Archiv: Yair Lapid


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.

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.

06.05.2021 - 00:11 [ Haaretz ]

After Netanyahu Failed, Lapid Tasked With Forming Government

After receiving the mandate, Lapid wrote that „after two years of an endless political nightmare, Israeli society is reeling. The unity government is not a compromise – it is the objective.“

He added that a unity government will include „the right, left and center working together to address economic and security challenges.“

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.“

21.04.2021 - 11:55 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu defeated in bid to control critical Knesset committee

(19.04.2021)

The Arrangements Committee is the first parliamentary committee to be formed after an election and controls the legislative agenda in the new parliament until the formation of a new government including determining what other parliamentary committees will be formed and their composition.
Likud’s bid to head the committee was foiled by the Islamist Ra’am party which voted against the motion and threw its support behind Yesh Atid.

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.

30.03.2021 - 16:54 [ Haaretz ]

Election Results: Israel Is Being Held Hostage by One Person, and It’s Not Netanyahu

Yes, the statesmanlike one with the good looks and down-to-earth air, who has been seen washing floors and making coffee over a bonfire, all with a faux-bashful smile. He’s the person who has repeatedly prevented the country from returning to a path of sanity. This time he has relocated to the New Hope party, under the leadership of a new sucker called Gideon Sa’ar. But the ploy is the same ploy. This time too, one of the greatest obstacles to forming a government of change is Hendel’s refusal to form a coalition supported by the legitimate representatives of Israel’s Arab citizens.

28.03.2021 - 13:56 [ The Jerusalem Post ]

Lapid meets with Abbas for coalition talks

Abbas has become somewhat of an unlikely kingmaker since his party cleared the threshold to gain four Knesset seats, which could allow him to recommend either Netanyahu or his challenger, Lapid.

17.03.2021 - 21:06 [ i24news.tv ]

MK Ahmad Tibi to i24NEWS: ‚There is progress in Yair Lapid’s policy toward Joint List‘

MK Ahmad Tibi, head of the Ta’al faction within the predominantly Arab Joint List, noted a positive change in opposition chief Yair Lapid’s stance on key matters for the alliance, but said the party will be thoughtful with its recommendations after the upcoming vote.

„There is progress in Yair Lapid’s policy toward Joint List and the Arab population,“ the veteran lawmaker told i24NEWS in an interview, adding that the Joint List must learn from its decision to recommend Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz for the premiership.

17.03.2021 - 21:00 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Labor party says it will back Yesh Atid chairman as next prime minister

Nachman Shai, a former lawmaker and number eight on the Labor party’s list of candidates, made the announcement after the left-wing Meretz party made a similar proclamation earlier on Monday.

“We will recommend Yair Lapid… we think he can lead a coalition,” Shai told the Hebrew-language broadcaster. “For us, [Lapid] is the head of the bloc.”

17.03.2021 - 11:50 [ YeshAtid.org.il ]

Minorities in Israel

Israel is both a Jewish and democratic state, and as such, must act to make sure all its citizens enjoy equal rights under the law. Israel’s minorities include the Arab population (both Christian and Muslim), Bedouins (with their unique set of challenges), Druze, and Circassians. Each population must be listened to and helped individually.

Israel’s success as a nation, both financially and socially, goes hand in hand with the prosperity of its non-Jewish population. It relies heavily on the government’s ability to offer every citizen full rights and opportunities.

16.03.2021 - 02:05 [ Haaretz ]

Meretz Leader Says Will Recommend Lapid for Prime Minister After Election

Meretz is the first party in the center-left bloc that has officially announced its support for Lapid, while the Yesh Atid leader himself has avoided declaring his candidacy for the premiership.

Labor chairman Merav Michaeli and Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz have refused in recent weeks to pledge their support for Lapid.

15.03.2021 - 12:20 [ Yesh Atid / Facebook ]

Tel Aviv International Salon, presents the Election Series: Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid Chairman and Leader of the Opposition

Online event will be held in-English

15.03.2021 - 12:10 [ Yesh Atid ]

Fight Corruption: THE “YESH ATID” PLAN TO FIGHT PUBLIC CORRUPTION

THE BACKGROUND

Corruption has become a strategic threat to Israeli society and democracy. It places political both personal and economic interests ahead of the needs of the public. It is also reducing the public’s confidence in government institutions and the democratic system. Public corruption eats away at equal opportunity and contradicts the loyalties and duties of elected officials and public servants. It undermines social cohesion, and hurts the quality of life of the citizens of the state and economic growth.

