The Times of Israel is liveblogging Wednesday’s events as they unfold.

The Supreme Court throws out an appeal filed by Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair against a lower court ruling that had upheld a libel ruling against him, meaning he will have to pay hundreds of thousands of shekels in compensation to a journalist and cover the court fees.

Yair Netanyahu claimed the original ruling against him was in bad faith as he never received court notification about the libel lawsuit filed by former Walla news site editor Avi Alkalay.

Netanyahu was at the time living with his parents at the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem rather than in the family apartment in the capital or their Caesarea home. Though the letter was sent to the official residence, it was not ultimately delivered to Netanyahu, allegedly due to protocols against staff accepting registered letters at the site.

Because Netanyahu never filed a statement of defense, the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court automatically ruled in favor of Alkalay in March 2020.

Netanyahu appealed that decision to the Tel Aviv District Court, which rejected the appeal in July 2021, saying the registered letter was sent to the correct location under the circumstances and told the former premier’s son to compensate Alkalay NIS 250,000 (approximately $73,000), and pay an additional NIS 29,250 (approximately $8,500) in court fees.

Prosecutors file an indictment against an Arab teen from northern Israel over his alleged affiliation with the Islamic State terror group, the Justice Ministry says.

According to the charge sheet, over the past two years, the 16-year-old was in contact with several members of the jihadist group.

The indictment says in 2020 he was interested in swearing allegiance to IS and potentially joining its ranks abroad.

In 2021, the teen swore allegiance to the group, and continued being in contact with members, who provided him with instructions to build explosive devices and makeshift weapons, the indictment says.

The teen also attempted to convince several of his friends to join IS as well, however, they declined, according to the indictment.

As he is a minor, the suspect’s name is barred from publication.

The Arrangements Committee is expected to approve its lawmaker membership today, which will include 10 expected coalition members and nine expected opposition members.

According to law, the committee chairmanship must go to a member of prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s party, and will be held by Likud MK Yoav Kisch.

While awaiting finalization, the committee spokesperson confirms that it is expected to be composed of the following MKs:

Likud: Yoav Kisch, Shlomo Karhi, Amichai Chikli, Galit Distal Atbaryan, Ophir Katz

Yesh Atid: Merav Ben Ari, Boaz Toporovsky, Ron Katz

Religious Zionism-Otzma Yehudit: Yitzhak Wasserlauf, Simcha Rothman

National Unity: Michael Biton, Sharren Haskel

Shas: Michael Malkieli, Moshe Arbel

United Torah Judaism: Yaakov Asher

Yisrael Beytenu: Evgeny Sova

Ra’am: Walid Taha

Hadash-Ta’al: Ahmad Tibi

Labor: Efrat Rayten

Tensions between the winning and losing blocs run high during the first meeting of the Knesset’s influential Arrangements Committee, chaired by Likud MK Yoav Kisch.

“Politics is like a wheel, sometimes you’re at the bottom and sometimes at the top. During the last year and a half, we were at the bottom. Everyone remembers how they treated us in the past year and a half… since then, the wheel has turned,” says Kisch.

Welcoming the 18 fellow lawmakers joining him on the committee, Kisch says: “Hello to fellow MKs, some of them friends, some not.”

Kisch’s opening remarks are constantly interrupted by MKs heading into the opposition, including Yesh Atid lawmaker Michal Shir.

“Good morning, welcome to a committee, which for a year and a half you didn’t agree to come to,” shouts Shir — who joined Yesh Atid after being elected with the New Hope party — at Likud MKs.

“Which party are you from again?” responds Likud MK Galit Distal Atbaryan.

Entering the meeting, Yesh Atid faction director and outgoing coalition whip Boaz Toporovsky says he hopes the Likud bloc will not seek to push committee changes upon the losing bloc.

“We want this Knesset to be respectful and we’ll be part of it,” says Yesh Atid faction director Boaz Toporovsky.

“Good that you’re joking around,” says Kisch, who separately agreed to changes made “in agreement.”

The Arrangements Committee is responsible for setting the 25th Knesset’s committee structures. The committee’s party allocation was approved by the Knesset plenum earlier today in a 47 to 1 vote.

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The Times of Israel is liveblogging Wednesday’s events as they unfold.

The Supreme Court throws out an appeal filed by Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair against a lower court ruling that had upheld a libel ruling against him, meaning he will have to pay hundreds of thousands of shekels in compensation to a journalist and cover the court fees.

Yair Netanyahu claimed the original ruling against him was in bad faith as he never received court notification about the libel lawsuit filed by former Walla news site editor Avi Alkalay.

Netanyahu was at the time living with his parents at the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem rather than in the family apartment in the capital or their Caesarea home. Though the letter was sent to the official residence, it was not ultimately delivered to Netanyahu, allegedly due to protocols against staff accepting registered letters at the site.

Because Netanyahu never filed a statement of defense, the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court automatically ruled in favor of Alkalay in March 2020.

Netanyahu appealed that decision to the Tel Aviv District Court, which rejected the appeal in July 2021, saying the registered letter was sent to the correct location under the circumstances and told the former premier’s son to compensate Alkalay NIS 250,000 (approximately $73,000), and pay an additional NIS 29,250 (approximately $8,500) in court fees.

Prosecutors file an indictment against an Arab teen from northern Israel over his alleged affiliation with the Islamic State terror group, the Justice Ministry says.

According to the charge sheet, over the past two........

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