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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 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

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

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

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

Israel's Netanyahu accused of stoking 'fake' crisis to force poll

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The dispute comes as Netanyahu faces a possible indictment on bribery charges in the coming months

CRISIS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

Hydropower plant seen to save Ifugao Rice Terraces inaugurated

Jul 11, 2015 - 10:53 AM

As a condition for the grant the net proceeds of the plant must be placed in a trust fund called the Rice Terraces Conservation Fund for the preservation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces

SAVE IFUGAO RICE TERRACES. This photo shows Ifugao Governor Denis Habawel during the inauguration of the Likud Mini-Hydro Power Development Project. Photo from the official page of the Ifugao provincial government

New Israel coalition near after negotiation breakthrough

Apr 26, 2015 - 7:40 PM

Netanyahu whose Likud party won a surprise victory in a March 17 election has until May 6 to piece together a new government after receiving a 14 day extension last week

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers a speech during an event following the first session of the newly-elected Knesset (Israel's Parliament) in Jerusalem, 31 March 2015. Gali Tibbon/Pool/EPA

Netanyahu apologizes to Arab Israelis

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:13 AM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologizes for saying Arabs were voting in droves in comments that drew US condemnation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters as he delivers his speech in Tel Aviv, Israel, early 17 March 2015. Abir Sultan/EPA

Netanyahu wins surprise victory in Israel election

Mar 18, 2015 - 7:53 AM

UPDATED His rightwing Likud party is seen taking 30 of the Knesset s 120 seats with the center left Zionist Union a distant second with 24

FOURTH TERMER. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters as he delivers his speech in Tel Aviv, Israel, early 17 March 2015. Abir Sultan/EPA

Israelis vote in tight race

Mar 17, 2015 - 3:53 PM

The outcome of the race is likely to help determine the prospects for new Middle East peace talks and Israel s troubled relations with its US ally

An Israeli woman casts her vote for the Israeli general elections at a polling station in Haifa, Israel, 17 March 2015. Atef Safadi/EPA

Netanyahu says no Palestinian state if reelected

Mar 17, 2015 - 9:53 AM

Israel s second snap general election in 3 years opens Tuesday in a ballot experts agree is likely to be a referendum on the Netanyahu years

HERZOG OR NETANYAHU? Rotating billboard that shows the faces of the two candidates for Israel's prime minister, incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog, in Tel Aviv, Israel, 12 March 2015. Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli vote in balance as campaigning draws to close

Mar 15, 2015 - 8:33 AM

The final two surveys released Friday night by private television channels give Labour leader Isaac Herzog s Zionist Union a four seat lead over incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu s Likud

In this file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv, Israel, 14 June 2009. Baz Ratner/Pool/EPA

As Israel vote looms, center-left pulls ahead of PM's Likud

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Experts say the vote will largely be a referendum on the 6 year tenure of Netanyahu who has made security the centerpiece of his campaign

CHALLENGING NETANYAHU. Isaac Herzog (L) and his co-leader in the left-of-center Zionist Union party Tzipi Livni answer questions in a press conference in their party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, 08 March 2014. Jim Hollander/EPA

Netanyahu denies reneging on Palestinian state speech

Mar 09, 2015 - 8:45 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denies reneging on a 2009 speech in which he acknowledged the need for the creation of a Palestinian state

In this file photo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv, Israel, 14 June 2009. Baz Ratner/Pool/EPA

Netanyahu poll challenger urges end to Israel isolation

Mar 09, 2015 - 8:47 AM

The center left Zionist Union unveils its platform with an emphasis on ending Israel s diplomatic isolation

CHALLENGING NETANYAHU. Isaac Herzog (L) and his co-leader in the left-of-center Zionist Union party Tzipi Livni answer questions in a press conference in their party headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, 08 March 2014. Jim Hollander/EPA

Netanyahu re-elected head of Israel's ruling Likud

Jan 01, 2015 - 9:59 PM

It is a list of a governing party that can continue to lead Israel that will help us defeat the left under Tzipi Livni and Bujie Isaac Herzog says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Israel PM calls for early elections, fires ministers

Dec 03, 2014 - 10:17 AM

UPDATED Another win for the Israeli right would leave little hope for Middle East peace talks after the last round of negotiations collapsed with no progress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Israel cabinet votes to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

Nov 23, 2014 - 7:25 PM

UPDATED Critics who include the government s top legal adviser say the proposed change to the laws that act as Israel s effective constitution could institutionalize discrimination against its 1 7 million Arab citizens

In this file photo, workers hang a large billboard on a building with an Israeli flag in honor of Israel's 65th Independence Day of in Jerusalem, Israel, 11 April 2013. Abir Sultan/EPA

Netanyahu tops Israel vote but weakened by centrists

Jan 23, 2013 - 7:20 AM

Exit polls released by Israel s three main television stations showed Netanyahu s Likud which ran on a joint list with the hardline nationalist Yisrael Beitenu winning just 31 seats down from 42 in the outgoing coalition

VICTORY. Flanked by bodyguards, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C-L) and ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman (C-R) of the Likud-Beitenu coalition party greet supporters as they arrive on stage on elections night on January 22, 2013 at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

Israelis vote in elections seen swinging to the right

Jan 22, 2013 - 10:24 AM

Israelis vote Tuesday January 22 in a general election expected to return Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to power at the head of a government of hardline right wing and religious parties

A woman walks in front of campaign posters of Israeli Prime Minister and Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu, with text reading in Hebrew: " Only Netanyahu will guard Jerusalem" along the walls of the old city of Jerusalem on January 20, 2013, ahead of the Israeli general election on January 22. AFP/ EMIL SALMAN