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  • Netanyahu 'Desperate to Block Rivlin Presidency'

    05/12/2014 3:53:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/5/14 | Gil Ronen
    Political analysts say Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyhau is making desperate maneuvers to try and prevent MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud-Beytenu) from being elected president in the coming weeks. The Knesset began its summer session Monday, a session that will focus on the process of electing a president, as Shimon Peres's term nears its end. Peres's term ends in July, and a successor is to be elected by the Knesset between 30 and 90 days before then. Netanyahu reportedly is still trying to bring about a six-month postponement of the election, after failing to do so until now. Sources close to him...
  • Feiglin Outlines Five-Step 'Jewish Sovereignty' Plan

    05/13/2014 1:07:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 5/13/14 | Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
    Deputy Knesset Chairman MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) outlined his national plan while in Toronto last Tuesday for Israeli Independence Day, speaking at an event sponsored by the Jewish Defense League and Toronto Zionist Council. Feiglin called for reconnecting the young generation with the knowledge that it is part of a long historical chain from the days of the Patriarch Abraham, and that it is a "light unto the nations" not just in the field of hi-tech, but rather in terms of the values and spiritual message it has for humanity, reports Shalom Toronto. Feiglin's address at the local Chabad synagogue...
  • Feiglin Attacks Jewish Home, Own Party Over Gay Marriage (Israel)

    12/27/2013 4:56:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 12/27/2013, 2:12 PM | Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva Staff
    Deputy Knesset Chairman Moshe Feiglin (Likud) was the only nationalist MK to vote against a bill giving same-sex couples a tax break this week. The bill was voted for by Likud-Beytenu, and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett. The remaining 11 Jewish Home MKs left the hall to abstain. Only the hareidi-religious parties, Feiglin, and MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) opposed the bill, which was proposed by MK Adi Kol (Yesh Atid). “Again it was proven that only the right is capable of expelling Jews, and only the religious are capable of harming the religion,” Feiglin told Arutz Sheva. …
  • Livni blocks bill limiting foreign gov't donations to far-left NGOs

    12/15/2013 11:32:13 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 15/12/13 | Lahav Harkov
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni appealed a bill declaring donations to anti-Israel non-governmental organizations from foreign governments no longer exempt from tax, after it was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday. Eight ministers from Likud, Yisrael Beytenu and Bayit Yehudi approved the bill in the ministerial committee, while Hatnua and Yesh Atid ministers voted against it. The legislation proposed by Bayit Yehudi faction chairwoman Ayelet Shaked and MK Robert Ilatov (Likud Beytenu) amends the Income Tax Law so that NGOs will have to pay 45 percent tax on donations from foreign governments if the organization or members of...
  • Sa'ar: Left's 'Mistaken Outlook' Threatens Israel

    12/10/2013 10:00:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/13 | Ari Yashar
    Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar (Likud) spoke to Arutz Sheva on Tuesday, saying that by opposing the recently passed law to prevent infiltration by illegal immigrants, the leftist factions in the Knesset have taken a "mistaken outlook" that endangers the future of Israel. The law was officially passed on Monday after a heated debate. It allows police to jail illegal migrants for up to 12 months in special detention facilities, after the previously existing law allowing 3 years of internment was overturned by the Supreme Court in September. Sa'ar expressed confidence that the law would stand up to any petitions in...
  • (Israel MK Moshe) Feiglin: We’ve Handed over Negev to Arabs

    06/25/2013 2:09:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 6/25/2013, 11:42 AM | Gil Ronen
    MK Moshe Feiglin, a maverick member of the Likud faction, wrote Tuesday on his Facebook page that the vote for regulation of Bedouin lands in the Negev Monday was a defeat for the Jewish people. “Last night, Likud and Bayit Yehudi handed over the Negev to the Bedouins,” he wrote. “The vote yesterday had nothing to do with the rights of the Bedouins. … The real question on the agenda was—whose land is this! … The nation of Israel has forgotten that this is its land,” Feiglin wrote. Israel has “forgotten that it is the son of the lady and...
  • Israeli Judge Quits After Saying Girls Enjoy Rape

