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  • Bill banning gay conversion therapy passes preliminary reading

    07/22/2020 4:53:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/20
    A bill which would outlaw gay conversion therapy passed its preliminary hearing in the Knesset Wednesday afternoon. The bill, which was drafted by MK Nissan Horowitz (Meretz), would ban the controversial practice of treating homosexuals with the aim of reversing same-sex attraction. In its preliminary vote, the 120-member Knesset backed the bill by a margin of 42 to 36, after the coalition split, with Blue and White backing the proposed law, while haredi lawmakers and the Likud opposed it - with the exception of Likud minister Amir Ohana. After the vote, haredi lawmakers fumed at Blue and White chief and...
  • Netanyahu prevails, Israel unifies, and peace is more likely; Gantz and some members of his Blue and White party will help Bibi form a governing bloc

    03/26/2020 9:31:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/27/2020 | by Quin Hillyer
    Americans, and indeed all people of goodwill, should be pleased to see that Israel finally has broken its 15-month political impasse. Amidst a global pandemic, jihadists might have misinterpreted instability in Israel as providing them with a chance to spark a conflagration without fearing effective repercussions from a stricken and distracted Western world. But now that three-time challenger Bennie Gantz has agreed to let Benjamin Netanyahu continue for 18 months as prime minister in a “unity government,” there will be no doubt that Israel itself can act against any aggression with solidarity and dispatch. Gantz and some but not all...
  • Elections 2020: Feels like the third time (LIVE THREAD - POLLS CLOSE @ 10:00 PM ISRAEL TIME TONIGHT)

    03/02/2020 1:27:02 AM PST · by goldstategop · 50 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2020 | Hannah Brown
    Some Israeli celebrities took to social media on Monday to post about the unprecedented third round of elections in Israel, but many chose not to rock the vote so much as ignore it. Among those who did acknowledge the day were actress/model Yuval Scharf, who posted a picture of herself on Instagram canoodling with her husband, musician Shlomi Shaban, next to the message, "Choose right ♥️ #govote #forabettertomorrow#today"
  • BREAKING: Netanyahu Defeats Primary Leadership Challenge In A Landslide

    12/26/2019 7:53:23 PM PST · by Perseverando · 72 replies
    Tsionizm ^ | December 26, 2019 | Tsionizm Staff
    Incumbent Netanyahu easily defeats primary challenge and re-energizes base ahead of the general election Benjamin Netanyahu on September 14, 2010.jpg: US State Dept.derivative work: TheCuriousGnome [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Today was newsworthy in Israel because it saw torrential rainfalls that brought with them in one day the average rainfall of the entire month of December and because incumbent PM and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu easily defeated the leadership challenge from Likud member of the Knesset Gideon Sa’ar. The primary election saw 49% of all Likud party members show up to vote in spite...
  • Netanyahu raised West Bank annexations in call with Trump

    12/02/2019 10:49:51 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 8 replies
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he and President Trump discussed the possibilities of a U.S-Israel defense treaty as well as Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank in their call last night. Why it matters: This is mostly about domestic political positioning for Netanyahu as he and opposition politician Benny Gantz stare down a Dec. 11 deadline to form a government. Netanyahu gave the impression that Trump was favorably disposed toward both goals and called on Gantz to form a unity government to accomplish them. Between the lines: If neither Netanyahu nor Gantz can get 61...
  • 'No unity government with Netanyahu'

    11/27/2019 3:17:08 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/11/19
    MainAll NewsInside Israel'No unity government with Netanyahu' 'No unity government with Netanyahu' Senior Blue and White official says party has 'no faith in Netanyahu, not even for a single day.' Arutz Sheva Staff, 27/11/19 12:32 Share Netanyahu and Gantz Netanyahu and GantzREUTERS Senior Blue and White officials told Israel Hayom that their party is no longer willing to form a unity government with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. "Blue and White's leadership has no faith in Netanyahu - not even for a single day," a senior Blue and White official told Israel Hayom. "You can't trust him and do business...
  • Was Netanyahu-Gantz impasse predicted in mystic's hidden manuscript?

