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Israeli Voters Head to Polls — Again

More than 6.5 million eligible Israeli voters will head to the ballot box Tuesday to vote in the fourth national election in two years, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hoping the country’s turbo vaccination drive will be enough to keep in power.

A man votes for Israel's parliamentary election at a polling station in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, March. 23, 2021. Israel is holding its fourth election in less than two years. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Danan: Israeli Supreme Court Challenges Separation of Powers with Basic Law Case

While the imminent dissolution of Israel’s Knesset was keeping the country on tenterhooks Tuesday, another smaller, but arguably no less significant, development was taking place in its Supreme Court. For the first time ever, the court debated the legality of a Basic Law — essentially challenging its own constitution — in a move that has been denounced as the “quiet death of democracy.”

Judges and personnel of the Israeli Supreme Court wearing face masks against the coronavirus Covid-19, attend a session on May 4, 2020 at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem. - The Court tackled the vexed question of whether a political deal to form a coalition government after three inconclusive elections in …

Under Virus, Netanyahu and Bitter Rival Gantz Enjoy Fleeting Moment of Solidarity

TEL AVIV – In an unlikely show of camaraderie, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and main rival Blue and White head Benny Gantz shared an affectionate moment on social media over a coronavirus post, prompting reluctant umpire President Reuven Rivlin to urge the two party heads to continue the solidarity offline as well. 

TEL AVIV - A majority of Israelis believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will beat his main political rival Benny Gantz in April's elections and serve another term, tie David Ben-Gurion and become the longest-serving prime minister in Israel's history, a new poll aired Monday showed.

Knesset Lawyer Under Fire for Wife’s Role in Netanyahu Indictments

TEL AVIV – The Knesset attorney general on Monday faced Likud demands to desist from giving a legal opinion on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request for immunity after it emerged that he was reportedly in breach of contract over his wife’s involvement in formulating the criminal indictments against the prime minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem on May 8, 2012. Netanyahu struck a surprise deal with the opposition Kadima party to form a national unity government, axing plans for a snap election. …

Deadlocked Knesset Continues as Final Votes Get Counted

With 89.8 percent of votes having been counted by the Central Elections Committee, Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party on Wednesday was projected to secure 32 seats in the Knesset, edging ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, which stood at 31 seats.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 17: A man looks at the TV exit polls at the Likud Party after vote event on September 17, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. All TV exit polls see no clear winner in Isreal's elections. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Exit Polls Show No Clear Winner in Israeli Election

Exit polls from all three of Israel’s major television networks project no clear winner in today’s historic Israeli elections, which took place five months after the last round of voting failed to form a stable governing coalition for the first time in the country’s history.

TEL AVIV - A majority of Israelis believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will beat his main political rival Benny Gantz in April's elections and serve another term, tie David Ben-Gurion and become the longest-serving prime minister in Israel's history, a new poll aired Monday showed.

Israeli MKs: Two-State Solution ‘Far More Dangerous’ than BDS

TEL AVIV – Twenty-one Knesset members cosigned a letter to members of the U.S. Congress on Monday, thanking them for the recent resolution rejecting the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, but warning them that the resolution’s endorsement of a two-state

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Israel’s Gay Justice Minister Slams Luxembourg’s Gay PM For Boycotting Israel But Not Iran

TEL AVIV – Justice Minister Amir Ohana, who is the Knesset’s first openly gay minister, slammed Luxembourg’s prime minister, who is also gay, for boycotting an Israeli event in protest over an anti-gay comment made by Israel’s education minister while at the same time welcoming Iran’s foreign minister who has defended the execution of gay Iranians. 

Israeli Knesset member Amir Ohana attends the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Netanyahu Considers Proposal to Cancel September Election

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will consider a proposal by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to cancel the September 17 elections and form a new government, his Likud party announced Tuesday.

An orthodox Jew casts his ballot on election day for the 20th Knesset on March 17, 2015 in Bnei Brak, Israel. Israel's general election voting has begun today as polls show on that Chairman of the Zionist Union party, Isaac Herzog stands as the only rival to current Prime Minister …

Netanyahu: Avigdor Liberman ‘Brings Down Right-wing Governments’

TEL AVIV – The Israeli Knesset voted to dissolve the Knesset just after midnight Thursday, prompting an angry Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to blame “left” Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman for “dragging the country to unnecessary elections.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman speak to the press at the scene of a shooting outside Max Brenner restaurant in Sarona Market on June 8, 2016 in Tel Aviv, Israel. According to police reports, four Israelis were killed and several others wounded when two …