Tag: Benjamin Netanyahu

Will sovereignty issue derail unity talks?

Fundamental disagreements between Likud and Blue and White on the matter of applying Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley are hampering unity talks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the new government to implement the move, but Blue and White has expressed its reservations. According to the Trump administration’s peace plan, Israel will be allowed to […]

Netanyahu goes into quarantine after aide tests positive for coronavirus

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going into self-quarantine after an aide tested positive for the coronavirus, his office confirmed Monday to Fox News. The prime minister’s office said Netanyahu and his staff will go into quarantine, “until the epidemiological investigation regarding his adviser is completed.” Netanyahu’s close advisers are also isolating after his adviser […]

Israel heads for unity government as Netanyahu rival Gantz puts coronavirus over politics

Israel’s leading opposition candidate, Benny Gantz, has agreed to form a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ending a political deadlock that forced three elections in less than a year. The unexpected announcement sent shockwaves through Gantz’s Blue and White party over the weekend, and comes after he warned former allies in the party […]

Trump phones Netanyahu to congratulate him that he’ll form, head next government

US President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to congratulate him that he’ll be forming Israel’s next government, the Prime Minister’s Office said. The call came a day after Netanyahu closed in on a unity government with rival Benny Gantz. “The president of the United States telephoned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and […]

Elected Knesset speaker by right wing, Gantz heads for government with Netanyahu

After a dramatic U-turn, Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz was elected Knesset speaker Thursday evening as part of an emerging unity deal, breaking up his centrist alliance to enter a government with his longtime foe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Receiving the full support of the right-wing bloc, Gantz was elected to the speaker’s […]

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 […]

Israeli PM Netanyahu: ‘We Got Past Pharoah, We’ll Get Past Corona’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned that a total shutdown of the country was imminent if the number of Israelis infected with the coronavirus continued to rise. Citing the Talmudic passage, “Whoever saves one life, it is as if he saved the entire world,” Netanyahu said, “Everyone who infects one life, he infects […]

Netanyahu: Full lockdown possible within days if virus spread doesn’t slow

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Wednesday that a full closure of the country could be introduced within days to curb the coronavirus pandemic, hours after further restrictions on Israelis’ movement were put into effect. “The number of those infected doubles every three days,” he said. At that rate, “in two weeks we’ll have thousands — […]

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 […]

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 […]