Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Gantz in separate dialogue with Washington on annexation

PM Binyamin Netanyahu is talking through endless disputes and international flak in an all-out effort to clear the way for partial West Bank annexation by his July 1 deadline. On Sunday night, June 7, he admitted he does not have a green light from Washington. When the unity government was formed last month by Likud […]

Netanyahu urges doubtful settler chiefs to get behind ‘historic’ West Bank plan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told recalcitrant settler leaders Tuesday they should get behind the “historic opportunity” to annex parts of the West Bank under the Trump administration’s peace plan. Netanyahu also said he is committed to negotiating with the Palestinians on the basis of the US proposal, his office said. The sides met at the […]

Can PM Netanyahu move on sovereignty without the Trump peace plan?

“The prime minister reiterates that he is committed to conducting negotiations on the basis of the Trump plan, and at the same time will continue with his sovereignty plan.” This statement was put out by Binyamin Netanyahu’s office on Wednesday, June 2. On Tuesday, he met with Judea and Samaria settlement leaders and other critics […]

Gantz orders IDF to prepare for annexation at once

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday instructed Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi to accelerate preparations for the possibility that Israel will apply its laws to parts of the West Bank after he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Trump administration officials. Gantz updated Kochavi on diplomatic developments after the calls and told him to speed […]

Netanyahu talks annexation with Kushner; US said to want to ‘slow the process’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz held separate talks Monday with top US officials about West Bank annexation plans. Netanyahu has stated repeatedly in recent weeks that he intends to move ahead with the annexation of parts of the West Bank, beginning next month. Netanyahu held a conference call with Jared Kushner, […]

Netanyahu Hits Back: Exposes Corruption in Police, Judicial System ahead of Trial

Moments before an arraignment on multiple corruption charges, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his innocence, saying he had been framed as part of an attempt to topple the country’s right-wing camp. “Citizens of Israel, what is going on trial today is an attempt to thwart the will of the nation. The attempt to topple […]

Netanyahu Tells Lawmakers He Stands by July Target Date to Launch West Bank Annexation

Israel will not miss a “historic opportunity” to extend its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, calling the move one of his new government’s top tasks. Palestinians consider such a step as illegal annexation of occupied land they seek for a future state. Last week, they declared […]

Netanyahu said to tell Likud MKs: West Bank annexation on for July

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said he has set a July date for when Israel will extend its sovereignty to areas of the West Bank, and informed his Likud lawmakers he has no intention of changing it, Hebrew media reported. At the opening of his Likud faction’s weekly meeting at the Knesset, Netanyahu said […]

Israel swears in Netanyahu-Gantz unity government

Israel has sworn in prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz in a power-sharing deal, after nearly 18 months of political crisis. The three-year coalition government was approved by a 73 to 46 vote in the parliament. Netanyahu and Gantz were sworn in as prime minister and alternate prime minister respectively. Last month, […]

Israel swears in unity government after long political crisis

Israel has sworn in a unity government after the longest political crisis in the country’s history, and amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under a power-sharing deal agreed in April, right-wing PM Benjamin Netanyahu will serve for another 18 months. His centrist rival Benny Gantz will serve as deputy PM, before taking over. The two politicians have […]