентських виборах 2019 року за списком партії Гройсмана «Українська стратегія», однак партія не подолала 5%-й бар’єр.

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Ткаченко йде з посади генерального директора «1+1 медіа»

Олександр Ткаченко йде з посади генерального директора групи «1+1 медіа». З 19 серпня холдинг очолив В’ячеслав Мієнко.

У компанії повідомили, що замість генерального директора стратегічне управління групою здійснюватиме правління, склад якого затверджується акціонером.

До нього увійшли керівник «Телевізійного бізнесу» Максим Кривицький, керівник напряму платного телебачення і Shared Services Ярослав Пахольчук, керівник «1+1 Digital і Інновацій» Анна Ткаченко, директори з GR, маркетингових комунікацій і фінансовий директор (В’ячеслав Мієнко, Світлана Павелецька та Дмитро Тузов відповідно).

Ткаченко обраний народним депутатом за списками партії «Слуга народу».

До складу «1+1 медіа» належать телеканали «1+1», «2+2», «ТЕТ», «ПлюсПлюс», «1+1 International», «Уніан ТВ» і «Бігуді» та група інтернет-сайтів.

Мажоритарний пакет акцій холдингу належить бізнесмену Ігорю Коломойському.

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Російські ЗМІ повідомляють про смерть двох українських моряків в Росії від отруєння

Двоє українських моряків, які працювали на судні під прапором Панами, померли 20 серпня від отруєння метиловим спиртом в порту Тамані в Краснодарському краї Росії, повідомляє російське Федеральне агентство морського і річкового транспорту.

За інформацією російського відомства, 20 серпня на пульт берегової служби Тамані надійшло повідомлення від капітана танкера «Магус» (Панама) про те, що двоє членів екіпажу – помічник капітана та матрос другого класу, які є громадянами України, отруїлися метиловим спиртом.

Для евакуації постраждалих був надісланий буксир «Дерзкий». За цей час один із моряків помер. За повідомленнями, другий українець помер у лікарні.

Особисті дані загиблих не розголошуються. 

На сайті Федерального агентства морського і річкового транспорту Росії повдіомлення щодо інциденту немає. Радіо Свобода уточнює інформацію в Міністерстві закордонних справ України.

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Суд дозволив ймовірному учаснику «Самооборони Криму» вийти під заставу – прокуратура АРК

Херсонський міський суд дозволив підозрюваному в причетності до незаконного збройного формування «Самооборона Криму» вийти під заставу, повідомляє прокуратура Автономної республіки Криму.

«Ухвалою слідчого судді Херсонського міського суду Херсонської області продовжено запобіжний захід у виді тримання під вартою строком на 60 днів учаснику незаконного збройного формування «Самооборона Крыма». Проте, завдячуючи відомому рішенню Конституційного суду, суд надав можливість підозрюваному, який зі зброєю в руках приймав участь в окупації півострова, внести заставу в розмірі 321 120 гривень», – йдеться в повідомленні прокуратури.

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У відомстві нагадали, що інший слідчий суддя Херсонського міського суду в липні не став визначати розмір застави. Йдеться про чоловіка, якого затримали 11 червня на контрольно-пропускному пункті «Каланчак» на адміністративному кордоні з Кримом. Його підозрюють у причетності до незаконного збройного формування.

25 червня 2019 року Конституційний суд України ухвалив рішення про неконституційність обрання запобіжного заходу підозрюваним у державній зраді чи терористичних діях лише у вигляді тримання під вартою. Таким чином, підозрюваним у цих злочинах можна обирати запобіжний захід у вигляді звільнення під заставу або домашнього арешту.​

Ім’я підозрюваного в повідомленні прокуратури не називають.

11 червня на контроль-пропускному пункті «Каланчак» затримали мешканця Севастополя Степана Резуника, якого підозрюють у причетності до «Самооборони Криму».

Національна поліція АРК і Севастополя з початку 2019 року оголосила в розшук 28 членів «самооборони» Криму.

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На початку 2018 року прокурора АРК Гюндуз Мамедов повідомляв, що Прокуратура Автономної Республіки Крим встановила дані понад п’ятсот членів кримської «самооборони». Пізніше генеральний прокурор України Юрій Луценко повідомив, що українські правоохоронці встановили особи 900 членів «самооборони» Криму.