Our country needs to belong to the middle class and those struggling to be part of it and not ruled by corrupt politicians who busy themselves for their own benefit, for those with interests, the big corporations or big unions. For years there has been foul play in Israel serving interest groups, wealthy people and workers‘ committees. In this game billions of shekels have been transferred without transparency and without supervision. Politicians received empty and wasteful positions of honor such as the absurd role called „Minister without Portfolio“ just to be placated with a driver and office. Shady businessmen were appointed to direct government companies not because of skill, but only because of the connections.

15.03.2021 - 11:24 [ Haaretz ]

‚A Catastrophic Move‘: As Lapid Courts Their Voters, Leftist Parties Fear Eradication in Upcoming Election

“This is a catastrophic move,” the source continued, adding that when Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz “did something similar in the last election, we made sure to stop the campaign when the other parties hit six seats so as not to endanger the bloc.”

15.03.2021 - 11:17 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Israel Elections: Yair Lapid declares war on parties in bloc

“Netanyahu failed, because he cared only about himself and not the state,” Yesh Atid wrote in the messages. “All those who took part in the bloated and wasteful government left Netanyahu in the Prime Minister’s Residence.“

06.03.2021 - 08:19 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Netanjahu ist tot.

(11. März 2012)

Die israelische Zeitung „Maariv“, im auch in Israel mittlerweile ortsüblichen Standard irgendwo im Sumpf rechts neben der Leitplanke befindlich, veröffentlichte gestern eine neue Umfrage. Nach dieser beträgt der „Vorsprung“ vom immer noch krieg-, ergo erfolglosen Premierminister Benjamin Netanjahu und seiner faschistisch-klerikalen Koalition gegenüber der größtenteils ebenso rechtsradikalen, bellizistischen und antidemokratischen „Opposition“ in Israel, ganze vier Knesset-Sitze – bei einer Fehlerquote von zwei Sitzen.

Das aber für Netanjahu und seine vom seit Jahrzehnten andauernden faktischen Ausnahmezustand profitierende Nomenklatura so Beunruhigende, so Verheerende, ja gar schröcklich Schmöckliche ist, daß es überhaupt wieder eine relevante Oppositionspartei gibt. Und zwar eine Oppositionspartei, welche die Netanjahu-Regierung bereits versucht hat mit zwei Sondergesetzen zu verhindern.

Laut der „Maariv“-Umfrage führt Netanjahus Likud-Block, zusammen mit der faschistischen „Israel Beiteinu“ von Avigdor Lieberman, der bellizistischen rechtsreaktionären „Atzmaut“ von Militärminister Ehud Barak (ex-Vorsitzender der ortsüblichen Fantomsozialdemokratie in der „Arbeitspartei“) und der klerikal-biologistischen „Shas“ zusammen mit 62 Sitzen gegenüber zusammengerechnet 58 Sitzen für die anderen Parteien. Diese sind:

– die „Meretz“-Partei, die „Feigling“, „Faschist“ und „Stümper“ aus Überzeugung mit „Zionist“ übersetzt,

– die „Avoda“-Partei („Arbeitspartei“). Diese stand 2011 nach dem Abgang ihres großen Führers und „Verteidigungsministers“ Ehud Barak (zu dem sie immer in Treue fest gestanden hatte, auch während der gescheiterten Bodeninvasion im Gazastreifen 2008/2009 mit über 1000 toten palästinensischen Zivilisten) vor dem Nichts. Was sollte sie bloß tun, was sie noch nicht getan hatte? Oh unser Ehud, warum hast Du uns verlassen? Und nahmest auch gleich noch ein paar andere Minister mit?

In der Verzweiflung über ihren jahrelangen Selbstmord nach Vorbild pro-amerikanisch-europäischer Verrätermaschinen nominierte sie vor kurzem den politisch unerfahrenen Vater des jahrelang unter äußerst obskuren Umständen entführten Soldaten Gilad Shalit, Noam Shalit, für einen führenden Posten und wartet derzeit nun etwas erfolgreicher darauf, wieder für nichts gewählt zu werden.

– die Parteien „Balad“, „Ra´am“ und „Ta´al“, deren Verbrechen vor allem darin besteht sich die falschen Eltern am falschen Ort (dem heutigen Israel) ausgesucht zu haben, welche zudem die falsche Religion besitzen und diese Ursünde der falschen Geburt durch magisch-transzendetale / politisch-biologische Fähigkeiten auf ihre Sprösslinge vererbt haben,

– eine Reihe weiterer Parteien hochrangiger Geistesgrößen, wie die einst von Ariel Sharon zwecks ungestörter Durchführung heiliger Massenmorde gegründete „Kadima“, der heute die ehemalige Außenministerin Netanjahus vorsitzt, Tzipi Livni,

– und die bislang noch nicht gegründete Partei eines ehemaligen TV-Moderators.

Moment.

Sagte ich, „die die bislang noch nicht gegründete Partei eines ehemaligen TV-Moderators“?

Ja. Ich sagte, „die bislang noch nicht gegründete Partei eines ehemaligen TV-Moderators“.

Genau diese bislang noch nicht gegründete Partei eines ehemaligen TV-Moderators bekam gestern in der Umfrage von „Maariv“ 10 Sitze in einem großen Haufen in Israel zugesprochen, in den man mit Anlauf reintreten möchte wie in den Bundestag und sich zugleich genauso davor ekelt: der Knesset.

Über Yair Lapid schrieb bereits Uri Avnery. Lapid ist ein ganz normaler Garderobenständer aus der Unterhaltungsbranche, Teil der israelischen Oberschicht und des alten Parteiadels, sowie alter Duzfreund Netanjahus, der es aber immerhin fertiggebracht hat, ein, zwei normale Ideen zu haben und sich für diese nicht gleich in heiligen Grund und Boden zu schämen. Dazu zählt ein Rückzug aus den Besatzungszonen, soziale Mindeststandards für die gesamte Bevölkerung und eine Verfassung, die Israel nicht hat. Allein das reicht heutzutage aus, um eine ganze Bande Schurken (auch in Israel die „politische Klasse“ genannt) hochgradig nervös zu machen und um die qua Protege und Gnade der heilig-wohlständigen Übergeburt (gern auch im Ausland) versprochenen Privilegien zur Ausbeutung der eigenen Gesellschaft bangen zu lassen.

06.03.2021 - 08:12 [ Foreign Policy ]

How a Journalist-Turned-Politician Became the Best Hope for Israel’s Anyone-but-Bibi Camp

Centrist Yair Lapid refused to join Netanyahu’s coalition last year. Now the decision is paying off.

05.03.2021 - 10:43 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu drops in polls, Lapid hits 20, Bennett and Sa’ar tie in third

The bloc that wants Netanyahu to form the next government – Likud, Shas, UTJ and the Religious Zionist Party – received 46 seats.

The bloc that does not want him to remain prime minister – Yesh Atid, New Hope, Yisrael Beytenu, Labor, Blue and White and Meretz – received 54.

22.02.2021 - 07:09 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Small Parties May Decide Election, and Pressure on Them Is Mounting

Yesh Atid will try to ratchet up pressure in the coming days on Kahol Lavan and Yaron Zelekha to quit the race, leaving to the left of Yesh Atid only Labor, Meretz and the Joint List. The departure of one or two slates from the bloc will increase the seats for the parties left standing and will help them pull in many floating votes.

05.02.2021 - 11:33 [ Haaretz ]

Lapid Finally Has His Moment in the Election Ring With Netanyahu. He’ll Have Just One Chance

In 2019, he agreed to merge his Yesh Atid party into Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan and accepted Gantz’s leadership.

29.12.2020 - 06:04 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-Foreign Minister Livni Mulls Joining Forces With Lapid Ahead of Israel’s March Election

As for Ya’alon, Lapid is convinced that he has very little electoral value and is disappointed in Ya’alon’s level of support. The Yesh Atid chairman has also concluded that the center-right, with which Ya’alon is identified, is too crowded and he plans to move leftward before the election.