    06/05/2013 4:39:58 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    ABC ^ | June 5, 2013 (AP) | AP
    A Tel Aviv District Court judge has resigned following a public furor over comments he made in court that some girls "enjoy being raped." Nissim Yeshaya was presiding over a hearing on the rape of a 13-year-old Israeli girl by four Palestinian youths when he made the comment. He apologized and said the remark was taken out of context.
  • Piron Confirms Likud Argued Against Habayit Hayehudi

    03/03/2013 2:43:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/3/13
    Rabbi and Member of Knesset Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) confirmed, Sunday, that the Likud party told representatives of Yesh Atid, last week, that their party should enter the government without Habayit Hayehudi because Habayit Hayehudi will work to prevent the uprooting of Jewish communities in Judea and Samarai (Shomron) sought by Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid. .....
  • Likud Responds to Bennett: 1st to Receive Offer to Join

    03/02/2013 3:41:43 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/13
    A Likud source responded Saturday night to a claim made by the Jewish Home party's Naftali Bennett, alleging that, "In the days immediately following the elections, Likud refused to speak with the Jewish Home," The source claimed otherwise. "The Jewish Home party was the first party to receive an offer to join the government led by Netanyahu,"...
  • Bennett: Likud Refused to Speak with Us

    03/02/2013 3:37:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/13
    Naftali Bennett responded to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's accusation that the Jewish Home party was making coalition negotiations difficult by excluding the hareidi parties. "In the days immediately following the elections, Likud refused to speak with the Jewish Home," said Bennett. "They excluded us. We knew if we sat quietly we would be in the opposition. I spoke with Yair Lapid... that Yesh Atid would not enter the government without the Jewish Home and that the Jewish Home would not enter the government without Yesh Atid."
  • MK Shaked: Alliance with Lapid Rock Solid

    03/02/2013 3:30:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    MK Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) said Saturday that the alliance between her party and Yesh Atid is rock solid. "The situation at this moment is that we are going into a government with Yesh Atid," MK Shaked told Channel 10. She added that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had missed the boat for getting Bayit Yehudi to join his coalition independently of Yesh Atid. "If the prime minister had turned to us immediately after the elections, we would have gone in," she said. "Netanyahu had a very clear plan," Shaked said, "to establish a government with Yesh Atid and the hareidim....
  • MK Strook: Likud Mudslinging Continues

    03/02/2013 3:24:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    MK Orit Strook (Bayit Yehudi) responded to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's hinted attack on her party with a counterattack Saturday night. "The taste of the Likud's mudslinging campaign has not yet dissipated," she wrote on her Facebook page. "It would be proper for Likud to apologize before the religious Zionist settlement enterprise instead of moralizing to it. "Instead of wondering about our Zionist, values-based connection with Yesh Atid, Likud would do better to explain to its voters the justification of joining with Tzipi Livni and Amir Peretz of all people." Prime Minister Netanyahu hinted Saturday that Bayit Yehudi was engaged...
  • Bennett Vindicated as Coalition Crafting Enters Overtime

    03/01/2013 6:54:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet President Shimon Peres Saturday evening and ask him for a two-week extension in which to put together a coalition of parties and form a new government. Peres will grant Netanyahu the two-week extension. If Netanyahu fails to cobble together a coalition within a fortnight, however, he will be in serious trouble. Peres could decide to task someone else with creating a coalition, or new elections could be called. We are, therefore, entering the "money time" of coalition crafting. The reports in two major news sources Friday that Netanyahu's representatives offered Yesh Atid a policy...
  • Likud Warns: New Elections are Possible

    02/18/2013 12:47:51 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    A pact between Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid is causing serious consternation in Likud, and a senior source in the ruling party warns that new elections are a possibility. The improbable warning is a sign that Likud is feeling the pressure of the united front presented by Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid, each of whom is saying he will not enter the coalition without the other. "Bennett should not pull the rope too much," the senior source told Maariv. "In the end it will snap." "Netanyahu is ready to head for elections," the source said....
  • Israelis head to polls to elect 19th Knesset

    01/21/2013 11:33:29 PM PST · by onyx · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | LAST UPDATED: 01/22/2013 05:34 | By GIL HOFFMAN
    Concerns about complacency hang over elections as 10,132 polling stations poise to open nationwide; Likud Beytenu worried about dropping below 30 seats; Labor party leader says with high turnout "we can replace Netanyahu." An IDF soldier stands with a ballot box at a base on the Golan Heights, during the 2009 elections Photo: Reuters Israel’s fate for up to the next four years will be decided on Tuesday when 5,656,705 voters will be eligible to choose among 32 parties at 10,132 polling stations nationwide from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Politicians from across the political spectrum expressed optimism that, with...
  • 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...
  • With elections fast approaching, will this man be Israel’s next Defense Minister?

