Israel to rejoin African Union as a member with observer status

Updated: July 22nd, 2021 08:50 PM IST

Israel to rejoin African Union as a member with observer status

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with the family of the late Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul, who was killed in the 2014 conflict between Israel and Hamas and whose body is being held captive in Gaza.

Bennett tells the Shaul family that he is “personally committed to bringing home the soldiers and the civilians who are in the Gaza Strip and that his door is open to them,” according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

According to Maariv, Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton has selected Dayan — who ran for Knesset this year with Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope Party, but fell short — to the position.

Last year, then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated he would appoint Effi Eitam, a former right-wing minister, to head the museum. The news was met with protests from a wide range of figures, who opined that Eitam was too political to hold the job, and the appointment never moved forward.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tells a visiting group of ambassadors that boycotting Israel is a terrible business move, insinuating that US-based ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s was siding with Hamas by banning sales in Israeli settlements.

“Whoever considers turning a boycott of Israel into a marketing or branding issue will discover that it is the worst business decision he has ever made,” says Bennett, speaking to a 26-person delegation of ambassadors from the around world to the US and the UN.

“Consumers, certainly in Israel but also in the US and other countries, don’t think that taking Hamas’s side is cool,” he tells the group at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv. “We will use all measures at our disposal, including legislative.”

Israel is establishing a commission to review allegations that NSO Group’s controversial Pegasus phone surveillance software was misused, says MK Ram Ben-Barak, the head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

“The defense establishment appointed a review commission made up of a number of groups,” Ben-Barak tells Army Radio. “When they finish their review, we’ll demand to see the results and assess whether we need to make corrections,” the former deputy head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency adds.

NSO chief executive Shalev Hulio tells Army Radio that he would “be very pleased if there were an investigation, so that we’d be able to clear our name.” He also alleges there is an effort “to smear the whole Israeli cyber industry.”

Ministers in the cabinet are slated to hold discussions and vote on the reinstatement of the “Green Pass” for large events, as well as new restrictions for entering and exiting the country.

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