Archiv: Israel power struggle December 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.

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.

08.12.2019 - 13:31 [ Haaretz ]

Poll: 52 Percent of Israelis Believe Netanyahu Should Resign Over Indictments

Fifty-two percent of Israelis believe Benjamin Netanyahu should resign as prime minister following his indictment in three corruption cases, a new poll by Channel 12 News published on Friday shows.

Another 38 percent said Netanyahu could retain his position despite being charged, and an additional ten percent remained undecided on the issue.

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.

04.12.2019 - 06:48 [ Haaretz ]

Lieberman Threatens to Join Right-wing Gov’t if Gantz Doesn’t Let Netanyahu Serve as PM First in Rotation Deal

Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman has told Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan that he would join a narrow right-wing government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if the party doesn’t agree to let Netanyahu be first to serve as premier in a rotation agreement.

Lieberman’s staff said on Tuesday that he was approached by Knesset members who asked him to enter a right-wing government to prevent Israel from going to a third election this year.

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.

03.12.2019 - 15:28 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Last Chance to Stop the Coup D’état

Unfortunately, history teaches that the current legislative branch has ceased to be a separate entity that can help balance the executive branch; it’s an arm of the cabinet. In effect, of the three branches of modern democracy, only two remain.

03.12.2019 - 06:22 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Calls Off Visit to NATO Summit After U.K. Cites ‚Logistical Problems‘

Sources say Merkel and Macron hadn’t responded to attempts to arrange meetings in London with the Israeli leader, who was set to meet with Pompeo

02.12.2019 - 06:17 [ Haaretz ]

Three Scenarios for Netanyahu’s Chaotic Climax: The Good, the Bad and the Horrendous

Make no mistake: Netanyahu’s usurpation of legitimate authority is already well under way. He short-circuited established norms after failing to form a government following the April elections by forcing a newly-elected Knesset to disperse itself rather than hand over his presidential mandate to Benny Gantz, as required by law. He is now on the verge of repeating the very same trick, despite his second straight electoral flop, and, more importantly, despite being indicted for corruption by Attorney General Avihai Mendelblit.

01.12.2019 - 11:00 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Protesters in Tel Aviv rally, urging Netanyahu to resign

The rally was organized by an NGO called Movement for Quality Government in Israel, which earlier petitioned the Israeli High Court to force Netanyahu to tender his resignation.