Tag: Unity Government

Netanyahu finally wins Israel’s elections, set to form large center-right government

In a key political victory, embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured an additional 18 months in office, as challenger Benny Gantz dismantled his Blue and White Party alignment and agreed to bring his smaller Israel Resilience faction into a Netanyahu-led government. According to the terms of the agreement, which is still in the process of […]

Netanyahu and Gantz discuss unity government, plan fresh talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz discussed the possibility of setting up an emergency government to tackle the coronavirus Wednesday, taking a rare step toward a much-touted unity coalition. The two spoke by phone and agreed negotiators from their respective parties would resume coalition talks on Thursday, according to […]

The coming election will test Jewish Democrats’ commitment to Israel

Last July, Israel destroyed a building illegally constructed by non-Israeli Arabs in the eastern part of Jerusalem, abutting Israel’s security barrier, which blocks terrorists from infiltrating the Jewish capital from Judea and Samaria (aka “the West Bank”). Israel commonly destroys residences that are built illegally or are the homes of known terrorists, a practice whose […]

Secret Likud, Blue and White meeting raises unity hopes

Negotiations between Likud and Blue and White on a national-unity government began in earnest on Monday with a secret meeting that raised optimism an agreement between the two sides could be reached to end the political stalemate. The meeting took place in the morning before Blue and White leader Benny Gantz officially received the mandate […]

Israel’s president to ask Netanyahu rival Benny Gantz to form government

It was a blow to Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political life amid unprecedented political deadlock and a criminal indictment for corruption, which he denies. But it remains unclear whether Gantz’s centrist Blue and White Party can break a stalemate that has been marked by three inconclusive elections in less than a year. Netanyahu, […]

Gantz: Ready to Discuss Forming Unity Gov’t With Netanyahu Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz has convened Thursday the senior members of his party in order to decide whether they should accept Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal for a national unity government meant to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus in Israel, as the number of diagnosed cases rose to 109. The two leaders […]

Three short of majority, Netanyahu says he won election, is ‘not going anywhere’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening held an “emergency gathering” in which he accused his rivals in the Blue and White and Yisrael Beytenu parties of attempting to “steal the elections through deceit and anti-democratic legislation.” Resisting calls to resign after failing to secure a majority for his right-wing bloc in a third straight […]

Hamas: We ‘must’ form unity government to face deal of the century

Head of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, said that Palestinians “must” form a unity government that unites all Palestinian institutions and carry out elections in order to face the US “deal of the century.” Speaking to the media in the Russian capital Moscow on Sunday, Haniyeh said: “Russia rejects the deal of the century which aims to […]

Netanyahu still short of majority after Israel’s election

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen short of capturing the majority needed to form a government, near-final election results showed Wednesday, deepening a year of political deadlock and appearing to dash the long-serving leader’s hopes for a decisive victory as his trial on corruption charges nears. In an angry tirade, Netanyahu conceded that he did […]

High Court petition seeks to block Netanyahu from forming government

The Movement for Quality Government in Israel filed a petition with the High Court of Justice Tuesday arguing that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should not be allowed to form the next government as he faces trial on criminal charges. “A person accused of criminal charges, in particular serious charges such as bribery, fraud and breach […]