Weekend News Summary: September 20-22, 2019

News Summary

Arab Joint List Party endorses Benny Gantz of Blue and White Party for PM
On Sunday evening, the Joint List officially recommended Benny Gantz for the role of Prime Minister. Party leadership has made it clear that they want to see the end of Benjamin Netanyahu’s reign as Prime Minister, and although they are not fully supportive of Benny Gantz, they see endorsing him as a step in this direction.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Gantz-on-verge-of-getting-more-recommendations-602441

Avigdor Liberman refrained from endorsing either Gantz or Netanyahu
Liberman, head of Yisrael Beiteinu, has stated that he wants a national unity government which would include both Likud and Blue and White parties. He has also stated he is unwilling to sit in a government with either of the Ultra-Orthodox parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism, nor will he sit with the Arab Joint List party.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-Elections/Liberman-not-to-recommend-anyone-for-PM-602508

Amazon launches in Israel
The online merchant officially opened their long-anticipated local operations in Israel on Sunday, offering delivery service from Israeli merchants who can sell their products on the site.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Amazon-launches-long-awaited-Israeli-operations-602519

Israeli baseball team qualifies for Olympics
The Israeli team bested South Africa 11-1 on Sunday, securing a spot in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/sports/in-historic-first-israel-s-national-baseball-team-qualifies-for-tokyo-olympic-games-1.7872734