Palestine / Israel - Clashes by Gaza-Israel border / Netanyahu convenes 1st cabinet after election win / proclamation recognising the Golan Heights as part of the State of Israel / Rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel / Buildings drstroyed after Israeli airstrikes on Gaza / Large explosion lights up Gaza skyline / Damage in Gaza following Israeli airstrikes / Sara Netanyahu fined for misuse of state funds
"Thousands of Palestinians thronged the perimeter fence between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on April 5th 2019 as the weekly, bloody demonstrations rolled into their second year.
The protest, occurring just days before Israel's April 9th vote, is the first since an Egyptian-brokered deal emerged to end the latest round of cross-border fighting between the enemies.
Hamas officials say the agreement promises to ease tight Israeli restrictions on Gaza and provide much-needed economic incentives in exchange for the group keeping border protests peaceful.
But demonstrations turned violent on April 5th. Dozens approached the barrier, setting tyres ablaze and hurling rocks and makeshift explosives at the fence. Israeli troops responded with tear gas and live bullets.
Gaza's health officials reported that 83 Palestinians were injured, one critically. It did not provide a breakdown of how the injuries were inflicted.
Israel's prime minister convened his cabinet April 14th after final election results showed Benjamin Netanyahu poised to win a fifth term.
In opening remarks, Netanyahu referred to the Israeli spacecraft ""Beresheet"" that crashed into the moon moments before touchdown.
A technical glitch triggered a ""chain of events"" that caused the spacecraft's engine to malfunction April 11th just 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) above the moon.
The Prime Minister added that Israel intend to launch a new mission named ""Beresheet 2"" soon.
Netanyahu's Likud party captured 36 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, compared to 35 seats for its main rival, the centrist Blue and White party lead by Benny Gantz.
He said the ""people's decision to renew"" the Likud's mandate was a result of his ministers' achievements in the past four years.
Altogether, Likud and its traditional Jewish ultra-Orthodox and nationalist allies command a 65-55 majority in parliament, putting Netanyahu in position to head the next coalition government.
While ballots were still being counted, the Blue and White leaders officially conceded defeat on Wednesday, and vowed to fight the prime minister from the opposition.
Palestinian militants on May 4th fired over 200 rockets into Israel, drawing dozens of retaliatory airstrikes on targets across the Gaza Strip in a round of intense fighting that broke a month-long lull between the bitter enemies.
Four Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby daughter, were killed, while three Israelis, including an 80-year-old woman, were wounded by rocket fire.
The fighting came as leaders from Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, and the smaller armed faction Islamic Jihad, were in Cairo for talks with Egyptian mediators aimed at preventing a fraying cease-fire from collapsing altogether.
It also comes at a sensitive time for Israel, which is to mark its Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday this week, before hosting the Eurovision song contest in the middle of the month.
Residents in Gaza began cleaning up in the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes on May 5th.
The Israeli military says it has launched some 220 airstrikes against militant targets in Gaza amid a massive wave of attacks, which also marked the first Israeli casualty from rocket fire since the 2014 war with Hamas militants.
The airstrikes, which were aimed at Hamas militant targets, also destroyed buildings, properties and roads.
Resident Um Alaa Abu Absa spent May 5th picking up broken glass and debris inside her property in the aftermath of the airstrikes.
""There was a lot of bombing, the neighbours were affected a lot, the street scene was indescribable, people were afraid and terrified and running, and everyone was looking for their children, nobody was able to see others,"" Abu Absa said.
At least six Palestintians, including a pregnant mother and her baby have been killed in the airstrikes.
Moshe Agadi, a 58-year-old father of four from Ashkelon, was struck in the chest by shrapnel in a residential courtyard from one of the 450 rockets fired from Gaza in less than 24 hours.
The night sky over Gaza City lit up orange late on May 5th after a suspected Israeli airstrike.
Two days of heavy rocket fire from Gaza towards southern Israel and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes on the blockaded territory have left at least 23 Palestinians and four Israelis dead.
In a statement late on May 5th, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the militant group was ready to ""return to the state of calm"" if Israel stopped its attacks ""and immediately starts implementing understandings about a dignified life.""
Some residents in Gaza City on May 6th returned to find their homes turned to a pile of rubble after a weekend of intense fighting that saw Palestinian militants firing hundreds of rockets into Israel, and the Israeli military responding with airstrikes.
The Ministry of Public Works in Gaza said that Israeli airstrikes on buildings destroyed 70 housing units.
During the violence, Israeli aircraft downed several multistory structures.
Residents rummaged through the rubble for their belongings after intense fighting over the past two days appeared to come to a sudden halt in the early morning hours and residents on both sides went back to their daily routines.
In Gaza, banks reopened for the first time in three days and residents started the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
There was no official cease-fire announcement from either side, but the Israeli military lifted protective restrictions on residents in southern Israel, while the Hamas militant group's radio station in Gaza reported a cease-fire, signalling a deal had been reached.
The wife of Israel's prime minister has been sentenced to pay a fine of roughly 15,000 US dollars for misusing state funds.
A Jerusalem magistrate court on May 16th accepted the plea bargain Sara Netanyahu signed with prosecutors to settle the allegations she misused some 100,000 US dollars in state money on lavish meals.
The State Attorney's office said the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay additional fines to close the case, which accused her of running up large tabs at luxury restaurants while the official residence employed a full-time chef.
Sara Netanyahu was indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust last year.
The settlement saw her admit to more minor charges and reduced the overspending charge to 50,000 US dollars.
The prime minister faces an indictment on separate corruption charges.