Israel Elections - The latest news from the Israeli election campaigns.The competing members of the Knesset, candidates, analysis and comentaries
Yamina continued to rise in the polls, receiving 16 seats in the N13 poll and 15 in the N12 poll, more than twice their current amount (6).
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With the country still reeling from the economic impact of the coronavirus, Gantz does not want the government to purchase or lease another home.
Office to cost Israeli taxpayers millions, to be led by Gantz's top aide from army days, Hod Betzer.
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The Blue and White Party broke up on Thursday after Gantz decided to enter Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.
Both Likud and Blue and White claim victory after Israel’s third election in a year.
Balad: We took into account accomplishments obtained during negotiations with Blue and White
The incoming Knesset is not very different from the outgoing, as 112 MKs will continue to serve.
Rather than serve as an example of tolerant inclusive dialogue, the Knesset has become a fountain of toxic verbal violence.
New Likud ad warns that Gantz's potential partners do not recognize the state.
Representatives of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud were among six abstentions in the vote after protesting that there were not more recounts held nationwide.
Likud officials said Tuesday that the most likely scenario was that "political instability would continue."
Rivlin will begin his consultations with representatives of the eight Knesset factions on Sunday. The deadline for him to appoint a Knesset member to form a government is next Tuesday, March 17.
From his seven mandate perch, can Liberman succeed in gunning for a centrist government made up of Blue and White and the Likud?
Netanyahu’s bloc stays at 58 seats.
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An announcement of final yet unofficial results of Monday's election will be made on Thursday evening, the Central Elections Committee announced on Wednesday.
The Center-Left got a clear majority of votes with Blue and white getting more than twice as many votes as Likud and Labor-Gesher-Meretz received twice as many votes as Yamina.
Blue and White begins effort to oust Netanyahu.
Yamina gained seven seats in last September's election, but just six in Monday's ballot.
Gantz’s lack of charisma and unconvincing message, along with Netanyahu’s campaigning talents and effort to undermine trust in law enforcement agencies caused the party's defeat.
"The country had its say," a Likud spokesman said. "The people want a nationalist government under Netanyahu."
The first message the voters is that they don't care if Netanyahu will begin standing trial in two weeks on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
The silver lining for Netanyahu of not having an immunity request on the Knesset’s docket was that long debates on his status would not be at the top of the news in the weeks before an election.
Who might Likud try to recruit? What would potential defectors seek, and what would Likud be willing to give them?
Arabs that had supported Jewish parties in the past came to understand that they needed to vote instead for the Arab parties to receive civil rights and equality.
Analysis: There is a strong chance that the court will deny any postponement, and if it grant one, it will not be significant.
Pompeo announced that the State Department released official guidance on the subject only hours before his address.
The final results of the elections should be received on Tuesday, March 10. Rivlin will then have seven days in order to carry out consultations with Knesset members and make a decision.
For two elections running, neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Blue and White Party head Benny Gantz were able to form a government without the Yisrael Beytenu leader.
Here are the new members of Knesset according to the Central Elections Committee's most recent results!
The final voter turnout was 71% - up from 69.8% in the previous election.
Quarantined voters complained of long waiting times and confusing procedures
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Monday's election "the biggest win of my life" in his victory speech at Expo Tel Aviv that started at 2:20am Tuesday.
Gantz called on the activists to wait for the results before deciding the outcome of the race.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked voters on Monday night after exit poll results showed a win for the Likud Party.
There were no cheering crowds at the party’s gathering in the Hangar 11 events hall of the Tel Aviv port district, and little hope.
Strangely enough, the problem in Israel over the past year has not been that politicians have lied. It has been that they have been telling the truth.
Bennett, Shaked, Smotrich and Peretz spend Election Day meeting voters and supporters all over Israel
One conclusion from these elections: Tibi scares Israelis more than Erdogan.
"Bibi, Bibi, king of Israel," Netanyahu supporters chanted as they prepared for a night of anticipated celebration.
The Joint List is my voice and your voice together against the incitement in favor of national, civil and sectoral equality
Each of the three called on Blue and White to avoid attacking their party and to avoid cannibalizing them for more votes.
“The coronavirus is under control and the Health Ministry is the only one authorized to update the country on the issue."
Shas Party was fined for handling out amulets that it claimed would protect voters from the coronavirus.
Apparently, neither coronavirus nor 'election fatigue' can stop Israelis from participating in the democratic process, as Israelis turned out in droves to vote on Monday morning.
The voter turnout at 8 p.m. was 65.5%, a 1.8% increase from the September elections and the highest turnout rate at this hour since the 1999 elections.
As the day progressed, Shas leader Arye Deri, UTJ leader and Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman and senior UTJ MK Moshe Gafni all started hitting the panic button.
