With 30-plus governments since independence (average length less than two years), Israeli politics rarely surprises. But Monday's agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz did precisely that.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party have agreed to form a unity government with the rival centrist political faction Kadima in a move that will put off elections until late next year and create one of the largest coalition governments in Israeli history.
CNN's Brian Todd looks at recent brushback from inside Israel against Netanyahu for his hardline stance against Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Sunday for early elections.
Faced with a choice that could tear apart his coalition government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering holding early elections this fall, his spokesman, Mark Regev, said Sunday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Erin Burnett that sanctions against Iran are delivering mixed results.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has suggested that time is running out for Western sanctions on Iran to have a meaningful effect on Tehran's nuclear program.
In an exclusive interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he could bring peace.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested that the country¹s Defense Ministry postpone a planned eviction of Israeli settlers who occupied a home in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron.
It's a rare thing for the threads of an ongoing crisis to be pulled so closely together in a discrete event, compressed in time and space as if they were part of a dramatization, as they were when President Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this month in the Oval Office.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells the AIPAC conference that Iran must never be allowed a nuclear weapon.
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday they stand together in their efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, but Netanyahu warned that time for diplomacy was running short.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handily won his Likud party leadership primary Tuesday, fueling speculation that he may soon call for nationwide elections.
The open mike I-wish-I-hadn't-said-that moment when French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar" and Barack Obama didn't disagree is a tale as old as the hills for American presidents and secretaries of state.
After hours of debate and forceful arguments from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli cabinet this week approved a deal to exchange more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, many linked to some of the deadliest terror attacks on Israeli civilians in recent years, for the release of an Israeli solider captured by militants more than five years ago.
CNN's Fred Pleitgen meets Palestinians hoping to be reunited with their jailed relatives soon.
A Palestinian bid to become a member state of the United Nations will not succeed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, predicting the Security Council will not approve the move.
[Updated 3 p.m. ET Monday, August 8] The photo above was taken in Tel Aviv, Israel, where thousands of people marched in the streets this weekend to protest the rising cost of living.
Thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets of Tel Aviv in protest at the growing disparity between rich and poor.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced details about a new financial team Sunday, a day after more than a quarter of a million demonstrators took to the streets protesting the rising cost of living in the Jewish state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday he will gather a round table to form a plan aimed at easing the financial burden on Israeli citizens in the wake of protests across the country.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress Tuesday that he is prepared to make "painful compromises" for a peace deal with Palestinians, but reiterated his insistence that Israel will never return to the boundaries that existed before the 1967 Middle East war.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advocates a peace deal with Palestine in a speech to the U.S. Congress.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets his chance Monday night to address the main U.S. Jewish lobby when he speaks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks to the group the day before.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict persists because the Palestinians "refuse to end it," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the main U.S. Jewish lobby Monday night.
With Osama bin Laden dead, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now the biggest threat to peace in the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.
Israel's top government watchdog said Thursday that his office will launch a probe into allegations that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife took several overseas trips paid for by private individuals while he served as a Knesset member.
CNN's Piers Morgan reminds his viewers about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's view on Palestine.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a diplomatic initiative that will seek an interim agreement with the Palestinians rather than one that resolves all core issues, an Israeli government official said Tuesday.
Facing mounting domestic political pressure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday announced a series of economic measures aimed at bringing down rapidly rising prices for food and gasoline.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday agreed to formally request the release of convicted U.S. spy Jonathan Pollard.
The "major sources" of a deadly Israeli wildfire have been extinguished, police said Sunday, as the Israeli cabinet approved a plan to speed aid to those affected.
Palestinian leaders said Sunday that they will not proceed with peace talks with Israel unless the Jewish state completely halts settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The Obama administration is prepared to put into writing some of the commitments that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton orally gave to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, a State Department official said Friday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes to wrap up talks soon with the U.S. administration and present to his cabinet a proposed agreement on settlement building "that will reflect the understandings that were achieved with Secretary of State [Hillary] Clinton," his office said in a statement Wednesday.
President Barack Obama on Sunday called the prospects of Israel freezing settlement construction in the West Bank "promising," hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to his Cabinet on the proposal.
In a speech before the general assembly of a major Jewish organization, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Iran the biggest threat to his country and the world.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he would renew a temporary halt of settlement construction in the West Bank in exchange for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
The Israeli prime minister says he'd extend the West Bank settlement freeze for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
The Israeli Cabinet has approved an amendment to a citizenship law that requires new citizens to declare their loyalty to a "Jewish and democratic state," the prime minister's office said Sunday.
Israeli FM Avigdor Liberman at the UN says everything is 'relative' in building a two-state solution.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. special Mideast envoy Wednesday that he is committed to reaching a peace agreement with Palestinians, according to a statement released by Netanyahu's office.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris, France, next month at French President Nicolas Sarkozy's invitation, Netanyahu said Tuesday.
Israel does not plan to extend a moratorium on settlement-building in the West Bank, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told party colleagues Sunday, despite a Palestinian threat to walk away from peace talks if building resumes.
U.S. officials and diplomatic sources say Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell is working with Israelis and Palestinians on a formula for settlements before the moratorium on building in the West Bank expires at the end of the month.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has stopped well short of agreeing to a continued freeze on building Israeli settlements in the West Bank, made comments that suggested that he might be willing to compromise on the issue.
President Obama says his administrion is unequivocal in its support of Israel's security.
