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.
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.
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.