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The Daily Brief: Netanyahu Corruption Trial Polarizes Israel and Threatens Constitutional Order

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a critical corruption trial which has divided the Israeli population and has the potential to rock the country’s democracy.

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  • Israel has begun a massive corruption trial against their current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 
  • Netanyahu is being charged with 3 seperate corruption cases: Case 1000, Case 2000, and Case 4000. 
  • Case 1000 is a charge of fraud and breach of trust due to allegations of Netanyahu receiving gifts from businessmen in return for tax favors. 
  • Case 2000 is another charge of fraud and breach of trust due to allegations of Netanyahu offering to improve circulation of Yediot Ahronot, a leading Israeli daily newspaper, in return for positive coverage.
  • Case 4000 is a charge of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust due to allegations of Netanyahu aiding Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Israel’s biggest telecommunications company Bezeq, in purchasing Yes satellite network for several times its worth in exchange for positive coverage on Elovitch’s news site Walla.
  • Netanyahu denies all charges against him, claiming that the trial is a “charade” meant to remove him from office and carry out a judicial coup.
  • Both supporters and opponents of Netanyahu gathered outside the Jerusalem District Court to voice their opinion on the trial as it began its evidentiary stage.
  • Israel has experienced 4 inconclusive elections in 4 years due to Netanyahu’s right wing bloc and the opposing party failing to command a viable parliamentary majority which has brought Israel’s democracy to a standstill.
  • Shlomo Avineri, professor emeritus of political science at Hebrew University, believes that “Netanyahu and his supporters are not claiming his innocence but are attacking the very legitimacy of the trial and of the judicial system,” which “is an attack on the legitimacy of the constitutional order”.
  • There is currently no law in Israel which bars Netanyahu from serving as prime minister while undergoing trial, so he will continue in his post unless he is convicted. Even then he will not be required to step down until the appeals process has been exhausted which may take several years.
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Coronavirus is Once Again Spreading Fastest in India After the Country Reports More Than 100,000 cases in a Single Day

  • India reported more than 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday, its largest single-day spike ever. 
  • Shops, factories, cinemas, and election rallies are completely open to the public, as India has refrained from a large scale lockdown after their economy dropped 24% last spring.
  • A “double mutant” variant found in India last month, along with limited safety precautions are said to be the reason India is once again the fastest spreading region for Covid-19.
  • In order to control the spread Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office said they will be introducing a “special campaign for COVID-appropriate behavior with emphasis on 100% mask usage, personal hygiene and sanitation at public places/workplaces and health facilities” on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia Announces Hajj and Umrah Will Only Be Open to “Immunized People”

  • The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that only “immunized people” will be allowed to pray and perform Umrah in Mecca’s Grand Mosque beginning at the start of Ramadan.
  • The Ministry described immunized people as those who have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine, have received one dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before performing the pilgrimage, or have had and recovered from the Covid-19 virus within six months of planned pilgrimage.
  • In regards to Hajj, Saudi Arabia’s Health Minister signed a circular which stated that “the COVID-19 vaccine is mandatory for those willing to come to the Hajj and will be one of the main conditions (for receiving a permit to come).”

Putin Signs Law Allowing Two More Terms for his Presidency

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing him to run for two more terms as President, however he has kept the two term limit for any other Russian citizen after himself.
  • This law was part of a larger collection of more than 200 constitutional amendments, which were passed by a majority nationwide vote last year.
  • Putin has served four terms in total as President, and two consecutive terms. If he does continue to serve until 2036, he will be the longest serving President in Russian history since Peter the Great.

French Ministers Accused of Dining in Secret Restaurants With No Masks

  • A French TV documentary has accused government ministers of dining at secret, high end restaurants while violating pandemic restrictions. French restaurants have been prohibited from opening since October.
  • Some government members have denied the claims, however French authorities have begun investigating the allegations and possible charges of “endangerment and undeclared labour”.
  • France is currently experiencing its worst surge in coronavirus cases, prompting a new lockdown with travel and outdoor gathering restrictions.

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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