US President has invited Israeli PM Netanyahu and his election rival Gantz to Washington next week to discuss the White House Middle East peace plan, Vice President Pence said. Trump said he plans to release Mideast peace plan by next Tuesday.
Opposition politicians accuse the Israeli prime minister of putting his personal interests above those of the state.
Partial results reported by Israeli TV stations showed Netanyahu capturing between 70 percent and 80 percent of the vote, trouncing his challenger, lawmaker Gideon Saar.
Sirens warning of rocket fire from Gaza cut short a rally by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he campaigned for his party's primaries the following day, public television reported.
The country now enters what once again is sure to be a bitter three-month political campaign that is expected to deliver very similar results.
Paving the path to an unprecedented third election within a year, the preliminary vote on dissolution passed without objections. A new election is expected to be called for March 2, 2020.
There are more than 300 prosecution witnesses for the indictment in Israel's Parliament in three graft cases against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The embattled hardline prime minister is sinking into further trouble as a new challenger from his Likud Party emerges to oppose him.
First stirrings of dissent within PM Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative party surface even as rival Benny Gantz demands Netanyahu to "immediately resign from all ministerial positions in the government."
A guide to criminal cases against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and possible political fallout of his indictment.
Gantz was unable to muster the support of a required 61-member majority in the 120-seat parliament by Wednesday’s midnight deadline.
Kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman refuses to back either Benjamin Netanyahu or rival Benny Gantz for prime minister, pushing the country into more political uncertainty.
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