Tag: Israel

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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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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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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Israeli Vote Hinges on a Mosaic of Competing Groups

Israeli politics can be tribal, with loyalties to ethnic groups, religious factions and ideologies as strong a factor in voting as views on particular issues. Here’s a guide in words and pictures. By David M. Halbfinger Photographs by Sergey Ponomarev Sept. 17, 2019 JERUSALEM — Tuesday’s do-over election in Israel may not, by itself, decide […]

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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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Israel’s Do-Over Election: Déjà Vu or a Chance for Change?

JERUSALEM — Israelis are voting Tuesday in the second election in five months. The last one ended inconclusively after weeks of negotiations, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, failed to produce a governing coalition with a viable majority for the first time in Israel’s history. Mr. Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, is once again fighting […]

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Ugly Breakup of Israel’s Odd Couple Could Turn an Election

JERUSALEM — They joined forces three decades ago, rising to power as a political odd couple like none Israelis had ever seen. Benjamin Netanyahu was the silver-tongued, M.I.T.-educated sophisticate. Avigdor Liberman was a penniless former bar bouncer from Moldova, happy to be the hatchet man. Ever since, the two right-wing politicians have alternately aided and […]

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Israeli Arabs Get a Second Chance to Oust Netanyahu. Will They Use It?

BAQA AL GHARBIYEH, Israel — Arab citizens of Israel have no love lost for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who routinely resorts to fear-mongering against them to rally his right-wing Jewish base. But when they had a chance to help toss him from office in April, fewer than half of eligible Arabs voted — a record […]

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Cable Cars Over Jerusalem? Some See ‘Disneyfication’ of Holy City

JERUSALEM — At a glance, Jerusalem’s Holy Basin still looks pretty much as it must have looked centuries ago. The Old City’s yellow walls still read in silhouette against an ancient landscape of parched hills and valleys. The skyline is still dominated by the city’s great Muslim and Christian shrines: the gold, glistening Dome of […]

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What Won’t Netanyahu Say to Get Re-elected?

Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex much of the West Bank if he remains Israel’s prime minister after next week’s election has nothing to do with “secure, permanent borders” or his purportedly special relationship with President Trump. It’s about Mr. Netanyahu’s panic that he might lose the office he has held for a decade, and it […]

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How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be? Question Shadows Israeli Vote

JERUSALEM — For years, the resentment had been building. In Israel, Jewish men and women are drafted into the military, but the ultra-Orthodox are largely exempt. Unlike other Israelis, many ultra-Orthodox receive state subsidies to study the Torah and raise large families. And in a country that calls itself home to all Jews, ultra-Orthodox rabbis […]

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Israeli Leader Says Iran Hid a Nuclear Weapons Site

JERUSALEM — Israel accused Iran on Monday of having harbored an undisclosed nuclear-weapons site that the Iranians destroyed a few months ago for fear of exposure. Iran ridiculed the accusation. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel displayed satellite photographs that he said showed the site, and he called upon other countries to join the United […]

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The Secret Push to Strike Iran

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher For almost two decades, the United States and Israel have tried to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Israeli leaders — including the current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu — have pushed for a military strike on […]

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