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Israel will do 'everything' to stop Iran going nuclear: Netanyahu

Israel will do 'everything' to stop Iran going nuclear: NetanyahuIsrael's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday his country will do "everything" to prevent arch-rival Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, during a visit by a senior Russian security official. Israel has carried out repeated strikes to prevent Iranian forces becoming embedded in neighbouring Syria, where both Iran and Moscow back the government of President Bashar al-Assad.



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Netanyahu ready to 'consider' long-awaited US peace plan

Netanyahu ready to 'consider' long-awaited US peace planIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he is ready to “consider” a US plan to resolve his country’s long-running conflict with the Palestinians. “We will consider the American proposal in a fair and open way,” he said as he hosted US national security adviser John Bolton. The Palestinian leadership has already rejected the plan, citing US “bias” after the White House recognised bitterly divided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.



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UPDATE 1-Israel's Netanyahu urges support for U.S. against Iran's "aggression"

UPDATE 1-Israel's Netanyahu urges support for U.S. against Iran's "aggression"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called on the international community to support the United States against Iran as tensions between the two countries escalated after the downing of a U.S. drone by Iran. “In the last 24 hours Iran has intensified its aggression against the United States and against all of us.



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As Gulf tensions rise, Israel's Netanyahu warns 'enemies'

As Gulf tensions rise, Israel's Netanyahu warns 'enemies'With tensions rising between Israel’s ally the US and its archfoe Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Jewish state’s enemies not to test it Wednesday, his office said. “I hear our neighbours from the north, south and east threatening our destruction,” Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office after he observed a large-scale military excercise in the north of the country. “I say to our enemies: The Israeli army has very great destructive power.



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Trump and Netanyahu make me fear for a two-state solution and Middle East peace

Trump and Netanyahu make me fear for a two-state solution and Middle East peaceTrump acquiescence to West Bank annexation would threaten peace prospects, democracy, shared US-Israeli values and bipartisan support for Israel.



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'King Bibi': perennial survivor Netanyahu comes out ahead

'King Bibi': perennial survivor Netanyahu comes out aheadDespite corruption allegations and stiff opposition from a new centre party, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to boost his party’s share of the vote and looks set to keep power. While his right-wing Likud party and a centrist coalition appear set to have around the same number of parliamentary seats after Tuesday’s general elections, the man called ‘King Bibi’ by admirers has a clear path to forming a coalition. The 69-year-old is now likely to form another right-wing government and become the longest-serving Israeli prime minister later this year.



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Israel Elections a Cliffhanger for Netanyahu, New Hope for His Opposition

