Netanyahu’s re-election reveals sharpening Israel divide between Republicans and Democrats


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election Tuesday as the prime minister of Israel brought to a boil the simmering divides among Republicans and Democrats over the longtime leader’s nation.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, celebrated the victory as a win for peace. Democrats suggested it would be...
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Blue and White co-leaders concede defeat in Israel’s elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The leaders of the Blue and White party conceded defeat to Likud and said they would keep their coalition together in preparation for the next election.

Party co-leader Yair Lapid, who brought his Yesh Atid into Blue and White, said in a speech Wednesday night that his newly...
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Netanyahu wins narrow victory in Israel’s election


(JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu appears likely to win a fifth term as Israel’s prime minister as right-wing parties have maintained their majority in nationwide elections on Tuesday.

With more than 95 percent of the vote counted, Netanyahu’s Likud party and the opposition Blue and White party are...
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Shalom Hartman Institute LIVE coverage of Israeli elections

A live broadcast covering the Israeli election results will be held today at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Led by Alan Abbey, the discussion shall commence at 1:30 p.m. CDT and continue until the results are considered final.

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Netanyahu’s promise to annex the West Bank settlements, explained


(JTA) — Just days before Israel was to hold national elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex parts of the West Bank as Israeli territory.

“I’m going to extend sovereignty,” he said in an interview with Israeli Channel 12 on Saturday night, adding that “I don’t differentiate...
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The final polls are in and Israel’s election is a nail-biter


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The final polls before Israel’s national election on Tuesday show Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party running either neck-and-neck or up to five seats behind upstart challenger Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party.

The last polls were published on Friday, the last day...
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Beresheet captures images of the dark side of the moon

Beresheet, Israel’s historic spacecraft, entered lunar orbit on Thursday, April 4 and is performing well on its journey to the moon, according to data supplied from the SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to the engineering team at the control room in Yehud, Israel.

During its lunar orbit,...
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Netanyahu says he will annex West Bank if reelected

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a live television interview that he is considering annexing the West Bank if he is reelected prime minister in this week’s national elections.

In an interview with Channel 12’s “Meet the Press,” Netanyahu told host Rina Matzliah on Saturday night that...
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Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner ordered to register as a sex offender

(JTA) — Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl, was ordered to register as a sex offender. A judge in Bronx Supreme Court in New York City on Friday ordered Weiner to register as a Level 1...
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South Africa downgrades embassy in Israel to liaison office

JERUSALEM (JTA) — South Africa has downgraded its embassy in Israel to a liaison office. The office, located in Tel Aviv, has “no political mandate, no trade mandate and no development cooperation mandate. It will not be responsible for trade and commercial activities,” South African Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said...
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