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Netanyahu appoints hard-liner Bennett as defense minister

Nov. 8, 2019 11:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday appointed hard-line politician Naftali Bennett as defense minister in his caretaker government. The move appears aimed at shoring up opposition to attempts by Netanyahu's chief rival, Benny Gantz, to form Israel's next government. Ayelet...

Israel's Gantz, Netanyahu hold talks to break gov't deadlock

Oct. 27, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister and his main rival opened a new round of unity talks Sunday in the latest effort to break a political stalemate and avoid an unprecedented third parliamentary election in less than a year. Israel has been paralyzed by political deadlock following an inconclusive...

Former top general gets a shot at forming Israeli government

Oct. 23, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's former military chief Benny Gantz was tasked Wednesday with forming the next government, but he has few options after last month's elections left him in a near tie with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu was given the first opportunity to form a government after...

Israel PM's rival rejects conditions for forming government

Sep. 27, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's centrist Blue and White party, which won the most seats in elections earlier this month, on Friday rejected what it said were demands from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a unity government under his leadership with his right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies. After...

Israel's Netanyahu begins coalition hunt amid deadlock

Sep. 26, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday began the daunting task of trying to cobble together a coalition government amid political deadlock that emerged from this month's repeat elections, which had no clear winner. He now has up to six weeks to attempt to resolve the...

Israeli politics remain in chaos after deadlocked election

Sep. 26, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu has been tasked by Israel's president to form a new government for the sixth time in his lengthy political career. This time it's no mere formality, but rather a daunting endeavor that looks like mission impossible. After an inconclusive national election last week,...

Israel's Netanyahu given chance to form new government

Sep. 25, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new government, giving the longtime leader the difficult task of breaking a post-election deadlock that has paralyzed the country's political system. After a divisive campaign, Netanyahu called for a "broad...

The Latest: Netanyahu tapped to form new government

Sep. 25, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Israel's repeat election (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The office of Israel's president says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been given the difficult task of forming a new government. Wednesday's decision came after President Reuven Rivlin's...

Israel's main parties begin talks on coalition government

Sep. 24, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Negotiators for Israel's two largest parties met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of forming a unity government, part of a long-shot effort to break the political deadlock following last week's national elections. The meeting between party representatives came a day after Blue and White...

Israeli election rivals meet as deadlock still looms

Sep. 23, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president summoned the leaders of the country's two largest political parties to his official residence late Monday, hoping to break a political deadlock that threatens to push the nation into months of limbo and potentially force a third election in less than a year. Neither...