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  • Bibi’s Speech Fails to Move Israeli Election Polls: Is he still likely to remain prime minister?

    03/06/2015 10:16:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/06/2015 | Avner Zarmi
    It would appear from the laudatory coverage in American media that Bibi Netanyahu is a shoo-in for election as prime minister of the United States; in Israel, not so much. At least, this is the only conclusion one can draw from this weekÂ’s polls in the run-up to IsraelÂ’s Knesset elections on March 17.Against all expectations, Netanyahu received only the slightest of bounces as a result of the speech, which was televised and covered on radio in Israel.These are the current numbers of the average of polls for this week:Party This Week Last WeekHaMachane haTziyoni 24 25Likud 23 23United...
  • Israeli Opposition Leader’s Speech Cut Off on TV as ‘Elections Propaganda’

    03/04/2015 10:16:23 AM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 4, 2015 11:55 am
    A speech by Zionist Union alliance head and Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog was cut off in the middle of a broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 television network due to concern that Herzog’s remarks constituted elections propaganda. “There’s no doubt Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks well, but let’s admit the truth: the speech we heard, impressive as it might have been, did not stop the Iranian nuclear program,” Herzog said on the Tuesday night broadcast regarding Netanyahu’s address to Congress, according to Israel Hayom. “It also won’t affect the deal being put together, either in terms of content or timetable. The...
  • Why Netanyahu's party hopes Obama stays angry

    03/01/2015 11:08:09 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 29 replies
    http://www.haaretz.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | By Yossi Verter
    Senior members of the Likud party – including, some say, even the most senior of them – are keeping their fingers crossed for President Barack Obama. They hope that he won’t fall ill, that he won’t fly off to some distant continent, that a cat won’t get his tongue, and that he won’t become suddenly faint-hearted about the escalating confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As in the well-known joke about the sadist and the masochist, the Likudniks are eager to continue being pummeled by Obama directly or by his secretary of state or by his national security adviser. They’ve...
  • Herzog 'Would Address the Palestinian Parliament' (But not Congress!)

    02/28/2015 1:41:30 PM PST · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/28/2015, 7:16 PM | Hezki Ezra
    Herzog vowed that, if elected PM, in his first 100 days as prime minister he would focus on three issues in particular: solving the housing crisis, "renewing relations with the US and the (political) process with the Palestinians." "If need be, I will travel to Ramallah and present to the Palestinian Parliament a vision of hope," he declared.
  • Former Obama Campaign Aide Now Works to Oust Netanyahu

    02/28/2015 6:06:06 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 2/27/15 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON — Jeremy Bird, the architect of the grass-roots and online organizing efforts that powered President Obama’s presidential campaigns from Chicago, is advising a similar operation in Tel Aviv. But this time it is focused on ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. His consulting work for the group V15 — an independent Israeli organization that does not support specific candidates but is campaigning to replace Israel’s current government — has added yet another political layer to the diplomatic mess surrounding Mr. Netanyahu’s decision to address a joint meeting of Congress next week on Iran. The White House has argued...
  • Herzog cancels AIPAC speech, takes aim at Netanyahu trip to US (left stays home at Zero's command)

    02/24/2015 8:21:59 AM PST · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 02.24.15, 16:01 | Moran Azulay
    Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog announced Tuesday he will not be traveling to the US to appear before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, amid growing tensions over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on March 3. "Netanyahu's spin about who is going to Washington must stop," Herzog told a gathering of foreign media in Israel. "My firm position against a nuclear Iran is known by every Israeli and American, including the US president, and I know how to voice it in a sharp, clear manner - from here, not from there." Herzog added: "A...
  • Zionism debate at heart of bitter Israeli vote

    02/22/2015 3:26:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2015 6:08 PM EST | Dan Perry
    What is Zionism? The ideological question, rooted in the 19th century, has gained surprising urgency in an Israeli election campaign that seems more open than had been expected. Seeking to take votes from the nationalistic right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the relatively liberal opposition has rebranded itself as the Zionist Union—sparking a debate about a concept that some considered resolved when the Jewish state was declared and widely recognized in 1948. […] On the left, politicians speak of true Zionism as requiring the establishment of peace and equality in the land, including by making peace with the Palestinians and...
  • The resourceful Israeli candidate who might end Netanyahu’s reign (Herzog "trusts" Obama on Iran)

