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  • Israel's Netanyahu Appears Poised To build New Coalition After Securing Majority Backing

    03/23/2015 6:09:05 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | 03/23/2015 | AP
    Israel's Prime Minister has secured a majority of backers in the new parliament and will now be tasked with forming the next government. Israel's ceremonial President, Reuven Rivlin, was meeting Monday with the parties in Parliament to hear their recommendations before appointing who will form the next coalition government. After a resounding election victory for his Likud party, Benjamin Netanyahu was assured of getting that nod. It became a formality after the new centrist party Kulanu gave its nod to Netanyahu as well, giving him 61 backers out of the 120 in Parliament.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu Scores Majority Needed To Form Government

    03/23/2015 6:02:40 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/23/2015 | Nick Gass
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured the requisite majority of parliamentary members to form a government, according to reports from the country’s media. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin continues to meet with factions Monday, with an announcement tasking Netanyahu to form his government expected later in the day. Representatives from Kulanu — a crucial centrist swing party — met with Rivlin to recommend that the Likud party’s Netanyahu be tasked with forming a new government, giving the current prime minister the absolute majority of 61 votes in his favor. “We nominate Netanyahu and the broader the base of the coalition...
  • (MK Yariv) Levin: We Now Have a Mandate, And a Responsibility

    03/19/2015 2:20:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva/INN ^ | 03/19/2015 | Yaakov Levi
    By Yaakov Levi "First Published: 3/19/2015, 9:51 AM In an interview with Arutz Sheva, MK Yariv Levin, chairman of the outgoing Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, lauded his party's victory in Tuesday's elections, and said that it finally gave the Likud a clear mandate to rule Israel in the way the party felt it should be ruled." (snip) Among the issues the Likud needs to tackle is the “one-sided attitude” of the media and the justice system, said Levin. “There need to be changes in the radical leftist rule that shows itself in so many aspects of Israeli society....
  • Why Israelis Chose Netanyahu; Not Just Nationalism

    03/19/2015 1:14:47 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    New York Times AP ^ | 03/19/2015 | AP
    But what Israelis see is a pre-1967 border that is basically just a cease-fire line from the 1948-49 war that established the country. Without the West Bank, Israel is only 10 miles (15 kilometers) wide at its narrowest point. The strategic highland looms over Israeli cities, visible on a clear day from the outskirts of Tel Aviv and surrounding Jerusalem on three sides. They fear that if their army clears out it will be replaced not by peaceful Palestinian moderates but more menacing forces like Hamas — which took over the Gaza Strip soon after Israel handed it fully to...
  • What Israel's Next Government Might Look (Coalition Building Options Preview)

    03/19/2015 12:28:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 1 replies
    Times Of Israel ^ | 03/18/2015 | JTA
    On Tuesday, Israeli voters gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a clear mandate to form the next government. To do that, he’ll need the support of at least 61 of the Knesset’s 120 lawmakers. Here are a few of his options, and for background, here’s an overview of the parties and what they stand for. The right-religious “natural partners” coalition (67 members) Parties: Likud (30), Kulanu (10), Jewish Home (8), Shas (7), United Torah Judaism (6), Yisrael Beytenu (6) The most likely scenario based on the results, this coalition is the one analysts are expecting to take shape. It’s basically a...
  • Election Count Update Indicates Likud, Meretz Each Gain Seat

    03/18/2015 11:54:42 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/19/2015 | JPost Staff
    After additional ballots were counted overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, it appeared that Likud had risen from 29 to 30 seats and Meretz had gained another seat, totaling five mandates. According to the most recent estimates, United Torah Judaism dropped to six seats along with the Joint (Arab) List dropping to 13 mandates. According to Channel 2, the figures were calculated after some 200,000 ballots were counted from soldiers, absentees, prisoners and the hospitalized. The Central Elections Committee was expected to release the official final count for the 20th Knesset election on Thursday afternoon.
  • Netanyahu’s Victory Is A Disaster For The Peace Process (Schadenfreude Alert)

    03/18/2015 2:50:32 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 61 replies
    Vox ^ | 03/18/2015 | Zack Beauchamp
    "More specifically, Netanyahu's Likud Party won by siphoning voters away from the other right parties who will become its coalition partners. Mainstream Israeli opinion has shifted to the right: to win, Likud didn't need to win over a swath of centrist voters. It needed to jazz up the Right with nasty rhetoric about Palestinians and Arabs." "Meanwhile, Likud is going through a process that some observers have referred to as Tea Party-ization. Younger Israelis tend to be more conservative, increasingly empowering the more right-wing factions inside Likud. That causes center-right voters to defect to centrist parties, pushing the party ever...
  • Herzog Calls Netanyahu To Congratulate Him

    03/18/2015 12:37:31 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2015 | Reuters
    Israel's opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, said on Wednesday he had spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his election victory. "A few minutes ago I spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and congratulated him on his achievement and wished him luck," Herzog told reporters. He said his leftist Zionist Union party would continue to be an alternative to Netanyahu's right-wing Likud.
  • Netanyahu Invites Nationalist, Ultra-Orthodox Parties For Coalition Talks (Bibi Wave Triumph Alert)

    03/17/2015 10:17:27 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2015 | JPost Staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement early Wednesday morning inviting potential coalition partners to immediately enter talks for the swift formation of what is expected to be a religious-nationalist government in Jerusalem. "The reality isn't waiting on us," Netanyahu said just hours after it became clear that his Likud party had scored a decisive victory over Zionist Union in Tuesday's poll. "Reality isn't taking a break. The citizens of Israel expect us to quickly put together a leadership that will work for the sake of the country's security, economy, and society as we promised to do, and that is...
  • Meretz Chief Gal-On To Resign In Wake Of Party's Poor Showing In Election (Bibi Wave Alert)

    03/17/2015 10:05:17 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2015 | JPost Staff
    Meretz chair Zehava Gal-On announced on Wednesday that she is resigning from her position at the helm of the party in the wake of the movement's disappointing showing in Tuesday's election, Channel 2 reported. The left-wing party barely earned enough votes to get into the Knesset, with the official tally giving Meretz four seats. Television exit polls had given Meretz five seats, but the official count before dawn on Wednesday revealed that it had in fact dropped a seat. Gal-On is preparing to hand the reins of the party over to MK Tamar Zandberg, Channel 2 reported.
  • What's Next For Politics In Israel As Government Falls?

    12/03/2014 6:20:17 AM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/03/2014 | Kevin Connolly
    None of this is a shock in the world of Israeli politics - the current coalition government is the 33rd to be created in the 66 years since the foundation of the state. You do not need the powerful graphics computer of an election night TV programme to tell you that two years is around the average life of a coalition arrangement. At least one poll has suggested that most Israelis are not convinced that it was really necessary to dissolve Parliament and the influential newspaper Haaretz has described the coming elections as superfluous. (snip) One unpredictable factor is the...
  • Cuomo Dipping Toe In '16 Water With Star-Studded Hurricane Sandy PSA?

    11/28/2012 5:41:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Throughout his tenure as Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has chosen to maintain a suprisingly low profile. Think quick: how much footage have you seen of him in the Hurricane Sandy aftermath compared to his cross-George Washington Bridge buddy, Chris Christie? But has Cuomo finally decided the time has come to make himself more visible? A PSA for Hurricane Relief, aired on Morning Joe today, featured a star-studded cast of Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Whoopi Goldberg, Edie Falco, Michael J. Fox and Julianna Margulies and Nathan Lane. One panel, devoid of reference to the relief organization, starkly read "Join...