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  • Netanyahu, Bayit Yehudi strike coalition deal just before deadline (Bibi forms 61 seat coalition)

    05/06/2015 12:39:23 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/06/2015 22:25
    The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat coalition. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud faction on Wednesday reached an agreement with the religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi on the formation of a rightist coalition, Israel Radio reported. The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat coalition. By law, if Netanyahu failed to form a government by midnight on Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin...
  • 'Obama Pressuring Bibi against 67-MK Coalition'

    05/02/2015 3:57:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/4/15 | Gil Ronen
    A senior source in the Jewish Home estimated Tuesday that White House pressure against a nationalist government is the real reason for the delay in the signing of a coalition deal between Likud and the religious Zionist party. The unnamed senior source was cited on Army Radio as saying that the Jewish Home has shown flexibility on numerous subjects, leaving very few disagreements between the parties, yet the prime minister is taking his time about signing the deal. The source estimated that the US is pressuring Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to establish a unity government with the Zionist Union (Labor...
  • Turkey suddenly open to RESTORING ties with Israel, REFUSES to criticize Israeli election

    04/02/2015 6:13:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    Turkey, via their Deputy Prime Minister, is putting the word out on the street that it is open to a restoration of ties with Israel, even acknowledging that it is NOT Turkey’s place to criticize the recent Israeli election: snip Wow. The admitted refusal to criticize Israel over the election is definitely a change of pace for Turkey. I mean, when has Erdogan ever missed an opportunity to openly bash Israel? He was just ripping Netanyahu in January for just showing up to the Paris march against ‘radical Islam’, accusing him of killing 2500 Palestinians in the war last year....
  • Foreign Groups Outspent Israelis 2/1 in Israeli Election

    03/30/2015 7:57:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The whole Netanyahu demonization narrative is an attempt to distract from what really happened. A lot of money spent in a failed effort to steal an election. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign manager is predicting a wave of outside spending in future Israeli elections.“I think in every election campaign from this point onward, you’ll see external groups slugging the market. It’ll be very interesting,” Netanyahu’s top strategist, Aron Shaviv, told The Hill.During the campaign, Netanyahu allies decried the influence of foreigners, a group that saw a higher profile this year, arguing they found a loophole by not directly supporting...
  • Watch: 'Obama is Out of Control'

    03/26/2015 9:20:13 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 38 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Eliran Aharon, Eli Yashar
    Democratic assemblyman slams Obama who is 'desperate' for a foreign policy accomplishment at Israel's expense. Arutz Sheva got the chance to speak with Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-NY) about the fallout between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, which historians have assessed as being "unprecedented." Hinting at the Senate probe investigating whether Obama funded the V15 campaign against Netanyahu, Hikind remarked that Obama "worked very very hard" to try and prevent Netanyahu from succeeding - which in the end he did, outpacing Labor by 30 seats to 24. The Democratic assemblyman admitted "I don't understand Obama, you know...
  • Obama-Netanyahu Fallout is 'Unprecedented' in History

    03/24/2015 8:11:55 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Ari Yashar
    Historian reveals the key clashes between US presidents and Israeli prime ministers, and why none have been as bad as the current one. The current diplomatic crisis between Israel and US President Barack Obama's administration is the most vicious and public yet among only a handful of crises that have marred the close, long-running relationship, says an expert on relations between the two nations. Obama's frosty relationship with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hit new lows this month, with the White House criticizing remarks Netanyahu made on election day, in which he said a Palestinian state would not be founded if...
  • Mind-Boggling! In a Sane World, Netanyahu Win Would Be a Slam Dunk

    03/17/2015 4:51:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The Israeli election is today. They had kind of a shocking thing happen yesterday. Here's what's going on. Arabs are being bussed in to the polls to vote. Israel is surrounded by people that don't want it to exist. Surrounded by people that would just as soon obliterate, not just the real estate, but the people who live there. And I would think everybody in Israeli knows it. I don't see, in a sane world, how Netanyahu's opposition in any way even gets close to winning, but they might. It just goes to show -- I don't know whether...
  • Netanyahu's win is convenient for Arab leaders [Israel & Iran]

