The Dossier: Trump issues ultimatum to Mexico; Israeli elections next week

· April 5, 2019  
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Israeli elections next week: What you need to know

Israel is holding parliamentary elections next week on April 9. While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to hold onto his position as the country’s top leader, there will likely be a significant shake-up in the balance of power in Jerusalem.

i24 news has a great breakdown of all of the major parties and the top candidates running for a place in Israel’s Knesset (parliament).

Rival militias make power plays for war-torn Libya

General Khalifa Haftar, who leads one of the strongest militias in the country (which calls itself the Libyan National Army), is making a push to take the Libyan capital city of Tripoli.

The BBC has more on General Haftar and his plans to take the capital.

Libya has become what amounts to a failed state since 2011, when a NATO-led campaign led to the overthrow of longtime Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi. Libya has since become a modern-day slave state and a safe haven for ISIS fighters.

Trump hypes coming ‘epic’ trade deal with China

President Trump remains confident that U.S. negotiators can strike a deal with China to thwart both powers’ coming imposition of massive punitive tariffs

“This is an epic deal, historic – if it happens,” the president said Thursday. “This is the grand daddy of them all and we’ll see if it happens. It’s got a very good chance of happening.”

Qatari front groups infiltrate America thanks to an assist from the McCain Institute

On Thursday, I wrote in CR how Cindy McCain and the McCain Institute continue to partner with Qatari front groups masquerading as sports-centric organizations. You can read it all here.

How Chavez and Maduro’s socialism destroyed Venezuela

The Daily Signal has published a terrific article explaining how Venezuela’s despotic rulers imposed policies that have resulted in a full-fledged political, economic, and humanitarian disaster in Caracas. 

POTUS gives Mexico one-year warning to get house in order

President Trump is demanding that the Mexican government do more to stop the flow of illicit drugs, the surge in border crossings, and other illegal activities and substances that continue to transit to the United States.

Instead of threatening an imminent border closure, the president issued a “one-year warning” to Mexico. “Mexico understands that we’re going to close the border or I’m going to tariff the cars — one or the other,” the president said Friday.”

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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for Blaze Media. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.