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Israel: Country in the Middle East
Israel, also known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.

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Benny Gantz rejects Netanyahu's proposal to form unity government

Benny Gantz has rejected Benjamin Netanyahu's call to join him and form a unity government, saying he alone should be Israel's next prime minister. Gantz's party holds a two-seat advantage after most..
CBS News - Published

Netanyahu "surprised and disappointed" by Gantz rebuff, says open to talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced disappointment at his election challenger's rejection on Thursday of his offer to discuss forming an Israeli unity government but said he remained opened to..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Israel

Netanyahu's rival rebuffs his coalition bid [Video]Netanyahu's rival rebuffs his coalition bid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise unity government offer to his rival Benny Gantz after failing to win a majority in Tuesday's election. But the answer was 'no thanks', leaving..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:53Published

Israel election: Exit polls show Netanyahu trails rival Gantz [Video]Israel election: Exit polls show Netanyahu trails rival Gantz

Netanyahu's future hangs in the balance as exit polls show Gantz's White and Blue making gains on higher turnout.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:03Published

Netanyahu makes no victory claim in speech [Video]Netanyahu makes no victory claim in speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would work toward establishing "a strong Zionist government" without Arab parties support on Wednesday (September 18). (Rough cut - no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:51Published

Exit polls show Israel election too close to call [Video]Exit polls show Israel election too close to call

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's battle for political survival looked set to stretch on for days or weeks after exit polls following Tuesday's election showed the race too close to call...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:00Published

Israel elections: Polls in re-rerun vote open [Video]Israel elections: Polls in re-rerun vote open

Benjamin Netanyahu, who promised to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, says leftists will ‘weaken’ Israel.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:13Published

Analysis: Will Benjamin Netanyahu be re-elected? [Video]Analysis: Will Benjamin Netanyahu be re-elected?

Israel's prime minister is competing for his fifth term in office.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:32Published

Netanyahu votes in election that could end his domination of national politics [Video]Netanyahu votes in election that could end his domination of national politics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a battle for political survival in a closely fought election on Tuesday that could end his 10-year domination of national politics. Rough Cut (no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:45Published

Israel elections: Voters head to polls again [Video]Israel elections: Voters head to polls again

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is promising to annex parts of the occupied and divided West Bank city of Hebron.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:57Published

Israel's election - will Netanyahu survive? [Video]Israel's election - will Netanyahu survive?

Israelis vote on Tuesday (September 17) for the second time in less than six months in an election that could see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu win a record fifth term - or end his decade-long..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:20Published

Israel election: Annexation threat looms over farmers [Video]Israel election: Annexation threat looms over farmers

Netanyahu's pledge to formalise de facto Israeli control over Jordan Valley provokes unease among Palestinian residents.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:11Published

U.S. Democrat Omar hopes Israelis oust PM Netanyahu in elections [Video]U.S. Democrat Omar hopes Israelis oust PM Netanyahu in elections

A U.S. Democratic Representative who was once blocked from visiting the West Bank said on Sunday that she hopes Israelis "make a different decision" at the ballot box as that country heads toward..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

Trump's secret Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in doubt [Video]Trump's secret Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in doubt

Analysts say the resignation of Jason Greenblatt, a former Trump company lawyer and the man who was leading the effort, is a bad sign.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published

Israel election: Palestinian citizens of Israel urged to vote [Video]Israel election: Palestinian citizens of Israel urged to vote

Leaders of Arab Joint List say prime minister’s incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel could backfire.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:57Published

Israel elections: Five key things to know [Video]Israel elections: Five key things to know

Israelis head to polls on September 17 as PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledges to annex the Jordan Valley if elected.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:02Published

Former Netanyahu aide Lieberman could be Israeli kingmaker [Video]Former Netanyahu aide Lieberman could be Israeli kingmaker

A former nightclub bouncer with a heavy Russian accent, Avigdor Lieberman used to carry a fresh change of shirt for his political boss, Benjamin Netanyahu. He is now one of Israel's most prominent..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:58Published

Evangelicals harvest land in settlements Israel hopes to annex [Video]Evangelicals harvest land in settlements Israel hopes to annex

U.S. evangelicals have been a core support base for President Donald Trump since the 2016 election. Many are also staunch supporters of Israel, seeing a biblical connection with the Jewish people and..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published

Palestinians vow to keep Jordan Valley land [Video]Palestinians vow to keep Jordan Valley land

Palestinians vow to defy Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex the Jordan Valley, saying the land isn't his to hold on to. The Israeli prime minister made the pledge ahead of next week's election. Lucy..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

EU reacts to Netanyahu's plans to annex Jordan Valley, calls any settlement 'illegal' [Video]EU reacts to Netanyahu's plans to annex Jordan Valley, calls any settlement 'illegal'

The European Union said any "settlement plan" would be considered "illegal" under international law after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he planned to annex parts of the occupied..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:04Published

