Archiv: Israel election 2020


28.01.2020 - 17:21 [ The Hill ]

Watch live: Trump delivers remarks with Netanyahu on Mideast peace plan

The press conference is slated for noon. Watch the live video above.

27.01.2020 - 09:15 [ New York Times ]

Trump’s Mideast Plan Is Seen Mainly as an Election Lift for Netanyahu

“I think we’re going to make a deal,” he said in 2017. “It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand.”

“As with any successful negotiation,” Mr. Trump continued, “both sides will have to make compromises. You know that, right?” he added, turning to his guest.

Mr. Netanyahu grinned. “Both sides,” he replied.

26.01.2020 - 15:09 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

CPI Rejects Any Imperialistic Steps by US Violating International Law

The CPI observed that “The true ‘Deal of the Century’ is a prime minister accused of corruption and a president under an impeachment trial attempting to save each other through a dangerous political maneuver that will set military rule over the Palestinian people in the occupied territories for generations.” The CPI reiterated its consistent and well-known position that “Only recognition of a Palestinian state, its people and its borders, and the end of the occupation is a long-overdue international obligation and a positive step towards peace. All states must now formally recognize a sustainable Palestinian state being established contiguous with the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, demanding the end of the settlements policy and a just resolution of the Palestinian refugee question.”

26.01.2020 - 14:31 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Niftily Averts White House Hazing but Trump Plan Still on Course to Rescue Netanyahu

Deal of the century offers Israelis annexation right now and Palestinians a Bantustan in the far future

25.01.2020 - 07:48 [ Haaretz ]

Pence: Netanyahu, Gantz Accepted Invitation to White House to Discuss Mideast Peace Plan

Israeli officials say that the plan would promise the application of Israeli sovereignty to all existing Jewish settlements in the West Bank, in addition to annexing the Jordan Valley

24.01.2020 - 21:52 [ Haaretz ]

With Trump’s Peace Plan, the Plot to Save Netanyahu Enters Next Phase

Let’s imagine the next scenario: A unity government has been set up in Israel along the lines of President Rivlin’s proposal – which specifies a rotation of the premiership between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. Donald Trump lays the “deal of the century” on the table. Netanyahu would say this is no time to change a prime minister. This is a historic, one-time opportunity Israel is getting a de facto green light for annexation from the United States.

21.01.2020 - 17:13 [ ORF.at ]

Israel: Ganz kündigt Jordantal-Annexion an

Der rechtskonservative Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu hatte bereits vor der vergangenen Wahl im September erklärt, im Falle eines Wahlsieges das Jordantal annektieren zu wollen. Im Dezember sprach er davon, „eine US-Anerkennung unserer Souveränität im Jordantal und allen Siedlungen in Judäa und Samaria (Westjordanland) (zu) erzielen“.

21.01.2020 - 17:05 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Vows to Annex Jordan Valley, ‚Hopes Trump Releases Peace Plan Soon‘

Up until recently, Kahol Lavan leader opposed publication of peace plan during campaign, calling it ‚outright intervention‘ in Israeli election

21.01.2020 - 17:02 [ Haaretz ]

Whoever Wins Israel’s Next Election Will Be a Right-winger

Kahol Lavan needs to break sharply to the right, not just to attract the voters it needs, but also to make it easier for other right-wing parties to join a Gantz government

18.01.2020 - 13:42 [ Haaretz ]

Ayman Odeh, the Israeli Left’s Natural Leader

Now that Meretz and Labor have banded together and don’t face any real danger, Odeh wants to take a small bite out of its electorate, not to swallow them, just a little bite to complete a 15-seat slate and carry out his vision to define the Joint List as the real social-political left.

And he’s doing so the same way left-wing leaders have worked through the generations, using the right quote and the right moment, and from the right poem.

17.01.2020 - 02:26 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Trumpian Election Strategy: Division, Diversion, Derision and Defamation

Now that the dust is settled, ploys and plots exhausted, parties merged, amalgamated or going their separate ways and the final lists of candidates have been submitted – Israel’s election campaign is finally under way. Benjamin Netanyahu has 46 days to wield his black magic, retain his office and crown his last-ditch efforts to successfully escape the long arm of the law.

