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  • Coalition chair: ‘Death penalty for Jewish terrorists too’

    05/22/2016 3:42:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/16
    Coalition chairman MK David Biton (Likud) on Sunday addressed the proposed death penalty law for terrorists initiated by Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman during coalition negotiations. "I think there needs to be a death penalty, not just for those who want to commit suicide, but those who want to carry out a deadly attack only to be released after a few years in some exchange deal," said Biton during an interview with Radio Lelo Hafsaka. According to Biton, the law will provide a solution to terrorists who sit comfortably in Israeli prisons, study for an academic degree and are then...
  • Minister Ya'alon quits; Yehuda Glick to enter Knesset

    05/20/2016 3:19:41 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/5/16 | Ari Yashar
    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) announced on Friday morning that he is quitting politics, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to hand his portfolio over to Yisrael Beytenu head MK Avigdor Liberman so as to bring his party into the coalition. "This morning I let the Prime Minister know that due to his conduct and recent developments, and due to a lack of confidence in him, I am resigning from the government and from the Knesset and taking a timeout from political life," said Ya'alon. Ya'alon's resignation is particularly dramatic as Liberman has not yet formally been given his portfolio...
  • [Israel] Coalition negotiators agree: Death penalty for terrorists

    05/19/2016 7:43:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 5/19/2016, 5:05 PM | Ari Soffer
    Negotiators from the Likud and Yisrael Beytenu parties have agreed to accept the latter’s demands for the death penalty for terrorist murderers, as a condition for entering the coalition government. According to the agreement, the IDF military court — which is technically able to level the death penalty, but maintains an unofficial moratorium on it — will be issued new instructions, by which a simple majority of two judges can hand down a death sentence to terrorists convicted of murder. Currently, the law requires all three judges to unanimously agree. …
  • Death penalty for terrorists deal infuriates former AG

    05/19/2016 12:23:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/5/16 | Ido Ben Porat
    Former Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has roundly condemned the reported agreement between the Likud and Yisrael Beytenu parties, to include provisions for implementing the death penalty for terrorists as part of a coalition deal. Under the agreement, a new directive will be issued to military courts, by which only a simply majority of two judges will be needed to sentence a terrorist murderer to death, as opposed to the unanimous requirement currently in place. Imposing a death penalty for terrorist killers was one of the key conditions set by Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman for entering the governing coalition. While...
  • Liberman may join coalition as soon as Thursday, officials say

    05/18/2016 1:49:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has accepted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s offer to join the coalition in return for the Defense and Immigration ministries, senior Yisrael Beytenu officials said on Wendesday. According to senior officials, the Prime Minister’s meeting Wednesday afternoon with Liberman has already laid the groundwork for Yisrael Beytenu’s entry into the government. Shortly after the meeting, Netanyahu reportedly called Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, informing him that Liberman had requested the Defense Ministry in exchange for his support of the Likud government. Senior officials have leaked details of the meeting, including Netanyahu’s offer to Liberman, which includes two...
  • Herzog fires back: It's either me or Liberman

    05/18/2016 6:06:01 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/5/16 | Ari Soffer
    Opposition leader and Zionist Union party chief Yitzhak Herzog has announced he is suspending unity government talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, after the premier issued an invitation to begin talks with Yisrael Beytenu party head Avigdor Liberman. n a markedly abrupt, pithy press conference, Herzog said Netanyahu faced a choice between "going to war and funerals, and the victory of (Avigdor) Liberman and (Naftali) Bennett, or the track of hope" - namely, inviting the Zionist Union party to join the coalition instead. "These are the choices - there are no other options," he added. "We won't continue negotiations at...
  • Livni: Labor negotiating terms of unity government

    05/03/2016 3:45:54 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Israel’s largest opposition party is negotiating the terms for a possible unity government, a senior Zionist Camp official said on Tuesday. Speaking with Army Radio, Tzipi Livni (Zionist Camp) confirmed that her party was in talks with the Netanyahu government over a possible unity coalition. “I was shown things [brought up] in the talks, [but] were not finalized,” Livni said. A senior Likud official confirmed the negotiations to expand the governing coalition, telling party chiefs already in the government that they would have to make concessions if the Zionist Camp does join. “Every party will have to do its part...
  • Likud Activist Wants to Pay 250,000 Arabs Each Year to Start New Lives Elsewhere

    02/13/2016 4:52:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | February 14th, 2016 | February 14th, 2016
    Naama Adler Bello, a real estate broker and Likud activist from Caesarea, has been pushing over the past few months a political initiative that has been gaining the support of fellow party activists — if not by the official leadership — looking to establish an international fund to facilitate voluntary Arab immigration from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, Ha’aretz reported. Adler Bello is not a fan of the term “transfer,” and prefers a more marketable name: a “Listening and Fulfillment” program. Nevertheless, her approach clearly aims to offer the Arabs between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea the...
  • Likud MK sparks outrage after questioning the 'P' in 'Palestine'

    02/12/2016 9:59:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 2/11/2016, 1:32 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    An Israeli parliamentarian has drawn ire and ridicule after suggesting "Palestine" is a borrowed term that Palestinians themselves cannot pronounce. "The letter P doesn't exist in Arabic, so the borrowed term Palestine is worth debating," MK Anat Berko (Likud) said during a parliamentary debate on Wednesday night. [...] In Arabic, the word is written with an F and is pronounced "Falesteen." Palestinian Arabs not fluent in English often use the letter B as a substitute for P when speaking the language. [...] "Don't you have a brain?" MK Tamar Zandberg, from the left-wing Meretz party, shouted during the session. ...
  • Likud MK: Jordan, Israel can fight ISIS together

    11/17/2015 4:34:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/15 | Yaakov Levi
    The best way to fight ISIS, according to Druze MK Ayoub Kara (Likud), is for Israel to ally itself with other countries in the area that are trying to keep the Islamist terror movement at bay. And the best country in the region to ally with, said Kara, is Jordan. This, despite the ongoing anti-Israel comments, resolutions, praise of terrorists and other actions taken by Jordanian government officials against Israelis in recent months. “Strengthening ties with Jordan is the best answer to the ISIS threat,” said Kara on Tuesday at a conference discussing opening a new direct route in the...
  • Likud MK proposes: Boycott the boycotters

    11/08/2015 4:35:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/11/15 | Shimon Cohen
    In response to the European Union’s plan to label Israeli products manufactured in Judea and Samaria, MK Miki Zohar (Likud) has submitted a bill to the Knesset that would see products from countries that label Israeli products being labeled themselves. “We will label every product which comes from a country which is boycotting us. I think it would be appropriate if the public knows that the country that sends the product to us is daring to boycott us," Zohar told Arutz Sheva about his initiative on Sunday. .....
  • Likud Aims To Build Ties With Conservative Parties Abroad

    09/08/2015 3:03:17 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/07/2015 | Gil Hoffman
    Hazan has been inviting the current and young leadership of the European parties to come to Israel, where he takes them to Jerusalem’s Old City and explains why he believes it cannot be divided. His regular itinerary for his visitors also includes the Jabotinsky Institute and Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center and Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. The 38-year-old has also been traveling to Europe to meet young politicians there, explain Israel’s policies, and defend the leader of the Likud, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His meetings with politicians open doors to other opinion...
  • January 15, 2013: Donald Trump Endorsement for Prime Minister Netanyahu

    09/06/2015 2:57:30 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 28 replies
    You Tube ^ | January 15, 2013 | YouTube
    In an unprecedented move, the U.S. billionaire and world-renowned entrepreneur, Mr. Donald Trump, took part in a video showing his support for the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and The Likud Party in general elections in Israel next week: "Vote for Benjamin, terrific guy, terrific leader, great for Israel."
  • Israel: Netanyahu Squeaks Through with Tiny Coalition

    05/07/2015 7:50:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/07/2015 | P. David Hornik
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Last March 17th, Benjamin Netanyahu won big in the Israeli elections. His own right-of-center Likud Party came out well ahead of the pack with 30 Knesset seats (out of 120). The right-wing/religious bloc of parties came out with 67, compared to 40 seats for the left-wing parties (an Arab party that is unfriendly to Israel as a Jewish state rounded it out with 13 seats).Yet, on Wednesday night, after 42 days of grueling...
  • Netanyahu, Bayit Yehudi strike coalition deal just before deadline (Bibi forms 61 seat coalition)

    05/06/2015 12:39:23 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/06/2015 22:25
    The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat coalition. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud faction on Wednesday reached an agreement with the religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi on the formation of a rightist coalition, Israel Radio reported. The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat coalition. By law, if Netanyahu failed to form a government by midnight on Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin...
  • Right Still Fears Netanyahu Will Form Unity Government [Israel Elections]

    03/23/2015 7:29:12 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Monday, March 33, 2015 | Natanel Katz, Cynthia Blank
    Despite winning the majority of incoming MKs' support to form the next government, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to face suspicions he will abandon them for the Left. Likud, Jewish Home, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Kulanu, and Yisrael Beytenu all recommended Netanyahu for the task - giving him a total of 67 MKs in his possible coalition. Still, MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) fears Netanyahu may take the President's mandate and instead of forming a narrow right-wing government, create a broad unity government. "We are opposed to a unity government. The nation made a definite choice," Shaked said during an...
  • Astonishing contrast: U.S. youth vs. Israeli youth (teens who voted for Prime Minister Netanyahu)

    03/22/2015 4:05:26 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 35 replies
    WND ^ | March 22, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    Stunned by defeat and still licking its considerable wounds in the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upset landslide re-election, the radical left, anti-Zionist Haaretz has published a lengthy article on the group most responsible for Netanyahu’s win: the young. It is a striking piece. Haaretz summed it up this way: Israel’s youth voted in overwhelming numbers for Netanyahu because of “security, security, security – and distrust of Arabs [that is, Muslims], the left and media.” In the United States of America, this very group delivered a fraud, a liar and America-hater into the Oval Office, not once but...
  • The Prime Minister's Strategists Reveal How They Seized The Election... (Reverse Packaging Alert)

    03/20/2015 5:54:59 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/21/2015 | Gil Hoffman
    “The most important decision was to drive the electorate to two large parties,” Harow says. “We decided that if we create a situation where people have to decide who they want as prime minister, people will prefer Netanyahu over [ZU challenger Isaac] Herzog.” Therefore, the first slogan of the Likud’s campaign was “It’s us or them,” referring to Herzog and his running mate Tzipi Livni, whom the Likud’s polls found extremely unpopular. Shaviv advised Netanyahu from the start of the campaign to push what he called “reverse packaging.” The strategy was to persuade voters on the Right that rather than...
  • The Urgent Business of the Next Government

    03/20/2015 12:14:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    On Tuesday, the people of Israel spoke. They gave a clear mandate to the nationalist camp, led by the Likud and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, to lead the country. Now that the people have spoken, our leaders must consider the steps they must take, immediately upon entering office, that will enable them to advance their agenda and so meet the public’s expectations. To understand why this is necessary, we need to recall why Netanyahu decided to dismantle his last coalition government and opt for an early election. What made Netanyahu decide that he would be better off going to an...
  • Likud warns coalition partners against greed [Netanyahu & Israel]

    03/19/2015 10:36:46 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Friday, March 20, 2015 | Gil Hoffman
    The Likud’s prospective coalition partners need to ease their demands for cabinet portfolios, after the ruling party gained its 30th Knesset seat in the final vote tally, sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. “Everyone has been adopting maximalist positions about portfolios,” a source in the Likud negotiating team said. “What matters is that we will be able to build a coalition that will be more stable because we won 30 seats.” The source revealed that Netanyahu intends to keep his campaign promise to try to make Israel into a two-party system with a government that would...
  • Tea Party & Likud East & West: A Symbiosis of Fear & Division (Sickening)

    03/19/2015 4:14:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Warlords don’t have use for peace because peace doesn’t have use for warlords. Only hours after the results revealing the Likud Party’s lead in obtaining the most seats – 30 to its closest competitors’ 24 of the Zionist Union (formerly the Labor Party)– in the next Israeli Knesset (Parliament), the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the U.S. sent an email message to millions of U.S. residents congratulating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for what most likely will result in his re-election for a fourth term. The announcement includes a congratulatory petition for people to sign, and states in part: “The...
  • (MK Yariv) Levin: We Now Have a Mandate, And a Responsibility

