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  • Bush Snubs Netanyahu on Israel Visit

    01/07/2008 11:11:37 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 85 replies · 61+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/08 | Hana Levi Julian
    U.S. President George W. Bush has declined to meet with former Prime Minister and current Likud Opposition Leader MK Binyamin Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to Israel, slated to begin on Wednesday, according to the Jerusalem Post. Sources in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima party quoted in the report offered this explanation: “At the White House, they think [Mr. Netanyahu] is a liar because of his behavior when he was prime minister.” Outraged Likud officials accused Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of sabotaging what would normally be a routine meeting between a visiting U.S. President and an Israeli Opposition Leader, a...
  • Poll Shows Kadima isn't Dead Yet

    01/14/2013 4:53:34 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    A Panels Politics poll conducted for the Knesset Channel predicts that Kadima – until recently the Knesset's largest party with 28 seats – will receive 3 seats in the next Knesset. Most other polls predict that Kadima, which was created by Ariel Sharon following the Gaza Disengagement, will completely disappear from the Knesset. Otzma Leyisrael, headed by MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari, also receives three seats in this poll. The poll is largely consistent with most other polls in showing that Likud / Yisrael Beytenu will receive 35 seats, whereas Labor would receive 17 seats. Bayit Yehudi would...
  • Livni Slams Likud and Jewish Home 'Extremists'

    01/10/2013 3:57:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/13 | Elad Benari
    Tzipi Livni, who chairs the Hatnua party, slammed on Wednesday what she termed "the extremists" in her former party, the Likud. Livni, who visited a bar in Tel Aviv, warned that a coalition between these Likud extremists and the Jewish Home would be a threat to Israel. "Extremists are taking over our lives and if we do not stop them today - we'll end up in a situation that is dangerous for Israel," Livni said. "These extremists are now in the Likud in the form of (Moshe) Feiglin, (Tzipi) Hotovely, (Yariv) Levin and others - they are in the same...
  • Livni Blames Bennett for Violence. Bennett: Huh?

    12/29/2012 1:49:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Tzipi Livni, who is running for Knesset at the head of an independent party, blamed Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett for the violence at the Oz Tzion outpost near Beit El Friday. "Bennett and the extremist rabbis led people to that hilltop on purpose, in order to create friction with IDF soldiers and a situation in which they would refuse orders," Livni wrote on her Facebook page. "These extremists led the people there on Sabbath eve in the knowledge that our children, the IDF soldiers, would have to evict them," she explained. "Netanyahu, who continues to wink toward the extremist...
  • Mofaz: Following Orders Are Essential to our Survival

    12/22/2012 1:36:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/12
    Shaul Mofaz, Kadima chaiman responded to remarks made by Bennett to Channel 2 during an interview in which he said, "If I would receive an order to remove a Jew from his house and expel him, me personally, my conscience would not allow it. I would ask the commander for an exemption." Mofaz reacted, saying, "There is no place in Israel, not in the regular army and not in the reserve army, to disobey orders. One's political views should not affect his ability to perform a task. An evil spirit calling for disobedience in exchange for a handful of votes...
  • Livni Announces New Party: 'The Movement'

    11/27/2012 2:57:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Kadima chair Tzipi Livni held a news conference at 12:00 noon to announce that she is running for the 19th Knesset at the helm of an independent party, "The Movement – Headed by Tzipi Livni." Livni met Monday with another former Kadima chair, Ehud Olmert, and informed him of her decision. According to a Maagar Mochot poll published Thursday, a list headed by Livni would garner nine Knesset seats and "steal" seats from Labor, which would get only 19, and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (Future) party, which would get 4 seats. Lapid has offered Livni the Number Two position...
  • Livni Set to Announce She is Running

    11/24/2012 12:14:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will announce that she is running for Knesset at the helm of a political party this week – most likely on Tuesday, according to reports. Livni will not form a new party but rather take over a non-functioning party, Hetz, which was registered several years ago by ex-Shinui minister Avraham Poraz. Leftist pundits are unanimous in estimating that Livni's party will further split the already fractured left wing in the next election. Polls project that Livni's party will receive as many as 10 seats, and according to a Maariv poll it is expected to take...
  • Mofaz: Third Intifada if No Peace Deal

