Ruhe vor dem Sturm? Rufe nach Einheitsregierung, Angels Law, SA-Israel-Deal, US-SA-Militärpakt, SA-Ukrainegipfel und Israels Neue Seidenstraße

Ruhe vor dem Sturm? Rufe nach Einheitsregierung, Angels Law, SA-Israel-Deal, US-SA-Militärpakt, SA-Ukrainegipfel und Israels Neue Seidenstraße

Neue Entwicklungen in Fernost. Rufe nach einer Einheitsregierung mit Gantz in Israel, Rufe nach eine SA-Israel- Deal, Steuererleichterungen für Israels WIrtschaft und Hitech- Startup- Yuppies und zudem nun scheinbar eine israelische Neue Seidenstraße.

Netanjahu will jetzt scheinbar die Sorgen der Unternehmer mittels Steuererleichterungen dämpfen, zumal ja viele Deinvestments auch ganz ohne BDS überlegten. Speziell scheint er sich auch die Gunst der mehr liberalen, demokratischen, kosmopolitischen Hitech-New Ecomomy-Yuppies kaufen zu wollen, die Geld mehr interessiert als Politik und auch mehr interessiert sind, was in ihren Exportmärkten USA und EU passiert und bisher der israelischen Innen- und Aussenpolitik mehr gleichgültig gegenüberstanden und mehr kosopolitisch denn zionistisch dachten, nun aber um ihr Business wegen der „Justizreform“fürchten;

“Israel approves tax benefits to boost tech, as judicial jitters imperil investments

‘Angels Law’ grants tax benefits to high-tech investors in local early-stage startups and to foreign banks offering loans, as some investors consider relocation

Tech workers protest Israel’s right-wing government in Tel Aviv, on Januay 24, 2023. The Hebrew on the blue sign reads: ‚No democracy, no high tech; and the yellow sign reads: „No to the coup d’etat.‘ (AP/ Maya Alleruzzo)

Israel is seeking to encourage investments in high-tech firms as the ongoing political turmoil and continued uncertainty around the contested judicial overhaul is fueling fears that tech entrepreneurs are fleeing the country.

The Knesset last week approved a law dubbed “Angels Law,” which grants some tax benefits to investors in Israeli hi-tech companies, as well as incentives for acquiring or merging with startups if the intellectual property is registered in Israel and they have operations in the country.

The government said that the purpose of the law is to preserve Israel as an attractive hub for investment in tech companies and to support the development of the industry. The law has been advanced over the past couple of years and was passed in an initial reading in 2022.

Desweiteren ist heute in der Jerusalem Post und der Times of Israel zu lesen:

“Israel and Saudi Arabia to be linked by future railway – Netanyahu

“Today we are launching the ‚One Israel‘ project – connecting the entire country by high-speed train fromKiryat Shmona to Eilat,” Netanyahu said.


Published: JULY 30, 2023 12:44

Updated: JULY 30, 2023 18:28

Israel and Saudi Arabia can be linked by a future railway the opening leg of which Israel is embarking on now with a NIS 100 billion project to construct a high-speed train linking Kiryat Shmona in Israel’s north with its furthermost southern city of Eilat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

“Today we are launching the „One Israel“ project – connecting the entire country by high-speed train from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat,” Netanyahu said prior to his government’s approval of the project at its weekly meeting in Jerusalem.

He linked that project with the potential of an Israeli-Saudi normalization deal, which is expected to be part of any deal between Riyadh and Washington that is now under discussion between those two capitals. 

“In the future, we will be able to transport cargoes of goods by train from Eilat to our ports in the Mediterranean Sea, and we will also be able to connect Israel by train to Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula. We are working on that too,” Netanyahu said.“

PM unveils planned Kiryat Shmona-Eilat fast rail, says could link to Saudi Arabia too

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a briefing on the government’s north-to-south fast-rail plan, July 30, 2023. (Haim Zach / GPO)

Netanyahu says ‘revolutionary’ project, vital to economy and security, will cost NIS 100b, does not specify where funding will come from; numerous similar ideas floated in past

Zudem ist interessant, dass nach dem chinesischen SA-Irandeal nun die USA auf einen SA-Israeldeal hoffen. Der Vorschlag einer zentralistischen Einheitsregierung unter Beteiligung von  Gantzs“Blau-Weiss“ scheint sich mehr um solch einen Deal zu drehen als um die „Justizreform“.

Lapid und Gantz jedoch erklären, sie würden nicht wegen eines Saudideals in eine Enheitsregierung eintreten, einen solchen aber aus der Opposition heraus unterstützen, wobei jedoch die Rechtsradikalen um Smotrich und Ben Gvir ein Hindernis für einen solchen Deal darstellen, zumal die Saudis bedeutungsvolle Zugeständnisse Israels gegenüber den Palästinensern fordern und nicht nur einen vorläufige Verzicht Israels auf die Annektion der Westbank.