    03/19/2015 2:20:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva/INN ^ | 03/19/2015 | Yaakov Levi
    By Yaakov Levi "First Published: 3/19/2015, 9:51 AM In an interview with Arutz Sheva, MK Yariv Levin, chairman of the outgoing Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, lauded his party's victory in Tuesday's elections, and said that it finally gave the Likud a clear mandate to rule Israel in the way the party felt it should be ruled." (snip) Among the issues the Likud needs to tackle is the “one-sided attitude” of the media and the justice system, said Levin. “There need to be changes in the radical leftist rule that shows itself in so many aspects of Israeli society....
  • Netanyahu’s Victory Is A Disaster For The Peace Process (Schadenfreude Alert)

    03/18/2015 2:50:32 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 61 replies
    Vox ^ | 03/18/2015 | Zack Beauchamp
    "More specifically, Netanyahu's Likud Party won by siphoning voters away from the other right parties who will become its coalition partners. Mainstream Israeli opinion has shifted to the right: to win, Likud didn't need to win over a swath of centrist voters. It needed to jazz up the Right with nasty rhetoric about Palestinians and Arabs." "Meanwhile, Likud is going through a process that some observers have referred to as Tea Party-ization. Younger Israelis tend to be more conservative, increasingly empowering the more right-wing factions inside Likud. That causes center-right voters to defect to centrist parties, pushing the party ever...
  • Netanyahu Soundly Defeats Chief Rival in Israeli Elections

    03/18/2015 2:51:05 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 103 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/17/15 | Jodi Rudoren
    TEL AVIV — After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel won a clear victory in Tuesday’s elections and seemed all but certain to form a new government and serve a fourth term, though he offended many voters and alienated allies in the process. With 99.5 percent of the ballots counted, the YNet news site reported Wednesday morning that Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud Party had captured 29 or 30 of the 120 seats in Parliament, sweeping past his chief rival, the center-left Zionist Union alliance, which got 24 seats.
  • 5 Lessons US Conservatives Should Learn From Netanyahu

    03/18/2015 4:17:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won re-election according to the latest vote counts, defeating not just his domestic leftist opposition, but the President of the United States in a public stand-off that had the President sending emissaries to Israel to try and oust Netanyahu. The victory represented a stunning turnaround for Netanyahu, whose Likud Party trailed significantly in the polls in the days leading up to the election.
  • Likud Leads with 30 Seats After 99% of Ballots Counted [Netanyahu & Israel]

    03/17/2015 7:49:55 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 143 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Elad Benari
    Binyamin Netanyahu appears to be headed towards a greater victory than predicted by exit polls, with 30 seats. "Zionist Camp" has 24. As counting of votes continues in the elections for the 20th Knesset, the Likud party may be headed for an even bigger victory than exit polls originally predicted. As of 4:25 a.m. (Israel time), 99.5% of the ballots have been counted and the Likud is leading the pact with 30 seats. The “Zionist Union” of Labor and Hatnua has 24 seats. The Joint Arab List has 13 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 11 seats and Moshe Kahlon’s...
  • After clinching top spot, Likud looks to form right-religious coalition [Netanyahu & Israel]

    03/17/2015 11:18:50 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Marissa Newman
    Zionist Union indicates it will concede election after gaining 24 seats to Likud’s 30 with 99% of votes counted; Kulanu head speaks to Netanyahu; Meretz leader says she’ll resign if party sinks below four mandates; Yachad misses threshhold. With some 99 percent of the votes counted by early Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party appeared set to win a resounding victory in Tuesday’s election, with 30 seats, compared to the Zionist Union’s 24 mandates. Next came the Joint (Arab) List with 14 seats, Yesh Atid with 11, Kulanu with 10 and the Jewish Home with 8. They were...
  • Obama-linked nonprofit filed for new IRS status after accusation of meddling in Israeli election

    03/17/2015 5:33:52 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Steven Edwards
    The American nonprofit OneVoice Movement – under scrutiny by a U.S. Senate panel over possible links to a campaign to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – quietly filed paperwork that would allow it to engage in political activism after two leading Republican lawmakers questioned its use of government funds, FoxNews.com has learned.
  • Live: Election Results