    11/04/2012 3:35:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/11/12
    Chairman Shaul Mofaz of the Kadima party said, Sunday evening, that it was possible to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Addressing the forum of deputy mayors, the former defense minister said, "If we do not reach reach an agreement during this period, we will reach a third intifada [Arab uprising -ed.]." .....
  • Disgruntled Kadima-ites Discuss Return to Likud

    08/03/2012 7:49:36 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Tzachi Hanegbi of Kadima, a former minister, announced several days ago that he plans to return to his first political home – Likud. In an event Thursday night, he started to gather disgruntled Kadima members in an attempt to bring as many party members as possible back to Likud with him. Hanegbi addressed those at the event and explained his disapproval for current Kadima head MK Shaul Mofaz, and his disagreement with Mofaz’s decision to leave the coalition. Mofaz’s hasty exit from the coalition just weeks after joining upset many of his own MKs. He made the decision to leave...
  • Kadima’s Departure Leaves Netanyahu’s Coalition at Odds with Itself

    07/20/2012 2:58:28 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 1 replies
    Time ^ | July 17, 2012 | Karl Vick
    Elections may be imminent as the debate over the draft--and whether the ultra-orthodox are exempt--leads to the end of Netanyahu's grand coalition Well, that didn’t last long. The newest and largest member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition voted to leave it on Tuesday, ankling the government not quite 10 weeks after joining. Kadima, the center-right party that averted elections by joining Netanyahu’s coalition in May, voted overwhelmingly to return to opposition after Netanyahu chose to side with religious parties in the divisive question of a universal draft. Kadima’s departure does not guarantee new elections. Netanyahu’s remaining coalition members continue to...
  • Unity Coalition Crumbles, Mofaz Shuns Netanyahu

    07/03/2012 1:11:31 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Kadima party chairman Shaul Mofaz angrily rejected a planned meeting to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday after the Prime Minister dissolved a panel, led by Kadima, for a new draft law. Prime Minister Netanyahu disbanded the committee, headed by Kadima Knesset Member Yochanan Plesner, without Cabinet approval, a move that could be a political ploy to put Mofaz in a corner and force him to quit the national unity coalition that is only several weeks old. The committee was working on legislation to replace the “Tal Law,” which focuses on the enlistment of hareidi religious youth, with an...
  • Vote 'Aye' and It's Bye-Bye, Netanyahu Tells Ministers

    06/05/2012 11:58:42 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Prime Minister's Bureau has contacted all ministers and deputy ministers and made clear that the government opposes the proposed Regulation Law that will come up for a vote Wednesday. The law would make it possible to compensate land owners who were wronged in construction of communities in Judea and Samaria, without having to hand over the land or tear down homes built upon it. Channel 2 News reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's men made clear to the ministers and deputies that if any of them vote in favor of the Regulation Law, they will be fired from the...
  • Echoes of '67: Israel unites

    05/12/2012 12:12:57 AM PDT · by gunsequalfreedom · 29 replies
    JWR ^ | May 11, 2012 | Krauthammer
    In May 1967, in brazen violation of truce agreements, Egypt marched 120,000 troops to the Israeli border, blockaded the Straits, abruptly signed a military pact with Jordan and Syria. Pledged to destroy Israel. On June 5, Israel launched a preemptive strike. The Six-Day War. Less remembered. The nationalist opposition was brought into the government. Emergency unity coalition. Forty-five years later, May 7, Netanyahu has done the same thing.
  • Seven Possible Explanations For the Israeli Political Revolution

    05/08/2012 9:00:28 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 8, 2012 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    The largest opposition party in Israel, Kadima, just joined Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's coalition, obviating the need for elections in September, and turning Bibi into something akin to what only Iran has previously had: a Supreme Leader. (Granted, one supreme leader came to power democratically, and the other did not.) Bibi now stands to be the strongest prime minister of Israel in recent history. The newly-elected leader of Kadima, Shaul Mofaz, recently said he would never in a million years join a coalition with Netanyahu, so this was inevitable, I guess. Speculation is rampant about why Bibi brought in Mofaz....
  • Netanyahu suddenly cancels new elections, forms unity government

    05/08/2012 6:43:21 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 27 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/8/2012 | Edmund Sanders
    In a surprise turnabout, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to cancel the early elections he had called just 24 hours before and instead form a unity government with the opposition party Kadima, Israeli officials said Tuesday. The decision shocked much of Israel's political establishment, which was gearing up to dissolve the parliament, or Knesset, and launch campaigns for a Sept. 4 vote. By joining the government coalition, newly elected Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz avoids facing voters amid polls indicating that his centrist party would lose more than half its Knesset seats. Just a month ago, Mofaz declared he...
  • Livni quits Knesset, vows to stay in public life