Формування «Самооборона Криму» з’явилося напередодні анексії півострова і допомагало російської анексії. 11 червня 2014 року підконтрольний Кремлю парламент півострова узаконив цю організацію, ухваливши відповідний закон.

Правозахисники не раз заявляли про причетність цього збройного формування до низки злочинів, більшість з яких досі в Криму не розкрита.

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As Rivals Head to California, Biden Chooses New Hampshire

Joe Biden won’t be among the parade of White House hopefuls in California this week, skipping the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting to campaign in New Hampshire instead.

The former vice president will have the nation’s first primary state essentially to himself as his top rivals jockey for attention from hundreds of Democratic officials gathered in San Francisco for the party’s last national meeting before presidential voting begins in February.
 
Biden’s choice is partly a reflection of Democrats’ new rules that strip DNC members of their presidential nominating votes on the first 2020 convention ballot. But it’s just as much an indication of Biden’s deliberate front-runner strategy as he continues to lead national and state primary polls: The 76-year-old candidate is choosing carefully when to appear alongside the candidates who are trying to upend him, and he’s keeping a distance, at least publicly, from the party machinery that ultimately proved an albatross to Hillary Clinton in her 2016 loss to Donald Trump.
 
“He has a real commitment to be in the early states,” said Biden’s campaign chairman, Cedric Richmond, pointing to Biden’s recent four-day swing through Iowa, the first caucus state, along with upcoming trips to South Carolina and Nevada and a return to Iowa. “I wouldn’t make any more of the scheduling decision than that.”
 
Indeed, Biden has joined multicandidate “cattle calls” in Iowa; Nevada, the first Western state in the nominating process; and South Carolina, which hosts the South’s first primary.
 
The Biden campaign also isn’t ignoring the DNC. Campaign manager Greg Schultz will be in San Francisco on his boss’s behalf. Yet the national Democratic gathering is a notable absence for the candidate himself, given Biden’s deep connections across the party as a two-term vice president and six-term senator who’s run for president twice before; and Biden aides have noted quietly that they are keenly aware of the criticism Clinton absorbed in 2016 as progressive activists who backed Bernie Sanders accused the DNC of favoritism. Biden’s team doesn’t want a repeat if he’s the nominee.
 
With Biden away, DNC members will hear from, among others, Sanders and his fellow senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, the hometown favorite who served previously as a local prosecutor and California attorney general. Several candidates have scheduled their own events in California beyond the DNC sessions.
 
California will be critical to the nomination after moving up its primary to join a Southern-heavy Super Tuesday lineup next March. The state will have 400 pledged delegates at stake, the largest of any state and about a fifth of the total necessary to win the nomination.
 
Democrats in California criticized Biden’s absence in the spring, but prominent DNC member and Californian Christine Pelosi said it makes sense this time around given the audience.
 
 “We’re not a room of 400 superdelegates anymore,” said Pelosi, a daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We’re just a room full of activists. … And everyone knows Vice President Biden. This is far more important for candidates who aren’t as well known.”
 
That said, Pelosi noted that party events in California can sometimes draw boisterous crowds of progressives, like the one at the state party convention that jeered as some party moderates warned against veering too far left. And while Biden certainly wouldn’t face a hostile crowd of DNC delegates, there’s plenty of potential for activists or protesters to make their presence known.
 
“Some people can crash and scream,” said Pelosi, who says she will not publicly back a candidate during the nomination process. “That might make for good TV, but it’s not really advancing the cause” or ideal for Biden.
 
There’s also another variable for Biden — and his fellow candidates — to consider: the big money that it takes to compete in California. In New Hampshire and Iowa, voters expect aggressive retail politics and close contact with would-be presidents. That doesn’t work in a state of 40 million residents, with candidates instead forced to spend heavily on traditional television advertising and digital ads to reach voters.
 
 “He will be back to California again,” Richmond said. “And we will have the resources to compete there.”

 

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Michael Bennet Banking on Moderation in Age of Trump

Michael Bennet was about as fired up as he ever gets at the Iowa State Fair’s Political Soapbox, railing against Bernie Sanders’ health care plan — but politely.

