Welcome to Gilis Good Newsletter #47!
This newsletter puts together a little bit about what’s been happening in Israel over the last week. We try to keep it positive. That’s why it’s the Good Newsletter.
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In other news, PM Naftali Bennett made his first visit to Bahrain, where he met with the king, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The two spoke about their wishes to further relations, economic cooperation, and more. A welcome ceremony was held at Manama’s Gudaibiya Palace, culminating with the playing of the Hatikva. You can see a video of it here.
The closing numbers for 2021 came in, and the Israeli economy grew 8.1% for 2021, including a staggering 16.1% for the fourth quarter alone. The news strengthened the shekel, which gained on world currencies. I read a fantastic article in Tablet magazine from Mati Friedman about the dominance of the shekel, and you can read it here.
Australia is the latest country to call Hamas a terrorist organization joining Canada, the US, the UK, and Japan. They had already considered Hamas’s military wing a terror organization, but today they are considering the entirety of the Hamas organization a terrorist group. Yay for Australia!
Overnight Thursday morning, Israel attacked Irani installations near Damascus. In an interesting twist, Israel launched the attack with surface-to-surface missiles fired from the Golan instead of airstrikes, which had been the norm. This may be in response to a meeting between PM Naftali Bennett and PM Vladimir Putin. Putin may have requested that Israel refrain from launching airstrikes in Syria because Israel routinely showed the Russian air defense systems supplied to Syria could be beaten.
Finally, Israel has begun supplying gas to Egypt via Jordan via a new route. The new supply more than doubles our gas exports to Egypt. These gas exports strengthen the economy and provide security benefits by fostering stronger economic ties with our immediate neighbors.
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