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Israeli PM Concedes to Netanyahu
Israeli PM Concedes
to Netanyahu

Israeli PM Concedes to Netanyahu

Stage is set for the most right-wing government the nation has ever had

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won this week's Israeli election, final results showed Thursday, clearing the way for him to return to power. Prime Minister Yair Lapid congratulated Netanyahu and instructed his staff to prepare an organized transition of power, his office said. "The state of Israel...

Netanyahu Says He'd Consider Arming Ukraine

Former Israeli prime minister could be returned to office next month

(Newser) - Concerned about its relationship with Russia, Israel has been reluctant to become deeply involved in helping Ukraine fight off the invasion. That could change if Benjamin Netanyahu is restored to power in upcoming elections, the former prime minister told USA Today . He noted that the current government has received criticism...

Another Election Could Give Netanyahu an Opening

Israeli prime minister's diverse coalition can't hold

(Newser) - Israel's weakened coalition government announced Monday that it would dissolve parliament and call new elections, setting the stage for the possible return to power of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or another period of prolonged political gridlock. The election will be Israel's fifth in three years, and it...

Trump Fumes at Netanyahu, Drops F-Bomb in Interview
Trump Fumes at Netanyahu,
Drops F-Bomb in Interview
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Trump Fumes at Netanyahu, Drops F-Bomb in Interview

He says former Israeli leader should not have congratulated Joe Biden after the election

(Newser) - Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu had strong ties when both were leading their respective nations. Today, not so much. In an interview with Israeli journalist Barak Ravid for Ravid's new book, Trump seethes at the former prime minister for congratulating Joe Biden after the 2020 election he continues to...

Netanyahu Moving Out Weeks After Being Voted Out

Israel has no established protocol for handing over official residence

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu says he and his family will move out of Israel's official prime minister's residence by July 10, nearly a month after he was ousted from office following a record 12-year reign. That's not nearly soon enough for critics who have long accused the Netanyahus of...

Netanyahu Gets Booted, Then Makes Seating Faux Pas

He sat down in prime minister's chair after getting booted, though it appears to have been inadvertent

(Newser) - Israel has a new prime minister , but the old one seems rather resistant to leaving his post. Naftali Bennett officially took over the job on Monday from Benjamin Netanyahu, after the latter's 12-year rule, and the friction surrounding Netanyahu's ouster was apparent. First, there was no traditional handing-over...

Netanyahu's Long Tenure Officially Over in Israel

Naftali Bennett will be sworn in Monday morning

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu is leaving office after 12 straight years, 15 years total. Naftali Bennett's coalition government survived—barely—a confidence vote Sunday, the New York Times reports. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, was closely split, with a 60-59 majority favoring Bennett, who will be sworn in as prime minister...

Israel Coalition Reaches Deal to Oust Netanyahu

Yair Lapid, Naftali Bennet would take turns as PM

(Newser) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents on Wednesday announced they have reached a deal to form a new governing coalition, paving the way for the ouster of the longtime Israeli leader. The dramatic announcement by opposition leader Yair Lapid and his main coalition partner, Naftali Bennett, came shortly before a...

Parties Strike Deal to Oust Netanyahu

Naftali Bennett would lead power-sharing government

(Newser) - Opposition parties in Israel announced Sunday that they have assembled enough support to form a unity government and replace longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The negotiations have gone on for weeks, the Washington Post reports. Netanyahu has failed to decisively win four elections in the past two years. "We...

With Cease-Fire, Biden to Stick With 'Quiet Diplomacy'

Aides say administration officials have been on the phone to other leaders 80 times

(Newser) - President Biden has said little to the nation about the Israeli-Palestinian fighting, and he's heard about that, from people who wanted him to do or say more. With the cease-fire announced Thursday, Biden stepped to the White House microphone to praise everyone involved and to offer assurances that he'...

Attacks Intensify as Security Council Meets
Attacks on Gaza Kill 42
in Deadliest Day Yet
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Attacks on Gaza Kill 42 in Deadliest Day Yet

Air war intensifies as security council meets

(Newser) - Sunday became the deadliest day in the week of Israeli-Palestinian fighting so far, with Israel striking residences in Gaza City and Hamas firing more than 100 rockets across the border. The Israeli airstrikes targeted several homes on a main road leading to Shifa Hospital, the Washington Post reports. Gaza's...

Biden Calls Netanyahu, Abbas With Concerns About Gaza

President raises the safety of journalists with Israeli leader

(Newser) - President Biden called both sides Saturday in an effort to get them to dial back the heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip. One of the concerns he expressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a White House release, was about the safety of journalists there. The president "...

Vote Is a Clear Defeat for Netanyahu

Prime minister lacks a majority to form a government, making another election possible

(Newser) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies fell short of winning a parliamentary majority in Israel's latest election, according to a final vote count released Thursday, leaving a political deadlock that put the longtime leader's political future in question. The fourth election in just two years brought...

After 30 Years Behind Bars, Spy Is Now 'Home'

Jonathan Pollard, ex-analyst for US Navy, has been granted citizenship in Israel

(Newser) - Jonathan Pollard, who spent 30 years in US prison for spying for Israel, arrived in Israel early Wednesday with his wife, triumphantly kissing the ground as he disembarked from the aircraft. "We are ecstatic to be home at last after 35 years," Pollard said as he was greeted...

After Iranian Scientist Is Killed, 'Serious Indications' Emerge

Benjamin Netanyahu had mentioned Mohsen Fakhrizadeh before, said 'remember that name'

(Newser) - Iran's foreign minister is alleging the killing of a scientist linked to the country's disbanded military nuclear program has "serious indications" of an Israeli role. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the statement Friday on Twitter, per the AP . "Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today," Zarif...

Reports: Israeli PM Met Secretly With Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia is denying the meeting, which also reportedly included Mike Pompeo

(Newser) - A secret rendezvous between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also in attendance, reportedly took place Sunday, Israeli sources say. Axios reports that flight data showed a private jet leaving Tel Aviv Sunday evening, arriving in the...

Sudan to Recognize Israel After US Negotiates Deal
Trump Scores
Another Mideast Deal

Trump Scores Another Mideast Deal

Sudan will join Arab nations normalizing relations with Israel

(Newser) - President Trump said Friday that Sudan will normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of US-brokered deals in the runup to Election Day. The deal, which would deepen Sudan's engagement with the West, follows Trump's conditional agreement this week to...

Israel Makes Move That Puts a 'Heavy Price on Us All'

Nation going into new 3-week lockdown to try to control resurging coronavirus

(Newser) - At the end of this week, Israel will head into familiar territory, though it's a landscape the country didn't want to reenter. CNN and the Jerusalem Post report that, starting Friday at 2pm local time, the nation will start its second general lockdown, with rigid restrictions similar to...

Netanyahu: This Case Is 'Fabricated'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes on trial

(Newser) - Israel's prime minister arrived in a Jerusalem court Sunday and denounced the corruption case against him—along with officials, journalists, and police he claims fabricated the evidence, the Times of Israel reports. "Elements in the police and State Attorney’s Office banded together with left-wing journalists ... to fabricate...

Israel's Top Court OKs 'Emergency Government'
Court: OK Netanyahu, You Win

Court: OK Netanyahu, You Win

Ruling clears way for 'emergency government'

(Newser) - Israel's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may form a new government while under indictment for corruption charges, clearing the way for him and his main rival to join together in a controversial power-sharing deal. The unanimous decision, released just before midnight, ended a more than...

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