Daily News Summary: Gantz and Netanyahu meeting leads nowhere, missing Soldier found, leaked recordings, and mother with brain tumor delivers baby

Rivlin, Netanyahu, Gantz meet September 27, 2019
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz (L), President Reuven Rivlin (C) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meet at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on September 25, 2019 (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Meetings between Blue and White and Likud lead nowhere:
After an initial round of meetings, the two leading parties have agreed on one thing; another election should be avoided. While leaders from each party have agreed to further talks, competing priorities are currently preventing the forming of a government. 

Recordings of Netanyahu discussing press coverage with head of prominent Israeli publication aired on Channel 13:
A series of leaked recordings that are part of an investigation and pending court case against Netanyahu, known as case 2000, were aired on Israeli Channel 13 on Sunday. In the recordings, Netanyahu can be heard threatening Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes saying that if Mozes continues to bring negative press coverage against Netanyahu, he will respond, “with all the tools at my disposal.” 

In the recordings, Netanyahu can also be heard responding favorably to Mozes’ request to back legislation that would harm a rival newspaper. The two also discuss which writers that would be favorable to Netanyahu could be brought in to write for Yedioth Ahronoth.

Netanyahu contends that the recordings prove that he was threatened and blackmailed by Arnon Mozes. His defense team also point out that Netanyahu did not wind up supporting the legislation Mozes requested. The prosecution in the case has decided to charge Mozes with bribery, and Netanyahu with fraud and breach of trust.

Netanyahu claims Iran is using Yemen as a launch pad:
At a conference in Jerusalem with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, PM Netanyahu stated that Iran is sending precision weapons to Yemen to “strike Israel.” Netanyahu has repeatedly encouraged the US to place further sanctions on Iran due to its activities near Israel’s borders.

Missing IDF soldier found:
IDF soldier Eliezer Ashkenazi’s body was found after missing for over 24 hours. Police are investigating every angle to determine what caused his death. 

Mother and baby saved after brain surgery:
Doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital successfully delivered a baby at 30 weeks gestation from a mother suffering from a brain tumor. Ten days later the mother’s tumor was removed. Both operations were successful and mother and baby are doing well. 

New medical school branch of Ariel University, opens in Samaria:
US Ambassador to Israel David Freidman attended the opening ceremony for Ariel University, located in the Ariel Settlement in Samaria (West Bank). The University has around 15,000 students, and has an incoming class of 70 to the medical school.