Tag: Israel

Israel advances plans for West Bank ‘sovereignty road’ to bypass E1 area

The Defense Ministry has green-lighted planning for what it called a “sovereignty road” that would allow Palestinian traffic to bypass Israeli settlements in the E1 area of the West Bank. “We’re applying sovereignty in deeds, not words,” Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday, as he made a subtle dig at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu […]

Netanyahu calls virus ‘pandemic’ as Israel plans restrictions on some US flights

  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that the coronavirus was a pandemic more severe than any disease outbreak in the past century, as a senior official said Israel was likely hours away from placing restrictions on flights arriving from some parts of the United States. “First of all, this is a global pandemic, […]

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 […]

Kushner: US to approve annexation if Palestinians don’t negotiate

Despite a refusal by the Palestinians to be involved in any negotiations and a lack of government in Israel, US President Donald Trump’s administration will push forward with the “Deal of the Century” peace plan, including giving White House approval to Israeli annexation, senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner told US senators in a closed-room meeting […]

Netanyahu: We Are in a Global Pandemic; It Needs to be Said

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the proverbial bull by the horns on Wednesday in a news briefing held at the Health Ministry in Jerusalem, and told reporters bluntly, “We are in a global pandemic. They do not call it this but this is the truth and it needs to be said.” The briefing was […]

Kushner: Deal will prevent settlement expansion

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday briefed senators behind closed doors on the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan, White House officials told Barak Ravid of Channel 13 News. According to the report, Kushner told a bipartisan group from the Senate Foreign Relations committee that the international reaction to the plan was encouraging despite […]

Israel on verge of uncontrollable outbreak of virus, warns foreign minister

Israel is on the verge of a coronavirus outbreak that it will not be able to control, Foreign Minister Israel Katz warned Thursday as he defended the strict measures authorities have ordered on international travel to and from Israel. Israel has banned entry to the country from a range of countries around the world, including […]

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 […]