Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

How Covid-19 and Benny Gantz saved Netanyahu

Perhaps there’s no country in the world where the novel coronavirus has had more of an immediate political impact than Israel. What three elections in barely a year could not accomplish — the formation of a government — a virus could. But Covid-19 had help from a patriotic and risk-averse Benny Gantz, who ran last […]

Netanyahu ‘confident’ U.S. will allow Israeli annexation of parts of West Bank

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is “confident” that the Trump administration will recognize Israeli sovereignty over parts of the occupied West Bank within months — giving an apparent green light for Israel to annex territory Palestinians hope will form part of a future state. “President Trump pledged to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Jewish […]

US To Give Israel ‘Green Light’ To Annex Jordan Valley In 2 Months: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he expects that the United States will soon approve Israel’s move to annex parts of the West Bank during comments made Sunday while discussing Trump’s “deal of the century” peace plan. He projected this will happen in a mere two months. “President Trump pledged to recognize Israeli sovereignty […]

Likud officials: If High Court meddles with deal, we’ll go to 4th elections

Senior officials from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party on Friday warned that if the High Court intervenes next week over the coalition deal signed by Netanyahu and Blue and White party chief Benny Gantz, Israel would be dragged into a fourth round of elections. The officials told Channel 12 news that, because the agreement […]

Netanyahu: I’m confident annexation will happen in a couple of months

Israel will be able to apply its laws to the West Bank in a couple of months following a pledge from US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, at an online conference of pro-Israel Christians marking the centennial of the San Remo Conference that recognized Jews’ right to self-determination in their […]

Ins and outs of Israel’s unprecedented national emergency unity government

Israel’s 15-month political stalemate, which led to three election cycles within the course of a year, has come to a close with the signing of a unity government deal between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the Likud Party, and Blue and White Party head Benny Gantz. The two sides are calling it a […]

The deal is done: Netanyahu, Gantz ink coalition pact

Israel will soon have a new coalition government after an agreement was signed on Monday evening between Likud and Blue and White, putting an end to a 17-month political stalemate that resulted in three elections. As part of the deal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has served as caretaker prime minister since December 2018, will […]

Rivlin gives Knesset 21 days to agree on the PM it wants, or go to new election

President Reuven Rivlin informed Knesset Speaker Benny Gantz on Thursday morning that his mandate to form a government had ended, after the Blue and White party leader failed to present a government to the parliament by Wednesday night’s midnight deadline. Rivlin announced earlier this week he would not hand the mandate to Gantz’s rival, Likud […]

Likud, Blue and White to “continue talks” – statement

Talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz’s Blue and White will continue, the parties said in a joint statement Friday morning, Ynet reported. According to the statement, published following a Thursday meeting between the parties’ representatives, negotiations will continue on Friday in order to reach a national […]

Israeli opposition leader passes deadline to form government

Israel’s opposition leader, Benny Gantz, has failed to form a coalition government after talks with Benjamin Netanyahu stalled, pushing the country further towards an unprecedented fourth round of elections. Gantz had until midnight on Wednesday to build a majority government and now loses the mandate given to him by the president, Reuven Rivlin. His failure […]