After 12 years of Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister, in which human rights activists and Knesset members were smeared as supporters of terrorism, critical journalists deemed enemies of the people and left-wing voters as traitors, why would the Israeli public, which had grown accustomed to view dissident voices as enemies, care about what happens to journalists in Azerbaijan, India or Hungary?
Five hours before the official deadline for the departure of Benjamin Netanyahu and his family from the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street, the final episode in the “Balfour” national reality show refused to come to an end. The huddle of protesters, which dwindled as night fell, exchanged recent photos among themselves of moving vans and other vehicles leaving the residence, trying to figure out whether the Netanyahus had finally vacated the premises or whether maybe someone was still hiding inside, or about to return for a final visit…
This isn’t the first time Gantz has tried to launch an inquiry into the submarines affair. In November, he appointed a governmental inquiry committee headed by retired Judge Amnon Straschnov. But Mendelblit ordered that panel to hold off on starting work because he said its mandate would overlap with the criminal investigation. Moreover, Straschnov resigned after less than a month after concluding that the committee’s work would be pointless due to limitations to its authority. Nevertheless, it’s impossible not to attribute the dissolution of this committee to the fact that Netanyahu and his power structure controlled Israel at the time.
The material was kept in safes in the so-called ‘aquarium,’ where prime ministers and their most senior aides sit. It’s unclear which, or how many, documents were destroyed at Netanyahu’s orders
Dozens of private diplomatic conversations with world leaders, agreements and understandings that go unmentioned in meeting minutes, the Iranian nuclear issues or strategic ties with the American government about which private conversations were held with Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump: All of these remain in Netanyahu’s notebooks and his memory, as if they were his private possession. The heads of the intelligence community who briefed Bennett know only some of these issues – what they were told.
After 12 years in power, MK Benjamin Netanyahu adopted more than a few traits of this type: He turned the members of the government and cabinet into rubber stamps and concentrated power and numerous types of authority in his office. He undermined the principle of the separation of authorities, and especially the independence of the justice system and law enforcement, he compartmentalized the executive branch, cultivated a personal and familial cult of personality, ascribed to himself superhuman qualities, quashed the political competition in Likud and became his party’s supreme leader.
„Capturing the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street was for us like capturing the Bastille“ prison in France, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman told his Yisrael Beytenu faction in the Knesset on Monday.
In der Küstenstadt Tel Aviv feierten mit Beginn der Vereidigung viele Menschen ausgelassen. Auf dem Rabin-Platz brach Jubel aus. Hier hatten sich jene Israelis versammelt, die seit einem Jahr für ein Ende der Ära von Premierminister Netanyahu demonstrieren. Sie schwenkten Israel-Flaggen, hupende Autos fuhren durch die Straßen.
The long and divisive reign of Benjamin Netanyahu, the dominant Israeli politician of the past generation, officially ended on Sunday, at least for the time being, as the country’s Parliament gave its vote of confidence to a precarious coalition government stitched together by widely disparate anti-Netanyahu forces.
Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, approved the new government by just a single vote — 60 to 59, with one abstention.
Moments of announcement #Israel36gov
The leaders of the eight parties that compose the new coalition won’t be able to serve in any other government that might arise during the 24th Knesset, a clause in the emerging coalition agreements stipulates.
The exact wording of the clause is currently under negotiation between the incoming prime minister, Naftali Bennett, and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. Its purpose is to ensure the government will not fall before the rotation between the two leaders takes place.
Yamina lawmaker Nir Orbach on Tuesday told his party head, Naftali Bennett, that he intends to vote in support of the new government on Sunday’s confidence vote in the Knesset.
In recent days, Orbach has debated whether he should back the proposed Bennett-Lapid government.
Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin is slated to announce that Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid has succeeded in forming a coalition at the parliament’s meeting on Monday. This means that the government that Lapid has put together with Yamina’s Naftali Bennett will be sworn in by next Monday at the latest.
„The overthrowing of Netanyahu will cause a collapse of the global right-wing – from the United States to The Hague,“ read the tweet shared by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Twitter account.
new Israeli government may be sworn in as soon as Wednesday after securing a coalition to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Following overnight efforts, the negotiating teams of the parties opposing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have made progress in formulating an agreement for a unity government, officials from the parties said Tuesday morning.
The teams from Yesh Atid, Yamina, New Hope and Yisrael Beiteinu will reconvene in Kfar Hamacabiah in the afternoon in an effort to seal the agreements.
Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett announced on Sunday he decided to join the so-called „change government“ led by Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.
“It’s my intention to do my utmost in order to form a national unity government along with my friend Yair Lapid, so that, God willing, together we can save the country from a crisis and return Israel to its course,“ Bennett said.
Wochenlang hatte Naftali Bennett taktiert, abgewogen, gezögert und politische Finten geschlagen. Als er sich nun in einer Fernsehansprache festlegte, wirkte der Vorsitzende der nationalreligiösen Jamina-Partei und Ex-Verteidigungsminister sehr entschlossen. Er sei bereit Verantwortung zu übernehmen, erklärte der 49-Jährige.
With Lapid apparently making strides in building government, New Hope leader nixes Likud offer for first slot in three-way rotation of premiership that would also include Yamina’s Bennett; ‚Our commitment is to replace Netanyahu,‘ Saar says
The coalition of parties seeking to form a new government without Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party have hammered out an agreement on the assignment of senior cabinet positions if the coalition actually comes into being.
Naftali Bennett: The Yamina party chairman would be prime minister first, then foreign minister. Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid leader, would first serve as foreign minister, then prime minister. Ayelet Shaked: interior minister. Avigdor Lieberman: finance minister. Benny Gantz: The Kahol Lavan chief will continue to serve as defense minister. Gideon Sa’ar: justice minister. Merav Michaeli: The Labor Party chairwoman would serve as transportation minister.
The tirade came as Bennett has reportedly secured a coalition deal with Yesh Atid party chief Yair Lapid, the de facto leader of the anti-Netanyahu bloc.
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin entrusted Lapid with the mandate to form a government following Netanyahu’s failure to do so in the aftermath of Israel’s fourth inconclusive election in two years.
Negotiations follow on from ‚progress‘ in discussions between Lapid and Saar
Both parties‘ negotiating teams are expected to meet later on Thursday for the first time since talks between Yesh Atid and New Hope were halted amid Israel’s latest operation in Gaza.
Meanwhile, polls broadcast Sunday on Israeli channels 12 and 13 show that Yesh Atid and Kahol Lavan have both gained strength. Mano Geva’s poll on Channel 12 News showed Lapid with 21 seats and Gantz with 10, as opposed to the 17 and eight seats they received during the previous election respectively. Sa’ar retains his six seats, while Bennett drops to five seats from seven.
Pressed on how the U.S. can take an „evenhanded“ approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when the Hamas terrorist group does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, Sanders slammed the Netanyahu government, saying it is not innocent in the hostilities.
„What you have got to do is also understand that over the years the Netanyahu government has become extremely right-wing. And that there are people in the Israeli government now who are overt racists,“ Sanders told the CBS program. „You have in West Jerusalem people being evicted from their homes. Tremendous pressure on people within Israel, the Arab community, as well as Gaza.“
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Like Trump, both Bibi and Hamas have kept power by inspiring and riding waves of hostility to “the other.” They turn to this tactic anytime they are in political trouble. Indeed, they each have been the other’s most valuable partner in that tactic ever since Netanyahu was first elected prime minister in 1996 — on the back of a wave of Hamas suicide bombings.
No, Hamas and Bibi don’t talk. They don’t need to. They each understand what the other needs to stay in power and consciously or unconsciously behave in ways to ensure that they deliver it.
Bennett made significant progress in a meeting with Ra’am (United Arab List) head Mansour Abbas on Sunday, and he will meet with him again with Lapid on Monday.
Twenty-nine chaotic and nightmarish months, during which Israel has been dragged kicking and screaming into four elections by a cynical, unrestrained, corrupt and corrupting leader, might soon come to an end. Maybe even next week. A disgraceful, dark chapter in the country’s 73 years will end.
After receiving the mandate, Lapid wrote that „after two years of an endless political nightmare, Israeli society is reeling. The unity government is not a compromise – it is the objective.“
He added that a unity government will include „the right, left and center working together to address economic and security challenges.“
As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes last-minute efforts to secure a coalition, right-wing leader Naftali Bennett said „Netanyahu doesn’t have a government, and he’s trying to pin the blame on Yamina.“
Bennett’s remarks at a Yamina faction meeting come moments after Netanyahu said he had told Bennett he would agree to let him serve first as prime minister in a potential rotation agreement, which could end Israel’s ongoing political deadlock.
Meeting at the Knesset, the two leaders said the meeting „went well.“
A number of parties that form the the ‚anti-Netanyahu‘ bloc, Yesh Atid, Yamina and Tikva Hadasha, have been discussing coalition plans with „positive energy“ in recent weeks.
Despite promising before elections he will never form coalition backed by Islamist party, Yamina chief meets with Mansour Abbas at his office in the Knesset in an apparent bid to draft a plan to unseat Netanyahu
The justice minister post has remained empty since Gantz’s term as acting justice minister lapsed on April 1. The appointment of a justice minister is a particularly sensitive issue, given that Netanyahu is currently amid an ongoing corruption trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
The Lithuanian faction of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party is considering whether to abstain from voting against a government led by Yamina head Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid, Ynet has learned on Thursday, thus enabling the two to form a government and avoid a fifth election round in just two years.
„From the moment I realized that Netanyahu did not intend to choose one of the two alternatives for forming a right-wing government, I began striving to form a national unity government,“ Bennett wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.
„If such a government is indeed formed, all partners must show restraint in their conduct, and perhaps we can bring some peace to the Israeli public.“
The Arrangements Committee is the first parliamentary committee to be formed after an election and controls the legislative agenda in the new parliament until the formation of a new government including determining what other parliamentary committees will be formed and their composition.
Likud’s bid to head the committee was foiled by the Islamist Ra’am party which voted against the motion and threw its support behind Yesh Atid.
J Street concluded their 12th annual conference on Monday, virtually hosting nearly 5,000 activists who listened to lawmakers, experts and activists discuss the current respective political moments in Israel and the United States, as well as the current state of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
The event served as a sort of victory lap for the pro-Israel, left-wing organization, whose leadership and staff frequently reiterated how the conference marked “a new day in Washington.”
“The test for a leader is to take tough decisions in complex situations,” the centrist lawmaker said at the close of a long day of prime minister nominations by the Knesset’s (Israel Parliament) parties.
“We are committed to bringing about the change we promised to the people of Israel. To prevent a government led by a criminal suspect and dependent on racists and extremists,” Lapid stressed.
Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled on Sunday that the government repeatedly overstepped its authority it barred citizens from departing their homes more than one kilometer during multiple coronavirus lockdowns.
In the eight-to-one decision handed down on Sunday, the court specifically cited Israel’s second national lockdown last October, noting the government’s actions constituted a „disproportionate violation of the right to protest and were unconstitutional.“
Mansour Abbas, the leader of the Islamist conservatives, has emerged as a coalition kingmaker
The report cited sources close to Sa’ar as saying that the former rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Likud ranks is unlikely to team up with Lapid without Bennett.
Without Yamina chief onboard, Israel would be in for nothing but a „left-wing government,“ the sources told the outlet.
Such an arrangement, according to the Hebrew-language broadcaster, would possibly last for 12 months and followed by a new election.
But prospects for such a deal are being hampered by ideological and political differences, as well as a disagreement over who would serve as premier first, with Channel 12 reporting that Bennett is insisting he go first in the rotation.
In turn, Likud party members have begun talks with Mansour Abbas, leader of the Islamist party Ra’am and likely kingmaker in Israel’s March 23 election, who has not ruled out supporting a Netanyahu-led government.
According to online outlet Walla, citing Likud party officials, Abbas is not in favor of passing laws aimed at targeting individuals, but their position is not yet finalized.
This entails replacing the Knesset Speaker, taking over the chairmanship of the House Committee and the chairmanship of the Finance Committee and the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees as well, Maariv reported.
Liberman further stressed in discussions the need to advance immediately legislation that will prevent an indicted individual to contend for the premiership.
With just three days before Israel’s fourth election in two years tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23, the weekly protests against far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued last Saturday night, March 20, in city squares, at major intersections, and along highway overpasses throughout the country. The protests were organized under the slogans “Go vote,” “Replace the government,” and “Bring about change.”
Protests continue for 39th week in a row as March 23 vote nears
Over 20,000 people are gathered at Paris Square, near the prime minister’s official residence, for the central protest. It is the largest anti-Netanyahu protest since the weekly demonstrations began last July. The event’s organizers say that there are about 50,000 people at the site.
Earlier, thousands of demonstrators marched to the square from the Knesset building with police approval, chanting „Come on Bibi, go“ and „The main thing is not to fear at all,“ and carrying large Israeli flags.
Our investigative department got hold of new evidence concerning the Submarines Affair (our efforts continue – the department still investigates the affair in full energy). In our petition to the High Court of Justice we requested the judges to order the following:
1. Criminal investigation of Netanyahu’s Steel Shares Affair. 2. Criminal investigation against Netanyahu in the Submarines Affair. 3. Establishing a State Inquiry Committee in order to finally investigate this severe affair.
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Corruption has become a strategic threat to Israeli society and democracy. It places political both personal and economic interests ahead of the needs of the public. It is also reducing the public’s confidence in government institutions and the democratic system. Public corruption eats away at equal opportunity and contradicts the loyalties and duties of elected officials and public servants. It undermines social cohesion, and hurts the quality of life of the citizens of the state and economic growth.
Our country needs to belong to the middle class and those struggling to be part of it and not ruled by corrupt politicians who busy themselves for their own benefit, for those with interests, the big corporations or big unions. For years there has been foul play in Israel serving interest groups, wealthy people and workers‘ committees. In this game billions of shekels have been transferred without transparency and without supervision. Politicians received empty and wasteful positions of honor such as the absurd role called „Minister without Portfolio“ just to be placated with a driver and office. Shady businessmen were appointed to direct government companies not because of skill, but only because of the connections.
“This is a catastrophic move,” the source continued, adding that when Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz “did something similar in the last election, we made sure to stop the campaign when the other parties hit six seats so as not to endanger the bloc.”
“Netanyahu failed, because he cared only about himself and not the state,” Yesh Atid wrote in the messages. “All those who took part in the bloated and wasteful government left Netanyahu in the Prime Minister’s Residence.“
With the March 23 elections rapidly approaching, the weekly nationwide protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off on Saturday, March 6, for the 37th consecutive week, bigger and louder than in the recent past. Protesters gathered at some 550 central squares, intersections, and overpasses throughout the country starting in the afternoon, and called on Netanyahu to resign. Several groups of protesters once again reported violent attacks against them.
(11. März 2012)
Die israelische Zeitung „Maariv“, im auch in Israel mittlerweile ortsüblichen Standard irgendwo im Sumpf rechts neben der Leitplanke befindlich, veröffentlichte gestern eine neue Umfrage. Nach dieser beträgt der „Vorsprung“ vom immer noch krieg-, ergo erfolglosen Premierminister Benjamin Netanjahu und seiner faschistisch-klerikalen Koalition gegenüber der größtenteils ebenso rechtsradikalen, bellizistischen und antidemokratischen „Opposition“ in Israel, ganze vier Knesset-Sitze – bei einer Fehlerquote von zwei Sitzen.
Das aber für Netanjahu und seine vom seit Jahrzehnten andauernden faktischen Ausnahmezustand profitierende Nomenklatura so Beunruhigende, so Verheerende, ja gar schröcklich Schmöckliche ist, daß es überhaupt wieder eine relevante Oppositionspartei gibt. Und zwar eine Oppositionspartei, welche die Netanjahu-Regierung bereits versucht hat mit zwei Sondergesetzen zu verhindern.
