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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in Jerusalem on the coronavirus (COVID-19), March 11, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Netanyahu invites Gantz to form ‘emergency’ unity government

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has invited Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz to talks about forming an emergency unity government amid the coronavirus pandemic. The invitation comes as Israel has begun the process...
Itamar Ben-Gvir of Otzma Yehudit Party attends the Srugim conference in Jerusalem on Sept. 2, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Report: Netanyahu seeks to push Otzma Yehudit over electoral threshold

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s advisers are holding talks with the head of the far-right Otzma Yehudit Party to try to find a way for Otzma to pass the electoral threshold in Israel’s March...

Report: Netanyahu puts Jordan Valley annexation on hold

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a meeting of an interministerial team that was deliberating the annexation of the Jordan Valley following the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to launch a probe into alleged...
Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz holds a press conference in Tel Aviv shortly before his mandate to form a government expires, on Nov. 20, 2019. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

With Gantz having failed to secure a coalition, what’s next for Israel?

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Just hours before Wednesday’s midnight deadline, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz returned the mandate to form a government to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before him, Gantz was...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and coalition head David Amsalem during a faction meeting in the Knesset on Nov. 19, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Netanyahu names Knesset member David Amsalem as communications minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that he was appointing Likud Knesset member David Amsalem as communications minister. Amsalem, who serves as the coalition chairman, will replace Ayoub Kara, who resigned his post...
David Ben-Gurion, center, sits with other members of his Mapai-led government in 1961. Mapai was the forerunner of the Labor Party. (Fritz Cohen)

How the party that founded the state wound up on life support

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On Nov. 22, 1965, members of the sixth Kness—et met for the first, historic meeting in the new Knesset building, which was nearly complete. One hundred and twenty members of the newly elected Knesset...