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.
Once mocked for his inexperience and perceived arrogance, Israel’s caretaker premier taught voters a lesson in political maturity and humility.
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.
What ails Israel’s politics has similarities in the United States.
Israel’s departing prime minister reflects on a government that tried to put pragmatism ahead of ideology.
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.
The move follows the defection of two coalition lawmakers, giving the opposition a majority in Parliament.
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.
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.
To topple Israel’s government, Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, is voting down its initiatives — even if he agrees with them.
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.
A lawmaker who quit the coalition last week reversed her decision on Sunday, averting the government’s imminent collapse.
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.
Israel’s response is among the fiercest criticism it has leveled at the Russian government since the invasion of Ukraine.
The skirmishes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Aqsa Mosque, known to Jews as Temple Mount, are laden with national and religious symbolism.
Israel has expressed solidarity with Ukraine but avoided direct criticism of Russia, raising questions about Russian-Israeli businessmen close to the Kremlin.
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.
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.
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.
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
All three countries are navigating fraught relationships with the Biden administration amid the quickly changing geopolitical landscape precipitated by Russia’s war on Ukraine.
The attacks have heightened fears of further violence in April, when the convergence of three religious holidays has leaders on edge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-
“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.
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.
Israel’s strict border controls have largely barred foreign tourists from entry, but the traditional Jerusalem Santa is managing to bring some local cheer.
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.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will travel to Abu Dhabi on Sunday — the first such visit by an Israeli leader.
Strains emerged during talks this week after a short period of strong relations between a new Israeli government and new American one.
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.
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.”
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.
The consensus on Israel has changed.
The government has held high-level meetings with Palestinian officials and aided the Palestinians economically, a sharp change from the previous government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, heads to Washington promising better relations and seeking support for covert attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.
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.
Israel’s Jewish and Palestinian communities looked past each other until violence and bloodshed forced a reckoning.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s decision about an unauthorized settlement has provided an early idea of how he hopes to manage his unlikely coalition.
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.
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.