    05/01/2012 9:22:47 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/1/2012 | LAHAV HARKOV
    Former opposition and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni resigned from the Knesset and her party on Tuesday, saying she will continue working to better Israel’s future. “My principles and my values require me to leave the Kadima faction in the Knesset,” she explained. “I have always said a seat is not everything, and at this point I must leave my seat in the Knesset.” Livni’s resignation came a month after her loss to Shaul Mofaz in the Kadima leadership race. In the weeks following Mofaz’s victory, Livni hid from the public eye, making few statements only on Facebook or Twitter and...
  • Mofaz: Give the Palestinians 100% of Yesha

    04/07/2012 3:40:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) told the The New York Times that he would "respond to 100% of the territorial demands of the Palestinians" if elected Prime Minister. “I intend to replace Netanyahu,” Mr. Mofaz, 63, said. “I will not join his government.” Mofaz said that he believed Israel should keep the main settlement blocs, but that he would give the Palestinian Authority as much land from sovereign Israeli ground as he kept from Judea and Samaria. He added that he believes it is possible to reach an agreement on the borders and security within one year. When asked about...
  • Mofaz Wins Kadima Leadership

    03/27/2012 5:40:25 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/3/12 | Elad Benari
    MK Shaul Mofaz was elected on Tuesday to be the new chairman of the Kadima party. Mofaz beat his rival MK Tzipi Livni, who has headed the party since 2008, and will assume the position of opposition leader. According to final results reported by Army Radio, Mofaz won 64.5 percent of the vote while Livni received only 35.5 percent. The poll closed at 10:00 p.m. Israel time and as of 9:00 p.m. only about 38 percent of party members exercised their right to vote in the primary. Analysts predicted earlier that a low turnout would likely play out in Mofaz’s...
  • Kadima Co-Founder: Break Up the Party and Start Again

    01/02/2012 2:40:55 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/12 | Ernie Singer
    Avigdor Yitzchaki, one of the founders of the Kadima party, expressed support, Monday, for Member of Knesset Meir Sheetrit's attempts to divide the party. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva, the former Knesset member said, "I wish him success." Referring to the other candidates for the party chair, he said, "Both Mofaz and Dichter crowned with glory and courage of their military service and security but they are not demonstrating it in politics." The Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office during Ariel Sharon's tenure as prime minister had harsh criticism for incumbent Tzipi Livni's conduct, saying she "has made very big mistakes....
  • Livni: Building Decision Could Backfire on Israel

    11/02/2011 5:58:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/11 | David Lev
    The announcement by Israel that it is to build several thousand homes in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Ma'ale Adumim is a “punishment” against the Palestinian Authority for its being accepted into UNESCO as a full member, Kadima head Tsipi Livni said Wednesday – and this will not help Israel retain the blocs in a final status agreement. Livni met with Palestinian Authority head negotiator Sa'eb Erekat during a security conference in Tel Aviv Wednesday. Speaking at the conference, Livni said that “construction as a method of punishing the Palestinians will simply not be understood. It won't help keep the blocs...
  • Shas Responds: What did Livni Expect?

    09/04/2011 10:24:49 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/9/11 | Maayana Miskin
    Opposition leader Tzipi Livni knows the real reason that the hareidi-religious community avoided Saturday night's protests to lower the cost of living, MK Nissim Zev (Shas) said Sunday, speaking to Arutz Sheva. Unfortunately, he added, she preferred to hurl unfounded allegations. “This is not the first time that Livni slams the hareidi community, and the settler community, as if they are the state of Israel's problem,” he noted. “It is a shame that she doesn't look around to see that the entire world is against us,” he continued. “At a time like this we must unite; her approach is neither...
  • ‘Social Justice’ May Boomerang at the Polls

    09/03/2011 10:57:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/9/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A new poll shows that the reaction at the polls could be a slap in the face to center-left Kadima without hurting nationalist and religious parties and clearly illusrates that the protest movement has not made a political dent in the government coalition. The results of the Panorama poll, released on Voice of Israel government radio last week, are a blow to the ”social justice” protest movement that has tried to set up the Netanyahu government as the source of most of Israel’s social and economic problems. If elections. were held now, the Likud party would maintain its 27 seats,...
  • When raw ambition puts your career before your country's security

