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Netanyahu faces uphill battle after repeat election

Sep. 18, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job. The election's seeming political kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman, said he'll insist upon a secular unity...

Gamble pays off for Lieberman, who becomes Israeli kingmaker

Sep. 18, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The veteran Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman took the political gamble of his life when he spurned his mentor, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and forced an unprecedented repeat election. As results began rolling in from Tuesday's vote, it appeared to have paid off. With neither...

10 Things to Know for Today

Sep. 18, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAEL'S MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES DEADLOCKED AFTER ELECTION Seeming kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman says he'll insist upon a secular unity government between the main Likud and Blue and White parties, and that...

Jimmy Carter says he couldn't have managed presidency at 80

Sep. 18, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn't believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old. Carter, who earlier this year became the longest-lived chief executive in American history, didn't tie his comments to any of his...

Netanyahu, rightist allies appear to fall short of majority

Sep. 18, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his natural religious and nationalist allies in national elections Tuesday, partial results indicated, setting the stage for a period of coalition negotiations that could threaten his political...

The Latest: Netanyahu says he'll seek 'Zionist' government

Sep. 17, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli election (all times local): 3:45 a.m. After an apparent election setback, Israel's prime minister says he will seek the formation of a new "Zionist" government that excludes Arab parties. Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a small crowd of supporters in Tel Aviv at 3:30...

Fighting for survival: Keys to Netanyahu's return to power

Sep. 17, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in a race for political survival as the country holds repeat parliamentary elections Tuesday. If Netanyahu's Likud party and his smaller allies can secure a narrow 61-seat majority in the 120-seat Knesset, he will be well on the way to...

Jordan's king: Israel annexing settlements would be disaster

Sep. 17, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II says if Israel goes ahead with the idea of annexing all the settlements in the West Bank it would be a "disaster" for attempts to find any two-state solution with the Palestinians. Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday, Abdullah said he...

Palestinian sues Israeli military commanders for war crimes

Sep. 17, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pitching his case as a David-versus-Goliath fight, a Dutch-Palestinian man went to court in the Netherlands Tuesday seeking damages from two former Israeli military commanders for their roles in a 2014 airstrike on a Gaza house that killed six members of his family. One of the...

AP Explains: Israel's parliamentary elections

Sep. 17, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is holding the country's 22nd parliamentary elections on Tuesday, with over 6.3 million people eligible to cast ballots. Coming on the heels of April elections, it is an unprecedented repeat vote largely seen as a referendum on long-seated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Here is...