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.
In 2019, he agreed to merge his Yesh Atid party into Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan and accepted Gantz’s leadership.
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.
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.
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.“
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.
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.
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.
Lapid lambasted Gantz’s actions as „a betrayal to voters and a theft of votes.“
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.
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.
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
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.
“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.”
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?
Despite the emphasis on its place in Israeli politics, the alliance’s campaign tactics can leave voters bewildered.
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.”
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.
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.
TV report uncovers draft agreement between Likud and ultra-Orthodox parties to change law barring discriminatory separation between men and women in public
Israel wählt heute ein neues Parlament. In Umfragen liegen die Likud-Partei von Premier Netanyahu und das „Blau-Weiß“-Bündnis von Ex-Armeechef Gantz gleichauf.
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.
„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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.“
“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.”
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.”
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.
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?“
(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
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.
“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.
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
(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.
Exclusive Haaretz survey: Poll supervised by Tel Aviv University Prof. Camil Fuchs and conducted on March 7 ..
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.
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:
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.“
“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.
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.
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.
Blue and White: 35
New Right: 7
Jewish Home-National Union-Otzma: 6
Yisrael Beytenu: 5
#Gantz and #Lapid merge parties ahead of April #elections
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.
„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.
(1.10.2013) One reader responds to Yair Lapid on Facebook by noting that some expats ‚go from a situation where they barely made ends meet to being financially comfortable.‘
(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.
(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.
(19.4.2018) Something happened to him. Something changed. He’s not the same person that he was.
„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.