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Netanyahu attacks 'fabricated' graft charges as trial begins

May 24, 2020 - 6:14 PM

(UPDATED) Fresh from forming a new government after over a year of electoral deadlock, Netanyahu begins a new battle in the Jerusalem District Court – to stay out of prison

EMBATTLED. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. Photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP

Palestinian head warns of total break in case of Israel annexation

May 20, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas says the annexation plans show Israel is no longer abiding by peace accords between the two

WARNING. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the Palestinian leadership meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 19, 2020. File photo by Alaa Badarneh/Pool/AFP

Israel swears in unity govt, Netanyahu insists on West Bank annexation

May 17, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The approval of the 3-year coalition government ends the longest political crisis in the nation's history

(FILES) This combination of file pictures created on September 18, 2019 shows, Benny Gantz (R), leader and candidate of the Israel Resilience party that is part of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, waving to supporters in Tel Aviv early, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing supporters at his Likud party's electoral campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv early. - Israel's Supreme Court on May 6, 2020 approved a coalition deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz. The court made the announcement shortly after Netanyahu and Gantz said their new coalition government would be sworn in on May 13, putting an end to Israel's longest political crisis. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND and Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Israel delays swearing in of unity government

May 14, 2020 - 11:43 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu asks his ally-turned-rival Benny Gantz to postpone the swearing in until Sunday, May 17, so he can finalize cabinet assignments among members of his right-wing Likud party

UNITY. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) greets Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, at a memorial ceremony for late Israeli president Shimon Peres, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on September 19, 2019. File photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Pompeo in Israel for West Bank annexation talks amid new bloodshed

May 13, 2020 - 7:37 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also voice fresh condemnation of their common foe Iran, accusing the country of promoting terrorism during the coronavirus pandemic

POMPEO IN ISRAEL. In this file photo taken on October 18, 2019, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes the hand of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following their meeting in Jerusalem. File photo by Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/AFP

Israel soldier killed in West Bank ahead of annexation talks

May 12, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The US-Israel meeting, a day before a new Israeli government is due to be sworn in, will focus partly on President Donald Trump's controversial Middle East peace plan

WEST BANK. Israeli soldiers are pictured in the village of Yabad near the West Bank city of Jenin on May 12, 2020, after the reported death of an Israeli soldier. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Israel gov't swearing-in delayed a day by Pompeo visit

May 11, 2020 - 11:58 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet both Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz for talks on 'regional security issues related to Iran's malign influence'

Israel lawmakers back Netanyahu-Gantz government

May 07, 2020 - 9:41 PM

The two men have said they will swear in their new administration on May 13, with Benjamin Netanyahu remaining leader for 18 months, before handing over to Benny Gantz

UNITY GOVERNMENT. This combination of file pictures created on September 18, 2019, shows Benny Gantz (R) waving to supporters in Tel Aviv early, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing supporters at his Likud party's electoral campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv early. File photos by Emmanuel Dunand and Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel court hears challenges to coalition deal

May 04, 2020 - 11:53 PM

A ruling against the pact could leave the country facing a fourth poll

HEARING. Judges and personnel of the Israeli Supreme Court, wearing face masks against the coronavirus, attend a session on May 4, 2020 at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP

Israel's Benny Gantz says to be defense minister in new gov't

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:14 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu serve as premier for the first half of a three-year term. The premiership would then pass to Gantz in October next year, with elections 18 months later

Former Israeli chief of staff Benny Gantz delivers his first electoral speech in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 29, 2019. - The former Israeli military chief is regarded as the only serious challenger to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to formally unveil his election campaign today, breaking his silence on his party's platform. His new party, Israel Resilience, could emerge as the second largest in parliament in the April 9 general election, according to polls carried out since its launch in December. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP)

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 Netanyahu under precautionary coronavirus quarantine

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:17 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu's office clarifies that the quarantine decision is purely precautionary as the veteran prime minister has not been in recent contact with the ill staffer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on September 10 to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls. He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, though in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be unveiled sometime after the vote. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / 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