    03/17/2015 5:31:25 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 59 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/3/15
    Yachad is over the threshold and in the Knesset, Bayit Yehudi got 6.13% of the vote, Likud got near 25%, Avoda (Labor) just 18%, Yesh Atid a paltry 8 point something.
  • In victory speech, Netanyahu says he will seek 'strong, stable government'

    03/17/2015 4:58:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 3/17/15 | staff
    A triumphant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud supporters in his victory speech early Wednesday that he would aim to form "a strong, stable government" that would tackle "security and socioeconomic challenges." Netanyahu told a jubilant crowd of Likud supporters early Wednesday morning that "against all odds, we have scored a major victory for the Likud." "Hail, hail, Bibi," Likud adherents chanted as Netanyahu took to the podium on Wednesday. "We have scored a major victory for the nationalist camp headed by Likud," Netanyahu said. "I'm proud of the Israeli people because at the moment of truth they knew to...
  • Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election after hard right shift

    03/17/2015 5:21:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Calgary Sun ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jeffrey Heller and Dan Williams
    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his ballot for the parliamentary election as his son Yair stands behind him at a polling station in Jerusalem March 17, 2015. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a fight for his political survival on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election that opinion polls predict the centre-left opposition could win. JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's election on Tuesday after exit polls showed he had erased his centre-left rivals' lead with a hard rightward shift that saw him disavow a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.Difficult coalition talks still lie...
  • Romp For Likud With 25% Of The Popular Vote In

    03/17/2015 5:21:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 140 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2015 | JPost Staff
    The returns on voting from ballot boxes indicate that the Likud has significantly extended its lead over Zionist Union. According to Israel Radio, officials have counted the votes of 25 percent of booths across the country. The results indicate that the Likud wins 32 Knesset seats while Zionist Union garners 25 seats. Yesh Atid is the third-largest party with 11 seats, Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu faction wins 10 seats, the Arab List nosedives to nine seats, the Sephardi ultra-Orthodox Shas movement wins eight seats, Naftali Bennett's Bayit Yehudi dips further to seven seats, while Yisrael Beytenu, which has only mustered five...
  • Netanyahu declares victory in election; Herzog says Likud celebration is premature [Israel]

    03/17/2015 2:12:21 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 150 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared victory after the first exit polls released following Tuesday's elections showed the Likud ahead of, or tied with, the Zionist Union. Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page: "Against all odds, a great victory for the Likud, for the nationalist camp led by the Likud, and for the people of Israel." The numbers for Netanyahu's Likud were better than expected after pre-election polls had showed him trailing Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union by as much as five mandates. The Zionist Union rejected conjecture that the results of the exit polls show that Netanyahu will form the next...
  • Israel's Election: Exit Polls Show Netanyahu's Likud, Opposition In Tight Race

    03/17/2015 1:48:53 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Krishnadev Calamir, Bill Chappell
    Exit polls released after the close of voting in Israel's national election show that the race is too close to call. Israel's Channel 1 and Channel 10 both said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union secured 27 seats each in the 120-seat Knesset. Channel 2, meanwhile, have Likud 28 seats and the Zionist Union 27. The numbers were published by Haaretz. What that is likely to mean is, as NPR's Emily Harris tells our Newscast unit, Israel's new government won't be immediately known. Emily says: "The new government will need approval from a majority of...
  • Foreign money is toppling Likud, warns Netanyahu [Israel]

    03/17/2015 11:19:25 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 17 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Jonathan Beck, Haviv Rettig Gur
    Despite PM’s warnings of high Arab turnout, it lags 12 points behind Jewish, according to Channel 2; some 55 percent of voters cast ballots by 6 p.m., slightly less than in 2013 Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday as Israeli citizens headed for the ballots to vote for Israel’s 20th Knesset, bringing a heated campaign season to a close. Late Monday evening Zionist Union announced that co-leader Tzipi Livni is willing to forgo rotating the premiership with Isaac Herzog should the joint Labor-Hatnua list win. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud, vying for the role for his fourth...
  • Israel's Netanyahu declares victory in tight race

    03/17/2015 3:16:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    MyWay.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Josef Federman
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory after a tight national election appeared to give him the upper hand in forming the country's next coalition government.
  • Netanyahu Calls Bennett

    03/17/2015 1:44:31 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 96 replies
    Aruz Sheva ^ | 3/17/2015 22:40
    Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, called Jewish Home Chairman, Naftali Bennett, on Tuesday night. Bennett congratulated the PM on his victory. The two agreed to begin talks on establishing a nationalistic government and to act cooperatively on behalf of the security of the State of Israel and nation of Israel.
  • Israel Elections: What Happens if Netanyahu Loses?

