Israel’s Labor won’t join Netanyahu govt

Updated 04 January 2013
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Israel’s Labor won’t join Netanyahu govt

JERUSALEM: The head of Israel’s centrist Labour Party has ruled out serving in a government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after this month’s general elections.
Netanyahu’s hawkish Likud Beiteinu list has fallen in polls ahead of the Jan. 22 vote, but is still positioned to lead the next government.
Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich vowed Thursday not to join a Netanyahu-led coalition. The move would rob Netanyahu of a potential moderate partner and make it more likely for him to team up with hard-liners.
Yachimovich says the slipping support for Netanyahu, to the benefit of a hard-line pro-settlement Jewish Home party, has radicalized the prime minister’s list.
Polls show Labor headed to become parliament’s second-largest party, with less than half the strength of Likud Beiteinu.


UN says calls for preservation of Iran nuclear deal

Updated 23 April 2018
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UN says calls for preservation of Iran nuclear deal

  • The statement comes just weeks before Trump’s May 12 deadline for his European allies to agree to toughen up the terms of the agreement

GENEVA: The top UN disarmament official urged parties to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday not to abandon it, just weeks before US President Donald Trump’s May 12 deadline for his European allies to agree to toughen up the terms of the agreement.

“We hope that all of its participants remain fully committed to its implementation and long-term preservation,” UN High representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu told a UN nuclear non-proliferation conference, hours before Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hold talks in Washington.

Meanwhile. French President Emmanuel Macron urged Trump on Sunday to stick with the Iran nuclear deal, saying there is no better option. 

Trump has demanding that signatories to the deal agree permanent restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment. Under the current deal they are set to expire in 2025.