Israel election

Benjamin Netanyahu leads in Israeli election, but still lacks majority

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Monday`s vote over his main challenger, former armed forces chief Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White party, after exit polls projected the conservative leader`s Likud party had come out on top.

Mar 03, 2020, 23:20 PM IST

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces party leadership challenge ahead of March election

Netanyahu, head of Likud for the past 14 years, is widely expected to retain the right-wing party`s leadership. However, the challenge has added to pressures that have mounted this year on the four-term premier, who is under indictment and fighting for political survival.

Dec 27, 2019, 00:04 AM IST

Israel to hold election in March, its third in less than a year

By a vote of 94 in favour to none opposed, lawmakers approved a motion dissolving parliament and setting the new election date. It came hours after a final deadline passed to form a government following the last election in September.

Dec 12, 2019, 07:31 AM IST

Benjamin Netanyahu tapped by Israel's president to form new government

Accepting the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin at a televised ceremony, a politically weakened Netanyahu said his chances of success were only marginally higher than those of Gantz, a former general who heads the Blue and White party. In his remarks, Netanyahu seemed to envision a scenario in which he and Gantz would be able to take another stab at power-sharing once it became clear there was no way out of the current deadlock, save for a third election that few in Israel wanted.

Sep 26, 2019, 08:13 AM IST

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu left teetering after close election

With no single-party majority in the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament, there will likely be weeks of coalition talks before a new government is formed. The ballot`s wildcard, former Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, emerged as a likely kingmaker as head of the secular-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party.

Sep 18, 2019, 20:08 PM IST

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu fights for new term after decade in power

Opinion polls put former armed forces chief Benny Gantz`s centrist Blue and White party neck-and-neck with Netanyahu`s right-wing Likud, and suggest the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party could emerge as kingmaker in coalition talks.

Sep 17, 2019, 13:27 PM IST

Israel faces fresh poll as Netanyahu fails to form government

The election, Israel`s second this year after an April 9 poll in which Netanyahu claimed victory, means unprecedented upheaval even for a country used to political infighting. 

May 30, 2019, 13:52 PM IST

Netanyahu, main challenger Gantz, both claim Israeli election victory

Updated exit polls on two of Israel`s three main TV channels showed Netanyahu`s Likud winning more parliamentary seats than Gantz`s centrist Blue and White Party.

Apr 10, 2019, 06:40 AM IST