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tv   Inside Story 2019 Ep 261  Al Jazeera  September 18, 2019 8:32pm-9:01pm +03

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this is al jazeera. hello i'm sam and this is the news hour live from doha coming up in the next 60 minutes no clear winner and a lot of negotiating about count continues and israel's actions. iran says an attack on saudi arabia's major oil facilities was a warning from 35 as in yemen. women in south africa 5 times more likely to be killed kountry holds an extraordinary session of parliament of agenda violence. and. the day sports news including the arrest of pittsburgh pirates picture a leaping back is facing multiple charges including the solicitation of on line.
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israel's 2nd election in under 6 months has ended with even less clarity than the last one but still being counted in the latest update shows the 2 main parties prime minister benjamin netanyahu in the code and the white blue and white of benny gantz all tied both have many options for a coalition and there is even talk about trying for a unity government. we begin our coverage in tel aviv herefore sent. the music benjamin netanyahu smiles but more than 5 hours after voting finished it was clear this was no victory even if he was far from ready to admit defeat. to. a government committed to the jewish state and neither will nor can there be a government that relies on. arab parties at the exit polls suggest he doesn't have the numbers to dictate. he may not be given 1st chance to form
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a government 5 months ago benjamin netanyahu waited several hours before making his speech waiting for the numbers to swing in his favor this time he's waited longer for the numbers appeared to this one in the other direction for 5 months ago he made a victory speech this time it was a speech of defiance it seems clear that his grip on power as we can see it's a beating time at the opposition blue and white headquarters the mood was very different former army chief benny gantz didn't repeat his premise filled victory declaration from april instead his tone was a man ready for a grave responsibility and if he had thought so we need to be patient it wasn't an easy mission as we see now netanyahu did not succeed in his mission we in comparison proved to the idea of blue and white succeeded big time and his head to stay it was equal vindication for them a lesson you know his former ally who collapsed the coalition talks pushed his secular agenda and nearly doubled his israel between 2 parties vote. we have only
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one option a national liberal government made up of israel by to newer and liquid and and white the presumption is that he demand likud 1st replace netanyahu was leader but that's something it shows no sign of readiness to do a haven for. a couple netanyahu is the leader of the lake could support for him is strong and in times of crisis it gets stronger it all came after a friend etic final day of campaigning against aping netanyahu is tactics urging supporters off the beach telling him his party was on the verge of defeat and young who seemed to spend the day in one long emergency broadcast on social media and in person repeatedly warning his right wing base that arabs were voting in great numbers. the leader of the mainly palestinian israeli joint list i'm an already said netanyahu incitement had come at a heavy price causing instead a surge in support it's possible we did see some form of backlash people saying you
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say we're going to come to the polls in in rope so we are here we come and there and this is what we can do in israeli politics or his office says he's due to have talks soon with benny gantz raising the possibility that he could offer him some kind of support benjamin netanyahu spoke on stage of the difficulties and pressure of this campaign with his 1st pre indictment hearing on corruption charges jus in 2 weeks and the prospects of fighting them from the prime minister's office now diminished the pressure looks set to intensify our equals at al-jazeera television . bernard smith is live for us in west jerusalem a bit of a shock for netanyahu no doubt where does that leave him where does that leave the country. well for netanyahu the crown is slipping but it hasn't fallen off yet but it's coming it's becoming apparent certain in the last couple of hours the last votes are counted that is going to be harder and harder for him to
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cling on to the prime minister's position but nobody writes off benjamin netanyahu just yet he is a political survivor however the latest tally suggests that his likud has got $31.00 seats compared to the blue and white which has $32.00 seats giving blue light $56.00 of their coalition could $55.00 with the code percent full coalition partners so it looks like benny gantz might get the 1st bite of the cherry and attempt to form a government he said that he wants to form a coalition government and this is the sort of negotiations that will be going on over the coming weeks netanyahu took an enormous gamble in april when he preempted the president and dissolved parliament he was unable to form a government the president would have given that opportunity to ganz instead netanyahu dissolved parliament took this gamble thought he could win enough seats in a rerun election pull out all his own stops action near electioneering rights of the
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last minute yesterday but it wasn't enough and actually he's now got less seats than he had in april sami all right so bernard if that's what's going to happen the president is going to ask benny gantz to have a stab at it 1st take us through the process of how that might play out. well 1st of all for benny gantz to be asked to be given the 1st chance to form a coalition government he needs the backing of the majority of the political parties and one of those groupings is the arab bloc this is where most palestinian israelis cast their vote now they're going to be the 3rd largest party for the 1st time now the leader of the arab bloc iman oday he said he wants to be the leader of the opposition they've never said this before and not means he accepts he thinks the likelihood of a unity government and for that like a unity government to be likely he needs to give his backing to gans's potential prime minister so if that happens gans then needs to persuade likud members to join
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his unity government of course netanyahu leads record having netanyahu leading the code in that scenario is unacceptable to blue and white so he could would have to get rid of netanyahu they've said they won't but as the weeks go by and record a staring the possibility of going into opposition then there might crack smites appear and that's where netanyahu is at risk it's not all over netanyahu he could form a coalition if you can get labor or blue and white to join him another way around. thanks so much bernard smith fair now brahim has the palestinian reaction from ramallah in the occupied west bank. palestinians are receiving the news of the israeli elections and their results with a lot of indifference yesterday the palestinian prime minister mohammed if they talk about that in his speech in bethlehem he said the 2 mean contenders do not have an ending the israeli occupation over the palestinian territory on their
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agendas but the p.l.o. secretary general. has said the main difference between the 2 main contenders is that one meaning benjamin netanyahu wants to deepen what he called the apartheid and the other meaning benny gantz who wants to continue and preserve the status quo which is reso occupation of the palestinian territory now moving to the palestinian street that hasn't been really following the news of the elections and the results they don't really see that their lives is going to get any better at recent poll by a palestinian research center has found that their main concern among palestinians is their financial situation being able to pay the bills really the palestinian authority has been facing a deep financial crisis due to partially israel's decision to withhold part of the taxes it withholds on behalf of the palestinian authority a palestinian woman shot why israeli security forces in the occupied west bank has
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died of injuries in hospital israeli media say she was seen waving a knife checkpoint witnesses say the woman lay on the ground for at least 15 minutes about receiving medical help. iran's president says houthi fighters launched an attack on oil refineries in saudi arabia as a warning if you withdraw from the war in yemen has the rouhani made the comments on wednesday alongside another denial iran was involved. as well the yemeni people reacted they hit a location they didn't hit hospitals so why they didn't hit schools they didn't hit the sun are bizarre they attacked an industrial site to warn you you should learn a lesson and do something to stop the war the saudis say normal oil production will resume within weeks rather than months france is sending experts to investigate who carried out the attacks and how they did it the kingdoms joining the u.s.