    03/24/2015 9:28:39 AM PDT · by Star Traveler
    YNetNews ^ | Monday, March 23, 2015 | Smadar Perry
    Analysis: The Egyptian, Jordanian, Saudi and Gulf state rulers trust Israel's re-elected prime minister to handle the Iranian issue, and the Americans to pressure him on the Palestinian issue. The Arab world, just like officials in Jerusalem and in the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, is monitoring the steps of the American dance which is casting a shadow on the elections results here. One can definitely say that the roof did not collapse on the Arab leaders' heads when Netanyahu won. The elections here appeared odd, and if there was any attention, it focused on the joint Arab list, and...
  • Obama’s revenge against Israel

    03/24/2015 8:59:53 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Jay Sekulow
    President Obama is angry with Israeli voters for re-electing Benjamin Netanyahu, and he’s willing to risk the lives and security of Israeli citizens to show it. The State Department is reportedly considering reversing the decades-long policy of protecting Israel’s security at the United Nations and is threatening to allow the Security Council to compel Israel to enter forced negotiations with Hamas-controlled Palestine. This action would be reckless—and shameful. At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are rocking Europe, and the need for a secure, Jewish state has rarely been more apparent, the Obama administration would force Israel to negotiate with entities...
  • Official: White House was part of bid to oust Netanyahu [Israel]

    03/24/2015 6:24:58 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 15 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Avi Issacharoff
    The White House was directly involved in an attempt to topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last week’s general election, during a nadir in ties between the Israeli leader and US President Barack Obama, a senior Jerusalem official said Tuesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Times of Israel that “it’s no secret” that the Obama administration had attempted to influence the outcome of the election, having been partially motivated by a desire for revenge over Netanyahu’s polarizing speech before Congress earlier this month, which sought to undermine the president’s key foreign policy initiative – a...
  • Diplomat: Obama Seeking 'Revenge' on Netanyahu [Israel]

    03/24/2015 6:32:56 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Tova Dvorin
    The White House's latest tirade against Israel is due to revenge over failed V15 campaign, to distract Americans from Iran, source says. U.S. President Barack Obama delivers 2015 State of the Union address U.S. President Barack Obama delivers 2015 State of the Union addressReuters US-Israel relations have been especially tense over the past several days, with US President Barack Obama giving a particularly cold reception to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's re-election last week. The many harsh statements that have been made over the past week are not in a vacuum, according to a senior diplomat - who claims that the...
  • An Insider Tells All on Voter Fraud (Israel)

    03/23/2015 12:43:10 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/23/2015, 9:20 PM | Shimon Cohen and Tova Dvorin
    Multiple incidents of voter fraud were reported during elections day last week - including several arrests in Arab communities. Arutz Sheva spoke to Yisrael Zelkovitz, a volunteer who served as a member of a volunteer task force funded by the Samaria Residents' Committee at polling stations tasked with uncovering and preventing voter fraud, to find out more about what really happened on elections day. The project was funded with Likud, Jewish Home, and Yisrael Beytenu support. Zelkovitz stated that he did see incidents of voter fraud, and even caught some suspicious activity on tape - including buying votes and extortion....
  • Astonishing contrast: U.S. youth vs. Israeli youth (teens who voted for Prime Minister Netanyahu)

    03/22/2015 4:05:26 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 35 replies
    WND ^ | March 22, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    Stunned by defeat and still licking its considerable wounds in the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upset landslide re-election, the radical left, anti-Zionist Haaretz has published a lengthy article on the group most responsible for Netanyahu’s win: the young. It is a striking piece. Haaretz summed it up this way: Israel’s youth voted in overwhelming numbers for Netanyahu because of “security, security, security – and distrust of Arabs [that is, Muslims], the left and media.” In the United States of America, this very group delivered a fraud, a liar and America-hater into the Oval Office, not once but...
  • Krauthammer’s Take: ‘It’s Clear that Obama Loathes Netanyahu

