Tens of Thousands gather at Western Wall
For the seventh day of Sukkot, tens of thousands of people gathered at the Western Wall for prayer and celebration, and the ancient custom “Beating of the Willow” (Video). The custom is recorded in the Talmud, where it is described as a tradition that occurred in the Temple.
Unmanned drone infiltrates Israel from Gaza.
A drone entered Israel from Gaza on Thursday afternoon. It was immediately shot down by IDF forces, and no injuries were reported. This comes a month after terrorists in Gaza attempted to attack IDF soldiers using a drone mounted with explosive devices. Nobody was injured in the attack, but a vehicle was damaged.
Netanyahu writes that Gantz is considering a “dangerous” minority government with support of Arab parties
Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Gantz is considering building a “minority coalition”. Such a scenario would be a departure from how governments normally are formed, since there would not be a majority of Knesset Members within the governing coalition, but only a minority of 44 in the 120-seat Knesset. Yisrael Beytenu and Joint List would then “support” the government by abstaining from voting on anything, and the government would function. The problem, according to Netaynahu, is that the Arab Joint List parties are led by people who have refused to condemn attacks on IDF soldiers, offered support for Hezbollah, and also supported Yassar Arrafat. In the minority-government situation, the Joint List or Yisrael Beytenu could bring down the government and force new elections at any time.