Israeli new government begins following approval of parliament

The first Israeli government in 12 years not led by Benjamin Netanyahu got down to business on Monday, with the former prime minister shying away from a handover ceremony with successor Naftali Bennett. The right-wing leader’s record run in office ended on Sunday with parliament approving, by a razor-thin majority of 60-59, a new administration… Read More Israeli new government begins following approval of parliament

New Israeli government sign final coalition agreements

The new Israeli government set to end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure as prime minister signed its final coalition agreements on Friday, pointedly including term limits. The coalition of parties from far-right to left is expected to focus mostly on economic and social issues rather than risk exposing internal rifts by trying to address major diplomatic… Read More New Israeli government sign final coalition agreements

Israeli parliament to vote on approval of new government by June 14

Israel’s parliament will vote to approve a new government, formed by opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, by June 14, the speaker of parliament said on Monday. Centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid has cobbled together a cross-partisan coalition poised to unseat Netanyahu, who has had a 12-year run as prime minister. “A session of parliament… Read More Israeli parliament to vote on approval of new government by June 14

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says offensive in Gaza to continue as long as necessary

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, blaming Hamas for starting nearly a week of hostilities by firing rockets at Israel, said on Saturday Israel will continue to strike in Gaza as long as necessary and do its utmost to avoid civilian casualties. “The party that bears the guilt for this confrontation is not us, it’s those attacking… Read More Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says offensive in Gaza to continue as long as necessary

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declares state of emergency in Lod as violence flares

Violence in mixed Jewish-Arab towns in Israel flared early on Wednesday amid growing anger within the country’s Arab minority over Israeli air strikes on Gaza and police raids on Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a state of emergency in Lod, near Tel Aviv, after reports emerged on Tuesday of Arabs setting fire… Read More Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declares state of emergency in Lod as violence flares

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