    11/21/2019 9:06:28 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    JPost ^ | TZVI JOFFRE
    Sephardic Kabbalist (mystic) Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri could have predicted the political unrest surrounding recent struggles by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, according to a report by the Hebrew daily Israel Hayom on Sunday. Information alluding to Kaduri's predictions spread throughout social media and on the messaging application Whatsapp in recent days, as well. Kaduri reportedly wrote in And He Swore to Isaac, a "hidden book" that was recently found in the Kabbalistic school of Nahalat Yitzhak, that "On the eve of the year 5780 (the upcoming Hebrew year), the year of corrections, there will...
  • Gantz returns mandate to president

    11/20/2019 11:24:41 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/19 | Gary Willig
    Video Blue and White leader Benny Gantz returned the mandate to form the government to President Reuven Rivlin Wednesday evening, signalling the end of his attempts to form a coalition. Both Gantz and incumbent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have failed to form a government more than two months after the last elections. Members of the Knesset will now have the opportunity to recommend a candidate for prime minister over the next three weeks, However, a third round of elections appears likely. "Gantz told the president that he is also committed in the remaining 21 days to continue to make every...
  • Israeli PM's challenger fails

    11/20/2019 8:36:17 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2019-11-21 | Hana Huaxia
    JERUSALEM, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's challenger, Benny Gantz, announced Wednesday he had failed to form a government by the midnight deadline, increasing prospects for the third elections in Israel in less than a year. Gantz, leader of the centrist party of Blue and White and Israel's former military chief, accused Netanyahu of refusing to drop demand for parliamentary protectons. Netanyahu was tasked by the president with forming a new governing coalition ahead of Gantz because he was supported by a larger right-wing bloc. But, like Gantz, he failed to gain a 61-seats majority needed to...
  • Netanyahu Fails To Form Israel Government As Rival Benny Gantz Set To Try

    10/22/2019 12:24:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/22/2019 | Mike Smith
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suffered a serious defeat in his bid to stay on as premier by failing to form a new coalition government, but his rival faced similar difficulties as he set about the same task on Tuesday. Ex-military chief Benny Gantz will now be given the chance to try to negotiate a coalition, but a deadlock following polls held on September 17 remains -- and yet another election cannot be ruled out. It would be Israel's third vote within a year, after Netanyahu also failed to form a coalition following April polls. His decision to inform...
  • Netanyahu Invites Nemesis, Liberman To Discuss Coalition

    10/02/2019 10:31:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/02/2019 | BY GIL HOFFMAN
    After months of attacking each other and not speaking, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his nemesis, Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman, will meet on Thursday morning at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem. Netanyahu repeatedly told Likud leaders that there is no point in speaking to Liberman, because the Yisrael Beytenu leader is determined to end the prime minister's political career. But after Blue and White leader Benny Gantz canceled a meeting with Netanyahu, he called Liberman on Wednesday evening. "There is no point in wasting the country's time," Netanyahu told Liberman. "We will meet and see if it is...
  • Israel: Netanyahu's pretrial corruption hearing begins as unity government talks falter

    10/02/2019 10:27:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/02/2019 | By Saphora Smith and Paul Goldman
    TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political and personal future hangs in the balance this week, as a pretrial hearing weighing whether to indict him on corruption charges kicked off. Following the four-day hearing which began Wednesday, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit will decide whether to indict Israel’s longest serving prime minister on fraud and bribery charges in three corruption cases. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and has said he is the victim of a politically orchestrated “witch-hunt” by the media and the left. The start of the hearing came after talks to form a unity government, following last month's...
  • Coalition talks fail, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu to make one last effort

    09/30/2019 11:08:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    MID-DAY.COM ^ | 09/30/2019
    Netanyahu "will make a last effort to realise the possibility of forming a government at this stage, before returning the mandate to the president," Likud said in a statement. It called the latest round of negotiations a "big disappointment Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Benny Gantz (left). Pic/AFP Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz traded blame Sunday over the failure so far of efforts to reach a unity government deal following deadlocked elections. A new round of negotiations between Netanyahu's right-wing Likud and Gantz's centrist Blue and White broke down Sunday and the...
  • MUSLIM TERRORIST in critical condition after firebomb at Joseph’s Tomb explodes prematurely

