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Netanyahu, Gantz agree to form government

The deal effectively puts an end to an unprecedented political impasse which has seen no duly-elected government in Israel since December 2018, and an unprecedented three inconclusive elections in 11 months.

Gantz gets a mandate – What now?

In Israel on Monday, after having received the recommendation of 61 members of Knesset, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz was given the mandate by President Reuven Rivlin to try to form a government.

The aftermath of Israel’s March 2 election

What a difference a few days makes in Israeli politics. On Tuesday, in the immediate aftermath of Israel's general election on March 2, the third in a year, exit polls seemed to indicate that incumbent PM Netanyahu of the Likud party had won a convincing victory...

Climbing off fence, Lieberman apparently moving to oust Netanyahu

In a normal Israeli election, a result showing Likud as the largest party and head of the largest bloc, even if not quite holding...

Understanding the Israeli election result

How to explain Netanyahu’s resurgence, particularly in light of the fact that he has been indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust? And how is it that Blue and White somehow retreated from its achievements in elections last April and September?

Israel goes to the polls for the third time in a...

Israel is heading back to the polls next Monday, March 2, for the third time in less than a year. This Update explores why, what could happen, and what to watch out for as the results come in. 

President Rivlin’s visit to Australia with Ehud Yaari

Israeli TV commentator and analyst Ehud Yaari appeared on ABC TV's The World to discuss Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's visit to Australia.

Israeli election preview with Ehud Yaari

Israeli TV commentator and political analyst Ehud Yaari appeared on ABC News Breakfast on February 28. He was interviewed about the third Israeli election in 11 months, the Trump Administration's Middle East peace plan and the ongoing extradition case of alleged child abuser Malka Leifer.

Israel set for March Madness

The only thing we can’t say for sure will take place in March – in fact, chances are right now it won’t – is the swearing-in of a new government. The polls have barely budged in the five months since the last election

Iran’s Parliamentary Election

This Update analyses the Iranian legislative election taking place today, and assesses its international significance.