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  • 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...
  • NETANYAHU GIVES UP EFFORT TO FORM GOVERNMENT

    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,...
  • Jews or Israelis - Who will form the next government?

    09/23/2019 11:16:33 AM PDT · by malach · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 09.22.19 | Shalom Pollack
    The 1992 elections brought Yitzchak Rabin and Shimon Peres to power.It was a close election but Labor was put over the top by a deal made with the Arab parties.Before the hard-fought election campaign, Rabin received an assurance of support from the Arab parties against the Likud and Yitzchak Shamir.The details of the deal were not made public but the results were a Rabin victory.... Since the 1992 Rabin/Peres-Arab secret Oslo deal, the Arab parties have not offered that same recommendation to form a coalition for any other Jewish candidate.Until September 2019, that is. When a PM candidate considers the...
  • 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.
  • CEC CONTINUES TO COUNT BALLOTS, NETANYAHU - GANTZ STILL AT STALEMATE

    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...
  • NETANYAHU’S NEW MATH - WHEN 56 IS WORTH MORE THAN 60

    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.
  • 'Right-wing bloc' led by Netanyahu established

    09/18/2019 7:28:19 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 78 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/9/19 | Ido Ben Porat
    Right-wing factions convened at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem Wednesday afternoon, deciding to establish a "right-wing bloc" headed by Prime Minister Netanyahu, that will work for the establishment of the next government. It was decided to form a joint coalition negotiations team for all factions in the bloc. In addition to Netanyahu, the meeting saw the participation of Minister Yariv Levin and faction heads: Yaakov Litzman, Moshe Gafni, Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked, and Bezalel Smotrich. Minister Aryeh Deri met with Prime Minister Netanyahu earlier this morning, as he was unable to attend the meeting due to the memorial ceremony...
  • Israel Election (Israel Election Thread)

    09/17/2019 11:48:25 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 99 replies
    Vox ^ | 09/17/2019 | Zack Beauchamp
    The last one, held in April, looked like a victory for Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party. But when Netanyahu failed to get enough support from smaller parties to form a government, he was forced to call new elections. So here we are. The polling for the new election is too close to call. Likud is locked in a tight race with the centrist Blue and White party, which is leading the opposition. The ultimate outcome depends on a lot of things that are really hard to predict, ranging from minor party vote share to post-election parliamentary haggling.
  • Israeli Election Pits Trump, Obama Pollsters Against Each Other

    09/16/2019 10:31:27 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Jersualem Post ^ | Sep 16, 2019 | Gil Hoffman
    Tuesday's election will not only be a contest between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz but also between their American pollsters. John McLaughlin stood beside Netanyahu in a video he posted on Friday explaining why Otzma Yehudit would not cross the 3.25% electoral threshold. In explaining why he was so sure, Netanyahu pointed at McLaughlin and said that he was the pollster for US president Donald Trump. Blue and White's American strategist Joel Benenson also made the news this past week, when Netanyahu accused him of being behind a false report in Politico accusing Israel...
  • Israeli Election Still A Wildcard: Can Netanyahu Form A Government?

    07/26/2019 8:46:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 07/26/2019 | Caroline Glick
    Benjamin Netanyahu became Israel’s longest-serving prime minister on Friday, and he is favored to win the next elections in September. But the outcome is still uncertain. On Sunday, the President tweeted: “Congratulations to Bibi @Netanyahu on becoming the longest serving PM in the history of Israel. Under your leadership, Israel has become a technology powerhouse and a world class economy….” He continued: “….Most importantly you have led Israel with a commitment to the values of democracy, freedom, and equal opportunity that both our nations cherish and share!” Netanyahu quickly thanked Trump for his support, tweeting, “Thank you, President Trump, for your warm words,...
  • Israel Heads to New Election After Netanyahu Fails to Form Coalition

    05/29/2019 2:41:19 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 50 replies
    HaAretz ^ | May 30, 2019 | Jonathan Lis, Chaim Levinson, Aaron Rabinowitz and Jack Khoury
    The Knesset voted Wednesday night to dissolve itself after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition, sending Israel to a new election mere seven weeks after the last one. At the heart of the impasse was the issue of drafting ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students: Yisrael Beiteinu's Avigdor Lieberman, without whom Netanyahu can't form a coalition, refused to back down on the bill's terms, while ultra-Orthodox parties claimed they have already yielded enough ground. MK Avigdor Lieberman wrote on his Facebook page that Likud holds responsibility for the repeat election because of its refusal to vote on bill to...