13.08.2020 - 16:20 [ Haaretz ]

A Bruising No-holds Barred Exchange: What We Saw in the Bibi-Lapid Showdown

Gantz has now destroyed his own credibility by joining Netanyahu’s coalition, so has Labor leader Amir Peretz. Lapid remains the only leader of a major party on the center-left. Netanyahu has no choice but to take him on. But while Lapid’s inexperience and dilettantism gives Netanyahu ample ammunition against the former chat-show host and columnist, it also creates a dilemma for him. Attacking Lapid with all guns blazing increases his popularity in the anti-Netanyahu camp, where many have had trouble taking Lapid seriously. Lapid, unlike Gantz, Gabbay and Herzog, is also prepared to follow Netanyahu into the mud.

11.07.2020 - 17:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Massive protest expected in Tel Aviv amid economic crisis – report

The protest is reportedly organized by NGOs representing self-employed Israelis, but it is expected to be attended by thousands of students, contract employees and business-owners who were financially impacted by the emergency regulations the first time around.

„The protesters do not intend to be nice,“ one of the organizers told the media outlet, adding that the demonstrators‘ plan for Saturday evening is „showing rage and blocking roads to make sure the protest will not be forgotten.“

22.04.2020 - 00:18 [ i24news.tv/ ]

Israel: Lapid slams former partner Benny Gantz in TV address, vows to fight government

Showing his resolve, Lapid said he’s „never been more determined in my life“ to fight the ruling coalition “in the Knesset, in the courts, in the streets, and in the squares.”

„We have a country to save and we have no intention of giving up,” he added.

30.03.2020 - 13:05 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Gantz’s Blue and White faction finalizes split

The Blue and White alliance finalized its split Sunday, which saw Benny Gantz-led faction, set to form a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, divorcing fellow centrist parties Telem and Yesh Atid, who will remain in opposition.

27.03.2020 - 08:20 [ i24news.tv ]

After Blue & White split, Lapid slams Gantz for ‚betraying‘ voters, ‚capitulating‘ to Netanyahu

Lapid, who heads Yesh Atid, told journalists at a press conference that „Benny Gantz decided today to break apart Blue and White and crawl into Netanyahu’s government.“

„What’s being formed today isn’t a unity government and not an emergency government. It’s another Netanyahu government. Benny Gantz surrendered without a fight,“ he added.

27.03.2020 - 02:09 [ Ynet ]

Lapid: Gantz stole votes, gave them to Netanyahu

Lapid lambasted Gantz’s actions as „a betrayal to voters and a theft of votes.“

26.03.2020 - 17:21 [ Gil Hoffman, Jerusalem Post's chief political correspondent / Twitter ]

More drama: Yesh Atid formally requested to split out of Blue and White. @yairlapid : @gantzbe decided to crawl into a government with @netanyahu . @bogie_yaalon also breaking off.

20.03.2020 - 12:39 [ Haaretz ]

Unity Under Bibi Would Be Capitulation

On top of all that, this would be political idiocy of the highest order, because sooner or later, Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi will discover what their colleagues in Kahol Lavan’s cockpit, Moshe Ya’alon and Yair Lapid, have already learned through bitter experience: That Netanyahu is exactly what people say of him – a liar, devoid of credibility and dangerous to Israel, just as Kahol Lavan’s leadership so ably explained in election after election. And then, when people once again seek an alternative, nobody in Kahol Lavan’s electorate will give it their vote.

29.10.2019 - 08:07 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says No Progress Achieved in Talks on Unity Government With Netanyahu’s Likud

Yair Lapid, the No. 2 on the Kahol Lavan roster, said at the party meeting that a government can’t be created in the space of 48 hours, and that all Netanyahu had to agree to was to be second in the rotation – i.e., to agree that Gantz serve as prime minister first, then Netanyahu. But what Netanyahu wants is a third election, Lapid said.

“That’s what his lawyers suggested to him, that’s what he needs because of the indictments,” Lapid said.

17.09.2019 - 10:49 [ CNN ]

In the face of Netanyahu’s annexation plans, his centrist rivals remain silent

Netanyahu’s recent announcements, like a pledge to annex parts of the West Bank he made three days before the April 9th elections, have barely registered in the campaign of Blue and White, the centrist party co-led by Generals Benny Gantz, Moshe „Bogie“ Ya’alon, and Gabi Ashkenazi (all former chiefs of the Israeli Defense Forces) along with former finance minister Yair Lapid

26.08.2019 - 17:32 [ Haaretz ]

Anyone but Cowardly, Warmongering Kahol Lavan

Vote left, vote right, just don’t vote nothing. The nothing of Kahol Lavan isn’t merely nothing, it’s an actively destructive nothing. It suffocates any possibility of providing an alternative and eliminates any hope for change.

