The Israeli parliament approved Wednesday by a vote of 71-23 a coalition agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and the opposition Kadima party of Shaul Mofaz.
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.
Former Israeli foreign minister and opposition leader Tzipi Livni submitted her resignation from the Knesset Tuesday.
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.
Tzipi Livni, Israel's former foreign minister, lost her fight to remain head of Kadima, Israel's main opposition party.
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.
CNN's Bill Schneider reports on the mixed mandate coming out of Israel's national elections.
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.
Israeli media are buzzing with reports that right-wing nationalist Avigdor Lieberman may become Israel's next foreign minister.
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.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas said Monday that it is willing to consider the release of an Israeli soldier who was seized in a cross-border raid more than two years ago.
Israel's centrist Kadima is maintaining its one-seat lead over right-wing Likud but with about 100,000 ballots yet to be counted the result is not yet official, the Central Elections Committee said Thursday.
The leaders of Israel's two largest parties jockeyed to form ruling coalitions Wednesday, each claiming a mandate to govern as unofficial election results indicated a virtual tie between them.
CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on the unofficial Israeli election results
"I won!" Tzipi Livni said. My party got the most votes. "Today, the people decided -- Kadima," Livni announced at a victory rally Tuesday night.
Israel's two largest parties each claimed a mandate early Wednesday after exit polls showed a surprise first-place finish by the ruling Kadima party and dramatic gains by its conservative rivals.
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.
Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud movement maintains a slim lead ahead of next week's parliamentary elections in Israel, but Tzipi Livni's ruling centrist Kadima party still has a chance to pull out a victory, a win that would give it the first opportunity to form a new coalition government, according to polls published on Friday.
CNN.com profiles the leading parties and party leaders ahead of Tuesday's Israeli elections.
CNN.com profiles the leading parties and party leaders ahead of Tuesday's Israeli elections.
Israel was founded on democratic principles with the Jewish state's declaration of independence in 1948 including a commitment to the "complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex." It has remained a continuous democracy ever since.
Tzipi Livni's inability to form a new ruling coalition will mean early elections next year, but they could ultimately boost prospects for an agreement with the Palestinians
Unable to form a new coalition government, Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni said Sunday she has asked Israeli President Shimon Peres to hold early general elections.
Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni has given up efforts to form a coalition government and will ask President Shimon Peres for early elections in 90 days, Israeli media reported late Saturday.
Elections to chose a new Israeli government appeared closer Friday when the ultra-Orthodox Shas party rejected a bid to join a coalition government headed by Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni.
Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, head of the Kadima party, to form a new government Monday.
The resignation of Israeli President Ehud Olmert doesn't necessarily mean he's gone. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
Although he remains as head of an interim government, the task of forging a new coalition falls to Tzipi Livni, Olmert's replacement as head of the Kadima party
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert handed in his resignation to President Shimon Peres on Sunday, Peres announced.
Israel's corruption-tainted prime minister told his Cabinet that he would step down, following through on a promise to allow the new leader of the ruling party to try to form a coalition government
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the front-runner to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, casts her ballot.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni declared victory Thursday in an election to lead the ruling Kadima Party, putting her on a path that could make her Israel's first female prime minister in 34 years.
Tzipi Livni wins a close race (by fewer than 500 votes) to become the new leader of Israel's ruling Kadima Party
Israel's ruling party stages a primary, forcing its members to choose between moving right and moving left
More than 70,000 members of Israel's ruling Kadima Party Wednesday will choose a new leader for the party and potentially a new prime minister.
Israel's prime minister is bound for the political scrapheap. In his last days, could he become a peacemaker?
Ehud Olmert pledged Thursday to immediately resign as Israel's prime minister once his party chooses his successor as leader next week
Israeli police recommend indicting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for corruption. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports
Israeli police on Sunday recommended that outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert be indicted on corruption charges stemming from two investigations, a police spokesman said.
Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday for the fourth time in a corruption investigation that has brought about his political downfall
A widely reviled Prime Minister quits, reminding his people of the political stalemate over which he presided
Scandal-hit Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Wednesday that he will not be his party's leader going into the next election.
A new set of interrogations pushes Israel's prime minister deeper into flame-out mode. Will his party and his country finally give him the heave-ho?
Israeli lawmakers have reached a last-minute deal that will allow embattled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to stay in power for a few more months. In exchange, Olmert's party agreed to hold primary elections by September 25.
Israel's foreign minister warned the ruling Kadima party Thursday that it must be prepared to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is embroiled in a corruption probe, an aide said.
Israel's defense minister said Wednesday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert should step down while he defends himself against corruption allegations.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday that he should resign over his handling of last summer's war in Lebanon.
Interim Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima Party signed an agreement Thursday with the Labor Party to join a coalition, according to a Labor spokeswoman.
Three months after he suffered a massive stroke, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been declared permanently incapacitated by the Israeli Cabinet, formally ending his premiership.
Israeli stocks traded lower on Wednesday after the centrist Kadima Party won the most seats in Israel's parliament, but captured fewer seats than markets had expected.
Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is promising to work toward a compromise with the Palestinians after his Kadima party led parliamentary elections, but he warned: "We will not wait forever."
Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's 4-month-old centrist Kadima party took the largest share of parliamentary seats in elections Tuesday, according to Israeli media.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a procedure Wednesday to remove excess liquid from his stomach, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's condition remained critical but stable the morning after he underwent emergency abdominal surgery, according to a hospital statement Sunday quoted by news agencies.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's life is in "no immediate danger" Saturday after emergency surgery for alarming damage in his intestinal tract, according to a hospital spokesman.
Israeli acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Sunday for a "unified international position" against a Palestinian government that includes an armed group calling for Israel's destruction.
Doctors at Hadassah Hospital replaced the breathing tube of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon early Wednesday, in a procedure a hospital spokesman called "successful."
As Israeli diplomats departed for Russia on Tuesday to discuss deep concerns about Iran's nuclear facilities, acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the Jewish state cannot allow Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons under any circumstances.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who is being treated for a massive stroke, moved his eyelids Monday, his family said, according to a hospital statement.
A week after suffering a major stroke, doctors saw "slight improvement" Wednesday in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's condition, according to a statement released from Hadassah Hospital.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, recovering from surgeries after a major stroke, responded to pain stimulus Monday by slightly moving his right arm and leg, Hadassah Hospital officials said.
Doctors at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital have decided to begin trying to bring Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon out of a medically induced coma on Monday.
Doctors treating Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon say they will meet Sunday at Hadassah Hospital to discuss plans to reduce anesthesia so he can slowly wake up from a medically induced coma.
Unconscious and clinging to life, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was in stable condition Saturday after a third round of brain surgery to treat a major stroke suffered on Wednesday.
Two opinion polls published Friday suggest that Israelis voting in upcoming elections would strongly support the Kadima political party founded by ailing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, even without its gravely ill leader.
Bleeding in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's brain has been stopped and scans show improvement Friday after a third round of surgery to treat a major stroke, a hospital official said.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke on Wednesday. Whatever his fate, it is bound to reverberate through Israeli politics. Sharon's illness comes just months before a crucial election in March. In that vote, the fate of Sharon's newly formed centrist political party, Kadima, hangs in the balance.
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.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was taken to a hospital Sunday after suffering what doctors said was a mild stroke.
Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz quit the Likud Party on Sunday to join the party recently founded by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a spokesman for the new Kadima party said.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres resigned Wednesday from the Labor Party and endorsed his former rival, Ariel Sharon, in the upcoming race for prime minister.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres will resign from the Labor Party, Israeli Channel 10 reported Tuesday night.
The new party created amid political upheaval in Israel will support the creation of a peaceful Palestinian state, giving up some land to ensure Israel's Jewish majority and maintaining all of Jerusalem under Israeli control.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new political party registered Thursday morning under the name Kadima, Hebrew for "Forward."
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