    02/21/2015 1:52:30 PM PST · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 21 at 11:45 AM | William Booth
    On the surface, the two candidates are as different as can be. Netanyahu is warring with President Obama. Herzog seems to want to be President Obama: The Labor Party leader is campaigning on an Israeli version of “hope and change.” Herzog’s billboards promise Israeli parents an extra teacher in each kindergarten classroom. Netanyahu warns about “the people who want to kill us.” He is fixated on the Iranian mullahs, who he says pose an existential threat to the Jewish state and places beyond. Netanyahu is prepared to risk the ire of the White House and Democrats to make his case...
  • Israeli election chief puts curbs on Netanyahu's speech to U.S. Congress

    02/16/2015 7:53:35 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/16/15
    The head of Israel's election commission acted on Monday to limit any pre-election boost Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may get from a March 3 speech to the U.S. Congress in which he will warn of the threat from Iran's nuclear program. The speech has caused controversy in Israel and the United States, where the Democrats and the White House are angry that the Republican speaker, John Boehner, invited Netanyahu to speak at a sensitive time in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and six big powers including Washington, and only two weeks before Israel's closely fought March 17 election.
  • Tel Aviv Diary: Clinton Man Brought In to Counter Netanyahu

    02/12/2015 6:24:46 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | 2/11/15 | Marc Schulman
    According to media reports, one of the prime architects of President Bill Clinton’s political victories, Paul Begala, is arriving in Israel to consult for the campaign of the Zionist Camp party led by Yitzhak Herzog. By all accounts, they can use that help. Not that this week has been a bad one for them. A week ago it looked like the Zionist Camp party was in a free fall and Likud, the party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was on the rise, with Likud taking the lead in polls for the first time in this election cycle. This week’s polls...
  • J-Street Launches Virulent Anti-Netanyahu Campaign

    02/10/2015 5:10:50 AM PST · by Dave346 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/2015, 9:30 AM | Tova Dvorin
    Both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama have assured the Israeli and American public that Netanyahu's planned address to Congress will not harm the "unbreakable" US-Israel relationship - but a far-left NGO's new campaign Tuesday seeks to reignite sentiment against Netanyahu. The campaign, entitled, "I am a Jew, and Bibi does NOT [sic] speak for me," calls on American Jews to sign a petition against Netanyahu's Washington visit to Israel's Ambassador in the US, Ron Dermer. The language throughout the campaign is unabashedly hostile. "Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would be representing all Jews...
  • EU Ready to Strike Israel with Sanctions One Day After Elections

    02/10/2015 7:27:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 2/10/2015, 1:38 PM | Tova Dvorin
    EU member states have been readying themselves to enforce sanctions on Israel for Jewish communities in Judea-Samaria, diplomats revealed Tuesday—and will strike hours after the March 17 elections. Israeli officials in recent weeks met with Europe’s most important foreign ministries at the EU headquarters in Brussels, an Israeli official told Walla! News on condition of anonymity, and said that the planned measures in Europe will be focused on “the illegality of the settlements under international law”—without any distinction between “settlement blocs” generally agreed upon to remain in Israel and isolated communities. “The guiding principle is their deepening and emphasizing the...
  • V15 Campaign’s Defense is Wrong: Its Positions More Radical than PA

    02/08/2015 12:53:33 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 7 replies
    Jewish Press online ^ | February 8, 2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    Opponents in Israel of the American tax-exempt organization-funded V15 campaign effort have laid several complaints against it: one, the foreign funding (including U.S. government funding) of an Israeli campaign violates Israeli election law, and two, an American tax-exempt entity funding a political campaign violates American law. But even V15’s defenses to those charges make it ripe for lethal criticism. V15 and its funder, OneVoice, claim to empower the “majority of Israelis” to change Israeli leadership (that’s what their posters say: “We’re Changing the Leadership”) to reflect that majority’s views. In fact, the goals of OneVoice represent neither the majority of...
  • Netanyahu reveals 'thirsty fish scandal' in humorous new campaign ad

    02/08/2015 5:31:34 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/9/2015 | Jerusalem Post
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to a series of news reports about alleged misuse of public funds at his residences for the first time Saturday night in a video clip his campaign released online.
  • Memo Reveals Plan of U.S.-Funded Groups to Influence the Israeli Elections