14.01.2020 - 20:10 [ Jeremy's Knesset Insider ]

16th Poll of 2020 Election: Blue & White 34, Likud 31, Joint List 14, Labor+Meretz 9, Shas 8, UTJ 7, Yisrael Beitenu 7, HaYamin HeHadash 6, United Right List 5; + 1 Scenario Poll

Current Knesset seats in [brackets]

34 [33] Blue & White (Gantz)
31 [32] Likud (Netanyahu)
13 [13] The Joint List – Hadash-Taal-Raam-Balad (Odeh)
09 [11] Labor + Meretz (A.Peretz)
08 [09] Shas (Deri)
07 [08] Yisrael Beitenu (Lieberman)
07 [07] United Torah Judaism (Litzman)
06 [03] HaYamin HeHadash (Bennett)
05 [04] United Right List (R.Peretz)

14.01.2020 - 19:59 [ Haaretz ]

For Israel’s Left, Jewish-Arab Partnership ‚Unwanted,‘ Activists Charge After Merger

In contrast, the Joint List of Arab-majority parties did not conceal its satisfaction over the move. They sent their blessing to Meretz and Labor over the union, taking into account Israel’s larger political context, but also for probably boosting participation in the Arab electorate. “Members of the Zionist left who believe in Jewish-Arab partnership and in social justice are welcome to join the Joint List,” said Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman.

14.01.2020 - 07:58 [ i24news.tv ]

Bennett’s party to run ‚independently‘ ahead of Israel’s upcoming elections

In a statement released by the party, it said that “The New Right will run as the party of the ideological and liberal Right. This is the only chance of the Right bloc to reach 61 seats and victory.”

Bennett’s party argued that running in parallel to the considerably more religious joint slate of Ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Rafi Peretz and nationalist hardliner Itamar Ben Gvir, would, in total, attract more votes to the parties of the right than unifying all into one slate.

14.01.2020 - 07:33 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Barak: Leaving Shaffir out is a ’serious mistake‘

Former Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday welcomed the expected union between the Labor and Meretz parties, but expressed concern over the fact that Green Movement chairwoman Stav Shaffir was left out of the alliance.

14.01.2020 - 07:30 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s two historic left-wing parties announce merger

Leaders of the Labor-Gesher and Meretz parties, Amir Peretz and Nitzan Horowitz, stood alongside each other as they announced their merger at a press conference held in Beit Sokolov in Tel Aviv on Monday evening.

“If you want to vote Right you can vote for Likud or Blue and White,” Horowitz said in a tongue-in-cheek manner, placing Benny Gantz’s alliance together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing base.

14.01.2020 - 06:05 [ i24news.tv ]

Israeli lawmakers approve committee to debate Netanyahu immunity

The lawmakers with Likud and other right-wing parties stormed out of the room amid a heated debate on the legality of the gathering, paving the way to a 16-1 vote overruling a prior vote that granted Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein the power to pick members of the House Committee.

At the start of the gathering, panel chair Avi Nissenkorn (Blue & White party) urged lawmakers to abstain from trying to sabotage the discussion on immunity.

12.01.2020 - 15:31 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Left Is Acting Like It Really Doesn’t Want Any Votes

It seems as if our leftist politicians have simply given up all hope, or pretense, of getting their act together.

Now they are looking to Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, hoping he will be so kind as to stick his hand into the wading pool in which they are drowning, pull them out and sit them down nicely one next to the other.

06.01.2020 - 19:27 [ Haaretz ]

Despite Doubts, Israeli Left-wing Parties Due to Discuss Election Merger

Israeli Labor and Meretz parties are expected to discuss the possibility of running together in the upcoming Knesset election, say sources familiar with talks between the two parties.

Negotiating teams on their behalf – or the two leaders themselves – are expected to meet in the next few days, in advance of the deadline for formal submission of party slates to the Central Elections Committee, in nine days‘ time.

06.01.2020 - 19:19 [ Haaretz ]

Israelis Hailing Trump for Killing Soleimani Forget the Destructive Consequences of Past Assassinations

The killing of Ayyash enraged Palestinians and pushed Hamas to carry out four suicide bombings within eight days, in which 59 Israelis were killed. The shock and fear that gripped Israeli public opinion turned Peres from valiant hero to impotent loser paved the way for Benjamin Netanyahu’s sensational victory in the May 1996 elections – and changed Israel forever.