    03/17/2015 6:51:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/17/2015 | Jonathan Spyer
    A lackluster Israeli election campaign is drawing to a close. The final polls [1] had Isaac HerzogÂ’s Zionist Union party set to emerge as the single largest party, with Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuÂ’s Likud finishing second. The polls put HerzogÂ’s list at anywhere from 24-26 seats in the 120-member Knesset, with Likud a corresponding four seats behind in each poll.Although the polls expect Likud to lose seats, they still appear ready to leave the right-wing bloc (i.e., the totality of right-wing parties including Likud and other rightist lists) as larger than the left-wing bloc (the totality of left-of-center lists)...
  • Live thread: Israelis vote for 20th Knesset (polls close at 4pm EDT)

    03/17/2015 5:18:27 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 289 replies
    i24 News ^ | live
    Polls scheduled to close 10pm local time / 4pm EDT. Turnout as of 9am was 7.4%, at 10am was 13.7%, and at 12pm was 26.5%. Exit polls will be released when polls close in less than 8 hours. For live coverage in English, click on link below:
  • Livni forgoes rotating premiership with Herzog [Israel Elections]

    03/16/2015 12:25:15 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 32 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Monday, March 16, 2015 | Marissa Newman
    Zionist Union’s No. 2 drops bombshell 12 hours before election; Netanyahu, Herzog accuse each other of ‘panicking’. The Zionist Union’s Tzipi Livni announced Monday evening that she would give up the rotation of the premiership with the slate’s leader, Isaac Herzog, an agreement the two made months ago when her Hatnua party merged with his Labor Party. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the party was “panicking,” while Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett...
  • MKs: Livni-Herzog Backtrack a New Low

    03/16/2015 12:41:56 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/16/2015, 8:20 PM | Tova Dvorin
    "The historic announcement of Livni and Herzog marks new lows in terms of broken promises," MK Yariv Levin (Likud) stated Monday night. "If, until today, we had grown accustomed to the Left breaking its promises after elections, now these promises are being broken even before the polls open." "Whoever can't handle the stress of the night before elections is not able to handle the day-to-day stresses of premiership," he added. "Now it is absolutely clear that there is only one suitable candidate for Prime Minister - Binyamin Netanyahu - and that only one party fulfills its promises: Likud." "Livni's misstep...
  • Netanyahu Shifts Tactics as His Likud Party Appears to Slip in Final Surveys

    03/16/2015 4:52:25 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, March 13, 2015 | Isabel Kershner
    Mr. Netanyahu, who is running for his third consecutive term, and fourth overall, is beginning to confront the very real possibility of a political about-face in Israel. “If we do not close the gap in the next few days, there is indeed a danger that Tzipi Livni and Bougie Herzog will be the next prime ministers,” Mr. Netanyahu said in an interview on Israel’s Channel 2 News on Thursday night, referring to Mr. Herzog by his nickname. Political analysts say that the widening gap in the polls could work two ways, infusing the Zionist Union campaign with more momentum or...
  • Even if Likud loses, Netanyahu could become prime minister

    03/15/2015 10:20:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | March 15, 2015 | Joel Greenberg
    JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his party trailing in polls leading up to Tuesday’s vote, entered the final two days of his campaign Sunday with one card still unplayed: Israel’s complicated electoral system, which doesn’t guarantee that the party with the most seats in Parliament forms the government. The final polls published ahead of the election Tuesday gave opposition leader Isaac Herzog the edge, with his Zionist Union alliance likely to win four more seats than Netanyahu’s Likud party when the votes are counted. But that does not mean victory, unless Herzog can form a governing coalition. Neither...
  • Netanyahu Pledges: No More Terrorist Releases

