Israeli couple arrested in Turkey on espionage charges
An Israeli married couple were arrested for espionage late Friday after taking photographs of the Turkish president’s residence in Istanbul, Turkey’s official news agency said. Anadolu Agency said a Turkish national was also arrested. Police detained them after a tip off from an employee working in the Camlica radio and television tower on the Asian side of Istanbul.news.yahoo.com
Israel readying for possible Iran conflict, officials say
Top Israeli defense officials say the country is preparing for the possibility of an armed conflict with regional arch-rival Iran and its proxies. Israeli army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi said Tuesday that the Israeli military was “speeding up the operational plans and readiness for dealing with Iran and the nuclear military threat.” Israel considers Iran an existential threat, and has warned that it would act with military force if needed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.news.yahoo.com
US, allies step up pressure on Iran to return to nuke talks
The United States and its closest partners are stepping up pressure on Iran to return to stalled nuclear negotiations, warning that it will face greater international isolation, new economic penalties and possibly military action if does not.
Going Dutch: Look out, German coalition talks could be long
As Europe’s economic powerhouse Germany embarks on the task of piecing together a new ruling coalition after Sunday’s knife-edge election, observers need only look to its neighbors, Belgium and the Netherlands, to see how tricky the process can be.
Israel asks allies for help as wildfires rage near Jerusalem
Israeli leaders on Monday appealed to their international allies as firefighters battled wildfires near Jerusalem for a second day after the blaze forced hundreds of residents from their homes. Israel Fire and Rescue service said that 75 firefighting teams accompanied by 12 planes were working to contain a series of fires in the forested hills west of the city. At least 17 square kilometers (6.5 square miles) of forest have already burned, according to official tallies, making it one of the largest wildfires in the country's history.news.yahoo.com
Poland a step closer to adopting controversial property law
The draft regulations have drawn strong criticism from Israel and from Jewish organizations who say the new administrative law would prevent Jewish claims for compensation or property seized during the Holocaust and communist times. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said the legislation will “severely damage our relations with Poland.” If adopted, the changes would prevent property ownership and other administrative decisions from being declared void after 30 years.news.yahoo.com
Israeli PM slams Ben & Jerry’s ice cream ban, vows to 'act aggressively'
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the head of Unilever on Tuesday that Israel will “act aggressively” against Ben & Jerry’s over the subsidiary's decision to stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem.news.yahoo.com
Ben & Jerry's to stop sales in West Bank, east Jerusalem
Ben & Jerry’s said Monday it was going to stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem, saying the sales in the territories sought by the Palestinians are “inconsistent with our values.” The announcement was one of the strongest and highest-profile rebukes by a well-known company of Israel’s policy of settling its citizens on war-won lands. In a statement posted on the company’s website, the Vermont-based ice cream maker says it recognizes “the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners.”news.yahoo.com
Israeli foreign minister to visit Morocco next month
Israel's foreign minister announced Monday he will soon visit Morocco on a trip aimed at cementing the budding diplomatic ties between the two countries. The trip by Yair Lapid, expected in mid-August, will mark the first visit to Morocco by an Israeli foreign minister since the two countries re-established ties last year. “This visit will be the starting point for tourism and trade agreements, and for comprehensive economic and political cooperation between the two countries,” Lapid told members of his Yesh Atid party.news.yahoo.com
In UAE visit, Israeli minister builds ties after Gaza war
Israeli's foreign minister acknowledged Wednesday during his first state visit to the United Arab Emirates that when tensions flare in Jerusalem, it reverberates across the region. “Nobody is denying the fact that tensions in Jerusalem endanger the entire area,” Yair Lapid told reporters in Dubai. It was the first official visit by an Israeli minister to the UAE since the two countries agreed to establish full ties nine months ago.news.yahoo.com
Tragedy strikes home for Miami-Dade rescuers
Search and rescue teams from Miami-Dade are considered among the best and most experienced in the world. The rescuers are searching urgently for the scores of souls buried beneath the fallen 12-story wing of the Champlain Towers condo building. (June 29)news.yahoo.com
Israeli foreign minister heads to UAE for first state visit
