Daily News Summary, September 19, 2019

News Summary

Blue and White in the lead: 
With over 96% of the votes counted, Blue and White holds 33 seats while Lukid stands at 31 seats. 

Right Wing Parties form a Bloc: 
The leaders of Likud,  Yamina, United Torah Judaism, Jewish Home and National Union signed a document committing to a bloc. However, Yamina’s Ayelet Skeked stated that the bloc was “an interesting idea, but not yet closed. We have to make sure that our interests are represented.”

Netanyahu calls for Unity Government:
The Prime Minister called on Benny Gantz to meet with him in regards to forming a unity government. However, Gantz made it clear that his party is in the lead and he should be calling the shots. Later in the day at a rally Blue and White leaders called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to consider joining a unity government, but with Blue and White in the leadership. 

Israel Baseball team beats Spain 3-0:
Israel is playing as part of a 6-team qualifying league hoping to make the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Right-hander Joey Wagner dominated Spain and Danny Valencia hit a two-run homer. The team plays Netherlands thursday at 9PM Israel Time, 2PM Eastern Time.

One this day:
On September 19, 1988 Israel launched its first satellite into orbit.