Weekly News Summary: January 4th – 10th

Netanyahu likely to face trial before elections:
Likud party officials admitted on Thursday that efforts to delay Netanyahu’s indictment until after the election are likely to fail. If the indictment were delayed, Netanyahu would have a chance to secure an immunity bill and avoid legal proceedings.

Recently, members of the interim Knesset proposed to create a committee to reject Netanyahu’s immunity request. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, a Likud member, could try to block the request, but Knesset Legal Advisor Eyal Yinon is expected to rule that against it.

If Likud cannot stop the immunity request, Netanyahu will likely be tried before the election.

Rainfall breaks records:
Recent heavy rain in Israel broke a 51-year record for rainfall over a two week period, according to the Israeli Meteorological Service. Major flooding occurred, especially in the North, where many residents of Naharia had to flee with assistance from the military. At least four people lost their lives in the flooding.

US moves to provide $3.3 billion annually to Israel:
On Thursday, senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties introduced legislation that would provide Israel with $3.3 billion annually. The legislation is co-sponsored by Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Coons. Speaking about the bill, Rubio told Reuters that “events of the past few days are a stark reminder of the importance of US assistance to Israel’s security.”