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Israel's Netanyahu, Gantz agree to form unity government

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The three-year agreement allows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stay in office for 18 months. Parliament speaker Benny Gantz will then take over as premier for the remaining 18 months.

UNITY. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival, parliament speaker Benny Gantz, agree to form an emergency unity government on April 20, 2020, ending the worst political crisis in the country's history. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel MPs tasked with ending deadlock over unity gov't

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Israel's deeply divided 120-member parliament has no clear path towards a stable governing coalition, so the move risks prolonging the country's worst-ever political crisis

RIVALS. This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows a file photo taken on April 01, 2019 of retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (L) and a file photo taken on March 10, 2019 of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. File photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

Israel rivals resume unity gov't talks with 2-day deadline

Apr 14, 2020 - 8:34 PM

A deal would give Israel its first fully functioning government since December 2018, stability that could prove crucial as it confronts the coronavirus pandemic

RIVALS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L), President Reuven Rivlin (C), and Benny Gantz attend a memorial ceremony for late Israeli president Shimon Peres, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on September 19, 2019. File hoto by Yonatan Sindel/AFP

Israel's Gantz calls for 'emergency unity government'

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:37 AM

Israel's ex-military chief Benny Gantz wins the speakership vote with 74 lawmakers voting in favor and 18 against in the 120-seat chamber

BENNY GANTZ. In this file photo, Benny Gantz delivers a statement in the central Israeli city of Ramat Gan, on March 7, 2020. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Netanyahu ally resigns as speaker of Israel parliament

Mar 26, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Yuli Edelstein's resignation paves the way for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rival Benny Gantz, who is trying to form a government, to place an ally in the powerful post

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2018, Israeli parliament (Knesset) speaker Yuli Edelstein gestures prior to attend a session of Questions to the government at the French National Assembly in Paris, as part of his state visit to France. File photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

With 2 days left, deadlocked Israel faces repeat vote

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:08 PM

Right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu and former army general Benny Gantz trade blame over the impasse ahead of Wednesday, December 11, the last opportunity to form a coalition and avoid fresh polls

RIVALS. This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows a file photo taken on April 01, 2019 of retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (L) and a file photo taken on March 10, 2019 of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. File photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

Israel's parliament sworn in without new government

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Members of parliament elected in September 17 polls take their oaths of office in a ceremony that is to a large degree hollow due to deadlocked coalition talks

PARLIAMENT. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (L) addresses members of parliament during the swearing-in ceremony at the Knesset in Jerusalem on October 3, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu faces graft hearing with Israeli coalition talks at dead end

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The hearing comes as deadlocked results from a September 17 general election threatens Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid to continue his reign as Israel's longest-serving prime minister

GRAFT HEARING. Ram Caspi, the prime minister's lawyer, arrives at the Ministry of Justice in Jerusalem on October 2, ahead of the pre-indictment hearing for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel heads to new election after Netanyahu stumbles

May 30, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Israel will now head to the polls again on September 17, just over 5 months after an April election that saw Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing and religious allies win a majority

NETANYAHU. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

Netanyahu looks to form right-wing government after victory

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) His main rival Benny Gantz concedes defeat on Wednesday night, April 10, and final official results are expected to be announced by Friday, April 12

VICTORY. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at his Likud Party headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Netanyahu, Gantz make final pitches before Israeli vote

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The general election in which Netanyahu is seeking to extend his already 13 years in office is expected to be close, with ex-military chief Benny Gantz posing a serious threat

RIVALS. This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows a file photo taken on April 01, 2019 of retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (L) and a file photo taken on March 10, 2019 of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

Netanyahu defiant after decision to indict him ahead of polls

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames his political opponents for what he calls a 'witch hunt' intended to force him from office – though he appointed the attorney general who issued the decision

'WITCH HUNT.' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press on February 28, 2019, at his residency in Jerusalem. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Decision on Netanyahu indictments imminent – reports

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The reports come with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the midst of a tough reelection campaign ahead of April 9 polls

Challengers unite in Israel election threat to Netanyahu

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:26 PM

While polls have consistently shown Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to win the April 9 election, the combined power of his two main challengers from the political center will at minimum shake up the campaign

CHALLENGERS. Benny Gantz (L), a respected former military chief of staff, and centrist politician Yair Lapid (R) said in statements they would form a joint list for the April 9 elections and rotate as prime minister if they won. Photos by Thomas Coex and Jack Guez/AFP

Netanyahu opposes early polls as graft probes intensify

Mar 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Israeli police recommend Netanyahu's indictment in 2 corruption cases last month and investigations are continuing in others

PROBE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Two new corruption investigations announced this week, hot on the heels of a police recommendation that Netanyahu face charges in two other cases, have fuelled growing speculation he could be forced to step down or call an early election. Photo by  Thomas Coex/AFP

Palestinian leaders call for suspension of recognition of Israel

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:54 AM

While withdrawing the Palestine Liberation Organization's recognition of Israel could spark international backlash, it is unclear whether the vote of the Palestinian Central Council is binding

