Israeli Security Officials Are Divided Over Iran Nuclear Deal

Though the government has opposed any deal with Iran, officials in the Israeli military and its intelligence wing are arguing in favor of a treaty.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #lapid-yair, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations

Yair Lapid, Israel’s New Prime Minister, Played the Long Game to Power

Once mocked for his inexperience and perceived arrogance, Israel’s caretaker premier taught voters a lesson in political maturity and humility.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #yair-lapid

Israel’s Parliament Dissolves, Paving Way for Another Election

The decision brought down the coalition government and installed Yair Lapid, a centrist, as interim prime minister. Exhausted and exasperated voters now face a fifth election since April 2019.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #yesh-atid

On Israeli and American Ballots: The Soul of Democracy

What ails Israel’s politics has similarities in the United States.

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Naftali Bennett’s Exit Interview

Israel’s departing prime minister reflects on a government that tried to put pragmatism ahead of ideology. 

#bennett-naftali, #content-type-personal-profile, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Israeli Government Collapse Gives Netanyahu Another Chance at Power

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, lost power last year. But his base hasn’t abandoned him, and he could return to office after a snap election this fall.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government

Israel Heads for 5th Election in 3 Years After Government Collapses, Officials Say

The move follows the defection of two coalition lawmakers, giving the opposition a majority in Parliament.

#bennett-naftali, #defectors-political, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Biden Trip to Saudi Arabia Is Set, but Energy Help Is Not

The White House formally announced that President Biden would visit the oil-rich kingdom in mid-July despite having denounced it as a “pariah” state after the assassination of a dissident.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #palestinian-authority, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

Netanyahu vs. Olmert: A Lurid Libel Case Grips Israel

A sensational legal drama between the two ex-prime ministers, centered on a claim of mental illness, comes as Israel’s year-old government teeters and one of the former leaders eyes a comeback.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #libel-and-slander, #mental-health-and-disorders, #netanyahu-benjamin, #netanyahu-sara, #netanyahu-yair, #olmert-ehud, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Netanyahu’s Plan to Regain Power in Israel: Vote Against His Views

To topple Israel’s government, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, is voting down its initiatives — even if he agrees with them.

#bennett-naftali, #israeli-settlements, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Israel’s Government Teeters Again, Losing Vote on Law that Supports West Bank Settlers

The vote’s failure — from defections within the governing bloc and a power move by usually pro-settler opposition lawmakers — could topple the government and throw a lifeline to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

#arabs, #bennett-naftali, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #saar-gideon, #west-bank

Israel’s Political Crisis Is Resolved, but Governing Remains a Strain

A lawmaker who quit the coalition last week reversed her decision on Sunday, averting the government’s imminent collapse.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #rinawie-zoabi-ghaida

Chaos in Israel Gives New Chance to Old Face: Benjamin Netanyahu

Mr. Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, lost office last summer. Now the coalition that replaced him is crumbling — potentially leading to new elections that could return him to power.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #rinawie-zoabi-ghaida

Israel Condemns Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s Comments as Antisemitic

Israel’s response is among the fiercest criticism it has leveled at the Russian government since the invasion of Ukraine.

#anti-semitism, #bennett-naftali, #israel, #lapid-yair, #lavrov-sergey-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

A Site Holy to Jews and Muslims Returns as the Nexus of Conflict

The skirmishes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as Temple Mount, are laden with national and religious symbolism.

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Israel’s Ukraine Policy Prompts Scrutiny of Russian-Israeli Oligarchs

Israel has expressed solidarity with Ukraine but avoided direct criticism of Russia, raising questions about Russian-Israeli businessmen close to the Kremlin.

#bennett-naftali, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #kolomoisky-igor-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Wave of Terrorism in Israel Defies a Simple Narrative

Four recent deadly attacks have highlighted Palestinian anger over vanishing prospects of a Palestinian state, but the assailants’ diverse backgrounds have left many questions unanswered.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bennett-naftali, #defense-and-military-forces, #easter-and-holy-week, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #passover, #ramadan, #terrorism

Israel’s Government in Crisis After Senior Lawmaker Quits Coalition

Idit Silman, the de facto government whip, left the coalition, depriving the government of a parliamentary majority. But her move does not mean the opposition can win a vote of no confidence, at least for now.

