Tag: Joint List (Israel)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Netanyahu Accuses Rivals of Plotting to ‘Steal’ Israeli Election

JERUSALEM — Fighting for his political life, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday accused opponents of trying to “steal” next week’s election and urged supporters to thwart them en masse. The high-pitched rallying cry came after his conservative Likud Party failed to speed a contentious bill through Parliament that would have allowed party […]

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Israelis Brace for a New Election. The Real Contest May Come Later.

JERUSALEM — Voters in Israel are as split as ever. The main candidates, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the conservative Likud party and Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White, are unchanged. Campaign slogans from April’s inconclusive election have been resurrected. Mr. Netanyahu, billboards declare, is still in a “different league.” But on Thursday, […]

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