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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When he leaves office, he will bequeath an occupation of Palestinian territories that is as entrenched, as morally indefensible as it was when he came to power. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel is entering the post-Netanyahu era. The man nicknamed “the magician” for his knack for pulling off unlikely electoral feats may yet return with(...)

Neither Benny Gantz nor Binyamin  Netanyahu will receive the support of a majority 61 Knesset members to form a coalition.

Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin will on Sunday begin consultations with heads of the parties elected to the new Knesset, following this week’s electi(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli president Reuven Rivlin and Benny Gantz, former Israeli army chief of staff and chairman of the Blue and White political alliance join hands as they attend a memorial service for late Israeli president Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery, in Jerusalem, on Thursday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Binyamin Netanyahu lost, but nobody seems to have won. That’s the only firm conclusion to be drawn from Israel’s second election in five months, which(...)

Likud prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: said the election result made clear that Israel had no choice but to accept a unity government.  Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

The frontrunner in the Israeli elections, Benny Gantz, has rejected a request from prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to consider joining a coalition t(...)

Benny Gantz, leader and candidate of the Israel Resilience party that is part of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, shakes hands with supporters in Tel Aviv. Photograph:  Gali Tibbon/AFP

The Palestinians and Arabs are hoping and praying Israel’s next coalition will not be headed by the right-wing Likud’s Binyamin Netanyahu. “Anyone b(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: aim now is to build a coalition of 61 Knesset members to thwart the option of a Benny Gantz-led government. Photograph:  Sergey/New York Times

Everyone is asking the same question and, at this juncture, no one knows the answer. The question is simple: Is Binyamin Netanyahu’s political career (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara casts their votes at a voting station in Jerusalem. Photograph: Heidi Levine/ AFP/Getty Images

It looks unlikely that Binyamin Netanyahu has won a fifth term as Israel’s prime minister, with TV exit polls following Tuesday’s election showing his(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu, who this summer overtook David Ben Gurion as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, has every incentive to cling to power as Israeli voters go to the polls on Tuesday. Photograph: Amir Cohen/AFP/Getty Images

Israelis go to the polls on Tuesday for a second general election in six months. If opinion polls are any guide, the vote may fail to break the deadlo(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is due to face three separate corruption cases. Photograph: Amir Cohen/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this year, Binyamin Netanyahu became Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. On Tuesday, he seeks to win a fifth term in office in what promi(...)

A worker hangs a massive election campaign billboard that shows the Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photograph: AP/Oded Balilty

Israelis head to the polls on Tuesday for the second time this year, with little enthusiasm and a great deal of foreboding, fearing the result will le(...)

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