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Large numbers of ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for the funeral for Rabbi Mordechai Leifer, in the port city of Ashdod, Israel, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. After a revered ultra-Orthodox rabbi died this week, Israeli police thought they had worked out an arrangement with his followers to allow a small but dignified funeral that would conform with public health guidelines under the current coronavirus lockdown. The repeated violations by segments of the ultra-Orthodox population have confounded public health experts and tested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's longstanding political alliance with religious leaders. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Amid rising infections, Israeli ultra-Orthodox defy lockdown

Oct. 6, 2020 7:21 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — After a revered ultra-Orthodox rabbi died this week from COVID-19, Israeli police thought they had worked out an arrangement with his followers to allow a small, dignified funeral that would conform with public health guidelines under the current coronavirus lockdown. But when it...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020 file photo, signs depict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, during a demonstration outside the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem. Netanyahu faces a midnight deadline Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, to work out a budget deal with Gantz, his main rival or plunge the country into a fourth election in under two years. While the budget battle is the immediate cause of the crisis, Monday’s showdown is rooted in the power-sharing arrangement between Netanyahu and Gantz. Hebrew reads:

Israel's Netanyahu accepts compromise, avoids election

Aug. 23, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday that he had accepted a proposal to extend budget negotiations, preventing the government from collapsing and plunging the country into a new election. In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu said that now was not the time to...