Tag: Israel

Israel at risk of fourth election as court probes Netanyahu eligibility

Israel’s Supreme Court began a two-day hearing yesterday to determine whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment on criminal charges disqualifies him from forming a new government. A ruling against Mr Netanyahu would be likely to trigger a snap election, the fourth since April 2019. Mr Netanyahu and main rival Benny Gantz signed an agreement last […]

Top PLO official urges world action, not words, to block West Bank annexation

The senior Palestinian official leading Ramallah’s diplomatic effort to thwart Israel’s annexation plans is calling on world leaders to go beyond rebuke and demonstrate to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there will be real-world repercussions if he moves forward with the measure. “What we’re telling them is that Netanyahu can survive statements of condemnation, but […]

Arab League slams Israeli plan to annex occupied West Bank

The Arab League has condemned Israel’s controversial proposal to annex much of the occupied West Bank, saying the move would constitute a “new war crime” against the Palestinians. The remarks came in a joint statement issued by Arab foreign ministers on Thursday following a virtual conference chaired in Egypt’s capital, Cairo. “The implementation of plans […]

European ambassadors angered over sovereignty move

A group of 10 European ambassadors, led by the UK, gave a formal protest to Israel on Thursday and stressed that annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria would destabilize the region and harm Israel’s standing in the international community, European diplomats told Barak Ravid of Channel 13 News. The ambassadors of the UK, Belgium, […]

Israel celebrates 72 years of independence amid virus lockdown

Celebrations of Israel’s 72st Independence Day began at Jerusalem’s Mt Herzl late Tuesday with a traditional Torch-Lighting Ceremony, but this year without an audience and with most parts of the show pre-recorded, as the country battles coronavirus epidemic. Earlier in the day a nationwide lockdown was imposed on Israel’s cities and towns in an effort […]

Up against the clock and the constitution, new coalition is far from a done deal

On April 20, many Israelis earnestly believed the deal was done. Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu, after 18 months of electioneering and three rounds at the ballot box and campaigns of unprecedented vilification, had signed a coalition agreement. Some praised the agreement. About one in six Israelis told pollsters they would vote for Gantz again […]

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 […]

PA condemns State Department comments on sovereignty

The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday condemned remarks by a US State Department official, who said the US would be ready to recognize an Israeli application of sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. The PA’s “foreign ministry” said in a statement quoted by the Xinhua news agency that such remarks are “an extension of the US bias […]

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 […]

Arab League to meet over Israel’s plans to annex parts of West Bank

The Arab League said Monday it will convene an urgent virtual meeting this week to discuss how to galvanize opposition to Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The extraordinary meeting — scheduled for Thursday at the request of the Palestinian leadership — will bring together Arab foreign ministers via videoconference, rather than […]