    03/18/2015 7:56:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | March 18, 2015
    Krauthammer’s Take: ‘It’s Clear that Obama Loathes Netanyahu March 18, 2015 President Obama’s approach to Iran and the Middle East was firmly rejected in Israel’s election on Tuesday, in which prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection, said Charles Krauthammer. “This was an election between Bibi and Obama — that was on the ballot,” he said on Wednesday’s Special Report. “He did everything he could to unseat him, but he failed.”
  • Obama Lays Down Punishment on Netanyahu

    03/19/2015 9:19:40 AM PDT · by Shery · 26 replies
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192870#.VQr8HuHk2ft ^ | First Publish: 3/19/2015, 10:04 AM | By Cynthia Blank
    <p>Ugh. Our petulant man-child Muslim president and his Israel-hating administration are now threatening that they just might agree to a UN Security Council resolution that would call for Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and push them into negotiations to create a palestinian state.</p>
  • Walking back pre-vote pitch, PM says he is not a one-stater

    03/19/2015 9:44:42 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 9 replies
    timesofisrael ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jonathan Beck
    In first post election interview, Netanyahu says he wants a ‘sustainable’ two-state solution, notes ‘we have no other alternative’ to continued cooperation between US and Israel
  • Netanyahu Flip Flop: I Want a Two-State Solution [Israel]

    03/19/2015 10:38:59 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 131 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Gil Ronen
    Days after vowing not to establish a Palestinian state, Netanyahu says something else in his first post-election interview. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has retracted his pre-election statements, according to which he would not allow a Palestinian state to be established. "I don't want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution," Netanyahu said Thursday in an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "I haven't changed my policy." Netanyahu said his earlier comments were a reflection of changing conditions on the Palestinian side, pointing to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's pact to form a unity government with Hamas, which Israel,...
  • Israel’s Leftist Losers

    03/19/2015 2:10:17 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 20 replies
    FrontPage ^ | March 19, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    For thousands of years the Jews dreamed of reclaiming their country. The left had another dream. It dreamed of a country run by bureaucrats that worked only three days a week. It dreamed of unions running monopolies that worked whenever they liked and charged whatever they wanted. It dreamed of children raised on collective farms without parents and of government as a Socialist café debate. Most of all it dreamed of a country without conservatives. It still hasn’t gotten that wish. Netanyahu’s victory hit hardest in Tel Aviv where, as Haaretz, the paper of the left, reports, “Leftist, secular Tel...
  • U.S.-tied anti-Bibi group vows: 'We are here to stay'

    03/18/2015 10:32:14 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 22 replies
    WND ^ | Mar 18, 2015 | Aaron Klein
    The anti-Benjamin Netanyahu V15 political action group declared Wednesday it is “here to stay” and will continue the “long march” toward victory and change. V15 has drawn international attention for partnering with One Voice, a U.S.-U.K. nonprofit that has received funding from the State Department. OneVoice’s offices in Tel Aviv were being used as the campaign headquarters for V15′s anti-Netanyahu effort, as WND was first to report. It was OneVoice that hired 270 Strategies, a consulting firm whose senior leadership is comprised mostly of former top staffers for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Last Sunday, Fox News quoted a source...
  • Victory in pocket, Netanyahu moves to construct coalition: No unity with opposition

    03/18/2015 11:21:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 03/18/2015 | Marissa Newman
    With most votes counted and the Likud victory all but confirmed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the first efforts toward cobbling together a coalition, placing calls to his most likely partners hours after the polls closed. The Likud party said in a statement on Wednesday morning that Netanyahu had phoned the Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett, Yisrael Beytenu’s Avigdor Liberman, Kulanu’s Moshe Kahlon, Shas’s Aryeh Deri, and United Torah Judaism’s Yaakov Litzman. Based on the current count, a coalition between these parties would be 67 seats strong. Netanyahu said he hopes to form a coalition “within two to three weeks,” a...
  • TV exit polls show Netanyahu likely to retain premiership

