Israeli elections

Tony Blair steps down as Middle East peace envoy

By Naomi Firsht, May 27, 2015

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has resigned from his role as a peace envoy to the Middle East.

Mr Blair led negotiations on behalf of the Quartet - the UN, US, EU and Russia.

He took up the position seven years ago on leaving Downing Street.

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Shimon Peres insists two-state solution is best way for Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

Former president Shimon Peres has reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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A coalition is born

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

With less than two hours to go before the final deadline for forming a government, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi negotiating teams finalised an agreement which allowed Benjamin Netanyahu to inform President Reuven Rivlin that he had succeeded in fulfilling his mandate.

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Bibi at the wheel, but prepare for a surprise left turn

March 26, 2015

On Monday morning, Moshe Kahlon arrived at the president's office in Jerusalem and recommended Benjamin Netanyahu as the head of a new government.

With the support of Mr Kahlon's Kulanu party, which brings 10 newly elected Knesset members, Mr Netanyahu crossed the threshold of a 61-MK majority and President Reuven Rivlin was no longer left with any choice but to hand him the mandate.

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Herzog reform agenda still crucial

By Alex Brummer, March 26, 2015

In voting for another Netanyahu-led government, Israelis once again chose guns over butter. Progress made in the polls made by Zionist Union leader Isaac "Buji" Herzog, who tapped into dissatisfaction over economic inequality in Israel, was in the final analysis overwhelmed by fears over national security.

In many ways, Israel has an economy to be proud of.

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Cameron congratulates Netanyahu on Israeli election victory

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

David Cameron has congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on his re-election as Israeli Prime Minister.

The men spoke on the telephone on Monday evening.

Mr Cameron said he was looking forward to working with the new Israeli administration once a new coalition was formed in the country.

A statement from Downing Street said Mr Cameron had reinforced his belief in a two-state solution.

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Netanyahu grabs victory - now the hard work begins

March 19, 2015

Don't let anybody tell you that they saw this coming.

Not the advisers who crafted the campaigns of the leading parties, not even the expert pollsters. No one was predicting an eight-seat leap for Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud in the final days of the contest.

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Who holds the cards as coalition building starts

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 19, 2015

Israel President Reuven Rivlin has called on Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog to work together to form a national unity government, but it does not seem likely they will join together in the same cabinet.

Mr Netanyahu repeatedly said throughout the election campaign that he would not sit in government with Mr Herzog and his partner in the Zionist Union leadership, Tzipi Livni.

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Short-term fixes led to election victory, now to repair the damage

By Tim Marshall, March 19, 2015

The bridges back to a working relationship to the White House and the Mukataa are not burned. Damaged yes, but not irreparably. Why? Because Benjamin Netanyahu's Congress speech, and carefully worded ruling out of a Palestinian state were pre-election, and we are now post-election.

The two issues are linked.

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The hard work starts now as Netanyahu builds coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 18, 2015

Israel President Reuven Rivlin has called on Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog to work together to form a national unity government, but it does not seem likely they will join together in the same cabinet.

Mr Netanyahu repeatedly said throughout the election campaign that he would not sit in government with Mr Herzog and his partner in the Zionist Union leadership, Tzipi Livni.

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