    01/12/2013 7:49:25 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog ^ | 1/12/2013 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    Moshe ”Bogie” Ya’alon is currently Israel’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Affairs. He’s a senior military and foreign affairs advisor to Netanyahu, and previously served as the Israeli Defense Force’s chief of staff. Some keen observers of the Israeli political scene believe that when this month’s elections are over and the dust of the political season has settled, Ya’alon will be the next Minister of Defense. While that is by no means clear, this week Ya’alon was interviewed by an Israeli news service on a range of important issues. Given Ya’alon’s already prominent role in the future of...
  • Likud-Beytenu to play hardball with settlers if they don’t vote for the list, report says

    01/11/2013 9:34:58 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/11/2013 | Elie Leshem
    Support for Naftali Bennett’s ascendant right-wing Jewish Home party comes largely at the expense of the Likud-Yisrael Beytenu list and its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — and nowhere is this more pronounced than among the largely Orthodox settler population. Reportedly, the trend has prompted Likud to “play rough” and convey the message that if these Israelis fail to vote for Likud-Beytenu in January 22′s election, the consequences for the entire settler movement could be grave. The emphasis of the ruling party’s new approach is on the many settlers who enlisted as Likud members so they could participate in the...
  • 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...
  • Shaked Slams 'Chauvinistic' Likud Campaign

    01/02/2013 4:08:07 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/13
    Jewish Home candidate Ayelet Shaked responded on Wednesday night to the Likud party's planned campaign targeting supposed "anti-women" candidates in her party. "The Jewish Home has three women in the first 12 spots on its list, while the Likud has one woman in these spots," she said. "We are the only party in Israel in which women were elected not because of spots reserved for women on the list, but because of their efforts and actions." ..."Thanks to this chauvinistic campaign by [Likud Beytenu adviser] Arthur Finkelstein, we'll also be able to get Gila Finkelstein, who is on the 18th...
  • Likud to Target Jewish Home 'Extremists' in Latest Campaign

    01/02/2013 3:59:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/13 | Elad Benari
    In its latest campaign against Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home), the Likud is planning to attack the candidates on its list which are considered to be more "extreme". Israeli mainstream media has been criticizing the Jewish Home for supposedly "hiding" some of its candidates and refusing to allow them to be interviewed, while giving other candidates who "sound better" on television much more airtime. Now, the Likud is planning to use this criticism and point out the "hidden" candidates to the public. These are mostly candidates from the Tekuma party's list, headed by Uri Ariel, which merged with the Jewish Home...
  • Elkin: If I Had to, I’d Expel Jews

    12/21/2012 5:22:10 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    MK Zev Elkin of Likud talked to Arutz Sheva about refusing orders after Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party head Naftali Bennet raised the issue by saying that if he were ordered to expel Jews from their homes he would ask his commander to release him from duty. Elkin related that he, too, would request a release from duty – but that if one were not forthcoming, he would carry out the eviction order. His decision does not indicate a support for such orders, he said, and he plans to use his status as an MK from the ruling party to...
  • Poll: Likud Beyteinu-39, Labor-19

    12/06/2012 5:34:59 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    A Panels Politics Institute poll...predicts the following elections results were they to take place today, before the resignation of Amir Peretz: Likud Beyteinu-39, Labor-19, Jewish Home-12, Shas-10, Yesh Atid-8, The Movement-6, UTJ-5, Meretz-5.
  • MK Eldad: Netanyahu will Dismiss Feiglin