03.01.2020 - 15:53 [ Haaretz ]

Will the Knesset Speaker Be Loyal to the Country or to the Man Holding It Hostage?

As Knesset Speaker, Yuli Edelstein has the authority to block the Knesset Arrangements Committee from meeting, thereby blocking the convening of the House Committee and preventing it from discussing the immunity request.

This is Edelstein’s most important test as an elected official: Will he be faithful to his position as Knesset speaker, or will he be faithful to the man who has decided to hold the country hostage?

03.01.2020 - 10:53 [ Haaretz ]

Requesting Immunity, Master Manipulator Netanyahu Gave One of the Worst Performances of His Life

By requesting immunity Netanyahu hopes to postpone all of this until after the March 2 election. But he knows from all the incessant polling he has carried out that this is a hard sell, even among his right-wing base. In recent days, he tried to float his “immunity is a cornerstone of democracy” canard, but it didn’t fly.

02.01.2020 - 18:21 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Israel: Netanyahu will Immunität

Am 2. März ist eine dritte Parlamentswahl angesetzt. Nach Einschätzung des Politik-Experten Amir Fuchs wird vor einer Regierungsbildung nach der Wahl kein Komitee zustande kommen. Eine Abstimmung über die Immunität könne damit möglicherweise erst im Mai stattfinden.

01.01.2020 - 22:52 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Announces He Is Requesting Immunity From Prosecution in Three Criminal Cases

According to Israeli law, the Knesset House Committee is to discuss his request and should it be approved, the request will need to pass a vote by the Knesset plenum.

However, since the House Committee has not been appointed since the April general election, and is not expected to be assembled before the upcoming March election, the discussion will only take place in several months. Until the committee makes a decision, an indictment against Netanyahu can’t be handed officially to the court.

01.01.2020 - 12:12 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu expected to seek immunity as Wednesday deadline looms

Israel’s incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s deadline to formally request immunity from Knesset (Israeli parliament) Speaker Yuli Edelstein expires Wednesday night.

It is expected that Netanyahu will opt for protection from prosecution in three corruption cases against him, Hebrew media reported.

01.01.2020 - 12:05 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel’s High Court delays ruling on whether Netanyahu can be PM

Heading a three-judge panel, High Court of Justice President Esther Hayut said there were no legal impediments holding Netanyahu back from seeking reelection, ruling that the question is not ripe for a decision before he is actually tasked with leading a government.

31.12.2019 - 10:32 [ Haaretz ]

High Court Petition to Block Netanyahu’s PM Bid Over Corruption Indictment Irrelevant Before Election, Justices Say

The hearing on the metter is held by Supreme Court President Esther Hayut, Deputy President Hanan Melcer and Justice Uzi Vogelman.

Hayut stressed that there isn’t any legal impediment barring Netanyahu from running in the March election, while Vogelman said it’s unprecedented to rule on an issue before an authority was given – in this case the mandate to form a government.

31.12.2019 - 10:22 [ Ynet ]

High Court debates whether indicted Netanyahu can form government

Hayut says three-justice panel must first decide whether the court should even debate the issue, echoing instruction from AG; hearing comes after petition by 67 members of academic and high-tech worlds objecting to allowing a Knesset member battling criminal charges to be tasked with putting together a coalition

30.12.2019 - 18:16 [ Ynet ]

PM congratulates Pompeo on U.S. airstrike

Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu called the United States‘ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to congratulate him on the successful attack on Iran and its proxies in Iraq.

30.12.2019 - 13:43 [ Times of Israel ]

Poll finds narrow majority oppose Knesset immunity for Netanyahu in graft cases

Netanyahu has said he will announce this week whether he will seek parliamentary immunity from prosecution. The survey found that just 33 percent supporting such a move and 51% oppose it — indicating that there is significant objection even within the right.

30.12.2019 - 13:39 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Campaign for Immunity

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has added a new definition to the language he’s invented, which he is using to distort reality. On Saturday night he said that his appeal to the Knesset to grant him immunity “would not be avoiding standing trial.” As is his wont, Netanyahu is trying to confuse the public and plant doubts regarding what is self-evident, whether this applies to norms of governance, social norms or dictionary definitions. All of this is meant to garner public support for his reckless conduct and his flight from the arm of the law.

30.12.2019 - 13:05 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

U.S. acts of war in three countries: Iraq, Syria, Somalia

The U.S. government of Donald Trump just carried out airstrikes in three countries. And literally everybody is sitting on his / her ass and shuts his / her mouth hole.

Thereby some remarks:

29.12.2019 - 15:49 [ Jewish Community ‏/ Twitter ]

A-G refuses to tell High Court his view on PM eligibility – again: On Sunday, the High Court set a hearing for December 31 for Mandelblit to argue before it along with other parties about whether Netanyahu can form a government.

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29.12.2019 - 13:08 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The triumvirate: Avigdor Liberman, Avichai Mandelblit & Aviv Kochavi

For a decade, Netanyahu dominated Israel like few others since founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion, leaving a huge imprint on every sphere: diplomatic, economic, military.

But in 2019 – Netanyahu’s own annus horribilis, as Queen Elizabeth II referred to her own “horrible year” in 1992 – his utter dominance began to fade.

29.12.2019 - 12:10 [ jewishpress.com ]

IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi: ‘Sometimes War is a Solution’

„Once we have been forced to reach this situation, we will not hesitate to employ the full force of the IDF, even in the urban sphere where the enemy has chosen to act,” he said.

Israel’s aim is to deter potential enemies, he said. The “ultimate goal is to instill in our enemies the feeling of despair and doubt in their ability to achieve their aggressive aims.”

29.12.2019 - 12:06 [ Jerusalem Post ]

IDF preparing for confrontation with Iran – Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi

Lt.-Gen. Kochavi acknowledges in public for the first time that Israel has struck Iranian targets in Iraq.

29.12.2019 - 11:47 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu to ask Israeli parliament for immunity this week: report

Channel 12 reported earlier this month that Israel’s longest-serving premier will request immunity by the end of December.

29.12.2019 - 11:44 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s General Election Will Be a Totally Different Game for Netanyahu

What happens in Likud stays in Likud. Any connection between the outside world and the mystical devotion of this party’s members to their leader, despite his political failures and dire legal situation, isn’t l

Likud lost seven or eight Knesset seats between the April and September elections. Around 250,000 voters said enough, we’re fed up. Thursday’s leadership primary won’t bring them back.oose, it’s nonexistent.

28.12.2019 - 17:36 [ Ben-Dror Yemini / Ynetnews.com ]

High Court’s Netanyahu verdict may pose danger to democracy

if I may, I would like to apply pressure on the judges from the other end of the spectrum. Not from the side of Netanyahu’s devotees, but from the side of those who are devoted to an impartial process, the rule of law and the continued peaceful existence of our democracy.

Please, do not involve yourself in this matter. Looking out at the world through the windows of the halls of justice can obscure the bigger picture sometimes. Caring only for your close compatriots and friends could be dangerous.

28.12.2019 - 17:28 [ taz (Kolumne Liebeserklärung) ]

Likud-Wahl von Benjamin Netanjahu: Quicklebendige Demokratie

Israel zeigt einmal mehr, dass es eine westliche Demokratie mit einem starken Rechtsstaat ist. Das ist manchmal anstrengend.

28.12.2019 - 17:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General and Other Cowards in the Face of Netanyahu

We’re in this situation because of the cowards – people like Mendelblit, who had no problem accepting a role as a gatekeeper without growing the requisite backbone. We’re here because for months after the recommendations by the police and the prosecution, the attorney general continued to drag his feet.

And after deciding to file indictments, he didn’t intervene as Netanyahu dragged us into yet another election while using all the power of his status to vilify the legal system that the attorney general is supposed to defend.

28.12.2019 - 17:11 [ Zeit.de ]

Bibi bis zum bitteren Ende

Das israelische Gesetz sieht vor, dass ein amtierender Premier selbst unter Anklage erst abtreten muss, wenn er rechtskräftig verurteilt wird. Allerdings besagt ein anderes Gesetz, dass ein Politiker, der unter Anklage steht, kein offizielles Amt übernehmen darf. Beide Gesetze mussten bislang noch nie in der Praxis „getestet“ werden.

27.12.2019 - 18:41 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: AG says will deliver opinion on Netanyahu’s eligibility to form gov’t only after court hearing

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday sought to avoid offering his legal opinion on whether or not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be tasked with forming a government with criminal charges hanging over him.

