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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 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 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

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, 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 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

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

Main Netanyahu challenger shows his claws at election launch

Jan 30, 2019 - 7:21 AM

'Four years after completing my service as commander in chief, I am asking for your confidence so that I may lead Israel,' says Benny Gantz

CHALLENGER. Former Israeli chief of staff Benny Gantz delivers his first electoral speech in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 29, 2019. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP