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  • Hamas's march to victory

    01/02/2009 10:09:23 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 23 replies · 942+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2 January, 2009 | Caroline Glick
    George Orwell once quipped, "The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." Since Tuesday it has become clear that the Olmert-Livni-Barak government has decided to end the war with Iran's Hamas proxy army in Gaza as quickly as possible. That is, the government has decided to lose the war. Most Israelis are unaware of this state of affairs. In an obvious attempt to bolster the popularity of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak ahead of the February 10 general elections, the local media have spent the six days since the government launched Operation Cast...
  • Olmert, Barak and Livni say politics isn't influencing Gaza operation

    12/31/2008 8:58:08 PM PST · by fella · 6 replies · 290+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan 1, 2009 4:07 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Dec 31, 2008 23:54 | Updated Jan 1, 2009 4:07 Olmert, Barak and Livni say politics isn't influencing Gaza operation By GIL HOFFMAN Political considerations are not influencing the decision-making about the future of Operation Cast Lead, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak claimed Wednesday. Though the February 10 general election is only 40 days away, Olmert and spokesmen for Livni and Barak said they were not considering the impact of military moves on the race. None of them denied that they disagreed about tactics for continuing the war, but they said the...
  • Winds of war blow Netanyahu's way,Poll predicts sweeping victory for the Likud

    01/01/2009 11:17:44 AM PST · by jacobny · 18 replies · 1,700+ views
    Winds of war blow Netanyahu's way A "Globes"-Geocartography poll finds the right-wing block has extended its lead. While Labor Party chairman and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, and Kadima Party chairwoman and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni quarrel about who deserves the credit for Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, which so far has been successful, it seems that the public is in no doubt: the winds of war are blowing the Likud's way. A "Globes" survey, in collaboration with Geocartography, predicts sweeping victory for the Likud if the elections were to be held today, giving it 38...
  • Israel's Kadima Party's Strategy--->Suicide Through Peace

    12/21/2008 9:52:51 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 337+ views
    Front Page Mag/Yidwithlid ^ | 12/22/08 | Yidwithlid
    Israel has a crisis of leadership. Ever since the "Oslo process" began leaders have had their heads in the sand. They are so consumed with a desire for peace, that they refuse to recognize the real facts surrounding them. The Palestinian side has made NO move toward peace. The past 15 years have proved that the basic assumption and paradigms of the Israeli peace camp are wrong and are dangerous to Israel ’s existence. As Israel moves toward the next election the choice is clear, the Kadima/Labor side will give up anything for peace, the Likud side wishes peace also,...
  • Israel's Kadima Party to Tzipi Livni-- PLEASE SHUT UP !

    12/13/2008 11:02:08 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 284+ views
    JPOST/Yidwithlid ^ | 12/14/08 | Yidwithlid
    You may remember that almost immediately after new elections were announced in Israel the polls showed that Kadima Nominee Tzipi Livni held the lead or was a close second to Likud candidate Binyamin Netanyahu. Since then there has been a major shift in Kadima strategy which has been a boon for their biggest competitors Likud and Labor, its called letting Tzipi open her mouth. Over the past few weeks almost everything that the Foreign Minister said, has gone beyond unpopular, she his promising change that goes against the grain if Israeli society. Maybe she is spending too much time listening...
  • Netanyahu's grand coalition

    12/13/2008 4:53:05 PM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies · 735+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-12-08 | CAROLINE GLICK
    The "international community" is eagerly anticipating the incoming Obama administration's policy toward Israel. It is widely assumed that as soon as he comes into office, US President-elect Barack Obama will move quickly to place massive pressure on the next Israeli government to withdraw from Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in the interests of advancing a "peace process" with the Palestinians and the Syrians. Giving voice to these expectations this week was this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Martti Ahtisaari. The former Finnish prime minister used his prize ceremony to call on Obama to make contending with the Palestinian...
  • Anti-Arab hopeful irks Israel's Netanyahu

    12/11/2008 2:58:49 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 449+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/11/08 | Staff
    A far-right Likud party member has become a thorn in the side of party leader Benjamin Netanyahu, a frontrunner in the race to become Israel's prime minister, as media reprint comments he made praising the Nazi system and denigrating Arabs. Moshe Feiglin, 46, had a strong chance of winning a parliamentary seat after gaining significant support within Likud, at a time when Netanyahu is seeking to soften the image of the right-wing opposition party. But Likud's governing body on Thursday pushed Feiglin down to the 36th place on the election slate from the 20th slot following an appeal by a...
  • Polls show Netanyahu's Likud extending significant lead

    11/30/2008 10:19:16 PM PST · by jacobny · 18 replies · 788+ views
    The Bibi Report ^ | 12/01/08 | jacob kornbluh
    Polls show Netanyahu's Likud extending significant lead The latest pre-election poll in Israel has Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party extending its lead over the currently ruling Kadima Party, and keeping the lead for the past few weeks The results of the poll issued in the paper "Yisrael hayom" predicted Likud winning 35 Knesset seats to just 26 for Kadima in the February 10 general election. Ehud Barak's Labor Party continues its fall to just 8 seats in the latest poll. The poll showed Likud and other right-of-center parties winning a commanding bloc , more than enough for Netanyahu to form a...
  • Polls Show Netanyahu's Likud Party Extending Lead

    11/27/2008 10:49:50 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 31 replies · 831+ views
    Israel Today ^ | November 26, 2008 | Staff
    The latest pre-election poll in Israel has Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party extending its lead over the currently ruling Kadima Party. Broadcast on Israel's Channel One News on Tuesday night, the results of the poll predicted Likud winning 37 Knesset seats to just 25 for Kadima in the February 10 general election. Ehud Barak's Labor Party fell to just 7 seats in the latest poll. The poll showed Likud and other right-of-center parties winning a commanding bloc of 68 seats in the next Knesset, more than enough for Netanyahu to form a stable majority coalition.
  • Polls Show Israel's Likud Party Leading (Return of Netanyahu)

    11/22/2008 9:20:19 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 16 replies · 674+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | November 20, 2008 | AP (Staff)
    JERUSALEM: A pair of polls published Thursday showed opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu's hardline Likud party leading Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's moderate Kadima party in the run-up to Israel's Feb. 10 elections. The polls also indicated strong support for Netanyahu's hard-line allies. If that support stands through the elections, it would position Netanyahu to put together a hawkish coalition that would likely end peace talks with the Palestinians, at least in their current form. Netanyahu believes the U.S.-backed talks, which aim to establish an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, have been a failure and thinks negotiations should largely be limited to...
  • Benny Begin returns to Likud and politics

    11/02/2008 3:55:24 AM PST · by idov · 2 replies · 227+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Nov. 1, 2008 | Yossi Verter
    Former cabinet minister and Likud MK Benny Begin will soon announce his return to politics and to the Likud Party, and his intention to run in the party primary for the next Knesset list. Begin, who dropped out of politics and public life in 1999, agreed in talks with Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu over recent weeks to return to the party, after having apparently been promised a ministerial appointment if Netanyahu should win the upcoming elections. The decisive meeting between the two was held late Saturday at the home of close Netanyahu associate Reuven Rivlin, also a Likud MK, in...
  • Kadima beats Likud in new poll (Israeli elections, 2008)

    10/26/2008 11:11:04 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 9 replies · 677+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 27 October 2008 | Ynet News
    Kadima beats Likud in new pollDahaf-Yedioth Ahronoth survey published Monday morning points to close race, as Livni takes the lead with 29 Knesset seats, Netanyahu follows with 26 seats. Labor plummets to 11 seats, while Shas may lose power Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni appears to be enjoying the fruit of her declaration that she will not give in to extortion. A new Yedioth Ahronoth survey conducted by the Dahaf Institute and published Monday morning showed that had the Knesset elections taken place today, Livni would have led Kadima to victory with 29 Knesset seats, the same number of mandates it...
  • General elections in Israel in 2009 (CONSERVATIVE LIKUD WILL BE BACK !)

    10/25/2008 4:33:49 PM PDT · by drzz · 33 replies · 1,557+ views
    Jerusaelem Post ^ | 10 26 2008 | drzz
    Kadima leader Tzipi Livni has failed to form a viable coalition and will recommend going to general elections when she meets President Shimon Peres on Sunday afternoon. The move came after Shas and Degel Hatorah, which constitutes half of the United Torah Judaism faction in the Knesset, announced over the weekend that they would not join a Livni-led government. "I'm sick of this extortion," Livni was quoted as telling her advisers. "We'll see all these heroes in 90 days." The most likely date for a national election is February 17, 2009. Livni is scheduled to inform Peres of her decision...
  • Bibi's Palin

    09/25/2008 7:45:21 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies · 577+ views
    Give John McCain credit where credit is due. A so-called "maverick" and ideological Liberal-Independent in Republican clothing, his dance to the mythical Center (Left, in reality) was clearly not working and his campaign was floundering. In one bold stroke, he did what he needed to do. In picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, McCain re-energized the core conservative base of the Republican party and suddenly vaulted ahead of Obama in the polls. You can talk all you want about Palin's appeal to women and her folksy style, but she is what McCain is not; a card-carrying conservative to the...
  • Peace Now: A 30-Year Fraud

    09/05/2008 7:10:41 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 71+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 9-5-08 | Kenneth Levin
    For thirty years, the leftist Israeli organization Peace Now has been promoting the thesis that sufficient Israeli concessions would win the Jewish state peace from its Arab neighbors and that Israel’s refusal to make the needed concessions, primarily dismantling the settlements and returning to its pre-1967 armistice lines, are the main obstacle to that desired denouement. Peace Now has been arguing this line both at home and around the world and has attracted fervent overseas followers and media kudos for its stance.
  • Barak expected to give Olmert ultimatum: Quit, or I walk (Israeli govt. could fall)

    05/27/2008 4:38:54 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies · 115+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/28/2008 | Gil Hoffman
    Following consultations late Tuesday night, Defense Minister Ehud Barak is seriously considering presenting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with an ultimatum on Wednesday: Either the premier resign, or Barak will pull Labor out of the coalition, thus forcing new elections. Channel 1 first reported on the matter late on Tuesday, saying that Barak made his decision after consulting with advisers at his house. However, the Labor chairman issued a statement soon after which denied that such consultations took place at his home, and that only after holding a meeting with Labor ministers and MKs early Wednesday morning would he actually make...
  • Path to Temple Runs Through Shushan

    03/20/2008 7:33:32 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 3 replies · 135+ views
    The story of Purim as related in Megillat Esther is the bridge between the destruction of the First Temple and the building of the Second Temple. Interestingly, the eastern gate to the Temple Mount is called the Shushan Gate, as if to symbolize that the path to the future Temple goes through Shushan. The feast of Ahashverosh in Shushan was a low point in Jewish history. The Jews of Ahashverosh's kingdom were so deep in exile mentality that they actually reveled and feasted at the Persian mega-party despite the fact that the (kosher) food was served on the holy Temple...
  • 'Government politically blind,' says Netanyahu

    11/25/2007 12:12:15 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 18 replies · 258+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | November 25, 2007 | Attila Somfalvi
    Opposition leader MK Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) on Sunday slammed the government's decision making process prior to the Annapolis peace conference, calling it "political blindness." "Everybody wants peace, but we want a real peace and that requires insisting on the safety of Israeli citizens and insisting on reciprocality. "This is a very weak government, which made too many concessions going into the summit," said Netanyahu, who spoke at the Zeev Jabotinsky awards ceremony. "The government has released hundreds of prisoners and has already given the Palestinians weapons… They are politically blind. If this is how they start off, who knows were...
  • Netanyahu: There Is Simply No Palestinian Partner

    09/07/2007 4:27:09 AM PDT · by Fennie · 17 replies · 458+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | September 5, 2007
    Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu slammed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for the concessions he has been proposing to the Palestinians, echoing criticism within Olmert's own party, Kadima, according to Israel National News. Netanyahu stressed that "there is simply no Palestinian partner" with whom to negotiate, reiterating a point that many Mideast experts have confirmed. A recent report released stated that Hamas is just as strong as Fatah in the West Bank, only more driven. "This government just gives and gives and receives nothing - and this will place us in dangers much greater than we have known before, as we see...
  • Netanyahu: Israel's arch-hawk aiming for comeback

    08/14/2007 8:13:41 AM PDT · by RDTF · 52 replies · 1,218+ views
    Breitbart via Drudge report ^ | August 14, 2007 | AFP
    Former premier Benjamin Netanyahu, who is set to be re-elected as head of Israel's right-wing Likud party on Tuesday, is a media-savvy arch-hawk determined to move back to the political centre stage. Netanyahu was expected to sweep to victory during a Likud primary with at least 70 percent of the vote, according to internal opinion polls, in a contest against two other candidates. -snip- Bibi, as Netanyahu is widely known in Israel, is hoping to ride a wave of dissapointment with the ruling Kadima party over scandals and last year's Lebanon war back to the top of the Israeli political...
  • Netanyahu Sweeps Israel's Likud Race

    08/14/2007 3:06:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 75 replies · 1,395+ views
    JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) -- Benjamin Netanyahu swept the race to lead Israel's hardline Likud Party, a party official said, boosting his ambitions to reclaim the country's premiership. Netanyahu, crowned in recent polls as the front-runner for Israel's top job, faced off against far-right West Bank settler Moshe Feiglin, who would bar Arabs from Israel's parliament and favors their emigration. A partial tally gave Netanyahu 73 percent of the vote to Feiglin's 22 percent, party executive director Gad Arieli said. World Likud Party Chairman Danny Danon trailed with 4 percent. While a Netanyahu victory had been all but assured, a strong...
  • Poll: Netanyahu is Preferred Prime Minister in Israel

    05/05/2007 10:01:46 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 16 replies · 731+ views
    One-in-four Israelis would pick Benjamin Netanyahu as their head of government, according to a poll by Dialog released by Haaretz. 26 per cent of respondents would like the Likud leader to become prime minister again. Shimon Peres of the Kadima party is second with 11 per cent, followed by fellow party member and current foreign affairs minister Tzipi Livni with 10 per cent, former prime minister Ehud Barak of the Labour party with six per cent, current prime minister Ehud Olmert also with six per cent, and Labour’s Ami Ayalon with five per cent. In March 2006, Israeli voters renewed...
  • Poll: Likud back in lead

    01/30/2007 8:47:45 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 15 replies · 442+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | January 30, 2007 | Attila Somfalvi
    If elections were held today, the governing Kadima party would receive a mere nine mandates, according to a telephone poll carried out by the Smith Institute for Ynet. While Kadima is collapsing in public opinion, favor is returning for the Likud party. According to the poll, Likud would triumph in hypothetical elections with a full 32 mandates. Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu was perceived as the person best suited to serve as prime minister, earning 34 percent support and beating out his competitors by a large margin. After Netanyahu, those surveyed favored Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Labor Knesset Member Ami...
  • Bye Bye Kadima (Buh Bye Olmert!)

    09/06/2006 5:22:31 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 28 replies · 833+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 8/6/2006 | Moshe Arens
    There is the possibility that some of the Likud renegades in Kadima, rueing the day on which they decided to throw in their lot with that ill-starred political creation, will return to the ranks of the Likud. And that some of the Labor rejects, now eating humble pie, will be mercifully accepted into the ranks of Labor. And that a politically reshuffled Knesset will bring down the Olmert government and vote confidence in a new prime minister and his government. Or else, perish the thought, new elections. This political uncertainty is painful to contemplate at a time when Israel faces...
  • Poll: Majority wants Olmert out

    08/25/2006 7:58:57 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 25 replies · 699+ views
    ynetnews.com ^ | 8/25/2006 | Staff
    Political earthquake: A poll published on Friday in the Yedioth Ahrnonoth daily shows that 63 percent of Israelis feel that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert failed in managing the war in Lebanon and should resign. Only 29 percent believe the prime minister is fit to continue leading the country. About 74 percent of those polled said Defense Minister Amir Peretz mishandled the war and should resign his post. A mere 20 percent said Peretz should keep his post. Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Dan Halutz faired slightly better than his superiors with 54 percent saying he should resign...
  • A reckoning in Israel

    08/22/2006 9:07:24 AM PDT · by Renfield · 1 replies · 152+ views
    Power Line Blog ^ | 8-22-06 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Washington Times reports that some Israeli reservists, having just returned from fighting in Lebanon, are demanding that Prime Minister Olmert resign because of his handling of the war. The reservists are complaining about insufficient provisions, including no water (some were forced to drink from canteens of dead Hezbollah guerrillas), shortages of combat equipment, and indecisive orders. One group of about 200 from a particular reservist infantry brigade gathered in front of Mr. Olmert's office after a protest march through the city. The soldiers are also calling for the resignation of Defense Minister Amir Peretz and Army Chief of Staff...
  • Netanyahu: Switch from unilateral to mutual steps

    08/14/2006 1:01:42 PM PDT · by fanfan · 46 replies · 1,898+ views
    Y Net News ^ | August 14, 2006 | Ilan Marciano
    Opposition chairman tells Knesset 'Lebanon war proves that concept of unilateral withdrawals has collapsed' Following Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's address to the Knesset plenum Monday night, chairman of the opposition Benjamin Netanyahu took the stage and delivered a compelling, if biting, speech. He recounted his efforts to help the government in its PR war, but was quick to criticize the government's policy. According to Netanyahu, "There were failures in identifying the threat, in managing the war, in dealing with the homefront…There is no doubt that we must learn our lesson and correct our mistakes. We were asleep and we received...
  • Netanyahu: They vilified me, but I created growth

    05/17/2006 12:08:41 AM PDT · by anotherview · 3 replies · 324+ views
    Globes ^ | 16 May 2006 | Globes’ correspondent
    Netanyahu: They vilified me, but I created growth Likud chair Benjamin Netanyahu: Everyone's taking credit for my economic policies. Globes’ correspondent 16 May 06 12:48Likud chairman MK Benjamin Netanyahu accuses politicians and journalists of collaborating to vilify him and blacken his reputation, even though they knew the truth that his economic doctrine was right.In an interview with IDF Radio (Galei Zahal) this morning, Netanyahu said, “I was targeted because I opposed the disengagement plan. They made political capital out of me and my policies. For months, they presented me as an evil man. Those who viciously and venomously attacked my...
  • Likud propose no-confidence vote

    05/05/2006 11:35:57 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 3 replies · 196+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05 May 2006 | jpost.com staff
    The Likud faction announced on Friday that it planned to propose a no-confidence vote against the government in the wake of its decision to raise the price of bread by seven percent. The price rise was suggested by the Price Committee and approved by the outgoing Finance Minister and newly sworn-in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Likud Central Committee chairman MK Gidon Sa'ar attacked the government over the price increase. "It is a mockery, when the first decision of a government, which wastes money on an cabinet inflated with ministers without portfolios, is to raise the price of the most essential...
  • [Israel: Coalition Talks--] Kadima to give Labor draft deal

    04/11/2006 10:59:12 PM PDT · by anotherview · 3 replies · 249+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12 April 2006 | Gil Hoffman
    Apr. 12, 2006 1:25 | Updated Apr. 12, 2006 5:14 Kadima to give Labor draft deal By GIL HOFFMAN Kadima representatives will present Labor's negotiating team with a rough draft for a coalition agreement on Wednesday after both sides reported progress in negotiations at Ramat Gan's Kfar Hamacabiah Hotel on Tuesday night. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Kadima ministers on Tuesday and told them that he wanted the coalition-building process completed by the end of the month. Members of Kadima's team said negotiations over the coalition guidelines would be completed by the end of the holiday, allowing for...
  • Kadima Tells Likud: Withdrawals Will Be Made By 2008

    04/09/2006 10:50:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 320+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Apr 09, '06 | Staff
    Kadima party officials told the Likud’s coalition negotiating team that Kadima plans to implement its “convergence plan” to uproot dozens of Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria by 2008. Kadima negotiators said the withdrawals would be made prior to the next U.S. presidential election in November 2008. After the meeting between the two teams which took place in Ramat Gan’s Maccabiah Olympic village, former Education Minister, MK Limor Livnat (Likud) concluded, “the chance that we’ll be joining the coalition is very, very unlikely.” Kadima negotiators also told their Likud counterparts that Kadima would oppose holding a national referendum on carrying...
  • Shas to present party as ‘Likud with a kippa’

    03/29/2006 10:09:50 AM PST · by Alouette · 30 replies · 638+ views
    YNet ^ | Mar. 29, 2006 | Ilan Marciano
    After years in opposition, Ultra-Orthodox party’s strong elections showing places it as third largest Knesset, as it cleverly absorbed votes of disgruntled Likudniks; Yishai plans to ask for Interior, Housing and Communications portfolios After its stellar accomplishments in the elections, Shas, which placed third after Kadima and Labor with 13 mandates, plans to demand the Interior and Housing portfolios during coalition negotiations with Prime Minister-designate Ehud Olmert. In addition to the two portfolios, Shas has one more, slightly surprising, request: The Communications portfolio. According to senior officials in the party, the Orthodox party hopes to become “Likud with a kippa.”...
  • Outgoing Likud MK Fires Arrows in All Directions