    03/17/2015 1:14:27 PM PDT · by The_Victor · 47 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 3/17/2015 | Jonathan Beck and Haviv Rettig Gur
    Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday as Israeli citizens headed for the ballots to vote for Israel’s 20th Knesset, bringing a heated campaign season to a close. Polls from the end of last week left options open for a tight race. TV exit polls were published at 10 p.m., as polling stations closed, after which official results began to roll in. The official final results won’t be publicized until Thursday.
  • Israeli Voting Ends in Deadlock

    03/17/2015 1:21:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 17, 2015 | By DANIEL ESTRIN, AP
    Voting in Israel's national election has ended, with exit polls showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a virtual tie with a center-left challenger. Exit polls conducted by the country's three major TV stations late Tuesday gave mixed results, showing an extremely tight race between Netanyahu's Likud Party and opposition leader Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union.
  • Israel's Netanyahu makes last-ditch plea before voting ends

    03/17/2015 10:27:53 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    wafb / AP ^ | 3-17-2015 | DANIEL ESTRIN
    <p>JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a last-ditch appeal for votes just hours before polling stations close in a tight election.</p> <p>In a videotaped statement at his office, Netanyahu urges his supporters Tuesday to get out and vote. He says the gaps between his hawkish Likud party and the center-left opposition need to be narrowed.</p>
  • Obama-linked nonprofit filed for new IRS status after accusation of meddling in Israeli election

    03/17/2015 5:33:52 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Steven Edwards
    The American nonprofit OneVoice Movement – under scrutiny by a U.S. Senate panel over possible links to a campaign to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – quietly filed paperwork that would allow it to engage in political activism after two leading Republican lawmakers questioned its use of government funds, FoxNews.com has learned.
  • Romp For Likud With 25% Of The Popular Vote In

    03/17/2015 5:21:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 140 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2015 | JPost Staff
    The returns on voting from ballot boxes indicate that the Likud has significantly extended its lead over Zionist Union. According to Israel Radio, officials have counted the votes of 25 percent of booths across the country. The results indicate that the Likud wins 32 Knesset seats while Zionist Union garners 25 seats. Yesh Atid is the third-largest party with 11 seats, Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu faction wins 10 seats, the Arab List nosedives to nine seats, the Sephardi ultra-Orthodox Shas movement wins eight seats, Naftali Bennett's Bayit Yehudi dips further to seven seats, while Yisrael Beytenu, which has only mustered five...
  • Obama non-profit filed for new IRS status after...meddling in Israeli Election

    03/18/2015 4:50:30 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 8 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 17 | Steven Edwards
    The American nonprofit OneVoice Movement – under scrutiny by a U.S. Senate panel over possible links to a campaign to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – quietly filed paperwork that would allow it to engage in political activism after two leading Republican lawmakers questioned its use of government funds, FoxNews.com has learned. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., sent a letter Jan. 29 to Secretary of State John Kerry asking whether the group ­– as a recipient of almost $350,000 in recent grants from the Obama administration’s State Department – had violated its tax-exempt status when...
  • Netanyahu declares victory in election; Herzog says Likud celebration is premature [Israel]

    03/17/2015 2:12:21 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 150 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared victory after the first exit polls released following Tuesday's elections showed the Likud ahead of, or tied with, the Zionist Union. Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page: "Against all odds, a great victory for the Likud, for the nationalist camp led by the Likud, and for the people of Israel." The numbers for Netanyahu's Likud were better than expected after pre-election polls had showed him trailing Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union by as much as five mandates. The Zionist Union rejected conjecture that the results of the exit polls show that Netanyahu will form the next...
  • Israel's Election: Exit Polls Show Netanyahu's Likud, Opposition In Tight Race

    03/17/2015 1:48:53 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Krishnadev Calamir, Bill Chappell
    Exit polls released after the close of voting in Israel's national election show that the race is too close to call. Israel's Channel 1 and Channel 10 both said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union secured 27 seats each in the 120-seat Knesset. Channel 2, meanwhile, have Likud 28 seats and the Zionist Union 27. The numbers were published by Haaretz. What that is likely to mean is, as NPR's Emily Harris tells our Newscast unit, Israel's new government won't be immediately known. Emily says: "The new government will need approval from a majority of...
  • Netanyahu Calls Bennett

    03/17/2015 1:44:31 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 96 replies
    Aruz Sheva ^ | 3/17/2015 22:40
    Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, called Jewish Home Chairman, Naftali Bennett, on Tuesday night. Bennett congratulated the PM on his victory. The two agreed to begin talks on establishing a nationalistic government and to act cooperatively on behalf of the security of the State of Israel and nation of Israel.
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    03/17/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
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  • Israel Election: An End Or New Era For Netanyahu? [Likud Loss, Obama Wins, Israel Self-Destructs?]

