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Traditional palkhis arrived in Pandharpur by buses provided by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation.(HT Photo)

Ashadhi Ekadashi: PM Modi prays to Lord Vitthal for good health

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2021 10:24 AM IST
Ashadhi Ekadashi is a prominent festival of the Warkari community, predominantly found in Maharashtra. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray performed a puja on the occasion in Lord Vitthal's temple in Pandharpur.
- Israel's opposition leader Yair Lapid said he had succeeded in forming a coalition to end the rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the country's longest serving leader.(AFP)
- Israel's opposition leader Yair Lapid said he had succeeded in forming a coalition to end the rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the country's longest serving leader.(AFP)

Israel oppon declares new govt under Lapid-Bennett, set to unseat Netanyahu

Reuters | , Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON JUN 03, 2021 05:57 AM IST
Lapid's main partner is nationalist Naftali Bennett, who would serve as prime minister first under a rotation between the two men. Lapid, 57, a former TV host and finance minister, would take over after about two years.
The new coalition's diverse members would have little in common apart from a plan to end the 12-year-run of Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel PM.(Reuters)
The new coalition's diverse members would have little in common apart from a plan to end the 12-year-run of Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel PM.(Reuters)

Israel impasse: Who stands where

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2021 05:58 AM IST
  • Two rivals of PM Benjamin Netanyahu have announced a partnership that could dethrone Israel's longest-serving leader.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(Reuters)

Opposition nears deal to oust Bibi

Agencies | , Jerusalem, Cairo
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2021 08:17 AM IST
  • Following the development, Netanyahu, as known as “Bibi” across Israel, said that a coalition government without him was a “danger” for Israel’s security, according to AFP.
The dramatic announcement by Naftali Bennett, leader of the small hardline Yamina party, set the stage for a series of steps that could push Netanyahu and his dominant Likud party into the opposition in the coming week.(REUTERS)
The dramatic announcement by Naftali Bennett, leader of the small hardline Yamina party, set the stage for a series of steps that could push Netanyahu and his dominant Likud party into the opposition in the coming week.(REUTERS)

Coalition govt 'danger' for Israel: Netanyahu as rivals attempt to join forces

AP | , Jerusalem
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2021 04:17 AM IST
  • If Bennett and Lapid and their other partners can wrap up a deal, it would end, at least for the time being, the record-setting tenure of Netanyahu, the most dominant figure in Israeli politics over the past three decades.
US President Joe Biden.(Reuters)
US President Joe Biden.(Reuters)

Joe Biden tells Netanyahu he expects 'significant de-escalation' in Israel

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 07:44 PM IST
Joe Biden asked Netanyahu to move “toward the path to a cease-fire,” according to a White House description of their conversation.
The current violence, like previous rounds, was fueled by conflicting claims over Jerusalem, home to major holy sites of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)(AP)
The current violence, like previous rounds, was fueled by conflicting claims over Jerusalem, home to major holy sites of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)(AP)

Gaza militants, children among 24 dead as Israel hits Hamas

AP | , Gaza Strip
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 12:23 PM IST
  • Since sundown Monday when the cross-border fighting erupted, 24 Palestinians - including nine children - were killed in Gaza, most by airstrikes
Tensions in Jerusalem have flared since Israeli riot police clashed with Palestinian worshippers on the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in the city's worst disturbances since 2017.(AFP)
Tensions in Jerusalem have flared since Israeli riot police clashed with Palestinian worshippers on the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in the city's worst disturbances since 2017.(AFP)

20 killed as Israel strikes Gaza in retaliation after Hamas rocket barrage

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 07:09 AM IST
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu had said that Hamas crossed a "red line" by directing missiles towards Jerusalem and that the Jewish state would "respond with force".
Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid(Reuters)
Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid(Reuters)

Israel's president picks Netanyahu opponent Lapid to form government

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 10:24 PM IST
  • President Reuven Rivlin, in a televised address announcing his choice of Lapid, said the former finance minister had the pledged support of 56 of parliament's 120 members, still short of a majority.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(AFP)

Israel PM Netanyahu's trial resumes as parties weigh in on his fate

AP |
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2021 12:16 PM IST
  • Netanyahu is Israel's longest-serving prime minister and has clung to power through four hard-fought elections in less than two years, even as he has faced allegations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(Reuters)