    03/29/2006 8:08:54 AM PST · by APRPEH · 676+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Mar 29, '06 / 29 Adar 5766 | Hillel Fendel
    Outgoing Likud MK Fires Arrows in All Directions Wednesday, March 29, 2006 / 29 Adar 5766 MK Uzi Landau, #14 on the Likud list - he will not be in the next Knesset - said this morning that the Likud's crushing defeat "was an earthquake, which is generally followed by aftershocks." Asked to pinpoint the reasons for his party's failure in the election, Landau blamed his fellow former ministers, the media, the economy, and more. Considered the leader of the "orange"/hawkish/anti-Disengagement camp within the Likud, Landau told Army Radio, "We partially deserved the punishment the public gave us, but not...
  • Israel's Elections 3-28-06 (Clearly explained by Chuck Misler)

    03/29/2006 7:31:15 AM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 32 replies · 1,233+ views
    Koinonia House ^ | 3-29-06 | Chuck Misler
    Tuesday, March 28, Israelis headed to the polls to choose their newest Prime Minister. As I write this, there is just one hour left before polls close. Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to win, and a low voter turnout demonstrates that few Israelis anticipate any other outcome. Yet, a great deal is at stake in this election as the three candidates have very different ideas about matters vital to Israeli security. The Labour Party leader, Amir Peretz is willing to offer huge concessions to the Palestinians for peace, but under Arafat that approach failed, and seems even more...
  • Party licks wounds after poll crash

    03/28/2006 3:50:23 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 24 replies · 854+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 29 March 2006 | Michael Blum
    ISRAEL'S right-wing Likud party, which dominated politics in the Jewish state for decades, was facing an uncertain future today after suffering the most humiliating election defeat in its history. Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the party's brash leader, conceded defeat after exit polls suggested Likud would win barely 11 seats in the 120-seat Parliament, less than a third of its showing in the last election in 2003. "There is no doubt that we have suffered a heavy blow. It is the second time in 100 days that we've been left in disarray after the departure of he who led us,"...
  • Israel - Exit polls: Kadima 29-32 Labor 20-22 Likud 11-12

    03/28/2006 12:11:50 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 1,026+ views
    Haaretzdaily.com ^ | March 28, 2006
    Excerpt - Exit polls released as polls closed at 10 P.M. Tuesday showed Kadima gaining from 29 to 32 seats, Labor from 20-22, and the Likud 11-12. ~ snip ~
  • Officials: Turnout rate may dip below 60% [Israeli elections]

    03/28/2006 10:01:56 AM PST · by Alouette · 6 replies · 416+ views
    YNet ^ | Mar. 28, 2006
    Central Elections Committee warns: Unusually low voter turnout rate would mark 'serious blow to Israeli democracy' should current voting rates continue; Kadima and Likud concerned, Labor party optimistic Unless the voter turnout rate picks up in the next few hours, the overall turnout rate could dip below 60 percent, Central Elections Committee officials warned Tuesday evening. "It will be a serious blow to the Israeli democracy," one Committee official warned. By 6 p.m. only 47 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots, compared to 52.8 percent in the 2003 elections. Meanwhile, Kadima party officials are expressing growing concern over the...
  • {Israeli election] Poll: Kadima on 36 seats, Labor on 18, Likud on 14

    03/26/2006 11:34:28 AM PST · by anotherview · 34 replies · 740+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 26 March 2006 | Yossi Verter
    Last update - 20:44 26/03/2006 Poll: Kadima on 36 seats, Labor on 18, Likud on 14 By Yossi Verter, Haaretz Correspondent A day and a half before polls open for the 17th Knesset, the latest Haaretz-Channel 10 poll puts Kadima on 36 seats, Labor on 18 and the Likud on 14. The number of undecided voters has risen to 22 percent of those polled, meaning there are 28 Knesset seats still up for grabs. The Labor Party, headed by Amir Peretz, has seen no change in the number of predicted seats since last week's poll. The Likud, however, has dropped...
  • First 'Jericho Effect' poll: Kadima at 43 seats, Likud shows gains [to 16 seats]