    03/16/2015 8:56:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    BBCNews ^ | March 16, 2015 | Kevin Connolly
    16 March 2015 Israel Election: An End Or New Era For Netanyahu? By Kevin Connolly Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a fourth term, but the outcome is too close to call Israel election: Will outcome revive peace process? The coming week promises to be one of the most eventful and most unpredictable in the long and bumpy political life of Benjamin Netanyahu. The man revered by his supporters as a global statesman and sniffily dismissed by one Israeli newspaper as "former furniture salesman" will know by the end of it if he is to remain prime minister of Israel. He triggered...
  • Jon Voight Backs Netanyahu In New Ad: 'Obama Does Not Love Israel' (video at link)

    03/16/2015 9:52:20 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1 hour ago
    VOIGHT: I love Israel. I want to see Israel survive and not be overtaken by the madmen of this world. President Obama does not love Israel. His whole agenda is to control Israel, and this way, he can be friends with all of Israel’s enemies. He doesn't want Bibi Netanyahu to win this election. America has not been the same since his presidency. I beg everyone, all of you, to understand the truth. Those like Isaac Herzog (Netanyahu's challenger) who believe that dealmaking is the solution to what Israel faces are as wrong as Neville Chamberlain believing he made a...
  • What Netanyahu's Palestinian state comments mean for Obama

    03/16/2015 1:56:05 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | March 16, 2015 | By Hilary Krieger
    Washington (CNN)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out the creation of a Palestinian state Monday, setting off another potential showdown with the Obama administration should the Israeli leader prevail at the ballot box the following day. In the campaign's waning hours, an embattled Netanyahu tried to make the case that he deserved a third term in office because he best can handle threats to Israel and that a Palestinian state won't be formed because of the danger it would pose. "Anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state, anyone who is going to evacuate territories today, is simply giving...
  • Likud data shows for first time majority of Israelis don't believe Netanyahu will form coalition

    03/16/2015 3:20:10 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 43 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Monday, March 16, 2015 | Gil Hoffman
    PM continued his recent warnings to his supporters, saying that the only way to bridge the gap between the Likud and the Zionist Union was for the entire nationalist camp to vote Likud. An internal Likud poll has shown for the first time that a majority of Israelis do not believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will form the next government, a Likud source said Monday. Until recently, more than 60 percent of Israelis thought that Netanyahu would form the coalition after Tuesday's election. On March 9, the Likud's data showed that 62.3% thought that Netanyahu would form the coalition...
  • Israel Elections: What Happens if Netanyahu Loses?

    03/17/2015 6:51:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/17/2015 | Jonathan Spyer
    A lackluster Israeli election campaign is drawing to a close. The final polls [1] had Isaac HerzogÂ’s Zionist Union party set to emerge as the single largest party, with Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuÂ’s Likud finishing second. The polls put HerzogÂ’s list at anywhere from 24-26 seats in the 120-member Knesset, with Likud a corresponding four seats behind in each poll.Although the polls expect Likud to lose seats, they still appear ready to leave the right-wing bloc (i.e., the totality of right-wing parties including Likud and other rightist lists) as larger than the left-wing bloc (the totality of left-of-center lists)...
  • Live thread: Israelis vote for 20th Knesset (polls close at 4pm EDT)

    03/17/2015 5:18:27 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 289 replies
    i24 News ^ | live
    Polls scheduled to close 10pm local time / 4pm EDT. Turnout as of 9am was 7.4%, at 10am was 13.7%, and at 12pm was 26.5%. Exit polls will be released when polls close in less than 8 hours. For live coverage in English, click on link below:
  • MKs: Livni-Herzog Backtrack a New Low

