Archiv: Israel election March 2021


05.04.2021 - 13:07 [ ORF.at ]

Anklägerin wirft Netanjahu Machtmissbrauch vor

Vor Beginn der Zeugenbefragung sprach Liat Ben Ari heute im Bezirksgericht in Jerusalem von einem schwerwiegenden Korruptionsfall.

Netanjahu habe seine große Macht zu persönlichen Zwecken missbraucht und zentralen Medien im Land Vergünstigungen gewährt, unter anderem, um wiedergewählt zu werden.

25.03.2021 - 19:10 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: How Netanyahu Lost, and Why He Might Still Win

After splitting the opposition, Netanyahu made sure to keep his bloc whole, forcing the three splinter far-right parties National Union, neo-Kahanist Jewish Power and homophobic Noam to unite in the joint Religious Zionism list. This time, he ensured that not one right-wing vote would be squandered.

24.03.2021 - 19:55 [ ORF.at ]

Israel-Wahl: Kleinpartei als Zünglein an der Waage

Likud bleibt zwar mit 30 Mandaten die stärkste politische Kraft, aber selbst mit seinem ultrarechten Rivalen Naftali Bennett von der Jamina-Partei käme sein Lager nur auf 59 von 120 Mandaten. Die arabische Partei Ra’am schafft die 3,25-Prozent-Hürde und ist nun Zünglein an der Waage.

Ra’am erhält fünf Mandate.

24.03.2021 - 13:52 [ New York Times ]

After 4th Vote in 2 Years, Israelis Wonder: When Will the Political Morass End?

Official final results are not expected before Friday. But the partial tallies suggested that both Mr. Netanyahu’s alliance and its opponents would need the support of a small, Islamist Arab party, Raam, to form a majority coalition.

24.03.2021 - 12:58 [ Anshel Pfeffer, @haaretz writer / Twitter ]

Bottom line of yesterday’s election – 57 percent of Israelis voted for parties calling to replace Netanyahu. That doesn’t mean Netanyahu can’t somehow find a way to form a bizarre coalition with the support of Jewish supremacists and Islamists, but it’s still a clear rejection.

24.03.2021 - 12:38 [ Henry Olsen / Twitter ]

Last tweet of the night. Likud’s claim it would get more Arab votes is being proven true. Arab turnout is way down from 2020 but the number of Likud votes in Arab areas is up, which means its percentage of the Arab vote is way up. Might be enough to save Bibi.

(7 hours ago)

24.03.2021 - 12:13 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Arab Political Alliance Failed to Gauge Voters‘ Anger, Frustration

It seems that the breakup of the Joint List persuaded Arab citizens to vote with their feet and stay home

24.03.2021 - 12:05 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Kahanist Racism, Homophobia Enter Knesset After Far-right Party’s Strong Showing

In the final days before the election, the Religious Zionist Party, headed by Bezalel Smotrich was viewed as being in danger of falling below the electoral threshold of four Knesset seats.

24.03.2021 - 11:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Likud MKs fight over potential cooperation with United Arab List

While some Likud members of Knesset see a potential in the Arab party Ra’am, that managed to reach the threshold, others cannot fathom such cooperation.

24.03.2021 - 11:28 [ Haaretz ]

‚Not in Anyone’s Pocket‘: Islamist Party Leader Not Ruling Out Joining Netanyahu After Surprising Election Result

United Arab List leader Mansour Abbas said Wednesday that he is not „obligated to any bloc or any candidate,“ after the Islamist party surpassed the electoral threshold, with almost 90 percent of the vote counted in Israel’s unprecedented fourth election in under two years.

22.03.2021 - 16:04 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Why Hamas Needs Netanyahu to Win

As paradoxical and perplexing as it may sound, Netanyahu, avowed enemy of Hamas, is seen by the rulers of Gaza as the best of the worst, the lesser evil in Israel’s elections this week. Indeed, in mid-February 2019, ahead of what was to become a series of four elections, a majority of leaders attending Hamas‘ Shura Council, its consultative cabinet, favored Netanyahu over all others.