    07/22/2011 8:51:04 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 2 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/22/2011 | Caroline B. Glick
    Saying that Israel faces daunting challenges today and that those challenges will multiply and grow in the near future should not be construed as a partisan or ideological statement. Rather, it is a statement of fact. It is also a fact that the greatest dangers facing Israel stem from US President Barack Obama's rapid withdrawal of the US from its position as the predominant power in the Middle East on the one hand, and from Iran's rise as a nuclear power and regional power on the other. These power shifts along with the Muslim Brotherhood's rising power in Egypt; Turkey's...
  • Caroline Glick: We Are Not for Sale

    11/08/2010 5:58:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2010 | Caroline Glick
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is playing with fire. And Israel is getting burned. Over the past week, it has been widely reported that the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government are conducting secret negotiations regarding future Israeli land surrenders to the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem. According to the reports, the Obama administration has presented Netanyahu with a plan whereby Israel will cede its rights to eastern Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley to the Palestinians and then lease the areas from the Palestinians for a limited period. The reports on the length of the lease vary. Some claim...
  • Kadima MK Sees Tea Party Brewing in Israel

    10/27/2010 6:57:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) ^ | 10/27/10, 5:07 PM | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    No sooner than Kadima Knesset Member Ronit Tirosh said this week that over taxation will spawn an Israeli version of the anti-big government American Tea Party, English-speaking Israelis were sooner than Kadima Knesset Member Ronit Tirosh said this week that over taxation will spawn an advancing plans to open an American branch in Tel Aviv. The grass roots Tea Party has rocked the American political system, dividing the Republican party and attracting former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as its undeclared candidate to run in the 2012 presidential election.
  • Q&A: Tzipi Livni-The Kadima leader says Israel is not the safest place in the world for Jews

    10/10/2010 9:50:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | October 8, 2010 | David Samuels
    When Tzipi Livni is uncomfortable with a question, she shifts in her chair. When she is called upon to lie or evade, she blushes. If something strikes her as funny, she laughs. She is not naturally inclined toward paradox or irony. Her patent lack of interest in deception makes politics seem like an odd career choice. In a country and a region led by men with outsize egos and florid personality disorders, the leader of Israel’s opposition Kadima party is an anomaly because she seems so resolutely normal—the hard-working child of ideologues who devoted their lives to building the state....
  • The New Post-Zionist Left in Israel

    08/07/2010 10:26:22 AM PDT · by bsaunders · 3 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | August 7, 2010 | B. Saunders
    First, I want to say that though I often write about Israeli issues, I seldom write about the political scene exclusively and try to be impartial and represent whoever is currently in power as best I can. Recent events have grown to a point where I feel I would be remiss not to try to make sense out of the web of denials, accusations and equivocations. The basic accusation against Kadima MK Chaim Ramon is that he met with a leading official from the Palestinian Authority and during a lunch held in public was overheard advising that the Palestinian Authority...
  • ‘Boycott Britain,’ Suggests Kadima MK (Israel)

    07/28/2010 7:44:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Kadima Knesset Member Ronit Tirosh has called on government officials to stop flying British Airways and has suggested an Israeli boycott of British goods. Knesset Speaker Ruby Rivlin of the Likud backed her idea. MK Tirosh's initiative is in retaliation for the British government’s recommendation that its Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs label Jewish products made in Judea and Samaria as "Israeli settlement produce." It also suggested that non-Jewish goods be accompanied by the description "Palestinian produce." The British department stated that traders would be committing an offense if they declared produce from the area as "produce...
  • Obama's Jewish Defenders

    03/28/2010 9:32:56 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 14 replies · 642+ views
    CarolineGlick.com ^ | March 28, 2010 | Caroline Glick
    Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama opened a diplomatic war on Israel. The proximate cause of his offensive was the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Board's decision to approve the future construction of 1,600 housing units in northern Jerusalem. The goal of the assault is twofold. First, it seeks to undermine the legitimacy of Israel's control over Jerusalem in order to weaken Israel's standing among the American public. As Obama advisor Martin Indyk mocked, Obama's onslaught against Israel has made the Netanyahu government "supersensitive," about Jerusalem. Second, as Obama's advisors explained to The Atlantic, through his unprecedented attacks on Israel's...
  • Israeli government 'under assault' from U.S.

