After a record 12 years under Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel enters a new era by voting in a motley coalition united by animosity towards "Bibi" and installing his one-time protege as PM.
The resistance movement says in a statement that it targeted the cities of Ashkelon, Netivot, and Sderot with 130 rockets in response to Israel’s destruction of the 14-storey Al Sharouk Tower in Gaza.
There have been nightly disturbances since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on April 13, amid Palestinian anger over police blocking off access to the promenade around the walls of the Old City and a ban on gatherings.
The demonstration comes days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was tapped to try to form a government following the latest inconclusive election.
Tuesday’s election takes place after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu triggered the collapse of a unity government he had formed with his rival Benny Gantz following the three previous inconclusive elections.
Syrian state TV has quoted an unnamed military official as saying that most of the Israeli missiles were shot down before reaching their targets near Damascus.
Between entrenched social divides, the lack of a contesting left and increasingly virulent political rhetoric, Israel is struggling with political fragmentation.
The combative 71-year-old prime minister, who has blasted the charges as “fabricated and ludicrous”, is attending a much-delayed hearing at a heavily-guarded Jerusalem court.
Jordanian FM Ayman Safadi tells Israeli FM Gabi Ashkenazi "there is no alternative to a two-state solution" between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel edges towards its fourth election in two years after Knesset gave preliminary approval to a bill to dissolve itself amid a crisis in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s fractious coalition. Alternate PM Gantz earlier said he would back the bill.
Benny Gantz, a former army chief serving as defence minister, says that Prime Minister Netanyahu's refusal to support a budget proposal made clear that the premier wanted to take Israel back to the polls.
As Israel's Defence Minister Benny Gantz forms a commission to probe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for corruption, cracks begin to appear in the current coalition government.
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