The Knesset (Israel Parliament) also passed a raft of legislative changes to the country’s semi-constitutional Basic Laws, paving the way for a government to be established after more than a year of political deadlock.
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.
The protesters are calling on Netanyahu to resign from the post.
Mehrere Tausend Israelis haben wegen einer Korruptionsanklage gegen den rechtskonservativen Ministerpräsidenten Benjamin Netanjahu demonstriert.
According to Harel, Israel is afraid that the US will desert the Iran issue while America is worried Israel may carry out a unilateral attack against Tehran, forcing Washington into a war.
Harel warned that it is impossible to separate the internal Israeli chaos from the Iran issue; in particular with regards to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment and his failure to form a government.
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. …
According to the report, Edelstein planned to announce an agreed deal in a press conference on Wednesday, after receiving signatures supporting the move from Blue & White’s Benny Gantz, Yisrael Beiteinu’s Avigdor Liberman, and two-thirds of the Likud faction.
However, at the end of a five-day political maneuver, the Likud’s second on the Knesset list — preceded only by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — realized he does not have enough votes to push forth the idea,
Netanjahus Likud-Partei hatte ihre Gefolgschaft mit Bussen aus allen Teilen des Landes zu der Demonstration nach Tel Aviv gebracht. Netanjahu ist der erste amtierende Regierungschef Israels, der unter Anklage steht. Ihm werden Betrug, Bestechlichkeit und Untreue vorgeworfen – im Amt bleiben will er trotzdem.
Morality, fairness, truth, honesty – concepts that form the relationship between the people and a country’s leader – we wrinkled and crushed them when we gave up the only power that the public has against corrupt leadership, the power to say: “Enough already,” without waiting for another and then yet another election.
We have allowed the suspect to insult and abuse the same legal and judicial systems that we are all respectfully subject to. We have treated Netanyahu as if he were the village idiot who can do anything he wants.
Likud leaders, terrified of Netanyahu’s ability to ruin their career at a moment’s notice, walk in his footsteps eagerly and defend him from those seeking to harm him, with ever-growing conviction and enthusiasm.
The extended stay in intimate proximity with their captor changes the hostages’ basic worldview and values. They identify with their kidnapper and believe he is acting for their own good. They lose the ability to discern between good and evil, just and unjust, guilty and innocent
At least 8000 gather at Tel Aviv Museum of Art holding banners, slamming the attorney general and state prosecutors in a demonstration against Israel leader’s corruption charges; ‚Rule of law isn’t above the law,‘ says PM backer Miri Regev
Likud MK Gideon Sa’ar said Tuesday that Benjamin Netanyahu should resign, marking a rare call from within Likud for the ouster of the party leader and prime minister.
Sa’ar, who earlier this week challenged Netanyahu to a leadership contest, accused Netanyahu of prolonging the political deadlock that has wracked the country for the last several months by refusing to step down.
Granting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immunity “would harm the public’s trust,” Yisrael Beiteinu chief Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday, reiterating his opposition to any Knesset initative to stop Netanyahu from being prosecuted in his corruption cases.
Lieberman, who spoke during a party meeting at the Knesset, said: “I do wish that at the end of the process the prime minister will be cleared… but the only place to get to the bottom of it is the court.”
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.
The sight unfolding before our eyes in recent days has only one meaning: A prime minister who has been indicted on three serious charges is trying with all his might to arouse a popular revolt in order to evade being sentenced by the legal authorities in his country. Although there is room to hope that most Israelis are saner than their leader, it’s clear that the man and his courtiers have abandoned all restraint and are playing with extremely dangerous fire.
Twenty four years after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Benjamin Netanyahu is once again doing everything possible to set the streets on fire.
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.
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.
The first petition calling for interim Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be removed from office following his indictment by the Prosecutor General was filed Sunday morning to Israel’s High Court of Justice.
The appeal was put forth by the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel — an NGO promoting, as its website says, „democracy, transparency, good governance and civic engagement.“
Israel’s top court on Sunday dismissed a petition to order Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step aside after his indictment on corruption charges.
„Whoever heads the executive branch cannot say that Mendelblit’s decision is an attempt of a legal coup. That’s not right, it’s not responsible,“ said Sa’ar in an interview with Channel 12 News.
„It’s not fixing the system, it’s smashing the system,“ he continued. „It is impossible to talk about the attorney general’s decision as a coup, we are creating an atmosphere of chaos in the country, and that I oppose,“ Sa’ar added.
The officials in charge of the investigations and indictments came from the religious-Zionist community – former Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan. Netanyahu’s claim that the investigations and indictments were meant to topple a right-wing government is false, and his reckless efforts to convince the public that Israel is undergoing a coup, like his criminal demand to “investigate the investigators” and his hope that the people will take to the streets to defend the rule of the people, are no less grave than the serious charges for which he will soon be in the dock.
Protesters chanted „Bibi go home,“ and waved signs reading: „Netanyahu, let go already,“ „Netanyahu, you should quit“, and „The corrupt should go home“. MK Stav Shapir of the Democratic Camp, who was one of the organizers, said that protests will continue throughout the week in other cities as well, such as Be’er Sheva and Jerusalem.
Israeli protesters and supporters for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gathered in various locations across the country Saturday evening after the attorney general’s decision Thursday to indict the premier in three corruption cases.
Those for and against the outgoing prime minister held various rallies in Jerusalem outside his residence, Tel Aviv and the Haifa area.
Alluding to Netanyahu’s role in the right-wing campaign against former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the run-up to his assassination, he said: „Someone who spearheaded the harsh and painful campaign against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of blessed memory, which ended in a national disaster, should know that dangerous words are doomed to turn into deadly bullets.“ He added that „a true patriot“ would not „hold Israeli citizens hostage to his legal battle.“
Senior Likud member Gideon Sa’ar has called for a Likud leadership primary, criticizing Benjamin Netanyahu’s attack on Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and the claim that the decision to indict the prime minister on corruption charges is „an attempted coup.“
„Whoever heads the executive branch can’t say that Mendelblit’s decision is an attempt of a legal coup. That’s not right, it’s not responsible,“ Sa’ar, seen as Netanyahu’s main rival in the party, told Channel 12 News on Saturday.
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.
“No party leader is above the nation,” the centrist leader continued. “Netanyahu must remember, there is still a democracy in Israel even if it appeals to him less.”
The former military chief stipulated that there is no citizen whose vote is not worthy; regardless of sector, ethnicity or religious faith. “I was ready to make far-reaching compromises in order to create a united and stable government,” he added.
Scheitert auch das innerhalb der nächsten 21 Tage, droht Israel eine dritte Parlamentswahl innerhalb eines Jahres. Dann würde das Parlament automatisch aufgelöst. Innerhalb von 90 Tagen müsste dann regulär eine Neuwahl angesetzt werden. Sie könnte nach Medienberichten in der ersten März-Hälfte stattfinden.
Weder die rechtsgerichtete Likud-Partei von Netanyahu noch Gantz‘ Mitte-Rechts-Bündnis Blau-Weiß konnte sich bei der Parlamentswahl im September eine Mehrheit sichern. Liebermans laizistisch-nationalistische Partei Israel Beitenu gilt seitdem als Königsmacher.
Gantz said after meeting with Netanyahu in a statement on his twitter that „Israel needs a broad and liberal unity government, which will consist primarily of the two major white-led political parties that won the elections.“ According to him, it is „a government whose founding lines will be set on the basis of the major parties and therefore cannot be built on one or the other sectoral bloc.“
Incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met his political archrival and potential government partner Blue & White’s Benny Gantz late on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to agree on a blueprint for Israel’s next coalition.
The meeting lasted for about an hour and ended with no apparent resolution to the crisis gripping the Israeli political scene.
Israeli politics is entering an unprecedented 48 hours. For the first time in Israeli electoral history, it looks extremely likely that two candidates tapped by the president have failed to form a government. We will be entering the final three-week period, in which any Knesset member can try to gather 61 MKs‘ signatures to try and form a government. And if that doesn’t happen, a third consecutive election campaign.
The survey, commissioned by Army Radio, showed 49% of Israeli-Arab citizens supporting the Joint List, made up of four separate Arab parties, backing Gantz from outside a coalition government even if it includes secular right-wing politician Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party.
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.
State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan announced Sunday the postponement of a conference for senior prosecutors scheduled for Thursday. His office cited “scheduling constraints” and said a new date would be set for the gathering in Jerusalem.
The head of the Joint List, the political alliance made up of four separate Arab parties, responded to Netanyahu’s speech, saying “All of us, Arabs and our Jewish partners, will breathe a sigh of relief the day he goes.”
Ayman Odeh further attacked the premier by stating that „This evening he sealed his legacy as a bitter criminal who doesn’t know how to lose, only to harm and incite against those he was supposed to serve.”
It’s hard to exaggerate the gravity of such statements by Netanyahu, who, by virtue of his job, is supposed to serve all Israelis, including the country’s Arab citizens. Netanyahu is appealing to the lowest common denominator, inflaming the Jewish community against the Arab community and inciting the entire Israeli public. “We have to warn against this danger; we have to work together to warn against it,” he said, as if he were talking about an enemy.
Later, he even slandered the Arab Knesset members.
At ‚emergency conference,‘ Israeli PM warns Tehran would ‚celebrate‘ a Blue and White minority gov’t
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a rally in Tel Aviv on Sunday decrying the possibility that Benny Gantz is set to form a minority government backed by the Arab Joint List alliance in the coming days.
„There is an agreement among Kahol Lavan [leaders] to go for a minority government with the Joint List. We know for a fact that they made this decision,“ the prime minister claimed in an emergency meeting he held with Likud lawmakers.
Moreover, the two main inciters, Netanyahu and Lieberman, are exploiting both the tense security situation and their polished racist rhetoric to put enormous pressure on Gantz to enter a unity government based on the president’s proposal. Gantz, who until now has demonstrated impressive steadfastness, must not cave into this pressure. Soon, the dense smoke of the rockets will dissipate, and Israel will once again be overshadowed instead by the picture of the serial criminal suspect Netanyahu, the man who is unfit to be prime minister.
“Ordinarily, it’s difficult for a non-Jewish politician to break through in Israeli politics,” Time wrote. “Arab Israelis may account for every fifth resident of the country, but in its parliament, the Knesset, they are routinely relegated to a corner. All of which makes Ayman Odeh, the head of Israel’s Arab parliamentarians, all the more extraordinary. As the contest for leadership of the self-declared Jewish state teetered between right-wing and centrist factions, Odeh emerged not only as a possible kingmaker but also as a stirring new voice for equality and inclusion.”
A senior commander with the Gaza-based terror organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) was killed overnight Thursday in an IDF strike, leaving dead eight members of the same family.
A spokesperson for the Israeli military said that Rasmi Abu Malhous, apparently the head of Islamic Jihad’s rocket unit, was killed in a targeted attack on his home in Deir al-Balah, located the central Gaza Strip.
The prime minister’s assault kills minority government option and undercuts Joint List efforts to ally with the Jewish center-left
Until now, it seemed the entire political system was fumbling all the way to another election, and that perhaps this was our new system of government – elections and yet more elections, devoid of either victory or significance. But on Tuesday, Israelis woke up to a historic moment. A “crisis government” led by Netanyahu, with the participation of Benny Gantz and his Kahol Lavan party, now seems like the most probable outcome.
We’ve gotten used to the racist aroma that wafts from the written and oral statements of Israel’s prime minister about the Arab minority. The same goes for the naked cynicism of the man who is willing to kiss the feet of racist messianic politicians, Kahanists, xenophobes and persecutors of children, just so they’ll support his government. But it wouldn’t be too much to expect for him to calm down his campaign, knowing that in a few short hours, hundreds of missiles would rain down on people in the Gaza border communities and points north.
Likud, however, seeks to have Netanyahu remain in office for a year or until his trial begins.
In addition, Gantz said: “Instead of security considerations dictating political behavior, political and personal considerations are dictating security considerations.”
Netanyahu took particular umbrage with that statement, shaking his head vigorously when Gantz made it and using his right to respond in the Knesset to deny it.
„A government that depends on the Arab parties is a danger to Israel’s security,“ added Netanyahu. He then addressed Gantz saying „you were the Chief of Staff in Operation Protective Edge [2014 Gaza war], we ran the operation together – do you remember what Tibi did during the operation?
Since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in the neighboring country.
In Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces targeted Baha Abu al-Ata, the militant commander Israel considered responsible for several previous rocket launches, on grounds that his next attack was imminent. In a televised appearance, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Abu al-Ata the “chief terrorist in Gaza” and emphasized the care taken to prevent other injuries in the strike.
“As the prime minister of Israel I shall aspire and act to turn this rally into an official rally shared by all of Israeli society,” said Gantz, who was asked in October to form the next government, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned his mandate to President Reuven Rivlin. “I want this square to be balanced, for all the streams to find their place in it and to sincerely mourn this debased murder.”
„What has been happening in the past few days must be stopped,“ Gantz said. „It’s unacceptable that while we are talking about [forming] a government to rehabilitate diplomacy, to back the Israel Defense Forces, to empower the law enforcement institutions and safeguard a free press, Netanyahu, who is in charge of all these systems, is spreading blatant messages against them.“