    07/01/2009 6:21:14 AM PDT · by ohhhh · 48 replies · 723+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 30, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – The composition of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is "under assault" by the U.S. and Europe, says a top minister in the Israeli government. "It seems there is a coordinated assault between the U.S. and some European countries to remove Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his party and to replace them with the Kadima party," the minister said. The minister spoke on condition his name be withheld due to possible political fallout from his comments. He said he was expressing his belief and does not have any proof of possible U.S.-European collusion to influence the composition of...
  • Far right joins Israel coalition

    03/15/2009 6:47:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 1,317+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 16, 2009 | unattributed
    Israel's Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has signed a coalition deal with the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, officials say. Under the agreement, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman would become foreign minister, said officials from Mr Netanyahu's Likud party. He is a strong supporter of the Israeli settler movement and opposes exchanging land for peace with the Palestinians. Likud still needs support from other parties to form majority in parliament. Yisrael Beiteinu would get five other cabinet posts, including internal security, infrastructure, tourism, and the integration of new immigrants. Mr Netanyahu has also been seeking the support of the centrist Kadima...
  • Kadima's strategy for success

    03/02/2009 2:14:10 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 5 replies · 339+ views
    JPOST ^ | Caroline Glick
    Provoked by the Palestinians' escalating missile campaign, on Sunday evening the Ashkelon Parents Association voted not to send their children to school on Monday. Ever since the outgoing Kadima government ended Operation Cast Lead in Gaza on January 20, the Palestinians have steadily stepped-up their missile war against Israel. Over the weekend the IDF acknowledged that six weeks later, daily Palestinian missile barrages against Israel have returned to pre-Operation Cast Lead levels. Moreover, the IDF warned that over the past six weeks, Hamas and its sister terror groups have rebuilt their missile arsenals both through imports of Iranian arms from...
  • A Profoundly Different Livni

    02/23/2009 9:57:13 AM PST · by Jbny · 12 replies · 537+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | February 23, 2009 | Shmuel Rosner
    Coalition talks in Israel seem to be headed in what most Israeli voters consider the wrong direction — that is, the negotiation of a right-wing Netanyahu government with no Kadima and no Labor. This is troubling to many Israelis, whose primary concern is accountable leadership. Political columnist Sima Kadmon explained in his plea to Livni last week:
  • 60 Percent of Secular Women Voted for Kadima

    02/22/2009 10:04:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 302+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/22/09 | Gil Ronen
    (IsraelNN.com) Kadima, the first party in Israel to use gender terminology as part of its election campaign, did exceedingly well among secular women who took part in the election: 60 percent of them voted for the party and its leader, Tzipi Livni. According to a report in Ha'aretz's Politico, Kadima emphasized a feminist line in the final stretch of its campaign, whereas Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu was "machoistic." Pre-election polls confirmed these trends: 55 percent of Kadima's voters were women and 45 percent men, while the exact opposite was true for Yisrael Beiteinu, where 55 percent of the voters were...
  • Inconclusive election puts Israel, peace in limbo (Bibi Has to win or Israel is screwed)

    02/11/2009 10:05:57 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 9 replies · 717+ views
    yahoo.com via (AP) ^ | 2/11/09 | Karin Laub
    JERUSALEM – Inconclusive election results sent Israel into political limbo Wednesday with both Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and hard-line leader Benjamin Netanyahu claiming victory and leaving the kingmaker role to a rising political hawk with an anti-Arab platform. Livni's Kadima Party won 28 seats, just one more than Netanyahu's Likud, in Tuesday's election for the 120-member parliament, according to nearly complete results. Both held victory rallies, but without a clear majority neither can govern alone. Hard-line parties won a majority of the votes, meaning that Netanyahu has more natural allies and a better chance of forming a coalition. The results...
  • Netanyahu a Victim of His Own Success

    02/11/2009 12:26:21 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies · 863+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/11/2009 | Hillel Fendel
    The nationalist camp assumed the Likud would win, and voted for smaller parties. Will the bloc's win be enough to give Netanyahu the nod? With the apparent near-tie between Likud and Kadima, all eyes are now turned to the three venues in which the final determination of the elections will be decided: The soldiers’ votes, the preliminary negotiations among the parties, and President Shimon Peres. Though Kadima has apparently won 28 seats, compared to the Likud’s 27, past experience shows that this is likely to change after the votes of soldiers, diplomats, hospital patients and those who are ship-bound are...
  • The Collapse of the Israeli Left, the Return of Likud

