Latest Yair Lapid News

Sale puts Ben & Jerry's ice cream back in West Bank, kind of

Jun. 29, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new agreement in Israel will put Ben & Jerry's ice cream back on shelves in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank despite the ice cream maker's protest of Israeli policies, according to Unilever, the company that owns the brand. The Vermont...

Israeli PM Bennett won't run in upcoming election

Jun. 29, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who led a broad but fragile coalition government that came unraveled barely a year after taking office, announced Wednesday that he will not run in upcoming elections. His government announced last week that it would dissolve...

Israeli PM convenes Cabinet before parliament is dissolved

Jun. 26, 2022 06:20 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett convened what is likely his last Cabinet meeting as premier on Sunday, with parliament expected to dissolve itself this week, triggering new elections in the fall. Bennett's decision to head to elections puts an end to...

Israeli FM thanks Turkey for foiling attacks on Israelis

Jun. 23, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday thanked Turkish authorities for their cooperation in allegedly foiling attacks against Israeli citizens in Turkey, and warned Israel would not "sit idly by' in the face of threats to its citizens from Iran. Lapid...

EXPLAINER: Why is Israel always holding elections?

Jun. 22, 2022 10:18 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — After barely 12 months in office, the leaders of Israel's broad-based but severely weakened coalition government threw in the towel this week, saying they would dissolve parliament and hold new elections — the fifth in 3 1/2 years. Why does this keep happening? ...

Israel lawmakers take 1st step toward dissolving parliament

Jun. 22, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers voted in favor of dissolving parliament in a preliminary vote on Wednesday, setting the wheels in motion to send the country to its fifth national election in 3 1/2 years. The development was the first step in a series of votes before the formal...

Lapid, set to be Israel's next premier, faces critical test

Jun. 21, 2022 15:45 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a 10-year political career, Israel's Yair Lapid has transformed himself from an upstart political novice to a feisty opposition leader to the savvy operator who toppled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Next week, he is expected to assume his biggest role yet...

Israeli government fast-tracks bill to dissolve parliament

Jun. 21, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's outgoing coalition government will fast-track a bill this week to dissolve parliament, setting up the country for its fifth elections in three years, a Cabinet minister said Tuesday. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Monday that he would disband...

Israel to dissolve parliament, call 5th election in 3 years

Jun. 21, 2022 00:49 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s weakened coalition government announced Monday that it would dissolve parliament and call new elections, setting the stage for the possible return to power of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or another period of prolonged political gridlock. The...

Israel says regional alliance has thwarted Iranian attacks

Jun. 20, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister on Monday said that Israel is helping build a U.S.-led regional air-defense alliance against Iran, and that the partnership has already thwarted attempted Iranian attacks. Defense Minister Benny Gantz said he expected the upcoming visit...