“I respect him because he tells the truth about what’s in his plan, but I disagree that that’s gonna get us universal health care in America,” said Bennet, a Colorado senator and decidedly lower tier Democratic presidential candidate.

He prompted boos from the crowd, most of whom were waiting in the heat to see Sanders speak shortly after him, but Bennet wasn’t too fussed. As admirers thronged to the Vermont senator, Bennet went on to tour the fair and hop aboard a few rides with his daughters.

Bennet is pursuing the presidency as the anti-Donald Trump: measured and moderate. Contemplative and competent. With the energy in the Democratic Party radiating from the left and the president so often shouting from the right, Bennet’s journey has been a lonely road.

But he insists he won’t change course.

“If we are forever trapped in a world of instantaneous celebrity that is driven by social media, it may be that I’m not the person for that time,” he said in an interview. “But just like with many other things, I prefer not to think that we’re living in a permanent state of a broken-down political system that won’t deliver on all the promises these candidates are making.”

Bennet’s odds of winning the Democratic presidential nomination are as long as his thoughts are deep.

His new book is his version of an urgent call to arms to restore American democracy and no one’s idea of a bestseller.

And yet, Bennet is tying his candidacy to perhaps the most audacious proposition of all, that voters may actually crave the opposite of the relentlessly turbulent tenure of Trump.

He made that pitch explicit in a tweet, pledging, “If you elect me president, I promise you won’t have to think about me for 2 weeks at a time. I’ll do my job watching out for North Korea and ending this trade war. So you can go raise your kids and live your lives.”

James Carville, a top strategist on both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s early presidential campaigns, is bullish on Bennet because he believes that “the way to beat Trump is to be as profoundly different from Trump as you can be.”

“Just be nice, be calm, get out of everybody’s face,” he said. “If the country is looking for the most unlike Donald Trump person, I think Michael Bennet is that person.”

Carville said he’s spoken to other Democrats who believe Bennet would make the best president out of any candidate in the field. Carville said he would make an even better nominee than Joe Biden because “he’d be new, different, younger and … could project forward.”

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet speaks at the Des Moines Register Soapbox during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.

But before Bennet can even be taken seriously as the challenger to Trump, he must emerge from a field of two dozen other Democratic hopefuls, including a cluster that shares some version of his pragmatic approach, such as Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Many trees must fall before primary voters would see Bennet as their alternative.

He is at his most animated when he is assailing “Medicare for All,” Sanders’ signature policy proposal and one also embraced by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“I really believe that, better than the other people that are in this field, the agenda that I’m pursuing is an agenda that Democrats in Iowa and South Carolina, New Hampshire and Nevada will recognize themselves in,” he said.

Indeed, some voters in Iowa do see an appeal in Bennet’s calm.

“That’s what I want — someone who’s really steady, and he has a reputation for being really knowledgeable about policy,” said Linda Simonton, a 71-year-old retiree from Des Moines, after seeing Bennet speak at the fair. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s worked in the Senate, he’s worked on immigration, he’s worked across the aisle.”

And the Des Moines Register editorial board praised Bennet after sitting down with him, encouraging caucusgoers to give him “more attention.”

“He offers a much-needed reality check on the promises candidates are offering and what it will take to accomplish meaningful change,” the board wrote.

Bennet is Trump’s opposite even in style. Compared to other candidates who shout or sermonize on the stump, Bennet tends toward monotone that can make his speeches sound like a well-intentioned lecture from someone’s father. On the stump at the state fair, Bennet, who delayed his entrance into the race because he had prostate cancer, even joked to the crowd that they should get their prostates checked.

Asa Leonard, an 18-year-old art student who saw Bennet in Knoxville, Iowa, said he was “charmed” by the senator’s style.

“He’s very much a dad-jokey kind of guy, very nice and calm and open, and a little stern but not aggressively so,” he said.

That style appeals to even some voters who identify as more progressive. Leonard, who said he favors South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg or Sanders to Bennet, said Bennet was “the most compelling person from the moderate policy lineup.”