Laut der „Maariv“-Umfrage führt Netanjahus Likud-Block, zusammen mit der faschistischen „Israel Beiteinu“ von Avigdor Lieberman, der bellizistischen rechtsreaktionären „Atzmaut“ von Militärminister Ehud Barak (ex-Vorsitzender der ortsüblichen Fantomsozialdemokratie in der „Arbeitspartei“) und der klerikal-biologistischen „Shas“ zusammen mit 62 Sitzen gegenüber zusammengerechnet 58 Sitzen für die anderen Parteien. Diese sind:
– die „Meretz“-Partei, die „Feigling“, „Faschist“ und „Stümper“ aus Überzeugung mit „Zionist“ übersetzt,
– die „Avoda“-Partei („Arbeitspartei“). Diese stand 2011 nach dem Abgang ihres großen Führers und „Verteidigungsministers“ Ehud Barak (zu dem sie immer in Treue fest gestanden hatte, auch während der gescheiterten Bodeninvasion im Gazastreifen 2008/2009 mit über 1000 toten palästinensischen Zivilisten) vor dem Nichts. Was sollte sie bloß tun, was sie noch nicht getan hatte? Oh unser Ehud, warum hast Du uns verlassen? Und nahmest auch gleich noch ein paar andere Minister mit?
In der Verzweiflung über ihren jahrelangen Selbstmord nach Vorbild pro-amerikanisch-europäischer Verrätermaschinen nominierte sie vor kurzem den politisch unerfahrenen Vater des jahrelang unter äußerst obskuren Umständen entführten Soldaten Gilad Shalit, Noam Shalit, für einen führenden Posten und wartet derzeit nun etwas erfolgreicher darauf, wieder für nichts gewählt zu werden.
– die Parteien „Balad“, „Ra´am“ und „Ta´al“, deren Verbrechen vor allem darin besteht sich die falschen Eltern am falschen Ort (dem heutigen Israel) ausgesucht zu haben, welche zudem die falsche Religion besitzen und diese Ursünde der falschen Geburt durch magisch-transzendetale / politisch-biologische Fähigkeiten auf ihre Sprösslinge vererbt haben,
– eine Reihe weiterer Parteien hochrangiger Geistesgrößen, wie die einst von Ariel Sharon zwecks ungestörter Durchführung heiliger Massenmorde gegründete „Kadima“, der heute die ehemalige Außenministerin Netanjahus vorsitzt, Tzipi Livni,
– und die bislang noch nicht gegründete Partei eines ehemaligen TV-Moderators.
Sagte ich, „die die bislang noch nicht gegründete Partei eines ehemaligen TV-Moderators“?
Ja. Ich sagte, „die bislang noch nicht gegründete Partei eines ehemaligen TV-Moderators“.
Genau diese bislang noch nicht gegründete Partei eines ehemaligen TV-Moderators bekam gestern in der Umfrage von „Maariv“ 10 Sitze in einem großen Haufen in Israel zugesprochen, in den man mit Anlauf reintreten möchte wie in den Bundestag und sich zugleich genauso davor ekelt: der Knesset.
Über Yair Lapid schrieb bereits Uri Avnery. Lapid ist ein ganz normaler Garderobenständer aus der Unterhaltungsbranche, Teil der israelischen Oberschicht und des alten Parteiadels, sowie alter Duzfreund Netanjahus, der es aber immerhin fertiggebracht hat, ein, zwei normale Ideen zu haben und sich für diese nicht gleich in heiligen Grund und Boden zu schämen. Dazu zählt ein Rückzug aus den Besatzungszonen, soziale Mindeststandards für die gesamte Bevölkerung und eine Verfassung, die Israel nicht hat. Allein das reicht heutzutage aus, um eine ganze Bande Schurken (auch in Israel die „politische Klasse“ genannt) hochgradig nervös zu machen und um die qua Protege und Gnade der heilig-wohlständigen Übergeburt (gern auch im Ausland) versprochenen Privilegien zur Ausbeutung der eigenen Gesellschaft bangen zu lassen.
Centrist Yair Lapid refused to join Netanyahu’s coalition last year. Now the decision is paying off.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose moaning bellowed out of our radios Monday morning, was at his absolute worst: crude, lying, taunting, humiliating and slandering. Not something pleasant to listen to with your morning coffee.
But mostly he sounded stressed out and frustrated.
At least Trump wasn’t stalking congressional Democrats to lure them into his camp. But to agitate, bribe and rule is the life’s blood of Netanyahu’s doctrine.
Netanyahu hasn’t merely adopted a policy of divide and conquer, the essence of colonialism, but has upgraded it, including against his own people. He has succeeded in sparking disputes within and breaking down nearly every party institution that stood in his way. He identifies his rival’s weak point, applies pressure, and the rest is history.
Current Knesset seats in [brackets]
29  Likud (Netanyahu)
18  Yesh Atid (Lapid)
14  New Hope (Saar)
13  Yamina (Bennett)
09  The Joint List (Odeh)
08  Shas (Deri)
07  United Torah Judaism (Gafni)
07  Yisrael Beitenu (Lieberman)
06  Labor (Michaeli)
05  Religious Zionist + Otzma + Noam (Smotrich)
04  Meretz (Horovitz)
A year after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the three-fold crisis plaguing Israeli society threatens the basic contract between the state and its citizenry, and has led to a lack of trust in government leaders and institutions and an ‚unparalleled degree of polarization‘.
Anti-Netanyahu protesters rallied across Israel on Saturday evening, February 13, for the 34th consecutive week of mass demonstrations against far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his indictment on graft charges and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Four people were arrested in the Jerusalem protests on Saturday night, one of them for allegedly “assaulting a police officer,” Zo Haderech reported.
The main demonstrations were held outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem. Protesters and organizers, among them Hadash and Communist Party of Israel activists from around the country, called for an end to Netanyahu’s reign.
The police announcement Tuesday – that the investigations into two cases involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been completed – came 13 months after Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit decided that a “preliminary examination” of the allegations, which itself took six months, should become full-fledged criminal investigations.
Current Knesset seats in [brackets]
30  Likud + Gesher (Netanyahu)
17  Yesh Atid (Lapid)
13  New Hope (Saar)
11  Yamina (Bennett)
07  The Joint List (Odeh)
07  Shas (Deri)
07  Labor (Michaeli)
06  United Torah Judaism (Gafni)
05  Yisrael Beitenu (Lieberman)
05  Religious Zionist + Otzma + Noam (Smotrich)
04  Blue & White/Israel Resilience (Gantz)
04  Meretz (Horovitz)
04  Ra’am (Abbas)
The Joint List, an alliance of four Arab parties that won a record 15 seats in elections held last year, finalized the break up overnight in which three will run together and the United Arab List, a party led by parliament member Mansour Abbas, will strike out on its own.
One of the main points of the division was Abbas‘ openness to working with Netanyahu or other Israeli leaders to address longstanding issues like crime and housing in Israel’s Arab community, which makes up around 20% of its population.
Three of the four factions of Joint List – Hadash, Ta’al and Balad – have signed an agreement for a united bid for Israel’s March election, parting ways with the conservative United Arab List after a prolonged period of disagreements.
In 2019, he agreed to merge his Yesh Atid party into Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan and accepted Gantz’s leadership.
In his announcement, Shelah, who broke from Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party to form his Tnufa party in the runup to the election, cited a desire to make sure he didn’t draw votes away from other parties in the anti-Netanyahu bloc, which could result in parties failing to cross the threshold required for entering the Knesset.
Police arrested two people and used water cannons against anti-Netanyahu protesters in Jerusalem for the first time in months on Saturday, as demonstrators rallied for the 32nd consecutive week.
At this stage, it’s not yet clear whether Ta’al might even decide to run jointly with Hadash and Balad, which have agreed to run on a joint slate, or whether it would pursue a link-up with the United Arab List.
But Huldai, Nissenkorn, Shelah and Zelekha should unite already and create a sense of excitement, one even spurred by passion, not a sad compromise among wallflowers at a dance who will settle for anything with two feet.
The moment of truth for our future is approaching. What we saw the other day on the steps of the Capitol and inside it is a warning sign. Netanyahu’s readiness to break every rule and law is obvious, and reached a peak at the start of his trial, with that scene in the courthouse that could have come right out of a gangster movie. And in fact, the prosecutor in his trial is already under guard day and night, just like the prosecutors in the trials of organized crime bosses, and for the same reasons.
The trial has begun, and so a new situation is before us.
The leader of the largest party, on paper, simply does not have a coalition. For the first time, facing off against him are two strong rivals from the right
Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn left the slate on Tuesday to join Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai’s party, and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi announced on Wednesday afternoon that he will not be running with Kahol Lavan in the upcoming election.
After Huldai announced that he is running for Knesset on Tuesday, his Hayisraelim party is projected to win eight to nine parliamentary seats.
In recent months, however, he appears to have formed a quiet alliance with the Joint List’s MK Mansour Abbas, to the chagrin of Abbas’s colleagues.
On Thursday during an unprecedented visit to the Arab town of Tirah to encourage vaccination, Netanyahu said he did not rule out placing an Arab lawmaker on his right-wing list.
As for Ya’alon, Lapid is convinced that he has very little electoral value and is disappointed in Ya’alon’s level of support. The Yesh Atid chairman has also concluded that the center-right, with which Ya’alon is identified, is too crowded and he plans to move leftward before the election.
The High Court, its president, Esther Hayut, the prosecution, Mendelblit, all have been subjected to brutal, ugly attacks. There’s no reason to envy them. But if there’s one thing they understand from their own life experience: Silence and capitulation is no way to stop a serial attacker.
Saturday’s protest marks the 27th week of the anti-Netanyahu protests. Hundreds also marched from Jerusalem’s String Bridge to the Balfour residence.
Protests also took place on bridges and junctions across the country, as well as at Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea, and in Tel Aviv.
A fourth case had been discovered in an Israeli who had not been abroad recently. The Health Ministry said they are investigating the case and will update accordingly.
„Over the past few days we are making a concerted effort to check that the mutation from Britain has not infiltrated [Israel]. Until several minutes ago, we had been optimistic, and now we are less optimistic,“ Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said.
Netanyahu will flaunt COVID vaccines and peace, Kahol Lavan might fall into oblivion and the Joint List is facing a split as Israel gears up for its fourth election in two years.
Gegen Netanjahu läuft ein Korruptionsprozess. Ganz hat dem 71-Jährigen vorgeworfen, er wolle alles unternehmen, um einer Verurteilung zu entgehen.
Das Bündnis um Ganz ist inzwischen zerbröselt. Bei einer Neuwahl muss Blau-Weiß sogar bangen, ob es die 3,25-Prozent-Hürde schafft.
If the High Court does not examine the Jewish nation-state law according to norms external to the Israeli system and in accordance with criteria derived from consensual universal and international norms and values, it will justify the existence of a regime of constitutionally-mandated segregation for every ethnic dominating group trying to grant itself exclusive supremacy in any country, not only the Jewish people in Israel.