Between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., over 7,000 purchases were made per minute, with over 450,000 transactions amounting to NIS 110 million.
“We thought people were apathetic, that people wouldn’t come out to vote,” Fuchs said, explaining that the election fatigue that pollsters and analysts were expecting was blown out of proportion.
The amulets consist of a small card bearing various sentences from Jewish scripture and liturgy with a picture of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and states 'Protection against plague: Corona - and all evils'
Joint List supporters said they were making a big effort to persuade Arab women and youth to participate in the election, noting that many of them had boycotted the last two elections.
"Make an ideological vote - to the only party on the Right who is not trying to con its voters," Otzma Yehudit stated.
"I hope it will be a successful day in which we will be able to end the political stalemate," Shaked said outside the polling station.
This is not the first time Google has put out a doodle for Israel's elections, with the search engine having put up a similar but visually different doodle for the September 17 and April 9 elections.
"Today is a holiday for Israeli democracy. I call on everyone to go and vote. Don’t get drawn in by the lies or by the violence."
“The ability to securely and confidently go to the polls is an important democratic right that we should be proud of," Netanyahu stressed.
"I am asking of you to go vote. Every vote is the right one. Every vote is your voice. Go out and make it heard"
"After I devoted all my efforts to unite the camp, bring about its victory in the election and safeguard our democracy, I was forced to pay a price," Shaffir wrote.
Be careful of 'fake news' today. Only the Ministry of Health is responsible for making announcements to the public on the coronavirus.
"Fight for your truth, the truths of your children, the truths of your parents, the truth of your health, the truths of your education."
"God willing there will we be a decision tonight, that there will be a majority of 61, that we will be able to establish a government to serve the people of Israel."
Before the last election, Netanyahu's Facebook page sent messages calling on voters to prevent a government with the Joint List, saying that Arabs "want to destroy us all – women, children and men."
This time around, Netanyahu has hyper focused on the extreme, centrist and soft right-wing voters, by going into overdrive on sovereignty and settlement building.
Like the two previous elections, Netanyahu has made himself once again the focus of this election. It’s all about him.
The prime minister's sophisticated use of big data was unimaginable a decade ago, but may well push the right wing bloc over the 61-seat line required to win the election.
The IDF has no budget for its Momentum multi-year plan. Get it together Israel.
“You are a man with no limits or red lines who uses Mafia tactics,” Blue and White said.
After a year with no government in Israel, AIPAC attendees hope this election can resolve the deadlock.
That the vitriol of this campaign has not poisoned everyday interactions between people on the street speaks well of the country – proof, yet again, that the people are better than the politicians.
Party leaders such as Bennett and Shaked have repeatedly argued that Yamina remains the only party that formally opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state
Blue and White remains dedicated to ousting Netanyahu, but hasn’t succeeded in convincing its target audience on the soft Right.
The only "glimmer of hope that can turn the tables and change all the calculations is the possibility that US Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders would win the upcoming US presidential election."
"After a decade in office, and in light of corruption charges, we hope that the elections tomorrow will finally put an end to the Netanyahu era."
Liberman has promised “surprises” and undisclosed “alternate” solutions to Israel’s political crisis after the election.
Says Netanyahu wouldn't attack Iran.
Two hundred Arab students from Kfar Qasim high school attended an election conference last week to get excited about this Monday's Israeli election.
“We are for hope and hope will win.”
The Likud Party responded by calling Liberman's statement "a complete lie."
Labor-Gesher-Meretz head Amir Peretz suggested a center-left minority government backed by both Avigdor Liberman and the Joint List may be in order.
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The Arabic-language accounts were uncovered by the nonprofit organization Democratic Bloc and were confirmed removed on Tuesday.
With Israelis heading to the polls Tuesday for an unprecedented third time in less than a year, some Israelis expats are declining to get on a plane to cast a ballot.
According to several polls, the Joint List, a coalition of the four largest Arab-majority parties, will gain at least one more seat this time around, raising its representation to 14.
As time has gone on in the campaign, “stability voters” have shifted rightward to Likud and its satellite parties, as evidenced by recent polls.
Asked who is most fit to be prime minister, 45% said Netanyahu, 36% Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, 13% none of the above and seven percent said they did not know.
Similar percentage fear getting coronavirus.
The free ice cream will be available to customers spending NIS 20 or more at retailers throughout the city, after bringing a receipt to select ice cream retailers.
Liberman also defended his decision to break censorship and reveal that Israeli officials visited Qatar recently to coordinate the transfer of cash payments from Qatar to Hamas in Gaza.
Since the last elections held in September, the number of eligible voters aged 18 and up has risen by 62,000 or 1.1%