Tag: Gantz, Benny

What to Watch for in Israel, Where Gantz Is on Deadline to Form Government

Benny Gantz, the chief political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had only hours left on Wednesday before a midnight deadline to form a government and to extricate Israel from a monthslong political logjam. A failure by Mr. Gantz, a former army chief, to establish a viable coalition could propel a deeply divided Israel into […]

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Why I Like Mike

I have a pet theory about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — that it is to wider trends in world affairs what Off Broadway is to Broadway. A lot of stuff seems to get perfected there in miniature — from airline hijackings to suicide bombings, from building walls to keep others out to lone wolf terrorism — […]

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With Israel in Limbo, Benny Gantz Vows to Seek a ‘Peace Within’

TEL AVIV — Israel seems stuck. Benny Gantz, the former army chief whose party narrowly defeated that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is trying to form a government and drive Mr. Netanyahu from office for the first time in a decade. The prime minister, clinging to power, hopes Mr. Gantz will fail, forcing a third […]

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Netanyahu Fails to Form a Government. Israel Turns to Gantz.

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has given up his latest attempt to form a government, clearing the way for Benny Gantz, the former army chief who narrowly defeated him in last month’s election, to try to become the country’s next leader. Mr. Netanyahu, who turned 70 on Monday and has been prime […]

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In a Deeply Split Israel City, Both Sides Urge Unity

ROSH HAAYIN, Israel — On one side of town, it’s falafel and observing Shabbat. On the other, it’s sushi and the yearning for a Saturday morning coffee at a local cafe. Both sides can be guilty of insularity and snobbery. The identity and culture wars that were fought in the two recent Israeli elections — […]

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Netanyahu’s Amazing Reversal: Election Loser to Presumptive Premier

JERUSALEM — Even in a country whose politics are routinely fractious and confusing, many Israelis were scratching their heads on Thursday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been tapped to assemble a new government, just a week after an election that appeared to jeopardize his career. Instead of facing the end of a decade-long run as […]

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Netanyahu Is Nominated to Form Israel’s Next Government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been nominated to try to form Israel’s next government, the Israeli president’s office announced Wednesday, offering the longtime leader a political lifeline even as he faces a looming indictment for corruption. President, Reuven Rivlin chose Mr. Netanyahu of the conservative Likud party over his chief opponent, Benny Gantz, a former […]

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Israel’s President Meets With Gantz and Netanyahu to Break Deadlock

JERUSALEM — With Israel’s leaders stuck in postelection gridlock, President Reuven Rivlin invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief opponent, Benny Gantz, to meet at the president’s office on Monday evening in an effort to work out a power-sharing deal. Mr. Rivlin’s role is largely ceremonial, but after last week’s inconclusive vote, it is […]

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Benny Gantz Can’t Heal the Rift Between U.S. Jews and Israel

It is still too early to know who will be Israel’s next prime minister, or what Israel’s governing coalition might look like. But it is clear that Benjamin Netanyahu’s long spell over Israeli politics — the longest of any prime minister in Israeli’s history — has finally broken. Last week’s election results have led American […]

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Arab Parties Back Benny Gantz as Israeli Leader, to End Netanyahu’s Grip

JERUSALEM — After 27 years of sitting out decisions on who should lead Israel, Arab lawmakers said on Sunday that they would recommend that Benny Gantz, the centrist former army chief, be given the first chance to form a government over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a watershed assertion of political power. Ayman Odeh, the leader […]

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Ayman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahu’s Grip on Israel

JERUSALEM — The Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel have chosen to reject Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his politics of fear and hate, the inequality and division he advanced for the past decade. Last summer, Mr. Netanyahu declared that Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up a fifth of the population, were to be second-class […]

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Israel’s Democracy Is Doing Just Fine

For many years, but especially recently, analysts and pundits have predicted or proclaimed the death of Israel’s democracy. The culprits are familiar. There’s the growing political and demographic clout of the ultra-Orthodox. There’s contempt for the rule of law, exemplified by the behavior of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and copied by his epigones. There’s the […]

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What’s Next for Israel?

Political predictions are always risky, but downright dangerous in Israeli politics. With a plethora of political parties and factions in ever-shifting coalitions, an election in Israel is normally the starting gun for weeks of elaborate and unpredictable horse-trading before a government emerges — or fails to. The process is barely underway since Tuesday’s vote. Yet […]

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Netanyahu, Like His Foe, Calls for Unity Government, but Conflicts Remain

JERUSALEM — Seizing the initiative in Israel’s postelection political gridlock, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called on his main rival, Benny Gantz, to meet immediately to discuss forming a government of national unity together. Mr. Netanyahu, facing a looming indictment in three corruption cases, is fighting for his political survival and, potentially, his freedom. […]

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Israel’s Arab Politicians Emerge With New Political Heft

JERUSALEM — The right to speak directly after the prime minister? Meetings with all visiting heads of state? Monthly briefings from the Mossad? For the first time, the perks of being the opposition leader in the Israeli Parliament could go to an Arab lawmaker. That tantalizing prospect stems from an upsurge in voter turnout among […]

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Bibi Netanyahu Trapped in His Labyrinth

He was desperate and he has come up short. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bared his inner being in the run-up to the Israeli election — promising to annex much of the West Bank, inciting hatred against Israeli Arabs, railing about plots against him — only to find that Israelis may have had enough. Final election […]

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After a Divisive Israeli Election, Calls for Unity

JERUSALEM — The near-final results of Israel’s intensely fought election gave rise on Wednesday to a seemingly contradictory conclusion: While the country remains deeply divided, the forces of unity have gained an edge. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who sought to drive wedges through the electorate along religious, ethnic and ideological lines, appeared to have come […]

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Israel Elections: Netanyahu Is in Trouble, and Other Takeaways

A day after Israel’s general election — the second in five months — there is still uncertainty about final outcome, but it appears the long reign of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be coming to an end. As expected, neither Mr. Netanyahu nor his main rival, the former army chief Benny Gantz, a centrist, won […]

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The End of the Netanyahu Era

Israel is undecided. It is politically split. On Tuesday, for a second time this year, voters did what voters do, and the conclusion is still, well, inconclusive. In the coming days, both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is the head of the Likud party, and his main political opponent, General Benny Gantz, who is the […]

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After Tight Israeli Election, Netanyahu’s Tenure Appears Perilous

JERUSALEM — Israel’s election was too close to call early Wednesday, with neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his chief rival, the former army chief Benny Gantz, a centrist, immediately commanding enough support to form a majority coalition, according to exit polls. But Mr. Gantz’s Blue and White party appeared to have come out ahead […]

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Israel Election Live Updates: Exit Polls Show Tight Race

The latest developments: ImageLikud party campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv setting up for a rally tonight.CreditSergey Ponomarev for The New York Times Netanyahu and Gantz are neck and neck in exit polls. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist challenger, the former army chief Benny Gantz, appeared to be neck and neck as Israel’s second […]

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Israel Votes in Do-Over Election: Live Updates

The latest developments: ImageVoting in Rosh Haayin, Israel, on Tuesday.CreditSergey Ponomarev for The New York Times Israeli voters decide Benjamin Netanyahu’s fate. Israelis are voting on Tuesday for the second time in five months in parliamentary elections that may end the storied career of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or deliver him a new lease on […]

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Israel Wants Palestine’s Land, but Not Its People

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Last week, ahead of the parliamentary elections in Israel this Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised that if re-elected, he would annex up to one-third of the occupied West Bank. His announcement prompted widespread international condemnation. But for most Palestinians such declarations mean nothing. We’ve heard many statements of support over […]

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