Mandelblit was earlier in the week requested by Israel’s High Court of Justice by the court to submit his opinion on the matter next week.

27.12.2019 - 14:50 [ Haaretz ]

Labor, Meretz, Come Down to Earth

Meretz is even more vulnerable in the polls and is liable to pay the price. That’s why Peretz has allowed himself to stand on the sidelines and insist on realizing his dream. And therefore, he is the one who must pay the price for this reckless gamble.

27.12.2019 - 14:44 [ Haaretz ]

The Left Must Unite Now

The danger is clear and present. If either Labor or Meretz (in its present wrapping as the Democratic Union) do not make it into the next Knesset, the right will enjoy a crushing victory, with Netanyahu forming a coalition that will grant him immunity from facing trial while destroying the judicial system and annexing the West Bank.

The results of the last two elections, as well as recent opinion polls, show that these two parties, especially Meretz, face the risk of collapsing.

27.12.2019 - 13:31 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The ICC decision on Israel would make Himmler proud

SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler, architect and director of the Holocaust, would be proud of the latest move by Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Intent on the total elimination of the Jewish race, Himmler supported Amin al-Huseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, in his plans to eradicate the Jews in Palestine.
Now Bensouda and the ICC have joined the international campaign aimed at eliminating the Jewish state, led by al-Huseini’s successors.

26.12.2019 - 23:32 [ ORF.at ]

Nachwahlbefragung: Netanjahu bleibt Likud-Chef

Der Sender Channel 12 zitierte nach der parteiinternen Abstimmung über den Posten heute eine Nachwahlbefragung, wonach Netanjahu 71,5 Prozent der Stimmen erhalten habe. Für seinen Herausforderer Gideon Saar votierten demnach 28,5 Prozent. Mit den formellen Ergebnissen wird morgen Früh gerechnet.

26.12.2019 - 22:47 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Should Not Be Allowed to Start a War With Iran to Save Himself

The prime minister needs a win in the next elections, and initiating a major conflict with Iran may be his only hope to convince Israelis that there is no alternative to his leadership

26.12.2019 - 13:33 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

US, UK & Aussie Capitalists Donate to Netanyahu and Sa’ar Campaigns

Far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his challenger in today’s (December 26) internal Likud election for the party leadership, MK Gideon Sa’ar, each received hundreds of thousands of shekels in campaign contributions from American, British millionaires, the State Comptroller’s Office website revealed on Sunday, December 22.

The Knesset passed a law last year preventing Knesset candidates from raising money from private donations and instead providing public funds for primaries. However, the law does not apply to races for the leadership of a party.

26.12.2019 - 13:29 [ Tagesschau ]

Likud wählt neuen Chef: Netanyahu – oder noch weiter rechts

„Das wäre nicht passiert, wenn es nicht bereits zwei gescheiterte Versuche Netanyahus gegeben hätte, eine Koalition zu bilden. Alles deutet darauf hin, dass Netanyahu auch nach einer dritten Neuwahl kein Bündnis bilden kann.“ Denn weiterhin schließen mögliche Koalitionspartner eine Zusammenarbeit mit Netanyahu aus: Avigdor Lieberman und dessen Partei Israel Beitenu sowie das Bündnis Blau-Weiß von Benny Gantz.

26.12.2019 - 09:59 [ Haaretz ]

The Israeli Center-left Must Open Its Eyes

The leader, who has been indicted for bribery, is hysterically yet soberly and determinedly pulling out all the stops to save himself from having to face justice. In so doing, he continues endlessly to incite, to divide, to threaten to take credit for others’ achievements and to lie. He and his family are prepared to burn down the house, and with it the norms of public life in Israel. A century ago, the Irish poet W. B. Yeats bewailed the blindness of leaders who brought on the apocalypse of World War I:

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

Sounds familiar?

25.12.2019 - 12:27 [ Haaretz ]

As Election Nears, Labor Party Leader Draws Fire for Stalling Left-wing Merger

On Wednesday, Labor’s convention will meet to approve retaining Labor’s existing Knesset ticket – which includes a partnership with MK Orli Levi-Abekasis’ Gesher party – aside from one change that has infuriated some Labor Knesset members: Peretz will be allowed to put two additional candidates of his own choice in the ticket’s top 10 slots.

