Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Rivlin gives PM, Gantz 48 more hours to seal deal as sides cite ‘major progress’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz appeared to be on the cusp of reaching a coalition deal overnight Monday-Tuesday, as the president approved a last-minute joint request by the two to extend Gantz’s mandate to form a government by 48 hours, with the sides citing “major progress” in talks. The […]

Netanyahu, Gantz resume talks in effort to finalize deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and their negotiators will reconvene on Wednesday evening after failing to finalize an agreement in six hours of negotiations at the Prime Minister’s Residence on Tuesday. Both sides reported making significant progress toward building a national emergency government in a meeting on late Monday […]

Gridlocked Israel nears 4th consecutive election

Israel’s president on Sunday turned down a request from Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz for a two-week extension to form a new coalition government. The announcement by President Reuven Rivlin means that Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a midnight deadline on Monday night to reach a power-sharing deal. If they fail, […]

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 […]