Netanyahu leads Israel election but short of majority

Mar 03, 2020 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The central election committee says it has counted 90% of the vote, with breakdowns of the result in the media showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party with 36 seats in Israel's 120-member parliament

WINNER. Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament)in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel seeks end to deadlock with third election in a year

Mar 02, 2020 - 5:18 PM

The vote comes just two weeks before Benjamin Netanyahu, the longest serving premier in Israeli history, stands trial after being formally charged in January with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust

ELECTIONS. Ultra-Orthodox Jews vote in the Israeli religious city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv during parliamentary election on March 2, 2020.Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu pledges 'immediate' annexation steps if reelected

Mar 01, 2020 - 7:31 PM

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused before previous elections of making last-minute plays to energize his right-wing base

CAMPAIGN PROMISE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu announces thousands of new east Jerusalem settler homes

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:27 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announces approval to build a new settlement with several thousands of homes in Givat Hamatos, next to the mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa

NEW HOMES. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) points from an overview at the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (background) on February 20, 2020. Photo by Debbie Hill/ various sources/AFP

Israeli PM Netanyahu's trial to start March 17

Feb 18, 2020 - 11:26 PM

The announcement comes as the 70-year-old prime minister campaigns ahead of March 2 elections, after two previous polls resulted in a deadlock between Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz

NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Trump peace plan embraced in Israel, rejected by Palestinians

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:13 PM

US President Donald Trump's proposals reportedly include no Palestinian input and grants Israel much of what it has sought in decades of international diplomacy

MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN. US President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu take part in an announcement of Trump's Middle East peace plan in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 28, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Netanyahu drops request for immunity from graft charges

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:56 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu's decision opens the way for Israel's attorney general to set a date for the premier's trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust

Trump to present long-delayed Middle East peace plan

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Trump repeatedly boasts that he is the most pro-Israeli US president in history

WAR. A Palestinian fighter from Ezz-Al Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, checks debris at the site of an Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip December 26, 2019.  Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

World leaders in Israel to recall horrors of Auschwitz

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:33 PM

The presidents of Russia, France and Germany, US Vice President Mike Pence and Britain's Prince Charles are set to address the somber event at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem

GUEST. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) is welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara during a meeting in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

Israel's Netanyahu asks parliament for immunity

Jan 02, 2020 - 9:19 AM

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving premier, is fighting for his political survival on two fronts – the corruption allegations and stiff opposition from a new centrist party

EMBATTLED. File photo of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. AFP photo

Israel's Netanyahu wins ruling party leadership primary

Dec 27, 2019 - 8:26 AM

'A huge win! Thank you to Likud members for their trust, support, and love,' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweets

VICTORIOUS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu beats his rival Gideon Saar in a Likud party leadership contest. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Israel's Netanyahu faces party leadership challenge

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:42 PM

The Israeli Prime Minister battles his longtime rival Gideon Saar. Who will lead the Likud party?

RIVALS. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu battles his longtime rival Gideon Saar in a Likud party leadership contest on December 26, 2019. Photo of Netanyahu from AFP, photo of Saar from Shutterstock

Israel parliament moves for 3rd election as talks falter

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:23 PM

(UPDATED) A new election would be another challenge for embattled premier Benjamin Netanyahu at a time when he must fend off a leadership vote in his right-wing Likud party

3RD ELECTION. A general view of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on December 11, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/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

Netanyahu pushes annexation plan as new elections loom

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says 'it is time to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and legalize all the Judea and Samaria settlements, those that are in settlement blocs and those outside of them'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on September 10 to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls. He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, though in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be unveiled sometime after the vote. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Israeli PM Netanyahu defiant after corruption indictment

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:42 AM

After months of suspense, Israel's longest-serving premier is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament)in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. - Israel's parliament today took a first step toward holding new elections due to deadlocked coalition negotiations following April polls, giving preliminary approval to a law to dissolve itself. Netanyahu has been unable to reach a deal to form a governing coalition ahead of a deadline to do so. (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / 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

All agreements off if Israel annexes territory, Abbas warns at U.N.

