Benjamin Netanyahu

    • Swearing-in of new Israeli cabinet delayed by infighting over posts

      Swearing-in of new Israeli cabinet delayed by infighting over posts

      Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz, on Thursday postponed the swearing-in of their coalition government as Netanyahu tried to quell infighting within his Likud party, news wires reported. In a joint announcement, the two men said they would hold a swearing-in ceremony on Sunday to give Netanyahu more time to hand out coveted Cabinet appointments to members of his party.

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    • Pompeo to visit Israel for talks on West Bank annexations

      Pompeo to visit Israel for talks on West Bank annexations

      The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due in Israel on Wednesday for talks on the Jewish state's controversial plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank and regional security, news wires reported. In a rare foreign trip during the coronavirus pandemic, Pompeo planned to meet PM Benjamin Netanyahu and incoming defence minister Benny Gantz, a day before their unity government is scheduled to be sworn in.

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    • New Israeli government to be sworn in on Thursday

      New Israeli government to be sworn in on Thursday

      Israel's new government will be sworn in on Thursday, Shmulik Dahan, the spokesperson of the country's Knesset, or parliament, said on Monday. Public radio reported that the swearing-in ceremony was postponed from Wednesday so that it would not conflict with Mike Pompeo's scheduled visit to Israel that day. It would be the US secretary of state's first visit abroad since March. 

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    • Israel’s high court hears petitions against Netanyahu rule

      Israel’s high court hears petitions against Netanyahu rule

      Israel’s high court began hearing petitions on Sunday against Benjamin Netanyahu forming a government while facing criminal indictments. The proceedings, held by an exceptionally large panel of 11 justices and in a rare instance also broadcast live, are focusing on the issue of whether a politician can form a government while under indictment - something the Israeli legal code does not explicitly prohibit.

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    • Israeli rivals Netanyahu and Gantz agree to form unity government

      Israeli rivals Netanyahu and Gantz agree to form unity government

      The parties of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival Benny Gantz on Monday signed an agreement to form an “emergency” coalition government, news wires reported. The deal between Netanyahu’s Likud Party and former military chief Benny Gantz’s Blue and White ends months of political paralysis and averts what would have been a fourth consecutive election in just over a year.

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    • Israel relaxes coronavirus lockdown

      Israel relaxes coronavirus lockdown

      Israel on Sunday relaxed some of its lockdown measures aimed at preventing a further spread of the novel coronavirus, news wires reported. Thirty per cent of employees are now allowed to get back to their workplaces, compared to 15 per cent before. Sport is now allowed within a radius not of 100 metres, but of 500 metres around homes, and only in pairs. Face masks are still mandatory. Anyone caught in the streets without a mask risks a fine of 200 Israeli shekels ($56).

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