Fears Grow Over Iran’s Nuclear Program as Tehran Digs a New Tunnel Network

The conflict over the program is about to flare again as President Biden travels next month to Israel and Saudi Arabia, Iran’s two biggest regional rivals.

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As Violence Rises in the West Bank, Settler Attacks Raise Alarm

Attacks by settlers and Palestinians have both reached a five-year high. But unlike Palestinian suspects, violent settlers are rarely prosecuted.

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Israeli Defense Officials Cast Doubt on Threat to Attack Iran

Israel has threatened military action to destroy Iran’s nuclear program if need be. But defense officials say Israel does not have the ability, at least not anytime soon.

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Israel Finds Planes That Could Be Key to a Strike on Iran Badly Back-Ordered

The United States told Israel it was unlikely to deliver refueling tankers before 2024, amid tensions between the two nations over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.

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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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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.

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Deal Between UN and Qatar Provides Aid to Gazans, But Reconstruction is Elusive

Millions will be funneled to impoverished families under an agreement reached by the United Nations and Qatar, a step forward in firming up a cease-fire with Israel.

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Did Israel Just Have a Constitutional Revolution?

This isn’t just a new government. It’s an entirely new way of governing.

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Who Is Yair Lapid, Israel’s Would-Be Prime Minister?

Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the former television host and centrist opposition leader as a lightweight. Now Mr. Lapid has a chance to oust him.

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Netanyahu Offers Rival a Year in Office, in Last-Minute Bid for Government

With a deadline fast approaching, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is still pushing to form a new coalition.

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As 4th Election Looms, Some Ask: Is Israel’s Democracy Broken?

Voters are heading to the polls in Israel for the fourth time in two years. And with few signs that this vote will break the cycle, many are already bracing for a fifth.

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Israeli Election, Take Four: Conservatives vs. Conservatives

After the center-left failed in three elections to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the fourth one is shaping up into a contest among right-wing leaders.

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Why Israel Faces a Fourth Election in Just Two Years

What to know as Israel gears up for another vote, this time set for March 23.

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Israel Heads Toward Yet Another Election, Its 4th in 2 Years

A protracted political crisis revolving around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal troubles has brought the coalition government to the verge of collapse.

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Israel Takes First Step Toward New Election

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition partners sided with the opposition in a preliminary vote to bring down the government, which has been largely paralyzed over infighting.

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Israeli Panel to Look Into Submarine Scandal, Riling Netanyahu

A decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival defense minister, Benny Gantz, to hold an inquiry could further destabilize their unity government.

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Israel’s Coronavirus Lockdown Fuels Protests, Violence and Confusion

Last month, the country became the first to reimpose nationwide measures. But the decision has led to chaotic scenes and criticism of how its fragile coalition is handling the crisis.

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Trump Administration Plans Arms Sale to U.A.E. Despite Israeli Worries

The Trump White House is quietly planning sales of F-35 stealth fighters and advanced drones to the Emiratis as part of a wider plan to realign the Middle East, but Israel and Congress may object.

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Superheroes, Pot-Banging and Horn-Blowing Won’t Stop Benjamin Netanyahu

This summer’s protests against the prime minister have given Israel’s toothless left an outlet — but not power.

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Israeli Court Rebukes Prime Minister’s Son Over Harassing Protest Leaders

Yair Netanyahu tweeted the addresses and phone numbers of three men who led protests against his father’s administration. All three said they later received death threats.

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Fighting on Lebanon Border as Tensions Rise Between Israel and Hezbollah

The Israeli military says it thwarted a raid by Hezbollah in a disputed area along its northern border with Lebanon.

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After Early Success, Israel’s Netanyahu Faces Fury for Flubbing Virus Fight

With infections spiking again, young Israelis are protesting what they see as chaotic handling of the health and economic crisis.

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Mixed Signals on Israeli Annexation Reflect Split Among Officials

U.S. and Israeli officials are divided on whether annexation is a means to get Palestinians to the table, or whether the peace plan is a means to get annexation.

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Israel Court Rejects Law Legalizing Thousands of Settlement Homes

Palestinian landowners will now be able to move ahead with lawsuits to recover privately owned property on which nearly 4,000 Jewish homes had been built in the occupied West Bank.

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Netanyahu’s Annexation Plans Meet Surprise Opponent: Israeli Settlers

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to annex much of the occupied West Bank. But now that he can, there are questions about whether he will.

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Annexing the West Bank Is a Brazen Violation of International Law

It would also render the territory into a patchwork of simmering, unstable Palestinian areas, forever threatening a new intifada.

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Abbas Declares Palestinians’ West Bank Security Commitments Null and Void

The Palestinian leader has made such assertions before, but this may not be a mere threat. The agreements have protected Israelis and preserved the Palestinian Authority’s political hold over the West Bank.

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Ending Crisis, Israel Swears In Netanyahu-Led Government to Rescue Economy

A unity government with Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former rival, will brace for a second wave of the coronavirus while restoring “jobs, jobs, jobs,” Mr. Netanyahu promises.

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Israeli High Court Lets Netanyahu Form Government, Despite Indictments

The court rejected petitions seeking to disqualify Netanyahu from leading a new government because he faces trial on felony corruption charges.

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Israelis Find Little to Love in Their New Government, Except No More Elections

Right-wingers felt betrayed by Netanyahu’s surrender of half the government. Gantz voters felt betrayed by almost everything else in a power-sharing deal.

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Deal Extends Netanyahu’s Rule as Rival Accepts Israeli Unity Government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an embattled political survivor, persuaded Benny Gantz to join forces with him to combat the coronavirus.

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Israel Edges Closer to 4th Election as Unity Talks Falter

After a year of political deadlock, lawmakers have just 21 days to come up with a formula for a majority government.

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Israeli Election Rivals Seek Deadline Extension to Form Unity Government

Down to the wire in their negotiations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival, Benny Gantz, asked for more time to resolve their differences.

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