    02/08/2015 5:55:28 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    IMRA ^ | 2-8-15 | Alana Goodman
    Memo Reveals Plan of U.S.-Funded Groups to Influence the Israeli Elections Nonprofits targeting populations, such as Arab Israelis, opposed to Likud BY: Alana Goodman - The Free Beacon February 5, 2015 3:30 pm http://freebeacon.com/issues/u-s-groups-funding-liberal-gotv-effort-in-israel/ [For copy of the memo: http://freebeacon.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/APDF-GOTV-Arab-Community-MK-12-17-14.docx1-1.pdf http://bit.ly/1DMu8RV http://bit.ly/1AzUEzP http://bit.ly/1FebGCF http://bit.ly/1zo2zOR ] A coalition of U.S.-funded progressive groups has planned a massive get-out-the-vote effort to influence the Israeli elections, targeting communities that are most likely to vote against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-leaning Likud Party, according to a confidential strategy memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The U.S.-based 501(c)(3) group Ameinu sent out the...
  • Likud Incensed After Biden Meets Herzog in Munich

    02/07/2015 5:33:17 PM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/8/2015, 2:27 AM | Elad Benari
    Despite essentially boycotting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress by planning to be abroad when it takes place, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday met with another Israeli official. Biden and Opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog, head of the Labor party, met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. The Likud party was incensed at the meeting between Herzog and Biden, which also came as leaders from the left, including Herzog himself, were busy attacking Netanyahu and blaming him for Biden’s boycott of the speech. “Buji’s behavior in Munich is an irresponsible crossing of red lines,” the party...
  • Who's Behind Efforts to Unseat Netanyahu?

    02/06/2015 5:19:51 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    CBN News ^ | 2-6-15 | Tzippe Barrow
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Some people would say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu must be doing something right. The controversy over his March 3 address on Iran to Congress, along with the U.S. State Department's complicity in a leftist campaign to unseat him, makes it clear he angers a lot of people. What's behind the anger and the well-funded efforts to unseat him? In an op-ed published Tuesday by Arutz Sheva, Ronn Torossian, CEO of one of America's leading public relations firms, documents the history of OneVoice, an organization in the forefront of the anti-Netanyahu campaign. According to Israeli media,...
  • Top White House envoy to visit Israel this month

    02/03/2015 9:39:12 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 28 replies
    i24 News ^ | February 03rd 2015 | Tal Shalev
    i24news has learned Philip Gordon will meet with top officials despite unprecedented Netanyahu-Obama tensions As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to address Congress on Iran, raising tensions between Washington and Jerusalem to unprecedented levels, a senior White House advisor is expected to arrive in Israel, i24news has learned. Philip Gordon, who has been serving for the past two years as a special assistant to the President and as White House coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf, is arriving in Israel on February 15 and will meet with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials. His talks are...
  • Likud Press Conference to Expose Obama-Labor Link

    01/31/2015 3:03:44 PM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/31/2015, 11:06 PM | Uzi Baruch, Gil Ronen
    The Likud party intends to hold a press conference in Tel Aviv Sunday in which it will expose details about “V15 – Victory in 2015,” a campaign it says is using foreign money, and lots of it, to boost Labor and Meretz in the elections. Likud has filed a motion to the Elections Committee, according to which V15 is carrying out an illegal indirect campaign with a connection to Labor and Meretz. V15 is “making criminal use of foreign sources of funding,” adding that the sums involved were “very high” and their sources unknown. Likud's press conference will include MK...
  • Netanyahu offers Bibi Sitting service

    02/01/2015 9:53:41 PM PST · by Saoirise · 24 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/31/15 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is getting excellent reviews from commenters following the release of his latest campaign video. The video features a young couple that is about to leave for a night out when the baby-sitter knocks at the door. “You asked for a babysitter? You got a Bibi-sitter,” says Netanyahu. "Look, it's either me or Tzipi [Livni] and Buji [Herzog],” he explains to the bewildered couple. The couple immediately protests that their children would need to babysit Herzog, and not the other way around. In addition, “by the time we return we'd have no house... he'd even hand over...
  • Giuliani: “If someone threatens to kill you, you don’t give them a gun”

    02/02/2015 12:36:25 PM PST · by blueyon · 18 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 2/3/15 | The Right Scoop
    Giuliani went to Israel to support Netanyahu over his congressional speech in March on Iran. And I’m glad he did it. Obama and his minions are doing everything they can to keep Bib from getting elected, so hopefully Giuliani’s support will help counter it: JPOST – The former mayor of New York City was in Jerusalem on Monday night where he reiterated his support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right to speak before the US Congress next month. “I want the people of Israel to know that there is strong support for them in the United States. If there is...
  • Exposed: Obama team working on election campaigns worldwide

