A leader for all Israelis? Yair Lapid takes over as caretaker prime minister

A leader for all Israelis?  Yair Lapid takes over as caretaker prime minister

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Jerusalem CNN — Yair Lapid is used to being in the spotlight. The son of a prominent family, Lapid has dabbled in acting, screenwriting, music and even … Read more

Israel’s parliament dissolves, sets 5th election in 4 years

Israel's parliament dissolves, sets 5th election in 4 years

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament voted Thursday to dissolve itself, marking the end of a year-old experimental coalition government, and sending the country to the polls in November for the fifth time in less than four years. Yair Lapid, Israel’s foreign minister and architect of the outgoing coalition government, will become the country’s caretaker prime … Read more

Israeli parliament votes to dissolve, triggering fifth election in four years

Israeli parliament votes to dissolve, triggering fifth election in four years

CNN — The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has voted to dissolve itself, triggering new elections. On Friday, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will take over as caretaker prime minister under the terms of a coalition agreement made between outgoing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Lapid last year. Thursday’s 92-0 vote brings an end to Bennett’s run … Read more

Officials ironing out deal between Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt on Red Sea islands

Officials ironing out deal between Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt on Red Sea islands

Chart: Axios Visuals Diplomats and lawyers from the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are working on a complex choreography of agreements, understandings and letters that will allow a deal around two strategic Red Sea islands to be inked ahead of President Biden’s visit to the Middle East next month , three Israeli officials told … Read more

Senators urge direct US involvement in Abu Akleh killing probe | News

Senators urge direct US involvement in Abu Akleh killing probe |  News

Veteran Al Jazeera journalist was killed by Israeli forces while reporting in Jenin on May 11. Twenty-four United States senators have called on President Joe Biden to ensure direct involvement from Washington in the investigation of the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli forces. The latest appeal from US legislators comes … Read more

On the way out: Why is Israel’s government about to fall? | Explainer News

On the way out: Why is Israel's government about to fall?  |  Explainer News

Israel’s governing coalition announced on Monday that it will dissolve parliament, or the Knesset, next week, which means that the government will disband, and the country will hold elections for the fifth time in three years. Here’s a closer look at why this is happening, and what comes next. The Israeli government is collapsing – … Read more

NY Times says Israeli forces ‘most likely’ shot Shireen Abu Akleh | Freedom of the Press News

NY Times says Israeli forces 'most likely' shot Shireen Abu Akleh |  Freedom of the Press News

A New York Times investigation has concluded that an Israeli soldier “most likely” fatally shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, adding to a growing body of independent probes that have found that the Palestinian-American correspondent was killed by Israeli forces. The New York Times report, published on Monday, said no Palestinian armed men were … Read more

No Israeli police to be punished for attacking Abu Akleh funeral | News

Israel will not investigate Shireen Abu Akleh's killing |  Israel-Palestine conflict News

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that an internal probe found evidence of police misconduct, but will not go further. An Israeli police investigation into the attack by its officers on mourners at the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh has concluded that no one should be punished, despite finding that there had been police … Read more

80% of Gaza children suffer depression after 15 years of blockade | Israel-Palestine conflict News

80% of Gaza children suffer depression after 15 years of blockade |  Israel-Palestine conflict News

800,000 children in Gaza have only ever known life under blockade, affecting their mental health, says report. Gaza City- Four out of five children in the Gaza Strip suffer from depression, sadness and fear caused by fifteen years of the Israeli blockade on the territory, a report published by Save the Children has found. The … Read more

White House announces Biden will visit Saudi Arabia, expects to meet crown prince

White House announces Biden will visit Saudi Arabia, expects to meet crown prince

After weeks of speculation, the agenda for President Biden’s mid-July Middle East trip is set, and it includes a visit to Saudi Arabia during which he expects to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a senior administration official told reporters. Why it matters: Biden on the campaign trail vowed to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” … Read more