Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Rivlin rebukes Netanyahu for ‘ugly’ comments branding Arab lawmakers a ‘threat’

President Reuven Rivlin issued an extraordinary rebuke of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday following a meeting between the two, denouncing recent comments by the premier about Arab politicians as “ugly” and saying they “undermine the legitimacy” of Israel’s Arab community. Rivlin met Netanyahu and Likud party coalition negotiators ahead of a high-stakes meeting between […]

Police said to complete review of problematic evidence in Netanyahu graft case

Police have reportedly completed their review of problematic evidence in a corruption probe against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sent it back to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit ahead of the expected indictment of the premier next week. The Walla news site quoted a source involved in the issue, who said police had not carried out new […]

Netanyahu Warns of ‘Unprecedented Emergency’ if Gantz Forms Government Backed by Arab Party

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Saturday against the possibility that Benny Gantz will establish a minority government, which Netanyahu says will be backed by Arab lawmakers. “We are facing an emergency that is unprecedented in the history of the State of Israel,” he said. “There is an agreement among Kahol Lavan [leaders] to go […]

Blue and White may call Knesset vote on gov’t without a coalition

The chances of Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz forming a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are slim, but Gantz is also unlikely to establish a minority government supported by the Joint List even though his bloc has not ruled it out, sources in the faction said on Sunday. Talk of an […]

Liberman says any minority government would be a ‘disaster’

Yisrael Beytenu chairman MK Avigdor Liberman warned that a minority government would be a “disaster” for Israel, and asserted that a broad unity government was the only path forward for forestalling a third election in less than a year. Speaking at an event in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening, Liberman asserted that “the next 48 […]

Assailing Gantz coalition efforts, PM says Arab MKs ‘want to destroy’ Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused the lawmakers of the Joint List of seeking to “destroy the country” as he stepped up his verbal assault on the majority-Arab party, which the Blue and White party would have to rely on if it were to form a minority government in the three days it has […]

Liberman seeks backing from all Blue and White leaders of president’s unity plan

Concluding a meeting with Yisrael Beytenu chair Avigdor Liberman, Blue and White head Benny Gantz says that he believes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is charging toward elections” and does not really want to negotiate over forming a unity government. “We just finished a good meeting where we analyzed the situation,” Gantz says of his sit-down […]

By design or not, Gaza escalation increases chance of unity government

Opposition leader MK Benny Gantz on Tuesday said the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip will not affect his ongoing negotiations to form a coalition. “This action will have no effect on the political processes taking place,” said Gantz, giving a statement in support of Israel’s early-morning airstrike killing a top Palestinian Islamic Jihad […]

As Israel Memorializes Yitzhak Rabin, President Rivlin, Prime Minister Netanyahu Stress Need for Unity

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin struck a message of unity and warned against incitement during a state memorial service on Sunday for the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995. “Twenty-four years after the murder and it is as if the question of our joint fate still remains open,” Rivlin said. “The nightmare […]

Netanyahu: Half of the Palestinians want to wipe us out

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took part Monday morning in a Knesset meeting, organized by MK Meirav Michaeli (Labor) marking the 25th anniversary of Israel’s peace treaty with the Kingdom of Jordan. During the gathering, Netanyahu argued that there is a direct link between a resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and the larger conflict between Israel […]