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On the front page of the press, Wednesday, December 23, the dissolution, overnight, of the Israeli Parliament, which paves the way for new elections, the fifth in two and a half years. The first commercial flight between Israel and Morocco, which normalized their relations under the aegis of the Trump administration. The French government accused of authoritarian drift. And the Swiss method for enforcing health regulations at Christmas.
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On the front page of the press, the dissolution, last night, of the Israeli Parliament, which opens the door to new elections.
For the fifth time in two and a half years, the Israelis will go back to the polls. The new ballot is scheduled for next March, and the Jerusalem Post already announces that the next three months will be “among the worst in the history of Israel”. The newspaper predicts a campaign against the backdrop of a pandemic, which will amount, like the three previous ones, to a clash between pro and anti-Netanyahu, all galvanized as his corruption trial approaches, scheduled for early next year. “Fasten your seat belts, this time it’s going to be really nasty,” the newspaper said. A political landscape in a thousand pieces, enemies on the right more determined than ever, a third epidemic wave, and a new president in the United States: for Haaretz, the election promises to be very delicate for Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.
Israel made concrete yesterday the restoration of its diplomatic relations with Morocco. Symbol of this normalization, a plane of the Israeli company El Al landed for the first time in Rabat. On board, an Israeli delegation and Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the architect of the American president’s “peace plan” in the Middle East, including the Emirati daily The National salutes the art of “building bridges”. In addition to recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, the Trump Administration offered, in return for this normalization, three billion dollars in aid to Morocco, and supported Israeli investments in the kingdom, according to the Moroccan magazine. Tel Quel, who wishes to stress that Morocco’s position vis-à-vis the Palestinian cause remains “constant and unchanged”. A statement that leaves the French daily skeptical Humanity, which denounces at the same time “the negation of the rights of the Saharawi people”, “the communication of the bluster of the Trump-Netanyahu tandem”, and “the hypocrisy” on the relations between Israel and Morocco, that no serious dispute does not oppose, in reality: “It is difficult to understand how (the normalization of their relations) would constitute the least historical breakthrough”, apart from the betrayal of the struggle for Palestine “, the newspaper scribes.
In Europe, France agrees to reopen its border with the United Kingdom, subject to the presentation, by travelers, of a negative test for Covid-19. According to The Financial Times, the thousands of truck drivers stranded in the UK can now leave the country. The French decision, greeted by the sarcasm of the Daily Mail, which does not digest the closure of the border for 48 hours, to avoid the spread of the new strain of Covid-19: “After France blocked 2,800 trucks in Kent, Mr roadblock (Emmanuel Macron) , finally gives in “, ironically the tabloid, which wonders if the French president will also, suddenly, do an about-face on Brexit.
Emmanuel Macron and the government finally decided to postpone the bill on “the sustainable management of health emergencies”. Faced with an outcry from the opposition, the Minister of Health announced last night that the text, supposed to allow better management of future health crises, without going through Parliament, would be postponed “for several months”. “Beware of the temptation of a permanent state of emergency”, warns Le Figaro, who is also worried about the fact that the vaccine against Covid-19 seems to become, in this text, mandatory, insofar as the right to resume normal activity is subject to the presentation of a screening test and / or the administration of a vaccine.
Criticism, too, against the government’s decision to allow family gatherings at Christmas. Of course, the government recommends limiting these meetings to six adults, but will the French respect the instructions? What if six adults was already too much? In short, an “almost normal” Christmas when the threat of a third wave is becoming clearer, “is that really reasonable?” Midi Libre already reports a possiblethird confinement on Boxing Day. To party or not to party, to reconfine or not … According to The Geneva Tribune, cited by International mail, it would seem that in Switzerland, where New Year’s gatherings will be allowed up to ten people, we have found THE solution to avoid excesses: denouncing. A term that the Neufchâtel police tried to qualify: “The term denouncing is pejorative and refers to dark times. In the present case, the vast majority of citizen denunciations are linked to suffering or incomprehension, for example from people who had to close their businesses “. Suffering, incomprehension, or simple wickedness, the practice of denouncing risks in any case quite complicating the neighborly relations with our Swiss friends, since in the event of infringement, the fine could go up to 460 euros. Dearest Christmas …
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