Archiv: Naftali Bennett


11.10.2021 - 15:03 [ Times of Israel ]

Bennett said to tell Merkel Israel wants to advance controversial submarine deal

An unnamed senior Israeli official told Hebrew media that while hosting Merkel for a private dinner at the end of her two-day visit to Israel, Bennett said that he had ordered a reexamination of the deal and that the defense establishment had concluded that the Dolphin-type submarines are necessary.

16.09.2021 - 18:46 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett Makes Time Magazine’s 2021 List as Islamist Coalition Partner Hails His ‚Courage‘

Abbas and Bennett agree on little ideologically. Abbas leads the United Arab List, a party that champions Palestinian self-determination, while Bennett comes from Israel’s right wing and has pledged that a Palestinian state will not arise on his watch. But they coalesced around the goal of removing Bennett’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, who they saw as divisive and corrupt.

30.08.2021 - 10:12 [ ABC News ]

Biden tells Israeli PM he’ll try diplomacy first with Iran

(28.08.2021)

“We’re putting diplomacy first and seeing where that takes us,” Biden said during an Oval Office meeting that was delayed by the suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. “But if diplomacy fails, we’re ready to turn to other options.”

Bennett arrived at the White House aiming to dissuade Biden from returning to the Iran nuclear deal that was brokered during the Obama administration and later scrapped by President Donald Trump.

25.08.2021 - 19:00 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett in Washington Ahead of First Meeting With President Biden

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is set to meet U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during his first visit to Washington since taking office. Later, he is set to meet with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan before a meeting with President Joe Biden on Thursday.

25.08.2021 - 18:51 [ France24 ]

Israel’s Bennett seeks US ‚reset‘ in first White House visit

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett heads to Washington Tuesday for talks with US President Joe Biden, seeking to „reset“ relations with Israel’s closest ally and reach common ground on arch-foe Iran.

20.08.2021 - 15:38 [ Haaretz ]

Germany’s Merkel Set for Three-day Israel Visit Just Weeks Before Stepping Down

She will hold talks with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on August 29, and meet with President Isaac Herzog and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, among others, deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said on Friday.

05.08.2021 - 17:28 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says Israel Is Prepared to Strike Iran, ‚Hope We Won’t Get Dragged Into It‘

With tensions running high in the aftermath of the tanker attack off Oman, the defense minister says strikes in Lebanon were ‚warning shots‘

05.08.2021 - 16:14 [ Xinhua ]

Lebanese president condemns Israeli air raids in southern Lebanon

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday condemned the Israeli air raids that targeted Lebanon’s southern villages earlier in the day, saying they constitute a flagrant and serious violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, according to a statement by Lebanon’s Presidency.

05.08.2021 - 16:13 [ ORF.at ]

Israel fliegt Luftangriffe im Libanon

Heute seien erneut „Raketen aus dem Libanon auf israelisches Gebiet“ gefeuert worden, schrieb die israelische Luftwaffe auf Twitter.

Als Reaktion darauf hätten Kampfjets „Abschussrampen und für Terror genutzte Infrastruktur“ attackiert.

04.08.2021 - 08:48 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Bennett taps senior Mossad officer Hulata as national security adviser

(11.06.2021)

Hulata, 45, served as the head of the Mossad’s Department of Strategic and Political Planning and its Technology Department.

21.07.2021 - 19:00 [ Times of Israel ]

Knesset fights Bennett’s proposal to let IDF and NSO Group track virus patients

(31 March 2020)

Earlier in the day, in a series of tweets, Bennett had floated the idea of giving the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Unit 8200, along with NSO, access to highly personal data of Israeli citizens that had been collected by the Shin Bet security service and Health Ministry as part of an already contentious mass surveillance program.

20.06.2021 - 19:14 [ Kurier.at ]

Netanyahu will Amtssitz in Jerusalem erst in drei Wochen räumen

Die israelische Zeitung „Haaretz“ schrieb, Bennett wolle dem 71-jährigen Netanyahu und dessen Familie eine „Anpassungsphase“ ermöglichen. Sie hatten zwölf Jahre lang in dem Gebäude gewohnt, das auch für offizielle Empfänge dient. Nach seiner Niederlage bei der Wahl im Jahre 1999 habe Netanyahu sechs Wochen gebraucht, um den Amtssitz zu räumen. Sein Nachfolger Ehud Olmert habe ihn dagegen vier Tage nach seiner Amtsniederlegung verlassen.

18.06.2021 - 19:04 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Ordered Illegal Shredding of Docs at His Office Before Bennett Took Over, Sources Say

The material was kept in safes in the so-called ‘aquarium,’ where prime ministers and their most senior aides sit. It’s unclear which, or how many, documents were destroyed at Netanyahu’s orders

18.06.2021 - 11:10 [ Haaretz ]

‚Severe Shock‘: Netanyahu Left Scorched Earth for Bennett at Prime Minister’s Office

Dozens of private diplomatic conversations with world leaders, agreements and understandings that go unmentioned in meeting minutes, the Iranian nuclear issues or strategic ties with the American government about which private conversations were held with Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump: All of these remain in Netanyahu’s notebooks and his memory, as if they were his private possession. The heads of the intelligence community who briefed Bennett know only some of these issues – what they were told.

13.06.2021 - 20:35 [ White House ]

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the New Government of the State of Israel

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.

13.06.2021 - 20:30 [ New York Times ]

Netanyahu loses office for the first time in 12 years, making way for Naftali Bennett.

The long and divisive reign of Benjamin Netanyahu, the dominant Israeli politician of the past generation, officially ended on Sunday, at least for the time being, as the country’s Parliament gave its vote of confidence to a precarious coalition government stitched together by widely disparate anti-Netanyahu forces.

Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, approved the new government by just a single vote — 60 to 59, with one abstention.

13.06.2021 - 20:15 [ @TheBelaaz / Twitter ]

WATCH: Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moves to his new seat in the opposition after Naftaly Bennet was voted in as Israel’s new Prime Minister.

13.06.2021 - 20:08 [ Anshel Pfeffer אנשיל פפר / Twitter ]

And that’s it, Naftali Bennett is swearing loyalty as the 13th prime minister of Israel. Get used to saying “former prime minister Netanyahu”

13.06.2021 - 20:00 [ ‏‏Tal Schneider טל שניידר تال شنايدر / Twitter ]

Israeli Knesset voted 60:59 for the Bennett-Lapid government

Moments of announcement #Israel36gov

13.06.2021 - 19:12 [ Eylon Levy / Twitter ]

Welcome the extremely photogenic and adorable family of Israel’s next prime minister, Naftali Bennett.

13.06.2021 - 19:08 [ Eylon Levy / Twitter ]

The Bennett children making heart shapes as their father speaks and is heckled. Quite a change from the current first son.

13.06.2021 - 15:32 [ Eylon Levy / Twitter ]

Honestly, disgusting brats. They won’t let PM designate Naftali Bennett get a word out of his mouth. #schande

13.06.2021 - 15:06 [ Knesset / Youtube ]

ישיבת מליאה לבחירת יו“ר הכנסת ה-24 וכינון הממשלה ה-36

על-פי החלטת הוועדה המסדרת, הדיון יהיה דיון סיעתי – כשלכל אחת מ-13 סיעות הבית יוקצו 9 דקות לנאום.

בפתח הדיון יישאו דברים נפתלי בנט, יאיר לפיד ובנימין נתניהו.

13.06.2021 - 15:03 [ ORF.at ]

Post-Netanjahu-Ära: Israel versucht Zeitenwende

Am Sonntag endet wohl die Ära von Benjamin Netanjahu – herbeigeführt durch ein Duo, das von ihm – fast – alles gelernt hat: In Israels Parlament, der Knesset, findet die Vertrauensabstimmung über die Links-bis-rechts-Koalition von Jair Lapid und Naftali Bennett statt.

13.06.2021 - 14:59 [ Enno Lenze / Twitter ]

Am Sonntag um 16 Uhr Lokalzeit (15 Uhr unserer Zeit) findet in der Knesset die Abstimmung zur neuen israelischen Regierung statt.

12.06.2021 - 12:00 [ Reuters / Twitter ]

The two men hoping to unseat Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu – centrist leader Yair Lapid and nationalist politician Naftali Bennett are unlikely allies. But if they win the parliamentary vote on Sunday, they will end the country’s longest serving prime minister’s rule

11.06.2021 - 13:01 [ Haaretz ]

Parties Finalize Coalition Deals Ahead of Swearing-in of Bennett-Lapid Government

– Labor inks coalition agreement with Yesh Atid
– Yisrael Beiteinu agreement includes intent to advance public transport on Shabbat
– UAL deal includes massive budget for Arab advancement
– UAL, Yisrael Beiteinu sign coalition deal
– Finalized coalition deal expected today

09.06.2021 - 19:27 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Panel Confirms Swearing-in of Bennett-Lapid Gov’t Sunday Afternoon

The leaders of the eight parties that compose the new coalition won’t be able to serve in any other government that might arise during the 24th Knesset, a clause in the emerging coalition agreements stipulates.

The exact wording of the clause is currently under negotiation between the incoming prime minister, Naftali Bennett, and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. Its purpose is to ensure the government will not fall before the rotation between the two leaders takes place.

08.06.2021 - 15:47 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Lawmakers to Vote on New Bennett-Lapid Government on Sunday

Yamina lawmaker Nir Orbach on Tuesday told his party head, Naftali Bennett, that he intends to vote in support of the new government on Sunday’s confidence vote in the Knesset.

In recent days, Orbach has debated whether he should back the proposed Bennett-Lapid government.

07.06.2021 - 15:03 [ Haaretz ]

Knesset Speaker Set to Formally Present New Government, Moving Closer to Swearing-in

Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin is slated to announce that Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid has succeeded in forming a coalition at the parliament’s meeting on Monday. This means that the government that Lapid has put together with Yamina’s Naftali Bennett will be sworn in by next Monday at the latest.

07.06.2021 - 14:53 [ Times of Israel ]

Likud MK says Bennett, Sa’ar like ‘suicide bombers’ facing ‘death sentence’

Asked by the anchor if she was not going too far, Golan replied, “No, and I’ll tell you why… They’re like terrorists who don’t believe in anything anymore, who go out on their suicide mission, and even if they know it’s their death sentence, they don’t care because they’re Shiites.”

06.06.2021 - 18:55 [ Haaretz ]

Anti-Netanyahu Party Heads Meet for the First Time to Discuss New Government

new Israeli government may be sworn in as soon as Wednesday after securing a coalition to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

02.06.2021 - 23:27 [ Anshel Pfeffer אנשיל פפר / Twitter ]

I’m too busy getting updates and writing to feel much emotion right now but my 15 year-old just said to me “Aba, that photo really moved me. It’s a far-right Jew and an Islamist Arab and they’ve just decided to put everything aside and work together”

01.06.2021 - 16:33 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

#Israel: Interparty negotiations accelerate in an attempt to form a government i24NEWS @AlecHaimPollard with the latest

01.06.2021 - 15:48 [ Joel Solkoff / Twitter ]

Lapid, Bennett, Sa’ar meet to hammer out final coalition deal ahead of deadline

31.05.2021 - 10:26 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Yamina no. 2 gets extra protection over coalition moves

Ayelet Shaked is assigned protection detail after protesters outside her home called her a traitor and sent message threatening lives of her family after party chair Naftali Bennett announced he’s going to form government with Yair Lapid

31.05.2021 - 09:40 [ i24news.tv ]

Bennett announces decision to join Lapid in ‚change govt‘ to oust Netanyahu

Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett announced on Sunday he decided to join the so-called „change government“ led by Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.

“It’s my intention to do my utmost in order to form a national unity government along with my friend Yair Lapid, so that, God willing, together we can save the country from a crisis and return Israel to its course,“ Bennett said.

31.05.2021 - 09:32 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Anti-Netanyahu-Koalition: „Bibi“ am Ende?

Wochenlang hatte Naftali Bennett taktiert, abgewogen, gezögert und politische Finten geschlagen. Als er sich nun in einer Fernsehansprache festlegte, wirkte der Vorsitzende der nationalreligiösen Jamina-Partei und Ex-Verteidigungsminister sehr entschlossen. Er sei bereit Verantwortung zu übernehmen, erklärte der 49-Jährige.

30.05.2021 - 13:20 [ Ynetnews.com ]

As coalition for change coalesces, Saar rejects Netanyahu offer

With Lapid apparently making strides in building government, New Hope leader nixes Likud offer for first slot in three-way rotation of premiership that would also include Yamina’s Bennett; ‚Our commitment is to replace Netanyahu,‘ Saar says

30.05.2021 - 13:18 [ Haaretz ]

In Last Ditch-effort, Netanyahu Offers Bennett, Sa’ar Rotating Premiership Deal

The coalition of parties seeking to form a new government without Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party have hammered out an agreement on the assignment of senior cabinet positions if the coalition actually comes into being.

Naftali Bennett: The Yamina party chairman would be prime minister first, then foreign minister. Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid leader, would first serve as foreign minister, then prime minister. Ayelet Shaked: interior minister. Avigdor Lieberman: finance minister. Benny Gantz: The Kahol Lavan chief will continue to serve as defense minister. Gideon Sa’ar: justice minister. Merav Michaeli: The Labor Party chairwoman would serve as transportation minister.

29.05.2021 - 10:17 [ i24news.tv ]

‚Leftward turn‘: Netanyahu lashes out at Bennett

The tirade came as Bennett has reportedly secured a coalition deal with Yesh Atid party chief Yair Lapid, the de facto leader of the anti-Netanyahu bloc.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin entrusted Lapid with the mandate to form a government following Netanyahu’s failure to do so in the aftermath of Israel’s fourth inconclusive election in two years.

29.05.2021 - 10:14 [ i24news.tv ]

Lapid, Bennett meet for ‚government of change‘ coalition talks

(28.05.2021)

Negotiations follow on from ‚progress‘ in discussions between Lapid and Saar

25.05.2021 - 07:53 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Naftali Bennett Needs Someone to Hold His Hand

The people on the highway were of course for Yair Lapid and his apparent nearly hopeless attempt to form a “government of change.” He almost had that government two weeks ago when he and Naftali Bennett were deep in talks to build the right-center-left coalition that would have been supported from the outside by Mansour Abbas’ United Arab List party. Then came the rockets from Gaza and the rioting in Lod and Acre, and Bennett ran.

21.05.2021 - 08:47 [ Times of Israel ]

Bennett: Netanyahu not using Gaza for political ends, Hamas responsible for violence

(20.05.2021)

In an interview with US network MSNBC, Yamina head Naftali Bennett says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not using the fighting in Gaza for his own political ends.

When asked directly about the claim that the premier was using the situation to shore up political support, Bennett says: “No. I think the fundamental problem here is that Hamas wants to destroy [Israel].” He then reads sections of the Hamas charter aloud.

21.05.2021 - 08:41 [ Haaretz ]

Gideon Sa’ar Mulling Power Sharing Deal With Netanyahu, Despite Election Promise

(18.05.2021)

Gideon Sa’ar, head of the New Hope party, is looking into a power-sharing government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Haaretz has learned.

Sa’ar has agreed to advance the initiative by the leader of the far-right Religious Zionism party, Betzalel Smotrich, after Naftali Bennett announced that establishing a „government of change“ headed by him and Yair Lapid was off the table.

15.05.2021 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett Flees to His Masochistic Comfort Zone: Under Netanyahu’s Sway

The facts are simple: Hamas is good for Netanyahu, and Netanyahu is fabulous for Hamas. He never intended to “topple” its rule. He keeps strengthening this organization, intentionally, to weaken Israel’s interlocutors in the PA.

Hamas-Gaza is a perfect exemplar of the basic concept Ehud Barak coined in his day, and which has kept the left in the political margins for the past 20 years: There is no partner for peace on the Palestinian side. This is exactly what Netanyahu wants. Hamas and Netanyahu are a long, stable, profitable romance.

14.05.2021 - 04:16 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett Gave in to Pressure by Deserting Coalition Talks

But amid the pressure from the harsh state of current events, Bennett stated Thursday that a government of change was no longer on the agenda. Instead of standing in the breach during an emergency, he folded and paved the way for the worst option of all: The continued reign of the person responsible for the horrible state our country is in.

14.05.2021 - 04:12 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett Says Lapid Government Is Off the Table, Renews Talks With Netanyahu’s Likud

He said that given the state of emergency in mixed Arab-Jewish cities, the planned makeup of the government led by Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Bennett won’t be able to manage the situation because it has become necessary to deploy military troops and conduct arrests. He said that doing so would be impossible with Mansour Abbas and his United Arab List party.

Bennett said he now prefers a large unity government.

12.05.2021 - 08:53 [ Omer Katz / عُمِر كاتس / Twitter ]

Let me say it loud & clear: #Netanyahu is a narcissistic sociopath. He does not care if any of us lives or die as long as he has enough power to avoid incarceration. This escalation was carefully planned to thwart the negotiations between Mansour Abbas (United Arab List) & Lapid.

Abbas, ideologically is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
He cannot aid ti form a government which will involve itself in a war on his own people in #Gaza and one of the most sacred places to Islam.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, a convicted terrorist and now, shamefully, a member of the Knesset, has disclosed he told #Netanyahu that if there will be a war in #Gaza, Lapid won’t be able to form a government.
Netanyahu’s propagandists have said roughly the same, though not directly.

12.05.2021 - 07:03 [ Tariq Bhatti / Twitter ]

I’m surprised this isn’t being said more often. This looks like a wag the dog war: Bibi fails to form a government, so is now taking provocative actions against Palestinians to undermine Abbas’s endorsement of a Lapid-Bennett coalition.

11.05.2021 - 10:41 [ Israel Daily News Podcast / Twitter ]

Ra’am Set to Announce Key Support for Lapid-Bennett Unity Government: The Arab Ra’am party, whose support is crucial for the “change bloc” to form a coalition, is expected to support a unity government led by Yamina’s Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid.

11.05.2021 - 05:55 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Coalition Talks: Islamist Party Freezes Negotiations in Wake of Jerusalem, Gaza Flare-up

Lapid was supposed to meet on Monday with Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett and United Arab List leader Mansour Abbas, but the latter suspended coalition negotiations and put off the meeting due to the security situation.

10.05.2021 - 02:10 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Bennett, Lapid aim to swear in government Thursday

Bennett made significant progress in a meeting with Ra’am (United Arab List) head Mansour Abbas on Sunday, and he will meet with him again with Lapid on Monday.

09.05.2021 - 10:57 [ Ardon W. / Twitter ]

We will not let @netanyahu drag us to war. Not with our neighbours and not among ourselves! @yairlapid @naftalibennett it’s your turn to put an end to this once and for all!

09.05.2021 - 10:55 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Coalition Talks: United Arab List Leader Presents His Demands to Bennett and Lapid

Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid are meeting with United Arab List chairman Mansour Abbas in order to secure Abbas‘ support for a unity government.

03.05.2021 - 23:55 [ Haaretz ]

In Crunch Time, Right-wing Leader Bennett Says Netanyahu ‚Doesn’t Have a Government‘

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes last-minute efforts to secure a coalition, right-wing leader Naftali Bennett said „Netanyahu doesn’t have a government, and he’s trying to pin the blame on Yamina.“

Bennett’s remarks at a Yamina faction meeting come moments after Netanyahu said he had told Bennett he would agree to let him serve first as prime minister in a potential rotation agreement, which could end Israel’s ongoing political deadlock.

28.04.2021 - 17:14 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett, Abbas Meet to Discuss Next Steps for Forming a Government

Meeting at the Knesset, the two leaders said the meeting „went well.“

A number of parties that form the the ‚anti-Netanyahu‘ bloc, Yesh Atid, Yamina and Tikva Hadasha, have been discussing coalition plans with „positive energy“ in recent weeks.

28.04.2021 - 17:06 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Bennett meets with Ra’am head in effort to form unity government

Despite promising before elections he will never form coalition backed by Islamist party, Yamina chief meets with Mansour Abbas at his office in the Knesset in an apparent bid to draft a plan to unseat Netanyahu

28.04.2021 - 17:00 [ Ynetnews.com ]

High Court cancels hearing as PM agrees to Gantz as justice ministe

In addition, a few moments before Netanyahu announced his decision to back Gantz for the position, he apparently was made aware that Bennett held his first meeting with Mansour Abbas – the leader of the Islamist Ra’am party – in an effort to form a unity government.

24.04.2021 - 17:57 [ Ynetnews.com ]

United Torah Judaism deliberating on whether to enable Bennett-Lapid gov’t

The Lithuanian faction of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party is considering whether to abstain from voting against a government led by Yamina head Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid, Ynet has learned on Thursday, thus enabling the two to form a government and avoid a fifth election round in just two years.

24.04.2021 - 17:54 [ i24news.tv ]

Confirming break from Netanyahu, Bennett says he’s in talks on forming unity govt

„From the moment I realized that Netanyahu did not intend to choose one of the two alternatives for forming a right-wing government, I began striving to form a national unity government,“ Bennett wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

„If such a government is indeed formed, all partners must show restraint in their conduct, and perhaps we can bring some peace to the Israeli public.“

14.04.2021 - 13:20 [ Neil Lazarus / Twitter ]

So #Bennet meets w#Netanyahu. No surprise if will recommend him to President for PM #IsraElex4 #Israel #israelelection BB will still need Mansour 4 a majority

(04.04.2021)

14.04.2021 - 13:16 [ Haaretz ]

Bennett Says Ready to Join Right-wing Government With Netanyahu’s Likud

Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett said on Monday that he told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that his Likud party can count on his faction’s vote to form a right-wing government.

07.04.2021 - 10:38 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel: Netanyahu to begin coalition talks ahead of meeting with Bennett

Netanyahu to speak with right-wing and religious allies from Shas, UTJ and Religious Zionist party

06.04.2021 - 10:29 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: President to Announce Who Will Form Government Tuesday

Netanyahu was recommended by 52 lawmakers, Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid was recommended by another 45 lawmakers, and Naftali Bennett was recommended by his party Yamina’s seven lawmakers

05.04.2021 - 23:13 [ i24news.tv ]

Yair Lapid: I offered Bennett first term as PM in Israeli unity government

“The test for a leader is to take tough decisions in complex situations,” the centrist lawmaker said at the close of a long day of prime minister nominations by the Knesset’s (Israel Parliament) parties.

“We are committed to bringing about the change we promised to the people of Israel. To prevent a government led by a criminal suspect and dependent on racists and extremists,” Lapid stressed.

05.04.2021 - 13:09 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: President Meets Party Heads to Decide Who Forms Government

So far, Likud and the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism have thrown their support behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kahol Lavan and Yesh Atid recommended the latter’s chairman, Yair Lapid, and Naftali Bennett’s Yamina, courted by both blocs, put forth its own chairman as their candidate.

After consultations with Yamina, Rivlin, who stressed his difficulty to see a clear path to a stable coalition, said he may pass on the mandate to form a coalition to the Knesset.

30.03.2021 - 23:35 [ i24news.tv ]

Sa’ar could back government led by Lapid and Bennett in rotation: report

The report cited sources close to Sa’ar as saying that the former rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Likud ranks is unlikely to team up with Lapid without Bennett.

Without Yamina chief onboard, Israel would be in for nothing but a „left-wing government,“ the sources told the outlet.

27.03.2021 - 19:34 [ i24news.tv ]

‚Change bloc‘ floating 1-year rotation agreement between Bennett and Lapid – report

Such an arrangement, according to the Hebrew-language broadcaster, would possibly last for 12 months and followed by a new election.

But prospects for such a deal are being hampered by ideological and political differences, as well as a disagreement over who would serve as premier first, with Channel 12 reporting that Bennett is insisting he go first in the rotation.

25.03.2021 - 11:20 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election Results: Far-right Leader Rules Out Netanyahu-led Coalition With Islamist Party

The Islamist United Arab List party, headed by Mansour Abbas, and Naftali Bennett’s Yamina have not yet declared their support for either bloc.

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.

01.04.2020 - 09:40 [ Haaretz ]

Too Big a Brother

Under the cover of the spreading coronavirus, the government is deepening its invasion of the lives of this country’s citizens. Defense Minister Naftali Bennett continues to use his temporary authority in order to promote plans that run roughshod over the right to privacy, while demolishing the distinction, so vital in a democracy, between the army and civil society.

21.03.2020 - 08:06 [ i24news.tv ]

Bennett: Isolating the elderly as nation develops herd immunity is key to defeating virus

The key to defeating the global pandemic of coronavirus is isolating the elderly population in the hope that young people who are not in the risk group for complications would develop herd immunity, Israel’s caretaker Defense Minister said Friday in a recorded statement.

12.03.2020 - 19:23 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Bennett, Liberman, Deri call for emergency unity government

„Unite now, fight later,“ Bennett said at a Tel Aviv press conference in which he proposed passing a bill to freeze the current political situation for six months.
Liberman suggested a government of only Likud and Blue and White to deal with the coronavirus on Thursday in an interview with the Russian-language Channel 9.

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.

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.

07.12.2019 - 11:29 [ Babak Taghvaee, Author, Historian,Defense Analyst / Twitter ]

Last week exercise „Game of Thrones“ was hold by #IDF for simulation of war against #IRGC proxies. Total 300 commandos of #Israel Defense Force & almost 40 airplanes, helicopters & #UAV of #IsraelAirForce participated in the exercise.

My reports & pictures soon in @PtisiMagazine

07.12.2019 - 11:16 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

Israel today tested a nuke-missile, aimed at Iran. E3 & US never complain about the only nuclear arsenal in West Asia—armed with missiles actually DESIGNED to be capable of carrying nukes—but has fits of apoplexy over our conventional & defensive ones.

(06.12.2019)

07.12.2019 - 11:13 [ Avi Scharf, Editor of Haaretz English Edition ]

To track and handle it all, IAI telemetry plane + at least two Israeli AF g550 aewc/shavit spyplanes + hercs flew all the way out past Crete

(05.12.2019)

07.12.2019 - 11:02 [ Haaretz ]

Zarif: Israel Tested Nuclear Missile Aimed at Iran

France, Germany and the United Kingdom said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Wednesday that Iran was developing „nuclear-capable ballistic missiles,“ which they say is in violation of a Securiy Council resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal.

The letter cites footage released on social media April 22, 2019, ..

30.11.2019 - 15:30 [ Middle East Monitor ]

US worried Israel may attack Iran to save Netanyahu

(27.11.2019)

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.

15.11.2019 - 05:50 [ i24news.tv ]

IDF kills Islamic Jihad rocket commander, family of 8 in overnight Gaza strike

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.

14.11.2019 - 09:30 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Exploits Gaza Flare-up to Blast Joint List and Isolate Israeli Arabs

The prime minister’s assault kills minority government option and undercuts Joint List efforts to ally with the Jewish center-left

13.11.2019 - 09:17 [ Haaretz ]

Amid Gaza Escalation, Netanyahu-Gantz ‚Crisis Government‘ Closer Than Ever

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.

13.11.2019 - 09:11 [ Haaretz ]

Gaza Escalation Makes Minority Government in Israel a Distant Prospect

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.

30.07.2019 - 15:30 [ Haaretz ]

Far-right Parties Seal Election Merger, Commit to Backing Netanyahu-led Coalition

The Hayamin Hehadash and Union of Right-Wing Parties announced Monday they would run on a joint ticket in September’s election under the name United Right, following a meeting of party leaders Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennett, Rafi Peretz and Bezalel Smotrich.

12.02.2019 - 14:47 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Avigdor Liberman: Benjamin Netanyahu may take a plea deal and resign

(10.2.2019) The deal would involve Netanyahu resigning in exchange for not being put on trial, in which case Likud would have to elect a new leader before the elections, “an upheaval” whose results would be unpredictable, the Yisrael Beytenu chairman said.

14.07.2018 - 14:07 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

Gaza Flare-up: Netanyahu Resists Pressure for War, but Flames Getting Higher

However, the prime minister had to make it look like something was being done, in light of the fires that keep raging in Israeli border communities. The media and right-wing critics have already pushed Netanyahu into a military operation he didn’t want in the Gaza Strip, twice: Operation Pillar of Defense (2012) and Operation Protective Edge (2014). This time, he looked better prepared to stand firm in the breach, but not to take responsibility.

07.05.2018 - 21:05 [ Daily Star (Libanon) ]

Israel says ‚Lebanon = Hezbollah‘ after election

„Hezbollah = Lebanon,“ Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a rightist in the Israel’s conservative coalition government, said on Twitter on Monday.

„The State of Israel will not differentiate between the sovereign State of Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will view Lebanon as responsible for any action from within its territory.“

07.04.2018 - 12:18 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Puppet Master Naftali Bennett Is No Fanatic, but Rather a Cynic in Paradise

if Bennett were a concrete alternative, or even just a mensch, he would not have rushed to depict the absorption of 16,000 Africans in distress as “folding,” “capitulation to a campaign of lies” and “turning Israel into an infiltrators’ paradise.” But Bennett, like his partners in this pile-on, the miserable cowards Moshe Kahlon and Gideon Saar, recognizes that Israel has become something else: a cynics’ paradise.