    12/04/2012 3:35:23 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    MK Aryeh Eldad warned Israelis on Monday that voting for Likud because of Moshe Feiglin's presence in the list would be a mistake. Feiglin will most likely be dismissed from the Knesset in the course of the Knesset's next term, he predicted. "Feiglin has to face a real moral dilemma," he explained. "If he betrays his real values and supports the Netanyahu government in ideological votes of no confidence, he will lose all the credit he has now." However, he added, if Feiglin supports a no confidence motion submitted by Eldad, his future in Likud will be short; "Once he...
  • Ehud Barak resigns from politics

    11/26/2012 9:15:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth News ^ | 11.26.12, 11:19 | Yuval Karni, Attila Somfalvi
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced Monday that he is resigning from politics and will not contend in the upcoming Knesset election. He will complete his term as defense minister, he said. Barak stated that while he had difficulties making the decision, he was confident in his choice. “I want to study, to write to live and have a good time,” he said. … The minister denied making the decision based on grim polls results ahead of the Knesset election. He further joked that he is following the footsteps of Likud Minister Moshe Kahlon, who recently announced he is taking a...
  • Ketzaleh: Even the 'Best' Likudniks Can't Change Party Policy

    11/25/2012 2:28:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/12 | David Lev
    Candidates running in Sunday's Likud primary have gone out of their way to emphasize their right-wing sensibilities, but even the rightest of the right Likudniks were unable to stop their party from undertaking one of the most devastating blows to the philosophy of love of the Land of Israel – the disengagement from Gaza and Northern Samaria. While former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – still in bed in a comatose state – broke away to form Kadima before the actual destruction of the communities in Gush Katif, he was a Likud Prime Minister, and many of the forming members of...
  • Likud Voting at 40%; Anger over Malfunction

    11/25/2012 12:01:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Likud primaries were back on track by early Sunday evening, and by 8:45 p.m., 40% of registered members – 49,322 in total – had voted. However, a serious malfunction in the computerized voting system earlier in the day made it necessary to extend the voting by two hours, to midnight – and there is possibility of a further extension. The Likud's Election Committee was to meet again at 10:00 p.m. and decide whether voting would continue for another day. Various news sources estimated that the committee would decide to continue the voting until Monday at 10:00 p.m. There have...
  • Likud Primaries: Rain could Wash Away Meridor

    11/24/2012 4:24:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Rain is forecast for many parts of Israel Sunday, and this has supporters of Binyamin Netanyahu worried. They believe that a downpour would favor Netanyahu's nemesis within Likud, Moshe Feiglin, in Sunday's Likud primaries, and endanger the political future of Likud "prince" Dan Meridor. Feiglin's supporters within Likud are considered to be a highly organized and dedicated group, in comparison with the average Likud member. Common political wisdom says that when a vote is held in unfavorable weather, it is the more dedicated and organized group that benefits. Netanyahu's people are concerned that Feiglin will attain a position on the...
  • Netanyahu, Lieberman Announce United Party

    10/25/2012 12:40:49 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    Binyamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman announced Thursday evening in a joint news conference that they would join forces in a unified party. Netanyahu explained that Israel would be better off with a strong coalition that leans on a strong party. "We ask the public for a clear mandate to carry out the social and economic changes that the nation of Israel expects, and justifiably so," he said. "There is a lot that needs to be done," Netanyahu added. "First and foremost – bring down the cost of living. This is the time to project strength in the face of our...
  • Israeli lawmaker: Obama is no friend of Israel

    10/09/2012 9:56:52 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:10 PM EDT | unattributed
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A lawmaker from the Israeli prime minister's party is in the United States ahead of the presidential election and has said that President Barack Obama has "not been a friend of Israel." Danny Danon, chairman of Likud's international outreach branch, said in Chicago on Tuesday that Obama's policies have been "catastrophic." Danon said he will also travel to Florida and New York to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • From Yad Vashem Zionism to Temple Zionism

    05/24/2012 11:08:29 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    28 Iyar, 5772 May 20, '12 Translated from the Makor Rishon newspaperSome people still think that the reason that our national train continues to speed down the Oslo track is because of the people at the helm. Begin surrendered the Sinai Peninsula because he was tricked. Netanyahu hugged Arafat because he is pliable. Sharon destroyed Gush Katif because he is corrupt. And the list goes on. But the truth is just the opposite. The Right continues to slide down the slippery slope of the "peace process" not because of the weakness of its leaders but despite the fact that its...
  • Likud MKs: Meridor Belongs in 'Peace Now'