    09/25/2019 10:06:00 PM PDT · by robowombat · 22 replies
    MUSLIM TERRORIST in critical condition after firebomb aimed at Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb explodes prematurely SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 BY BARENAKEDISLAM An Arab Muslim terrorist tried to throw a molotov cocktail at Israeli worshippers in Shechem (Nablus) on Tuesday. However, the firebomb spontaneously exploded in the perpetrator’s hands causing third-degree burns. According to reports, the terrorist is in critical condition in a Nablus Hospital. (Great news, maybe he’ll die soon) Breaking Israel News (h/t Mary C) Israeli Jews who pray at Joseph’s tomb must do so in the middle of the night, with express written permission and under heavy protection...
  • Rivlin to tap Netanyahu to form coalition

    09/25/2019 10:13:51 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 28 replies
    Arutz 7 ^ | 09/25/2019 | Tal Polon
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will tap Likud Chair and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the task of forming a ruling coalition, after meeting Wednesday evening with Netanyahu and his main challenger, Blue and White Chair Benny Gantz. The announcement comes after Rivlin received the official election results earlier Wednesday and as he encourages Gantz and Netanyahu to form a unity government.
  • Benny Gantz Declares Victory In Israel Election

    09/19/2019 7:19:33 PM PDT · by Nero Germanicus · 64 replies
    Oe America Network ^ | 9/19/19 | OAN Newsroom
    Center-left candidate Benny Gantz declares victory over Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli elections, and is rejecting the prime minister’s call for negotiations over leading the government. Gantz issued a statement Thursday saying, “I am interested in and intend to form a broad and liberal unity government under my leadership.” He also said, “the process of building a government has begun, and we will not be dictated to.” This comes after Netanyahu offered to build a broad coalition government with Gantz amid a tight election. Netanyahu proposed a rotating premiership among the two leaders. “The people chose unity, the people want...
  • Bibi in Trouble? Netanyahu may have to master the art of the deal to stay in power

    09/20/2019 7:52:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/20/2019 | Matthew Vadum
    Unless he convinces Israeli lawmakers from outside his party to join him in a national unity government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 10-and-a-half-year run in office may soon end following inconclusive results inhis country’s parliamentary elections this week that appeared to deprive him of a governing majority in the Knesset. President Donald Trump took a hands-off approach when asked about the elections in America’s foremost ally in the Middle East. “Our relations are with Israel, so we’ll see what happens,” he told reporters while touring California. In Israel, Netanyahu has leveraged his ideological affinity with Trump as a selling point...
  • Interesting (maybe critical) update on the Israeli elections from Caroline Glick.

    09/20/2019 6:29:34 AM PDT · by golux · 31 replies
    Caroline Glick ^ | Sept 20 2019 | Caroline Glick
    The US media coverage of the Israeli election has misrepresented the results of Tuesday’s vote. This isn’t necessarily deliberate. Israeli elections are inscrutable for most foreigners, particularly for Americans who are used to the clarity of the presidential system and two-party system. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not lose and his challenger, former IDF chief of general staff and Blue and White faction chief Benny Gantz did not win. Despite the fact that Blue and White won 31 seats in the 120-seat Knesset to Likud’s 31 seats, Gantz cannot form a government under any circumstances. He cannot build a majority...
  • Majority of public want unity government with no ultra-Orthodox Parties

    09/19/2019 4:02:05 PM PDT · by OddLane · 32 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/19/19 | Jeremy Sharon
    With political machinations and intrigues in full swing following Tuesday’s election, both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz have said they want a national unity government. Netanyahu,however, said that he wants such a government to include his ultra-Orthodox and religious-Zionist allies, which Gantz and his party oppose. Support for a national unity government without the ultra-Orthodox parties is actually widespread, with some two-thirds of the Jewish Israeli public backing such a coalition, including half of all Likud voters.

    09/19/2019 5:05:20 AM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 73 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/19/2019 | Jerusalem Post Staff
    According to Channel 13, 97.6% of the votes from Tuesday's elections have already been counted, Blue and White stands at 33 seats and Likud at 31 seats, with Blue and White leading by a narrow margin. It is important to note that these are still not the final results. Overnight, the committee was counting the near quarter of a million soldiers' votes cast by Israeli soldiers. The Central Election Committee (CEC) has been updating its website since the close of the polls at 10 p.m. on Tuesday. The last update was at 10:40 a.m. on Thursday: 4,354,991 votes had been...