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Political instability second nature to Zionist regime
Once again political instability has reared its head in the Zionist regime. The coalition of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid was short-lived, and they decided to dissolve Knesset and hold an early general election for the fifth time since 2019.
The instability has lasted for several years, as the Zionists failed to form a stable cabinet. In fact, instability has become the norm in the regime’s political landscape. What has led to political instability, in general, and frequent elections and fragile coalitions, in particular, in this fake regime is their method of governance and the countless conflicts that exist between Israeli political groups over social issues.
The severe social crises the regime is grappling with affect its political structure, too.
Encircled by the axis of resistance, the Zionist regime is currently at its lowest point.
It is unable to escape the enclosure despite its efforts because it is a military regime. As such, the Zionist regime has to launch a military operation to confront the axis, but any measure draws out a crushing response of the resistance. On top of that, since the land the Zionist regime has occupied is small, every inch of it is within range of the resistance’s attacks and consequently deemed unsafe.
Another phenomenon that has rattled the Zionist regime concerns the security of the so-called 1948 territories. The residents of these territories are politically under the rule of Israel. Nevertheless, the number of anti-Zionist operations carried out in these lands is on the rise, bringing insecurity into the heart of the occupied territories. The solitary, self-motivated, and non-organizational nature of the majority of these operations makes them more difficult to counter.
Considering the situation, the coalition of Bennett and Lapid did not last long either and ended in failure. Now, the election is to be held again, but no party is expected to secure a majority in Knesset and form a strong cabinet.
An Israeli expert maintained that what brings the regime down is its parliamentary system which fuels the disputes and impedes the formation of a stable cabinet.
The dissolution of Knesset will exacerbate the disputes between political groups. Avigdor Lieberman and Gideon Sa’ar, two Israeli ministers, have even said that they would not let Benjamin Netanyahu back in the seat of power. Such disputes will confuse the voters as well. Thus, political instability in the Zionist regime is seemingly not going to end with the next election, either.
This is the state of a regime that is constantly threatening the Islamic Republic of Iran. The reality is that such empty and propagative threats are justifications for the inefficiency of the Zionist regime.
How can the Zionists carry out their threats against Iran when they were begging Hamas to accept a cease-fire amid the Saif al-Quds operation a year ago? In fact, Israel is quite vulnerable to the missile power of Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and Yemen’s Ansarullah and knows that military action against Iran will put an end to the life of its fake regime.
Ukrainian forces to leave Sievierodonetsk to avoid encirclement: Governor
After weeks of ferocious fighting, Ukrainian forces will retreat from a besieged city in the country’s east to avoid encirclement, a regional governor said Friday.
The city of Sievierodonetsk, the administrative center of the Luhansk region, has faced relentless Russian bombardment. Ukrainian troops fought the Russians in house-to-house battles before retreating to a huge chemical factory on the city’s edge, where they holed up in its sprawling underground structures, AP reported.
In recent days, Russian forces have made gains around Sievierodonetsk and the neighboring city of Lysychansk, on a steep bank across the river, in a bid to encircle Ukrainian forces.
Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said that the Ukrainian troops have been given the order to leave Sievierodonetsk to prevent that.
“We will have to pull back our guys,” he said. “It makes no sense to stay at the destroyed positions, because the number of casualties in poorly fortified areas will grow every day.”
He said the Russians were also advancing toward Lysychansk from Zolote and Toshkivka, adding that Russian reconnaissance units conducted forays on the city edges but were driven out by its defenders.
The Russian Defense Ministry declared Friday that four Ukrainian battalions and a unit of “foreign mercenaries” totaling about 2,000 soldiers have been “fully blocked” near Hirske and Zolote, south of Lysychansk.
The Russian military controls about 95% of Luhansk Province and about half of neighboring Donetsk Province, the two areas that make up the Donbas.
Capturing Sievierodonetsk in the Donbas area has been a key goal of the Russians as they seek to seize a swathe of eastern Ukraine.
EU grants Ukraine candidate status
In other development, European leaders formally accepted Ukraine as a candidate to join the EU on Thursday, Reuters reported.
Although it could take Ukraine and neighboring Moldova more than a decade to qualify for membership, the decision at a two-day EU summit is symbolic step that signals the bloc’s intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union.
Also on Thursday, a senior aide to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the EU should stop adding sanctions on Russia and instead push for a ceasefire and the start of negotiations.
The aide said the more sanctions the EU adopted the more they hurt the bloc, while Russia survived.
“At the end of the day Europe will be on the losing side of this war because of the economic problems. Our recommendation would be that we should stop the sanction process,” Balazs Orban, not related to the prime minister, told Reuters in an interview.
Hungary is one of the most pro-Russian EU countries, heavily dependent on Russian gas and oil.
Johnson under pressure to resign after crushing election defeats
Boris Johnson’s Conservatives lost two parliamentary seats on Friday, a crushing blow to the governing party that prompted the resignation of its chairman and intensified doubts about the future of Britain’s prime minister.
In Rwanda for a meeting of Commonwealth nations, Johnson was defiant, pledging to listen to voters’ concerns and do more to tackle a cost-of-living crisis after what he described as “tough” results in the two so-called by-elections, Reuters reported.
The losses – one in the Conservatives’ traditional southern heartlands and in a northern English industrial seat won from Labour in the last election – suggest the broad appeal Johnson presented to win the 2019 election may be fracturing.
Fears that Johnson could have become an electoral liability may prompt lawmakers to move against him again after months of scandal over COVID-19 lockdown parties at a time when millions are struggling with rising food and fuel prices.
Johnson has so far resisted pressure to resign after he was fined for breaking lockdown rules at his Downing Street office.
This month, he survived a vote of confidence by Conservative lawmakers, though 41% of his parliamentary colleagues voted to oust him, and he is under investigation by a committee over whether he intentionally misled Parliament.
Following the losses in Tiverton and Honiton in southwest England, and Wakefield in the north, Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden resigned in a carefully worded letter that hinted he might believe Johnson should take responsibility.
UN says Al Jazeera journalist killed by Israeli fire
The United Nations said Friday that its findings showed that the shot that killed Al Jazeera TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11 was fired by Israeli forces.
The Palestinian-American journalist, who was wearing a vest marked “PRESS” and a helmet, was killed on May 11 while covering an Israeli military operation in Jenin camp in the northern West Bank, according to AFP.
“We find that the shots that killed Abu Akleh came from Israeli security forces,” UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva.
“It is deeply disturbing that Israeli authorities have not conducted a criminal investigation.
“We at the UN Human Rights Office have concluded our independent monitoring into the incident.
“The shots that killed Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate firing by armed Palestinians, as initially claimed by Israeli authorities,” she said.
She added that the information came from the Israeli military and the Palestinian attorney general.
In line with its human rights monitoring methodology, the UN rights office inspected photo, video and audio material, visited the scene, consulted experts, reviewed official communications and interviewed witnesses.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has urged Israel to open a criminal investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing and into all other killings by Israeli forces in the West Bank and in the context of law enforcement operations in Gaza.
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