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Knesset Member Yair Lapid and Education Minister Naftali Bennett in the Netiv Avot neighborhood in Gush Etzion, on July 23, 2017. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Lapid and Bennett officially on the clock to end Netanyahu’s tenure

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For the second time in a little more than a year, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate to form a government has passed to his political rivals. Unable to form a stable right-wing majority...
Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am Party, meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on April 5, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Will an Arab political party prove ‘kingmaker’ in Israeli elections?

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Israel remains in a political deadlock as both right-wing and left-wing blocs remain unable to form parliamentary majorities, and similarly cannot find formulas to create a unity government. The situation is creating an opportunity...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on March 12, 2020. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL.

Is it the end of Bibi’s era?

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Is Bibi finished? Not yet, but the signs indicate that his end may be near. He’s had a long run. He served as Prime Minister during 1996-99, and again from 2009 to the present. That makes...
Israel Interior Minister Aryeh Deri with Education Minister Naftali Bennett during a Shas Party press conference at the Knesset, on Feb. 27, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli lawmakers eye direct vote for prime minister as way out of gridlock

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The Shas Party is pushing for a vote to reform Israel’s electoral system to enable a special election for prime minister, Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Sunday. The plan was the result of a meeting between...
Labor Party member Ibtisam Mara'ana-Menuhin arrives for a hearing at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, asking to overturn the decision of the Central Elections Committee to disqualify her candidacy in the March 23 general election, Feb. 24, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Controversial Arab MK wins Israeli TV award

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Labor Party Knesset member Ibtisam Mara’ana, whose nomination for the Knesset sparked a legal battle, was named one of the winners of the Israeli Academy for Film and Television’s 2020 awards on Sunday. The ceremony,...
The swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL.

Israel’s 24th Knesset sworn in under cloud of coalition crisis

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Israel’s 24th Knesset was sworn in on Tuesday with less than the customary fanfare due to coronavirus restrictions on the number of attendees and the political crisis that is threatening to lead to a fifth round...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meets with representatives of the Yesh Atid Party at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, April 5, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli president tasks Netanyahu with forming next government

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the mandate on Tuesday to form the country’s next government. In his address, broadcast from the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, Rivlin noted that in the seven...
Noam Party head Avi Maoz, Jan. 19, 2021. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Noam Party draws fire from Israel’s center-left for list of coalition demands

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Israel’s Noam Party announced on Thursday that it will recommend Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next government though also presented a list of conditions, including the establishment of a national directorate dedicated to neutralizing...
Amos Ben Gershom (GPO)

President Rivlin received the official results of the elections to the 24th Knesset in...

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President Rivlin: “The main consideration that will guide me in selecting a candidate to entrust with forming a government is the chance of the selected Knesset Member to form a government that will secure the...
Ra'am Party leader Mansour Abbas and party members at their headquarters in Tamra on election night, March 23, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Ra’am official: Party won’t support Netanyahu coalition ‘from outside’

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Knesset member Mansour Abbas’s Ra’am Party has decided in principle to back a coalition under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while remaining outside it, a senior party official told Israel Hayom. According to the official, the...