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UPDATED: Wed., July 1, 2020

Netanyahu ally confirms delays in West Bank annexation plan

A confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that the Israeli leader’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank would not start on Wednesday, the original target date, …


UPDATED: Mon., May 25, 2020

Israeli leader vows to push ahead with annexing West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in the coming months, vowing to move ahead with the explosive plan despite a …


Netanyahu seats new government in Israel 7 days before trial

Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his contentious vow to annex West Bank settlements as Israel finally installed a government after more than a year of political gridlock.


Jordan warns Israel of ‘massive conflict’ over annexation

Jordan’s king warned Israel of a “massive conflict” if it proceeds with plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, as European Union foreign ministers agreed on Friday …


Trudy Rubin: White House support for Israeli annexation plans will harm Jewish state

Under cover of COVID-19, with full U.S. backing, Israel is poised to take a step that will dramatically alter its character and risk its future security. As Israel swears in …


UPDATED: Fri., May 8, 2020

Amid pandemic, Pompeo to visit Israel for annexation talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Israel next week for a brief visit amid the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, a trip that’s expected to focus on Prime Minister …


Set for new term, Netanyahu eyes risky West Bank annexation

Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured a new term in office, there seems to be little to prevent him from annexing large parts of the occupied West …


UPDATED: Mon., April 20, 2020

Israeli coalition deal keeps Netanyahu in power

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival announced Monday that they have forged a deal to form a coalition government, ending months of political paralysis and averting what …


Prisoners riot in Iran; Netanyahu goes into self-quarantine

Prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot, state media reported Monday, the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances in the country, which …


Netanyahu rival becomes parliament speaker, signaling deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival was chosen on Thursday as the new speaker of parliament, an unexpected step that could pave the way to a power-sharing deal between …


Israel swears in new parliament under coronavirus shadow

Israel swore in its newly elected parliament on Monday under stringent restrictions because of the coronavirus outbreak, in a surreal ceremony reflecting the country’s unprecedented dual crisis in politics and …


Netanyahu rivals to cooperate on forming new government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival said Monday that he has agreed with a smaller party to work together to form a new government following national elections last week.


UPDATED: Fri., March 6, 2020

Arab voters key to blocking Netanyahu-led hard-line majority

A surge in Arab voter turnout was key to depriving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his nationalist allies of a parliamentary majority in this week’s Israeli election


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Exit polls: PM gains in Israel vote, but short of majority

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a solid edge over his main rival in Israel’s third election in under a year, exit polls indicated Monday night, but it was unclear …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Netanyahu trial clouds last days of Israel election campaign

The criminal trial for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, court officials announced Tuesday, shaking up the final stretch of a contentious election campaign and hurting the longtime …


Trudy Rubin: Trump’s Mideast peace plan is about reelection – his own and Benjamin Netanyahu’s

If anyone doubts President Trump’s long awaited Israel-Palestine peace plan was mainly an election-oriented political document, he shattered those doubts Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

Trump peace plan could boost embattled Israeli leader

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Sunday night vowing to “make history” as he prepared to meet President Donald Trump for the unveiling of the administration’s much-anticipated plan …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Netanyahu to seek immunity from criminal charges

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that he would ask the Israeli parliament to grant him immunity from three criminal charges, tying up further the lengthy legal proceedings against him …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Israel’s embattled Netanyahu wins landslide in primary

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a landslide victory in a primary election for leadership of the ruling Likud party


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Israel to hold 3rd straight election, prolonging stalemate

Israel’s parliament has failed to meet a midnight deadline to form a coalition government, triggering an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …


Case against Netanyahu includes billionaire witnesses

Israel’s attorney general on Monday officially submitted his indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, laying out a sweeping case in which over 300 people, including a number …


Attorney general: Israel’s Netanyahu not required to resign

Israel’s attorney general said Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not required to leave office following his indictment on corruption charges, giving a small boost to the embattled leader.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on corruption charges

Israel’s attorney general has formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, throwing the country’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening the long-time leader’s …


Netanyahu challenger unable to form coalition

Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival failed to form a new government by a Wednesday deadline, dashing his hopes of toppling the long-time Israeli prime minister and pushing the country closer toward …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Israel targets Islamic Jihad leader, sending message to Iran

Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Former top general gets a shot at forming Israeli government

Israel’s former military chief Benny Gantz was tasked Wednesday with forming the next government, but he has few options after last month’s elections left him in a near tie with …


Israel’s Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country …


As Trump abandons Kurds, Israel worries how dependable he is

For the past three years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has bet heavily on President Donald Trump and been rewarded with major diplomatic gains in exchange for his warm embrace of …


In Israel, calls for unity reveal deep divisions after vote

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, on Thursday each called for the formation of a unity government following Israel’s inconclusive national election. But with both men …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019

Israel’s Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election

Israel’s Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday’s election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized minority.