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.

#abbas-mansour, #bennett-naftali, #elections, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

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

Macron’s Win Is Also a Blow to Orban’s Nationalist Crusade in Europe

The Hungarian leader had cast his own victory as the start of a nationalist wave in Europe — one that Marine Le Pen would have joined. Instead, Mr. Macron’s victory in France is a win for the European Union’s approach.

#elections, #european-union, #france, #hungary, #jansa-janez, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #netanyahu-benjamin, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #salvini-matteo, #slovenia, #trump-donald-j

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

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

What We Learned About Pegasus, the Smartphone Cracker

Israel used the NSO Group’s cyberweapon as a tool of diplomacy. The F.B.I. tested it for domestic surveillance. Then everything soured. Here are highlights of a New York Times Magazine investigation.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #new-jersey, #new-york-times, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

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Israeli Artist Turns Plastic Pollution Into ‘Earth Poetica’

In Beverly Barkat’s quest to connect people with nature, she found that environmental waste could be a powerful medium.

#art, #barkat-nir, #beverly-barkat, #content-type-personal-profile, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #plastics, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #boeing-company, #defense-and-military-forces, #gantz-benny, #iran, #israel, #military-aircraft, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Trump’s Iran Policy Has Become a Disaster for the U.S. and Israel

Withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal was a mistake. What comes next?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Critical Witness Testifies at Netanyahu Trial, Reviving a Drifting Case

Nir Hefetz, a former spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu, is a state witness at the former prime minister’s corruption trial, which was once at the heart of a constitutional crisis.

#corruption-institutional, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #hefetz-nir, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

Inside the Unraveling of American Zionism

How a new generation of Jewish leaders began to rethink their support for Israel.

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‘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

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

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.

#al-qaeda, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-william-j, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #israel, #mossad, #natanz-iran, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #targeted-killings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #east-jerusalem, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #new-york-times, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

As Secular Peace Effort Stutters in Israel, Religious Mediators Hope to Step In

The inclusion of an Islamist party in Israel’s government has spurred a group of imams and rabbis hoping to build a religious-based peace movement.

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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

Gaza’s Deadly Night: How Israeli Airstrikes Killed 44 People

On May 16, Israeli airstrikes destroyed three apartment buildings, decimating several families. We visited the scene, interviewed survivors and analyzed videos, photos and satellite images to find out what happened.

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #your-feed-visual-investigations

This Is Still Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu is out of office. But his legacy remains.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

The One About Bibi Netanyahu’s Father and the Perils of Diaspora

In his new novel, “The Netanyahus,” Joshua Cohen imagines a visit by the scholar Benzion Netanyahu to an Ivy League school in the late 1950s.

#bloom-harold, #books-and-literature, #cohen-joshua-1980, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #zionism

Naftali Bennett, the Israeli Prime Minister You Don’t Know

Despite Naftali Bennett’s extremist positions, he sees himself as a bridge between clashing world views.

#bennett-naftali, #content-type-personal-profile, #israel, #labour-party-israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Departure of Netanyahu Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

The departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister is a relief for Democrats, but Iran and the Palestinians could test Mr. Biden’s relations with a fragile new Israeli government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #iran, #israel, #lapid-yair, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Shift in Israel Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

The departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister is a relief for Democrats, but Iran and the Palestinians could test Mr. Biden’s relations with a fragile new Israeli government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #iran, #israel, #lapid-yair, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Israel’s Coalition of Patriotic Traitors

Netanyahu loses to a coalition willing to sacrifice personal ideology for the common good. 

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

For Israel’s Netanyahu, the Official Residence Became a Fortress

After a year of protests outside Balfour, the prime minister’s house, Israelis are debating what role they played in Benjamin Netanyahu’s downfall.

#corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hebrew-university, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #netanyahu-sara, #netanyahu-yair, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #saar-gideon, #social-media, #youth

Did Israel Just Have a Constitutional Revolution?

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

#bennett-naftali, #gantz-benny, #israel, #labour-party-israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #yamina-israeli-political-party, #yesh-atid

Netanyahu Ousted as Israeli Parliament Votes in New Government

An unlikely coalition prevailed against the country’s longest-serving leader. Now it must get its disparate factions to work together.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #united-states-international-relations, #yamina-israeli-political-party, #yesh-atid

Tumult Disrupts Israeli Parliament as Netanyahu Era Ends

Naftali Bennett, heckled and insulted, replaced Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister by the narrowest of margins.

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

Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

A photographic journey shows how ‘Bibi’ put his stamp on Israel — through his toughness and the search for security in an unstable region.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #elections, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #hezbollah, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #photography, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Netanyahu, ‘King of Israel,’ Exits a Stage He Dominated

Israel’s longest-serving prime minister was a polarizing figure who sidelined efforts to resolve the Palestinian conflict but opened relations with four Arab countries.

#iran, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians

A Fragile Israeli Coalition, With Some Underlying Glue

An agreement to return to democratic norms might be the one thing that holds together the disparate coalition facing a confidence vote on Sunday.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #raam-party-israel, #yamina-israeli-political-party

For Netanyahu, like Trump, Only ‘Fraud’ Can Explain His Defeat

Israel’s democratic transition is set for Sunday, but nothing is certain amid the prime minister’s scorched-earth campaign to wreck his opponents’ coalition.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #likud-party-israel, #michaeli-merav, #netanyahu-benjamin, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #yamina-israeli-political-party

Israel’s Parliament to Vote on New Government on Sunday

If lawmakers approve a fragile new coalition government, Israel will be led by someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in 12 years.

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

Will Netanyahu Fall?

How a political coalition has come to threaten the position of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.

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A Historic Moment for Israeli Arabs, but With a Question Mark

An Arab party’s decision to join a right-leaning Israeli government would be an important, if uncertain, step toward inclusion rather than perpetual opposition.

#abbas-mansour, #arabs, #bedouins, #bennett-naftali, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #yediot-aharonot

Vaccines, China, Cicadas: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #in-the-heights-play, #international-maritime-organization, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Netanyahu Outfoxed His Rivals For Years. Here’s What Changed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel failed to win a majority in the past three elections — but still held onto power. That might be about to change.

#bennett-naftali, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #yamina-israeli-political-party

If Netanyahu Goes, Israel’s New Prime Minister Faces a Big Mess

A new coalition in Israel hopes to remove Benjamin Netanyahu from power. If it does, there’s plenty of work to be done.

#bennett-naftali, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #elections, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #shaked-ayelet-1976

How Netanyahu vs. Israel’s Change Coalition Is Like Trump vs. Biden

The desire of the anti-Netanyahu coalition to oust him is so great that they are breaking the biggest political taboo in Israeli political history.

#abbas-mansour, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j