It was a gamble that did not pay off as well as it could have. After calling early elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netahyahu has seen his Likud-Beitenu coalition lose 11 seats. Meanwhile, a new party, Yesh Atid, led by TV personality Yair Lapid came a surprise second. While Netanyahu is expected to be named Prime Minister once again, he'll have to woo other parties to form a coalition big enough to gain a majority - and Yesh Atid will be at the top of his list.
Yair Lapid, a popular television personality turned centrist politician, has turned heads by leading his party to second place in Israel’s parliamentary poll. France 24 looks at the man set to play kingmaker in coalition-building talks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was left cobbling together a broad coalition on Wednesday, including his centre-left rivals and minority Arab parties, after failing to win a majority in an election he had expected would be an easy victory.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party leads in Israel's parliamentary elections, exit polls indicate. The vote also showed a surprise surge in support for the centrist Yesh Atid and the far-right Jewish Home party.
A few days after Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire in Gaza, Chuck D. Freilich, an Israeli government insider and author of “Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel makes National Security Policy”, speaks to Douglas Herbert about the flaws in Israel’s decision-making process and how the Arab Spring has changed everything.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling right wing Likud party began casting votes in a leadership primary on Sunday ahead of Israel’s general elections on January 22. The primary could reveal if the party will tilt further to the right.
Violence against African migrants this week in Tel Aviv has sparked angry debate in Israel. Haaretz is accusing members of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party of "incitement". That - and the latest on the Facebook IPO fiasco - is the focus for this look at the world's papers this Friday 25th May, 2012.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks set to win a new mandate to head the Likud party in a Tuesday primary. With elections not due until 2013, Netanyahu's call for a primary has prompted speculation that he intends to call an early vote.
Benjamin Netanyahu takes charge as Israeli PM on Wednesday after parliament approved his broad coalition. A new poll shows 54 percent of Israelis think the 30-minister strong new cabinet is too big for the already complex political landscape.