In the run-up to the budget vote, Gideon Saar, a former Likud education minister, shocked his fellow party members by resigning from the Knesset and starting a new party to challenge Netanyahu’s grip on the right wing of Israeli politics. Polls immediately showed Saar’s fledgling “New Hope” draining a significant number of parliamentary seats from Likud, reflecting growing frustration with Netanyahu even among conservative voters.
“It’s not the budget, stupid,” said Reuven Hazan, a professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mr. Netanyahu “needs a government that will pass legislation either to delay his case for the foreseeable future or cancel it altogether,” he added.
47 MKs voted for the bill, while 49 voted against. The 23rd Knesset will be dissolved automatically at midnight on Tuesday night.
Shortly after the vote, Likud MK Michal Shir announced that she would be joining Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party, after voting against the bill.
nesset votes down bill that would postpone deadline for passing budget, bringing Israel closer to its fourth election in two years
The bloc that has pledged not to join a Netanyahu government would stand at 64 out of 120 Knesset seats. The opposing bloc, composed of Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and Yamina, would garner just 56, which is not enough to form a government.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party said Sunday that it has agreed to postpone the Tuesday deadline to pass Israel’s 2020 state budget by one week, in a move that could give it more time to negotiate a deal with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud to avoid what would be a fourth election cycle in two years.
Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz has agreed to curb Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn’s powers, sources said, in bid to stave off election.
In return, Gantz hopes to cement the rotation agreement for the premiership with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is upheld.
Defense Minister and Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz met on Saturday with breakaway Likud lawmaker Gideon Sa‘ar, three days before the Knesset is expected to disband.
Protesters against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are demonstrating in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and at traffic junctions, bridges and intersections nationwide for the 25th week in a row on Saturday, marking six months since the protest movement began.
It was unclear whether the High Court could ever strike down a quasi-constitutional basic law, he said. In any event, if it were possible, it would need to be a far more extreme law, implying something criminal or actively undermining democracy, he added.
Furthermore, Mandelblit rejected the notion that the coalition was abusing or ignoring the will of the voter by forming coalitions they had vowed not to form.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to ask the Knesset again for immunity from prosecution in his corruption cases, based on his lawyers’ argument that the criminal investigation against him was flawed and should be reconsidered.
In the past month, the prime minister has told associates that he is weighing the benefits of such a move against the possible damage it could do to his image in public opinion.
Protests are slated to be held in front of the prime minister’s Jerusalem and Caesarea residences, as well as in front of Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz’s home in Rosh Ha’ayin
Some 30 protesters against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were arrested on Saturday as thousands gathered in Jerusalem and at traffic junctions nationwide for the 24th week in a row.
Wednesday’s vote, which is not final and requires several more readings, was largely seen as a gambit by Benny Gantz, the former head of the opposition who reluctantly joined Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition this year, to assert his authority.
In a televised speech on Tuesday night, Gantz, who serves as defence minister, accused the country’s longest-serving leader of lying and sidelining his demands, in particular, a proposed budget.
The Knesset voted to dissolve in a preliminary vote Wednesday, bringing the country closer to a fourth election in under two years.
Sixty-one lawmakers voted in favor, and 54 voted against. The proposal will now go to the Legislative Committee for discussion.
Am Mittwoch steht ein Vorschlag der Opposition zur Auflösung des Parlaments zur Abstimmung. Gantz sagte am Dienstagabend, Blau-Weiß werde den Vorstoß unterstützen. Es handelt sich allerdings um eine vorläufige Abstimmung, für die endgültige Auflösung der Knesset wären drei weitere Lesungen notwendig.
Gantz hatte diese Runde der Auseinandersetzung in der vorigen Woche mit einem Frontalangriff auf Netanyahu eröffnet, als er in seinem Ministerium eine Untersuchungskommission einsetzte, die den Kauf deutscher U-Boote näher beleuchten soll. Es geht um den Verdacht der Korruption im engeren Umfeld des Premiers.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday his party will vote in favor of an opposition-backed bill to dissolve the Knesset, which would come for a preliminary vote on Wednesday, as he continued to butt heads with coalition partner Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that his Likud party will vote against a bill put forth by the opposition to dissolve the Israeli parliament, effectively ending the current government. „We will vote against dissolving the Knesset tomorrow, and for unity, I call on Benny Gantz to do the same,“ he said during a visit to the police’s coronavirus enforcement headquarters.
By Wednesday night, the seven months of the Netanyahu-Gantz zombie government could be over and Israel will be on its way to an election in March 2021, the country’s fourth in two years.
The commission’s first meeting, scheduled for Monday, has been postponed at Mendelblit’s request until the scope of its activity has been defined. The commission is expected to submit a final report in about four months.
Thousands of protesters demonstrated on Saturday evening against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at intersections, bridges and squares across Israel, as weekly demonstrations continued for the 23rd week in a row.
Hundreds of demonstrations are taking place Saturday night in squares, junctions and on bridges around the country for the 20th week in a row since the anti-Netanyahu protests began in July.
A protester in Ramat Gan was pepper sprayed by someone passing by on a scooter ■ Man at Ramat Hasharon was beaten by two men ■ four youths vandalize booths belonging to Peace Now group in Jerusalem, police arrested two
Twenty-five-thousand memorial candles were lit to commemmorate the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv Thursday.
A large crowd was expected to turn out for protests Thursday evening at locations throughout Israel, as anti-government demonstrations coincide with the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, according to the Hebrew calendar.
At about 10:00 P.M., thousands of Jerusalem protesters started another march from the vicinity of the prime minister’s residence. Police tried to stop the march in the Mamila area, but demonstrators broke into a run and bypassed the roadblocks.