    02/10/2009 2:29:06 PM PST · by Jbny · 35 replies · 1,813+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | February 10, 2009 | David Hazony
    As soon as we’ve caught our breath regarding Kadima’s hairline win (according to exit polls only), the real story that emerges is the utter gutting of the Israeli Left, and the return of Likud. Of the four major parties today, three of them are Likud and its spin-offs: Kadima was founded by Ariel Sharon and is mostly made up of former Likudniks; Yisrael Beitenu’s chairman cut his teeth as the head of the Likud’s central committee.
  • Livni may not be able to form gov't due to large right-wing bloc

    02/10/2009 12:59:19 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 699+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 10, 2009 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    With voting stations officially closed, exit polls at 10 p.m. suggested that Kadima would win Tuesday's general elections. However, due to the dramatic rise in support of the Likud and Israel Beiteinu compared with the previous election, it seemed that Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu would have a better chance than Kadima head Tzipi Livni of forming the next coalition. According to Channel 1, the right-wing bloc won 63 Knesset seats and the left wing 57; Channel 2 predicted 64 for the right and 56 for the left; and Channel 10, like Channel 1, predicted 63 and 57
  • Exit polls: Livni's Kadima winner in 2009 elections

    02/10/2009 12:20:41 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies · 1,671+ views
    haaretz.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2009 | Haaretz Staff
    Exit polls by Israel's three main television stations on Tuesday night showed Kadima as the clear winner in the 2009 general elections, with Likud coming a narrow second. Channel 1, Channel 2 and Channel 10 polling of voters as they left the ballot box all showed victory for Kadima, headed by Tzipi Livni.
  • Kadima wins; Labor crashes

    02/10/2009 12:11:09 PM PST · by Victory111 · 141 replies · 7,439+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 2-10-09 | Ynet Staff
    Kadima wins elections, but will it form the next government? Kadima and its Chairwoman, Tzipi Livni, are the big winners of the 2009 general elections, according to a Rafi Smith exit poll commissioned by Ynet, with Likud finishing a disappointing 2nd. Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu delivered at crunch time to become Israel's third-largest party, while Ehud Barak's Labor party sustained a harsh blow. Exit polls by Israel's major television channels showed similar results
  • Likud lead grows as Gaza factor aids right

    01/26/2009 10:34:42 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 648+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 1/26/2008 | Tobias Buck in Jerusalem
    Benjamin Netanyahu is pulling away from his rivals in the race to become Israel’s next prime minister, in a sign that the three-week war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip has accelerated Israel’s shift to the political right. Polls show that Mr Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party opposition, would win at least 28 seats in the next parliament. His closest rival in the February 10 election, the centrist Kadima party, is expected to secure 24 to 25 seats. The gap has widened in recent days, suggesting the Gaza conflict provided only a limited boost to the parties in...
  • Hamas's march to victory

    01/02/2009 10:09:23 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 23 replies · 942+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2 January, 2009 | Caroline Glick
    George Orwell once quipped, "The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." Since Tuesday it has become clear that the Olmert-Livni-Barak government has decided to end the war with Iran's Hamas proxy army in Gaza as quickly as possible. That is, the government has decided to lose the war. Most Israelis are unaware of this state of affairs. In an obvious attempt to bolster the popularity of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak ahead of the February 10 general elections, the local media have spent the six days since the government launched Operation Cast...
  • The Gaza Picture Show

    12/29/2008 9:45:36 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 1,015+ views
    Once again Israeli planes are bombing terrorist targets and IDF troops will make a foray into terrorist held territory-- only to then be swiftly ordered home again. This type of operation has become a regular feature of the Post-Oslo Israeli military, pointless engagements that lightly wound terrorists, and then leave them to nurse their wounds, while giving the politicians who ordered them a brief boost in their poll ratings. This particular operation neatly precedes both the Israeli election, and Obama taking office, which means that it is a very expensive ad campaign for Kadima and Labor, combined with a futile...
  • Israel's Kadima Party's Strategy--->Suicide Through Peace

    12/21/2008 9:52:51 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 337+ views
    Front Page Mag/Yidwithlid ^ | 12/22/08 | Yidwithlid
    Israel has a crisis of leadership. Ever since the "Oslo process" began leaders have had their heads in the sand. They are so consumed with a desire for peace, that they refuse to recognize the real facts surrounding them. The Palestinian side has made NO move toward peace. The past 15 years have proved that the basic assumption and paradigms of the Israeli peace camp are wrong and are dangerous to Israel ’s existence. As Israel moves toward the next election the choice is clear, the Kadima/Labor side will give up anything for peace, the Likud side wishes peace also,...
  • Israel's Kadima Party to Tzipi Livni-- PLEASE SHUT UP !