    03/15/2015 7:52:06 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Sunday, March 15, 2015 | Yoni Kempinski
    Netanyahu urges nationalists to vote Likud, stave-off leftist gov't of 'submission and capitulation'; 'they'll retreat along every front.' Ahead of tonight's major nationalist rally in Tel Aviv, and just two days before general elections, Prime Minister and Likud party leader Binyamin Netanyahu spoke exclusively in English to Arutz Sheva, and appealed to right-wing voters to cast their ballots for Likud - saying only his party could prevent the establishment of a leftist government which would be essentially controlled by outside powers. "The possibility is that if we don't close the gap between Labor and Likud, then Buji [Yitzhak Herzog] and...
  • Mark Levin: Likud Defeat Would Be a Tragedy [Netanyahu]

    03/15/2015 7:16:12 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Gil Ronen
    If Netanyahu loses, says radio host, 'one of the few voices left speaking the truth about what is going on in the world' will be silenced. Mark Levin, the presenter of the popular US radio show bearing his name, told Israel Hayom Friday that if Likud under Binyamin Netanyahu is defeated in the elections Tuesday – “one of the few voices left speaking the truth about what is going on in the world, about liberty and democracy and the truth about the opposite – terrorism and barbarism – that voice will be silenced.” “He is the only one,” said Levin....
  • Israeli vote in balance as campaigning draws to close [Netanyahu]

    03/15/2015 2:33:11 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 54 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Saturday, March 14, 2015 | Delphine Mattieussent
    Jerusalem (AFP) - Three days ahead of Israel's general election, there was growing uncertainty Saturday over who will win the premiership, with polls showing incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu trailing his centre-left rivals. The final two surveys released Friday night by private television channels gave the Zionist Union, headed by Labour leader Isaac Herzog, a four-seat lead over Netanyahu's Likud. A poll by Channel 10 showed Likud winning 20 seats, compared with 24 for the Zionist Union, while a survey issued by Channel 2 also showed Likud four seats behind, 22 to 26. The results echoed surveys released earlier Friday -- the...
  • Likud officials blame Netanyahu for poor poll results

    03/15/2015 3:57:18 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 81 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Friday, March 13, 2015 | Jonathan Lis
    Officials in PM's party aren't waiting for the election results: To them, it's already clear the campaign was a 'colossal failure,' thanks to Netanyahu. Likud officials aren’t waiting for the election results. On Wednesday, following less than favorable polls, senior officials labeled the election campaign a failure, and blamed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the party’s poor showing in the polls ahead of Election Day on Tuesday. “The Zionist Union will be larger than Likud after the election. This, it seems, is already a fact. The question is what the gap between the two will be. Even if we manage...
  • Netanyahu legacy on the line in Israeli vote

    03/15/2015 10:11:06 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 115 replies
    MyWay News ^ | Sunday, March 15, 2015 | Josef Federman
    JERUSALEM (AP) — As Israelis prepare to vote in parliament elections on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself at a fateful crossroads: Make history or become history. If Netanyahu can lead his Likud Party to victory and secure a fourth term in office, he will move closer to overtaking the nation's iconic founding father, David Ben-Gurion, as the longest-ever serving premier — and cementing a status as the dominant Israeli politician of the past two decades. But if Likud stumbles and finds itself in the opposition — a real possibility, according to recent polls — the Netanyahu era could...
  • Netanyahu Places Hope in Speech at Major Tel Aviv Rally (Sunday evening)

    03/14/2015 8:12:41 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 3/11/15
    A major campaign rally for the right wing is planned for Sunday evening in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. The “United for the Land of Israel” rally is being organized by Nachala, an organization run by former Kedumim mayor Daniella Weiss and United Headquarters for the Land of Israel. Like everything else to date in the run up to the Israeli elections, it too is fraught with internal conflict. Right wing leaders are opposed to the rally and Weiss has been trying for several weeks to convince them to attend the event. Many of the leaders on the right actually wanted...
  • Zionist Union Maintains Advantage in Final Polls

    03/13/2015 11:49:35 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/13/2015, | Arutz Sheva North America
    Final pre-election polls released on Friday evening show that the “Zionist Union”, headed by Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni, is maintaining a four-seat lead over the Likud headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. According to election laws in Israel polls cannot be released in the final three days before election day, which is on Tuesday. A Channel 10 News poll gives the “Zionist Union” 24 seats, while the Likud has 20 seats.