Analysis: Gantz gets first shot at becoming PM

Opposition leader Benny Gantz was officially charged yesterday with the task of forming Israel’s next government after a roller-coaster weekend of political manoeuvring. It came against the backdrop of the country in a virtual lockdown as dramatic measures to counter the coronavirus were taken by Benjamin Netanyahu’s caretaker government. Gantz, who leads the centrist Blue[…]

Analysis: Gantz moves to oust Netanyahu

Israel’s opposition leader, Benny Gantz, has seized the political initiative and is attempting to form a minority government within two weeks to oust Benjamin Netanyahu from power and end the country’s year-long political stalemate. The former IDF chief’s move follows a dramatic week in the wake of last Monday’s inconclusive general election. Israelis have voted three times[…]

Analysis: Israelis prepare for new elections – and another stalemate?

Voters in Israel go to the polls in two week’s time – for an unprecedented third time in less than one year, with many fearing that continued stalemate may even lead to further elections. The general elections held in April and September last year saw both Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz fail to[…]

Analysis: Trump plan’s threat to Arab Israelis

Among the many flaws of Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” – although one which has received little intentional attention – was its seeming proposal that thousands of Arab Israelis should be effectively stripped of their citizenship and transferred to a future Palestinian state. The US plan proposes that Israeli territorial gains in the West[…]

Analysis: Trump’s plan: Palestinians say “No” as Bibi fails to reap political windfall

The release of the US Middle East plan last week was a nakedly political event. As his impeachment trial in the US Senate continued, Donald Trump attempted to bolster his support among pro-Israel evangelical Christians at home, while throwing an electoral lifeline to Benjamin Netanyahu. Indeed, the Israeli prime minister was formally charged with multiple[…]

Analysis: Trump prepares to roll out “peace plan”

Israel’s prime minister and opposition leader met with Donald Trump today as the US administration began to roll out its controversial Middle East peace plan. Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz had separate White House meetings with the president, with the US reportedly not planning to announce full details of its plans until it has approval[…]

Analysis: Britain and Israel: the ever-strengthening relationship

The British ties with Israel are becoming wider and deeper, according to a new report from BICOM published this week. It details the burgeoning bilateral trade and economic, security and foreign policy, and cultural and scientific links between the two countries. It also notes that, while British public attitudes towards the Jewish state have remained largely[…]

Analysis: “The difference-maker in the 2020 election”? Labor and Meretz form poll pact

The Israeli Labor party and Meretz have announced a joint run in March’s general election. The deal agreed on Monday marks a landmark coming together of the Israeli left – although one driven by fear that they risked being shut out of the Knesset unless they teamed up. The move had been fiercely resisted by[…]