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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

Manhunt after stabbed Israel soldier found dead in West Bank

Aug 08, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The stabbing occurs between Bethlehem and the flashpoint city of Hebron in the West Bank

INVESTIGATION. Israeli soldiers stand guard next to the site where the body of an Israeli soldier was found with multiple stabs near the settlement of Migdal Oz in the occupied West Bank on August 8, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Netanyahu warns of 'crushing' retaliation after Hezbollah chief's remarks

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:47 PM

'If Hezbollah dares to make the mistake of attacking Israel, we will lay upon it and on Lebanon a crushing military blow,' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says

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 to attend U.S. Mideast peace conference – minister

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'Israel will be represented at the Bahrain economic workshop in a way that will be decided later on,' Foreign Minister Israel Katz writes on Twitter

PEACE CONFERENCE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) listens to Israel Katz at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on May 12, 2019. Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP

Israel PM inaugurates Golan settlement honoring Trump

Jun 17, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Netanyahu unveils a 'Trump Heights' sign, featuring an Israeli and a US flag, to mark the site of the new settlement

TRUMP HEIGHTS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd-R) and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (L) applaud after unveiling the place-name sign for the new settlement of 'Ramat Trump' or 'Trump Heights' in English. Photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

Netanyahu appoints Israel's first openly gay minister

Jun 06, 2019 - 7:35 AM

The appointment of Amir Ohana comes as Jerusalem prepares for its annual Gay Pride celebrations

HISTORIC. File photo of Amir Ohana, Israel's first openly gay minister appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo from facebook.com/amirohana

Netanyahu fires two key ministers ahead of Israeli polls – official

Jun 02, 2019 - 11:09 PM

An official confirms that Education Minister Naftali Bennet and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, both right-wing rivals to the Israeli Prime Minister, had been fired

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. - Nudged by rightwing political rivals after a deadly Palestinian attack on a young Israeli woman, Netanyahu who seeks re-election pledged today to freeze money transfers to the Palestinian Authority. (Photo by GALI TIBBON / POOL / AFP)

Iran rejects U.S. Mideast peace plan at Quds Day rally

May 31, 2019 - 11:35 PM

During Quds Day commemorations, demonstrators burn US and Israeli flags and effigies of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

QUDS DAY. Iranians burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump during a parade marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Tehran on May 31, 2019. AFP photo

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 says needs more time to form new Israel government

May 12, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cites the recent holidays and the Gaza flare-up in his request for more time to form new coalition government

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 vows more 'massive strikes' in response to Gaza rockets

May 05, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orders the military to reinforce troops around the Gaza Strip with tanks, artillery, and infantry forces

WAR CONTINUES. Smoke billows above buildings in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip during an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian coastal enclave, on May 4, 2019. Photo bv Said Khatib/AFP

Netanyahu sworn into Israel's new parliament after election victory

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is among the 120 members of the Knesset, or parliament, sworn in during an official ceremony

NEW PARLIAMENT. The Knesset has potentially stormy sessions ahead as it works to resolve key religion and state issues as well as a possible proposal that would shield Benjamin Netanyahu from prosecution. File photo by AFP

Israel tells citizens to leave Sri Lanka over 'concrete threat'

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The recommendation from Israel's counterterrorism bureau says it is issuing the travel warning after consultations with security and foreign ministry officials

AFTERMATH. Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP

Israel to name Golan settlement after Trump

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan after US President Donald Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty there

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) holds a proclamation signed by US President Donald Trump recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on April 14, 2019.  RONEN ZVULUN / POOL / AFP

Netanyahu expected to receive formal nod to remain Israel prime minister

Apr 17, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin must choose who will form the next government and is expected to pick Netanyahu

NEW GOVERNMENT. This picture taken early on April 10, 2019 shows Israeli Likud Party campaign material and posters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by  Jack Guez/AFP

Israeli president starts process of selecting next Prime Minister

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Rivlin appears to have little choice but to pick incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his party won the most seats in the April 9 vote leaving it best placed to form a coalition government

