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Israel Elections - The latest news from the Israeli election campaigns.The competing members of the Knesset, candidates, analysis and comentaries

When will there be a third election?

Gantz had until midnight to form a government, but by 8 p.m., he informed President Reuven Rivlin that he did not succeed.

Netanyahu, Gantz spin minority coalition in push for unity compromise

Gantz met with President Reuven Rivlin for an hour and a half Saturday night.

17/11/2019
Liberman to meet with Gantz and Rivlin for coalition talks

Following the sensitive security situation, coalition negotiations have fallen from the headlines, but remain ongoing behind the scenes.

By ARIK BENDER/MAARIV , ANNA BARSKY
13/11/2019
Likud: Blue and White can stop driving the State of Israel crazy

Likud says that "Lieberman doesn't know what he wants." Yisrael Beytenu shoots back "Netanyahu has forgotten about the voters."

By 103FM
10/11/2019
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz speaks at the Yitzhak Rabin memorial rally, Tel Aviv, November 2 2
Gantz: We’re looking for options other than Likud for coalition

Gantz, who has less than two weeks left before his deadline to form a government, said his party is now exploring options other than a unity coalition.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet to discuss possible pol
If Israel has direct elections, who would you vote for? - Poll

Netanyahu, Gantz or someone else? Take the Jerusalem Post's poll

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/11/2019
Right bloc eyes direct elections while Netanyahu still calls for unity

Liberman denies compromising; MK accuses Netanyahu of intervening in Likud race.

A Jewish worshipper holds the Four Species, used in rituals for the holiday of Sukkot which began la
Can the afterglow of Sukkot affect the formation of government in Israel?

The heart of the matter, as everyone knows, is a conflict between Avigdor Liberman and the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) world over a bill for military service by haredi men.

By SHIMON COWEN
31/10/2019
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet to discuss possible pol
Likud, Blue and White work out the details of rotation deal

Blue and White concerned Netanyahu would fire ministers; parties disagree on when in the legal process Netanyahu would have to resign.

Will Gantz be able to break up Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc?

Political Affairs: When will the ‘bloc party’ end?

The sex scandal that might land Israeli Olympic windsurfer in hot water

Windsurfer Katy Spychakov admitted to having a romantic relationship with her trainer.

The process for forming the 35th government of Israel - Explainer

The following information was distributed to the media by the President's Office.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/10/2019
Whither religious-Zionist parties - analysis

The most critical and controversial split was that of Bayit Yehudi leaders Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked when they splintered off from their host party to form New Right.

Is Netanyahu’s offer to Gantz a manipulation or a compromise? - analysis

What Netanyahu has not offered is to give up on his 55-seat bloc of right-wing parties, which includes Shas, UTJ, Bayit Yehudi and New Right.

Yair Lapid, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Benny Gantz
Gantz rejects unity offer from Netanyahu

Blue and White leader to get mandate on Thursday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz mee
Unity government breakthrough possible with Gantz eyeing compromise

A source very close to Gantz denied the quote to The Jerusalem Post, but said they are ready for compromises to prevent a third election.

Right bloc vows not to join minority government

The three MKs from the New Right – Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennett and Matan Kahane – refused to sign the document, calling the pledge "unnecessary."

16/10/2019
Avichay Mandelblit attends Ayelet Shaked's goodbye party.
When will A-G decide Bibi’s fate and how will that impact the next PM?

Mandelblit has made it clear that he will decide before December 15, when State Attorney Shai Nitzan steps down.

Eight days left to coalition talks but unity government still not close

Coalition battle escalates into all-out war between Likud, Yisrael Beytenu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a memorial ceremony for Israe
Netanyahu's turn is counting down without any progress - Analysis

Netanyahu hasn’t given up yet and is keeping his mandate with over a week until the October 24 deadline.

Avigdor Liberman, chairman of Yisrael Beytenu in conversation with the Jerusalem Post
Avigdor Liberman blames Likud for political stalemate

Liberman also complained that the Likud has repeatedly accused him of being willing to support a minority left-wing government.

15/10/2019
Miriam Peretz (L) shakes hands with Israel President Reuven Rivlin (R).
Miriam Peretz urges sides to form unity government

"I wish that Peretz had been the candidate for prime minister."

By DAVID GEFFEN
07/10/2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks at his watch before delivering a statement at the Kn
The promises politicians need to break to prevent a third election

The problem in the coalition talks can be succinctly summarized as follows: Everyone is keeping their promises.

