Israel is entering yet another final sprint toward yet another election, but there is so much more going on in the news in Israel this week.
At time of press, more than 70,000 people worlwide have been infected with the new coronavirus called COVID-19, including some Israelis. In the United States, the race to decide on a presidential candidate got in full swing for the Democratic Party, with Jewish candidate Bernie Sanders taking the top spot. Donald Trump revelled in the demise of his impeachment proceedings.
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Bashar Assad was about to retake Idlib in a Russian-backed blitz offensive that sent close to 900,000 fleeing, and precipitated the possibility of a confrontation with Turkey.
The Middle East peace plan was still on everyone's mind, especially in the EU. Tensions remained high in the West Bank, and there were misgivings as to confrontations between Israel and Hamas would turn to calm or conflict.
Some in Israel started to question the integrity of the political process after personal data of all Israeli voters was leaked, not once, but twice. Benjamin Netanyahu went on television, as did Benny Gantz – and the polls did not reflect much change: Read Haaretz's full coverage and subscribe to the newsletter to stay ahead of the curve, two weeks before this historical experiment in Israeli democracy.