Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has won the third of its election victories in recent memory, eeking out a come-from-behind victory over Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party.
Israel has a parliamentary system that allows multiple successive elections at the whim of its unicameral legislature, the Knesset. The victory of Netanyahu’s Party is its third in less than a year.
In a victory speech, Netanyahu touted his nation’s strong relationship with foreign leaders, such as Donald Trump. He also discussed an improvement in relations Israel has had with surrounding Islamic countries, a development brought about by regional opposition to Shia Iran.
The succession of elections in Israel had been enabled by ongoing legal proceedings against Netanyahu on corruption allegations. The constant atmosphere of political campaigning in the Middle Eastern country has proved enough to alienate some of the nation’s citizens from its unconventional and unstable parliamentary system.
It had been thought the third election in less than a year would finally result in Netanyahu’s retirement, with the longtime Prime Minister having served in office since 2009. Polling had showed Likud trailing Blue and White- a center-left party- almost throughout the entirety of the campaign season, only overtaking Benny Gantz’s party days before the election.
It’s probable that Netanyahu’s opposition will accept the longtime Prime Minister of the country isn’t going to be retired through snap elections, but if Likud is unable to form a governing coalition, the country’s system would enact a seemingly innumerable fourth election in just over a year.
“ALLAHU AKBAR”: ANOTHER Muslim Terrorist Attack Shakes France, Three Dead in Stabbing Attack
Three people have died and several others were wounded following yet another Islamic terrorist attack in France, this time in the city of Nice.
Per the BBC, French authorities said an elderly victim “was virtually beheaded.” The two other deceased victims were a man and a woman.
Police shot and detained the terrorist. There aren’t too many details about him as of this writing, though it is alleged that he was a 21-year-old male of Tunisian extraction and that he was acting alone.
BREAKING: At least 3 people were killed by a stabbing attack at a church in Nice, France. One victim, a woman, was beheaded.
– Mayor described it as a terrorist attack
– Several others wounded
– Attacker was shot by police and is in custody
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 29, 2020
Nevertheless, French authorities are not taking any chances. Thousands of troops are said to have been deployed to protect churches and schools, according to the BBC.
Big League Politics reported on the last Islamic terrorist attack in France, when an 18-year-old beheaded a teacher who showed cartoon depictions of Muhammad in his classroom:
A teenager shot dead by French police is said to have beheaded a teacher near Paris while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar.’
Officers were trying to arrest the terrorist when they shot him. He died from his injuries some time later, according to the police. His full identity has not yet been established, but he is ostensibly an 18-year-old with ties to the teacher’s school.
The terrorist allegedly hails from Russia and might be of Chechen origin per the Daily Mail:
As for the victim, he taught middle school history and had shown cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in class.
And thus diversity and multiculturalism have struck again.
An interesting backdrop to these terrorist attacks is the recent row between French president Emmanuel Macron and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Hindu describes it thus:
Relations between France and Turkey, two NATO members, hit a new low this month after Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a personal attack on his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron following the latter’s call for reforming Islam. Last week, France recalled its Ambassador from Turkey, for the first time, and Ankara called for a boycott of French goods. Several other Muslim countries, including Pakistan, voiced protests against Mr. Macron.
What triggered the latest tensions?
Turkey and France have clashed over a number of geopolitical issues in recent years. The trigger for the latest clash was the French government’s support for Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine whose office was attacked by al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in January 2015 over its publication of a set of caricatures of Prophet Mohammed, to republish the cartoons. Ankara, under Mr. Erdogan’s Islamist Justice and Development Party, has projected itself as a defender of (selective) Muslims causes worldwide, and had slammed Mr. Macron earlier over his push to “reform” Islam in France.
This is also something to watch as Macron works to suppress radical Islamist attitudes in a country that is approximately 10 percent Muslim, almost all of it due to immigration over the past few decades.
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