22.03.2021 - 15:51 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Last Pre-Election Weekend, Tens of Thousands Protest Netanyahu Rule

(21.03.2021)

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.”

22.03.2021 - 15:44 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Dan Ariely Explains Why Voters Are Irrational – ‚It’s Tempting to Vote for a Liar‘

“The fact that people even go out to vote is very disturbing to economists. After all, you won’t change the result of the election with your lone vote, and on the other hand it costs you time and money. If you do a cost-benefit analysis of it – clearly one shouldn’t vote. Classical economists are very disturbed by people who go out to vote and also by people who leave tips in restaurants that they don’t plan to visit again.”

21.03.2021 - 09:15 [ Haaretz ]

Three Days to Election, Tens of Thousands of Israelis Protest Against Netanyahu Across Country

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.

19.03.2021 - 23:10 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu 2021: Israel’s Most Radical Government Ever Would Bring Fascism Within Reach

Victory for the pro-Netanyahu bloc might make him unstoppable, but the opposition’s impulse to depose the ruler could lead to some short-term pragmatism

19.03.2021 - 05:32 [ Haaretz ]

Why Is Netanyahu Still Standing After All This Time?

Election Overdose podcast, episode 12, five days to go: Did Bibi’s handling of COVID-19 help or harm his electoral prospects ■ How the center-left opposition failed so miserably ■ Plus: Polls galore and last-minute surprises

17.03.2021 - 21:06 [ i24news.tv ]

MK Ahmad Tibi to i24NEWS: ‚There is progress in Yair Lapid’s policy toward Joint List‘

MK Ahmad Tibi, head of the Ta’al faction within the predominantly Arab Joint List, noted a positive change in opposition chief Yair Lapid’s stance on key matters for the alliance, but said the party will be thoughtful with its recommendations after the upcoming vote.

„There is progress in Yair Lapid’s policy toward Joint List and the Arab population,“ the veteran lawmaker told i24NEWS in an interview, adding that the Joint List must learn from its decision to recommend Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz for the premiership.

17.03.2021 - 21:00 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Labor party says it will back Yesh Atid chairman as next prime minister

Nachman Shai, a former lawmaker and number eight on the Labor party’s list of candidates, made the announcement after the left-wing Meretz party made a similar proclamation earlier on Monday.

“We will recommend Yair Lapid… we think he can lead a coalition,” Shai told the Hebrew-language broadcaster. “For us, [Lapid] is the head of the bloc.”

17.03.2021 - 20:20 [ Haaretz ]

An Israeli Yelled ‚Bibi Go Home.‘ The Shin Bet Security Service Had Him Arrested

Yarom was shackled and taken into custody on suspicion of disturbing public order and interfering with a police officer in the line of duty. He was released three hours later subject to restrictions. The arrest was carried out even though there were no legal restrictions on protesting in the area and despite the fact that a policeman on the scene permitted protesters to stand there.

17.03.2021 - 11:55 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

The Founding Principles of the Communist Party of Israel

The Communist Party of Israel established in this land in the year 1919, when Palestine was under the rule of the British Mandate. At that time, a group of comrades established the Workers‘ Socialist Party, which in turn became the Palestinian Communist Party. In 1948, after the founding of the state of Israel, the party changed its name into the Communist Party of Israel. Throughout its history the comrades of the CPI, Jews and Arabs alike, have and continue to work for peace, equality, democracy, the rights of workers and women, and for the establishment of a socialist society.

The Communist Party created for and acts as a force of deep social transformation, a force whose goal is the establishment of a different society. In the beginning of the third millennia,this change is desperately needed: The late capitalism is a regime characterized by deep and structural contradictions, injustices, the destruction of the ecosystem on a global level, the erosionof workers‘ accomplishments, and a global order centered on American imperialism. The globalization of the ruleof capital cannot solve the social crisis; it is its main cause.