Audience members wearing “Moms Demand Action” gun reform T-shirts listen to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet speak at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Still, some of Bennet’s supporters are skeptical that he can break through. Phyllis Weeks, a 69-year-old Democratic activist, enthusiastically asked Bennet if he needed donations to get into the next debate because “I think you have some really good things to say.”

Weeks said she liked that he’s a “steady hand” and “has a lot of authority and wisdom,” but said she was skeptical of his chances in the primary.

“I don’t know that Michael Bennet can win the nomination,” she said.

And Simonton, who saw Bennet at the fair and said she likes that he’s a “nice kind of mild-mannered guy,” also admitted “it’s actually my belief” that a more “macho” guy would be more motivating for voters.

“I have to think about who other people would like … like with Steve Bullock, I think, OK, here’s a really good-looking, kind of macho, nice guy, all wrapped up in one, that I think a lot of people would find really appealing,” she said.

Bennet’s heard this kind of thing before. But he doesn’t feel compelled to change his style, or his message, to prove them wrong.  

“I’ve heard people say … are you too nice?” he said. “But I think what they’re really asking is, ‘Are you tough enough for this? And I think I am tough enough for this.'”

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Romney Says Climate Change Happening, Humans Contribute

U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he believes climate change is happening and human activity is a significant contributor.

During a speech at the conservative Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, the senator acknowledged that the position is rare among his fellow Republicans, but one that younger people seem to respond to more strongly than older conservatives.

“In some respects, (by speaking with newer conservatives), I’ll be able to make inroads with some of the young people coming along,” he said.

The former GOP presidential nominee has acknowledged climate change before, and said during his 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate in Utah that “climate realities” will make wildfires more common and destructive in the West. His comments Monday took that stance a step further.

Still, Romney said he’s opposed to the Green New Deal economic package intended to fight climate change, calling it “silliness” in part because much of the growth in emissions is coming from developing countries such as India and Brazil rather than the U.S.

The U.S. should instead provide incentivizes for entrepreneurs to develop cleaner energy sources while also helping people who work in industries that could be left behind, such as coal mining, he added.

“I’m not willing to sit by if there are major sectors that are losers … and watch people and communities suffer because of that change,” he said.

Romney discussed the benefits of a carbon tax, a fee based on each ton of carbon dioxide emissions produced by fossil fuels that some major oil companies have adopted. He suggested a portion of the tax revenue could go to coal workers in rural communities that would suffer financially from the move to cleaner power alternatives.

The former Massachusetts governor also criticized “Medicare for All” proposals supported by candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination that would put the government in charge of most health benefits.

Romney said the “deeply discounted” Medicare payments would cripple the revenue of “virtually every hospital in rural America.”

On immigration, Romney said he shared the angst of Democrats over family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it a “very dark chapter” in the country’s history. He stressed the need for tougher border security and a “merit-based system” of legal immigration, but added that Republicans need to agree on a stance before negotiating immigration policies with Democrats.

The senator has yet to endorse a candidate in the 2020 presidential election but has said that Trump will likely win re-election in 2020 as an incumbent presiding over a strong economy.

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Журналістка розповіла про вибачення від «Слуги народу» за «тупу вівцю»

Журналістка видання «Новое время» Ольга Духнич розповіла, що в партії «Слуга народу» перед нею вибачилися за образливе висловлювання Максима Бужанського, який у своєму Telegram-каналі назвав журналістку «тупою вівцею».

«Голова партії «Слуга народу» Дмитро Разумков вчора переді мною вибачився, партія назвала таку комунікацію з журналістами неприпустимою», – написала Духнич 19 серпня у фейсбуці.

Вона також прокоментувала звинувачення у своїх оцінних судженнях щодо Бужанського.

«Мої оцінні судження будувалися на аналізі публічних постів пана Бужанського в мережі. Який писав про фатально негативну роль Революції гідності в житті країни, позитивно відгукувався про Сталіна і писав про те, що Віктор Янукович не був аж таким поганим президентом для України (нагадувати про розстріли людей і закони 16 січня варто?) Якщо всі ці пости ім’ярек зберіг на своїй сторінці, то про його погляди на світ і на життя багато хто дійде до того ж висновку, що і я», – додала Духнич.