Israel’s new foreign minister took off on Tuesday for a state visit to the United Arab Emirates, the first high-level trip by an Israeli official since the two countries signed an agreement to normalize relations last year. According to the Israeli foreign ministry, Yair Lapid will be inaugurating Israel’s Embassy in Abu Dhabi, meeting with senior Emirati officials — including Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan — and attending a trade expo where Israeli companies are exhibiting technology.news.yahoo.com
Israeli ambassador to United States resigns
Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. resigned on Sunday, hours after welcoming Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to D.C., where he will meet on Monday with President Biden at the White House.Why it matters: Gilad Erdan's decision comes as the Biden administration and new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett feel each other out, particularly on the most contentious issues like Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Sunews.yahoo.com
New Israeli foreign minister stresses need to repair ties with Democrats
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said in a ceremony on his first day in office on Monday that the new government must repair Israel's relationship with the Democratic Party, which he said had badly deteriorated during Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister.What he's saying: "The previous government took a bad and lightheaded bet to focus only on the Republican Party and abandon Israel’s bipartisan status in America," said Lapid, who is also the alternate prime minister and heads the binews.yahoo.com
It’s Official: Bitter Bibi Gets the Boot as Prime Minister of Israel
Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via GettyJERUSALEM—Benjamin Netanyahu’s long and boisterous rule came to an end on Sunday with one final broadside against the world. The embittered ex-prime minister channeled his inner Trump to claim the Israeli election was fraudulent and label his opponents fascists and turncoats, and compare them to the regimes in Iran and North Korea. He lashed out at President Biden, claiming the state of Israel faced an existential threat if its government was not powerful enough to snews.yahoo.com
The Latest: Bennett says Israel 'at outset of new days'
Naftali Bennett, Israel’s first Orthodox Jewish prime minister, has opened the first meeting of his government with a traditional blessing for new beginnings, saying that now’s the time to get to work to mending rifts in the nation. Bennett addressed the newly sworn in Cabinet Sunday night, saying the country is “at the outset of new days.” “Citizens of Israel are all looking to us now, and the burden of proof is upon us,” he said.news.yahoo.com
Netanyahu's Trump-style campaign to stop Israel's transfer of power
On the verge of being replaced after 12 years in power, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is waging a desperate, Trump-style campaign to de-legitimize the incoming government and accuse its leaders of perpetrating “the fraud of the century."Why it matters: The situation has become so tense — with members of the Israeli Knesset facing death threats and demonstrations from angry Netanyahu supporters outside their homes — that the director of Israel's Shin Bet domestic security agency issuenews.yahoo.com
Netanyahu is out if new government survives confidence vote on Sunday
The incoming Israeli government will be sworn in on Sunday if it survives a confidence vote, outgoing parliamentary speaker Yariv Levin said in a statement on Tuesday.Why it matters: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies, including Levin, are trying to thwart the formation of the new government, which would see right-wing Naftali Bennett replace Netanyahu as prime minister in an alliance with Yair Lapid, the centrist opposition leader.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Marnews.yahoo.com
Israeli parliament to vote on new government on Sunday
Israel's parliament speaker has scheduled a vote for Sunday on a new government that would end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year rule, the longest in the country's history. Parliament speaker Yariv Levin, a Netanyahu ally, announced the timing of the vote on Tuesday, a day after acknowledging that a coalition had been formed. The fragile coalition consists of eight parties spanning Israel's political spectrum, with only a narrow majority in the 120-member Knesset, or parliament.news.yahoo.com
Vote on new Israeli government to be held in coming week
Israel's parliament speaker said Monday that a vote to approve a new government that would end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year rule will be held in the coming week, without setting a precise date. The announcement by Yariv Levin, a close Netanyahu ally, leaves time for the prime minister's efforts to try to peel away supporters from the fragile coalition arrayed against him, which consists of eight parties and has only a narrow majority in Israel's 120-member Knesset, or parliament. Netanyahu's supporters have launched a blistering campaign against his opponents, including death threats and raucous protests outside their homes that has forced the Knesset to beef up their security details.news.yahoo.com
Netanyahu claims his successor-in-waiting won't stand up to Biden
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked political allies in a meeting on Thursday to push the talking point that Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett would be unable to stand up to President Biden on Iran or fend off U.S. pressure on the Palestinian issue, sources who attended the meeting tell me.Why it matters: Bennett and centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid sealed a coalition agreement to replace Netanyahu on Wednesday, but the vote to swear in the new government might not come unews.yahoo.com
