Tag: Israel

Rivlin sets August 4 as date for fourth elections if unity govt not formed

President Reuven Rivlin has set August 4 as the date for an unthinkable round of fourth elections should the Likud and Blue and White fail to form a unity government, as negotiations between the two sides was deadlocked Thursday night. Negotiations between the two parties have been stuck over the Likud’s demands to pass legislation […]

Israeli opposition leader passes deadline to form government

Israel’s opposition leader, Benny Gantz, has failed to form a coalition government after talks with Benjamin Netanyahu stalled, pushing the country further towards an unprecedented fourth round of elections. Gantz had until midnight on Wednesday to build a majority government and now loses the mandate given to him by the president, Reuven Rivlin. His failure […]

Pro-Israel US group warns Israeli leaders annexation would damage alliance

A pro-Israel group is warning Israeli leaders that reports of planned annexations of parts of the West Bank would cause “long-term damage” to the US-Israel alliance. “Such a move would make a two-state solution harder — if not impossible to achieve — and would likely have far-reaching negative consequences for the US-Israel alliance,” Mark Mellman […]

Netanyahu announces fresh nationwide lockdown for end of Passover

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday announced a nationwide lockdown for the end of the Passover holiday and the Mimouna festival, while warning Israelis they will continue to face some restrictions on their lives until a vaccine for the coronavirus is developed. From Tuesday at 5 p.m. until Thursday at 5 a.m., Netanyahu said Israelis […]

Rivlin gives PM, Gantz 48 more hours to seal deal as sides cite ‘major progress’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz appeared to be on the cusp of reaching a coalition deal overnight Monday-Tuesday, as the president approved a last-minute joint request by the two to extend Gantz’s mandate to form a government by 48 hours, with the sides citing “major progress” in talks. The […]

Netanyahu, Gantz resume talks in effort to finalize deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and their negotiators will reconvene on Wednesday evening after failing to finalize an agreement in six hours of negotiations at the Prime Minister’s Residence on Tuesday. Both sides reported making significant progress toward building a national emergency government in a meeting on late Monday […]

Gridlocked Israel nears 4th consecutive election

Israel’s president on Sunday turned down a request from Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz for a two-week extension to form a new coalition government. The announcement by President Reuven Rivlin means that Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a midnight deadline on Monday night to reach a power-sharing deal. If they fail, […]

High Court dismisses petition seeking to block Netanyahu from being tasked as PM

The High Court on Sunday evening threw out a petition filed earlier in the day seeking to disqualify Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a government due to his corruption charges, saying it was filed too early. Justice Alex Stein ruled that the petition was premature, since, despite President Reuven Rivlin saying he would not […]

Israel’s President Won’t Give Gantz More Time to Form Government

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has rejected Benny Gantz’s request for a two-week extension to try to form the next government, according to a statement made by his spokesman on Sunday. Rivlin made his decision after consulting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who “did not confirm” that his Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White parties are […]

Gantz’s Time Runs Out, and Netanyahu No Longer in a Rush to Form ‘Emergency’ Government

By Monday, the coalition agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz was fully decided. The ink cartridges were loaded and all that was needed was to hit the print button and sign. In the section relating to the annexation of parts of the West Bank, the only remaining question was if a specific sentence would […]