Bezalel Smotrich: 'Jews are the landlords of this land'

On Friday, Smotrich wrote on Twitter that the Arab-Israelis are still in Israel, "at least for now," because "we are the greatest hosts since the time of our forefather Abraham."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/10/2019
The Likud party meets in the Knesset on September 23, 2019.
A Knesset adrift - analysis

The Knesset is an independent branch of government, but it’s mostly paralyzed without a coalition

Gideon Sa'ar (L) and Benjamin Netanyahu (R)
Netanyahu quashes ‘coup’ to unseat him

Sa’ar ready to challenge Netanyahu for Likud leadership

04/10/2019
Knesset Quiz: How much do you know about Israel's parliament?

The 22nd Knesset is being sworn in on Thursday.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/10/2019
Yisrael Beytenu leader MK Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu invites Avigdor Liberman to join coalition

The PM's spokesman said there did not end up being a breakthrough in the meeting.

03/10/2019
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu. He cannot be a unifier
52% of Israelis don't think Netanyahu should be offered plea bargain - poll

The poll also found that more than four times as many Israelis prefer a unity government to a third round of elections (64% compared to 15%).

By IDAN ZONSHINE
03/10/2019
PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN gestures to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the President’s Residence o
Netanyahu likely to return mandate to Rivlin

Gantz could be tasked with building coalition by end of week

28/09/2019
Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze'ev Elkin, Blue and White MK Yoram Turbowicz and Tourism Minister Yariv
Coalition talks start with boycott again

"Likud wants to build a ceiling before the house's foundations while his party wants to build foundations first," Blue and White chief coalition negotiator Yoram Turbowicz told the Jerusalem Post.

27/09/2019
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a nomination ceremony a
Something’s gotta give

Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz had not reached an agreement or taken any steps toward building a coalition together.

PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN gestures to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the President’s Residence o
Political Affairs: A sweet new election year?

Netanyahu faces major challenges in trying to form a government, with chances growing of a third election in 5780.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a nomination ceremony a
Netanyahu didn’t win the election, why is he forming the government?

Despite not getting the more votes than Blue and White, Netanyahu still got the chance to form the government. These are the reasons for this development

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
26/09/2019
Reuven Rivlin, Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu meet on September 23, 2019.
Gantz to Netanyahu: Let’s aim for a real unity government without spin

Gantz called out to Netanyahu and asked him to come to the negotiation table without the bloc or any other tricks, citing the good of the state as the reason that should be done.

Balad denies conspiracy with Blue and White

"Balad does not make decisions according to the tactical whims of Blue and White, or anyone else."

26/09/2019
Yisrael Beytenu leader MK Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Liberman: Ready to negotiate without preconditions

In the same interview, he said he would negotiate only with Likud and not the other members of its 55-member right-wing and religious bloc.

26/09/2019
Likud, Blue & White coalition talks fail to make progress

Next meeting between the negotiation parties had been scheduled for Friday in hopes of denying the possibility of a third round of elections.

By ALON EINHORN
26/09/2019
President Reuven Rivlin (center) meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Blue and W
Netanyahu is going nowhere fast - analysis

“We need it now.” “I emphasize the speed.” “As soon as possible.” “We can do it very fast,” are just a few examples of how Netanyahu said coalition talks should move.

Israeli elections and identity politics

Reforming the Israeli election system is imperative, as many feel ignored under the current system

25/09/2019
Encountering peace: The next government’s mission

What the next government must do in order to remedy the problems of the last few

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Boc
Candidly speaking: Netanyahu: End of an era

If Netanyahu persists in dragging out the duration of a caretaker government, he will be preventing the formation of a broad coalition.

25/09/2019
Opportunity for change

Since 1992, when supporting late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, the Arab parties enacted a policy not to support any candidate from neither the Right nor the Left.

UTJ’s 8th placed candidate likely to enter to the 22nd Knesset

Pindrus was the unlucky UTJ MK, placed eight on the party list, who lost his job as the result of this realignment

Ultra-Orthodox voters for non-ultra-Orthodox parties declines

One reason for this might be that the many attacks on ultra-orthodox parties had brought back several voters to them.

