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Israeli Supreme Court: Netanyahu may form government

Israeli Supreme Court: Netanyahu may form government

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JERUSALEM -- 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 rival-turned-uneasy ally to join together in a controversial power-sharing deal. The unanimous decision, released just before midnight, ended a 17-month political stalemate and prevented the country from plunging into a fourth consecutive election in just over a year. Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz, said they expected their coalition to be sworn into office next week. After battling to three inconclusive elections over the past year, Netanyahu and Gantz, a former military chief, announced their “emergency” government last month, saying they would put aside their rivalry to s
Netanyahu rival seeks extension in Israel coalition talks

Netanyahu rival seeks extension in Israel coalition talks

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Benny Gantz, leader of Israel’s Blue and White Party, has asked the country’s president for a two-week extension as he tries to form a coalition government with Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuByThe Associated PressApril 11, 2020, 8:09 PM2 min read2 min readJERUSALEM -- Benny Gantz, leader of Israel’s Blue and White Party, on Saturday asked the country’s president for a two-week extension as he tries to form a coalition government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gantz, Netanyahu’s chief rival in three elections over the past year, was given the task by Israel’s president last month of forming a new government after winning the backing of a narrow majority of members of the newly elected parliament. But in an abrupt about-face, Gantz later said he would seek to form an “emergency
Benjamin Netanyahu asks for immunity from prosecution

Benjamin Netanyahu asks for immunity from prosecution

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to seek parliamentary immunity from prosecution over corruption charges. The move would likely delay a trial until after fresh elections next March. In November, the prime minister was charged by the attorney general with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases. Mr Netanyahu, who denies wrongdoing, would need the support of more than half of MPs for immunity to be granted. Why did he ask for immunity? Mr Netanyahu - who is the country's longest serving leader - is alleged to have accepted gifts from wealthy businessmen and dispensed favours to try to get more positive press coverage. He made the request for immunity in a ...
Israeli PM Netanyahu decries corruption indictment as ‘attempted coup’

Israeli PM Netanyahu decries corruption indictment as ‘attempted coup’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decried a corruption indictment against him as "an attempted coup".Charges including bribery, fraud and breach of trust have been filed against Mr Netanyahu, raising further uncertainty over the political future of a country heading towards an unprecedented third election in less than a year. Mr Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in three corruption cases and - in Donald Trump style - has previously dismissed the investigations into him as a "witch hunt". Image: The Israeli PM is the longest-serving leader in Israeli history The allegations include suspicions that he accepted hundreds of thousands of pounds' worth of champagne and cigars from billionaire friends, offered to trade favour...
Netanyahu fights for political survival as Israel goes to the polls

Netanyahu fights for political survival as Israel goes to the polls

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Israelis have begun voting in their second general election of 2019, which will decide if long-time leader Benjamin Netanyahu can stay in power despite corruption allegations.Mr Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister in the country's history, and is looking for his fourth consecutive term in office. He was prime minister from June 1996 until July 1999 and has held the post since March 2009. The election comes amid heightened tensions in the gulf after Saudi Arabia's biggest oil facilities were attacked, with Iran being blamed. Tehran denies the claim. Image: Israelis are voting in their second election of the year The Knesset, or parliament, voted to dissolve itself in May, just one month after the election, because nobody co...