    12/13/2008 11:02:08 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 284+ views
    JPOST/Yidwithlid ^ | 12/14/08 | Yidwithlid
    You may remember that almost immediately after new elections were announced in Israel the polls showed that Kadima Nominee Tzipi Livni held the lead or was a close second to Likud candidate Binyamin Netanyahu. Since then there has been a major shift in Kadima strategy which has been a boon for their biggest competitors Likud and Labor, its called letting Tzipi open her mouth. Over the past few weeks almost everything that the Foreign Minister said, has gone beyond unpopular, she his promising change that goes against the grain if Israeli society. Maybe she is spending too much time listening...
  • Kadima beats Likud in new poll (Israeli elections, 2008)

    10/26/2008 11:11:04 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 9 replies · 677+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 27 October 2008 | Ynet News
    Kadima beats Likud in new pollDahaf-Yedioth Ahronoth survey published Monday morning points to close race, as Livni takes the lead with 29 Knesset seats, Netanyahu follows with 26 seats. Labor plummets to 11 seats, while Shas may lose power Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni appears to be enjoying the fruit of her declaration that she will not give in to extortion. A new Yedioth Ahronoth survey conducted by the Dahaf Institute and published Monday morning showed that had the Knesset elections taken place today, Livni would have led Kadima to victory with 29 Knesset seats, the same number of mandates it...
  • Livni expected to announce early elections on Sunday

    10/24/2008 10:06:50 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 1 replies · 203+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 10-24-08 | Israel Today Staff
    Tzipi Livni, newly-elected head of Israel’s ruling Kadima Party, announced on Friday that she will stick to a Sunday deadline for forming a new government, despite the fact that she has failed to bring all of the parties necessary for a majority coalition on board.
  • Palestinians pleased with Livni's win

    09/18/2008 5:33:41 AM PDT · by Alouette · 9 replies · 217+ views
    YNet ^ | Sept. 18, 2008 | Ali "Kill Jews for Peace" Waked
    Palestinian authority officials breathe a sign of relief, say they feared Mofaz victory Ali Waked Published: 09.17.08, 23:20 / Israel News Palestinian Authority officials said Wednesday night they were pleased with Tzipi Livni's apparent victory in the Kadima primaries and were looking forward to continuing peace talks with her. PA officials anxiously followed the Kadima primaries throughout the day, and just like Livni's associated were concerned about the low turnout rate earlier in the day. Palestinian sources were concerned that a Mofaz victory would halt the diplomatic process, while a Livni victory was perceived as recipe for continued talks. A...
  • Our World: Mrs. Clean is a Fraud [Israel Tzipi Livni]

    09/16/2008 5:55:22 AM PDT · by Alouette · 13 replies · 292+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Sept. 16, 2008 | Caroline "Iron Lady of Israel" Glick
    Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni may not be a crook, but she is a fraud. And if polls are to be believed, Livni the fraud is just one fraudulent election away from becoming our next prime minister. Her basic dishonesty is expressed both in her political maneuverings and in her behavior as a policymaker. In both areas, she upholds herself as Mrs. Clean - the servant of all of us who are sickened, demoralized and revolted by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his hordes of corrupt Kadima colleagues and staffers. But she is not our servant. Rather than serve us, like...
  • Olmert likely to face jail time, say police

    09/09/2008 1:41:52 PM PDT · by Victory111 · 2 replies · 128+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 9-9-08 | Israel Today Staff
    In addition to the money laundering charge, Olmert is also facing bribery charges over the funds received by Talansky, as well as serious fraud charges over his alleged use of publicly solicited funds to pay for family vacations. In light of these revelations, senior members of Olmert’s ruling Kadima Party are demanding that he suspend himself and leave the Prime Minister’s Office. Party sources fear that Olmert is scheming to retain power as long as possible by merely “resigning” the day after an upcoming Kadima primary election.