Benny Gantz

Israeli defence chief visits Bahrain

Israeli defence chief visits Bahrain

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz began a visit to Bahrain on Wednesday. Announcing Gantz's trip only after his arrival in Manama, Israel's Defence Ministry said he would sign a security cooperation agreement with Bahrain, …

Israel to buy three military submarines from Germany

Israel to buy three military submarines from Germany

Israel announced a deal with Germany to develop and purchase three submarines from German industrial giant Thyssenkrupp for three billion euros ($3.4 billion). "The new submarines will upgrade the capabilities of the Israeli navy, …

Pessimism prevails as Iran nuclear talks resume

Pessimism prevails as Iran nuclear talks resume

The seventh round of negotiations to restore full implementation of the JCPOA resumed in Vienna this week. The work began with a meeting of the Joint Commission of the States Parties to the nuclear deal. All parties reaffirmed their intention …

Israel ups the alarm on Iranian drones

Israel ups the alarm on Iranian drones

Defense Minister Benny Gantz revealed this week that Iran tried transferring explosives in 2018 from Syria to terror elements in the West Bank using an unmanned aerial vehicle. As …

Israel may cut economic aid to Palestine

Israel may cut economic aid to Palestine

The Israeli authorities are ready to stop providing economic assistance to the Palestinian territories if rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip do not stop, Israeli Defense Minister Beni Gantz said. According to the Jerusalem Post, he …

Israeli army calls up 9,000 reservists

Israeli army calls up 9,000 reservists

Israel on Thursday said it was massing troops along the Gaza frontier and calling up 9,000 reservists ahead of a possible ground invasion of the Hamas-ruled territory, as the two bitter enemies plunged closer to all-out war. The …

Israel orders troop reinforcements as hostilities ramp up

Israel orders troop reinforcements as hostilities ramp up

The Israeli army said in a statement that the chief of staff has called in troop reinforcements in the country's south as hostilities in Gaza press into a second day. Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has ordered the …

Pentagon vows to help Israel keep military superiority

Pentagon vows to help Israel keep military superiority

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper pledged to help maintain Israel's military superiority in the Middle East, amid its concerns over a possible US sale of F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates. "A cornerstone of our …

Israel to begin human trials on COVID-19 vaccine in October

Israel to begin human trials on COVID-19 vaccine in October

Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced that Israel will begin trials of a COVID-19 vaccine right after the upcoming Jewish holidays which end on October 10. In a statement posted on Facebook and Twitter, the minister …

Netanyahu tasked with forming new Israeli government

Netanyahu tasked with forming new Israeli government

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new government. Rivlin formally informed Netanyahu in a letter that he has two weeks to put together a new coalition government. …

Israeli president asks Knesset to choose PM

Israeli president asks Knesset to choose PM

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin asked the Knesset to choose a new prime minister, giving the parliament three weeks to agree upon a leader or plunge the country into an unprecedented fourth consecutive election in just …

Israelis vote in third Knesset election in a year

Israelis vote in third Knesset election in a year

Israel is holding its third election in less than a year, with over 6.4 million eligible voters set to cast their ballots for the 23rd Knesset. There are more than 10,800 polling stations across Israel. Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. …

Netanyahu and Trump to discuss future of Israel

Netanyahu and Trump to discuss future of Israel

U.S. President Donald Trump will hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political opponent, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz on January 28, the White House's press …

Gantz rejects unity offer from Netanyahu

Gantz rejects unity offer from Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Blue and White leader Benny Gantz on Thursday and offered him a new framework on matters of religion and state and other issues that could help bring about the …

Israel sums up election results

Israel sums up election results

 Israel’s two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job, TIME reports. The election’s …