    03/16/2015 12:41:56 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/16/2015, 8:20 PM | Tova Dvorin
    "The historic announcement of Livni and Herzog marks new lows in terms of broken promises," MK Yariv Levin (Likud) stated Monday night. "If, until today, we had grown accustomed to the Left breaking its promises after elections, now these promises are being broken even before the polls open." "Whoever can't handle the stress of the night before elections is not able to handle the day-to-day stresses of premiership," he added. "Now it is absolutely clear that there is only one suitable candidate for Prime Minister - Binyamin Netanyahu - and that only one party fulfills its promises: Likud." "Livni's misstep...
  • Livni Gives Up Rotation Deal with Herzog

    03/16/2015 1:35:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Monday, March 16, 2015 | Yishai Karov, Cynthia Blank
    Claiming it could affect Herzog's chances of forming a government, his co-chair gives up rotation deal that brought them together. MK Tzipi Livni announced Monday that she has given up the rotation deal for prime minister she shared with Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog, which had been a key condition of Labor and Hatnua's merging. According to Livni, maintaining the rotation would constitute an obstacle to Herzog forming the next government. She stressed that the most important thing was to replace Binyamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister. Over the weekend, Herzog and Livni dropped hints that they were ready to waive the...
  • Livni forgoes rotating premiership with Herzog [Israel Elections]

    03/16/2015 12:25:15 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 32 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Monday, March 16, 2015 | Marissa Newman
    Zionist Union’s No. 2 drops bombshell 12 hours before election; Netanyahu, Herzog accuse each other of ‘panicking’. The Zionist Union’s Tzipi Livni announced Monday evening that she would give up the rotation of the premiership with the slate’s leader, Isaac Herzog, an agreement the two made months ago when her Hatnua party merged with his Labor Party. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the party was “panicking,” while Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett...
  • Netanyahu: If I'm elected, there will be no Palestinian state [Israel]

    03/16/2015 9:56:21 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 50 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Monday, March 16, 2015 | Barak Ravid
    In a definitive disavowal of his Bar-Ilan two-state speech, prime minister makes last-minute attempt to draw voters from Bennett's Habayit Hayeudi. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau said Monday that if he were to be reelected, a Palestinian state would not be created, in a definite disavowal of his 2009 speech, in which he had voiced support for the principle of two states for two peoples. Netanyahu's remarks in an interview with the NRG website - which is owned by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and tied with the settler newspaper Makor Rishon - were a last-minute attempt to pull right-wing voters away...
  • Left Wing Government In Israel Would Result In War

    03/15/2015 5:38:34 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 14 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | March 15, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem — March 15, 2015 … It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if a Left wing government takes over in Israel, both war and economic chaos would result. Members of Israel’s security establishment have told the Israel News Agency that Hamas, ISIS, Hezbollah and Iran are constantly looking for weaknesses in Israel’s infrastructure. “Israel’s enemies respect strength, not weakness. They respect Netanyahu. Strength is our only deterrence,” said Avi G. “They know that Netanyahu would never enter into negotiations for land as these negotiations would only be a long term, lethal...
  • Tempers Flare In Israel at Key Debate

    03/16/2015 8:09:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 16, 2015 | Adam Kredo,John Tabin
    JERUSALEM—Longstanding political divisions came to a head on Saturday evening as key players from across Israel’s fractured political landscape stumped for their respective parties during a contentious English-language debate that highlighted the popular frustration threatening to unravel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition.
  • Israeli vote in balance as campaigning draws to close [Netanyahu]

    03/15/2015 2:33:11 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 54 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Saturday, March 14, 2015 | Delphine Mattieussent
    Jerusalem (AFP) - Three days ahead of Israel's general election, there was growing uncertainty Saturday over who will win the premiership, with polls showing incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu trailing his centre-left rivals. The final two surveys released Friday night by private television channels gave the Zionist Union, headed by Labour leader Isaac Herzog, a four-seat lead over Netanyahu's Likud. A poll by Channel 10 showed Likud winning 20 seats, compared with 24 for the Zionist Union, while a survey issued by Channel 2 also showed Likud four seats behind, 22 to 26. The results echoed surveys released earlier Friday -- the...
  • Even if Likud loses, Netanyahu could become prime minister