17.03.2021 - 11:50 [ YeshAtid.org.il ]

Minorities in Israel

Israel is both a Jewish and democratic state, and as such, must act to make sure all its citizens enjoy equal rights under the law. Israel’s minorities include the Arab population (both Christian and Muslim), Bedouins (with their unique set of challenges), Druze, and Circassians. Each population must be listened to and helped individually.

Israel’s success as a nation, both financially and socially, goes hand in hand with the prosperity of its non-Jewish population. It relies heavily on the government’s ability to offer every citizen full rights and opportunities.

17.03.2021 - 11:04 [ Jointlist.org.il ]

העקרונות שלנו

קביעת שכר מינימום בגובה של 60% מהשכר הממוצע במשק. הגדלת קצבאות הילדים ב-40%, ובכך החזרתן לרמתן הריאלית ב-2003. השוואה של קצבאות הנכות וקצבאות הזקנה לשכר המינימום. תכנית דיור חברתי, שתיתן מענה הולם לצרכי הדיור של השכבות השונות, ותכלול מגוון של פתרונות דיור. ועוד..

17.03.2021 - 10:56 [ Meretz.org.il ]

אסור לאבד את

תודה שהתגייסת!

אם אין מרצ לביבי יש 61. אם אין מרצ הוא מקים ממשלה עם בן גביר והכהניסטים.

אסור לאבד את מרצ.

כך תשכנעו עוד 3 חברים שחייבים להצביע מרצ!

מחקרים הוכיחו שהדרך הכי אפקטיבית לגרום למישהו להצביע היא פשוט לפנות לאנשים שאתם מכירים באופן אישי ולשכנע אותם. זה יותר טוב מכל סרטון בפייסבוק או מכל שלט חוצות. אם כל מי שמצביע מרצ ישכנע עוד שלושה חברים או קרובי משפחה שמתלבטים, מרצ תעבור בבטחה, ולביבי לא יהיו 61.

זה בידיים שלכם! הרשמו עכשיו ואנחנו נעזור לכם להפוך קול אחד ל-3 קולות

17.03.2021 - 10:55 [ Haaretz ]

Why Israeli Parties Are Investing More Than Ever in Targeting the ‚Anglo‘ Vote

While immigrants from the former Soviet Union are often viewed as a valuable political bloc and targeted directly by election campaigns in Israel, olim from English-speaking countries are generally regarded as much more politically diverse and so receive significantly less attention.

17.03.2021 - 10:35 [ Haaretz ]

After Four Elections, Israeli Voters Are Losing Their Party Loyalty

Israeli voters tell Haaretz why they will vote differently in next week’s election

16.03.2021 - 02:05 [ Haaretz ]

Meretz Leader Says Will Recommend Lapid for Prime Minister After Election

Meretz is the first party in the center-left bloc that has officially announced its support for Lapid, while the Yesh Atid leader himself has avoided declaring his candidacy for the premiership.

Labor chairman Merav Michaeli and Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz have refused in recent weeks to pledge their support for Lapid.

15.03.2021 - 12:10 [ Yesh Atid ]

Fight Corruption: THE “YESH ATID” PLAN TO FIGHT PUBLIC CORRUPTION

THE BACKGROUND

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.

15.03.2021 - 11:24 [ Haaretz ]

‚A Catastrophic Move‘: As Lapid Courts Their Voters, Leftist Parties Fear Eradication in Upcoming Election

“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.”

15.03.2021 - 11:17 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Israel Elections: Yair Lapid declares war on parties in 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.“

15.03.2021 - 11:16 [ i24news.tv ]

Ahead of March 23 vote, Gantz says ’no regrets‘ in joining Netanyahu coalition

(14.03.2021)

The ex-military chief’s Blue and White political alliance won 33 seats in the March 2020 polls, before he fell just short of cobbling together a ruling 61-member coalition in the 120-seat legislature.

Weeks later, he shocked supporters by joining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — his right-wing nemesis — in a precarious unity government, as a first wave of the coronavirus pandemic shook the country.

15.03.2021 - 09:08 [ Haaretz ]

Eyeing a ‚Full‘ Right-wing Government, Netanyahu Becomes Lobbyist for Kahanist Party

he prime minister of Israel has become a leader of militias.
If a “fully right-wing government” is actually established, these lawbreakers could become its legitimate arm.

14.03.2021 - 13:38 [ Haaretz ]

Leaked Voter Info and Illegal Electioneering: Inside Netanyahu’s Election Day App

The Elector app provides parties access to the huge database of eligible voters – 6.5 million Israelis. This in and of itself is still legal; every party is also permitted to augment the data to help their voter turnout efforts.

12.03.2021 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Projects Election Win Despite Nixing of UAE, Pfizer CEO Photo-ops

Netanyahu’s rivals, jealous over his ingenuity, won’t be able to take their eyes off him and will continue to respond with pointless stammering.

11.03.2021 - 09:11 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu to Make First Official Visit to UAE Thursday, Ten Days Before Election

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, ten days before Israel’s fourth election in two years, according to sources in the government. This marks his first official visit to the UAE since the establishment of diplomatic ties with Israel.

Netanyahu is expected to meet with Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and return to Israel on the same day.

09.03.2021 - 10:20 [ Kurier.at ]

Impfweltmeister Israel droht fünfter Lockdown

Steigende Infektionszahlen machen Wahl in zwei Wochen zur Gratwanderung.

07.03.2021 - 20:48 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Likud Worried Supporters Won’t Bother to Vote in Israeli Election

The party believed that the COVID vaccination rollout would highlight all of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s advantages: an international leader with vision, connections and strategy who resolved the coronavirus crisis before any other country. Last week Netanyahu tried a new message – only he can bring in another 36 million vaccine doses and establish a vaccine factory here. But according to Likud polling, this message did not sink in; it has raised hackles and is going to be shelved.

06.03.2021 - 08:12 [ Foreign Policy ]

How a Journalist-Turned-Politician Became the Best Hope for Israel’s Anyone-but-Bibi Camp

Centrist Yair Lapid refused to join Netanyahu’s coalition last year. Now the decision is paying off.

06.03.2021 - 08:01 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands Protest Police Brutality in Israeli Arab Community Despite Police Warning

„We’re here to protest police violence and also to call on the police to act against criminal gangs in our communities. We don’t have a violent message, we just want to live safely in our towns,“ Mahamid said.

Residents of nearby towns also joined the protests, as well as a number of Jewish Israelis and representatives from the Ra’am and Meretz political parties.

05.03.2021 - 10:43 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu drops in polls, Lapid hits 20, Bennett and Sa’ar tie in third

The bloc that wants Netanyahu to form the next government – Likud, Shas, UTJ and the Religious Zionist Party – received 46 seats.

The bloc that does not want him to remain prime minister – Yesh Atid, New Hope, Yisrael Beytenu, Labor, Blue and White and Meretz – received 54.

05.03.2021 - 10:06 [ Haaretz ]

After Pressure, Pfizer CEO Postpones Israel Visit Until After Election

The CEO of Pfizer, the manufacturer of the main coronavirus vaccine used in Israel, has delayed his planned visit to Israel following warnings that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may exploit Albert Bourla’s visit for his campaign ahead of Israel’s March 23 election.

05.03.2021 - 10:02 [ Reuters ]

Israel’s Netanyahu bets all on vaccine success to secure election win

(04.03.2021)

“Netanyahu looked very carefully at what happened in the United States and he saw that Trump lost his presidency because of the COVID issue,” Hasson told Reuters. “So he thinks it’s going to help him, this matter (of vaccines).”

02.03.2021 - 21:20 [ Haaretz ]

Why Pfizer’s CEO Would Be Wise to Delay His Visit to Israel Until After the Election

In an interview last week on NBC, Bourla said: “I believe Israel has become the world’s lab right now, because they are using only our vaccine … and they vaccinated a very big part of their population, so we can study both economy and health indices.”

02.03.2021 - 21:15 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Is in Distress, and His Pre-election Media Blitz Proves It

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.

01.03.2021 - 07:20 [ Haaretz ]

Politics in the Netanyahu Era Is a Dangerous Thing, and the PM Is the Ultimate Danger

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.

28.02.2021 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

If There Were an Israeli Left

In the first 100 days of its imaginary government, the left would carry out a revolution. Mainly, not entirely, in its relation to the occupation, the topic that defines Israel’s identity more than any other. The first resolution passed by the left-wing government would end the siege of the Gaza Strip. In one day, as with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Strip would be liberated, its 2 million inhabitants would be free people. The sea would be open, and the border with Israel would be open and controlled. …

27.02.2021 - 15:44 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Estimates Ship Explosion in Gulf of Oman Was Iranian Attack

A ship owned by an Israeli firm, the MV HELIOS RAY, was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and a maritime security firm said on Friday. The current assessment in Israel is that the explosion was a targeted attempt against an Israeli-owned ship by Iran.

25.02.2021 - 08:37 [ Jeremy's Knesset Insider - knessetjeremy.com ]

103 FM Radio Poll: Likud 29, Yesh Atid 18, New Hope 14, Yamina 13, Joint List 9

(15.02.2021)

Current Knesset seats in [brackets]

29 [36] Likud (Netanyahu)
18 [16] Yesh Atid (Lapid)
14 [03] New Hope (Saar)
13 [03] Yamina (Bennett)
09 [11] The Joint List (Odeh)
08 [09] Shas (Deri)
07 [07] United Torah Judaism (Gafni)
07 [07] Yisrael Beitenu (Lieberman)
06 [02] Labor (Michaeli)
05 [02] Religious Zionist + Otzma + Noam (Smotrich)
04 [04] Meretz (Horovitz)

23.02.2021 - 05:36 [ Haaretz ]

5 U.S. Billionaires Who Are Potential Witnesses at Netanyahu’s Corruption Trial

(04.12.2019)

Several prominent U.S. billionaires are on the list of over 300 people who could potentially be called as witnesses at Prime Minister Benjamin’s Netanyahu’s upcoming corruption trial.

23.02.2021 - 05:02 [ Haaretz ]

Court Will Hear Witnesses in Netanyahu’s Trial Only After Israeli Election

The opening of the premier’s trial last May followed years of investigations, deliberations and legal proceedings that eventually took place during the course of three election campaigns, capped by a last-minute delay due to the coronavirus.

23.02.2021 - 04:57 [ i24news.tv ]

Next stage of Netanyahu’s corruption trial postponed until after elections

The court rejected a demand from the prime minister’s lawyers to dismiss the indictment by reason of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s failure to formally file a written request for the probe of Netanyahu.

However, the court did condemn Mandelblit for the oversight, saying it was a „defect“ in the legal procedures.

„This is a matter of procedural defect which doesn’t concern the root of the matter,“ the court stated, as cited by Hamodia.

23.02.2021 - 04:55 [ ORF.at ]

Netanjahu-Prozess: Zeugenvernehmung beginnt nach Wahl

Die Anwälte des Regierungschefs hatten Berichten zufolge auf einen Termin nach dem für den 23. März geplanten Urnengang gedrängt. Es ist die vierte Abstimmung binnen zwei Jahren.

22.02.2021 - 07:09 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Small Parties May Decide Election, and Pressure on Them Is Mounting

Yesh Atid will try to ratchet up pressure in the coming days on Kahol Lavan and Yaron Zelekha to quit the race, leaving to the left of Yesh Atid only Labor, Meretz and the Joint List. The departure of one or two slates from the bloc will increase the seats for the parties left standing and will help them pull in many floating votes.

22.02.2021 - 07:05 [ Haaretz ]

The Israeli Left’s Test: Standing Up for Arab Labor Candidate

The left must embrace Mara’ana and respect her opinions. She is married to a Jew, she joined a Zionist party – what more does Zionism expect of her? Other than collaborators, there are no Arabs who can feel any differently than she does. Neither is there a left wing except the kind that knows how to accommodate the positions of the members of the other people that lives here. Those who don’t stand up for Mara’ana are not left wing. They are right wing.

22.02.2021 - 06:54 [ Haaretz ]

Kahanist Netanyahu Ally Invokes Hitler in Israeli Election Ad, Draws Ire

It shows candidates from across the political spectrum would form a coalition with the Joint List alliance of majority-Arab parties, revoke the law of return, change Independence Day to Nakba Day, make Yasser Arafat a national hero, and institute a national day of support for Hamas. It drew particular condemnation for showing Labor Party candidate Ibtisam Mara’ana sending an image of Adolf Hitler with a heart icon.

18.02.2021 - 23:00 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Anti-Netanyahu Protesters Report Uptick in Violence against Them

(14.02.2021)

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.

16.02.2021 - 17:51 [ Haaretz ]

Democrats Watching Israeli Election Hope for ‘Anyone but Bibi’

“The personalization of the relationship to Netanyahu – and the exhaustion with him – after 10 years in this current go-around has reached its peak,” says one senior analyst in a Washington think tank. “Whether it’s his fault or not, his hugging of [former President Donald] Trump and inability to criticize anything he did really put a damper on his ability to restore any relationships with the Democrats.”

15.02.2021 - 10:52 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel advances bill to compel unvaccinated workers to test for COVID-19 every two days

Israel’s Health Ministry is formulating a legislation that will provide workplaces that receive customers the legal framework to compel employees who refuse to vaccinate against COVID-19 to test for the disease every two days, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Monday, according to outlet Ynet.

15.02.2021 - 10:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Labels Unvaccinated Israelis as the New Enemy

Netanyahu has tied his fate in the election to COVID vaccinations, and suspicion arises that his proposals are influenced by personal considerations. Meanwhile, disclosing names of Israelis who have yet to get vaccinated paves way for severe infringement of privacy.

12.02.2021 - 12:00 [ Haaretz ]

Joint List or the Worst of All Evils

In essence, the left stands on three legs: the adherence to the principle of equality among all human beings, the opposition to the state’s expropriating nature of the state on both sides of the Green Line, and the striving for a society in which capital would not dominate and profits and commodoties cease to determine the value of human beings and their lives. The linkage between them explains why the left is so shrunken, having so few options for voting.

12.02.2021 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

The Not-so-mysterious Death of the Israeli Left, Six Weeks to the Election. LISTEN

Labor was on the brink of extinction only a couple of weeks ago. Now it’s Meretz’s turn to signal polling distress. Why are Israel’s old parties of the left, once in power, now on life-support?

06.02.2021 - 21:01 [ Jeremy's Knesset Insider ]

Channel 13 Poll: Likud 30, Yesh Atid 17, New Hope 13, Yamina 11, Joint List 7

Current Knesset seats in [brackets]

30 [36] Likud + Gesher (Netanyahu)
17 [16] Yesh Atid (Lapid)
13 [03] New Hope (Saar)
11 [03] Yamina (Bennett)
07 [11] The Joint List (Odeh)
07 [09] Shas (Deri)
07 [02] Labor (Michaeli)
06 [07] United Torah Judaism (Gafni)
05 [07] Yisrael Beitenu (Lieberman)
05 [02] Religious Zionist + Otzma + Noam (Smotrich)
04 [12] Blue & White/Israel Resilience (Gantz)
04 [04] Meretz (Horovitz)
04 [04] Ra’am (Abbas)

06.02.2021 - 20:47 [ Daily Sabah ]

Abbas‘ new Arab party may become kingmaker in Israel

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.

06.02.2021 - 20:37 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: At Netanyahu’s Urging, Kahanist Party Joins Forces With Far-right Slate

The far-right Kahanist party, Otzma Yehudit, announced on Wednesday that it will run on a joint slate with the National Union Party in Israel’s March election.

National Union said that they are still in talks with the far-right Habayit Hayehudi party and welcome a merger.

05.02.2021 - 11:40 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Three of Four Joint List Factions Run Together, United Arab List to Go Solo

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.

05.02.2021 - 11:33 [ Haaretz ]

Lapid Finally Has His Moment in the Election Ring With Netanyahu. He’ll Have Just One Chance

In 2019, he agreed to merge his Yesh Atid party into Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan and accepted Gantz’s leadership.

05.02.2021 - 11:29 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: As Left-wing Mergers Fail, Tel Aviv Mayor and Lapid’s Ex-partner Drop Out of Race

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.

29.01.2021 - 09:29 [ Haaretz ]

Alliance of Israeli Arab Parties to Split Ahead of March Election

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.

18.01.2021 - 14:47 [ Carolina Landsmann / Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Wooing of Arab Voters Unwittingly Sets an Important Precedent

The truth is, it doesn’t make any difference what his motive is. And there’s no need to support him, much less vote for him, to be filled with optimism.

After all, if the wall of the delegitimizing of Arab votes is cracked, that would be enough. If, following Netanyahu, other parties begin wooing Arabs and reserving spots for them on their tickets (see Meretz), that would be enough.

17.01.2021 - 11:04 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Making Progress in Bid to Cancel His Corruption Trial

A year ago, Netanyahu waived his parliamentary immunity after he realized that in the Knesset elected in September 2019, he had no chance of receiving immunity. But the prime minister’s lawyers recently claimed in court that he never waived his right to parliamentary immunity, saying that the Knesset’s immunity proceedings were flawed.

16.01.2021 - 17:39 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s New Fab Four Must Unite Now

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.

14.01.2021 - 19:07 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz, We’ll Take It From Here

It’s hard not to feel uncomfortable when we hear Gantz – who gave Netanyahu the government, betraying his voters and his partners – trying to look like someone worried about the future of the “Anyone But Bibi” camp and trying to serve as a strategic adviser.

13.01.2021 - 10:11 [ Times of Israel ]

Liberman: US Capitol storming ‘nothing’ compared to what Netanyahu planning if he loses

(09.01.2021)

Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman says the storming of the US Capitol by Trump supporters is “nothing” compared to what he claims Prime Minister Netanyahu is planning if the premier feels he’s lost the elections.

13.01.2021 - 10:00 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu trial postponed by coronavirus lockdown

(09.01.2021)

The order could potentially postpone the calling of witnesses to right before Election Day, or right after.

The order came less than 48 hours after the same court rejected Netanyahu’s request for postponing his January 13 hearing next week.

12.01.2021 - 14:53 [ Haaretz ]

‚I Was Wrong to Join Netanyahu‘: Gantz Calls for Broad Center-left Coalition

Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz called on leaders of center-left parties to unite ahead of Israel’s March 23 election in order to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – his coalition partner over the past year.

08.01.2021 - 21:17 [ Haaretz ]

President Rivlin, Act Now – Before It’s Too Late

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.

02.01.2021 - 07:40 [ Haaretz ]

New Parties Spring Up All Around and Netanyahu’s Likud Is Alone at the Top Without a Coalition

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

02.01.2021 - 07:28 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Polls: Tel Aviv Mayor Gains Ground, Gantz Grazing Threshold

(30.12.2020)

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.

02.01.2021 - 07:25 [ Times of Israel ]

Blue and White’s Ashkenazi expected to quit party, leave politics

(29.12.2020)

The Blue and White party’s No. 2, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, is set to announce in the coming days that he is leaving the party and will likely take a break from politics, Hebrew media reports said Tuesday.

Ashkenazi will declare that he is not running in the coming March elections by Wednesday, according to Channel 12 news and Haaretz.

02.01.2021 - 07:20 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Gantz: Nissenkorn stabbed me in the back

(01.01.2021)

In a weekend interview with Yediot Aharonot, Gantz said „I felt him stabbing me in the back and turning the knife.“
Nissenkorn, whose resignation took effect Friday morning, wrote on Facebook afterward that Gantz made „crazy concessions“ that would have emptied the justice minister post of authority in an effort to keep the government together.

02.01.2021 - 07:13 [ Ynetnews.com ]

After joining Huldai, Nissenkorn resigns as justice minister

(30.12.2020)

After leaving Blue & White and joining Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai’s new The Israelis party, Avi Nissenkorn Wednesday resigned from his position as justice minister.

02.01.2021 - 06:48 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu said planning to campaign hard for Arab vote in new election

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.

29.12.2020 - 06:35 [ Ron Skolnik / Twitter ]

Lone poll I’ve see has the conservative United Arab List at 1.1%, well below threshold. So Joint List very possibly will patch things up. But might not UAL’s departure actually pave way for an eventual left Arab-Jewish party?

(24.12.2020)

29.12.2020 - 06:28 [ Future American Refugee / Twitter ]

Most amusing development: The Joint List, a coalition of 4 Arab parties, is likely to split up. One of the parties, an Islamist Bedouin party called „United Arab List“ is likely going to run separately as pro-Netanyahu

(24.12.2020)

29.12.2020 - 06:22 [ The Jerusalem Post / Twitter ]

Some might be shocked at #Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin @Netanyahu ’s alliance with the Joint List’s Mansour Abbas, but this is unsurprising considering the PM’s other ties to right-wing, anti-liberal figures worldwide.

29.12.2020 - 06:04 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-Foreign Minister Livni Mulls Joining Forces With Lapid Ahead of Israel’s March Election

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.

27.12.2020 - 07:00 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands Protest Against Netanyahu; 6 Arrested, Protesters Report Attacks by PM’s Supporters

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.

25.12.2020 - 06:53 [ Haaretz ]

Ally’s Brutal Betrayal on Live TV Shocks Israel and Mauls Netanyahu

In a speech far harsher than any delivered by a rival from the left, Elkin confirmed what Netanyahu’s fiercest enemies had been claiming all along: The prime minister had subordinated the good of the country, including its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, to his endless quest to avoid standing trial for criminal corruption.

25.12.2020 - 06:49 [ Haaretz ]

Exodus Continues as Former Netanyahu Loyalist Resigns, Joins Rival Sa’ar

Ze’ev Elkin, who served in a range of posts including as Netanyahu’s coalition head, blasts ‘cult of personality’ ■ Naftali Bennett announces he will run for prime minister, criticizes PM’s handling of coronavirus crisis

23.12.2020 - 19:13 [ Haaretz ]

This Israeli Election Season Will Feature Vaccines, Generals and Political Cannibalism

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.

23.12.2020 - 00:16 [ ORF ]

Neuwahl fix: Israels Parlament automatisch aufgelöst

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.

22.12.2020 - 23:28 [ Washington Post ]

Israeli government collapses, sending country back to elections for fourth time in two years

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.

22.12.2020 - 23:27 [ New York Times ]

Israeli Government Collapses, Forcing 4th Election in 2 Years

“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.

22.12.2020 - 23:21 [ Haaretz.com / Twitter ]

Attempts by Gantz and Netanyahu to buy more time have failed, turning their coalition into a zombie government until the anticipated March ballot, Israel’s fourth in two years

22.12.2020 - 06:41 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz’s Political Party Was Last Year’s Largest. Now It’s the Walking Dead

There is no scenario now under which Gantz can credibly lead his party into another election. And without Gantz as a potential replacement for Netanyahu, there is no reason for Kahol Lavan to continue to exist as a political entity.

22.12.2020 - 06:29 [ ORF.at ]

Israel vor vierter Wahl in zwei Jahren

Ohne Einigung in letzter Minute wird sich das Parlament am Dienstagabend um Mitternacht automatisch auflösen

22.12.2020 - 06:25 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Election prevention bill fails, Israel headed to elections on March 23

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.

22.12.2020 - 06:24 [ Haaretz ]

Last-ditch Effort to Avoid Election Fails as Disagreements Between Gantz and Netanyahu Persist

nesset votes down bill that would postpone deadline for passing budget, bringing Israel closer to its fourth election in two years