    05/16/2012 7:01:00 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/5/12 | Gil Ronen
    Likud Knesset members reacted harshly Wednesday after Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy Dan Meridor said on television that the Givat HaUlpana neighborhood in Beit El must be torn down and that legalization is not an option. One Likud MK told Arutz Sheva: "Minister Meridor is a Peace Now man who was planted in the Likud faction and in the government." A source close to the Prime Minister also reacted with anger and said: "Meridor wants the Prime Minister's downfall. Meridor belongs to the furthest tip of the far left. He knows that he has no...
  • 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...
  • Likud politicians mock Obama AIPAC speech

    03/05/2012 10:48:24 AM PST · by Qbert · 7 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 3/4/2012 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Israeli reactions to US President Barack Obama’s speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington on Sunday were divided along party lines. Deputy Negev and Galilee Development Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud) criticized Obama for saying that too much bluster played into Iranian hands and suggesting that it led to higher gas prices. “There is a saying that it’s easier to watch a fire from far away,” Kara said. “We are facing an existential threat, not the US. If Israel doesn’t bluster, the US will also be in danger, because Iran’s missiles will reach them too. Israel is doing everything possible...
  • Feiglin Claims Victory in Netanyahu Landslide

    02/01/2012 2:19:08 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/2/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu trounced challenger Moshe Feiglin, as both expected, in the vote on Tuesday for the leadership of the Likud party, but both men also said they won. Netanyahu won 75 percent of the vote, while Feiglin won 25 percent, with Feiglin gaining 5% compared to the results in the previous leadership race. “We did something that was almost impossible” by winning one quarter of the vote, said Feiglin, who maintained his supporters voted “for me and for a Jewish state." The low turnout was a favorable factor for Feiglin, and Netanyahu spread the message during the evening...
  • Report: Bibi to Sack Ministers Who Back Outpost Law

    01/28/2012 1:58:28 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to inform Likud ministers on Sunday that any Likud minister who votes for the Outpost Law will be fired from government. The bill, authored by Minister Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home), would forbid eviction and demolition orders for Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria that have stood for four years and have at least twenty families. It also stipulates that all petitions disputing land claims must be proven through accepted evidentiary means in a court competent to hear the case. Should such a claim be found valid the court would be directed to order monetary...
  • Feiglin Launches Bid for Likud Leadership

    01/03/2012 12:08:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/12
    Moshe Feiglin, head of the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction, will launch his bid to lead the ruling Likud Party on Tuesday at the Ramada Renaissance Jerusalem Hotel. Feiglin's campaign will make use of social media and networks to distribute a series of videos calling for judicial reform in Israel and highlighting the close relationship between sitting Likud leader Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his former IDF commander, Defense Minister Ehud Barak. His platform is based on ensuring that Israel is a clearly Jewish state, with Jewish values and mores. The campaign will hammer away at the irony of a...
  • MK Danon: Keep Barak Out of the Likud!

    12/26/2011 4:09:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    MK Danny Danon (Likud) says he intends to fight any attempt to induct Defense Minister Ehud Barak into the Likud. Video "In February I will run for the presidium of the convention in order to stop Defense Minister Barak from joining the Likud," Danon told Arutz Sheva during an interview about the upcoming Likud primaries. "We don't want Barak in the Likud," Danon said. "The same defense minister who said he would have joined Hamas if he was a Palestinian - his place is not in the Likud." "I will do everything in my power to stop Barak from joining...
  • Rush ballot in Israel's Likud linked to U.S. outlook

    12/05/2011 6:25:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/5/11 | Dan Williams
    (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Monday for a snap leadership vote in his Likud party, a contest he is expected to win and which could pave the way for an early national election in Israel. Some commentators said Netanyahu was quietly preparing for the possibility that President Barack Obama, with whom he has had a testy relationship, will win a second and final term in November, a year before Israel's currently scheduled ballot. Freed of campaigning interests if he wins, the Democratic president could redouble pressure on the rightist premier to accommodate the Palestinians in peacemaking, deepening...
  • Ben Ari: Minister Meridor a Leftist Infiltrator

