Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

High Court dismisses petition seeking to block Netanyahu from being tasked as PM

The High Court on Sunday evening threw out a petition filed earlier in the day seeking to disqualify Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a government due to his corruption charges, saying it was filed too early. Justice Alex Stein ruled that the petition was premature, since, despite President Reuven Rivlin saying he would not […]

Rivlin: The mandate will return to the Knesset tomorrow

President Reuven Rivlin announced on Sunday to Blue and White Chair Benny Gantz that he would not extend Gantz’s mandate to assemble a government that he received four weeks ago. Rivlin also announced that unless an agreement on the formation of a government is reached by tomorrow, Monday, at midnight, the mandate for assembly of […]

Israel’s President Won’t Give Gantz More Time to Form Government

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has rejected Benny Gantz’s request for a two-week extension to try to form the next government, according to a statement made by his spokesman on Sunday. Rivlin made his decision after consulting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who “did not confirm” that his Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White parties are […]

Gantz’s Time Runs Out, and Netanyahu No Longer in a Rush to Form ‘Emergency’ Government

By Monday, the coalition agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz was fully decided. The ink cartridges were loaded and all that was needed was to hit the print button and sign. In the section relating to the annexation of parts of the West Bank, the only remaining question was if a specific sentence would […]

Gantz: Unity government, ‘but not at any cost’; Likud: He reversed his positions

Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz said Wednesday he remains committed to forming a “national emergency government” after calling off coalition talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party this week, but there’s a limit to how much he’ll compromise to do so. In a Facebook post, Gantz put the blame for the stalled talks […]

Blue and White calls off coalition talks over dispute on judicial appointments

Having previously indicated a deal on an emergency unity government was done, the Blue and White party on Monday evening said it was breaking off coalition talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud over the latter’s efforts to walk back an agreement regarding judicial appointments. “After reaching understandings on all issues, the Likud party asked […]

Senior commanders in new video supporting ‘Deal of the Century’

In a new video released today by the Middle East Forum, former senior IDF officials express their professional opinions on the Trump “Deal of the Century” plan and the historic opportunity to apply Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Nave Dromi, CEO of the Middle East Forum, said: “For years, there’s been an intensive campaign […]

Netanyahu announces Passover closure and curfew, but says exit may be in sight

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday announced that Israelis would be barred from leaving their homes during the first night of Passover, as part of a general lockdown throughout the country over the holiday. He also said restrictions meant to contain the coronavirus may begin to be rolled back after the holiday, but that the […]

Likud: No unity government if Left blocks annexation

With less than 10 days to go, Blue and White leader informed President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday that he might need a 14-day extension to form a government due to complications in the coalition talks with Likud, despite optimism on both sides. Gantz was tapped by Rivlin last month to form a government after a […]

Will sovereignty issue derail unity talks?

Fundamental disagreements between Likud and Blue and White on the matter of applying Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley are hampering unity talks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the new government to implement the move, but Blue and White has expressed its reservations. According to the Trump administration’s peace plan, Israel will be allowed to […]