Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has enjoyed significant support amongst the public despite certain legal challenges. Having narrowly won but failed to secure a majority in the last election, the prime minister has been reviewing candidates to take his place, Trend reports citing Sputnik. Netanyahu has said that he has highlighted both Yossi Cohen, the head of the Mossad intelligence agency, and Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the US, as his potential successors once his political career ends, according to The Times of Israel, citing the media outlet Walla. “There are two people I consider fit to lead the State of Israel - Yossi Cohen and Ron Dermer,” he said, as cited by Walla. Netanyahu retains the legacy of being Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. The PM said that he does not intend to step down from the position, even as criminal indictments begin to encroach on him. According to Walla, a discrepancy has emerged between the two stated … [Read more...] about Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu names his potential successors
Stephen Daisley 20 July 2019 5:19 PM 20 July 2019 5:19 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp There are little in the way of festivities but today is nonetheless a landmark in Israeli history: Benjamin Netanyahu becomes the country’s longest-serving prime minister, displacing beloved founding leader David Ben-Gurion. Netanyahu has been in charge for 4,876 days, governing for a three-year term in the late 1990s then continuously since 2009. His Israel would be unrecognisable to Ben-Gurion. Where the Old Man presided over an agrarian society surrounded by almighty Arab armies sworn to its destruction, the land of Bibi is the ‘Start-Up Nation’, an economy powered by technology and pharmaceuticals and undergoing a diplomatic spring with the Arab world. Israelis are happy, healthy and prosperous, and deadly terror attacks are at their lowest since 2013. But all things — good or bad — … [Read more...] about What has Benjamin Netanyahu achieved?
Thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv Saturday night to protest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's emerging coalition agreements, which opposition leaders said would constitute the end of the country's democracy. Netanyahu, who has until Wednesday night to form a new coalition following the April 9 elections, has so far failed to accommodate the clashing demands of his future government partners, primarily over the issue of drafting ultra-Orthodox men. While no agreements have been presented thus far, there was speculation that coalition members would have to agree to measures that would weaken the judiciary, which is seeking to put Netanyahu on trial. Netanyahu has until October to face a pre-trial hearing, after Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced in February his intention to indict the premier on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery. Thousands of people on Saturday night waved Israeli flags and signs with slogans such as "One people, one law" and "Erdogan … [Read more...] about Opposition rallies to ‘save’ Israel from Netanyahu
Thousands have demonstrated in Tel Aviv against efforts to advance legislation that would grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity from prosecution as he faces indictment for corruption.The protest on Saturday night was led by opposition parties Blue and White, Labour and Meretz in collaboration with civil rights groups under the banner "defensive shield for democracy"."We won't let Netanyahu drag Israel into dangerous Turkish-style legislation in which the ruler is above the law," the event organisers wrote on Facebook.This week, a member of Netanyhau's right-wing Likud party submitted legislation that aims to grant Netanyahu immunity from prosecution.According to media reports, Netanyahu also seeks to pass a law that would allow parliament to override rulings made by the High Court of Justice.Netanyahu was tasked with forming the next government following his victory in the April 9 general elections. He appears to be struggling to cobble together a coalition as his May 29 … [Read more...] about Protest against law to protect Netanyahu
Date created : 22/05/2019 - 13:39 Jerusalem (AFP) Israel's attorney general on Wednesday extended until October the deadline for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-trial hearing on corruption allegations, but rejected a request for a 12-month delay.Netanyahu won a fifth term in office in a general election last month but now faces the prospect of becoming the first sitting Israeli premier to be indicted.Last month, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit set a July 10 deadline for the premier to excercise his right to a formal hearing to defend himself, before corruption charges are filed against him.In February, Mandelblit had announced his intention to indict Netanyahu on charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, following up on police recommendations.A letter from Mandelblit's office to Netanyahu attorney Amit Hadad, made public Wednesday by the justice ministry, refers to Hadad's request to put back the hearing until May 14, 2020 so that he can fully examine police evidence … [Read more...] about Netanyahu given October deadline for pre-trial hearing