    02/02/2015 9:39:07 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/02/15 | Judi McLeod
    If the truth doesn’t get its pants on, and get them on, on the double, Obama will have have transitioned himself from American president to Uncrowned King of the World Intuitive Winston Churchill’s warning: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on” can now be taken literally. The lies of President Barack Obama’s have reached all the way over to Israel and are still traveling with the truth yet to get its pants on. Related: Obama claimed that neither he nor his Secretary of State John Kerry can meet with...
  • Anti-Netanyahu election group admits to American funding

    02/01/2015 4:55:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 1, 2015 | Aaron Klein
    EILAT, Israel – The V15 group working to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government in the upcoming election has confirmed to WND it is primarily financed by an American billionaire and a Mexican entrepreneur who is a U.S. resident. V15, short for Victory 2015, attracted U.S. media attention after it hired 270 Strategies, a consulting firm whose senior leadership is comprised mostly of former top staffers for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Uri Wollman, V15′s spokesman, told WND his organization’s ballooning infrastructure is funded primarily by three private philanthropists: •S. Daniel Abraham, the billionaire founder of the Slim Fast...
  • Netanyahu fires back at 'Obama army' plotting his defeat

    02/01/2015 3:22:12 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 72 replies
    WND ^ | 1 Feb 15 | Aaron Klein
    <p>EILAT, Israel – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party hit back Sunday at a U.S.-linked organization staffed with former Obama campaigners now working to defeat Netanyahu in an upcoming general election.</p> <p>Victory 2015, or V15, attracted U.S. media attention after it hired 270 Strategies, a consulting firm whose senior leadership is comprised mostly of former top staffers for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.</p>
  • Obama Funding the Anti-Bibi Campaign

    01/29/2015 5:23:51 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 29, 2015 | Matthew Vadum
    Obama Funding the Anti-Bibi CampaignPosted By Matthew Vadum On January 29, 2015 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 8 Comments The Obama administration is using taxpayer dollars to fund a radical anti-Israel group that aims to drive Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office in March parliamentary elections.And the U.S.-based group receiving the U.S. government money, OneVoice International, in turn is working with V15, an “independent grassroots movement” in Israel, according to Ha’aretz. V15’s unofficial motto is said to be “anyone but Bibi,” a reference that includes the prime minister’s nickname.OneVoice has reportedly hired Obama campaign aides such as Jeremy...
  • Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu: Likud behind in polls

    01/29/2015 6:47:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/29/2015
    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up. After joining forces with former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to create a joint grouping they call "The Zionist Camp," Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog is looking, to increasingly many Israelis, like a viable alternative to Netanyahu. He promises to reverse the country's slide toward international isolation and corrosive social...
  • Cruz...letter to...Kerry demanding info on...campaign against Netanyahu by administration....

    01/30/2015 7:49:56 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 10 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The intervention in Israel’s forthcoming election by groups that have received funding from the U.S. government, and which are staffed by veterans of the Obama campaign, certainly sounds like intervention on the internal politics of another nation – a big no-no on the world stage. It demands investigation, and unsurprisingly, Senator Ted Cruz, joined by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), is at the forefront. He has sent off a letter to Secretary of State Kerry asking specific questions – questions that can be repeated at Senate oversight hearings. Israel Matzav excerpts some of the key issues....
  • Bibi Surges in Israeli Polls

    01/30/2015 7:30:30 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-30-2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is enjoying a surge in the latest opinion polls of Israeli voters. The Jerusalem Post reports that its latest poll shows Bibi’s party, the Likud, is leading the race for the first time in weeks. Other polls agree, and show the Likud leading its rival, the Zionist Union, which is a combination of the Labor and Hatnua parties. The Post attributes Netanyahu’s improved showing to the cross-border conflict with Hezbollah, which attacked Israeli soldiers earlier this week, killing two. The attack was a retaliation, likely orchestrated by Iran, for Israel’s strike on a Hezbollah convoy...
  • 'Obama army' deploys to Tel Aviv to topple Netanyahu

