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Trump to meet with Netanyahu and Gantz as he readies Mideast peace plan

Trump to meet with Netanyahu and Gantz as he readies Mideast peace planU.S. President Donald Trump will hold back-to-back meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz on Monday as he prepares to release his long-delayed Middle East peace plan. Trump will meet first with Netanyahu, Israel’s veteran right-wing leader, and then with the latter’s election rival Gantz, who just last week dropped his objection to having the peace plan published before Israel’s March vote, a schedule released by the White House showed.



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Israel's indicted Netanyahu faces party leadership challenge

Israel's indicted Netanyahu faces party leadership challengeBenjamin Netanyahu and rival Gideon Saar urged supporters to vote in the Likud party’s leadership election Thursday, with the embattled Israeli Prime Minister fighting for his political future. Likud’s roughly 116,000 eligible voters have until 11 pm (2100 GMT) to choose between Netanyahu and Saar, in a primary hit by low turnout due in part to bad weather. A defeat for Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving premier, would be a shock, but even a relatively close victory could weaken his influence over the conservative party he has dominated for 20 years.



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Israeli lawmaker aims to oust Netanyahu in Likud primary

Israeli lawmaker aims to oust Netanyahu in Likud primaryIsrael’s governing Likud party was holding primaries on Thursday, in the first serious internal challenge to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his more than a decade in power. Veteran politician Gideon Saar hopes to unseat Netanyahu, arguing that he will be better placed to form a government in national elections in March after Netanyahu failed to do so in two repeat elections this year. Despite the shadow of corruption indictments hanging over him, Netanyahu remains popular among Likud members and the fiercely loyal party — which has only had four leaders since its inception in the 1970s — has stood firmly behind the long-serving leader.



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Gaza rocket sends Netanyahu to shelter during campaign rally: TV

Gaza rocket sends Netanyahu to shelter during campaign rally: TVA rocket launched from the Gaza Strip at a southern Israeli city on Wednesday as it hosted a campaign rally by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prompted him to take shelter briefly before resuming the event, Israeli TV stations reported. The Israeli military confirmed the launch against Ashkelon, which is 12 km (7.5 miles) from the coastal Palestinian enclave, and said the rocket was shot down by an Iron Dome air defense interceptor. There was no immediate claim of responsibility in Gaza, which is under the control of Hamas Islamists and where a smaller armed faction, Islamic Jihad, exchanged fire with Israel during a two-day surge of violence last month.



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Is Donald Trump's bromance with Benjamin Netanyahu over? Bibi not cited in Florida speech

Is Donald Trump's bromance with Benjamin Netanyahu over? Bibi not cited in Florida speechDonald Trump's address to an Israeli-American group in Florida could signal changes in U.S.-Israeli policy and his close bond with Benjamin Netanyahu.



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In warning to Netanyahu, House endorses 2-state solution

In warning to Netanyahu, House endorses 2-state solutionThe House on Friday threw its weight behind a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, in a warning to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he mulls annexing the West Bank.



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Israel final vote results give Netanyahu additional seat

Israel final vote results give Netanyahu additional seatIsrael’s election committee published final results from last week’s election on Wednesday that gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud an additional seat, but which did not change the deadlock the country faces. The final results from the September 17 vote gave the rightwing Likud 32 seats compared to Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White’s 33 in the 120-seat parliament. The two parties are in the process of trying to negotiate a unity coalition, and President Reuven Rivlin has one week to name someone to form a government.



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Netanyahu tasked with forming new Israeli government

Netanyahu tasked with forming new Israeli governmentIsrael’s president tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new government Wednesday after last week’s deadlocked elections, but the premier faces a tough battle in negotiating a coalition deal to keep him in power. President Reuven Rivlin mandated Netanyahu to try to form the government after his initial attempts at negotiating a unity deal between the prime minister and his main challenger Benny Gantz failed. Netanyahu again called for a unity government when accepting the mandate from Rivlin, but the two sides appear a long way from a compromise.



