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In U-turn, government nixes forced hotel quarantine for arrivals from abroad

Picture Credit: Dozens of Israelis who had returned from abroad attempt to break out of a forced quarantine in the Leonardo hotel in Jerusalem, December 28, 2020. (Screen Capture: Channel12)

By Michaael Bachner
December 29, 2020


Court rejects ‘slanderous’ Likud petition against Ehud Barak, Wexner Foundation

The High Court of Justice rejects a petition by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, which demanded an investigation into alleged wrongdoing in a payment by the Wexner Foundation to former prime minister Ehud Barak.

The petition has echoed conspiracy theories circulated on social media — including by Likud — of an alleged left-wing interference by the US foundation in Israeli politics, which makes use of the fact that sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein used to work for it.

It demanded a probe into a payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars to Barak in 2004-2006 for two research papers — one of which was never completed — while he wasn’t in politics.

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