Israeli court resumes corruption trial of PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to court on Monday to answer corruption charges at the resumption of his trial some six weeks before Israeli voters again pass judgment on his leadership. He made no immediate statement to reporters in a heavily-guarded Jerusalem court building as he huddled with his lawyers, wearing a face mask, waiting… Read More Israeli court resumes corruption trial of PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu orders advancement of settler housing project in West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Monday that plans be advanced to construct some 800 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, an official statement said. The announcement was widely expected ahead of the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who unlike outgoing President Donald Trump, has been critical of Israeli… Read More Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu orders advancement of settler housing project in West Bank

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, invites him to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Friday with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and invited him to visit Israel, Netanyahu’s office said. The two leaders spoke about moving forward with a U.S.-brokered agreement announced earlier this month to normalize bilateral ties, according to the Israeli statement. Netanyahu also thanked King Mohammed for hosting an official… Read More Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, invites him to Israel

Israel, Bahrain reaches agreement to open embassies and establish visa systems

Bahrain and Israel said on Wednesday they would open embassies, establish online visa systems and launch weekly flights between the countries soon, in a broadened cooperation promoted by Washington as an economic boon and means of isolating Iran. On the first official visit by Bahraini officials to Israel, the Gulf kingdom’s foreign minister, Abdullatif Al-Zayani,… Read More Israel, Bahrain reaches agreement to open embassies and establish visa systems

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates Joe Biden on U.S. presidential election win

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday, hailing a strong alliance that could be burdened by differences over policy on Iran and the Palestinians. “Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Joe, we’ve had a long & warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years, and I know you as a great friend of… Read More Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates Joe Biden on U.S. presidential election win

Thousands of Israelis protest against West Bank annexation plan

Several thousand Israelis demonstrated on Saturday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to extend sovereignty over parts of the occupied West Bank, de-facto annexation of land that the Palestinians seek for a state. Protesting in face masks and keeping their distance from each other under coronavirus restrictions, they gathered under the banner “No to annexation,… Read More Thousands of Israelis protest against West Bank annexation plan

Israeli parliament approves new unity government

Israel’s parliament approved on Sunday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new unity government, ending more than a year of political deadlock, but he still faces a trial starting next week for alleged corruption. His decision to share power with former rival, centrist Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, opens the way for Netanyahu to proceed towards… Read More Israeli parliament approves new unity government