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FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a speech from his Jerusalem office, saying Israel's restaurants and places of entertainment will be closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. With the Israeli government enacting a series of emergency measures to stem the spread of the virus, critics are increasingly bemoaning that Israel's caretaker Prime Minister Netanyahu is exploiting the crisis to entrench himself in power and undermining the country's democratic foundations. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP, File)

Netanyahu rival becomes parliament speaker, signaling deal

Mar. 26, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief rival was chosen on Thursday as the new speaker of parliament, an unexpected step that could pave the way to a power-sharing deal between the two men as the country grapples with a worsening coronavirus crisis. The sudden turnabout by Benny...

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Netanyahu ally resigns, deepening Israeli political turmoil

Mar. 25, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament speaker abruptly resigned Wednesday, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and deepening the country's political turmoil as the embattled Israeli leader tries to cling to power amid a fast-spreading outbreak of the coronavirus and a looming corruption...

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Israelis accuse Netanyahu of exploiting virus to keep power

Mar. 20, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel appeared to be barreling toward a constitutional crisis Thursday as opponents took to the streets and turned to the Supreme Court to fight a series of unprecedented steps taken by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while confronting the coronavirus pandemic. In recent days, Netanyahu...

A worker sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus in a playground in the central Israeli city of Bat Yam, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Israel braced for its first fatalities as the number of coronavirus cases spiked by 25% on Wednesday. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel parliament speaker shuts Knesset, enraging opposition

Mar. 18, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Knesset speaker Wednesday abruptly adjourned all parliamentary meetings until next week, apparently a response to the new coronavirus, in a move that froze opposition efforts to discuss bills seeking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ouster. The decision drew angry...

Ultra Orthodox Jews pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Sunday, March 15, 2020. Israel imposed sweeping travel and quarantine measures more than a week ago but has seen its number of confirmed coronavirus cases double in recent days, to around 200. On Saturday, the government said restaurants, malls, cinemas, gyms and daycare centers would close. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israel swears in new parliament under coronavirus shadow

Mar. 16, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel swore in its newly elected parliament on Monday under stringent restrictions because of the coronavirus outbreak, in a surreal ceremony reflecting the country's unprecedented dual crisis in politics and public health. Instead of the typical festive gathering of parliament's 120, the...

FILE - In this Saturday, March 7, 2020 file photo, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel's President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday, March 15 said he has decided to give Gantz the first opportunity to form a new government following an inconclusive national election this month. Rivlin's office announced his decision late Sunday after consulting with leaders of all of the parties elected to parliament. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Netanyahu rival Gantz chosen to form new Israeli government

Mar. 15, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz will be given the first opportunity to form a new government after an inconclusive national election this month, the country’s president said Sunday, raising questions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future. The...

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin delivers his speech during a special meeting of the German Parliament Bundestag commemorating the victims of the Holocaust in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Israeli president urges deadlocked blocs to consider unity

Mar. 11, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's largely ceremonial president on Wednesday urged the country's opposing blocs to find a way to come together in the wake of Israel's third inconclusive election in less than a year. The president is responsible for choosing the prime minister-designate he thinks has the best chance...

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Netanyahu rivals to cooperate on forming new government

Mar. 9, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief rival said Monday that he has agreed with a smaller party to work together to form a new government following national elections last week. The announcement by Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White Party, dealt a new setback to Netanyahu as he...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explains some elections results during a meeting with his nationalist allies and his Likud party members at the Knesset, Israeli Parliament, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel's Netanyahu falls short of parliamentary majority

Mar. 5, 2020 1:48 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has again fallen short of a parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies, final election results confirmed Thursday, extending the country's year-old political deadlock and weakening the longtime leader as he prepares to go on trial for...

A supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wear mask with his likeness as they celebrate first exit poll results for the Israeli elections at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, March 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Netanyahu's future still uncertain after Israeli election

Mar. 3, 2020 1:41 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future remained up in the air Tuesday as preliminary results and exit polls from Israel's third election in under a year indicated the embattled leader would fall short of securing the parliamentary majority needed to form a new government....