Israeli rightist lawmaker Nir Barkat seeks to outlaw reinauguration of U.S. Palestinian mission in Jerusalem

An Israeli right-wing opposition legislator is seeking to outlaw the planned reopening of a U.S. mission in Jerusalem that has traditionally been a base for diplomatic outreach to the Palestinians. Israel’s new cross-partisan government led by nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also opposes the reinauguration of the consulate, potentially buoying Likud lawmaker Nir Barkat’s effort… Read More Israeli rightist lawmaker Nir Barkat seeks to outlaw reinauguration of U.S. Palestinian mission in Jerusalem

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett meets with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday for talks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral issues, Egypt’s presidency said, in the first official trip by an Israeli head of government to Egypt for a decade. Bennett, the head of a far-right party who took office in June, was invited… Read More Israeli PM Naftali Bennett meets with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi invites Israeli PM Naftali Bennett for official visit

Egypt’s president invited Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday for an official visit in the next few weeks, a statement issued by Bennett’s office said. “The invitation from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was conveyed by Egypt’s intelligence minister during a meeting with Bennett in Jerusalem,” the statement said. Bennett’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, was the… Read More Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi invites Israeli PM Naftali Bennett for official visit

Palestine cancels coronavirus vaccine exchange deal with Israel over expiration date

The Palestinian Authority (PA) cancelled a deal on Friday to receive soon-to-expire COVID-19 vaccines from Israel after an initial Israeli shipment showed an expiration date sooner than had been agreed, the PA health minister said. Israel and the PA announced a vaccine swap deal earlier on Friday that would have seen Israel send up to… Read More Palestine cancels coronavirus vaccine exchange deal with Israel over expiration date

Israel to give Palestine at least one million coronavirus vaccine doses in exchange deal

Israel will give at least 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority (PA) under a deal to share shots, officials said on Friday, in a boost for the Palestinians’ vaccination campaign in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Under the terms of the deal, announced by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office, the… Read More Israel to give Palestine at least one million coronavirus vaccine doses in exchange deal

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