Meanwhile, about 1,000 people are taking part in a protest by the Movement for Quality Government at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square for the second week in a row, under the banner of „Corruption is leaping – the state is sinking,“ a play on the Hebrew word for submarine.
housands of Israelis called for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday night in hundreds of locations across Israel, with major protests taking place in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Let me be clear, I’m not saying that Netanyahu wants people to get sick or die. He wants the pandemic to not disappear. He does not want a return to normal. He wants the emergency period to continue, for chaos to reign, for businesses to open and close like an accordion, and for the Israeli public to cry out to the heavens: Save us, Bibi. Save us like you saved us from the dreaded nuclear threat from Iran. After all, Bibi, the world expert in sowing fear and anxiety, has no equal when it comes to spurring terrified voters to cast their ballots for Likud.
Following the expiration of movement restrictions, tens of thousands of protesters gathered across Israel Saturday night, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down in light of his criminal indictments, and many faced violence at the hands of both police and right-wing groups.
Some protesters accused Netanyahu of not condemning violence against them and also directed their ire at his coalition partner, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, for not taking a harsher stance against the violence.
„The fact that the Israeli prime minister has not once condemned the violence against the protesters is a green light for violence against citizens of the country,“ they said.
Demonstrators in Holon calling for the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were attacked and sprayed with tear gas by right-wing activists of the “La Familia” soccer fans organization, outlet N12 reported.
A Haaretz photographer, Tomer Appelbaum, was reportedly attacked with fists and kicking when arriving at the scene to document the rally, forcing him to flee.
At least 30 young people identified as members of La Familia, a group of far-right militants associated with the Betar Jerusalem football club, came to confront protesters assembled in a city square. They were wearing black shirts, waving Likud flags and carrying signs that read ‚A good leftist is a dead leftist‘ and ‚Leftists are traitors,‘ and cursing at protesters. According to police officers present at the scene, which were forced to call for reinforcements, they sprayed mace on the protesters.
The police came under criticism for issuing a statement implying that the Crime Minister organization, one of the protests‘ organizers, had called on protesters to arm themselves in order to confront police officers. They were forced to retract the allegation after it became clear it was fabricated.
Officers from the police’s operational documentation unit also attempted to prevent Haaretz photographer Tomer Applebaum from taking photos of other officers handing out fines to protesters, claiming that he was distrupting police work.
Yitzhak Arad, a veteran of Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, organized an anti-Netanyahu protest the other day for residents of his assisted-living center in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon.
About 50 people attended. “We would have easily gotten a bigger crowd, but we didn’t want to violate the social distancing rules or endanger anyone’s health,” says Arad, a Holocaust survivor who served as director of Yad Vashem (Israel’s Shoah memorial center) for over 20 years.
If you share my misgivings, if you feel the foundations of Israel’s democracy fracturing as never before, go out and demonstrate, shout your defiance from every balcony, swamp social media with posts, cry out in every direction. Don’t give this government a moment’s rest. Not a second’s respite. While you still can.
Hundreds of protesters are gathering in Tel Aviv and at the Jaffa Clock Tower roundabout, chanting „we won’t give up until Netanyahu resigns.“ Demonstrators are carrying signs reading „We are the hope“ and waving pink flags. In Tel Aviv, protests are held at Rabin Square, Habima Square, Ben-Zion and Hashmonaim junctions.
Israeli television news on channels 11 and 13 reported Monday that Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit doesn’t plan to investigate allegations concerning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s financial ties to his cousin Nathan Milikowsky. If these reports are true, this decision lays the groundwork for corrupt norms to become entrenched in Israeli politics for many years to come.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz tweeted on Saturday night that violence against protesters is „intolerable“, adding that the demonstrations are a „legitimate and vital aspect of democracy“. He called on police to apprehend those attacking protesters and bring them to justice.
The Black Flag responded to Benny Gantz in a fiery tone: „Words do not suffice: as long as you serve the defendant you are just as guilty as he is – resign!“
Protesters at Habima Square in Tel Aviv managed to breach through a police roadblock and marched into the street, blocking traffic, outlet Walla News reported.
Dozens were apprehended by Israel Police, as several protests drew near houses of government ministers.
Five demonstrators were fined for staying at a protest encampment near Netanyahu’s’ official Jerusalem residence despite renting an apartment less than a kilometer away from the site
Parlament und Regierung hatten in dieser Woche eine umstrittene Einschränkung für Demonstrationen beschlossen: Wer protestieren will, darf dies demnach während des kompletten Lockdowns nur innerhalb eines Umkreises von 1000 Metern von seinem Zuhause und in Gruppen von maximal 20 Menschen.
Im ganzen Land protestierten – an Hunderten Orten in kleineren Gruppen – geschätzt 100.000 Menschen, wie Medien unter Berufung auf die Protest-Bewegung „Schwarze Flaggen“ berichteten.
The Black Flag movement estimated that 100,000 people have taken part in Saturday’s protests against Netanyahu in cities and towns across the country. Clashes between protesters and police broke out in Tel Aviv, with arrests taking place. At least seven arrests have been reported.
Long lines of cars drove along the main highway to Jerusalem in a protest convoy and groups gathered on bridges and junctions in other cities, also demonstrating about corruption charges against Netanyahu – charges he denies.
The motorcades were organized in light of the government’s attempts to curtail citizens‘ right to demonstrate during the country’s second nationwide lockdown. Despite gaining government approval, restrictions that would only allow Israelis to protest within a 1,000 meter distance from their home failed to make it through the Knesset.
