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White House Invites Israeli Rivals to Talks

No mention is made of Palestinians attending meetings next week

(Newser) - The White House said Thursday it has invited Israel's prime minister and his main political rival to Washington next week to discuss the "prospect of peace" with the Palestinians, who have already rejected the administration's long-awaited peace plan. Vice President Mike Pence announced the invitation at a... More »

Israeli PM: I Want Immunity

Netanyahu plans to approach the speaker of the Knesset and 'fulfill my right' to be PM

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he would seek immunity from corruption charges, likely delaying any trial until after March elections, when he hopes to have a majority coalition that will shield him from prosecution, the AP reports. Netanyahu was indicted in November on charges of accepting bribes, fraud,... More »

Netanyahu Says He Defeated Likud Challenger

Prime minister predicts another victory in upcoming elections

(Newser) - The official result won't be released before Friday morning, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he won his Likud Party primary Thursday. "A huge win! With God's and your help, I will lead the Likud to a big victory in the upcoming elections," Netanyahu tweeted... More »

Netanyahu Evacuated From Rally After Rocket Fired

He was speaking at rally 8 miles north of Gaza

(Newser) - For the second time in less than four months, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to be rushed off stage at a campaign event Wednesday after a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu and dozens of supporters at the rally in Ashkelon, eight miles north of the border,... More »

In Israel, an Unwanted First for Netanyahu

He's charged with corruption, the first sitting prime minister to face criminal charges

(Newser) - Israel’s attorney general on Thursday formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, throwing the country’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening the longtime leader's grip on power, per the AP . Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit charged Netanyahu with fraud, breach of... More »

Netanyahu Can't Form Government; Rival Will Try

Raises 'the possibility that someone not named Netanyahu could be the prime minister'

(Newser) - Israel's president says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ended his quest to form a new coalition—a step that pushes the country into new political uncertainty, per the AP . Netanyahu fell short of securing a 61-seat parliamentary majority in last month's national election. But President Reuven Rivlin gave... More »

Israel Utterly Deadlocked After Election

'Kingmaker' says he will only accept national unity government

(Newser) - Israel's two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election , with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job. The election's seeming political kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman, said he'll insist upon a secular unity government between Netanyahu's Likud... More »

Netanyahu: If Elected, I'll Annex 'All the Settlements'

Israeli PM is fighting for political survival

(Newser) - Israel's prime minister is vowing to annex settlements in the West Bank, including one deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, if he is re-elected in Tuesday's do-over election. Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli Army Radio on Monday that he plans to annex "all the settlements"... More »

Report: Israeli Spy Devices Found Near White House

US intelligence officials think they caught Israel spying on Trump, according to Politico

(Newser) - Is Israel spying on the US? Yeah, probably. That's what nations do. But did the US catch Israel spying? It sure looks it, according to a new report in Politico . It seems that spying devices known informally as StingRays were found near the White House and at other sensitive... More »

After Trump Pressure, Israel Cancels Lawmakers' Visit

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, critics of Israel, planned to visit the country

(Newser) - Last week, 41 Democratic members of Congress visited Israel, and 31 Republicans are currently there now, reports the Jerusalem Post . Such routine visits don't generate much attention. By contrast, the proposed visit of two more members of Congress very much surfaced as a source of international headlines—because those... More »

Israeli PM's Wife Now Has a Criminal Record

Sara Netanyahu pleads guilty to public misuse of funds, will pay $15K fine

(Newser) - Sara Netanyahu dropped close to $100,000 in Israeli taxpayer money on high-end catering on the false pretext that the prime minister's residence did not employ chefs, reports the BBC . Benjamin Netanyahu's wife has pleaded guilty to misusing public money, and will pay about $15,000—a $12,... More »

Israel's Government Is No More

Parliament dissolves, triggers another snap election

(Newser) - Israel's parliament voted to dissolve itself early Thursday, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline, the AP reports. The dramatic vote, less than two months after parliamentary elections, marked a... More »

Trump Could Be Getting His Own Settlement in the Golan

Netanyahu wants to name a neighborhood after him

(Newser) - President Trump recently made a massive shift to the US' policy on Israel, and in return, he might be immortalized in the Levant. Newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was touring the Golan Heights with his wife and sons Tuesday, a month after Trump said the US would recognize Israeli... More »

'It Is a Night of Colossal Victory'

Election victory would make Netanyahu Israel's longest-serving PM

(Newser) - Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu looks headed for victory after Israel's election Tuesday night, in a tight race that initially pointed to a dead heat. Both Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz declared victory, but Netanyahu is seen as the leader more likely to succeed: the... More »

This Is the 'Biggest Drama' Facing Israel Elections

Arab turnout is extremely low: reports

(Newser) - A prominent Israeli pollster says that Israel has never seen such a decline in Arab turnout, calling it "the biggest drama" facing the national election. Camil Fuchs told Israel's Chanel 13 TV that exit polls revealed startling low turnout throughout the day, the AP reports. Prominent Arab politicians... More »

Netanyahu Makes Stunning Vow on Settlements

Israel's prime minister offers dramatic policy shift

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Saturday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected, a dramatic policy shift apparently aimed at rallying his nationalist base in the final stretch of the tight race, the AP reports. Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms... More »

Netanyahu's US Visit Just Got Shorter

He'll meet Trump, then skip AIPAC and return home after projectile from Gaza strikes home

(Newser) - A rocket attack will shorten Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the US. The Israeli prime minister arrived in the US on Sunday and met with President Trump as planned on Monday in the White House. But Netanyahu will skip a planned address to AIPAC and immediately return home instead of... More »

Trump Tweet Signals Big Change to US' Israel Policy

Netanyahu, facing re-election, welcomes recognition of Israeli control

(Newser) - President Trump said Thursday that it's time for the US to recognize Israel's control over the disputed Golan Heights, signaling a shift in policy ahead of the Israeli prime minister's visit next week to the White House . The administration has been considering recognizing Israel's sovereignty over... More »

Netanyahu Will Be at the White House Monday

President Trump to host Israeli prime minister for two days

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be at the White House for two days next week, the White House announced Wednesday. "The president and the prime minister will discuss their countries' shared interests and actions in the Middle East during a working meeting on March 25," says a... More »

Gal Gadot Not Happy With Netanyahu's Israel Comments

She comes to defense of fellow Israeli celebrity who called for equal rights for Arab Israelis

(Newser) - Gal Gadot is going all Wonder Woman on Israel's prime minister. As NBC News explains, the issue started with Israeli model and actor Rotem Sela calling for equal rights for Israel's Arab minority. Benjamin Netanyahu responded by taking to Instagram to address the "slightly confused people" who... More »

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