There is no guarantee that talks between Israel and the Palestinians will succeed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a Jewish New Year greeting released Tuesday, but he promised to strive for a peace agreement by this time next year.
Direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders kicked off again Thursday with pledges of support from leaders on both sides -- as well as the United States -- for a peace process leading to a comprehensive settlement within one year.
Ahead of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians on Thursday, President Barack Obama said Wednesday night that he was "hopeful -- cautiously hopeful" that the talks could achieve a two-state solution to the long running Mideast conflict.
If this week's Mideast peace talks brokered by the Obama administration go well, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is offering to host a second round of talks later this month in his country, according to two officials close to the talks.
Two days ahead of the first direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders since 2008, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with two key players in the discussion.
The reaction to the U.S. invitation for direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians next month was swift.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell met Friday to advance direct talks next month with the Palestinians, the prime minister's office said.
Stressing the unbreakable ties between their nations, U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Tuesday for direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians while agreeing that the international community is strengthening efforts to isolate Iran over its nuclear ambitions.
The images couldn't have been better if Benjamin Netanyahu designed them himself.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has never questioned President Obama's support of Israel.
Moving toward direct peace talks with Palestinians will be a focus of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trip to the United States this week, the prime minister told Israeli Cabinet officials Sunday.
The Israeli media was buzzing Thursday over reports that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was kept out of the loop of a secret meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Minister of Industry and Trade Benjamin Ben-Eliezer of the Labor Party.
Facing mounting pressure from the family of Gilad Shalit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel was ready to pay a high price for the captured soldier's release -- but there was a limit to that price.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will next meet with President Barack Obama in Washington on July 6 for talks originally planned for earlier this month, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled this week's scheduled meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli government officials said Monday. The two leaders were slated to meet Tuesday during a visit by Netanyahu to Washington.
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next Tuesday, according to a White House official.
Thursday evening and the line outside Israel's Channel 2 production facility is getting longer. Dozens of eager fans are waiting to enter the studio for the season finale taping of, "Eretz Nehederet," or "What a Wonderful Country."
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for more than three hours Tuesday evening amid a dispute over Israel's decision to build new Jewish housing on disputed land in East Jerusalem.
At the annual AIPAC conference, Mideast Envoy Tony Blair stressed security for Israel and dignity for Palestinians.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday sharply defended his government's plan to build new housing on disputed land in East Jerusalem, a decision that has put Israel at odds with its leading ally.
Israel has no intention of backing down in its argument with the United States over Israeli plans to build 1,600 apartments on disputed land in largely Arab East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set up a team to investigate why officials announced new settlement construction in disputed territory while U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was visiting the country.
U.S. President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Middle East ended a four-day trip to Israel and the West Bank with no breakthrough in persuading Israelis and Palestinians to go back to the negotiating table.
Settler leaders in Israel voiced their consternation Thursday over the government's 10-month building freeze, with one top leader telling the country's prime minister that the moratorium will be defied.
Leaders of the Jewish settlement movement poured concrete for the foundations of a synagogue Wednesday in this West Bank settlement south of Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces a temporary settlement freeze for the West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for an immediate resumption of peace talks with Palestinians on Monday, hours before he met with President Obama.
President Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday evening after a rough stretch in U.S. efforts to settle the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with the top U.S. envoy to the Middle East on Friday was "useful and constructive," the Israeli leader's office said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took aim Thursday at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the "terrorist" Iranian regime, deploring Ahmadinejad's "anti-Semitic rants" and his repeated claims that the "Holocaust is a lie."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slams the Iranian president's contention that the holocaust was a lie.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a complete halt of Jewish settlements will not happen, according to a parliament source.
Israeli prime minister walks thin line in decision for new settlements
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will fly to Egypt Sunday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with President Hosni Mubarak.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Sunday the Obama administration's demand that Israel halt the planning of a Jewish housing project in a predominantly Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel could accept a peace agreement with a "demilitarized Palestinian state" as its neighbor.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his concern over the potential of a nuclear-armed Iran during meetings with top congressional leaders Tuesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday to use his moral authority to thwart anti-Semitic sentiment and hatred toward Israel, especially by Iran.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, and the two enjoyed a "warm and friendly" conversation, Netanyahu's office said in a statement.
Incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tuesday that "extremist Islam is trying to bring us down through terrorism from north and south" as his Cabinet prepared to take office.
Incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his government will be a "partner for peace" with the Palestinians.
The Central Committee of Israel's Labor Party voted Tuesday to join a coalition government headed by Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, running out of time to form a coalition government, was granted a 14-day extension Friday by Israeli President Shimon Peres.
CNN's Bill Schneider reports on the mixed mandate coming out of Israel's national elections.
Israel's next government is shaping up to be a narrow conservative coalition after designated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to strike a deal on Friday with the moderate Kadima Party.
Days after being chosen to form the next Israeli government, Benjamin Netanyahu met with moderate party leaders in an attempt to lure them into a government under his leadership.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the conservative Likud Party, has been chosen to form Israel's next government, Israeli President Shimon Peres announced Friday.
Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu has picked up tentative support that could give him the inside track on forming a coalition government and becoming Israel's next prime minister.
Down to the wire. That's what the polling in Israel's election on Tuesday predicts: a tight race between Benjamin Netanyahu, former prime minister (1996-99) and leader of the conservative Likud party, and Tzipi Livni, the current foreign minister and leader of the centrist Kadimah party.
Three weeks after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon bolted its ranks, Israel's right-wing Likud party Monday turned to Sharon's long-time rival, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as its new leader.