Netanyahu reaches out to form a government with his rival — and gets rejected

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached out to his rival Benny Gantz, the head of the centrist Blue and White party, on Thursday, asking him to form a “broad unity government.” The response from Gantz and his fellow leaders was swift: no deal.

“Benny, we must set...
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Palestinian woman pulls knife at West Bank checkpoint and is killed by police

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian woman was shot and killed at a West Bank checkpoint after she pulled out a knife and tried to stab an Israeli police officer.

The woman killed at the Qalandiya checkpoint in northern Jerusalem was identified as Alaa Wahdan, 28, from the nearby Qalandiya refugee...
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With Putin cracking down on democracy, Russian Jews are increasingly moving to Israel


(JTA) — Less than a year after he immigrated to Israel from Russia, Dima Eygenson has already voted twice in his adopted country.

In April, Israeli voters cast ballots in an election that resulted in a virtual tie between the longtime incumbent prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and...
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The first exit polls for Israel’s Election Day are in. It’s close.


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Blue and White were again locked in a virtual dead heat at the close of voting in Israel, exit polls on Tuesday showed.

Both Blue and White, which is led by Benny Gantz, a former military...
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7 things to look for in today’s Israeli elections


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis head to the polls for the second time this year on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life after a decade in power. But it’s unclear if his centrist opponents have the votes to beat him. If he wins,...
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The Tell: John Bolton is out. Trump’s next foreign policy moves are anyone’s guess.


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Every presidency has a foreign policy arc, forged by the circumstances of what propelled the person to the presidency, by the events that occurred during the term and by the president’s vision.

Bill Clinton, shaped by his opposition to the Vietnam War, restrained from intervening in Rwanda. The ensuing genocide drove him by the end of his term to lead the war...
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US official says report of Israeli spying is false

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A senior U.S. official denied a report that Israel was likely being behind the placement of devices in the vicinity of the White House that can capture cellphone calls.

The story “is completely false. Absolutely false,” Noga Tarnopolsky, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, quoted the official as...
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Israel planted spy devices near White House, report claims

(JTA) — Cell-phone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, D.C. likely were planted by Israel, Politico reported.

The article published online on Thursday, cited three unnamed former senior officials that Politico said have “knowledge of the matter.”

Unlike other times when...
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Netanyahu says Israel will have ‘no choice’ but to go to war with Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel likely will have to go to war with Gaza, Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“There probably won’t be a choice but to launch an operation, a war with the terror forces in Gaza,” Netanyahu said during an interview with the Kan public broadcaster on Thursday morning.

“We have a...
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Netanyahu says he will annex part of the West Bank if re-elected


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that if he is re-elected, he will immediately annex the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu also promised to annex West Bank Jewish settlements in what he termed a “dramatic announcement” exactly one week before Israelis go to the polls...
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