Israelis vote in election focused on longtime PM Netanyahu

World 04/08/19, 23:09

Voting has begun in the Israeli elections as the country decides whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in power.Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday with exit polls expected at the end of the voting day at 10 p.m. Official results are expected to come in overnight.Clouded by a ...

A look at the field: Major players in Israel’s elections

World 04/08/19, 13:15

It's a crowded field in Israel's elections as over 40 parties will be slugging it out on Tuesday for seats in the country's parliament.There is the right-wing flagship, centrist newcomers, ultra-Orthodox parties, Arab parties and fringe movements. But only a handful will win the necessary 3.25 percent of total votes ...

Netanyahu, Gantz make last pitches in tight Israeli election

World 04/08/19, 12:41

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief challenger Benny Gantz made their final appeals to voters Monday on the eve of parliamentary elections that will determine whether the longtime Israeli leader stays in power. Buoyed by a tight alliance with President Donald Trump but clouded by a series of looming corruption ...

As Israelis head to polls, it’s all about Netanyahu

World 04/07/19, 06:07

Israel's election campaign has been a three-month roller coaster of mudslinging, scandals and more scandals. But when voters head to the polls on Tuesday, one name will be predominantly on their minds: Benjamin Netanyahu. At its core, the vote boils down to a referendum on Netanyahu, the man who has dominated ...

Netanyahu, challenger: 2 front-runners in Israel elections

World 04/07/19, 05:05

Israel's long-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the favorite to win Israel's general election this week but he faces serious corruption charges and a stiff challenge from a former military chief, Benny Gantz, who has positioned himself as the country's savior. The campaigning has heated up ahead of Tuesday's balloting and ...

Update: Trump hears ‘4 more years’ from Jewish audience

Politics 04/06/19, 14:59

The Latest on President Donald Trump's appearance before the Republican Jewish Coalition (all times local): ___ 12:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is hearing chants of "four more years" from members of the Republican Jewish Coalition after detailing his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize ...

For American Jews, Trump is key figure in Israeli election

World 04/06/19, 02:10

Donald Trump isn't on the ballot for Israel's national election, yet he's a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of Tuesday's balloting. At its core, the election is a judgment on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has won the post four times but now faces ...

With Israel election in sight, Netanyahu stumps with Trump

World 04/05/19, 01:18

In a tight race for re-election, Israel's prime minister has gotten a welcome lift from his friend in the White House. Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign speeches, billboards and social media videos have all heavily featured President Donald Trump's image, statements and pro-Israel actions as endorsements of the long-seated prime minister. Drawing inspiration from ...

Netanyahu thanks Putin for discovery of soldier’s remains

Europe 04/04/19, 07:34

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday thanked Russia for its assistance in finding the remains of an Israeli soldier missing in battle since 1982. Netanyahu is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow visit just five days before parliamentary elections at home. The vote is largely seen as a ...

Explains: Israel’s parliamentary elections

World 04/04/19, 01:25

Israelis head to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the country's 21st parliamentary elections. Over 6.3 million eligible voters will cast ballots in an election largely seen as a referendum on long-seated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Here is a closer look at what to expect:CHASING HISTORYIsrael Electric Corporation employees work ...

Experts warn of cyber threats ahead of Israel’s election

World 04/04/19, 01:20

As Israel prepares to hold a national election next week, experts say it is vulnerable to the kind of foreign hacks and cyber campaigns that have disrupted the political process in other countries.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says there is "no country better prepared" to combat election interference. But despite Israel's ...

In Israel election, Palestinians are nowhere to be found

World 04/03/19, 01:44

In a charged election campaign that has been heavy on insults and short on substance, Israel's conflict with the Palestinians has been notably absent from the discourse. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party has offered no plan for what many believe is the country's most existential problem. His main challenger ...

Israeli group finds fake pro-Netanyahu social media accounts

World 04/01/19, 04:11

An Israeli watchdog said Monday that it found a network of social media bots disseminating messages in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of next week's elections.Noam Rotem and Yuval Adam, two researchers operating the Big Bots Project, said in a report that they uncovered hundreds of fake accounts ...

Hamas reveals weak spot in Netanyahu re-election campaign

World 03/26/19, 13:26

With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu locked in a tight race for re-election, the Hamas militant group has suddenly emerged as a major vulnerability for the Israeli leader. This week's outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas, sparked by a rocket strike on a home in central Israel, was the latest reminder ...

Tense calm in Gaza after Israel, Hamas exchange heavy fire

World 03/26/19, 01:57

A tense quiet has taken hold after a night of heavy fire as Israeli aircraft bombed targets across the Gaza Strip and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel.School in southern Israel was cancelled on Tuesday following the violence that erupted just two weeks ahead of Israeli elections.The cross-border fighting was ...

Update: Israel ‘responding forcefully’ to rocket attack

World 03/25/19, 11:25

The Latest on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is "responding forcefully" to a morning rocket attack in central part of the Jewish state. Israel's military says it's started striking Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after a rocket ...

Update: Israeli PM to cut short US visit after attack

World 03/25/19, 01:17

The Latest on developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local): 8:15 a.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's cutting short his visit to Washington after a Gaza rocket attack on Israel. Netanyahu described Monday morning's rocket launch that struck a home in central Israel as a "criminal attack" and ...

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