JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended on Wednesday new bus travel and checkpoint regulations for Palestinian laborers only hours after they were imposed to an outcry by critics accusing Israel of racial segregation.
Effectively overruling his defense minister, Netanyahu froze the edicts ahead of a meeting later in the day in Jerusalem with Federica Mogherini, foreign policy chief of the European Union, a group highly critical of Israeli policies in the occupied West Bank.
JERUSALEM, May 19 (Reuters) – A senior Israeli official took
a swipe at Washington on Tuesday over Iran’s purchase of
second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the acquisition violated
U.S. sanctions and went ahead despite a tip-off from Israel.
Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoondi was quoted on May
11 by the Iranian Students News Agency as saying Tehran bought
15 used commercial planes in the last three months. He did not
say who sold them or how they had been acquired.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a deal to form a new government on Wednesday, just before a deadline was to expire, but the coalition will rule by only the slimmest of majorities in Israel’s turbulent parliament.
“Israel now has a government,” Naftali Bennett, the head of the far-right Jewish Home party announced at parliament after hours of haggling with Netanyahu’s Likud deputies over cabinet positions, which were not immediately announced.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu, locked in down-to-the-wire coalition talks, faces a midnight deadline to form a government or risk being denied a fourth term as Israel’s prime minister.
Nearly two months after a convincing election victory, Netanyahu is struggling to build a solid parliamentary majority, with a former ally abandoning him this week.
Israel has added the name of a Palestinian teen to its “Monument to the Memory of the Victims of Terrorism”, upsetting the youth’s parents and a group representing families of slain Israelis with both demanding his name be removed.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have two more weeks to form a new government after he asked Israel’s president on Monday to extend a 28-day period to form a coalition following his election victory.
Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party came out on top in the March 17 election, winning 30 of parliament’s 120 seats and defeating its main rival, the center-left Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog.
Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the military on Thursday to draw up new routes for a planned section of Israel’s barrier in the occupied West Bank that had threatened to separate a monastery and convent of the same Catholic order.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday it was not too late for world powers locked in nuclear negotiations with Iran to demand a “better deal”.
He made the comments before meeting in Jerusalem with the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, a leading Republican and strong critic of the White House’s policy on Iran.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, grappling with fierce White House disapproval, was poised to win the nod from Israel’s president on Wednesday to try to form a new coalition government.
The surprise victor of a March 17 election, Netanyahu looks well set to assemble a heavily right-leaning cabinet that will control 67 of parliament’s 120 seats — a large majority in a country where no one party has ever been able to rule by itself.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Benjamin Netanyahu’s allies acknowledged on Sunday that his election-eve disavowal of a Palestinian state had caused a rift with the White House, but blamed U.S. President Barack Obama’s unprecedented criticism on a misunderstanding.
The Israeli prime minister pledged on the eve of his re-election victory last week that there would never be a Palestinian state while he is prime minister.