    03/15/2006 11:10:30 PM PST · by anotherview · 44 replies · 665+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 16 March 2006 | Haaretz Service and Agencies
    Last update - 08:52 16/03/2006 First 'Jericho Effect' poll: Kadima at 43 seats, Likud shows gains By Haaretz Service and Agencies An opinion poll released on Thursday, the first survey conducted after the IDF?s siege of the Jericho prison and the surrender of the killers of cabinet minister Rehavam Ze'evi, showed that if elections were held now, Kadima would gain as many as 43 seats and that the Likud had passed Labor as the second-strongest party. The Army Radio poll conducted by the Geocartographia polling firm showed the Likud on the rise, adding two seats to 16. Labor, meanwhile, slipped...
  • Netanyahu: Hamas won't change

    01/28/2006 11:00:47 AM PST · by bnelson44 · 19 replies · 595+ views
    UPI ^ | 1/28/06
    TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the hawkish Israeli Likud party, wants to move the security fence farther into the West Bank after the Hamas election victory. "An extreme Islamic state that seeks to destroy Israel and whose leaders' hands are soiled with Jewish blood ... is emerging," the former prime minister said. Netanyahu dismissed the view that governing might make Hamas more moderate, comparing the Islamist group to Afghanistan's Taliban and the religious hard-liners in Iran. While many leaders in politics and the press echoed Netanyahu's harder line, some advocated restraint. Shimon Peres urged...
  • Israel Ponders Response After Hamas Win

    01/26/2006 9:07:40 AM PST · by dervish · 35 replies · 809+ views
    AP ^ | 1/26/06 | ARON HELLER
    Israeli officials convened emergency meetings on Thursday to decide how to respond to the militant Hamas group's upset victory in Palestinian elections, maintaining an outward silence while privately blaming each other for the upheaval. Hamas' stunning showing in Wednesday's vote could send tremors through Israel's own political establishment ahead of March elections by bolstering hawks who oppose territorial concessions to the Palestinians. 'snip' "After Hamas is elected, can the world not talk to them?" former Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told Army Radio. "The world will speak to them saying that they were elected in a democratic process ... I think...
  • Right: Hamas victory will harm Kadima

    01/25/2006 2:18:49 AM PST · by familyop · 4 replies · 350+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 25JAN06 | GIL HOFFMAN
    A victory for Hamas in Wednesday's Palestinian election will strengthen the Right in Israel and harm Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima Party, MKs on the Israeli Right said on Tuesday. They said a Hamas victory would serve as a wake-up call for the Israeli public that would begin a process of support shifting from Kadima and Labor to parties further to the Right. "Hamas is a terrorist organization that wants to destroy Israel, and it was strengthened by the disengagement," Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu told reporters outside the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. The head of the Likud's...
  • After Sharon: Likud Stands to Gain Most

    01/09/2006 10:14:54 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 6 replies · 341+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 09 January 2006 | Daniel Pipes
    Ariel Sharon's long political career appears to be over. But what does that mean for Israeli politics and for Arab-Israeli relations? Basically, it signals a return to business as usual. Since the state of Israel came into existence in 1948, two points of view on relations with the Arabs have dominated its political life, represented by (as they are presently called) Labour on the left and Likud on the right. Labour argued for greater flexibility and accommodation with the Arabs, Likud called for a tougher stance. Every one of Israel's 11 prime ministers came from the two of them, not...
  • Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto You (good reread because events in Israel this week)

    01/07/2006 10:33:41 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 9 replies · 620+ views
    Defence & Arms (Ocnus.Net) ^ | Dec 12, 2005 | Uzi Mahnaimi and Sarah Baxter
    ISRAEL'S armed forces have been ordered by Ariel Sharon, the prime minister, to be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran, military sources have revealed. The order came after Israeli intelligence warned the government that Iran was operating enrichment facilities, believed to be small and concealed in civilian locations. Iran's stand-off with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over nuclear inspections and aggressive rhetoric from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, who said last week that Israel should be moved to Europe, are causing mounting concern. The crisis is set to come...
  • Netanyahu orders Likud party ministers to quit Sharon's government