    11/26/2011 1:34:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) responded Saturday to Intelligence Minister Dan Meridor's threat to resign if recent judicial reform bills pass saying Meridor belonged in the radical leftist Meretz party. "We always knew Meridor belonged in Meretz along with Zahava Gal On and Nitzan Horowitz," Ben Ari said. "Meridor was a part of the legal junta alongside Dorit Benisch that enacted the antidemocratic disqualification of Rabbi Meir Kahane for the Knesset." "We have not forgotten how, all these years, he has been a lawmaker and minister with the Likud, but advocated left-wing positions," Ben Ari added. According to Ben Ari,...
  • Hershkowitz Slams Likud Ministers 'Who Serve the Left'

    11/13/2011 11:45:29 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    Minister of Science and Technology Daniel Hershkowitz (Jewish Home) used uncharacteristically blunt words to condemn Likud ministers who opposed the bill that would make Supreme Court nominees subject to parliamentary hearings before confirmation. He said they were "serving the Left" by opposing the vetting process. The bill, which was initiated by MKs Yariv Levin and Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), will be debated at the Ministerial Committee for Legislation next week. It was supposed to be debated today (Sunday) but the controversy around it caused the discussion to be postponed by one week. "It is strange that ministers from the Likud are...
  • 'Palin Asked: Why Apologize to the Muslims?'

    03/21/2011 6:39:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Arutz Sheva, Israel National News ^ | March 21, 2011 / 15 AdarII, 5771 | Gil Ronen
    Popular conservative politician Sarah Palin understands the importance of the Temple Mount to the Jewish people, according to MK Danny Danon (Likud), who accompanied her on a visit to the Kotel Sunday. Danon told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language service: "When we toured near the Kotel and in the tunnels near the Holy of Holies, she told me clear things without hesitating. She understands the importance of the place for the Jewish People and even asked me 'Why do you keep apologizing to the Muslims all the time?'" "I explained to her the mistakes made by [then-Defense Minister] Moshe Dayan in 1967...
  • Pressure Mounts on Netanyahu to Sack Ehud Barak

    03/16/2011 4:14:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/3/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Members of Likud's National Headquarters have called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to immediately dismiss Defense Minister Ehud Barak, whom they accuse of advancing policies that directly contributed to the heinous murder of the Fogel family in Itamar. In an interview with Israel National Radio, Shevach Stern of the Likud National Staff said the Prime Minister cannot back-peddle from his government's positions to save Ehud Barak, "We hear this call from many Knesset members. They say it off the record and not for attribution. But everyone understands that Barak has taken over as head of government in various fields, and...
  • Barak: New faction to be 'centralist, Zionist, democratic'

    01/18/2011 9:19:58 AM PST · by dervish · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/17/11 | Gil Hoffman and Herb Keinon
    The Knesset House Committee on Monday approved a request by Defense Minister Ehud Barak to split from the Labor party and form a new faction called 'Independence' (Atzmaut). The split was approved with a majority of 11 MKs voting in favor. Shortly after the announcement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a request to begin coalition negotiations the newly-formed faction. Representatives from Netanyahu's office are expected to meet with Labor breakaway representatives MK Einat Wilf and Agricultural Minister Shalom Simhon. Speaking at a press conference at the Knesset after he and four other Labor MKs submitted the request, Barak said that...
  • Netanyahu Expected to Fire Labor Ministers (End Of National Unity Government Alert)

    01/17/2011 3:21:08 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/17/2011 | Arutz Sheva
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to fire the Labor Ministers in the government: Braverman, Herzog and Ben-Eliezer.
  • Israel's leader does not want to share Jerusalem

    12/12/2010 9:24:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12/12/10 | AMY TEIBEL
    JERUSALEM – Israel's leader on Sunday dismissed a call from a key government partner to share the holy city of Jerusalem with the Palestinians, a reminder of the obstacles facing already troubled peacemaking efforts. Conflicting claims to east Jerusalem lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The dispute over the area, home to sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, has derailed past peace talks and spilled into violence. Palestinians claim the sector as the capital of their future state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reaffirmation of his intention to hold on to east Jerusalem drew criticism from the...