12.08.2019 - 23:06 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz says he’ll consider joining Netanyahu government if he gets to be PM first

“He wanted us to split up Blue and White and offered to bring us in under all kinds of conditions,” he said. “He offered me anything I wanted in return. But still, we stuck to our principles.”

Gantz added, though, that had Netanyahu “offered a rotation deal where I was prime minister first, then there would have been something to talk about.”

08.08.2019 - 18:36 [ Haaretz ]

Instead of Tossing Out Fantasies, Kahol Lavan Promises Voters a Good War

Tell me, Kahol Lavan, have you lost your minds? Did you get sunstroke? Were you blinded by the neon lights at the office of your political strategist Moshik Teumim? This is your election campaign – war before everything?

23.06.2019 - 20:37 [ Algemeiner.com ]

Sources: Likud and Blue and White Parties Discussing Canceling Elections, Forming Unity Government

Netanyahu and Blue and White party co-chairman Benny Gantz are reportedly not personally involved in any negotiations over a unity government.

Blue and White issued a statement reacting to the report, saying, “There is only one option for cancelling the elections: Netanyahu steps down to deal with his legal issues and Blue and White will lead a wide government.”

17.06.2019 - 06:01 [ Haaretz ]

Yair Lapid Says Coalition With Netanyahu, Lieberman Is the Right Thing for Israel

Yair Lapid, the co-chair of opposition party Kahol Lavan, said on Sunday that he believes a unity government headed by his outfit is the „right thing for Israel.“

Lapid said he would agree to form a coalition with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to comments made by former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Saturday.

09.06.2019 - 13:53 [ Haaretz ]

Kahol Lavan Goes AWOL

Also, back in April, neither Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz nor leading party figure Gabi Ashkenazi bothered to attend the seminar for new MKs, meant to prepare them for working in the Knesset.

Taken together, these reports paint an unflattering picture of an amateurish, disorganized, lazy opposition party. Despite the military background of some of its leaders, formulating a strategy and pursuing it with determination and consistency doesn’t appear to be the party’s modus operandi.

05.06.2019 - 06:00 [ Times of Israel ]

Lapid says Netanyahu turning Israel into Iran by agreeing to gender segregation

TV report uncovers draft agreement between Likud and ultra-Orthodox parties to change law barring discriminatory separation between men and women in public

08.04.2019 - 22:10 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

Israel: ‚We are half a metre from winning‘ – Gantz on election

Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) Party leader, Benny Gantz said that his party is „half a metre from winning,“ in Tel Aviv on Monday, as parties scrambled to rally last-minute voters for the upcoming national election. „Friends, we need two more seats, and we must have two more seats. It is only a few tens of thousands of people,“ Gantz said.

06.04.2019 - 20:08 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Says Will Begin Annexing West Bank if Re-elected Prime Minister

„A Palestinian state will endanger our existence and I withstood huge pressure over the past eight years, no prime minister has withstood such pressure. We must control our destiny,“ the premier said.

After boasting that he was responsible for U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Netanyahu told the program „Meet the Press“: „Will we move ahead to the next stage? Yes.

03.04.2019 - 06:58 [ Haaretz ]

Poll: Netanyahu’s Likud Overtakes Gantz’s Kahol Lavan; Labor Surges to 14 Seats

A new poll published by Israel’s Channel 13 Tuesday night predicted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party would overtake his rival Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan.
According to the poll, Likud would get 29 Knesset seats if elections were held today, whereas the political alliance headed by Gantz would get 28 seats.

03.04.2019 - 06:51 [ Haaretz ]

Network of Fake Social Media Accounts Boosting Netanyahu Ahead of Election, Report Says

A network of hundreds of social media accounts has been working to boost Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election campaign and smear his opponents ahead of next week’s election, the New York Times and Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Monday, citing a report by a watchdog group.