    01/03/2006 6:48:05 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 3 replies · 301+ views
    web.israelinsider.com ^ | January 3, 2006 | Israel Insider staff and partners
    Netanyahu orders Likud party ministers to quit Sharon's government By Israel Insider staff and partners January 3, 2006 Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu announced officially on Tuesday that Likud party ministers will resign from Israeli PM Ariel Sharon's government this Sunday. The ministers - including Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom - will hand in their letters of resignation at Sunday's weekly Cabinet meeting, said Ofir Akunis, Netanyahu's spokesman. Netanyahu, who himself resigned his treasury post close to the start of the disengagement last summer, has been working since his election as Likud party leader more than two weeks ago to convince the...
  • Netanyahu elected Likud leader

    12/19/2005 2:26:00 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 35 replies · 1,219+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 20 December 2005
    FORMER Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been elected leader of Israel's right Likud party to succeed Ariel Sharon, exit polls for public television and radio said. The 56-year-old Mr Netanyahu secured 47 per cent of votes while his closest challenger, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, won 32 per cent, the poll carried jointly by public television and radio said. The hardline candidate Moshe Feiglin won 15 per cent while Agriculture Minister Israel Katz trailed in fourth place with six per cent. If confirmed, the result will enable Mr Netanyahu to resume the helm of the party which he led to victory...
  • Landau Tells Voters to Remember Bibi's Support of Expulsion

    11/30/2005 7:51:27 AM PST · by APRPEH · 1 replies · 225+ views
    Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) ^ | Nov 30, '05 / 28 Cheshvan 5766 | news service
    IsraelNN.com) Knesset Member Uzi Landau, contender for Likud party chairman, said Wednesday he hopes Likud voters will remember that Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu voted several times for the expulsion law. Landau told Arutz 7 radio that despite polls which show he is in last place in the race, which Netanyahu is leading, voters will think twice and remember that Netanyahu did not act to stop the expulsion plan. He voted for it several times and opposed it in the last vote, when his vote was not significant.
  • Low turnout mars Sharon-less Likud committee event

    11/24/2005 12:17:29 PM PST · by anotherview · 1 replies · 357+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 24 November 2005 | Gil Hoffman
    Nov. 24, 2005 18:47 | Updated Nov. 24, 2005 21:25 Low turnout mars Sharon-less Likud committee event By GIL HOFFMAN The Likud central committee convenes Minister without portfolio Tzahi Hanegbi Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski The first Likud central committee meeting without Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was intended to be a showcase of party unity in the post-Sharon era, but instead it will be remembered for its low turnout. When the event was supposed to start at 5 p.m., the room was nearly empty. It started an hour late and finished shortly thereafter. Organizers said after the event that 911 central committee...
  • Likud To Choose New Leader. Committee approves December primaries

    11/24/2005 9:27:13 AM PST · by anotherview · 14 replies · 410+ views
    Yediot Ahranot ^ | 24 November 2005 | Attila Somfalvi
    Likud to Choose New Leader Likud Committee approves December primariesAmid growing tension among candidates for Likud leadership, ominous polls ahead of March general elections, Likud Central Committee convene in Tel Aviv Thursday to approve December 19 as date for leadership contest Attila Somfalvi Closing in. Mofaz Photo: Gil Yohanan A positive campaign. Netanyahu Photo: AFP Amid the growing tension among the candidates for Likud leadership and the ominous polls ahead of the March general elections, the Likud Central Committee is convening in Tel Aviv Thursday to approve the date for primary elections for party chairmanship and to determine the ordering...
  • Sharon names his new party 'Forward' (Kadima)

    11/24/2005 8:54:11 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 29 replies · 545+ views
    UPI ^ | November 24, 2005
    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Thursday decided to name his breakaway centrist political party Kadima, which is Hebrew for "Forward." His strategists said the two other names considered, Hatikva, Hebrew for hope, and the National Responsibility lost out, the Jerusalem Post reported. "Kadima broadcasts positive messages about momentum and moving forward," one Sharon strategist said. "It scored just as well in our focus groups and studies as the National Responsibility Party, but it is much less cumbersome." Sharon also opened an office for the party in Tel Aviv Thursday, and was to meet with 14 members of the Knesset, or...