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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein during a Likud Party meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Feb. 9, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Poll: 86 percent of Likud voters support Netanyahu over Edelstein as party leader

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Some 86 percent of Likud voters prefer to see former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the party’s leader over former Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who announced on Monday that he plans to challenge Netanyahu for...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the plenum hall of the Israeli parliament during the voting in the presidential elections, Jerusalem, June 2, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Netanyahu calls emergency meeting of right-wing bloc

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called an emergency meeting of the right-wing bloc, after Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid informed President Reuven Rivlin late on Wednesday night that he had managed to form a...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at a Likud Party meeting at the Knesset on April 19, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Likud loses key Knesset vote, as opponents seek to replace Netanyahu

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Israel’s ruling Likud Party lost a key Knesset vote on Monday, giving opponents of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a narrow majority in a newly formed Arrangements Committee. The committee sets the parliamentary agenda...
New Hope Party head Gideon Sa'ar speaks during the conference of the Israeli Television News Company in Jerusalem on March 7, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

With Israeli coalition efforts underway, Likud sets sights on Gideon Sa’ar

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With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party efforts to cobble together a coalition so far coming up empty, party officials say that they plan to do everything they can to convince New Hope...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters on election night at Likud Party headquarters in Jerusalem, March 23, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Netanyahu, opponents have no clear path to governing majority, official election results show

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponents have no clear path towards a Knesset majority, Israeli election results show, indicating that the country’s political gridlock will continue. The results of Tuesday’s election confirm that...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters on election night at Likud Party headquarters in Jerusalem, March 23, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

In fourth consecutive campaign, Netanyahu secures largest-ever electoral lead

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The fourth attempt in two years to unseat embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have failed once again, with Netanyahu securing his largest-ever electoral victory over his rivals. Exit polls show Netanyahu’s...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement to the media concerning new elections from the Knesset in Jerusalem, Dec. 22, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel’s government collapses, forcing fourth elections in two years

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Israel’s government collapsed on Tuesday, forcing the Jewish state into yet another election—the fourth in the last two years. The government automatically dissolved on Tuesday at midnight after it failed to pass a budget for...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Nov. 12, 2019. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Netanyahu calls for new way of selecting judges in Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Monday for reforming the way that judges are selected with Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin of the Likud Party proposing a new way to do so. “It is necessary...
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz visits the Jerusalem Municipality on Nov. 10, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Knesset edges closer to dissolution as Gantz sides with opposition

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday that his Blue and White faction will side with the opposition on Wednesday when its motion to dissolve the Knesset comes up for a vote in...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz vote for the budget deadline extension bill on Aug. 24, 2020. Credit: Knesset Spokesperson/Yehonatan Samiyeh.

Israel delays budget deadline, preventing election (for now)

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Israel’s Knesset on Monday passed a final version of a bill to extend the deadline for parliament to pass a state budget. The new date is Dec. 23, said the Knesset in a statement. If a budget...