Israel

  • Israel Mar 19

    Israel’s Netanyahu Accused of Exploiting Virus Crisis

    With the Israeli government enacting a series of emergency measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing growing accusations that he is exploiting the crisis to entrench himself in power and undermining the country’s democratic foundations.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu Mar 15

    Netanyahu Rival Gantz Chosen to Form New Israeli Government

    Israel’s president says he has decided to give opposition leader Benny Gantz the first opportunity to form a new government, following an inconclusive national election this month

  • Israel Mar 3

    Israeli Exit Polls: Netanyahu Ahead, But Short of Majority

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has pulled ahead to a significant lead over its opponents in Israel’s third election in under a year, though along with its ultra-religious and nationalist alliance still appeared to fall short of the parliamentary majority required to form a government

  • Israel Mar 2

    Exit Polls: Netanyahu Short of Majority in Israel Vote

    Exit polls indicate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has emerged as the largest party in the country’s third election in under a year

  • Middle East Feb 24

    Shaky Truce Appears to Take Hold in Israel-Gaza Fighting

    A shaky cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad appears to be taking hold, ending a two-day round of violence that had threatened to disrupt next week’s Israeli national elections

  • Israel Feb 16

    Israeli Army: Hamas Hackers Tried to ‘seduce’ Soldiers

    The Israeli military says it it has thwarted an attempt by the Hamas militant group to hack soldiers’ phones by posing as young, attractive women on social media

  • Mideast Peace Plan Feb 1

    Palestinian Leader Abbas Threatens to Cut Security Ties With Israel, US

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to cut security ties with both Israel and the U.S. on Saturday, in a lengthy speech delivered at an Arab League meeting in Egypt’s capital that denounced a White House plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....

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    The U.S. plan would grant the Palestinians limited self-rule in parts of the occupied West Bank, while allowing Israel to...

  • Israel Jan 29

    Trump Mideast Plan Delights Israelis, Enrages Palestinians

    President Donald Trump is set to unveil his administration’s much-anticipated Middle East peace plan in the latest American venture to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

  • Jeopardy! Jan 14

    ‘Jeopardy!’ Producers Say Controversial Question Was Mistake

    A clue in a game last week required contestants to identify the site of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. When one contestant said it was in Palestine, she was told she was incorrect and another contestant won $200 for answering Israel. Producers of the game show ‘Jeopardy!’ are apologizing for a mistake that put the show in a...

  • Jeopardy! Jan 13

    ‘Jeopardy!’ Faces Criticism After Wading Into Mideast Conflict

    There seemed to be just $200 on the line when “Jeopardy!” contestant Katie Needle buzzed in with the answer “What is Palestine?” But host Alex Trebek’s response, a decisive “no,” has set off a wave of controversy, NBC News reports. Friday evening’s clue in the category “Where’s that church?” was: “Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity.”...

  • Iran Jan 6

    ’Soleimani Had It Coming’: Israel Cautiously Welcomes US Strike on Iran General

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is none too popular in secular and liberal Tel Aviv, but few here find fault in his embrace of President Donald Trump and the U.S. decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq last week, NBC News reports.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu Jan 2

    Israel Prime Minister Seeks Immunity, Buying Time Until After Vote

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will ask parliament to grant him immunity from corruption charges, a step that is expected to delay his trial for months. The step Wednesday most likely puts the trial on hold until after elections in March, when he hopes to win a majority coalition that will shield him from prosecution. The announcement essentially...

  • Israel Dec 27, 2019

    Israel’s Embattled Netanyahu Wins Landslide in Primary

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday scored a landslide victory in a primary race for leadership of the ruling Likud party, giving the embattled leader an important boost ahead of the country’s third election in less than a year....

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    The strong showing by Israel’s longest-serving leader could give him another opportunity to form a government following the March election, after...

  • Israel Dec 26, 2019

    Israeli PM Evacuated From Rally After Rocket Fired From Gaza

    Israel said a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into its southern territory Wednesday, forcing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be hustled from a stage during an election rally in the city of Ashkelon. The Israeli military said its air defense system, known as Iron Dome, intercepted the rocket. There were no reports of casualties. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz…

  • Anti-Semitism order Dec 13, 2019

    Anti-Semitism Order Raises Tough Issue of Defining Prejudice

    President Donald Trump signed an order this week that expands the potential scope of anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses. At the heart of the debate around the issue are two thorny questions: when speech about Israel crosses the line into anti-Semitism, and whether the Trump administration is equipped to effectively draw that line.

  • Israel Dec 12, 2019

    Exasperated Israelis Prepare for Third Election in a Year

    Israel’s deadlocked parliament on Wednesday failed to meet a midnight deadline to form a coalition government, triggering an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his political career....

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    The move prolongs a year-long political stalemate that has paralyzed the government and undermined public trust in the...

  • PRESIDENT Nov 25, 2019

    Attorney General: Israel’s Netanyahu Not Required to Resign

    Israel’s attorney general said Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not required to leave office following his indictment on corruption charges, giving a small boost to the embattled leader. Avichai Mandelblit said in a statement that Netanyahu can remain interim prime minister, just days after serving him with charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery. Netanyahu faces calls...

  • Donald Trump Nov 24, 2019

    US Citizen Jailed in Lebanon as Country Deals With Crisis

    In September, Amer Fakhoury closed his New Hampshire restaurant to take his first vacation in years to visit family in his native Lebanon — a country he hadn’t been to for nearly two decades. He hasn’t returned to the United States. Soon after his arrival in Lebanon, the 57-year-old American citizen was detained by authorities and remains jailed there. Doctors...

  • Donald Trump Nov 22, 2019

    Mystery Grows Over Trump Administration Hold on Lebanon Aid

    The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on...

  • Facebook Nov 22, 2019

    Israel Braces for Bitter Fight After Netanyahu Indictment

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment is expected to sharpen the battle lines in Israel’s already deadlocked political system and could test the loyalty of his right-wing allies, Israeli commentators said Friday. The serious corruption charges announced Thursday appear to have dashed already slim hopes for a unity government following September’s elections, paving the way for an unprecedented repeat vote in...

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