Раніше в партії «Слуга народу» відреагували на образливе висловлювання Бужанського, обраного від цієї політсили народним депутатом, на адресу Духнич.

Його реакцію на слова Духнич у партії назвали «хоч і надмірною та неетичною, але достатньо зрозумілою реакцією на оцінні судження стосовно особистих почуттів, які обраний народний депутат нібито має до СРСР та певних українських політиків». Тому ми просимо представників засобів масової інформації утримуватися від такого роду оцінних суджень», – заявили в партії.

Під час інтерв’ю з лідером «Слуги народу» Дмитром Разумковим Духнич сказала, що Бужанський «ностальгує за СРСР і часами Віктора Януковича».

У відповідь Бужанський назвав Духнич «тупою вівцею з одіозного ЗМІ». Журналістка, своєю чергою, написала, що «відповідати панові Бужанському – це як спроба з’ясувати стосунки з голубом, який напаскудив вам на рукав пальта», і закликала майбутнього народного депутата вибачитися перед її виданням.

Блогер Максим Бужанський балотувався в народні депутати від «Слуги народу» у 25-му окрузі в Дніпрі. Він відомий, зокрема, негативним ставленням до подій Євромайдану.

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Netanyahu’s Partisan Streak Has Paid Off, But for How Long?

In the eyes of critics, Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to bar two Democratic congresswomen at the request of President Donald Trump is the latest reckless gamble by a prime minister willing to sacrifice Israel’s national interests for short-term gain.

The move infuriated Democrats and risked turning Israel into even more of a partisan issue at a time when Americans are fiercely divided and Trump faces a tough fight for re-election.

And yet the pursuit of such allegedly short-sighted policies has kept Netanyahu and his Likud party in power for more than a decade, making him the longest-serving leader in Israel’s history. The latest move, popular among his right-wing base, comes as he seeks an unprecedented fourth term in next month’s elections.

Israel’s steady, two-decade lurch to the right shows no sign of reversing. Its refusal to accede to international demands for concessions to the Palestinians has not only brought no serious consequences from Washington, but is now being rewarded and encouraged by the White House.

“Since Likud came to power in 1977 and Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, Israel has lived with dire warnings about the growing rift between American and Israeli Jews, or about the contradiction between Israel’s claims to be a democracy and its undemocratic rule over more than one million Palestinians,” said Nathan Thrall, the head of the Arab-Israeli Project at the Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank.

“The sky has not yet fallen.”

Last week Netanyahu barred the entry of Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, newly-elected Muslim congresswomen who have been fierce critics of Trump and of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Netanyahu said the two were banned over their support of the international boycott movement, but Israel had said as recently as last month that all members of Congress would be welcome.

Instead, the decision seems to have been made in response to Trump, who has sought to make the left-wing congresswomen the face of the Democratic Party as he seeks to fire up his base ahead of the 2020 elections. Trump said he spoke to “people over there” about the visit, without elaborating, and tweeted that it would be a “show of weakness” for Israel to let them in.

In the wake of the decision, Israeli commentators and analysts said Netanyahu had blatantly disregarded a bedrock principle of Israeli foreign policy — that it remain above America’s partisan fray.

“The problem is not with these two members of Congress, or with the boycott movement against Israel, whose achievements are zero,” columnist Nahum Barnea wrote in the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth on Friday.

“The problem is that Israel is losing the Democratic Party, which for years was Israel’s mainstay in the U.S. It is losing its elected officials, and what is much worse, it is losing its voters… Anyone who is opposed to Trump is finding it more and more difficult to support Israel.”

Netanyahu’s critics issued similar laments a decade ago, when he dismissed calls from a popular and newly elected President Barack Obama to freeze the growth of settlements in the occupied territories in order to relaunch peace talks with the Palestinians. Netanyahu had a notoriously prickly relationship with Obama, and was widely seen as siding with Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. elections, allegations the prime minister denied. In 2015, Netanyahu drew fire after addressing a joint session of Congress to argue against Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran — an extraordinary breach of U.S. protocol.

But Israel suffered few if any consequences. Obama signed the largest military aid deal ever concluded with Israel — or any other country — in his last year in office. The Obama administration also largely shielded Israel from criticism at the U.N. and other international bodies, even as the peace process went nowhere and settlements continually expanded.