#bennett-naftali, #idit-silman, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #passover, #politics-and-government, #yamina-israeli-political-party

Spike in Violence Poses Test for Israel’s Fragile Government

A rash of terrorist attacks has spawned criticism of the government from the left and right, and for opposite reasons. But the coalition’s diversity has constrained its options.

#abbas-mahmoud, #abbas-mansour, #bennett-naftali, #bnei-brak-israel, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #raam-party-israel, #terrorism

Arab Gunmen Kill 2 in Hadera, on Eve of Historic Summit

The unusually brazen attack in Hadera, a city on the Mediterranean coast, came as four Arab foreign ministers arrived for an unprecedented summit that shows Israel’s growing role in the Middle East

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #terrorism

Leaders of Israel, U.A.E. and Egypt Meet Amid Shifting Geopolitics

All three countries are navigating fraught relationships with the Biden administration amid the quickly changing geopolitical landscape precipitated by Russia’s war on Ukraine.

#assad-bashar-al, #bennett-naftali, #carnegie-endowment-for-international-peace, #egypt, #hamas, #hezbollah, #houthis, #iran, #israel, #israel-policy-forum, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations

Four Killed in Southern Israel in Latest in Spate of Attacks

The attacks have heightened fears of further violence in April, when the convergence of three religious holidays has leaders on edge.

#abbas-mansour, #bedouins, #beersheba-israel, #bennett-naftali, #hamas, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #israel, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #passover, #raam-party-israel, #ramadan, #terrorism

Once Victims in Southeast Europe, Jews Come to Aid Fleeing Ukrainians

Today, as in the early 1900s, Jews are once again escaping violence in southeast Europe. But the context is radically different — cathartically so for the many Israelis who have come here to join the relief effort.

#bennett-naftali, #immigration-and-emigration, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #moldova, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #synagogues, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

War in Ukraine Forces Israel Into a Delicate Balancing Act

Israel is a strong ally of the United States, and its leaders have a good relationship with Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s Jewish president. But Israel also doesn’t want to provoke Russia.

#bennett-naftali, #defense-and-military-forces, #israel, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Israeli leader, Naftali Bennett, Meets Bahrain Counterpart, Signaling Regional Shift

The trip by Naftali Bennett, the first official visit to Bahrain by an Israeli prime minister, showcased growing ties between his country and several Arab governments.

#arabs, #bennett-naftali, #international-relations, #khalifa-hamad-bin-isa-al, #khalifa-salman-bin-hamad-bin-isa-al-1969, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #peace-process

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to Make Historic Visit to Bahrain

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was set to fly to Bahrain on Monday in the first visit by an Israeli premier to the Gulf state, which is seen as a proxy for Saudi Arabia.

#bahrain, #bennett-naftali, #international-relations, #israel, #khalifa-salman-bin-hamad-bin-isa-al-1969, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government

Israel to Investigate Domestic Use of Pegasus Spyware as Scrutiny Hits Home

The decision reflected rising concerns about the domestic use of spyware made by NSO Group, based in Israel, which has long been a target of criticism abroad.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nso-group, #politics-and-government, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Netanyahu’s Lawyers Discuss a Plea Bargain to End His Graft Trial

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s former prime minister, has pleaded not guilty in a corruption case. But his lawyers are negotiating a deal in which he might accept some charges to avoid jail time.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Israel’s Avian Flu Outbreak Has Killed Thousands of Cranes

Thousands of migratory cranes have died and more than half a million chickens have been culled as the country tries to contain a deadly bird virus-

#avian-influenza, #bennett-naftali, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

Fears of Omicron’s Rapid Spread Are Tempered by Signs of Milder Illness

“We can’t stop it,” Israel’s prime minister said of the Omicron variant, but that warning was blunted by early signs of potentially less-severe illness than with earlier coronavirus iterations.

#bennett-naftali, #castex-jean, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #england, #europe, #israel, #national-health-service

Israel May Give 4th Dose of Covid Shot, Despite Experts’ Doubts

Some scientists warn that too many shots might actually harm the body’s ability to fight the Covid-19 virus. But Israeli experts say there isn’t time to wait.

#bennett-naftali, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #israel, #vaccination-and-immunization

Covid Spoils Another Christmas in the Holy Land

Israel’s strict border controls have largely barred foreign tourists from entry, but the traditional Jerusalem Santa is managing to bring some local cheer.