“Lapid, Gantz said to reject possibility of joining Netanyahu coalition for Saudi deal

Yesh Atid head and National Unity leader Benny Gantz signal they could support potential normalization agreement from opposition

By ToI Staff and Jacob Magid Today, 1:59 am

Yesh Atid head MK Yair Lapid (left) and National Unity head MK Benny Gantz in the Knesset in Jerusalem, February 20, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Opposition party leaders said a potentially developing normalization deal with Saudi Arabia would not be enough to bring them into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition.

The Walla news site reported that Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid and National Unity leader Benny Gantz have indicated they could, however, support such a deal from outside the government.

“We won’t enter a Netanyahu government. If there’s a deal with Saudi Arabia that represents Israel’s security interests, we’ll back it from the outside,” a source close to Lapid was quoted saying. 

Gantz had previously already said he would not join Netanyahu to help push the normalization agreement over the finish line. At an event in early June, Gantz acknowledged that Netanyahu’s far-right coalition partners would likely form obstacles to Saudi demands, and said his National Unity faction would not join the government but would act as “strategic backup” from the opposition benches.

According to reporting Saturday and Sunday by The Times of Israel and The New York Times, any deal with the Saudis is expected to require significant Israeli concessions on the Palestinian front, moves unlikely to be backed by far-right elements in the Netanyahu government.

Saudiarabien fordert aber “ significant action“ von Israel gegenüber den Palästinensern. Ebenso gibt es nun Forderungen Saudiarabiens nach einer Militärvertrag mit den USA, der NATO-ähnlich einen Art Artikel 5 enthalten soll..

“Potential Saudi deal would require ‘significant concessions’ to Palestinians – report

New York Times reports Riyadh’s demands for action on the ground unlikely to be approved by Israel’s hardline coalition, PM may need to seek centrist government with opposition

By ToI Staff 30 July 2023, 9:20 am

(L) Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 19, 2023. (Saudi Press Agency via AP); (C) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool/Flash90); (L) US President Joe Biden on November 2, 2022 in Washington, DC (Michael A. McCoy / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

A potential normalization deal between Saudi Arabia and Israel would require “significant concessions” to the Palestinians that are unlikely to be approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hardline coalition, and could instead require him to seek the formation of a unity government, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Citing an unnamed Israeli official, the report said that while Riyadh had in the past not necessarily demanded “a clear Israeli move toward the Palestinians,” King Salman, who has in general given up significant control to Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, intervened in the discussions on a potential deal to ensure that the caveat was included.

According to the report, it is Israel’s understanding that Saudi Arabia would not be satisfied with a promise from Netanyahu that he will not annex the West Bank, but instead would require “significant action on the ground.”

The report noted that such moves were unlikely to be approved by the far-right elements in the Netanyahu government, and that a push in that direction could bring it down.

Opposition leaders have stated that they will not serve in a coalition with Netanyahu due to his ongoing corruption trial, “but questions have come up in discussions with Americans about whether the leaders might relent if it meant establishing diplomatic relations with the Saudis,” the report said.

Other demands from Riyadh have been said to include a mutual defense pact with the US, similar to NATO, whereby if Saudi Arabia were attacked, Washington would be committed to come to its defense. Many US lawmakers and officials are reportedly very uneasy about the prospect of such an agreement.

Interessant zudem, dass SA nun auch einen eigenen Ukrainegipfel abhalten will, zudem Iran sich recht klar auf die Seite Putins geschlagen hat und auch Russland Drohnen liefert.

“Saudi Arabia seeks to host multilateral Ukraine peace talks; Russia to steer clear

Officials from Kyiv, Western powers and developing countries to take part in Jeddah summit, in kingdom’s latest push for diplomacy over Moscow’s invasion

By AFP 30 July 2023, 6:12 am

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greets Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, right, during the Arab summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 19, 2023. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia plans to host talks next weekend to discuss a path towards peace in Ukraine, convening representatives from Kyiv, Western powers and developing countries, officials told AFP on Saturday.

Russia will not attend the meeting in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah, just as it did not participate in a similar gathering last month in Copenhagen, said three officials based in the Gulf who have been briefed on the plans.

A full list of participants was not available, although countries including Britain and Japan were expected to attend, the officials said.

Derweil ist Iran und die Hamas auffällig still,zumal Abbas und Netanjahure gerade in Peking weilten, während Nasrallahs Hisbollah das Ashurafest zu lautstarken Drohungen gegen Israel und Waffenschauen im Libanon nutzt .Ob Pekng da vielleicht auch hinter den Kulissen mitmischt und beschwichtigend auf Iran und Palästinenser wirken will?

Derweil findet unter Vermittling von General Al Sissi ein Treffen zwischen PLO und Hamas in Ägypten statt, von dem sich aber beide Seiten, als auch außenstehende Beobachter nicht sehr viel erwarten:

Sleepy Abbas scheint sich nochmals ein letztes als der eigentliche Vertreter der Palästinenser darstellen zu wollen, kündigt Wahlen an, aber nur insofern die Palästinenser in Ostjerusalem mitwählen dürfen. Die Hamas wartet nur auf ihre Chance, wobei falls es nicht zu Wahlen käme, Abbas wohl wie in der Vergangenheit den schwarzen Peter wieder Israel zuschieben möchte. Fraglich aber, ob das Spiel noch so verfängt, zudem die Hamas Oberwasser wittert und auch wie der Iran und die Hisbollah aufgrund des bisherigen Chaos in Israel eine „historische Chance“, um dieses zu schwächen und die Machtverhältnisse im Nahen Osten nachhaltig zu verändern.

“At Egypt summit with Fatah, Hamas chief calls to exploit Israeli ‘internal divisions’

With low expectations for reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions, PA President Abbas claims he intends to hold elections in near future; Islamic Jihad boycotts gathering

By Gianluca Pacchiani and AP 30 July 2023, 5:06 pm Updated at 10:26 pm

Palestinian factions kicked off a meeting in Egypt on Sunday to discuss reconciliation efforts between rival groups as violence in the West Bank surges.

During the summit, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh urged Palestinians to exploit the “window of opportunity” provided by the “unprecedented internal divisions” in Israel over the judicial overhaul, as well as Israel’s “tense international relations” with its allies, and its inability to break the will of the Palestinian people and their “escalating resistance.”

“We are facing an exceptional stage in the course of the conflict, which requires us to think collectively and take exceptional decisions on how to confront [Israel’s] policies and rein in these extremists,” Haniyeh said.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas (left), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center) and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh meeting in Ankara, July 26, 2023. (Turkish Presidency)

Hamas and Fatah, the main groups attending the meeting in Egypt on Sunday, have been split since 2007. With repeated reconciliation attempts having failed, expectations for the one-day meeting were low. According to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, the gathering in the Egyptian city of el-Alamein on the Mediterranean Sea was aimed at discussing “ways to restore national unity and end the division.”

The meeting comes amid soaring violence in the West Bank, where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah group are based and exert limited self-rule. Israel has been staging near-nightly raids in Palestinian areas of the territory in what it says is an attempt to stamp out terrorist activity, especially in areas where Abbas’s security forces have less of a foothold.

In his opening speech, Abbas defined the division between Fatah and Gaza as the new “nakba,” or disaster, which befell the Palestinian people, and called for an immediate end to the schism. He also stated that the PLO is the sole legitimate and internationally recognized representative of the Palestinian people.The meeting in Egypt was chaired and initiated by Abbas, and presents the aging and longtime Palestinian leader with a chance to portray an image of control and statesmanship to both Palestinians and the international community at a time when he is deeply unpopular at home and his room for maneuver is constrained.

In his speech on Sunday, Haniyeh said that the starting point for rebuilding national unity is a “political partnership based on free democratic elections, or consensus.” Elections, which according to recent polls would largely favor Haniyeh over Abbas, have not been held in the Palestinian Authority since 2006.

In his own remarks, Abbas claimed that he intends to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in the near future, as long as Palestinians in East Jerusalem can participate. He called on the international community, led by the United States and the European Union, to guarantee their participation against Israeli efforts to impede them. The missing participation of East Jerusalem voters was the purported reason why Abbas called off elections in April 2021, the first national elections that were scheduled to be held in 17 years — although analysts suggested that flagging polling numbers were the real motivator.

Fatah and Hamas have been in intense rivalry since Hamas violently routed forces loyal to Abbas in Gaza in 2007, taking over the impoverished coastal enclave. Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on the territory to limit the terror group’s ability to arm itself. For Hamas, joining the meeting was an opportunity to show Gazans that it was making an effort to mend the rift, even if little changes as a result.

Another key group playing a central role in the fighting with Israel, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, boycotted the gathering to protest the detentions by the Palestinian Authority of its members, according to the group’s leader, Ziyad al-Nakhala. At the summit, Haniyeh sided with the terror group, asserting that Palestinians should not be detained for “participating in the resistance to the occupation” or for their “political affiliation.”

At a press conference in Gaza on Sunday, PIJ member Khaled al-Batsh said that his organization will respect the results of the Egypt meeting “as long as they don’t affect our approach in the conflict with the Zionist enemy.”

Egypt has for years acted as a mediator to try to end the infighting between Palestinian factions, with little success. It also helped broker truces in multiple rounds of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

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