Tag: Unity Government

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, […]

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 […]

Pompeo visits Israel on the day its new government is sworn in

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to pay a short visit to Israel on May 13, ending a pause in his international travels due to coronavirus. He will meet both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, an old friend, and Benny Gantz, the new “alternative prime minister,” on the day that the pair take office as […]

PM warns of possible 4th elections if High Court intervenes in coalition deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said that the High Court of Justice should not interfere with his efforts to form a government between his Likud party and Blue and White, and warned that if it did so it would increase the chances of a fourth election. The High Court on Sunday heard petitions against […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]