Israeli Politics

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Joint List sets off election campaign in Yiddish, Russian, Amharic

The anti-Zionist party decided to join forces with minorities within Israel's Jewish population.

THE BALLOT slips from the last elections are seen this week at the Israel Central Election Committee
Tzomet party drops out of Knesset race, leaving 29

The Tzomet party dropped out of the March 2nd on Sunday after reaching a deal with the Likud to endorse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party.

Settlers to Netanyahu: If you want our votes, apply sovereignty now

"If you want the support of the Right – act like you are the leader of the Right.”

Blue and White drops two seats, Likud still behind – poll

Liberman surprises, says he’s prepared to sit with Meretz in coalition

How Blue and White tries to break the cycle of electoral purgatory

Political Affairs: Searching for the swing votes

Netanyahu changes campaign stop messages for the March elections

Political Affairs: Goodbye, ‘Gevalt!’; hello, ‘We got this’

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman ready to sit with Labor-Gesher-Meretz

In past elections, Liberman had ruled out Meretz and said its leaders belonged in the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah.

Yisrael Beitenu head and former defense minister MK Avigdor Liberman
Vote sharing deals leave Liberman out in the cold

Blue and White, Likud sign with allies in their blocs.

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on January 28
Netanyahu hoped to use annexation to gain votes for March 2 elections

Does the US peace deal have a chance now that hopes of annexation before the March 2 election have been dashed?

Ayman Odeh praises court for allowing Yazbak to run in upcoming elections

The Supreme Court also overruled the disqualification of the Fair Trial Party of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassin's wife, Larissa Trembovler Amir.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the Knesset, February 2020.
Miki Zohar to 'Post': Netanyahu mulling inviting Gantz to debate

Despite his reputation for bringing American-style politics to Israel, Netanyahu has refrained from holding formal debates against political opponents since 1996.

Yoaz Hendel on his former boss Benjamin Netanyahu: His weaknesses overcame his abilities and made hi
Falsely turning Yoaz Hendel into Dudu Topaz – analysis

Come election years, the “ethnic genie” always manages to jump from the back seat into the front.

ALIZA BLOCH: The most important thing to me in our first year – apart from cleaning the city – was t
How Beit Shemesh's female mayor is making an impact

Municipal Affairs: A year in, Beit Shemesh Mayor Aliza Bloch is making an impact at home and abroad

THE NATION heads back to the polls in three and a half weeks
Israeli elections: Strategies for success in Election 3.0

Political Affairs: What the parties have to do in the final three weeks to succeed on March 2

Benny Gantz speaks from Netanya on election campaign - watch live

Gantz returns to the campaign trail after returning from Washington, DC, where he met with US President Donald Trump.

Head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Washington,
Netanyahu's great annexation escape? - analysis

The White House demand that Netanyahu wait until after the March 2nd Israeli election, has placed him in the position of choosing between Washington and his right-wing voters.

The Knesset House Committee discussing the immunity bill proposed by Knesset House Committee Chair M
Knesset to form special committee to deal with coronavirus

"Should the plague reach Israel, we will have to deal with it without an NEA head," Blue and White MK Zvi Hauser told the Knesset House Committee.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu points to a map of the Jordan Valley
What happened that caused Netanyahu's annexation blunder?

Analysis: Netanyahu had built up excitement throughout his political base in Israel that he was going to receive US authorization to annex Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

QUIZ: How well do you know Israeli politics?

As Israel heads to its third election in 12 months we ask: How well do you know your Israeli politics, parties and leaders?

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and MK Yair Lapid
Blue and White 'attack ad' causes consternation among religious-Zionists

Bennett: Find an identity not based on hatred, just not Bibi

Donald Trump's peace plan fails to boost Likud ahead of elections – poll

In addition, 53% of respondents said that indicted Netanyahu can’t be prime minister

Arab MK, Yigal Amir party disqualified

MK Heba Yazbak was disqualified because of statements supporting terrorism and terrorists, while Labor faction chairman Itzik Shmuli the only purpose of the Free Trial party was to free Yigal Amir.

Naftali Bennett and Rafi Peretz – allies in the right-wing party Yamina
Naftalli Bennett and the trials of Religious Zionism

Religious Zionism was never in a position to lead the Zionist enterprise, though it was part of it since 1902

Facebook: No coordinated efforts to skew Israeli elections identified

More than 35,000 Facebook employees are currently tasked with ensuring the safety and security of users on the platform, including overseeing the strategy of protecting election integrity.

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump greets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year
'Deal of the Century' may split Netanyahu from Israeli Right

Settlers and right-wing politicians who battled to retain any of the settlements under Israeli sovereignty are now expecting to see a plan that would give them most, if not all of them.