Benny Gantz, chairman of the Blue and White party, places a hand on the Western Wall
Blue and White fail to attract support from religious-Zionist community

Gantz’s party actually lost half of its support from religious-Zionist community in September compared to the April election, likely due its declared refusal to sit with the religious-Zionist parties

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a nomination ceremony a
Reuven Rivlin gives Netanyahu mandate to form government

President Reuven Rivlin formally gave Netanyahu four weeks to form the government after a meeting at the President's Residence.

26/09/2019
Rivlin again warns against 3rd round of elections

President Reuven Rivlin quipped that if there is a third round, Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melcer would receive an emergency call.

United Torah Judaism chairman Yaakov Litzman gets a briefing at the UTJ election campaign headquarte
UTJ may challenge election results after losing seat to Likud

Central Elections Committee cancels six ballots due to fraud allegations.

Reuven Rivlin, Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu meet on September 23, 2019.
Likud up to 32 seats, just one less than Blue and White, CEC announces

The Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox party United Torah Judaism moved from eight seats to seven seats. Blocs's numbers remained stable.

Pres. Reuven Rivlin has PM Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Gantz shake hands
Rivlin to delay granting mandate after talks start badly

Decision to coincide with Netanyahu hearing

25/09/2019
Liberman doubles down, won’t sit with ultra-Orthodox, ‘messianics,’ Arabs

“The one and only commitment of ours is to our voters who voted for us and gave us their trust on September 17,” wrote Liberman on his Facebook account.

Abd al Hakim Hajj Yahya of Raam Balad party, April, 2019
Arab party member admits they met with Likud to negotiate in radio prank

Yahya confirmed that Mansour Abbas, Natan Eshel and Miki Zohar met before the dissolving of the Knesset.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
24/09/2019
Reuven Rivlin, Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu meet on September 23, 2019.
'Significant progress' in 2 hour Netanyahu-Gantz meeting

After two-hour meeting, Rivlin calls on party leaders to put nation first even if they end up paying personal price

24/09/2019
President Rivlin hosted the end of the year event for "Israeli Hope Standard"
Netanyahu 55, Gantz 54 as President Reuven Rivlin concludes consultations

President Reuven Rivlin is set to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at 6:30 p.m. to announce which of them will form the next government.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the post-election rally on September 18, 2019.
Netanyahu: I will be given two chances to form government, plan to succeed

Netanyahu said parties should not exclude or boycott other parties.

23/09/2019
Balad votes won’t count for Gantz, putting Netanyahu in lead

PM has more recommendations as coalition consultations end

Pres. Reuven Rivlin has PM Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Gantz shake hands
The decision is Rivlin’s – and Rivlin wants unity

"The people of Israel want a government that will be stable. A stable government cannot be a government without both of the two largest parties."

Pres. Reuven Rivlin has PM Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Gantz shake hands
Joint List endorses Gantz without Balad, giving Netanyahu majority

Blue and White decides to forego first shot to form government

22/09/2019
Leader of Blue and White party Benny Gantz speaks on February 28, 2019
Balad members oppose recommending Gantz

"Balad voted along with the Joint List to take down Netanyahu, and will keep working to prevent that, but at the same time don't see Gantz as an alternative."

By IDAN ZONSHINE
22/09/2019
Liberman declines to recommend Gantz or Netanyahu to form govt

Yisrael Beytenu leader says both candidates have tried to avoid national unity government, denies cooperation with Gantz.

President Rivlin with members of Blue and White
Rivlin: Public wants a stable gov’t

Members of the Joint List decided to recommend Gantz to build a coalition. This will be the first time since Yitzhak Rabin that an Arab party recommends someone for Prime Minister.

Shas party leader Arye Deri
How Shas expanded its voter base while under hostile fire in the elections

The ultra-Orthodox party dramatically raised its voter share in towns and cities in the periphery by targeting religiously traditional voters who may have left Shas in recent elections.

Office
WeWork CEO Adam Neumann wants to be Israel’s prime minister

“He told at least one person directly that his ambitions included becoming Israel’s prime minister,” Eliot Brown wrote.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
20/09/2019
Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz speaking with Blue and White Party supporters, 2019.
UTJ MKs to ask top rabbi if they can join govt with Lapid

The Jerusalem Post independently confirmed the report.

Netanyahu calls for proplr in Jerusalem to go and vote
Middle Israel: Where did Bibi go wrong?

It is not too early to say that a critical mass of the electorate this week announced the beginning of its end.

