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Lapid to become new Prime Minister as Israel heads to election

Israel Foreign Minister Yair Lapid

Jerusalem, IsraelReuters Israeli lawmakers will vote next week to dissolve parliament, opening the way for the country’s fifth election in three years, after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett could not contain the rising pressure on his fragile ruling coalition. Bennett will step aside to be replaced by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, his partner in the unlikely […]

Israel and West Bank on edge after more bloodshed

West Bank funeral

Jerusalem, Israel Reuters Israeli forces killed two Palestinian women on Sunday after one ran towards troops and the other stabbed a soldier in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank, Israeli security officials said. With violence surging after a string of deadly Arab attacks in Israel, a Palestinian man was killed by Israeli soldiers during what […]

Israel moves ahead with thousands of settler homes despite US opposition

Israeli occupied West Bank Har Homa

Jerusalem, IsraelReuters Israel moved forward on Wednesday with plans to build some 3,000 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, defying the Biden administration’s strongest criticism to date of such projects. A senior Palestinian official said the decision showed that Israel’s new government, led by far-right politician Naftali Bennett, was “no less extreme” […]

Updated: Israel-Gaza violence erupts for first time since end of last month’s fighting

Israel field burning after incendiary balloons

Updated: 10am AESTGazaReuters Israel mounted air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the first since the end of 11 days of cross-border fighting last month, in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian territory. The flare-up, a first test for Israel’s new government, followed a march in East Jerusalem on Tuesday by Jewish […]

New Israeli Government approves nationalist march in Jerusalem

Israel Tel Aviv Rabin Square celebrations

Jerusalem, IsraelReuters Israel’s new government on Monday approved a Jewish nationalist march in Jerusalem, a step that risks inflaming tensions with Palestinians hours after veteran leader Benjamin Netanyahu handed over power to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. In the flag-waving procession, planned for Tuesday, far-right groups will march in and around East Jerusalem’s walled Old City, […]

Netanyahu out, Bennett in as Israel marks end of an era

Israel Head of Oposition Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

Jerusalem, IsraelReuters Benjamin Netanyahu’s record 12-year run as Israel’s Prime Minister ended on Sunday with parliament approving a new “government of change” led by nationalist Naftali Bennett, an improbable scenario few Israelis once could have imagined. But the razor-thin 60 to 59 vote of confidence in a coalition of left-wing, centrist, right-wing and Arab parties […]

Israel’s Lapid set to unseat Netanyahu, form new government

Israel Yair Lapid

Jerusalem, IsraelReuters Israel’s opposition leader moved closer to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday when he officially informed the country’s President that he has reached agreements with political allies to form a new government. About 30 minutes before a midnight deadline, the centrist Yair Lapid, according to a party statement, told President Reuven Rivlin […]

Final vote results show major setback for Israel’s Netanyahu

Israel election vote counting1

Jerusalem, IsraelAP Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies fell short of winning a parliamentary majority in Israel’s latest election, according to a final vote count released Thursday, leaving a political deadlock that put the long-time leader’s future in question. The fourth election in just two years brought a stinging rebuke for Netanyahu, the […]