    01/30/2015 5:56:56 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    WND.com ^ | January 27, 2015 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – A consulting firm almost entirely composed of former staffers of President Obama’s re-election campaign has been hired to run an election effort in Israel aimed at defeating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The conservative blogosphere is reporting Jeremy Bird, national field director for Obama’s 2012 campaign, is now working for a new non-profit group, V15, that is running an effort to defeat Netanyahu in the upcoming election. A closer look at Bird’s consulting firm as well as its working relationship with the Israeli groups finds he is just one of scores of former senior Obama election campaign staffers...
  • Likud asks elections panel to bar campaigning by organization affiliated with Obama strategist

    01/30/2015 12:17:28 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | January 30, 2015 | By Rory Arad
    Likud petitioned the Central Elections Committee on Wednesday for an order barring campaigning by the V15 organization, after Haaretz earlier this week reported on the organization’s efforts to replace the Likud-led government. V15, which stands for Victory 2015, is partnering with the pro-peace organization OneVoice. Its goal is to recruit thousands of volunteers who will go door to door before the election to persuade as many as one million people to vote to change the government. To this end, it hired Jeremy Bird, the national field director of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, to organize its efforts. The Likud...
  • Obama’s Israel Problem (excellent article!)

    01/30/2015 12:13:23 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 1/30/15 | William Kristol
    The Obama administration is angry with Israel. Here's the administration's house organ, the New York Times, this morning: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House. The outrage the episode has incited within President Obama’s inner circle became clear in unusually sharp criticism by a senior administration official who said that the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, who helped orchestrate the invitation, had repeatedly placed Mr. Netanyahu’s political fortunes above the...
  • Israelis make up their minds, spit at Obama

    01/30/2015 1:20:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/30/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Friday is poll day in Israel, and the polls show that Israelis are siding with their Prime Minister, and spitting in the face of President Obama. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party reached the top spot in a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister newspaper, Ma’ariv Sof Hashavua, on Thursday for the first time since Labor and Hatnua joined forces on December 10 to create the Zionist Union. The poll found that the Likud would win 25 seats, the Zionist Union 24, Bayit Yehudi 14, the Joint Arab List 12, Yesh Atid 11,...
  • Sen. Cruz Asks if Obama Behind V-15 ‘Political Campaign against Netanyahu’

    01/30/2015 5:58:47 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | January 30th, 2015 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    “Has President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his representatives?” Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, also a Republican, asked Sec. of State John Kerry in a letter Thursday.They asked “for information regarding media reports that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being used to fund efforts to influence upcoming elections in Israel.”The Jewish Press reported here this week that non-profit and tax-exempt leftist groups  are campaigning to dump Netanyahu.Sen. Cruz asked: This administration’s relentless harassment of Israel is utterly incomprehensible. The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the...
  • Netanyahu's Likud moves ahead in election polls as party seeks ban on Obama-affiliated organizations

    01/31/2015 10:04:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/31/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Despite claims by Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson that Speaker Boehner’s invitation to PM Netanyahu has “backfire[d] on them both,” in the real world Netanyahu’s Likud Party has just moved ahead in the latest poll of the Israeliu electorate. The Jerusalem Post: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party reached the top spot in a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister newspaper, Ma’ariv Sof Hashavua, on Thursday for the first time since Labor and Hatnua joined forces on December 10 to create the Zionist Union. The Likud Party is firing back against the efforts of Obama-affiliated...
  • Peres on Netanyahu: When US president tells you not to come to US... [Isaiah 28]

    01/30/2015 11:05:07 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/29/2015 | Jpost.com Staff
    Thursday criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his upcoming speech before the US Congress that was arranged without the knowledge of US President Barack Obama. Speaking at a memorial ceremony for former prime minister Ariel Sharon in the Negev, Peres said, "Bibi [Netanyahu] can make speeches at any place or date, but when the President of the United States asks him not to come before elections, he must respect that request." Peres also addressed the tension between Israel and Hezbollah after an attack that killed two IDF soldiers on Wednesday, saying that "both sides understand that there is no choice...
  • BUSTED: Obama Advisor Working To Defeat Nethanyahu Worked For Israel Hater