Joint List leader Ayman Odeh votes, September 17, 2019
Political Affairs: Netanyahu’s nightmare - Odeh becomes the kingmaker?

The PM’s focus on Arab turnout seems to have only deepened the stalemate in the Knesset and brought the Joint List to historic heights.

Political Affairs: Are we headed to a third election?

What can be done to minimize the chance and can a compromise be reached

20/09/2019
Shas ‘willing’ to join Lapid in government

UTJ MKs set to ask rabbinic leadership if the can sit with Lapid too

A mirage of Netanyahu-Gantz unity at Peres’ grave

Rivlin stood in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery and pushed Gantz and Netanyahu into a handshake, in which he grabbed first Gantz’s hand and then Netanyahu’s, pulling the two men together.

Liberman: Netanyahu seeking to blame me, Gantz for failure to form govt.

Yisrael Beytenu leader again calls for Netanyahu and Gantz to form national unity govt with him and without ultra-Orthodox and religious-Zionist parties.

Netanyahu calls on Gantz to form unity government

"Netanyahu is having difficulty accepting his loss, and is trying to disguise Blue and White's victory as the largest party and say there is no clear decision."

Yisrael Beytenu leader MK Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu cannibalized his own, vilified Israeli Arabs – and fell short

This time, Netanyahu's tactics regarding Arab turnout have failed him

Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Benny Gantz (R)
Netanyahu to pursue unity with Blue and White

Likudniks say he’s even ready for rotation with Gantz

19/09/2019
Two days after Israeli election, Trump yet to call Netanyahu

"Those results are coming in, and it's very close. Look, our relationship is with Israel. We'll see what happens."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara Netanyahu, vote, September 17, 2019
Netanyahu’s new math: When 56 is worth more than 60

Failing to achieve 61 seats without Liberman, Netanyahu chooses a diffrent option in order to remain Prime Minister

A Bedouin man casts his ballot in Knesset elections on April 9, 2019
After Netanyahu’s “defeat,” Palestinians say vote won’t change anything

While happy about the results, Palestinians don't believe much will change even with a different Prime minister

Compilation photo of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UTJ leader Yaacov Litzman
Right wing parties agreed to PM request to act in unison

Litzman: we’re backing Netanyahu, no way we’ll join govt with Lapid.

Netanyahu: It’s me or dangerous Arab-backed government

The heads of the right wing parties met earlier at the Prime Minister’s Office and promised to act as a unified right wing bloc under Netanyahu that will work together to ensure a right wing govt.

18/09/2019
Litzman: we’re backing Netanyahu, no way we’ll join govt with Lapid.

Aryeh Deri was more cautious, saying that a broad government is a possibility.

An Israeli Groundhog Day - analysis

Israel's second round of elections had basically the same lineup of suspects and no clear-cut winner and once again.

19/09/2019
Beit Shemesh
Unloved former Beit Shemesh mayor to be Shas’ ninth MK

The often criticized former Mayor of Beit Shemesh might make his return as the ninth member of Shas in the Knesset

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reveals the Iranian nuclear bases uncovered by Israel, September 9
Likud lost Ethiopian, Negev votes after shooting, rockets

Gantz won Tel Aviv and Litzman won Jerusalem.

Collage of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz.
The most pressing economic issues facing the next government

The competition for resources and the need to approve a budget will all be conducted in the shadow of an increasing fiscal deficit.

19/09/2019
Will Joint List leader Odeh start to receive national security briefings?

“The big change in this election, the number one thing, is voter turnout in the Arab public,” Odeh said, adding that Netanyahu’s “incitement has a price.”

Liberman sets out religion and state demands for entry into govt

Yisrael Beytenu leader calls on President Reuven Rivlin to take ‘active role’ in bringing about national unity government.

Liberman ‘disappointed’ from Gantz’s speech

Leader of Yisrael Beiteinu says “we will not sit in a government with Joint List.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/09/2019
Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu rally their voters a day before elections 2019.
Netanyahu and Gantz in deadlock with 91% of the ballots counted – report

While according to the official website of the Central Election Committee at 6 a.m. only 30% of the ballots had been counted, Channel 12 said they could already share more updated results.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the post-election rally on September 18, 2019.
Benjamin Netanyahu vows to build a new government

The prime minister spoke half an hour after Blue and White leader Benny Gantz vowed to do the same.

18/09/2019
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