Netanyahu announces post-election plan to annex Jordan Valley [Video]Netanyahu announces post-election plan to annex Jordan Valley

Some 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 illegal Israeli settlers live in the area - mostly under Israeli military control.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:02Published

Israel's Netanyahu announces plan to annex Jordan Valley in West Bank [Video]Israel's Netanyahu announces plan to annex Jordan Valley in West Bank

Annexing the large part of the West Bank could contravene international law, especially since many Palestinians live there.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:15Published

Iran Nuclear Deal: 'All sides need to re-commit' [Video]Iran Nuclear Deal: 'All sides need to re-commit'

Iran on Monday rejected a claim by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Tehran had been developing nuclear weapons at a secret site and said Netanyahu was seeking a pretext for war

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:18Published

Israeli PM gets Boris Johnson's name wrong [Video]Israeli PM gets Boris Johnson's name wrong

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has released a video that clumsily tries to edit out a gaffe where he calls the British prime minister the wrong name. Mr Netanyahu misspoke at..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

Israel, Hezbollah exchange fire at Lebanon border [Video]Israel, Hezbollah exchange fire at Lebanon border

Israel's military said it retaliated by firing into southern Lebanon after Hezbollah's claim it destroyed Israeli tank.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published

Israel, Hezbollah Exchange Border Fire [Video]Israel, Hezbollah Exchange Border Fire

Hezbollah attacked an Israeli army base and a nearby military vehicle on Sunday. According to CNN, tensions remain high along the border between Israel and Lebanon. Israel says there were no casualties..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

 

Israel's Gantz to speak at 1100 GMT, after Netanyahu overture

Israeli election challenger Benny Gantz will deliver a statement on 1100 GMT on Thursday, his office said, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the centrist rival to join him in a broad..
Reuters - Published

Early election results show Israel's top two parties nearly tied

Israel's government appears to be heading toward uncertainty after an unprecedented repeat election. Partial results from yesterday's voting show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and..
CBS News - Published

Next Israeli leader certain to face growing budget problems

Whoever emerges as Israel's prime minister after Tuesday's election will need to rein in a growing budget deficit quickly before it hits economic growth.
Reuters - Published

Ties to Trump and U.S. loom large in tight Israeli election battle

With nearly all of the votes counted, Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger appear tied
CBS News - Published

Israel's Netanyahu left teetering after close election

Israel's election was too close to call on Wednesday, with a partial vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival, former military chief Benny Gantz.
Reuters - Published

Your Wednesday Briefing

Israel, California, Federal Reserve: Here’s what you need to know.
NYTimes.com - Published

Israeli troopers shoot Palestinian woman, say she tried to stab them

Israeli security personnel shot a Palestinian woman who tried to stab them at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli police said, and Palestinian officials said she died of her..
Reuters - Published

Israel election too close to call

Israelis went to the polls on Tuesday for the second time in five months. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to create a governing coalition in April and elections were held again. The Washington..
CBS News - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Results in Israel too close to call after polls close

Israelis went to the polls on Tuesday for the second time in five months. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to create a governing coalition in April and elections were held again. i24 News' Dan..
CBS News - Published

Netanyahu in post-election speech makes no victory claim

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no victory claim or concession of defeat in a speech to his Likud party on Wednesday after exit polls showed no clear winner in an election race that was..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu's main election rival, Gantz, says it appears prime minister lost

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main election challenger, centrist party chief Benny Gantz, said on Wednesday it appeared from exit polls that the Israeli leader was defeated but that only official..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu election rival Gantz says will work for unity government

The main election rival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, centrist Benny Gantz, said on Wednesday that he would work toward a national unity government in a speech that lauded his party's..
Reuters - Published

Israeli exit polls suggest setback for Netanyahu

In an apparent setback, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to fall short of securing a parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies in national elections, initial exit polls showed, putting..
USATODAY.com - Published

Israeli exit polls show uncertainty for Netanyahu's reelection bid

A senior Palestinian official says he hopes the next Israeli government "will focus on how to make peace." Saeb Erakat spoke as initial exit polls from Tuesday's vote showed Prime Minister Benjamin..
CBS News - Published

Israeli PM Netanyahu in tight election

The election in Israel could have a profound effect on the U.S.-Israeli relationship. For the second time in five months, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is looking for a majority parliament to keep..
CBS News - Published

Israeli election too close to call, Netanyahu weakened: exit polls

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's battle for political survival looked set to stretch on after exit polls following Tuesday's election showed the race too close to call and Israel's longest-serving..
Reuters - Published

Israel's Lieberman calls for unity government

Israel's former defense chief Avigdor Lieberman, a possible kingmaker in the parliamentary election held on Tuesday, called for a national unity government after exit polls showed no clear winner at..
Reuters - Published