NEW GOVERNMENT. File photo of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (center left) reviews the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential compound in Jerusalem. Photo by Gali Ribbon/AFP

Final Israel election results leave Netayahu on course

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:37 PM

The final results give Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party 36 votes, one more than Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White alliance

AFTER ELECTIONS. A picture taken on April 9, 2019, shows supporters of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance watching a tv poll on a screen at the alliance headquarters in Tel Aviv. File photo by Menahem Kahana/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 on path for victory in Israeli election

Apr 10, 2019 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) The results from the vote come despite corruption allegations against the 69-year-old premier and put him on track to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister later this year

NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) 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 Jack Guez/AFP

Israel votes with Netanyahu's future at stake

Apr 09, 2019 - 1:19 PM

(UPDATED) The vote is expected to be close and will likely lead to frantic negotiations to form a coalition once results are in

NETANYAHU AND GANTZ. A labourer works in front of electoral campaign posters bearing the portraits of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L), leader of the Likud party, and retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (R), one of the leaders of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, in Tel Aviv, on April 3, 2019. Photo by Jack Guez/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

Trump sees tight race between '2 good people' for Israel PM

Apr 07, 2019 - 8:17 AM

The latest polls place incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz neck and neck, but give the former the advantage

NETANYAHU AND TRUMP. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US President Donald Trump speak upon the latter's arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 22, 2017. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Netanyahu won't move 'even one' settler for U.S. peace plan

Apr 06, 2019 - 11:02 PM

If a measure involving eviction from settlements is tabled, Israel would pull out of Washington's plan, according to Netanyahu

ISRAEL PM. In this file photo, 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

Calm returns to Gaza after rockets draw Israeli response

Mar 27, 2019 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) The rocket firings come hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was prepared for further military action in Gaza

RUBBLE. A picture taken on March 26, 2019, shows Palestinians gathering next to the rubble of a building in Gaza City, after Israeli air strikes hit dozens of sites across the Strip overnight in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Trump proclaims Golan Heights belongs to Israel

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:39 AM

(UPDATED) US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus

HANDSHAKE. 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. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Netanyahu at side, Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty on Golan

Mar 25, 2019 - 1:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Vice President Mike Pence confirms that the US president will on Monday, March 25, formally recognize Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights

NETANYAHU AND TRUMP. In this file photo taken on May 22, 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US President Donald Trump speak upon the latter's arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Pompeo visits Western Wall with Netanyahu in break with diplomatic practice

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) It could be taken as tacit approval of Israel's sovereignty over the site, one of the holiest in Judaism and located in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem

TOGETHER. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019, during the second day of Pompeo's visit as part of his five-day regional tour of the Middle East. Photo by Abir Sultan/POOL/AFP

Pompeo on Middle East tour to counter Iran, boost Netanyahu

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:56 PM

The US secretary of state kicks off his regional tour in Kuwait where he meets Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on the first stop of a trip that will also take him to Israel and Lebanon

MIDDLE EAST TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah give a joint press conference in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Israel in dozens of strikes on Gaza after rockets target Tel Aviv

Mar 15, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The escalation follows weeks of growing tension and comes at an especially sensitive time ahead of Israel's April 9 elections

BOMBINGS. The sky above buildings on the Gaza Strip glows orange during an Israeli air strike in Gaza city late on March 14, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Erdogan and Netanyahu trade 'tyrant,' 'dictator' insults

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Turkey and Israel have tense relations and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is a vocal critic of Israeli policies

TRADING INSULTS. This combination of pictures created on April 1, 2018 shows Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R). File photos by Ronen Zvulun and Ozan Kose/AFP

Netanyahu says Israel 'not a state of all its citizens'

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is accused of demonizing Israeli Arabs ahead of April polls in a bid to boost right-wing turnout

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. - Nudged by rightwing political rivals after a deadly Palestinian attack on a young Israeli woman, Netanyahu who seeks re-election pledged today to freeze money transfers to the Palestinian Authority. (Photo by GALI TIBBON / POOL / 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