Bennett will ‘support Trump plan’ if it includes annexing settlements

Yamina party leader says however that party will never support establishment of Palestinian state.

AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE left Hapoel Jerusalem after last year, and played in China for three months before
Amar’e to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv

Former NBA All-Star and Hapoel Jerusalem alum, 37, signs with yellow-and-blue after China stint

Netanyahu apologizes for offending stutterers

Yigal Amir’s wife: Disqualify Labor-Meretz leaders

MK Elazar Stern
Religious Blue and White MKs campaign to attract religious-Zionist voters

"Bayit Yehudi is the Neturei Karta of the religious-Zionist community," said Blue and White MK Elazar Stern.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz (C) tours the Jordan Valley, January 21, 2020
Benny Gantz calls for annexation of Jordan Valley

Netanyahu immediately challenged Gantz to prove his commitment to what would be a highly controversial step by calling on him to immediately implement the annexation through the Knesset.

Israel's Education minister Rafi Peretz
Bayit Yehudi plotting to bring down leader Rafi Peretz

A meeting has been called by Bayit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev and former MK and deputy defense minister Eli Ben-Dahan for party members to discuss ways to “renew and rehabilitate” Bayit Yehudi.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Final hurdle preventing Netanyahu immunity removal likely next week

Netanyahu announced on Thursday that he was formally joining the Likud's petition to the High Court against Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon's ruling allowing the House Committee to be formed.

Freshman Knesset member Gadi Yevarkan lights a candle in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
Blue and White MK defects to Likud

Andrey Kozhinov replaces him on list.

Larissa Trembovler Amir, wife of Yitzhak Rabin's assassin Yigal Amir, registers her Fair Trial Party
Yigal Amir's wife registers new party

Says she wants retrial for her husband

Bait Yehudi
Netanyahu pressuring Bennett to bring in far-right party

Less than 24 hours after saying that New Right was running alone as a liberal, right-wing party, Bennett hails unity of entire spectrum of religious-Zionist world; Otzma and Bayit Yehudi are defiant.

Moshe Kahlon at a weekly cabinet meeting, December 23rd, 2018
In the all-about-Bibi era of politics, Kahlon, Shaffir fall to bad choices

Israeli politics now is not about personalities or ideologies, but rather about one singular personality – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Fewer parties expected to register to run in March 2 election

After more than 60 parties took forms to register for the April election and 42 for the September race, this time, the number this week was only 30.

Ousted Tiberias mayor Ron Cobi appeals to High Court and is refused

"Cobi is an example of the wild incitement against the ultra-Orthodox public in recent months, which has led to schism and fragmentation," Ben-Gvir said. "Minister Elkin did well... to end his term."

Head of New Right party Naftali Bennett [L] and MK Ayelet Shaked [R]
New Right declares it is running alone in elections

Bayit Yehudi and National Union still in negotiations for joint run.

Labor leader Amir Peretz and Meretz chairman Nitzan Horowitz
Amir Peretz and Nitzan Horowitz reach deal on Labor-Meretz joint ticket

Shaffir left out, alleges 'political assassination'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Netanyahu: Iran killed 176 people and lied about it

‘They knew from the start that they took it down, they knew it was not on purpose, but they lied on purpose’

STAV SHAFFIR: The world sees us as only Netanyahu, and his voice is the only voice they hear
Stav Shaffir’s career could be over as Labor-Meretz deal approaches

Left-wing activists around the world want me to stay, she tells ‘Post’

Peretz proposes Center-Left unite for election

Peretz will present his proposal to Blue and White leader Benny Gantz ahead of a Blue and White faction meeting on Wednesday.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak addresses a panel of world religious leaders in Astana, Kazakhstan.
‘Change Law of Return,’ says chief rabbi following FSU ‘non-Jews’ comments

The chief rabbi went on to defend himself, insisting that he had already said but would repeat that the majority of immigrants from the former Soviet Union were Jewish

New women’s party aims to be surprise of election

NY-born founder: Party not anti-men, but no guys on list

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump shakes hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu has Trump’s slogans but not his immunity - analysis

What truly matters for Netanyahu is not what he does that is similar to Trump but what the US president has that he lacks.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (R)
Netanyahu to High Court: Intervening against me negates Israeli democracy

The prime minister was responding to a petition by around 70 hi-tech officials requesting that the court decide his eligibility to form a government before the upcoming March 2 elections.

Exclusive: Shai Nitzan, the anti-corruption crusader

Shai Nitzan tells the ‘Post’: Netanyahu should be tried, but I can live with any verdict

Likud MK Gideon Sa'ar casts his vote in the Likud leadership primaries, December 26, 2019
Gideon Sa'ar: This is a fateful day for the Likud

"I asked for you trust and your votes in order to bring about the vision that the people of Israel expect," Sa'ar said.

Storm set to mar Likud leadership contest

The weather across the country is expected to result in a low turnout in the race

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett tour Mount Avital in the Gola
Bennett’s religion and state pitch designed to suck up right-wing votes

With their new pitch for religious moderation, Bennett and New Right and look to have those voters in their sights.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and MK Yair Lapid
Gantz: Appointing Netanyahu president ‘morally bankrupt’

Lapid tells right-wing voters to trust Blue and White on security issues, says ’We won’t bring back Oslo, do another disengagement or stop fighting Iran.'

Bayit Yehudi in ‘existential crisis’ as Peretz pressured to allow primary

These demands have come from Bayit Yehudi deputy mayors, municipal council members and local party branch chiefs who have denounced what they describe as an assault on the party’s institutions.

Edelstein, Erdan to coordinate strategy in Likud race

Obtaining an endorsement from the two political free agents would give a huge boost to either candidate.

Likud MK Gideon Sa'ar speaks at the International Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s conference in J
Gideon Sa’ar: Netanyahu agreed to ‘two state illusion’

“Even Netanyahu has made countless overtures to [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas," Sa'ar stated.

Likud to lose seats, right bloc to gain if Sa'ar takes the reins - poll

Blue and White will win 35 seats and the Likud Party will win 31 seats if Netanyahu continues to lead the Likud, a new poll has shown.

Blue and White co-leader Yair Lapid speaks at the inauguration of the new Knesset, October 3 2019
Lapid interviewed on state of politics, Netanyahu and third election

In an extensive interview given to Ynet, Blue and White Party second-in-command Yair Lapid gave his opinion on a variety of issues facing the Israeli political system.

THE BALLOT slips from the last elections are seen this week at the Israel Central Election Committee
Maariv poll: Blue and White 35, Likud 33, Liberman still kingmaker

The institute that conducted the survey also noted that there has been a drop in the percentage of convinced voters for the upcoming March 2020 election.

Netanyahu accuses Sa'ar of wanting illegal primary

Sa'ar: You asked for snap primary before

What derailed Israel's unity government?

Middle Israel: A broad government is needed in order to do things in two fields that Netanyahu never touched during his long years in power: religion and state, constitutional reform.

Netanyahu: The country’s Rorschach test - analysis

Netanyahu has become a domestic issue, and one that deeply divides the country.

Will Israel's third elections be a festival of hate, violence and disgust?

MKs waste no time in starting to campaign for the third time in a year, and it promises to be vicious. The question is if anyone will listen.

Labor leader Peretz to Blue and White: Stop giving false hope

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz said on Tuesday night that negotiations could begin if Netanyahu would just reiterate the same commitments he made ahead of the past two elections.

THE KNESSET – lawmakers have different ways of expressing their frustration over the coalition crisi
Knesset to vote on dispersing itself, sending Israel to third elections

Netanyahu and Gantz blame one another for failure to negotiate unity coalition.

Likud MK Gideon Sa'ar looks out over the Bedouin outpost of Khan al-Amar, West Bank, December 10, 20
Sa'ar vows to ensure Jewish continuity from Jerusalem to Dead Sea

The challenger for the Likud leadership slams Benjamin Netanyahu for broken promises in Jordan Valley.

Avichay Mandelblit attends Ayelet Shaked's goodbye party.
High Court to A-G: Say whether Netanyahu can run for PM before elections

Avichai Mandelblit has already made it clear that he is not interested in personally being that hand that forces Netanyahu out of office.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz shakes hands with Blue and White MK Yair Lapid
Blue and White decides no Gantz-Lapid rotation for PM

Gantz and Lapid ran as joint candidates for prime minister in the April and September elections.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion (R) with Avi Berkowitz, Assistant to the President and Special Representa
Moshe Lion meets Avi Berkowitz at the White House, thanks President Trump

"I am leaving the White House after a fascinating meeting with Special Envoy Berkowitz," Lion tweeted. "All we can say for now is - thank you, President Trump."

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, Yisrael Beteynu chairman Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benj
Netanyahu challenges Liberman to join government

Yisrael Beytenu revealed on Wednesday that the party supports forming a technocratic government to prevent a third round of elections.