Israeli far-rightists spurn Islamist party, clouds Netanyahu coalition prospects

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2021 05:23 PM IST
Partial tallies from Tuesday's ballot showed Netanyahu's conservative Likud and ideologically kindred factions short of a majority in the 120-seat Knesset - raising the possibility he would seek some sort of accommodation with the United Arab List.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AFP)

Netanyahu urges rival parties to join Likud-led coalition govt

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 11:44 AM IST
Netanyahu may have recognised that he may fall short of the votes he needs to build a viable coalition after a fourth indecisive election, according to The Times of Israel.
Critics have accused Netanyahu of seeking new elections out of self-interest, in hopes of securing enough support in parliament for possible legislation to quash the legal proceedings against him.(AP)
Critics have accused Netanyahu of seeking new elections out of self-interest, in hopes of securing enough support in parliament for possible legislation to quash the legal proceedings against him.(AP)

Israel elections: Opinion polls in favour of Netanyahu after vaccine success

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 10:44 AM IST
Opinion polls indicated an uptick for Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party in the campaign's final days, giving a prospective coalition of conservative and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties around 60 seats in the 120-member parliament.
A man walks past a Likud party campaign poster for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the city of Sderot, Israel.(AP)
A man walks past a Likud party campaign poster for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the city of Sderot, Israel.(AP)

Explained: As Israel heads to elections, Netanyahu's future hangs in balance

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 22, 2021 12:04 PM IST
  • 71-year-old Netanyahu, who is the longest-serving leader in the history of the country, faces corruption allegations that led to massive protests in the country ahead of the elections.
Protesters participate in a weekly demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's alleged corruption and his handling of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, ahead of the March 23 general election, in Jerusalem. (Reuters)
Protesters participate in a weekly demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's alleged corruption and his handling of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, ahead of the March 23 general election, in Jerusalem. (Reuters)

Thousands of Israelis protest against Netanyahu ahead of election

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 06:03 AM IST
Protesters filed through streets closed to traffic by police, waving flags, banging drums, blowing horns and shouting chants to replace the 71-year-old conservative.
A man walks past a Likud party campaign poster for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the city of Sderot, Israel.(AP)
A man walks past a Likud party campaign poster for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the city of Sderot, Israel.(AP)

Scarred economy poses as Netanyahu’s main challenge as crisis fades

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2021 01:40 PM IST
Israel’s jobless rate, including furloughed workers, soared during the coronavirus pandemic, peaking around 30% before settling back near 18%, even after the economy started reopening from its third lockdown six weeks ago.
Workers hang election campaign posters for Israel's Likud party bearing a portrait of its leader Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a billboard in the Israeli central city of Bnei Brak.(AFP)
Workers hang election campaign posters for Israel's Likud party bearing a portrait of its leader Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a billboard in the Israeli central city of Bnei Brak.(AFP)

Israel’s fourth election in 2 years: What’s different this time?

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2021 12:59 PM IST
  • Netanyahu’s Likud party splintered last year, giving loyalists another slate with a similar ideology, Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope.
Emirati and Israeli flags fly at Abu Dhabi International Airport, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Reuters)
Emirati and Israeli flags fly at Abu Dhabi International Airport, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Reuters)

First UAE ambassador arrives in Israel, eyes Tel Aviv embassy

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 08:46 PM IST
Meeting Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi in Jerusalem, Al Khaja, 40, said he was "very proud and honoured to be the first Emirati ambassador" to Israel, where, he said, he and his hosts were discussing "the model of how we operate".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(AFP)

Israel's PM Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli Ship in Persian Gulf

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 06:49 PM IST
Late Sunday, Syria reported that it was dealing with an Israeli missile attack on targets near Damascus. Israeli media said the Israeli air force attacked Iranian targets in response to the assault on the ship. The military had no comment.
Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa attends an event in Manama, Bahrain.(AP)
Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa attends an event in Manama, Bahrain.(AP)

Israel, Bahrain leaders discuss Iran, possible vaccine plant

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:02 PM IST
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates formalised ties with Israel on Sept. 15 in part over shared concerns about Iran, in a deal forged by former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(AP)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(AP)

