Israel's top two leaders have appeared to feud about the timing of the country's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, complicating the task of American officials who were in Jerusalem trying to finalise a plan.
Global bodies and most countries consider such a step as illegal annexation of occupied land they seek for a future state.
His power-sharing agreement with former election rival, centrist Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, opens the way for Netanyahu to proceed towards a pledged de facto annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, land Palestinians seek for a state.
Israeli authorities consider a ban on an Evangelical channel in Israel on the grounds that it aims to convert Jews to Christianity.
Seventy-two of the Knesset's 120 lawmakers signed on to Benjamin Netanyahu's candidacy after parliament passed legislation approving details of a power-sharing deal between the premier's Likud party and centrist rival Benny Gantz's Blue and White.
Official details of the power-sharing deal were not immediately disclosed, but it's believed both have agreed to rotate jobs, with Benjamin Netanyahu serving as premier first followed by Benny Gantz in October 2021.
Gantz, Netanyahu’s chief rival in three elections over the past year, was given the task by Israel’s president last month of forming a new government after winning the backing of a narrow majority of members of the newly elected parliament.
Israel’s longest-serving prime minister received the most votes after the country’s third elections in a year, but forming a government could still be an uphill fight for him.
Opposition leader Benny Gantz says his centrist Blue and White party will form next government without support of Arab parties and indicted PM Benjamin Netanyahu, two weeks before national election.
The Zionist state treats Arab-Israelis as second-class citizens but woos Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Sudan, who have been reciprocating positively.
A cybersecurity expert says the voter roll data was exposed due to faulty security on an application, Elector, which PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party used for campaign management.
Opposition politicians accuse the Israeli prime minister of putting his personal interests above those of the state.
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