A new amendment to the coronavirus law is meant to enable the cabinet to prevent demonstrations outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem. This is a dangerous amendment that undermines Israel’s democratic character. Virtually its only purpose is to give the cabinet the power to prevent people from protesting in the places where they have been doing so until recently.
If it were possible to get an answer from God, I would ask him at this time, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, what sin did we commit to deserve such a heavy punishment?
Several thousand protesters showed up on Sunday for a weekly anti-Netanyahu demonstration near the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem, which in its 13th week drew a smaller crowd than usual, as Israel in under a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
Israel is the only country in the world to impose a second nationwide lockdown. On Erev Rosh Hashanah, the eve of the Jewish New Year, Israelis are again being placed under harsh restrictions that will disrupt their livelihood, their way of life and their mental health.
Thousands have been gathering near the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem every week, slamming the government for mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis and Netanyahu for preoccupation with his ongoing trial in three criminal cases.
Demonstrations are also taking place near Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea and at major intersections and bridges across the country.
6pm at bridges & junctions around the country
8pm at Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem
Netanyahu is pursuing two tracks simultaneously. The first is that of the attorney general. It involves ceaselessly attacking Avichai Mendelblit to get him to break and resign, thereby enabling Netanyahu to appoint an attorney general after his own heart who will cancel his trial due to “lack of public interest.”
The second track is the general lockdown he intends to impose later this month to stop the demonstrations outside his official residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street.
Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit is holding consultations on Wednesday whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be disqualified from serving as premier, because of what Mendelblit sees as Netanyahu’s use of the office for his personal benefit as a defendant in three corruption cases.
Die Polizei nahm 13 Menschen fest. Zwei Polizisten wurden offiziellen Angaben zufolge verletzt, als Demonstranten eine Absperrung durchbrachen. Netanyahu bezeichnet die Protestierenden als Linke und Anarchisten. Seit Monaten gehen sie gegen den wegen Korruption angeklagten Ministerpräsidenten auf die Straße.
בצעדה לתוך אדנית ברחוב.
צילום: איתי רון
Thousands of Israelis gathered on Saturday evening outside the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem and at other locations around the country for the 11th consecutive week, calling on the prime minister to resign in light of his ongoing corruption trial
When May Lavie heard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech about Moses and Pharaoh in 2015, she immediately understood that it was a song waiting to be written.
Rund drei Monate nach ihrem Beginn weiten sich die Proteste gegen Israels rechtskonservativen Regierungschef Benjamin Netanyahu von Woche zu Woche aus. Die größte Demonstration fand gestern Abend vor Netanyahus Amtssitz in Jerusalem statt.
About 20,000 protesters are gathered outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem Saturday evening for the tenth week in a row, calling for his resignation, as tensions with police run high following documented incidents of police violence at last week’s protest.
Parallel protests were held outside Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea and at over 300 bridges and major intersections nationwide.
Hundreds of Israelis marched in protest in Tel Aviv and Haifa on Thursday, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.
A wave of anti-Netanyahu protests has swept Israel over the summer, with the largest weekly demonstration taking place every Saturday night near the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem.
Outside Netanyahu’s fanatic base, no one in his right mind believes Netanyahu anyway. A poll released on Sunday by Channel 13 revealed that 50 percent of the Israeli public assumes that Netanyahu’s top priority in running the country is to is avoid his upcoming criminal trial, currently slated to start in January. Only 18 percent believe that Netanyahu’s actions stem from love of country and another 14 percent cite ideological differences with the center-left.
Thousands of Israelis protested outside the prime minister’s official residence Saturday as summer-long demonstrations against Benjamin Netanyahu maintained their momentum.
Earlier in the evening, about 1,000 protesters marched from the Chords Bridge near the entrance to the city toward Balfour Street, where the residence is located, despite not receiving a permit for the march from the police.
Meanwhile, demonstrators from the „Black Flag“ movement, who call to defend Israel’s democracy from what they perceive as Netanyahu’s government attacks against it, have already gathered at some 300 intersections, junctions and bridges across Israel.
Another thousand protested near the prime minister’s private home in Caesarea.
The force added that it suggested a number of alternative paths, but the organizers rejected all of those.
„You cannot stop the protests,“ the organizers retorted. „It is your role to protect us, it is ours to protect a country that is collapsing,“ they added.
יוצר: אסף שפיר
“An unprecedented campaign of incitement that includes calls for violence and even my murder and that of my family,” wrote Netanyahu. Unprecedented? After all, he was elected on the bloody back of a prime minister who was murdered, as the result of the savage incitement of which he was one of its main leaders. Incited and inflamed right-wingers stood every Friday, on the eve of the Sabbath, across from the entrance to the Rabins’ home in Ramat Aviv – and wished them that they end up like “Mussolini and his concubine” – meaning hanging upside down, with their feet up. That is less serious than three balloons in the shape of the male sexual organ? Or even a deviant post – that turns out was posted a year and a half ago, whose author was interrogated hours before Netanyahu’s execrable letter was sent.
Some 850,000 Israelis are currently unemployed, representing 20 percent of the country’s workforce
Thousands of Israelis rallied again on Saturday evening in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv amid a massive anti-government movement calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
10,000 protesters gathered on Saturday outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence, and thousands more across the country in demonstrations against the government for the fourth week in a row.
Critics routinely lambaste the prime minister’s corruption and incitement, but mostly ignore his compulsive lying and flights of farcical fantasy