Tag: Israel politics

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Bill Clinton Admits to Interfering in Israeli Election

TEL AVIV – Former president Bill Clinton confessed that he tried to help Shimon Peres win Israel’s general elections in 1996 against Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview on Channel 10 news that aired Tuesday. 

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Thousands Rally in Tel Aviv to Support Netanyahu

Thousands of Likud supporters gathered Wednesday in Tel Aviv to rally in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been beset by a series graft investigations and scandals surrounding him and his family.

South Africa main opposition party Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane gestures as he addresses the crowd of supporters during a campaign rally on April 23, 2016 at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg, ahead of August municipal elections. South Africa's main opposition party launched its campaign by targeting black voters disillusioned …

South African Opposition Leader Visits Israel Defying Travel Ban

The head of South Africa’s opposition met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday, mere days after the country’s president reiterated Pretoria’s longstanding travel directive discouraging senior officials from visiting Israel.

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Netanyahu’s Wife Sara Called to Testify in Corruption Probe

The criminal investigations into allegations of corruption by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s deepened on Wednesday, as his wife Sara, a Likud minister and the publishing mogul at the center of one of the probes were reportedly summoned by police to testify over two separate cases.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks to the foreign press during the annual press conference for the New Year on January 16, 2014 in Jerusalem. Netanyahu slammed the European Union for summoning envoys over plans for some 1,800 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM …

Claim: Police Have Hours of Tape in Netanyahu Gift Allegations Case

Damning leaks from the ongoing investigations into Benjamin Netanyahu continued to trickle out Tuesday, with police reported to have seized hours of tapes from negotiations the prime minister held with a dominant media mogul over a mutually beneficial deal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the press at the scene of a shooting outside Max Brenner restaurant in Sarona Market on June 8, 2016 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Netanyahu Denies Wrongdoing in Graft Probe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied any wrongdoing Monday ahead of his expected questioning by police in a graft probe, telling his political opponents to put any “celebrations” on hold.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Avigdor Lieberman (L), the head of hardline nationalist party Yisrael Beitenu, sign a coalition agreement on May 25, 2016 at the Knesset

Prime Minister Signs Coalition Deal With Yisrael Beytenu

Ynetnews reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman signed a coalition agreement on Wednesday morning after understandings were reached overnight Tuesday on Lieberman’s conditions to join the government as defense minister.

An activist waves an Israeli flag outside Israel's embassy in Moscow to voice support for the current Israeli military action in Lebanon, 23 July 2006 in Moscow.

5,000 Israeli Teenagers March To Mark International Workers’ Day

Ynetnews reports: Over 5,000 teenagers, members of the youth groups HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed (The General Federation of Students and Young Workers in Israel) and Dror-Israel (educational movement), marched in Tel Aviv on Sunday afternoon to mark May 1, the International Workers’ Day.

Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog in Jerusalem on February 10, 2016

Israeli Labor Party To Decide Date For Key Convention Today

The Jerusalem Post reports: Labor leader Isaac Herzog and the party’s secretary-general, MK Hilik Bar, will hold a crucial meeting on Monday to decide when to hold a convention that will kick off a race for the party chairmanship.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a press conference together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery following the 6th German-Israeli government consultations on February 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

After 10 Years In Power, Netanyahu Keeps Rivals At Arm’s Length

When Benjamin Netanyahu first became Israel’s leader two decades ago, few would have predicted a future in which he would be poised to pass founding father David Ben-Gurion as its longest-serving prime minister. In a country where no single political

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Herzog, Deri Under Investigation For Corruption Charges

The Jerusalem Post reports: Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit initiated an initial probe into alleged campaign fund-raising violations by Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog, Mandelblit’s office confirmed on Wednesday. Herzog joined Shas chairman Arye Deri, who was revealed overnight to be the

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a press conference together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery following the 6th German-Israeli government consultations on February 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Ministers Approve Bill Banning Super PACs With Netanyahu’s Support

The Times of Israel reports: The “V 15” bill, which would limit political organizations’ ability to raise funds in an election year, received approval from the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday. The coalition will vote in favor of the bill in

Russian acting leader of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov (C) holds a model of AK-47 automatic rifle during the celebration of Defender of the Fatherland Day in the Crimean city of Simferopol on February 23, 2015

Shas MK Enters Stormy Diplomatic Waters With Crimea Visit

The Jerusalem Post reports: Shas MK Ya’ acov Margi stepped into a diplomatic mine-field this week when he met with the head of the Russian-established government in Crimea, breaking with Israel’s policy of maintaining strict neutrality in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Margi, chairman

German Bundestag (lower house of parliament) President Norbert Lammert (top L) speaks during a special session at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, to mark 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany

Israeli MPs Take First Step to Pass Contentious NGO Law

A controversial bill that would compel NGOs receiving most of their funding from foreign governments to declare it in official reports passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament early Tuesday. The proposal — denounced by critics as likely to

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Likud Cancels Primaries, Declares Netanyahu Party Head

Ynetnews reports: The Likud court on Wednesday afternoon canceled the upcoming elections for party head, deciding unanimously that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the chosen candidate and would continue as chairman of the Likud. With no one to run against