Under Trump, things have only gotten better for Netanyahu. The U.S. has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal, recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, recognized the annexation of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and cut aid to the Palestinians — all without calling for a Palestinian state or a suspension of settlement activity.

Those moves proved divisive in the United States — but not in Israel, where polls find Trump is more popular than in his own country.

The partisan alliance between Trump and Netanyahu is “really dangerous in terms of Israeli national interests,” said Gayil Talshir, a political science professor at Hebrew University. “But I don’t think the voters in Israel vote on these kinds of issues.”

The decision to bar Tlaib and Omar could pay further dividends. Netanyahu has spoken of annexing parts of the West Bank, something for which the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has expressed support . That would be seen by the Palestinians and much of the international community as yet another major blow to any hopes for a two-state solution, but could give Netanyahu a boost ahead of next month’s elections.

His supporters, meanwhile, say it’s the Israeli media that endangers national interests.

“The same media that enlisted to advance President Obama’s suicidal peace plans and nuclear agreement, and which cast every one of the historic measures that President Donald Trump took in Israel as dangerous, has now committed itself to a nightmarish depiction of the damage that supposedly has been caused to our relations with the Democratic Party,” columnist Eldad Beck wrote Sunday in Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu daily.

Netanyahu’s luck could run out.

He faces a pre-indictment hearing and a series of corruption cases . He has denied any wrongdoing and, like Trump, has accused the media and law enforcement of a witch-hunt. After failing to form a coalition government following April’s elections, Netanyahu dissolved parliament, forcing a repeat vote scheduled for Sept. 17.

There’s also the possibility that Trump might lose re-election, and that the next U.S. president could be one of the many Democrats who criticized the decision to bar the congresswomen. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also criticized it, but she told The Associated Press that the U.S. relationship with Israel can “withstand” Trump and Netanyahu.

“The decreasing support for Israel among progressives is a very slow moving and long term threat,” Thrall said. “It has not yet translated into any changes in policy or even in proposals by Democrats to change policy… So Israel and Netanyahu don’t have much to worry about right now.”

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Omar, Tlaib Host News Conference on Travel Restrictions

Democratic U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan plan to host a news conference Monday afternoon on travel restrictions to Israel and Palestine, after they were denied entry into Israel last week.
 
At the urging of President Donald Trump, Israel denied entry to the two Muslim representatives over their support for the Palestinian-led boycott movement. Tlaib and Omar, who had planned to visit Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on a tour organized by a Palestinian group, are outspoken critics of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and support the Palestinian-led international movement boycotting Israel.

Before Israel’s decision, Trump tweeted it would be a “show of weakness” to allow the two representatives in. Israel controls entry and exit to the West Bank, which it seized in the 1967 Mideast war along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip – territories the Palestinians want for a future state.

Trump’s request to a foreign country to bar the entry of elected U.S. officials and Israel’s decision to do so were unprecedented and drew widespread criticism, including from many Israelis as well as staunch supporters of Israel in Congress. Critics said Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision was a reckless gamble and risked turning Israel into a partisan issue and threatened to undermine ties between the close allies.

Tlaib and Omar are known as supporters of “boycott, divestment and sanctions,” or BDS, a Palestinian-led global movement. Supporters say the movement is a nonviolent way of protesting Israel’s military rule over the occupied territories, but Israel says it aims to delegitimize the state and eventually wipe it off the map.

Last week, Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said Tlaib had requested and been granted permission to enter the West Bank to see her aging grandmother. Deri’s office released a letter that it said was from Tlaib, which promised to respect travel restrictions during her visit. But after the announcement, Tlaib tweeted she wouldn’t allow Israel to use her love for her grandmother to force her to “bow down to their oppressive & racist policies.”

The two congresswomen are part of the “squad” of liberal newcomers all women of color whom Trump has labeled as the face of the Democratic Party as he runs for re-election. He subjected them to a series of racist tweets last month in which he called on them to “go back” to their “broken” countries. They are U.S. citizens – Tlaib was born in the U.S. and Omar became a citizen after moving to the United States as a refugee from war-torn Somalia.

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