Israeli opposition parties reach deal to form government without Netanyahu
A coalition of Israeli political parties, led by centrist Yair Lapid and right-wing leader Naftali Bennett, announced Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to form a new government. If passed by the parliament, it will end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year tenure. CBS News senior foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer joins "CBSN AM" with details.news.yahoo.com
Netanyahu foes push for quick vote to end his 12 year rule
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents on Thursday pushed for a quick vote to end his record-setting rule, racing to head off what’s expected to be a frantic push by the premier and his allies to derail the newly announced coalition. The new phase of political warfare began just hours after opposition leader Yair Lapid and his main coalition partner, Naftali Bennett — an ideological odd couple - declared they had reached a deal to link a majority of the Knesset and form a new government. The announcement triggered a complex process likely to stretch over the next week, giving Netanyahu time to try to pressure coalition members ideologically aligned with him to quit the group.news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: Israelis vote in fourth election in 2 years
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2021 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the Leumit Health Care Services vaccination facility in Jerusalem. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool via AP, File)JERUSALEM – Israel is holding its fourth election in two years on Tuesday, with nearly 6.6 million citizens eligible to vote for the 24th Knesset, or parliament. Here is a closer look at what to expect:GOING FOURTHThe March 23 vote is Israel’s fourth parliamentary election in two years. After the election, Israel’s president will meet with party heads and select the party he deems most capable of forming a coalition. A new government will be given a four-year term, but disagreements between coalition parties often result in early elections.
No clear winner in Israeli election, signaling more deadlock
“We must not under any circumstances drag the state of Israel to new elections, to a fifth election,” he said. The third station gave Netanyahu's opponents a one-seat advantage. But Bennett has not ruled out joining forces with Netanyahu’s opponents. Netanyahu’s opponents included a diverse array of parties that had little in common beyond their shared animosity toward him. Netanyahu’s opponents have accused him of fomenting deadlock in hopes of bringing about a friendlier parliament that will grant him immunity from prosecution.
EXPLAINER: Players in Israel's fourth election in 2 years
Israelis head to the polls on Tuesday for what will be the fourth parliamentary election in just two years. Once again, the race boils down to a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Election polls project that his Likud party and its presumed allies may come up short of a 61-seat majority needed to form a governing coalition. The hardline nationalist politician, formerly Netanyahu's education and defense minister, has not unequivocally ruled out joining a coalition with the embattled prime minister. But if an anti-Netanyahu alliance has an edge, he could provide them with enough seats to form a government without the Likud party.
Israeli election seen as referendum on divisive Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, waves to supporters as he tours the Mahane Yehuda market while campaigning a day before national elections, in Jerusalem, Monday, March 22, 2021. Once again, the race boils down to a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Over the years, Netanyahu has developed a reputation as a political magician and master manipulator capable of surviving any crisis. AdOpinion polls forecast an extremely tight race, raising the possibility of continued deadlock and even an unprecedented fifth consecutive election. This may explain that while polls show a majority of Israelis want Netanyahu replaced, he also is seen as best-suited to be prime minister.
Final polls: Israeli PM's fate rests on razor-thin margins
(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)JERUSALEM – A final batch of polls by Israeli media outlets on Friday showed a razor-thin election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fate likely turning on the performance of small parties and a former ally who has criticized him but has not ruled out joining his coalition. The polls show Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party in the lead, projecting that it will win around 30 seats in the 120-member Knesset, Israel's parliament. But an alliance with his natural allies, the ultra-Orthodox parties and a small far-right party, would only yield around 50 seats. Yair Lapid's centrist Yesh Atid party, the largest in the anti-Netanyahu bloc, is projected to win around 20 seats. The forecasts Friday were based on several polls with similar results, which also track closely to recent polls by other media outlets.