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Netanyahu tapped by Israel's president to form new government

Netanyahu tapped by Israel's president to form new governmentIsrael’s president tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday with assembling a new government after power-sharing talks with his strongest rival, Benny Gantz, failed following an inconclusive election. Accepting the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin at a televised ceremony, a politically weakened Netanyahu said his chances of success were only marginally higher than those of Gantz, a former general who heads the Blue and White party. In his remarks, Netanyahu seemed to envision a scenario in which he and Gantz would be able to take another stab at power-sharing once it became clear there was no way out of the current deadlock, save for a third election that few in Israel wanted.



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Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Tapped to Form New Government After Repeat Election

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Tapped to Form New Government After Repeat ElectionCorinna Kern/ReutersIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been nominated to form a new government, the country’s president, Reuven Rivlin, announced Wednesday. “The meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz has concluded. In a short time, the responsibility for forming the government will be given to Benjamin Netanyahu, after which President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu will give remarks,” Rivlin tweeted on Wednesday.Shortly thereafter, Netanyahu made a televised appearance confirming the decision. “Tonight, I received the mandate to establish the government from the hands of President Reuben Rivlin. I thank him and thank you, citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu said Wednesday. “I will make every effort to establish the only government possible for Israel at this time—a broad national unity government.”Rivlin chose Netanyahu over the prime minister’s main rival, centrist Benny Gantz. If Netanyahu proves unsuccessful at forming a government—once again—Gantz will likely be given a chance.Israel’s unprecedented repeat election earlier this month delivered yet another deadlocked vote, falling short of what was necessary for Gantz to unseat Netanyahu as the next prime minister. If Gantz’s Blue and White party had gained enough votes, it would have signaled an end to Netnayahu’s record-setting 10 consecutive years in the position. The final tally instead saw Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party adding an extra seat in parliament. The election was the second time within a year that Israelis were asked to vote for a prime minister. Netanyahu and Gantz first went head-to-head in April, but when results from that election were deemed too close to call, the whole country was left on a cliffhanger. After both men declared victory and Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government, it was decided that a do-over election would be held months later. The decision marked the first time in the country’s history that new elections were forcibly held due to a failure to form a government.Israel Elections a Cliffhanger for Netanyahu, New Hope for His OppositionDespite being given a second chance to form a government, Netanyahu is still facing three separate corruption cases that include charges of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust. Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has said he intends to indict Netanyahu, but will officially decide whether to press charges after a long-delayed hearing in October. Squelching the charges is expected to be the prime minister’s first order of business after forming a government. Netanyahu is relying on his hard-line religious and nationalist allies to grant him immunity from prosecution—but in order for that to be a possibility, he first has to secure a 61-seat majority in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. With only 55 seats in parliament that officially endorsed his bid for another term—only one more than Gantz’s 54 seats—the prime minister now has 28 days to assemble a 61 seat majority. Netanyahu faces an unenviable uphill battle to close that crucial six-seat deficit to form a coalition government.Netanyahu was unsuccessful last time around in large part because of one man: Avigdor Liberman. Once Netanyahu’s political partner and director-general of his office, the prime minister later publicly disavowed his actions, leading Liberman to quit the post. When he returned to politics, Liberman created his own party and became a volatile member of the Knesset, quitting or getting fired at least five times. In the last election, it was Liberman’s refusal to join his party in a coalition with Netanyahu that precipitated the do-over election.Netanyahu Lost. His Enemies Won. But Who Can Govern Israel?In an effort to lock down a majority at the polls, the prime minister aggressively campaigned on protecting national security in hopes of firing up his nationalist base.With only a few months to turn the tide from the last national election, Netanyahu made unfounded claims that Arabs—which make up about 20 percent of the country’s population, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics—conspired with his opponent to steal the election. The prime minister also claimed that areas where the ethnic group is prevalent have fallen victim to voter fraud, and unsuccessfully proposed setting up cameras in polling stations on election day, an idea that was largely seen as an attempt to suppress Arab Israeli turnout. The tactics are reminiscent of Republican efforts in the United States to question traditional vote counting procedures, and President Trump’s unfounded claims of voter suppression.To Win Re-Election, Bibi Netanyahu Is Waging ‘Wars’ at Home and AbroadRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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