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A file picture taken on January 12, 2016 shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivering a speech during a ceremony for the arrival of the German-made INS Rahav, the fifth Israeli Navy submarine, at the Israeli military port of Haifa. Germany has delayed signing a deal with Israel advancing the …

Netanyahu: Opponents Pushing ‘Contrived Slander’ About Submarine Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called allegations of impropriety on his part in Israel’s submarine deals with Germany “contrived slander.” “I didn’t get a shekel from the submarine deal,” the premier told local authority leaders in the West Bank settlement of Shiloh.

Main Netanyahu rival says nothing incriminating on hacked phone

Poll Shows Netanyahu’s Likud Beating Main Rival Blue and White

TEL AVIV – The Likud party is predicted to win the most seats in Israel’s upcoming elections, a poll published Sunday showed, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling party narrowly beating the newcomer Blue and White party by a margin of 31-30.

Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a meeting with the heads of local regional councils, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. General elections in Israel are scheduled for Feb. 10 and pre-election polls show Netanyahu with a lead over Foreign Minister and Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni.(AP …

Poll: Netanyahu Narrows Gap with Rival Benny Gantz

A new survey shows a three-seat drop in support for the Blue and White party ahead in April 9 elections, even as the right-wing bloc has strengthened significantly, which would give Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu the real possibility of again forming the coalition government.

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Likud No. 2 Decries Hypocrisy for Allowing Extremists Into Knesset

TEL AVIV – Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) on Monday hit back against a wave of condemnation at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s push for a merger between the the national-religious Jewish Home party and the extremist Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party, saying there was no such outcry when unions were made with Arab parties who had outspoken supporters of terror.

Former Israeli energy minister Gonen Segev (C) appears at the Tel Aviv district tribunal 22 April 2004. Segev was remanded in custody after having been arrested on suspicion of attempted drug-trafficking. The court ordered that Segev remain in custody until April 28. Segev, who had served as a minister in …

Israel Ex-Minister to Get 11 Years for Spying for Iran

An Israeli ex-minister charged with spying for the country’s arch-foe Iran has reached a plea bargain with prosecutors that will see him serve 11 years in prison, the justice ministry said Wednesday.

Two right-wing ministers form new party ahead of Israel polls

Naftali Bennett Forms Secular-Religious ‘New Right’ Party

TEL AVIV – Education Minister Naftali Bennett and leader of the Jewish Home and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Saturday announced they were quitting the party to set up a new secular-religious platform called HaYamin HeHadash (“The New Right”).

Naftali Bennett

Netanyahu Coalition Crisis Eases as Naftali Bennett Walks Back Threats to Resign

TEL AVIV – Education Minister and head of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett on Monday walked back on a promise to quit the coalition if he is not made defense minister, saying he would back Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the role and ensure Israel goes back to “winning” its wars.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the opening of an exhibition showcasing the 1976 Israeli commando rescue raid that freed hostages from a hijacked plane at Entebbe, Uganda, as he attends the event at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

Report: Netanyahu Tells Allies He May Face Early Elections

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly told ministers in his coalition that he will not be able to appoint Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home party to the defense minister post because of opposition to the move from other coalition partners, a development which likely puts Israel on course for early elections.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman speak at the Knesset in Jerusalem

Netanyahu Coalition In Crisis Over Liberman Resignation

TEL AVIV – The coalition hung in the balance Wednesday in the wake of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s announcement that he was resigning over Israel’s “capitulation to terror” in agreeing to a ceasefire agreement with Gaza and his subsequent call for new elections.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara Ben-Artzi at Beit Aghion, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Israel during his official tour of Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on June 26, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo by Tim Rooke - …

Report: Police Wrap Up Grafts Probe into Netanyahu

Police have finished a series of corruption investigations into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli television reported Tuesday, with a decision on whether to indict the premier expected in the next six months.

Israel's Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked speaks to members of Ethiopia's Jewish community, during a visit to a synagogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, April 22, 2018. Shaked visited the synagogue in a rare visit from the high office of Israel's government and her first trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Israeli Justice Minister: Gaza Terror Kites Just as Bad as Rockets

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, a member of the high-level security cabinet, on Tuesday said Palestinians who send incendiary kites and balloons over the border into southern Israel should receive the same treatment as terrorists who fire rockets.

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Israel Lifts Ban on Knesset Members Visiting Temple Mount

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that he will lift the ban on parliamentarians visiting the Temple Mount, three years after the government forbade them from entering the flashpoint site due to security concerns.