24.12.2019 - 18:25 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: High Court to deliberate whether Netanyahu can form gov’t despite indictment

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who earlier this year recommended to indict the long-serving prime minister on charges of bribery and fraud, has been ordered by the High Court to come up with a legal opinion on the matter 48 hours before the court assembles to debate it.

22.12.2019 - 19:19 [ Times of Israel ]

Stav Shaffir says she will start own party to run in March

The former Labor MK and protest leader says her yet-to-be-named party will “sit in any government that respects its values, include that of Likud,” she says, though she rejects teaming up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

22.12.2019 - 19:10 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Stav Shaffir preparing to run on her own in Green Party

“I am calling for open primaries for the list, which would bring new energy to the camp and enable setting the list according to the will of the public and not a political deal among political hacks. I will continue to fight for our constituents who believed in our path to be represented in the Knesset.”

But just in case, Shaffir hired campaign staff in order to run independently as head of the Green Party, which would also include former Zionist Union MK Yael Cohen-Paran.

20.12.2019 - 17:52 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Third Israeli Election in 11 months; Joint List Aiming to Win 15 Seats

Joint List chairman, MK Odeh (Hadash) said that the four parties comprising the list will remain united in the upcoming March 2020 election. “We played an important role in preventing Netanyahu from forming a government and in averting his receiving immunity. We have made it half way there. Now we have another election. We promise our public to stay united as the Joint List,” Odeh says in a statement.

“The upcoming election will be the swan song of the indicted resident of Balfour Street,” added Odeh on Twitter, referring to the prime minister, whose residence is on Balfour Street in Jerusalem. “We will conclude them with an historic achievement of 15 seats,” he said.

20.12.2019 - 17:43 [ Jeremy's Knesset Insider ]

6th Poll of 2020 Election: Blue & White 38, Likud 34, Joint List 14, Shas 8, UTJ 7, HaYamin HeHadash 7, Yisrael Beitenu 7

Current Knesset seats in [brackets]:

38 [33] Blue & White (Gantz)
34 [32] Likud (Netanyahu)
14 [13] The Joint List – Hadash-Taal-Raam-Balad (Odeh)
08 [09] Shas (Deri)
07 [08] Yisrael Beitenu (Lieberman)
07 [07] United Torah Judaism (Litzman)
07 [03] HaYamin HeHadash (Bennett)
05 [06] Labor (A.Peretz)

Under 3.25% Electoral Threshold:

2.7% [04] United Right List (R.Peretz)
2.1% [05] Democratic Union (Horowitz)
1.6% [00] Otzma (Ben Gvir)

20.12.2019 - 17:36 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Left-wing Meretz Party to Keep Chairman, Mulls Future of Merger

“Politicians who continue to behave like politicos who try all day long to disband camps and to make deals in closed rooms won’t receive a mandate from the public. That’s the reason why the left was weakened in the past and those are the people who threaten to finish it off.” She went on to say, “Our public deserves to decide in a quick and open primary who will represent it in the Knesset. We established the Democratic Camp and we deserve a democratic leadership like that all over the world.”

20.12.2019 - 17:20 [ Haaretz ]

Kahanists Gear Up for Third Israeli Election With Far-right Merger

„We must not reach a situation in which one of [the right-wing] parties doesn’t pass the electoral threshold, thus wasting thousands right-wing votes,“ the statement added.

In addition, it said that Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Rafi Peretz and Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben-Gvir call on National Union’s Bezalel Smotrich to „Close ranks as soon as today, and join the ranks of religious Zionism. National Union is an inseparable part of the Union of Right-Wing Parties.“

17.12.2019 - 22:04 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Left Has Forgotten What It Means to Be Leftist

Belonging to the left means holding a wide-ranging worldview, based on the belief that all humans are born equal, worthy of equal and fair treatment. This is why the left fights for weaker segments of society, for laborers and for migrants. This is why a true left must fight for people who are living under an occupation that deprives them of the most fundamental rights while preventing them from fulfilling their national aspirations of living in a state of their own, alongside Israel.

