Latest Israel government News

EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel's new leader?

Jun. 13, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel's new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He's a religious Jew who made millions in the mostly secular hi-tech sector; a champion of the settlement...

Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu's long rule

Jun. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned...

The Latest: Bennett says Israel 'at outset of new days'

Jun. 13, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

The latest on Israel’s incoming government (all times local): 10:45 p.m. JERUSALEM — Naftali Bennett, Israel’s first Orthodox Jewish prime minister, has opened the first meeting of his government with a traditional blessing for new beginnings,...

Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel's new prime minister

Jun. 13, 2021 14:10 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel's new prime minister.

Israel’s parliament approves new coalition government, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic 12-year rule

Jun. 13, 2021 14:03 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament approves new coalition government, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic 12-year rule.

Israeli police say woman with knife shot dead in West Bank

Jun. 12, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said a Palestinian woman carrying a knife ran toward an Israeli military checkpoint on Saturday and was shot dead by a private security guard. The shooting took place at the Qalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem, one of the largest in the...

EXPLAINER: What will change under Israel's new government?

Jun. 12, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — If all goes according to plan, Israel will swear in a new government on Sunday, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's record 12-year rule and a political crisis that inflicted four elections on the country in less than two years. The next...

Ex-Mossad chief signals Israel attacked Iran nuclear assets

Jun. 11, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The outgoing chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence service has offered the closest acknowledgment yet his country was behind recent attacks targeting Iran's nuclear program and a military scientist. The comments by Yossi Cohen,...

Israeli fire kills Palestinian teen in West Bank protest

Jun. 11, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli fire on Friday during clashes between protesters and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities said. The Health Ministry identified the slain youth as Mohammed Hamayel, 15,...

Israel's Netanyahu lashes out as end of his era draws near

Jun. 11, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In what appear to be the final days of his historic 12-year rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not leaving the political stage quietly. The longtime leader is accusing his opponents of betraying their voters, and some have needed special...