Exit polls show rocky future for Netanyahu

The longest-serving leader in Israeli history was seeking a fourth consecutive term in office and fifth overall but faces stiff competition
CBS News - Published

Benjamin Netanyahu's fate uncertain after exit polls show no clear winner in Israel vote

Exit polls in Israel's do-over election indicate no clear winner. The fate of Israel's longest-serving leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, looks uncertain.
USATODAY.com - Published

Facebook briefly blocks Netanyahu chatbot on election day

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at Facebook on Tuesday after the social network blocked a "chatbot" from his right-wing Likud party's account for violating election day rules.
Reuters - Published

Warning of election "disaster", Israel's Netanyahu battles for survival

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu battled for his political survival in the final hours of a close-run election on Tuesday, urging voters to support him to avert a "disaster".
Reuters - Published

Russia's Putin plans to visit Israel in January 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he planned to visit Israel in January next year to inaugurate a memorial to World War Two victims in Jerusalem.
Reuters - Published

Merkel criticizes Netanyahu plan to annex Jordan Valley

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement last week that he intended to annex the Jordan valley in the occupied West Bank, saying it..
Reuters - Published

Dutch Palestinian seeks war crimes damages from Israel's Gantz

A Dutch Palestinian who lost six relatives during a 2014 bombing of Gaza sought compensation on Tuesday from former Israeli armed forces chief Benny Gantz, who is contesting a tight election against..
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories September 17 A

Here's the latest for Tuesday September 17th: Israel holds election; Trump says it looks like Iran is behind Saudi Arabia attack; Elizabeth Warren campaigns in NYC, talks about corruption; GM-UAW..
USATODAY.com - Published

Netanyahu, Gantz vote in Israeli election

Israelis voted Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election. It's the second showdown this year for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and challenger Benny Gantz. Netayahu is seeking a fifth term and..
USATODAY.com - Published

Israel's Netanyahu fights for record fifth term

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a battle for political survival in a closely fought election on Tuesday that could end his 10-year domination of national politics.
Reuters - Published

Holy land: Israel and the Palestinian territories

Peace between Israelis and Palestinians has been elusive for more than 70 years. This week, Israel holds its second election in less than six months.
USATODAY.com - Published

Today in History for September 17th

Highlights of this day in history: The Battle of Antietam sets a bloody record during America's Civil War; Work ends on U.S. Constitution; Israel and Egypt's leaders sign Camp David Accords; Singer..
USATODAY.com - Published

Israel's Netanyahu fights for new term after decade in power

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a battle for political survival in a closely fought election on Tuesday that could end his 10-year domination of national politics.
Reuters - Published

Dutch court to hear case against Israel's Gantz

A Dutch court will consider on Tuesday a request to hear a civil suit seeking damages from former Israeli armed forces chief Benny Gantz, who is standing against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a..
Reuters - Published

It's Israel's election but here's why Donald Trump is the 'King of Israel'

Every U.S. president, citing shared values and security commitments, has been staunchly pro-Israel; President Donald Trump more than most.
USATODAY.com - Published

Israel 'well-prepared' for any spill-over from attack on Saudi oil plant

Israel is prepared for the possibility it might be drawn into any U.S.-Iranian confrontation over a strike on a Saudi oil plant, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

France's Macron concerned over Israeli comments on annexation: Elysee

French president Emmanuel Macron and Jordan's King Abdallah expressed their shared concern on Monday over Israeli comments on the annexation of Palestinian territories, the French presidency said in a..
Reuters - Published

Explainer: Israel's election - will Netanyahu survive?

Israelis vote on Tuesday for the second time in less than six months in an election that could see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu win a record fifth term - or end his decade-long dominance of..
Reuters - Published

Israel's Netanyahu sharpens focus on settlements, two days before ballot

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up a bid for far-right votes two days before a closely-contested election, convening his cabinet in the occupied West Bank and having it approve legal..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Israel becoming 'racist, apartheid regime' with annexation plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement of his intention to annex areas of the West Bank following next week's elections shows Israel is becoming a "racist, apartheid regime", Turkey's..
Reuters - Published

Trump floats possible defense treaty days ahead of Israeli elections

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about a possible mutual defense treaty between the two nations, a move that could bolster..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says OIC to convene after Netanyahu annexation plans

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an extraordinary meeting on Sunday to discuss Israel's announcement of its intention to annex areas of the West Bank, the Turkish foreign..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Where Netanyahu stands on key Israeli policy issues

Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seeking a fifth term as Israel's prime minister, has played up his conservative, security-first credentials in the face of inexperienced rivals in the run-up to Tuesday's..
Reuters - Published

'King Bibi' fights for his political life in Israeli election

Twenty years after Benjamin Netanyahu's first term as Israel's prime minister ended, the man hailed by supporters as "King Bibi" is again fighting for his political survival in a rerun election.
Reuters - Published

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