    03/15/2015 10:20:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | March 15, 2015 | Joel Greenberg
    JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his party trailing in polls leading up to Tuesday’s vote, entered the final two days of his campaign Sunday with one card still unplayed: Israel’s complicated electoral system, which doesn’t guarantee that the party with the most seats in Parliament forms the government. The final polls published ahead of the election Tuesday gave opposition leader Isaac Herzog the edge, with his Zionist Union alliance likely to win four more seats than Netanyahu’s Likud party when the votes are counted. But that does not mean victory, unless Herzog can form a governing coalition. Neither...
  • Netanyahu Shifts Tactics as His Likud Party Appears to Slip in Final Surveys

    03/16/2015 4:52:25 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, March 13, 2015 | Isabel Kershner
    Mr. Netanyahu, who is running for his third consecutive term, and fourth overall, is beginning to confront the very real possibility of a political about-face in Israel. “If we do not close the gap in the next few days, there is indeed a danger that Tzipi Livni and Bougie Herzog will be the next prime ministers,” Mr. Netanyahu said in an interview on Israel’s Channel 2 News on Thursday night, referring to Mr. Herzog by his nickname. Political analysts say that the widening gap in the polls could work two ways, infusing the Zionist Union campaign with more momentum or...
  • Netanyahu to masses in Tel Aviv: There's a great danger that a left-wing gov't will come into power

    03/15/2015 11:53:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 3/15/15 | staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a crowd of tens of thousands of people at a rally in support of right-wing parties at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Sunday. Netanyahu claimed that "a massive fortune" of foreign money had flowed into Israel from abroad from organizations dedicated to removing him from power. He said that, because of this, currently, the Right does not have enough votes to put together a strong governing coalition, but that closing the gap with the Zionist Union is achievable. "If we don't close the gap, there is a danger that a left-wing government will come into...
  • Do Israelis Really Think the U.S. Will Come to Their Aid?

    03/15/2015 11:05:14 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 32 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | March 15, 2015 | Bassam Tawil
    There is about to be a mistake. The only country in the region of which all the other countries are envious -- for opportunity, equal justice under law, freedom to speak without the 2 a.m. knock on the door -- has an election this week. Its citizens are tired of war -- right on schedule for its enemies' plans to destroy it. The Israelis are meant to be tired of war; that is why it is called "a war of attrition." Many Israelis seem to be counting on some deeply wished-for love from the current U.S. Administration. What they may...
  • Israel's Leftist Dreams Will End In Nightmare

    03/15/2015 11:37:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 15, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    I have been warning for months that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might lose the March 17 election. In November 2014, before elections were called, I noted that Netanyahu had been elected on a promise to oppose Barack Obama, and now that Obama’s lame-duck term had begun, Israeli voters might feel secure enough to look elsewhere for leadership. What they–and indeed many Americans–failed to see was how much damage Obama still intended to cause.
  • Live Thread: Benjamin Netanyahu Speech in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv

    03/15/2015 11:11:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 38 replies
    i24 News ^ | Live
    Benjamin Netanyahu is addressing tens of thousands from Rabin Square live. Live video at link in English.
  • Netanyahu legacy on the line in Israeli vote

    03/15/2015 10:11:06 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 115 replies
    MyWay News ^ | Sunday, March 15, 2015 | Josef Federman
    JERUSALEM (AP) — As Israelis prepare to vote in parliament elections on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself at a fateful crossroads: Make history or become history. If Netanyahu can lead his Likud Party to victory and secure a fourth term in office, he will move closer to overtaking the nation's iconic founding father, David Ben-Gurion, as the longest-ever serving premier — and cementing a status as the dominant Israeli politician of the past two decades. But if Likud stumbles and finds itself in the opposition — a real possibility, according to recent polls — the Netanyahu era could...