    01/28/2015 1:47:51 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 26 replies
    Got News ^ | 1-28-2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    Off to try to defeat Nethanyahu, Obama advisor Jeremy C. Bird once worked for an anti-Israel activist condemned by the Anti-Defamation League. Bird, then a student at Harvard’s Divinity School, worked for Edmund Hanauer, one of America’s most prominent anti-Israel activists, in 2002. Bird worked for Hanaeuer while Hanaeuer wrote a virulently anti-Israel op-ed that accused Israel of “state terrorism” and “war crimes,” and called for the arrest and prosecution of Israeli soldiers. Bird and Hanaeur also attacked Israel in speeches. Hanauer showed an anti-Israel film to a Harvard audience and gave a speech at Harvard in 2002. Bird also...
  • Obama Campaign Team Arrives in Israelto Defeat Netanyahu in March Elections

    01/26/2015 3:27:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 69 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 1/26/15 | Thomas Rose
    <p>Benedict Cumberbatch says he was an “idiot” to refer to non-white actors as “colored.” The Academy Award-nominated actor used the word on PBS talk show “Tavis Smiley” last week while discussing diversity in the entertainment industry. He said that “as far as colored actors go,” there were more opportunities in the U.S. than Britain, “and that’s something that needs to change.” British anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card said it welcomed Cumberbatch’s comments on diversity but felt the term he used was “outdated.” In a statement Monday, Cumberbatch apologized for his “thoughtless use of inappropriate language.”</p>
  • Obama campaign team working to defeat Netanyahu in Israeli election (On the ground IN Israel!)

    01/27/2015 10:16:39 AM PST · by xzins · 175 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 27 Jan 15
    During Barack Obama's recent State of the Union speech, he told America he had no more campaigns to run. But it seems that statement flies in the face of reports that an organization known as “One Voice” has brought in what has been called a "five-man Obama team" to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Included in that five-man team is Jeremy Bird, the national field director for Obama's 2012 campaign, Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director of the Independent Media Review and Analysis, said Monday, citing a report at Haaretz. That group, Dr. Lerner added, will run the anti-Netanyahu effort out...
  • OBAMA WILL NOT MEET WITH NETANYAHU DURING TRIP TO WASHINGTON

    01/22/2015 9:24:25 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 92 replies
    AP ^ | 1/22/15 | Julie Pace
    ....Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in March. Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan says that in keeping with "long-standing practice and principle," the president does not meet with heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections. Israel is scheduled to hold elections in mid-March.
  • What Israeli Elections Mean for Obama

    12/08/2014 6:46:35 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 8, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    While in most countries immigration moves the electorate to the left, in Israel immigration moved the country to the right. In the United States the left is counting on demographics to make it easier for them to win elections, but in Israel demographic shifts have made it easier for the right to win. But the biggest problem for the Israeli left is that it’s tethered to its own version of ObamaCare in the form of the Palestinian Authority which won’t make peace, won’t stop funding terrorism and won’t stop playing the victim. As with ObamaCare, the Israeli left teeters between...
  • Netanyahu Springs his Trap

    12/08/2014 6:44:11 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 8, 2014 | Steven Plaut
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may demonstrate foolishness regarding a great many things in public life, but no one ever accused him of demonstrating foolishness with regard to his own electoral prospects. His enemies are suddenly foaming at the mouth. In response to the remarkable jump in Likud popularity in the polls, they claim, Bibi has decided to pull a fast one and has decided to take the undemocratic decision of holding elections. That Netanyahu’s rivals claim it is undemocratic when elections are held is only the tip of their problems. What really has them worried is that the Israeli electorate...
  • Obama set on obstructing Netanyahu’s re-election

    12/05/2014 2:59:08 PM PST · by AU72 · 9 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | December 4, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    President Barack Obama and his White House National Security team headed by Susan Rice have decided to seize on the political crisis besetting the Israeli government and the upcoming general election on March 17 for action to bar Binyamin Netanyahu’s reelection to a fourth term as prime minister. This decision reverberated through Future party leader Yair Lapid’s assertion Wednesday night, Dec. 3, after he was sacked as finance minister, that Binyamin Netanyahu would not be next prime minister. He laid claim to the premiership himself. The Obama administration has maintained close ties with Lapid during the foreshortened 22 month-life of...
  • Lapid Attacks Bibi: You Are Detached, You Live in an Aquarium (says former news anchor)

    12/03/2014 11:09:28 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/3/2014, 8:41 PM | Hezki Ezra
    Noting the "personal attack" directed towards him by Netanyahu - who accused Lapid and Livni of leading a "putsch" from within the coalition - Lapid insisted on issuing a response of his own. "Yesterday you stood in front of the entire nation and announced that you were dragged the State of Israel into unnecessary elections that no one but you wanted, because you are detached. You live in your own aquarium," Lapid fired. Lapid further accused the PM of preferring "to paralyze the economy" via snap elections, rather than to come to an agreement with him over the budget, and...
  • Netanyahu Accuses Lapid and Livni of Leading a 'Putsch' (calls for new elections)