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led maritime coalition to secure shipping lanes in the gulf including the strait of hormuz which handles a 5th of the world's oil the u.s. secretary of state mike pompei o is due in saudi to share intelligence about the attacks and the u.s. government has amended travel advisories warning americans against nonessential visits to saudi arabia charlotte ballasts has more. the men in charge of saudi arabia's energy sector briefed embrace to give a real public statement be here to reassure global markets after saudi oil infrastructure was attacked on saturday. half of its oil production was wiped out it's 5 percent of the world's daily output they reassured investors output would return to normal by the end of the month still you'll be in my view over the last 2 days the damage has been contained and more than half of the production capabilities that were damaged have been restored therefore the company will
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fulfill all of its commitments to clients during this month. the comments come to crude oil prices which had seen the biggest one day jump in history on monday but can they fulfill their promises i'm pessimistic in terms of full production we're talking over 5.7 to 5 point $85000000.00 barrels a day this is a tremendous amount this was the largest drop in the oil production anywhere in history who the rebels took responsibility as payback for the war in yemen but it is just well younis to wait a month he keeps it taking saudi arabia with ballistic missiles and drones until the end of the oil supremacy that i hate. but the u.s. and saudi arabia suspect iran is the true culprit certainly looking like iran was behind these attacks. our intelligence community at this very hour is working
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diligently to review the evidence u.s. secretary of state mike calm payor has been deployed to saudi arabia the state department said he will coordinate if it's to counter iranian aggression in the region despite iran denying any involvement foreign minister jahvid zarif tweeted in defense of the who thinks the u.s. isn't upset when its allies mercilessly bombed babies in yemen for over 4 years with its arms and its military assistance but it is terribly upset when the victims reacts the only way they can against the greases oil refineries. but for saudi arabia and the us any attack on the world's energy supply is a red line crossed it will not decide how to punish whoever they determine is the perpetrator chela bellus al-jazeera. now donald trump has just tweeted that he'll step up economic pressure on iran he wrote i have just instructed the secretary of the treasury to substantially increase sanctions on the country of iran resembles
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ravi joins us live with more reaction from there are no that's just gone i doubt there may be a lot of reaction there but no doubt that will not be the sort of message in turn the iranians are looking for. that's exactly right but it is very likely that iran's leaders here in tehran did see something like this coming and what we've heard before and what we're likely to hear again from the most senior leaders here in the country is that what more is there left to sanction between oil sanctions and banking sanctions the united states has very successfully cut iran off of most of the world's markets iran's still continues to try to sell its oil on what it calls a gray market on the black market but the fact is many iranians will look at this and say any more sanctions that the united states tries to place against iran will be largely symbolic we've seen similar sanctions come up against senior iranian leaders including the supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei himself we've seen
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divide zarif sanction the foreign minister of iran the country's top negotiator and with iranian leaders keep saying is that this is largely symbolic here and in the united states will continue to do this as a symbolic measure now what we might see is this could have ramifications in the future all these sanctions as they continue could be a political dead man switch if the united states elects a different president in the next election than anyone else who wants to try to navigate what is a sea of sanctions try to reach out to iran to gain their trust again is likely to come up against a great deal of resistance to try to turn back the tide of a distrust between these 2 nations and we understand a letter went out from the iranians via the swiss embassy tell us more about that. well of course the united states and iran sami have not had any sort of diplomatic ties for about 40 years now the swiss embassy acts as
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a go between for those 2 countries and in a letter a very strongly worded letter to the united states iran made it clear that it was not involved in the attack on saudi aramco facilities last week which who the rebel fighters claimed and what they also said is that they condemned the allegation by american officials that iran had anything to do with it now iranian leaders in this letter also said that if the attack on the radical facilities which would be used as an excuse to launch any sort of attack on iran then retaliation would be immediate and iranian military would not limit themselves to simply the source of any potential attack on its targets now this is standing policy and what it means is that iran every time anything like this happens any time there's an uptick intentions iran reminds the united states and its allies in the region that any attack against iran will make will will be a course for all out conflict in iran will then retaliate against u.s. assets in the region and any u.s. allies in the region really putting on notice any country in the region that hosts
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u.s. forces now that is designed to put pressure on countries in the region that are allies of the united states but also have a standing relationship with iran and leaders in the capitals of this part of the world are no doubt going to be reaching out to both american and iranian officials trying to see that cooler heads prevail in this latest round of escalating tensions in the region all right we'll leave it definitely thanks for that at least 27 children have been killed in a fire in liberia the fire started late on tuesday at a school in the suburbs of the capital monrovia police spokesman says the blaze was started by an electrical problem. plenty most still had on the news hour including the briggs it battle continues day 2 of the u.k. supreme court.

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