02.04.2019 - 13:04 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Gantz: Netanyahu leading campaign of terror on Israelis‘ consciousness

Blue and White leader lashes out after report says fake Facebook, Twitter network operating to promote prime minister’s reelection on April 9; party says it has filed complaint with police

02.04.2019 - 11:30 [ New York Times ]

Twitter Network Uses Fake Accounts to Promote Netanyahu, Israel Watchdog Finds

An Israeli watchdog group has found a network of hundreds of social media accounts, many of them fake, used to smear opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in next week’s election and to amplify the messages of his Likud party, according to a report to be released Monday.

The messages posted on the network’s Twitter and Facebook accounts are frequently reposted by prominent Likud campaign officials and by the prime minister’s son, Yair Netanyahu, the report says.

02.04.2019 - 11:28 [ Ynetnews.com ]

An army of fake social media in the service of Netanyahu

According to the findings of the Big Bots Project, this network has posted more than 130,000 times in Hebrew on Facebook and Twitter – posts that have had 2.5 million hits in Israel. These posts have the sole purpose of praising Netanyahu and spreading false information about his rivals, primarily his main challenger Benny Gantz, the former IDF chief who leads the Blue and White Party.

01.04.2019 - 09:28 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Arabs Aren’t Flocking to the Polls

This is a serious mistake. High turnout among Arab Israelis isn’t only critical to bolster their sense of belonging to the state; it’s also a necessary condition for replacing the government. Netanyahu understands this very well. That’s why he has made keeping the Arabs away from the polls a key political goal – in order to keep the left out of power.

01.04.2019 - 08:18 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz said to ask Shin Bet to probe whether Mossad behind leak of phone hack

(today) The Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, is currently headed by Yossi Cohen, who was chosen for the post by Prime Minister Netanyahu after serving as his national security adviser.

01.04.2019 - 08:04 [ Haaretz ]

Former Mossad Chief: Leaking Hack of Gantz’s Phone ‚An Attack on Democracy‘

(18.3.2019)

Even if Iran really turns out to be responsible, it does not amount to more than an embarrassment, Pardo said. „Anybody who understands anything about cyber security knows that if somebody wants to do harm – illegitimately and unethically – they can disseminate fake, fabricated information – and go prove that it’s wrong.“

01.04.2019 - 05:51 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu: If Gantz can’t protect his phone, how will he protect the country?

(18.3.2019)

“He was supposed to protect his phone. That is his personal failure. If Gantz can’t protect his phone, how will he protect the country?” Netanyahu asked. “Second, Gantz and Lapid supported the dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, the deal that I fought and I am glad that I acted successfully to convince the president of the US to leave and to renew sanctions on Iran.”

01.04.2019 - 05:30 [ Haaretz ]

Report: Gantz Demands Probe to See if Mossad Leaked News of Phone Hack

Speaking at a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Netanyahu responded to the report about Gantz’s request that the Shin Bet investigate, saying,“They [Kahol Lavan] are trying to drag the Mossad, that magnificent organization that protects Israeli security, into the political discourse. That mustn’t be done, and I don’t plan to let it pass. The leaks about Gantz came from the headquarters of [Yesh Atid Chairman Yair] Lapid and Gantz, so I am calling on them to show responsibility, be statesmanlike, and leave the Mossad and the Shin Bet out of politics. We have enough things to fight about.”

30.03.2019 - 15:59 [ Dennis Ross / Washington Post ]

Golan policy may invite Israel’s right to annex West Bank territory. That would spell disaster.

Benny Gantz and the other leaders of the Blue and White party have already declared they will not join a government if Netanyahu heads it, because the attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, has declared his intent to indict Netanyahu.

24.03.2019 - 10:27 [ ORF.at ]

Knesset-Wahl: Duell in Israel wird zu Schlammschlacht

In israelischen Medien wird davon ausgegangen, dass das Netanjahu-Lager die Information an die Medien weiterspielte, um Gantz unter Druck zu bringen.

Dieser wies alle Vorwürfe zurück und bestritt die Behauptung Netanjahus, auf dem Handy hätten sich sensible Daten befunden. Er sei daher auch nicht erpressbar. Netanjahu griff Gantz bei einer Pressekonferenz jedoch an und warf ihm vor, die Unwahrheit zu sagen: „Was wissen die Iraner über dich, das du uns nicht sagst?“

24.03.2019 - 10:19 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz: I won’t quit prime minister race over Iranian phone hack

(19.3.2019) Blue and White leader challenges Netanyahu to debate, says there was nothing sensitive on device and his wife supports him; rules out coalition with Arab Israeli parties

22.03.2019 - 13:10 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Refuses to Be an Alternative

First, in all the interviews he evaded giving a direct answer, which would clarify whether he and his ticket support the two-state solution. Hard to believe, but such a basic question was left without an answer, apart from evasive, cowardly beating around the bush.

19.03.2019 - 18:14 [ Times of Israel ]

Gantz demands AG probe whether Netanyahu leaked Iran phone hack claims

“Given that the ‘hack’ reportedly took place a long time ago, and given that it’s inconceivable that a source in the security services would leak details about an alleged ‘Iranian hack,’ and noting the timing of the ‘leak’ [in the middle of an election campaign] — it was clearly done by someone who has access to sensitive defense information and possesses an interest in harming Gantz,” the party charged in an official appeal to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Saturday night.

12.03.2019 - 18:02 [ Haaretz ]

A State on the Edge of the Abyss

It’s a shame that Benny Gantz and his partners are trying to mimic Likud instead of presenting a program to pull Israeli society – its growing minorities in particular – from an educational brink

10.03.2019 - 17:49 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz’s Party Releases Platform: Deepen Separation From Palestinians, Strengthen Settlement Blocs

(6.3.2019) Kahol Lavan, the new party headed by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, released its party platform on Wednesday in advance of the April 9 Knesset election.

27.02.2019 - 19:34 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Mussolini-style ‚Red Menace‘ Scare Tactics Threaten Israeli Democracy

After successfully instilling public opinion with an automatic association between “the left” and disloyalty in the service of malevolent foreigners, Netanyahu and his Likud messengers are studiously attaching the stigma to their political rivals including, most ludicrously, former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and his newly-formed Blue and White party, which would be classified as center-right by any normal standard. For those too dense to comprehend, Netanyahu now insists on expanding the term “left” with the arguably racist determiner “backed by Arabs” to drive home the opposition’s subversive treachery.

24.02.2019 - 14:18 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Will Overtake Netanyahu by Six Knesset Seats, Poll Predicts

The poll, conducted over the weekend after final party rosters were submitted to Israel’s Central Elections Committee on Thursday, saw Kahol Lavan getting 35 Knesset seats and Likud, Israel’s ruling party, 29.

The survey also showed that a center-left-wing bloc would receive as many seats as a right-wing one:

22.02.2019 - 20:08 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Haredi MK: Lapid-Gantz list will cause ‚civil war‘

Knesset Vice Chairman Yisrael Eichler (UTJ) expressed concern over MK Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party joining together with Benny Gantz’s new „Israel Resilience“ party, Kikar Hashabbat reported.

In his opinion, if the Lapid-Gantz joint party comes to power, it will seriously harm the haredi community, causing a bloodless „civil war.“

22.02.2019 - 20:00 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu: Lapid, Gantz will endanger security, destroy economy

“We may have a left-wing, Lapid-Gantz government relying on Arab parties. A government like this will destroy our economy. Sooner or later, probably sooner, they will establish a Palestinian state… that will endanger our existence,” he said.

22.02.2019 - 19:54 [ Washington Post ]

Netanyahu’s election rivals merge as Israeli leader makes pact with extreme right

One of those factions is Otzma Yehudit, or Jewish Power, made up of followers of the late Meir Kahane, an ultranationalist American Israeli rabbi. Israeli commentators and U.S. Jewish groups immediately decried the move, saying the faction was clearly an offshoot of Kahane’s Kach party, a group that is designated a terrorist organization by the State Department and banned in Israel.

22.02.2019 - 19:42 [ CBN.com ]

New Blue and White Party Projected to Beat Netanyahu in Upcoming Election

Also part of the Blue and White party alliance is Moshe Ya’alon’s Telem, which made an alliance with Israel Resilience last month.

If the new faction wins the election, Gantz and Lapid would both serve as Israel’s Prime Minister. Gantz will serve for the first two and a half years while Lapid will be foreign minister and Ya’alon will lead the Defense Ministry.

31.01.2019 - 08:20 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Closes Gap on Netanyahu: Dramatic Rise in Polls After Debut Speech

When asked who should be prime minister, 36% of those polled by Channel 12 said Netanyahu while 35% said Gantz.

A poll held last week showed that Netanyahu would lose four Knesset seats if Attorney General Avichai Medelblit announces his intention to indict him for accepting bribes ahead of the election.

26.04.2018 - 12:22 [ Radio Utopie ]

Das friedliche Zusammenleben der Völker und Heimat aller Religionen, das ist die Berliner Republik, nicht Israel

„In 15 Jahren von politischem Aktivismus, und rund acht Jahren als ein Journalist, kann ich mich nicht an eine Zeit erinnern, an der Menschen um mich so angsterfüllt waren ihre Meinung zu sagen. Jedenfalls nicht Juden, und definitiv nicht in Tel Aviv“.

Haggai Matar, Jewish Daily Forward, 21. Juni 2014

„Ich lese ihnen einmal vor, was Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz, ein entschiedener Gegner der Besatzung, 1968 geschrieben hat, ein Jahr nach dem Sechs-Tage-Krieg: ´Ein Staat, der über eine feindliche Bevölkerung mit Millionen Fremden herrscht, wird notgedrungen zu einem Geheimdienststaat, mit allen Folgen für die Erziehung, die Rede und Meinungsfreiheit und die Demokratie. Die für jedes Kolonialsystem typische Korruption wird auch Israel erfassen. Die Verwaltung wird arabische Aufstandsbewegungen unterdrücken und sich arabische Quislinge und Verräter heranziehen.´ Was halten Sie von dieser Prophezeihung in Hinblick auf den Staat Israel heute?“

„Ich stimme dem Wort für Wort zu.“

„Geht es etwas genauer?“

„Wozu? Jedes Wort das er geschrieben hat, ist in Fels gehauen.“

Ex-Elitesoldat der israelischen Streitkräfte Dror Moreh, Regisseur und Fragesteller, und Yuval Diskin, ehemaliger Leiter des Inlandsgeheimdienstes Shin Bet, in „The Gatekeepers“ („Töte zuerst“).

„Warum haben Sie sich dafür entschieden, mit Leuten vom Geheimdienst zu sprechen und nicht mit Politikern?“

„Weil niemand Politikern traut. Politiker würden ihre Mutter verkaufen, um eine Stimme zu bekommen.“

Dror Moreh zu seiner Dokumentation „The Gatekeepers“ im Interview mit der „Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung“.

Seit Jahren emigrieren Israelis in die Stadt, die der Berliner Republik ihren Namen gibt. Dafür gibt es einen Grund. Dieser Staat und seine Regierung sind es nicht. Als sich ihr Kollege Yair Lapid, seines Zeichens glorreicher Finanzminister, im Oktober 2013 lauthals über die Flucht gerade junger und kreativer Israelis nach Berlin beschwerte, entblödete sich der Botschafter der Merkel-Steinmeier-Regierung nicht, sich zu entschuldigen und zu behaupten, diese quasi-Abtrünnigen würden ja Deutschland bald wieder verlassen.

26.04.2018 - 11:43 [ Arutz Sheva 7 ]

Lapid wants controversial Arab MK booted from the Knesset

(22.4.2018) Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid announced on Sunday that his faction will support legislation enabling the Knesset to oust controversial Arab-Israel lawmaker Hanin Zoabi from office.

Lapid said that he decided that Zoabi needed to be booted from the Knesset after she said two weeks ago that ‚millions of Palestinians‘ should march on Jerusalem following the violent riots in Gaza.

26.04.2018 - 11:37 [ diePresse.com ]

Israel: Netanjahu und Lapid wollen breite Koalition

(25.1.2013) Der israelische Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu und Yair Lapid, der mit seiner Zukunftspartei bei der Parlamentswahl überraschend Platz zwei erreichte, wollen offenbar eine möglichst breite Koalitionsregierung bilden. Das berichtete die Zeitung „Jerusalem Post“ am Freitag.

26.04.2018 - 11:04 [ Arutz Sheva 7 ]

Lapid wears a kippah and demonstrates in Berlin

„I came to Berlin as part of our concerted effort to get the EU to define Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and to stop the money earmarked for terror. The moment I heard that the head of the community here told Jews not to walk around with a kippah in the streets because of anti-Semitism, I went and bought the biggest kippah I could find in Berlin. I wore it and came to a demonstration against anti-Semitism with hundreds of Jews and non-Jews who all wore a kippah and told anti-Semites, ‚You will fear us, we will not fear you,'“ Lapid said.