    12/02/2014 11:11:14 AM PST · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/2/2014, 8:32 PM | Ari Yashar and Ari Soffer
    PM says he took a 'personal risk' firing Lapid and Livni, but said they had made it impossible to govern; calls for snap elections. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the nation on Tuesday night shortly after 8 p.m., less than two hours after firing coalition members Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua), effectively disbanding the government. "I turn to you tonight because in the current situation, in the current government, it is impossible to lead the nation," said Netanyahu, saying the impasse is preventing him from fulfilling his role as prime minister. While Netanyahu...
  • Israel's Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process

    03/30/2014 8:04:55 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Spiegel Online International ^ | 3/26/2014 | Julia Amalia Heyer
    The man who wants to test his power against Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu, Israel's popular "King Bibi," works in a surprisingly understated, tube-shaped office with three telephones ringing off the hook. The only thing that stands out is a picture on the wall. Covered in glass, it shows an embroidered figure of a woman wearing an apron dress. Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, 42, is keen to show that he doesn't hold much regard for the daily grind of political life and that if it weren't for the azure silhouette of his great aunt Zila embroidered in yarn, he might instead...
  • 12th Jewish Home Seat Smashes 'Equality' of Left and Right Blocs (IDF Soldiers' Vote Saves Day)

    01/24/2013 2:01:49 AM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/24/2013 | Israel National News
    According to the near final results of the votes of soldiers, diplomats, and prisoners that were being tallied Thursday morning, Jewish Home will be awarded a 12th Knesset seat, making it the fourth largest faction in the Israeli parliament. The seat will come at the expense of Arab party Ra'am-Ta'al, which goes down to four seats. With the twelfth seat, Bayit Yehudi, the representative party of the National Religious sector, matches the sector's historic record number of Knesset seats, achieved in 1977, when the National Religious Party received 12 Knesset seats.
  • Daniel Greenfield article: No Enemies to the Left

    01/23/2013 5:05:45 AM PST · by expat1000 · 17 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | January 22, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The disastrous results in Israel's election are yet another example of the right cannibalizing itself. It's not the first time this happened in Israeli political history or American political history or European political history. It's an ongoing theme whose motto is still, "No enemies to the left." What the "mainstream" conservatives fear most of all is a drift to the right. Some of this is the whimper of whipped dogs. Every party to the right of Stalin has had to spend decades fending off accusations that it was the second coming of the Third Reich, the KKK and Genghis Khan....
  • Netanyahu, allies narrowly cling to victory in Israeli election

    01/22/2013 6:40:59 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2013 | AP
    JERUSALEM – In a stunning setback, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line bloc fared worse than expected in a parliamentary election Tuesday, exit polls showed, possibly forcing the incumbent Israeli leader to invite surprisingly strong moderate rivals into his government and soften his line toward the Palestinians. TV exit polls showed the hard-liners with about 61 seats in the 120-seat parliament, a bare majority, and the counts could change as actual votes are tallied. The unofficial TV results had Netanyahu winning only 31 seats, though he combined his Likud Party with the far-right Yisrael Beitenu for the voting. Running separately four...
  • Exit polls: Netanyahu, Right suffer blow, Lapid big winner

    01/22/2013 3:47:45 PM PST · by AU72 · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/23/2013 | Jerusalem Post
    Israel goes Leftward as Right bloc's majority razor-thin; voter turnout 66.6%; Likud Beytenu plummets; Labor polled to get 17 seats, Bayit Yehudi 12, Shas 11, Livni and Meretz 7 each, UTJ 6.
  • Netanyahu tops Israel vote despite losses: exit polls

    01/22/2013 1:00:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/22/13 | Alistair Lyon
    (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, with his hawkish bloc unexpectedly losing ground to resurgent center-left challengers, exit polls showed. They suggested the Israeli leader's Likud party, yoked with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu group, would still be the biggest bloc in the 120-member assembly with 31 seats, 11 fewer than the 42 they held in the previous parliament. If the exit polls compiled by three Israeli television channels prove correct, Netanyahu would be on course to secure a third term in office, perhaps leading a hardline coalition that would promote Jewish...