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:09 AM

'Our response, if any Israeli government is to proceed with this plan, is that all signed agreements with the government of the occupation and any obligations therein will be terminated,' says Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the Palestinian Peace and Freedom Forum, which was created by the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, in Ramallah in the West Bank on February 6, 2019, with the attendance of Israeli activists. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

Netanyahu tasked with forming new Israeli government

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:15 AM

Israel President Reuven Rivlin mandates Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try to form the government after his initial attempts at negotiating a unity deal between the prime minister and his main challenger Benny Gantz fail

ANOTHER TRY. File photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete official results

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:22 PM

With 99.8% of the votes counted, Israel's election committee says Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White has 33 seats out of 120 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud with 31

(FILES)(COMBO) This file combo image created on April 2, 2019 shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) attending the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on December 9, 2018 and retired Israeli general Benny Gantz, one of the leaders of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, at a press conference in Tel Aviv on April 1, 2019. - Netanyahu and his main opponent Gantz sought to galvanise supporters today on the eve of a tense election with the political fate of the country's longest-serving premier in the balance. (Photos by Oded Balilty and JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Netanyahu, Gantz in standoff over Israeli unity government

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Election results show Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz both without an obvious path to a majority coalition

Netanyahu, Gantz deadlocked after Israeli polls

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) The results give no obvious path for either to form a majority coalition, raising the possibility of negotiations towards a unity government

DEADLOCKED. This combination picture created on September 18, 2019 shows, Benny Gantz (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on September 18, 2019. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand and Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu, Gantz supporters in waiting game as poll results trickle in

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Supporters of Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu are forced into a waiting game after the end of Israel's general election, with exit polls showing a tight race

AFTER THE ELECTIONS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara Netanyahu, and others sing together the national anthem after addressing supporters at his Likud party's electoral campaign headquarters early on September 18, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel votes on Netanyahu's political survival

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) The polls are due to close in most areas at 10:00 pm, Israel time

ISRAEL VOTES. An Israeli man casts his ballot during Israel's parliamentary election, at a polling station in Rosh Haayin, on September 17, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Netanyahu, Trump deny report of Israeli spying near White House

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The Israel president says: 'I have a directive: no intelligence connection in the United States, no spying... It's rigorously enforced without any exception'

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(R) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019. - US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a border area seized from Syria in 1967."This was a long time in the making," Trump said alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House. US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Q&A: What would Israel annexing the Jordan Valley mean?

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge, a week ahead of a closely fought general election, is controversial but what would it actually mean?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of the Jordan Valley as he gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on September 10 to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls. He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, though in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be unveiled sometime after the vote. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Israel's Netanyahu faces criticism over annexation plan

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'Any Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdictions and administration in the occupied West Bank is without any international legal effect,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

JODRAN VALLEY. A photograph taken on September 11, 2019 shows a sign leading to the Palestinian village of Marj Ghazal in the Jordan Valley in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel hits Gaza after rockets disrupt Netanyahu rally

Sep 11, 2019 - 2:27 PM

It comes just hours after Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected

STRIKING GAZA. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Anger at Netanyahu's West Bank annexation pledge

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The preelection promise draws immediate condemnation from Arab powerhouses with many warning of disastrous consequences for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank's Jordan Valley if reelected

Sep 11, 2019 - 12:20 AM

The prime minister also repeats his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel's Netanyahu in controversial Hebron visit

Sep 05, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The Palestinian Authority condemns Netanyahu visit as 'provocative' and politically motivated

UNDER SIEGE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters as he leaves after an event marking the anniversary of the 1929 killing of 67 Jews by Palestinian rioters, in the West Bank town of Hebron, on September 4, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu warns Hezbollah, Lebanon to 'be careful'

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Addressing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Benjamin Netanyahu says that 'he knows very well that the state of Israel knows how to defend itself well, and to repay its enemies'

'BE CAREFUL.' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israeli jets hit targets in Syria to prevent Iranian drone attack – army

Aug 25, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns arch-foe Iran it had no immunity from his state's military

MORE ATTACKS. Syrian civilians flee from a a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP