The testimony of former Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua, who alleges that Benjamin Netanyahu sought favorable coverage in exchange for regulatory relief for Walla’s owners Bezeq, is set to continue in the third day of the prime minister’s trial, just 24 hours after President Reuven Rivlin reluctantly tasked him with forming a government.
“I know the position held by many, that the president should not give the role to a candidate that is facing criminal charges,” Rivlin added, noting that this was “not an easy decision.” The charges facing Israel’s longest-serving premier – including bribery, fraud and breach of trust – posed an extraordinary choice for the Rivlin over whether “morality” should be a factor in who should lead a government.
Angesichts des Korruptionsprozesses gegen den Regierungschef sei es keine leichte Entscheidung gewesen, ihn erneut mit der Regierungsbildung zu beauftragen, sagte Rivlin.
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
This is the fifth time since becoming president in 2014, and the fourth time in the last two years, that Rivlin is forced to engage in this process.
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.
In the past, Rivlin has set about consulting with party leaders immediately. This time, for an unexplained reason, he will start the consultations only on Monday, just two days before the deadline. This despite the fact that the new Knesset has no fewer than 13 parties, the highest number during his presidency.
Could the timing have anything to do with the fact that Monday is also the day when Netanyahu is finally due back in court, for the first testimony from a witness for the prosecution in his criminal trial?
“This is where we need the intervention of the international community,” Rivlin insisted – “not in the field of international law, which is being cynically exploited for political means in order to weaken the State of Israel.”
„Wir teilen die Sorge um die Sicherheit Israels und wir teilen das Ziel, die Entwicklung und den Erwerb von nuklearen Waffen durch den Iran auszuschließen“, so Van der Bellen.
Der Bundespräsident plädierte gleichzeitig für einen „Weg zurück an den Verhandlungstisch“. Er verwies in diesem Zusammenhang darauf, dass im Gegensatz zu Österreich Israel dem Wiener Iran-Atomabkommen von 2015 skeptisch gegenübersteht.
Von Wien aus reist er nach Paris weiter, wo er am Donnerstag Frankreichs Präsident Emmanuel Macron trifft.
Im Mittelpunkt von Rivlins Europa-Tournee steht laut israelischen Medienberichten der Iran-Atomdeal sowie die jüngst angekündigten Ermittlungen des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs (IStGH) zu Kriegsverbrechen in den Palästinensergebieten. Rivlin wird auf der Reise vom israelischen Generalstabschef Aviv Kohavi begleitet.
“We trust that our European friends will stand by us in the important fight on the misuse of the International Criminal Court against our soldiers and civilians,” he said.
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, who accompanied Rivlin on the trip, said Israeli soldiers “do everything” to avoid harming innocent civilians.
Israel will bemerkenswerte Erkenntnisse zum Corona-Impfstoff haben. Es gibt Hinweise darauf, dass der Impfstoff von Biontech-Pfizer Geimpfte vor der Weitergabe des Virus schützt.
Twenty-five-thousand memorial candles were lit to commemmorate the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv Thursday.
On one hand, the prime minister says we are in the midst of a crisis not seen since the Dark Ages and on the other he abuses the crisis to try to escape his day in court.
How do our leaders expect us to cooperate during one of the worst crises Israel has ever known when our confidence in them is crumbling?
Rivlin agrees to give Gantz until Wednesday
Ausschlaggebend für die Weigerung des Staatspräsidenten war offenbar ein Gespräch mit Premierminister Benjamin Netanyahu. Dieser habe nicht bestätigt, dass er kurz davor sei, sich mit Gantz auf eine Koalition zu verständigen, teilte das Büro des Staatspräsidenten in einer Erklärung mit.
Gantz hatte seine Bitte um Fristverlängerung damit begründet, dass sein Bündnis Blau-Weiß und Netanyahus Likud-Partei sich bald einigen würden.
If there is indeed no deal by the end of Gantz’s mandate period, there will follow a 21-day window during which any Member of Knesset (MK) could form a government.
This prompted the High Court to convene urgently to decide how to move forward, with proceedings seemingly set to extend into the night.
We are about to let the government gain absolute control over our lives – and thus know who we are, where we have been, when and with whom and who we speak to and when – without any form of consent or restriction.
By preventing the formation of the organizing committee, Speaker Yuli Edelstein also hampers the formation of the Knesset oversight committees on the coronavirus crisis
Edelstein has effectively prorogued parliament and with a total coronavirus shutdown expected in Israel any day now, politicians and political commentators have argued that the speaker’s actions have engendered one of Israel’s severest constitutional crises ever.
Benny Gantz – the main rival to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – has been given the chance to form a new coalition government in Israel.
Mr Netanyahu’s Likud party won more seats than Mr Gantz’s Blue and White in the general election. But Mr Gantz was backed by a thin majority of lawmakers.
“Tomorrow, around midday, the president will assign the task of forming the government to head of (centrist Blue and White party) Benny Gantz,” President Reuven Rivlin’s office said in a statement.
Mandate to scrape together Knesset majority likely to pass to Blue and White chief Benny Gantz in less than two weeks, unsourced report says
On what planet is President Reuven Rivlin living?
For almost a year, Israel has been in a state of political fog and a sense of governmental instability. However, despite the attempt to create symmetry in the endless blame game between the sides, this must be stated simply: The current crisis is a direct outcome of a multiyear right-wing regime of incitement and instigation, which is determined to destroy Israel’s democratic infrastructure and has delegitimized millions of citizens, whether minorities or political rivals.
So President Reuven Rivlin’s bid to forcibly mediate between the master inciter, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the opposition that arose as authentic resistance to the destruction he sowed, defeats the extremely important purpose the Israeli citizen now faces – to end the ongoing nightmare in which Israel is immersed.
Israel’s president tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday with assembling a new government after power-sharing talks with his strongest rival, Benny Gantz, failed following an inconclusive election.
Yes, this initiative of yours, Mr. President, is very grave indeed! You are dividing the country on an ethnic basis, you are placing one people above another, one public above another, one group above another, when your job is to say loud and clear: They are all my sons. And for this you do not have a mandate. You do not have a mandate to divide the country between Jews and Arabs. You do not have a mandate to exclude a fifth of the population.
Less than a week after his impressive electoral achievement, the head of the largest Knesset faction, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, conceded his right to be the first to try and form a coalition government. The explanation given by “party sources” for this concession is that Gantz prefers to wait for Netanyahu to try first and fail.
Regrettably, this lame excuse is unconvincing. This move looks like a capitulation without a fight, an admission that the right wing’s long-standing tactic of delegitimizing parties representing Arab society succeeded.
Netanyahu getting a first nod from the president would land a harsh blow on the center-left’s morale, which could facilitate Netanyahu’s plan to divide the party from within. The nightmarish vision of Netanyahu settling back in the driver’s seat and recklessly pushing the gas pedal to reach his target would make a mockery of his clear-cut defeat in last Tuesday’s election. While Gantz and his colleagues rejoice over sucker Netanyahu supposedly falling into their well-laid trap, their supporters will see them as naive novices who could soon add insult to injury by reneging on their main pledge not to participate in his coalition.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz (R) as President Reuven Rivlin looks on, at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, on September 23, 2019.
September 22, 2019
By the end of Sunday’s consultations, former IDF chief Benny Gantz secured more recommendations than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily fired back at the Arab Joint List for recommending rival Benny Gantz to be the next prime minister, insisting if given the mandate he would work to form a „broad national unity government.“
Israel’s Arab parties on Sunday broke longstanding precedent by endorsing former IDF chief Benny Gantz for prime minister after last week’s hard-fought elections.
The Israeli government has done everything in its power to reject those of us who are Arab Palestinian citizens, but our influence has only grown. We will be the cornerstone of democracy.
Rare move by Joint List in bid to ‚end the Netanyahu era‘ could give Kahol Lavan leader first chance at forming coalition ■ Lieberman: ‚Joint List members are enemies‘
All eyes are on Yisrael Beiteinu’s Avigdor Lieberman and the Joint List, comprised of four Arab-majority parties, in order to gauge Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz’s chances at unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Neither parties have announced officially whether they would recommend Gantz to the president, and are expected to make their decisions public later Sunday.
In 1992, Knesset members from Hadash and the United Arab List backed Yitzhak Rabin, who wasn’t their cup of tea, as prime minister. This eventually led to the allocation of significant funds for the benefit of the Arab community – without mentioning the mutual recognition between Israel and the PLO, and the Oslo Accords.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will begin consultations on Sunday to decide who should form the next government following this week’s general elections, a statement from his office said.
Ganz hatte seinerseits im Wahlkampf ausgeschlossen, als Nummer zwei hinter Netanjahu in die Regierung zu gehen. Staatspräsident Reuven Rivlin, der einen weiteren Wahlgang unbedingt vermeiden will, begrüßte umgehend Netanjahus Aufruf. Ganz kündigte eine Erklärung noch vor Mittag an.
While not enough to form a coalition on its own, Channel 12 reports Netanyahu is hoping that Rivlin will consider the 55-seat bloc as a single party and therefore agree to task the premier with forming the next government for having a bigger faction than the standalone Blue and White party.
Präsident Reuven Rivlin muss nun entscheiden, wen er mit der Regierungsbildung beauftragt. Dazu holt er sich von allen Fraktionen Empfehlungen für das Amt des Ministerpräsidenten ein.