The slips used to vote in the 2019 elections, April 9th, 2019
Why shortening the agony of a third election is no reprieve? - analysis

There have been calls across the political spectrum in the Knesset to limit the race in third elections to only 30 days.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud members in December 24th, 2018
Netanyahu asks to defer Likud vote as Sa’ar support grows

The central committee meeting was set for Thursday, but Netanyahu has asked to delay it because of his trip to Lisbon to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem, October 1
PM to Lisbon to meet Pompeo

According to the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu will leave on Wednesday, and return the next day.

In political limbo, Netanyahu's every move is suddenly suspect

Every time Netanyahu does something, what's being discussed is primarily whether all of that was just an effort by Netanyahu to save his political skin.

Stav Shaffir gestures while speaking in the Knesset
Stav Shaffir pushing to unite Left ahead of possible election

Shaffir suggested that the merged party be called the Israeli Democratic Party

Ex-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Labor leader Avi Gabbay
The role Gabbay and Olmert are playing in elections

If there were only ghosts on Gantz’s side, perhaps it would not be too hard to form a government, but there is also a political ghost for Netanyahu

Reuven Rivlin, Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu meet on September 23, 2019.
Benny Gantz, Netanyahu readying compromises on unity

Netanyahu already compromised by dropping his insistence on serving as prime minister the first two years in a unity government to one.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman: If Netanyahu would pressure haredim, there could be a coalition

Liberman added that he did not want to enter into a debate between Netanyahu and Blue and White about who would serve first in any rotation.

A Likud party election campaign billboard depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is see
Likud's pessimism: No chance for Edelstein's initiative to succeed

"It is quite clear that Blue and White and Likud will not be able to sit together in a government, because we do not have trust or mutual appreciation" or "an ideological match," MK Miki Zohar said.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Yuli Edelstein at swearing in of 21st Knesset
Benjamin Netanyahu, Yuli Edelstein call for unity in Likud

This is the first statement Edelstein issued since Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit announced Netanyahu's indictment.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman
Liberman: Rivlin, Edelstein must force compromise

Yisrael Beytenu opposes immunity for Netanyahu.

Gideon Sa'ar
Gideon Sa'ar: I face ongoing threats of violence toward my family

"For years, campaigns of libel have been led against me. None of it scares me. I sleep well at night and I know my family and I will have to go through a lot of slander."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, i
Netanyahu preventing snap primaries in Likud

By Likud’s bylaws, such a primary would only be held if approved by Netanyahu, who has already been chosen as the party’s candidate for prime minister in the current Knesset.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman
Liberman rules out minority government and right-wing coalition

Blames Netanyahu and Gantz equally, turned down rotation as prime minister.

President Reuven Rivlin lays a wreath at the official memorial ceremony for Dr. Chaim Weizmann, Nove
Rivlin: If Israel is to be successful, it must be united

The president's comments came during a speech at a memorial event for the first president of Israel, Dr. Chaim Weizmann.

Arab Joint List's Odeh: Netanyahu trying to set off civil war

"The more Jews and Arabs hate each other—the more he earns," the parliamentarian said. "His only hope is our despair."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the right-wing bloc faction meeting at the Knesset
Right-wing bloc assails ‘dangerous’ Arab Joint List-backed gov’t

“This is a fateful moment in Israel’s history," Netanyahu said at the meeting in the Knesset. "It could be that in the next 48 hours, we will have a government that depends on terror supporters.”

Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi (below) yells at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset on Wednes
Ahmad Tibi files complaint for incitement against Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu’s recent statements attacking the Joint List are dangerous and could lead to the murder of one of the party’s leaders, Tibi told the 'Post' on Sunday.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz meets with Avigdor Liberman, November 14, 2019
Gantz, Liberman vow to avoid third election

There are low expectations for a political breakthrough on the formation of a national unity government by next Wednesday, when Gantz’s mandate ends.

Blue and White not expecting breakthrough in Liberman meeting

Liberman accuses Netanyahu of "begging Egypt to help us surrender."

Will the rule of law survive the hardball politics of 2019?

Acting Justice Minister Amir Ohana (still in office at press time) has openly accused the state prosecution of manufacturing criminal probes against him.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz attends the memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin, Jerusalem, Novemb
Gantz signals turn towards minority government without Netanyahu

“On a moral and ethical level, and on a practical level, you cannot lead a government if and when an indictment is submitted against you,” Gantz said to Netanyahu.

New Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett
What will Naftali Bennett do as Defense Minister? - analysis

Even if Bennett is just temporarily filling the role, there hasn’t been a full-time defense minister since Yisrael Beitenu chairman Avigdor Liberman quit in November 2018.

THE KNESSET – lawmakers have different ways of expressing their frustration over the coalition crisi
MKs find ways to stay busy while lack of gov. leaves them with less to do

Political Affairs: A ghost town full of restless spirits

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