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  • 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...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu defeats Benny Gantz with larger bloc

    03/02/2020 5:49:13 PM PST · by Conserv · 31 replies
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in winning 60 seats for his bloc of right-wing and religious parties in Monday’s election, one less than he needed for a majority in the Knesset, according to exit polls on the three television networks. The first polls indicated that Netanyahu’s Likud won 36-37 seats. Its allies in Shas, UTJ and Yamina won 9, 7-8 and 6-7 respectively. The polls showed Blue and White with 33 seats, its ally Labor-Gesher-Meretz 6-7, the Joint List 14-15 and Yisrael Beytenu 6-8. When Channel 13 updated its numbers at around 1 a.m. Israel time, Gantz gained one seat...
  • Israel Election Updates: Netanyahu Surges Past Gantz, but One Seat Shy of Ruling Majority

    03/02/2020 12:18:56 PM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Haaretz ^ | March 2, 2020 | Staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is set to become Israel’s largest party, according to exit polls published shortly after voting ended in the country’s third election in a year. However, neither Netanyahu nor his chief rival Benny Gantz are projected a clear Knesset majority. Voting ended at 10 P.M., and official results are expected as early as Monday overnight.
  • 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"
  • Israelis’ fear of coronavirus spread jumps as election day approaches

    02/24/2020 9:58:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 23, 2020 | Steve Hendrix, The Washington Post
    JERUSALEM - Concerns of a widening threat from coronavirus spiked just as millions of Israelis are preparing to gather at polling places for national elections next week, following reports that a group of South Koreans who had visited some of the country’s most popular religious and tourist spots tested positive for the infection. Dozens of school students who may have been in proximity to the South Korean tourists were directed to stay in home-based quarantine for two weeks, as were hotel housekeepers and employees of Masada, Tel Ber Sheeva and other national parks. Officials, who had previously expressed cautious optimism...
  • With Netanyahu's fate in question, Israel poised for new election

    12/11/2019 7:47:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 11, 2019 | Staff
    Israel headed on Wednesday towards a third national election in less than a year with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing the fight of his life for political survival after a criminal indictment. After giving its preliminary approval, and barring last-minute progress in deadlocked efforts to form a new government, parliament was set to vote for its dissolution later in the day and approve a March 2 election date already agreed by the two major parties.
  • 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...
  • 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...

    10/21/2019 10:29:23 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 81 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | OCTOBER 21, 2019 | GIL HOFFMAN, HAGAY HACOHEN
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned the mandate to form a government to President Reuven Rivlin minutes after the end of the Simhat Torah holiday Monday night. President Reuven Rivlin received the message from Netanyahu. He will hold consultations with faction representatives and by law has three days to give the mandate to another candidate.
  • 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...
  • Netanyahu gets first crack at forming a government

    09/25/2019 4:48:13 PM PDT · by billorites · 16 replies
    PowerLine ^ | September 25, 2019 | Paul Mirengoff
    In the aftermath of last week’s inconclusive elections, Israeli president Reuven Rivlin has asked Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government. Netanyahu has until October 24 to do so. Rivlin declared that Netanyahu, the current prime minister, has the best chance to form a government. I think Rivlin is correct that Netanyahu has a better chance of doing so than his main opponent, Benny Gantz, who specializes in declaring victory but not in achieveing it. But that doesn’t mean Netanyahu will succeed. He couldn’t accomplish this task after the April elections in which his party fared better than it did last...
  • 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 tells i24NEWS: 'We will see' about forming unity gov't with Netanyahu

    09/23/2019 10:32:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    i24News ^ | 09/23/2019
    The statement was given after an impromptu meeting with Liberman ahead of Rivlin-brokered talks with Netanyahu Blue & White leader Benny Gantz may be ready to concede his party's position against joining a government with incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he faces possible indictment in a number of corruption cases. "We'll see what happens," Gantz told i24NEWS when asked if he would form a unity government with incumbent Prime Minister Netanyahu ahead of their meeting with President Reuven Rivlin Tuesday night. The statement was given following an unannounced meeting between Gantz and Yisrael Beitenu's Avigdor Liberman in Jaffa. Meanwhile,...
  • Israeli elections: Netanyahu and Gantz take 'significant step' towards deal

    09/23/2019 11:24:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    BBC news ^ | September 24, 2019 | unattributed
    Earlier on Monday, Israeli-Arab lawmakers recommended that former army chief Mr Gantz should become prime minister. The Joint List, a bloc of Arab parties that came third in the election, said it wanted to remove Mr Netanyahu from power. It was the first time since 1992 that an Arab political group has issued an endorsement for an Israeli prime minister. Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List, told President Rivlin that his alliance's priority was to prevent Mr Netanyahu from serving another term. The Joint List won 13 seats in the election. If Mr Gantz had the endorsement of all...
  • 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...
  • Israel Election Results: Netanyahu’s Loss Creates an Opening for Trump — and for American Jewry

    09/19/2019 11:18:36 AM PDT · by Meatspace · 34 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 9/19/19 | Amir Tibon
    WASHINGTON — The results of Tuesday’s election left U.S. followers of Israeli politics in a state of confusion, with Israel’s political future seemingly harder to predict than ever. While it is clear to everyone in Washington that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lost the election, it is much less clear who actually won it. Also unclear: Whether Israel will have a government in the next few months or if another election will have to take place in the winter. With 98 percent of the votes counted on Thursday afternoon, Netanyahu had almost certainly failed in both of his election objectives. First,...
  • 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...

    09/18/2019 4:28:35 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/18/2919 | Lahov Harkov
    How is 56 greater than 60? Call it Netanyahu’s new math. “After we established the right-wing bloc, there are only two options,” Netanyahu said. “Either a government led by me, or a dangerous government leaning on Arab parties.” Netanyahu’s only chance to remain prime minister is by making sure that his potential coalition partners don’t start wandering over to Blue and White’s side. The way to make sure they don’t do that is to promise he will stay with them and not follow what seems like the more obvious path to a coalition, to reach across the aisle himself.