Archiv: Israel elections September 2019

02.11.2019 - 14:07 [ Haaretz ]

Mendelblit, Don’t Delay


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.

21.09.2019 - 10:45 [ CNN ]

Netanyahu trails Gantz by two seats in latest Israeli election results, ahead of scrap to form coalition

Gantz’s Blue and White Party have 33 seats to Likud’s 31 in the latest standings from Tuesday’s do-over election, according to Israel’s Central Elections Committee.
Election officials say tallies won’t be absolutely final until they have investigated the ballots at 15 polling stations where there were suspected voting irregularities.

20.09.2019 - 18:30 [ Times of Israel ]

Netanyahu lawyers submit defense arguments ahead of pre-indictment hearing

Quoting sources in the State Prosecutor’s Office, Channel 12 news reported Netanyahu’s hearing was not likely to be delayed due to the election results, which left no party with a clear path to forming a government.

It is widely believed that had Netanyahu won the election with a clear majority, he would have sought immunity from prosecution via a Knesset vote and then sought legislation to prevent the Supreme Court from overturning any such Knesset decision. I

20.09.2019 - 18:22 [ LA Times ]

Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival Benny Gantz declares victory for his party in Israel election


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival, Benny Gantz, declared victory after near-final vote tallies on Thursday showed his party slightly widening a narrow first-place finish in this week’s parliamentary elections.

Netanyahu did not challenge Gantz’s declaration.

20.09.2019 - 11:23 [ Washington Post ]

‘Our relations are with Israel’: Trump appears to give embattled Netanyahu the cold shoulder


Trump said he had not spoken to Netanyahu, a man he has described as a close friend. He then noted that the election is close while playing down Netanyahu’s importance to the alliance between the United States and Israel.

“Our relations are with Israel, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters traveling with him in California.

18.09.2019 - 22:14 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Netanyahu Suffered Defeat Despite the Center-left’s Abysmal Campaign Flop

It could have ended far worse. If Netanyahu had won a few more Knesset seats, he would have secured immunity from prosecution, set up the most extreme government in Israeli history and finished his demolition derby of the country’s democracy. A rare convergence of favorable circumstances – chiefly the uptick in Arab voter participation, the failure of Kahanist Otzma Yehudit and the indifference of Likud voters – combined to spare Israel from a disaster that would have changed the country forever.

18.09.2019 - 17:26 [ Washington Post ]

Israel’s two main parties locked in dead heat as negotiations begin for new government

As of Wednesday morning, Gantz had already reached out to Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List, the conglomeration of four Arab parties that scored remarkably well in Tuesday’s election, securing 12 seats.

18.09.2019 - 17:03 [ Martin Indyk, former US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, US Ambo to Israel / Twitter ]

Next phase in Israel is government formation. President Rivlin decides who gets the right to try. Gantz only has mandate to form a government without Bibi. Lieberman and Odeh (Arab Joint List) will likely recommend Gantz because they both want Bibi gone.

18.09.2019 - 16:57 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Rivlin Not Expected to Meet With Netanyahu, Gantz Before Talks With Party Leaders

If the Central Elections Committee finishes counting all the votes by Wednesday afternoon, the president may ask panel chairman Justice Hanan Melcer to allow him to summon party representatives on Sunday. He acted in a similar manner after the April election earlier this year as well as in the 2015 ballot. Such consultations usually last two days, and when they conclude the president has to decide whether to give the mandate to form a government to a Knesset member who has agreed to take up the task.

18.09.2019 - 16:54 [ ]

Netanyahu’s Likud One Seat Behind Gantz’s Blue and White Party

According to the official results released by Israel’s Central Elections Committee after counting 90% of the votes, Blue and White managed to win 32 seats while Likud obtained 31 seats, but both of them appear to lack the support of the majority of elected parliament members necessary to secure their leader the prime minister’s seat.

18.09.2019 - 11:28 [ ]

Israeli election: lengthy coalition talks loom as early results point to deadlock

At 9am local time, the official tally said 42% of votes had been counted, with Likud on 28%, and Blue and White on 27%.

However, Israeli news outlets, citing sources within the country’s elections committee, reported that around 90% of votes had been counted and showed a dead heat with the two main parties at 32 seats in the Knesset each.

18.09.2019 - 11:25 [ Wikipedia ]

Investigations involving Benjamin Netanyahu: Case 3000

Three Dolphin-class submarines and four Sa’ar 6-class corvette were purchased from the German company ThyssenKrupp by Israel. The suspicion in this case refers to swaying the deal in ThyssenKrup’s favor for the personal gain of several of the people involved. Netanyahu is not a suspect in Case 3000, though his cousin and personal lawyer David Shimron, who also represented the German company in Israel, is one of the main suspects.

18.09.2019 - 11:16 [ ]

Report: Mandelblit Won’t Reopen Case 3000 Investigation


Blue and White party candidates have in recent days sent many messages to Mandelblit demanding that the case be reopened and that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s role in the affair be re-examined.

Mandelblit wrapped up his investigation in Case 3000 months ago, concluding that Netanyahu was not involved in influence peddling in the sale of submarines by the German company ThyssenKrupp to Israel.

18.09.2019 - 11:09 [ ]

Israel election: Netanyahu suffers devastating blow after hard-right coalition fails to win majority, exit polls indicate

Mr Netanyahu had sought a clear victory with his right-wing partners to secure immunity from three expected corruption trials.

18.09.2019 - 10:03 [ New York Times ]

After Tight Israeli Election, Netanyahu’s Tenure Appears Perilous

Looking visibly deflated and sipping frequently from a glass of water, Mr. Netanyahu told a small but loud crowd in Tel Aviv that he would wait for the actual results, but planned to enter negotiations to establish “a strong Zionist government and prevent a dangerous anti-Zionist government.”

18.09.2019 - 10:01 [ i24NEWS English / Youtube ]

Netanyahu Says Israel Needs ‚Strong Zionist Gov’t‘

i24NEWS DESK | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells supporters in first address since polls closed on Israel’s national election rerun that the Jewish State needs a „strong a Zionist gov’t“ and that it can’t rely on “anti-Zionist” Arab parties.

18.09.2019 - 09:58 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election 2019: In Defeat, Netanyahu Looks to Iran and Trump for Salvation

“We stood together steadfast in the election campaign and we will stand together, united, in the missions that face us.”

That is Netanyahu. In victory, he stands alone. In defeat, united.

He of course couldn’t have failed to notice that there were only about 300 diehard supporters still left cheering for him in a hall that can hold over a thousand and that not all Likud ministers had arrived.

17.09.2019 - 23:53 [ DMM News ‏/ Twitter ]

#Israel: Only an hour after the exit polls have been released, the alliance of right-wing parties (Yamina) has announced it will be splitting. The head of Yamina, Ayelet Shaked, and Naftali Bennett will remain together as leaders of the New Right. #IsraElex19v2

17.09.2019 - 23:05 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election 2019: Maybe, Just Maybe, the Age of Netanyahu Has Come to an End

The unimaginable may have happened in tonight’s Israeli elections. Based on initial exit polls, the age of Benjamin Netanyahu may have come to an end. If exit polls are to be trusted, Benny Gantz may end up getting first crack at setting up a new government. Israel stood at the edge of a religious-nationalist abyss and, at the very last moment, took a step back.

17.09.2019 - 22:44 [ Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director, @truahrabbis ‏/ Twitter ]

On the day of the Israeli elections, this is the one piece you need to read: by my friend @Rami_Hod & Yonatan Levi on how right wing US Jewish donors are turning Israel into their conservative fantasy (& why progressive donors should be just as strategic)

17.09.2019 - 22:37 [ i24NEWS English / Youtube ]

Israeli Election Watch Parties by American Zionist Movement

i24NEWS DESK | The American Zionist Movement are holding election watch parties throughout US. Our Michelle Divon with the details.

17.09.2019 - 20:17 [ Haaretz ]

Mendelblit, Don’t Delay


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.

17.09.2019 - 20:12 [ Washington Post ]

For Netanyahu, winning reelection could be the only way to avoid corruption charges

The prime minister has branded all three cases a baseless “witch hunt.” and his attorneys accused Mandelblit of interfering with elections by announcing his intention to indict during a campaign season.

17.09.2019 - 19:51 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election 2019: Facebook Removes Fake Accounts Encouraging Arabs Not to Vote

According to a statement by the organization, the accounts are suspected of „actively commenting on pages that encourage voting or to posts discussing the election, in order to undermine Israeli-Arab politicians and their parliamentary work.“

The statement added that such comments were often backed by other suspected fake accounts, and were marked and promoted by Facebook’s algorithm as „Top Fans.“

Facebook confirmed that it deleted profiles that it found to be undoubtedly fake.

17.09.2019 - 19:47 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election 2019: Every Politician Is Now a wanna-Bibi With Netanyahu’s ‚Losing‘ Strategy

In April, Netanyahu made a surprise visit to the beaches near Tel Aviv, exhorting sunbathers to go home and vote. This time, Yamina’s Ayelet Shaked and Kahol Lavan’s Yair Lapid hit the beaches as soon as they had voted themselves (and Gantz himself went to the beach later).

Netanyahu has made every Israeli politician a wanna-Bibi. One party leader texted Tuesday afternoon: “We are all fighting a digital election, and we don’t know what we’re doing. It’s Netanyahu’s ‘gevalt’ legacy.” Even if Netanyahu loses this election or is forced to resign soon after over his corruption investigations, his gevalt strategy is here to stay.

17.09.2019 - 18:15 [ ]

Israel election: Netanyahu sounds alarm over ‘high Arab turnout’ as he battles to cling on to power

„The media is reporting that there’s a record voter turnout among the Left, and a low voter turnout among right-wing voters,“ he said to a crowd gathered at Jerusalem’s central bus station,

„[The media] says the percentage of voters is surprising. It’s high among the Arab population. It’s not surprising. The Palestinian Authority is coming out with an official statement and I quote, ‚go out to vote and bring down Netanyahu'“.

17.09.2019 - 17:48 [ Haaretz ]

On Election Day, Russia’s Putin Says Plans to Visit Israel in January 2020

Campaign posters of Netanyahu shaking hands with Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at the Likud headquarters, Tel Aviv, July 28, 2019.