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After 30 Years Behind Bars, Spy Is Now 'Home'

Jonathan Pollard, ex-analyst for US Navy, has been granted citizenship in Israel

(Newser) - Jonathan Pollard, who spent 30 years in US prison for spying for Israel, arrived in Israel early Wednesday with his wife, triumphantly kissing the ground as he disembarked from the aircraft. "We are ecstatic to be home at last after 35 years," Pollard said as he was greeted...

After Iranian Scientist Is Killed, 'Serious Indications' Emerge

Benjamin Netanyahu had mentioned Mohsen Fakhrizadeh before, said 'remember that name'

(Newser) - Iran's foreign minister is alleging the killing of a scientist linked to the country's disbanded military nuclear program has "serious indications" of an Israeli role. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the statement Friday on Twitter, per the AP . "Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today," Zarif...

Reports: Israeli PM Met Secretly With Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia is denying the meeting, which also reportedly included Mike Pompeo

(Newser) - A secret rendezvous between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also in attendance, reportedly took place Sunday, Israeli sources say. Axios reports that flight data showed a private jet leaving Tel Aviv Sunday evening, arriving in the...

Trump Scores Another Mideast Deal

Sudan will join Arab nations normalizing relations with Israel

(Newser) - President Trump said Friday that Sudan will normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of US-brokered deals in the runup to Election Day. The deal, which would deepen Sudan's engagement with the West, follows Trump's conditional agreement this week to...

Israel Makes Move That Puts a 'Heavy Price on Us All'

Nation going into new 3-week lockdown to try to control resurging coronavirus

(Newser) - At the end of this week, Israel will head into familiar territory, though it's a landscape the country didn't want to reenter. CNN and the Jerusalem Post report that, starting Friday at 2pm local time, the nation will start its second general lockdown, with rigid restrictions similar to...

Netanyahu: This Case Is 'Fabricated'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes on trial

(Newser) - Israel's prime minister arrived in a Jerusalem court Sunday and denounced the corruption case against him—along with officials, journalists, and police he claims fabricated the evidence, the Times of Israel reports. "Elements in the police and State Attorney’s Office banded together with left-wing journalists ... to fabricate...

Court: OK Netanyahu, You Win

Ruling clears way for 'emergency government'

(Newser) - Israel's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may form a new government while under indictment for corruption charges, clearing the way for him and his main rival to join together in a controversial power-sharing deal. The unanimous decision, released just before midnight, ended a more than...

This Political Protest Includes Social Distancing

Thousands of people oppose the new unity-government deal in Israel

(Newser) - Several thousand Israelis rallied Saturday to demonstrate against a unity government deal reached last week that leaves Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power as he prepares to go on trial for corruption charges, the AP reports. The protesters oppose having Netanyahu as prime minister as long as he is a...

Finally, Israelis Won't Have to Vote Again

Deal averts 4th election in 12 months; Netanyahu will remain PM for now

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival signed an agreement Monday to form an "emergency” government, their parties announced in a joint statement. The deal between Netanyahu’s Likud Party and former military chief Benny Gantz’s Blue and White ends months of political paralysis and averts...

Netanyahu Distances Himself From Son's Tweet on Protesters

Yair Netanyahu wrote 'I hope the elderly who die following this protest will only be from your camp'

(Newser) - Thousands of people took to the streets of Tel Aviv Thursday to demonstrate against Benjamin Netanyahu, with claims that he's steeped in corruption and undermining democracy amid the coronavirus pandemic. None other than the prime minister's son ended up stoking controversy over the protests. The Times of Israel...

Israel Tries for 3rd Time in a Year to Vote on Netanyahu

Nobody can seem to form a government

(Newser) - Israelis voted Monday in an unprecedented third election in less than a year to decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power despite his upcoming trial on corruption charges, the AP reports. His trial begins March 17. Netanyahu, the longest-serving leader in Israeli history, has been a caretaker...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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"...

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...

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