16.12.2019 - 15:23 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Two Seats Away From Majority if Netanyahu Leads Likud, Poll Shows

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud is trailing behind Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan by four seats in a new online poll released by Kan on Sunday, with 31 to Kahol Lavan’s 35. Although Netanyahu is dogged by indictments, the poll shows, Likud’s seats would drop to 27 were MK Gideon Sa’ar to take over the party.

Behind Kahol Lavan and Likud is the Joint List, projected to keep its standing as a major player with 13 seats.

15.12.2019 - 12:12 [ Haaretz ]

Arab Joint List Welcomes Election, Center-left Alliance Fears Failure as Parties Prepare for Third Round

The Joint List, the Arab alliance of four parties, emerged as the third-largest party after the September election. It remains optimistic ahead of the March 2 ballot, and its members hope to gain somewhere between 15 to 16 seats in the Knesset – three more than they had garnered in the previous election. Part of their strategy to achieve this increase in votes is to turn directly to potential Jewish voters.

12.12.2019 - 06:11 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel to hold unprecedented third election in one year

Rightwing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, neck and neck with centrist rival Benny Gantz in April and September polls, will this time go to the people with an extra millstone around his neck — an ongoing indictment over a series of corruption charges.

11.12.2019 - 09:03 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Two former Trump campaign aides to meet with Netanyahu in Israel

Additionally, The Jewish Insider said that Republican John Mclaughlin, who is noted for his surveys on Republican candidates and served as Netanyahu’s pollster, will not be providing his services following two failed campaigns in which Netanyahu fell short of a majority. He declined comment to JI.

McLaughlin is currently working for the Trump re-election campaign.

11.12.2019 - 06:37 [ knessetjeremy.com ]

20th Poll of Possible 3rd Election: Blue & White 37, Likud 33, Joint List 13, Yisrael Beitenu 8, UTJ 7, Shas 6, HaYamin HeHadash 6

Current Knesset seats in [brackets]

37 [33] Blue & White (Gantz)
33 [32] Likud (Netanyahu)
13 [13] The Joint List – Hadash-Taal-Raam-Balad (Odeh)
08 [08] Yisrael Beitenu (Lieberman)
07 [07] United Torah Judaism (Litzman)
06 [09] Shas (Deri)
06 [03] HaYamin HeHadash (Bennett)
05 [06] Labor (A.Peretz)
05 [05] Democratic Union (Horowitz)

11.12.2019 - 06:31 [ Haaretz ]

Hang on Until Midnight

If no candidate for prime minister manages to win the support of 61 legislators by midnight Wednesday, the 22nd Knesset will be dissolved and the country will have to endure a third election in less than a year. It bears repeating the obvious: The reason for the political deadlock is no mystery.

10.12.2019 - 21:24 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Mandelblit asked to decide whether Netanyahu eligible for PM position

Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday urged the Attorney General to announce before December 18 on whether he intends to rule on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s eligibility to run for office.

The Supreme Court responded to a petition filed by a group of hi-tech officials and security members such as the former head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Carmi Gillon.

10.12.2019 - 14:26 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Poll: Joint List Would Remain 3rd Largest Faction in the 23rd Knesset

According to the poll, if elections were held today, Blue & White would lead the field winning 34 seats in the 120 Knesset, with the Likud just behind it with 33 seats. These poll results gives each of the two large parties one more seat than they respectively won in the September election. According to the poll, the Joint List will remain the third largest parliamentary faction in the Knesset with 13 seats (its current representation), while Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu will also retains its present strength, 8 seats.

10.12.2019 - 14:01 [ al-monitor.com ]

Arab party reconsiders support of Gantz over Jordan Valley annexation

Jabareen added that if that is the case, Gantz and his faction will not be able to count on the support of the Joint List — an option seriously discussed following the September elections. “There was talk all along the way of our external support to enable the formation of a different kind of government, but this will not happen given the annexation intention and masquerading as Likud II,” Jabareen said.

He reminded us that the Joint List — the Knesset’s third-largest faction — wields significant power both in the domestic political arena and in the international one.

10.12.2019 - 13:50 [ Times of Israel ]

Legal advisers said to warn PM annexation would lead to ICC investigation

Officials in attorney general’s office reportedly say that if Netanyahu extends sovereignty over Jordan Valley, settler leaders and IDF officers could be probed

10.12.2019 - 13:41 [ i24news.tv ]

Blue & White chief: Netanyahu is all talk about annexation, but we’ll do it

In his remarks made at a conference in Jerusalem, Gantz said that Netanyahu turned the annexation of the West Bank — a highly contentious issue — into a talking point, but did little for the people living there.

