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May 6, 2015

Netanyahu clinches deal to form new Israeli government

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.

May 6, 2015

Netanyahu’s efforts to form Israeli government go down to wire

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.

Apr 24, 2015
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Palestinian teen’s name added to Israeli memorial, riling families on both sides


(Family members of civilian victims during the second Intifada point at names of their loved ones displayed on plaques on the wall of the “Victims of Terror” memorial on Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem April 15, 2013. REUTERS/ Jim Hollander)

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.

Apr 20, 2015

Netanyahu receives two-week extension to form government

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.

Apr 2, 2015
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Israeli court tells army to re-route planned Bethlehem-area barrier


(Palestinian women walk past graffiti on Israel’s controversial barrier as they walk towards an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, during the holy month of Ramadan July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

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.

Apr 1, 2015

Netanyahu calls for ‘better deal’ with Iran over nuclear program

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.

Mar 25, 2015

Netanyahu set for go-ahead to form Israel’s next government

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.

Mar 22, 2015

Netanyahu allies blame White House criticism on misunderstanding

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.

Mar 19, 2015

Netanyahu poised for governing coalition after final vote tally

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to lead a heavily right-leaning coalition government with control of 67 of parliament’s 120 seats, according to final election results released on Thursday.

Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party won 30 seats, compared with 24 for his main rival, the center-left Zionist Union. It was a huge gain from the last election in 2013, when Likud won 18. Zionist Union’s leader, Isaac Herzog, conceded defeat.

Mar 17, 2015

Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election after hard right shift

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s election on Tuesday after exit polls showed he had erased his center-left rivals’ lead with a hard rightward shift that saw him disavow a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.

Difficult coalition talks still lie ahead. Isaac Herzog, Netanyahu’s chief opponent and head of the center-left Zionist Union, said “everything is still open” and that he had already spoken to party leaders about forming a government.

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      "Heller joined Reuters from United Press International in Tel Aviv in 1984 and transferred to London in 1987. He returned to the Middle East in 1992 as a senior sub-editor on the Middle East and Africa desk before taking up a post as correspondent, Jerusalem a year later. He is currently editor-in-charge in the Jerusalem bureau."
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