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Israeli PM Netanyahu poised for 5th term as rival concedes

Apr. 10, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main rival conceded defeat Wednesday, promising to wage a robust battle from the opposition after the ruling Likud party and its nationalist allies won a solid majority in parliamentary elections. Netanyahu appeared poised for a historic fifth term as...

The Latest: Gantz's party concedes defeat in Israel election

Apr. 10, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the outcome of Israeli elections (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's Blue and White party leaders are conceding defeat in Israel's election, saying they will work against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the opposition. Yair Lapid, the party's No. 2 figure,...

The Latest: Netanyahu appears headed toward re-election

Apr. 10, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on Israel's election (all times local): 5:20 a.m. With over 90% of the votes tallied in Israel's election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is in a dead heat with rival Benny Gantz's Blue and White party. Each of the two parties holds just over 26% of the vote,...

Netanyahu, challenger: 2 front-runners in Israel elections

Apr. 9, 2019 2:53 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's long-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the favorite to win Israel's general election on Tuesday but he faces serious corruption charges and a stiff challenge from a former military chief, Benny Gantz, who has positioned himself as the country's savior. The campaigning...

A look at the field: Major players in Israel's elections

Apr. 9, 2019 1:50 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — It's a crowded field in Israel's elections as over 40 parties are slugging it out on Tuesday for seats in the country's parliament. There is the right-wing flagship, centrist newcomers, ultra-Orthodox parties, Arab parties and fringe movements. But only a handful will win the necessary...

A look at the field: Major players in Israel's elections

Apr. 8, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — It's a crowded field in Israel's elections as over 40 parties will be slugging it out on Tuesday for seats in the country's parliament. There is the right-wing flagship, centrist newcomers, ultra-Orthodox parties, Arab parties and fringe movements. But only a handful will win the necessary...

Netanyahu, challenger: 2 front-runners in Israel elections

Apr. 7, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's long-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the favorite to win Israel's general election this week but he faces serious corruption charges and a stiff challenge from a former military chief, Benny Gantz, who has positioned himself as the country's savior. The campaigning...

Hamas reveals weak spot in Netanyahu re-election campaign

Mar. 26, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu locked in a tight race for re-election, the Hamas militant group has suddenly emerged as a major vulnerability for the Israeli leader. This week's outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas, sparked by a rocket strike on a home in central Israel,...

Battered by scandal, Netanyahu still poised for re-election

Mar. 1, 2019 2:03 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Just over a month before elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks more vulnerable than ever. Following a dramatic announcement Thursday by Israel's attorney general, Netanyahu almost certainly faces indictment on corruption charges in the coming months. His main...

Israel's Netanyahu jolted by corruption recommendations

Feb. 28, 2019 3:42 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's attorney general on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, shaking up an already tumultuous election campaign and threatening to end the Israeli leader's decades-long political career. The potential charges...