Blue and White, he said, would be just the opposite – the plans for annexing the Jordan Valley, set to be Israel’s ‚eastern wall‘, are ready, and standing at the helm the party will implement them.

07.12.2019 - 13:22 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu to request immunity by end of the month: reports

The interim Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to ask the lawmakers for immunity later on this month, Hebrew media reported Friday.

According to Channel 12, Netanyahu will request immunity by the end of December, facing the charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust under indictment earlier announced by the Attorney General.

03.12.2019 - 16:11 [ Haaretz ]

If New Elections Are the Only Way of Pushing Netanyahu Out, So Be It

Attorney General Avihai Mendelblit formally submitted Benjamin Netanyahu’s 3-count indictment for corruption, fraud and breach of trust to the Knesset on Monday. Netanyahu now has 30 days to ask for parliamentary immunity. If time runs out, or if Netanyahu is refused, as currently seems likely, the pending indictment will automatically be formalized, Netanyahu’s three judges will be picked and a date for his trial will be set.

29.11.2019 - 14:46 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s End: A Frightful Spectacle

Like an obstinate commander who refuses to internalize his terminal condition, he manufactures in his feverish mind divisions and squadrons and sends them to the front. The force commanders surrounding him, whether for fear of his wrath or out of empathy and pity, play along with him. They come and go, pretending to be doing things, pretending that as long as he’s there, there’s hope. He looks at their faces and wonders what’s going through their heads. Who will defect, who will betray. Who will rise against him. …

25.11.2019 - 06:55 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Top Likud members angered at request to participate in pro Netanyahu demonstration

Senior members of Likud voiced outrage Sunday after a request was made for the party’s ministers and MKs to participate in a demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment to be held Tuesday.

The request originating from the office of the party chairman, asked members including those in senior positions, to join the event protesting the state prosecution’s decision to indict Netanyahu on charges of corruption.

25.11.2019 - 06:11 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu ‚confirms‘ Iran is planning new attacks in Middle East

Incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he can „confirm“ Iran is planning new attacks in the region, vowing Israel will do everything to push back against its expanding militant influence.

Netanyahu made the comments during his visit with Defense Minister Naftali Bennett to the northern border with Syria.

25.11.2019 - 06:09 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Likud party to hold leadership primary as Netanyahu fights for political survival

It is unclear if the vote for the Likud’s head will take place before or after the potential dissolve of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) on December 11, but it is set to happen within the next six weeks, Haaretz reported.

23.11.2019 - 13:38 [ Ayelet Gundar-Goshen / Time.com ]

Even If Netanyahu Is Done, His Damage to Israel Will Linger for Years

Quite a few cheers were heard last evening in Tel Aviv, when the indictment decision was first published. However, If we ever want to recover from twenty years of anti-democratic pollution, we have to first acknowledge the fact that our environment is polluted with hate. We have to purify our society from anti-democratic tendencies. It will take a long time, so the sooner we begin, the better.

23.11.2019 - 13:30 [ Haaretz ]

Day After Netanyahu’s Indictment, Likud Is in Panic and Uncertain What Should Be the Next Move

For the party, this election will be a referendum on Netanyahu’s indictment: Will the number of Netanyahu-supporting Knesset members who are willing to grant him immunity from prosecution rise from 55 to 61?

If the answer is negative, no one in Likud can begin to imagine how the party will emerge from the corner it has been backed into.

23.11.2019 - 10:39 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Likud leaders reportedly working to dethrone besieged Netanyahu

On Friday, Channel 12 reported, citing no sources, that senior party officials believed that Netanyahu’s time was over and mulled stripping him of his place at the helm of Likud in the next few weeks.

A similar sentiment among Likud’s higher-ups was reported by Channel 13.

21.11.2019 - 06:51 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Attorney General Must Decide on Netanyahu Before the Next Election

A third election isn’t the worst alternative among everything that could have happened if Netanyahu had formed a government. But a third election must be held only after Mendelblit announces his decision on the cases against Netanyahu. Mendelblit must decide before the next election.