Americans need to understand the Middle East
How much do we really know?

At The Media Line, we value all points of view and aim to mend our differences through fact-based narrative-inclusive journalism Help support our bold and brave team in Afghanistan, Gaza, Israel, Palestinian Territories, the UAE, and beyond.
Help us continue our work and provide access to the news that matters to you.

Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for this Jewish New Year.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President
Lapid Levels with Listeners, Lays Line for Leading Languishing Land  
Yair Lapid holds his first news conference since the March 23, 2021 elections on April 18, 2021. (Courtesy of Yesh Atid)

Lapid Levels with Listeners, Lays Line for Leading Languishing Land  

Israel’s opposition leader Yair Lapid on Sunday gave his first press conference since last month’s elections, outlining his preferred government and laying out his plans for the coming weeks. Lapid is waiting for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to announce his failure to form a government, after which Lapid hopes to be given a chance to do so by President Reuven Rivlin. Netanyahu was awarded one month to present his government coalition and if he comes up short, which seems likelier by the day, the president can either ask another candidate to establish a government or pass the decision on to the parliament itself, essentially ensuring a fifth election. “I’d be very surprised if I didn’t get a chance” to form a government, Lapid said on Sunday, pledging to establish a unity government along with right-wing rival Naftali Bennett and other parties in the anti-Netanyahu bloc. Netanyahu, who is attempting to bring together his extreme right-wing supporters in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, with the Islamist Raam party in order to eke out a 61-seat majority, also is contemplating a change to Israel’s voting system in case all else fails. The prime minister reportedly will try to enact direct elections for the position of prime minister only, hoping that will ensure his ability to remain in office.

Give the Gift of Trusted News!

Dear friends,

The Media Line is always there to report to you the stories and issues of the Middle East – completely and in context: TML is the source you can trust.

Know The Media Line to Know The Middle East!

Please support our ad-free, nonprofit news agency. Our seasoned journalists reporting from the Middle East are working day and night during these challenging, yet defining times; and our student interns are honing their knowledge and skills, preparing to emerge as tomorrow’s journalists.

You rely on us and we’re relying on you! Make your online tax-deductible donation here and contact us regarding donations through appreciated stock, donor advised funds, qualifying IRA distributions and other charitable instruments.

Thank you for confidence in The Media Line.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.