Israel Elections a Cliffhanger for Netanyahu, New Hope for His OppositionGALI TIBBONJERUSALEM–It will be a long night in Israel, where initial exit polls Tuesday evening indicated a close electoral victory for opposition head Benny Gantz, a former army chief of staff. But the prognosis for his chances to form a winning coalition block against right-wing parties led by the Likud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has held office for 10 years, and dominated Israeli politics for a generation.Both candidates declared immediate victory, though Gantz’s declaration, issued jointly with his deputy, former finance minister Yair Lapid, had a more exuberant tone.“We won! The Israeli public has had their say!” the pair exulted in a statement. “Thank you to the thousands of activists and over a million voters. These elections have a clear winner and a clear loser. Netanyahu promised 40 seats and lost. The President [Reuven Rivlin] can see the picture and should call on the winner to form the next government. There is no other option!”A few minutes later, in a Hebrew-language tweet, Netanyahu declared victory on behalf of his political wing, not himself or his party: “The right-wing bloc led by the Likud won a clear victory. I thank the citizens of Israel for their trust. I will begin forming a right-wing government with our natural partners tonight.”Netanyahu’s position was weakened by news that he faces indictments for corruption, and, to all appearances, by a brutal campaign in which he attacked Gantz, without basis, for allying with Arabs, for supposedly celebrating the “martyrdom” of Islamist militants killed in fighting with Israel and allegedly concealing an a sex-tape putatively hacked by Iran.  While Netanyahu ran a mudslinging blitzkrieg against his Israeli opponents he basked in the extraordinary support of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump. Putin helped to return a long-lost Israeli casualty of the 1982 Lebanon War in a public ceremony with Netanyahu in Moscow just days before the vote.  And Trump over the last year has gone far to meet Netanyahu’s most hardline diplomatic demands: moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, closing the consulate there which handled Palestinian affairs, then announcing in recent days his support for Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights, while declaring the entire Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is a terrorist organization.In truth, virtually all of Trump’s Middle East policy has been oriented toward, if not directed by, Netanyahu’s vision of the region, which often is coordinated with that of  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (the suspected murderer of journalist Jamal Khashoggi). In Israel on Tuesday night, the exit polls brought surprise figures showing a virtual dead heat between the two main political blocks in the raucous political arena. But figures are expected to shift as definitive results stream in overnight.Historically low turnout of under 70 percent appeared to be the one clear result of the bruising, incitement-filled campaign which was low on content or policy debates. The mixed results–and potential loss for Netanyahu–was relayed in televised exit polls and at a massive rally planned for Tel Aviv, where Likud activists faced the unimaginable: the possible scenario of President Rivlin having to choose between two more or less equal voting blocks of 60 and 60.In addition, a disengaged and disaffected Arab public, the brunt of constant attacks by Prime Minister Netanyahu, appeared reluctant to take part in the electoral process. Haaretz senior pollster Camil Fuchs, of Tel Aviv University, said that if the figures being reported from the Arab sector hold steady,  historically low participation rates such could “completely change the Knesset map.”Whichever man is chosen, the interim results indicate the Israeli populace may be thirsty for a change, and the country seems headed for a period of political instability. Even if Netanyahu is called upon to form the next government, he is likely to face stiff opposition from within his own political camp when indicted late this summer. NetanyahuIf Gantz is chosen, the quiet general with no political experience may go down in history as a dragon-slayer.While widely criticized for remaining a political cypher, the soft-spoken Gantz ran on two clear positions. He insisted that Netanyahu himself, with accusations of corruption trailing him, was the greatest danger facing Israel. This was the argument he used to explain the seemingly contradictory inclusion of right-wingers such as former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and left-leaning candidates such as Lapid. Gantz said it was a response to an “emergency”: Netanyahu. Gantz also launched his campaign with the promise he’d change the controversial Nation-State Law, a measure Netanyahu claimed as his principal legislative achievement demoting Arabic from its status as an official language of the state and granting a special, elevated status to Jewish communities. The law’s passage provoked the largest public protests Israel has seen in decades and prompted Rivlin to sign the measure in Arabic, an unprecedented act of protest by a sitting Israeli president.Netanyahu, an experienced master of Israel’s parliamentary maneuvering, cannot be dismissed and may yet form Israel’s next government, but he will be a chastened giant, unlikely to escape the clutches of indictment and confronted by a robust, invigorated opposition in the Knesset.Whatever results Israelis wake up to in the morning, King Bibi is no more. At a Tel Aviv rally, Gantz, the old commander, thanked Netanyahu for his service and declared the dawning of a new day in Israel. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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Netanyahu challenger halts Israel poll day drive to help biker

Netanyahu challenger halts Israel poll day drive to help bikerIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main challenger, Benny Gantz, stopped his car on polling day on Tuesday to help an injured motorcyclist on a highway, local media reported. A video shows a jacketless Gantz, who was the chief of Israel’s military before joining politics, bending over the helmeted rider next to a crashed motorcycle, getting updates from people at the site before squatting down to exchange a few words. “Where does it hurt, if it hurts?” Gantz asked.



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Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu headed for record 5th term as Benny Gantz concedes

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu headed for record 5th term as Benny Gantz concedesIsrael's conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a record fifth term after a neck-and-neck finish in parliamentary elections.



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Israel's Netanyahu Retains Grip on Power Despite Graft Probes

Israel's Netanyahu Retains Grip on Power Despite Graft ProbesNetanyahu’s Likud party and retired general Benny Gantz’s Blue and White bloc each won 35 of parliament’s 120 seats. Shortly after polls closed, several of the prime minister’s current partners announced that they would recommend to President Reuven Rivlin that Netanyahu form the next government. “It will be a right-wing government but I intend to be the prime minister of all Israel,” the premier told cheering supporters in Tel Aviv, following a divisive campaign where alleged corruption and personal insult overshadowed policy differences.



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