ANNOUNCEMENT. Senior Palestinian official Salim Zaanoun (L) reads a statement at the end of a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah January 16, 2018. Abbas Momani/AFP

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:59 AM

Before leaving Israel, Netanyahu had taken aim at what he called Europe's 'hypocrisy'

PARIS MEETING. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during a joint news conference following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 10, 2017. Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

Trump delays Jerusalem verdict as pressure mounts

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Trump is expected to stop short of moving the embassy to Jerusalem outright, a central campaign pledge which has been postponed once already by the new administration

OLD CITY. A picture taken through a window frame shows Jerusalem's Old City Dome of the Rock on October 25, 2015. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Netanyahu wins surprise victory in Israel election

Mar 18, 2015 - 7:53 AM

UPDATED His rightwing Likud party is seen taking 30 of the Knesset s 120 seats with the center left Zionist Union a distant second with 24

FOURTH TERMER. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters as he delivers his speech in Tel Aviv, Israel, early 17 March 2015. Abir Sultan/EPA

Israelis vote in tight race

Mar 17, 2015 - 3:53 PM

The outcome of the race is likely to help determine the prospects for new Middle East peace talks and Israel s troubled relations with its US ally

An Israeli woman casts her vote for the Israeli general elections at a polling station in Haifa, Israel, 17 March 2015. Atef Safadi/EPA

Netanyahu says no Palestinian state if reelected

Mar 17, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Israel s second snap general election in 3 years opens Tuesday in a ballot experts agree is likely to be a referendum on the Netanyahu years

HERZOG OR NETANYAHU? Rotating billboard that shows the faces of the two candidates for Israel's prime minister, incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog, in Tel Aviv, Israel, 12 March 2015. Abir Sultan/EPA

As Israel vote looms, center-left pulls ahead of PM's Likud

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Experts say the vote will largely be a referendum on the 6 year tenure of Netanyahu who has made security the centerpiece of his campaign

CHALLENGING NETANYAHU. Isaac Herzog (L) and his co-leader in the left-of-center Zionist Union party Tzipi Livni answer questions in a press conference in their party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, 08 March 2014. Jim Hollander/EPA

Netanyahu poll challenger urges end to Israel isolation

Mar 09, 2015 - 8:47 AM

The center left Zionist Union unveils its platform with an emphasis on ending Israel s diplomatic isolation

CHALLENGING NETANYAHU. Isaac Herzog (L) and his co-leader in the left-of-center Zionist Union party Tzipi Livni answer questions in a press conference in their party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, 08 March 2014. Jim Hollander/EPA

Netanyahu rebuked over 'excessive spending' on homes

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:40 AM

In a report State Comptroller Joseph Shapira stops short of recommending a criminal investigation which is not within his remit but says he has turned evidence over to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein for possible action on some cases

In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, January 4, 2015. Oded Bality/Pool/EPA

Palestinians present UN resolution on final peace deal

Dec 18, 2014 - 7:45 AM

UPDATED The draft resolution will set a 12 month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement and the end of 2017 as the time frame for completing an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories

Palestinians are silhouetted as they walk in front of a large national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinians to push UN vote despite US veto warning

Dec 17, 2014 - 8:50 AM

If the United States uses it veto the Palestinians will apply to join all international organizations and conventions including the International Criminal Court a move firmly opposed by Washington

A wide view of the General Assembly Hall 15 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo

Israel PM calls for early elections, fires ministers

Dec 03, 2014 - 10:17 AM

UPDATED Another win for the Israeli right would leave little hope for Middle East peace talks after the last round of negotiations collapsed with no progress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Israel's Netanyahu set for third term

Mar 17, 2013 - 9:09 AM

Israel s Benjamin Netanyahu formally notified President Shimon Peres on Saturday March 16 that after 40 days of tortuous negotiations with potential coalition partners he had formed a new government

VICTORY. Flanked by bodyguards, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C-L) and ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman (C-R) of the Likud-Beitenu coalition party greet supporters as they arrive on stage on elections night on January 22, 2013 at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

Chastened Germany to mark Munich massacre 40 years on

Sep 03, 2012 - 11:12 AM

Germany on Wednesday September 5 marks the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympics massacre amid fresh questions about how the 11 Israeli victims could have been killed on German soil

COMMEMORATION. Plaque in front of the Israeli athletes' quarters commemorating the victims of the Munich massacre. The inscription, in German and Hebrew, reads: "The team of the State of Israel lived in this building during the 20th Olympic Summer Games from 21 August to 5 September 1972. On 5 September, [list of victims] died a violent death. Honor to their memory." Photo courtesy of High Contrast / Wikipedia.

Lieberman vows to stay in Israel govt after Kadima bolts

Jul 18, 2012 - 4:53 PM

Avigdor Lieberman whose ultra nationalist Yisrael Beitenu is a key member of Israel s ruling coalition on Wednesday July 18 said he had no intention of leaving government a day after the Kadima party withdrew