Israel's PM Netanyahu says he spoke to Biden about Covid, Iran

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 04:14 AM IST
Netanyahu's office was first to announce the conversation Wednesday night, releasing a photo of a smiling prime minister holding a phone to his ear. The statement said the conversation was “warm and friendly” and lasted about an hour.
 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(Reuters)

Netanyahu acknowledges differences with Biden, but confident he'll call

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 04:13 AM IST
Netanyahu dismissed any notion that Biden was intentionally excluding him, telling Israel's Channel 12 television channel: "He'll call ... We have had very strong friendly relations for nearly 40 years."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask, stands inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court.(Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask, stands inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court.(Reuters)

Israel PM Netanyahu pleads not guilty to corruption charges as trial resumes

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 01:20 PM IST
Netanyahu was indicted in 2019 in long-running cases involving gifts from millionaire friends and for allegedly seeking regulatory favours for media tycoons in return for favourable coverage.
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask, looks on while standing inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask, looks on while standing inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo(REUTERS)

Explained: What's at stake for Israel's Netanyahu as corruption trial resumes?

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 11:44 AM IST
The corruption case has had a polarising impact on Israelis. Thousands of demonstrators gather weekly outside his official residence and across Israel under the banner of "Crime Minister", demanding he quit.
Protesters march to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem.(AP)
Protesters march to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem.(AP)

Israeli protesters call on PM Netanyahu to step down

PTI | , Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 12:13 PM IST
They also blame him for damage to the economy, with unemployment in double digits after a series of nationwide lockdowns.
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks following his meeting with US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, in Jerusalem. Netanyahu has named Aaron Klein, a former journalist with the right-wing Breitbart news site, as his campaign chief for March 23 national elections. Klein, who has written a number of books that questioned Barack Obama's fitness for the presidency, confirmed his new appointment to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Emil Salman/Pool via AP, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks following his meeting with US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, in Jerusalem. Netanyahu has named Aaron Klein, a former journalist with the right-wing Breitbart news site, as his campaign chief for March 23 national elections. Klein, who has written a number of books that questioned Barack Obama's fitness for the presidency, confirmed his new appointment to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Emil Salman/Pool via AP, File)(AP)

Israel's Netanyahu postpones planned visits to UAE, Bahrain

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 04:39 PM IST
Netanyahu has said he plans to visit Israel’s new Gulf partners for several months. It would be the first official visit by an Israeli prime minister. But those plans have been repeatedly postponed.
Explosives experts of the National Security Guard look for remnants of the ammonium nitrate-based bomb that went off near the Israel embassy in Delhi on Friday.(HT Photo )
Explosives experts of the National Security Guard look for remnants of the ammonium nitrate-based bomb that went off near the Israel embassy in Delhi on Friday.(HT Photo )

Govt upgrades probe into Israel embassy blast after Iran link. NIA moves in

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2021 03:36 PM IST
The premier investigating agency will look into the Iran angle, people aware of the development said.
Security officials examine the site of an explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, India, January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui(REUTERS)
Security officials examine the site of an explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, India, January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui(REUTERS)

Israeli embassy in Delhi on high alert before bomb blast: Ambassador

AFP | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 10:45 PM IST
The envoy, Ron Malka, said he was not surprised by Friday's attack, which caused no injuries but blew the windows out of three cars.
The government promptly went into overdrive to reassure Israel that it would take all steps to protect the embassy and its diplomats as well as track down the perpetrators.(Ajay Agarwal/HT File Photo)
The government promptly went into overdrive to reassure Israel that it would take all steps to protect the embassy and its diplomats as well as track down the perpetrators.(Ajay Agarwal/HT File Photo)

After NSA Doval’s phone call, PM Netanyahu sends a message to PM Modi

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2021 10:54 AM IST
  • The “very low intensity” explosion was reported in the national capital’s high-security zone at 5.05 pm.
A protester holds a placard outside of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem.(AP)
A protester holds a placard outside of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem.(AP)

In cold weather, anti-Netanyahu protests continue in Israel

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 06:26 AM IST
Netanyahu is charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three cases involving billionaire associates and media moguls, charges that he denies.
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