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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...
Netanyahu proposes to annex Jordan Valley if reelected

Netanyahu proposes to annex Jordan Valley if reelected

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Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that he will annex Jordan Valley if he wins reelection next week. Netanyahu told reporters at a press conference he would extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea if re-elected and able to form a coalition. The United States peace plan for the Middle East under President Donald Trump will be presented days after Israel's Sept. 17 election, which Netanyahu said would give him a "historic opportunity" to extend Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank. The proposed move to rally turnout of his right-wing base ahead of the election would weaken Palestinian efforts to establish a viable state in the West Bank. A U.S. official told CNN the administration does not believe Netanyahu's ...
Jared Kushner pushes economic talks in meeting with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

Jared Kushner pushes economic talks in meeting with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

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May 30 (UPI) -- White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to push for economic talk tied to a Middle East peace deal. The meeting was the final leg of a regional tour that took a U.S. delegation to Morocco and Jordan to rally for an economic workshop in Bahrain next month. At the Bahrain meeting, the U.S. administration plans to unveil economic aspects of its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. "It's always a great pleasure to welcome Jared Kushner to Israel, to Jerusalem, to discuss our common efforts for prosperity, security and peace," Netanyahu said. "I have to say I am tremendously encouraged by everything I hear, and about how President [Donald]Trump, the United States, is working to bring allies together in the region against ...
Israel to hold fresh election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

Israel to hold fresh election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

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Israeli lawmakers have voted to dissolve parliament after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government.The decision triggers a fresh election, to be held on 17 September.Mr Netanyahu was unable to reach a deal for a fresh right-wing coalition following last month's election.At the heart of the impasse was a military conscription bill governing exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students.It is the first time in Israel's history that a prime minister-designate has failed to form a coalition. Parliament voted 74-45 in favour of dissolving itself after Mr Netanyahu missed a midnight local time (21:00 GMT) deadline on Wednesday. Netanyahu: Commando turned PM What are the corruption allegations? Mr...
Israel’s Netanyahu on course for record fifth term

Israel’s Netanyahu on course for record fifth term

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By Alan McGuinness, news reporter Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be headed for a record fifth term as Israel's prime minister.Exit polls and partial results in the country's hotly-contested election show the 69-year-old edging ahead of former military chief Benny Gantz, his main competitor. Both sides declared victory after polls closed on Tuesday, but as the night wore on there were signs that Mr Netanyahu's Likud party was pulling ahead. Image: Benny Gantz presented himself as a scandal-free alternative to Mr Netanyahu Victory would see Mr Netanyahu earn a fourth consecutive term in office and a fifth overall, which would see him become Israel's longest-serving leader this summer.It would also be a boost...