Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is dogged by corruption charges and an election stalemate, denies wrongdoing and faces no legal requirement to leave the government if indicted if he remains the PM.
As ten members of the Joint List threw their weight behind prime ministerial candidate Benny Gantz, experts are pessimistic about whether Arabs will be welcomed into Israeli political discourse.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gives PM Benjamin Netanyahu up to six weeks to form a coalition, and If he fails, his main challenger Benny Gantz will likely be given a chance. Gantz rules out joining government with PM facing indictment.
After last week’s elections, Israeli-Arab parties become the third-largest force in parliament and hold the balance of power.
President Reuven Rivlin is expected to select the candidate he deems most able to form a stable coalition based on recommendations by PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and Benny Gantz's Blue and White parties.
PM Netanyahu earlier called on Benny Gantz to join him in a unity government. Israelis face with the prospect of a third election two days after unprecedented repeat polls left the country's two main political parties deadlocked.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz emerge head-to-head after nearly over 90 percent of votes from the general election were counted, Israeli media reports.
Opinion polls put former armed forces chief Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White party neck-and-neck with PM Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud, and suggest the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party could emerge as kingmaker in coalition talks.
While frontrunners Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and rival, ex-military chief may be on the same side when it comes to questions of policy, in particular security, there is one key issue on which both men remain silent. Francis Collins reports.
Israel is preparing for a snap general election. PM Netanyahu is the country's longest-serving PM, and wants to secure another term in office. But ahead of the polls, he's made a particularly controversial promise to appease his support base.
The announcement approving the settlement comes despite an international outcry over Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's promise to annex the West Bank's Jordan Valley.
Netanyahu was hustled off stage when sirens warning of incoming rockets blared in the southern city of Ashdod late Tuesday, public television reported.
Researchers Noam Rotem and Yuval Adam said fake names were used in more than 150 accounts to promote Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one week ahead of the elections. They said hundreds more accounts might also be bogus.
Next week's general election in Israel is being called the most important in decades. The vote takes place on the ninth, and security is tight, which means Palestinians in occupied territories are in the crosshairs of a crackdown.
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