#bennett-naftali, #bethlehem-west-bank, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #east-jerusalem, #israel, #miss-universe-organization, #palestinian-authority, #taglit-birthright-israel, #travel-warnings

Israeli Leader Meets Emirati Crown Prince in Abu Dhabi

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, on a historic official trip to the Gulf state.

#bennett-naftali, #international-relations, #israel, #nahyan-mohamed-bin-zayed-al-1961, #politics-and-government, #united-arab-emirates

Israeli Leader Is to Meet Emirati Prince, Showcasing Deepening Ties

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will travel to Abu Dhabi on Sunday — the first such visit by an Israeli leader.

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Iran’s Nuclear Program Ignites New Tension Between U.S. and Israel

Strains emerged during talks this week after a short period of strong relations between a new Israeli government and new American one.

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Israel Advances Plan for New Settlements, in First for Bennett Era

Approved despite the objections of the United States, critics say the new homes will consolidate Israel’s presence in the West Bank and make it harder to create a Palestinian state.

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Violent Crime Spikes Among Arabs in Israel as Officials Admit Neglect

Killings of Arabs by Arabs have soared in Israel. The prevailing assumption, an official said, was “as long as they are killing each other, that’s their problem.”

#arabs, #bennett-naftali, #firearms, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #lod-israel, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #odeh-ayman-1975, #palestinians, #police, #politics-and-government, #shin-bet

‘Shrinking the Conflict’: What Does Israel’s New Mantra Really Mean?

Short of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett wants to “shrink” it. Critics say it’s just a new term for the old policies.

#bennett-naftali, #goodman-micah-1974, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Democratic Support For Israel Has Changed. Here’s What It Means.

The consensus on Israel has changed. 

#abbas-mahmoud, #bennett-naftali, #democratic-party, #israel, #palestinians, #united-states-international-relations

In Reversal, Israel’s New Government Engages With Palestinian Authority

The government has held high-level meetings with Palestinian officials and aided the Palestinians economically, a sharp change from the previous government.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #fatah-al, #gantz-benny, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

For a Fractured Israel, a Film Offers Ominous Lessons From Ancient Past

An animated epic depicting a Jewish civil war and the destruction of the Second Temple 2,000 years ago is being seen as a warning in a deeply divided country.

#bennett-naftali, #dar-gidi, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #legend-of-destruction-movie, #movies, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Manhunt Underway After 6 Palestinians Escape Israeli Prison

Four of the fugitives had been convicted of terror offenses and were serving at least two life sentences, while legal proceedings continued for the other two.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #palestinian-islamic-jihad, #palestinians, #prison-escapes

Biden Vows ‘Unshakable Partnership’ With Israel in Meeting With Bennett

On Iran, a subject on which the two sharply disagree, President Biden said the United States was planning to put “diplomacy first” but “ready to turn to other options” if that fails.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #iran, #israel, #nuclear-weapons, #palestinians, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden and Naftali Bennett to Meet, Seeking to Burnish U.S.-Israel Relations

Both new leaders have struck a supportive tone after signs of strain in the longtime allies’ bond. But they still have vast differences on policy.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #palestinians, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Israel’s Spy Agency Snubbed the U.S. Can Trust Be Restored?

Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, heads to Washington promising better relations and seeking support for covert attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

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Naftali Bennett Backs Hard Line on Iran, Softer Tone With U.S.

In an interview before meeting with President Biden, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he opposed U.S. efforts to restore a nuclear deal with Iran and ruled out peace talks with the Palestinians.

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Riots Shatter Veneer of Coexistence in Israel’s Mixed Towns

Israel’s Jewish and Palestinian communities looked past each other until violence and bloodshed forced a reckoning.

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Israel’s New Leaders Tilt Right With Settler Deal, Hinting at Approach

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s decision about an unauthorized settlement has provided an early idea of how he hopes to manage his unlikely coalition.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

Meeting Blinken, Israel’s Top Diplomat Aims to Fix Netanyahu ‘Mistakes’

Israel’s foreign minister, Yair Lapid, is determined to repair his government’s fraught relationship with Washington Democrats, but he does not necessarily speak for his own right-wing prime minister, Naftali Bennett.

#bennett-naftali, #blinken-antony-j, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations

Unauthorized Settlement Creates Stress Test for Israel’s New Government

The outpost of Evyatar is illegal under Israeli law. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will anger one wing of his coalition if he evicts the settlers, and another if he lets them stay.

#bennett-naftali, #evictions, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank