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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 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

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

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

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