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Mar 23, 2015

Israelis fret about risk of isolation but concern may be overdone

JERUSALEM, March 23 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s re-election last week has prompted alarmed chatter
in the cafes of Tel Aviv and on talk shows about the risk of
Israel losing the support of its closest allies and being left
isolated in the world.

It is clear Netanyahu still has fences to mend with
President Barack Obama, despite rowing back from his rejection
of a two-state solution with the Palestinians, which prompted
new calls for sanctions from campaign group BDS.

Mar 20, 2015

U.S. House Speaker Boehner to visit Israel

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Boehner, Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the center of a political furor in Washington over relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will visit Israel in coming weeks, his office said on Friday.

The trip, Boehner’s first to Israel in seven years, follows Netanyahu’s surprise election victory on Tuesday and his March 3 speech to Congress criticizing President Barack Obama’s Iran policy at Boehner’s invitation, an event that angered the White House.

Mar 19, 2015

With ‘no-state’ pledge, Netanyahu reignites Palestine debate

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The day before Israel’s election, with polls showing he could lose, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the Palestinians would never have their own state on his watch.

It was a sweeping statement that flew in the face of his own past commitments and 25 years of international efforts to arrive at a two-state solution to the conflict: Israel and an independent Palestine living side-by-side.

Mar 18, 2015

In three-day push, Netanyahu draws right-wing votes and captures Israel election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – As the dust settles on a dramatic election, the immediate questions are how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to stage such a fierce comeback, why the opposition fell short and what it means for Israel, the Palestinians and the world.

Four days before the vote, Netanyahu looked all but out for the count, with the last opinion polls giving the center-left Zionist Union a four-seat lead – enough not only to win but potentially to form a governing coalition.

Mar 18, 2015

Netanyahu wins Israel election after sharp shift to the right

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a come-from-behind victory in Israel’s election on Wednesday after tacking hard to the right in the final days of campaigning, including abandoning a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.

In a four-day pre-election blitz, Netanyahu made a series of promises designed to shore up his Likud base and draw voters from other right-wing and nationalist parties. He pledged to go on building settlements on occupied land and said there would be no Palestinian state if he was re-elected.

Mar 17, 2015

Israelis vote as ‘King Bibi’s’ reign hangs in the balance

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Millions of Israelis voted on Tuesday in a tightly fought election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to defeat a strong campaign by the center-left opposition to deny him a fourth term in office.

In many respects the vote has turned into a referendum on “Bibi” Netanyahu, in power for a total of nine years spread over three terms. If he wins again he would be on track to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.

Mar 16, 2015

Interview: Netanyahu era “coming to an end,” says former ally Lapid

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The era of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ending, with Israeli voters clearly more concerned about economic and social issues than about security or fears over Iran, a leading election candidate said on Monday.

The centre-left opposition is poised for a surprise victory over Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud in one of Israel’s most nail-biting elections in years, according to the last polls. Nearly six million Israelis are eligible to vote in Tuesday’s election.

Mar 16, 2015

Netanyahu era ‘coming to an end,’ says former ally Lapid

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The era of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ending, with Israeli voters clearly more concerned about economic and social issues than about security or fears over Iran, a leading election candidate said on Monday.

The centre-left opposition is poised for a surprise victory over Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud in one of Israel’s most nail-biting elections in years, according to the last polls. Nearly six million Israelis are eligible to vote in Tuesday’s election.

Mar 13, 2015

Center-left opposition rides a solid lead into Israeli election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s center-left opposition is poised for an upset victory in national elections next week, with the last opinion polls before the March 17 vote giving it a solid lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party.

Polls in two of Israel’s leading newspapers predicted the Zionist Union would secure 25 or 26 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, against 21 or 22 for Likud. All polls in the past three days have given the same margin of victory.

Mar 12, 2015

Israel’s Herzog takes election momentum to Tel Aviv market

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – With opinion polls showing his party holding a narrow but steady lead five days before Israel’s election, opposition leader Isaac Herzog took his campaign to a central Tel Aviv market on Thursday, glad-handing and haggling with eager stallholders.

Street markets are a traditional stronghold of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party, but there is the scent of change in the air, with polls indicating that voters are growing fed up with Netanyahu and the right-wing Likud after nine years in power, spread over three terms.

    • About Luke

      "Luke is bureau chief for Reuters in Brussels. The 25-strong, multimedia bureau covers all European Union issues, from trade, energy and agriculture to foreign policy, competition, regulation and economic affairs. The bureau is also responsible for coverage of NATO and Belgian politics, economics and company news. In his beat, Luke covers foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Iran, and writes about EU economic policy. He was previously based in London, where he was defence correspondent, and before that had postings in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Rome and Johannesburg."
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