Tag: Israel

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 […]

New Israeli FM Ashkenazi: Trump Peace Plan a Historic Opportunity to Shape Israel’s Future

Israel’s new Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan is a “historic opportunity to shape the future of the State of Israel for decades to come.” Speaking at ceremony at the Foreign Ministry, Ashkenazi said Trump’s plan will be pushed forward “responsibly, in coordination with the United States while safeguarding peace […]

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, […]

Russia Allegedly Transports 6 Syrian Jets to Iran After Israeli Attack

Earlier this month, the Israeli Air Force carried out a powerful attack on a Syrian military site that stored several aircraft, including six MiG-29 jets, in eastern Homs. The aircraft were badly damaged by the Israeli strikes, and new reports have surfaced that they were transported from Syria to Iran for repairs.  Citing a Russian […]

EU to launch diplomatic push against Israeli West Bank annexation

The European Union will make a diplomatic push to try to stop Israel from going ahead with a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said on Friday. Josep Borrell said the EU would use “all our diplomatic capacities” to try to dissuade Israel’s incoming government from going […]

Don’t Criticize Israel on Judea/Samaria

In the months ahead, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce plans to extend Israeli sovereignty over portions of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) containing the vast majority of Israeli settlements. This territory comprises 30% of the West Bank. The remaining land, where most Palestinians reside, will be reserved for an independent Palestinian […]

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 […]

Netanyahu takes office in deal that could see West Bank annexation

Benjamin Netanyahu has been sworn in as Israel’s prime minister, heading a unity government in which he will rotate the leadership with his former rival, Benny Gantz, in a deal that could see the annexation of large parts of the West Bank. The coalition agreement ends a deadlock that has dragged on for more than 500 days. […]

World leaders, Pompeo congratulate Israel on new unity government

Several world leaders and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Israel on Sunday on the formation of its new government. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote that she was looking forward to continuing cooperation with him. “Germany will continue to stand up for Israel and for peace […]

Three Gulf states seek partnership with Israel to fight coronavirus

Three Gulf states have reached out to Israel in recent weeks to receive information and assistance in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease known as COVID-19. The three make up half of the countries that are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Bahrain and another Gulf state reached out to Sheba Medical Center at […]