Israeli Politics

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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

Political deadlock as Likud, Blue and White make no breakthroughs

The sides plan to meet for further talks in the coming days.

Prime Minister Benjmain Netanyahu (L) and Ehud Olmert (R)
Olmert: "Netanyahu might draw us into war for political gain"

"He creates panic from every issue and talks about it"

Shaked denies ties to Netanyahu immunity scandal

Democratic Union co-chairwoman Stav Shaffir: "A former justice minister pimped the Attorney General for a cabinet seat. What we see here is political bribery at its lowest."

Democratic Union leader Nitzan Horowitz
Democratic Union leader Nitzan Horowitz, champion of the Left

Sitting in the Democratic Union campaign offices in Tel Aviv this week, Horowitz sought to explain why the left-wing has been so bereft of power and influence for so long.

Ehud Barak and Jeffrey Epstein
Ehud Barak crashed at Epstein’s apt. regularly, neighbors say - report

The building in question is located at 301 East 66th St. in New York's Upper East Side.

Shaked vows to recommend Netanyahu for prime minister 'at the moment'

United Right leader Ayelet Shaked said her party would recommend Netanyahu because he is currently the leader of the right wing bloc.

New Right leaders Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett
Ayelet Shaked: We won’t ask for Defense Ministry

Bennett: Otzma Yehudit is kosher in a technical bloc.

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid opposes ambassador to U.S. Dermer's term extension

Lapid's tweet comes in response to the report by Channel 12 on Saturday night that Netanyahu had asked the Civil Service to extend Dermer’s term beyond September 30.

Head of the New Right Party Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, 2019.
Shaked to announce her future Sunday night

Netanyahu summons Rafi Peretz to plan strategy

New Right co-leaders Naftali Bennett (R) and Ayelet Shaked (L) enter a press conference in Tel Aviv
Bennett-Shaked hold key meeting

The meeting took place in Tel Aviv and was not open to media coverage.

MK Orna Barbivai/MK Moti Yogev
What would the MK do on Gaza?

Yogev: We need to reconquer territory • Barbivai: Hit Hamas hard and then improve life for Strip's residents

Previewing the political bonds of the week ahead

Politics: Picking the winning teams?

Peretz: If I win, Netanyahu will lose

Shaffir received an endorsement on Sunday from Rabbi Gilad Kariv, who heads the Reform movement in Israel.

Yair Lapid, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Benny Gantz
Netanyahu denies offering Gantz rotation for prime minister

“There is no problem with a unity government,” Lapid wrote on Twitter. “There is only one man, only one, who has to move aside and go deal with his indictments.”

Meterz Party Leader Tamar Zandberg, October 22, 2018
Meretz party convention votes for closed primary, reversing previous policy

‘We are fighting to stop the descent into apartheid’ says party leader Zandberg.

Avi Gabbay
Avi Gabbay quits Labor

Two years since he was elected to the post of Labor party leader, Gabbay announced on Tuesday that he would not run in the July 2 Labor leadership race.

Itzik Shmuli
Shmuli announces run for Labor leader

"I realize it will be a huge challenge ahead but I know I can do it for the party and especially the country," he said. "Together, we will bring life back to the party."

Naftali Bennett (L) and Motti Yogev (R)
URP leaders call for right-wing unity after Yogev-Bennett war of words

A source in New Right told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that it was “99% certain” that New Right would run together with another party.

When the Knesset became the shuk - behind the scenes

It is commonplace on long nights of voting that MKs leave to the market for dinner and even a bit of entertainment. But Wednesday night, like never before, the Knesset became the shuk.

New Right co-leaders Naftali Bennett (R) and Ayelet Shaked (L) enter a press conference in Tel Aviv
Bennett and Shaked meet to discuss latest political developments

After the New Right did not cross the electoral threshold, Bennett was expecting to take a break from politics, while Shaked was sought by multiple parties.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enters a press conference, February 28th, 2019
Coalition or repeat election: Verdict due by midnight Wednesday

PM: The more we prepare for an election, the less likely it is that there will be an election

Rivlin inundated with requests to prevent another election

Rivlin has decided to give Netanyahu the time he needs to form a government within the limits of the law without interfering.

Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz (L) and Yair Lapid (R) embrace
Will Blue and White stay together if there’s an election?

Lapid won’t commit to running as Gantz’s number two again.

Jared Kushner (L) and Jason Greenblatt (R)
Israeli officials are trying to get Trump to pressure Liberman - report

The officials' intention is that one of Trump's close associates would call Yisrael Beytenu leader and explain the importance the United States sees in establishing a government.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises to do all he can to build a coalition in a press conferen
Knesset dispersal bill passes first reading

“There is no reason to paralyze the country for another year and a half and waste billions when there is a solution [to the dispute over the conscription bill],” Netanyahu said.

MK Miki Zohar
MK Zohar files Knesset dispersal bill, 'Liberman commits political suicide'

The plan is for the Knesset to cast its final vote on the bill on Wednesday.

The slips used to vote in the 2019 elections, April 9th, 2019
New Israeli elections would give Netanyahu an easy win - poll

Netanyahu maintains his power, and so do the Haredim. Liberman is getting stronger and Bennett and Shaked mark a political resurrection.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emraces his wife Sara after elections results, April 9th, 2019
Can 'King Bibi' keep his throne in yet another election? - analysis

So if another election would be held, would Israel really continue toward a two-party system, and is it a foregone conclusion that Netanyahu would win a sixth time?

Avigdor Liberman speaks at a press conference, October 22, 2018
Liberman to Likud members: Stop lying to the Israeli public

Avigdor Liberman wrote that "We are in favor of a right-wing government and against a haredi government!"

Avigdor Liberman speaks at a press conference, October 22, 2018
Liberman to Likud members: Stop lying to the Israeli public

Avigdor Liberman wrote that "We are in favor of a right-wing government and against a haredi government!"

The Knesset building
The deadline draws near: Netanyahu holds coalition talks overnight

The overnight talks have reportedly yielded no advance in the negotiations, as the deadline draws near.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and  Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit
A-G: Coalition deals protecting Netanyahu are legal

Coalition deals have demanded all parties back Netanyahu to continue as prime minister even if a final indictment is issued against him.

WILL THEY laugh again in a few weeks? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman
Liberman refuses Netanyahu summons to coalition talks

“Things have finally started moving,” a source in Yisrael Beytenu said.

MK Miki Zohar voting in favor of his bill to cancel limitation on number of ministers
Cancellation of 'ministers limit bill' passes first vote in Knesset

The Knesset House Committee voted in favor of advancing the bill to the second and third vote in the Knesset, with eight members voting in favor and six against.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Senior Likud members: Netanyahu might call for re-elections

The sources disclaimed that Netanyahu will consider calling for elections once more if he sees no significant progress with the coalition talks during the upcoming week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks to Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman at the cabinet meeting
Netanyahu: Coalition demands need to come back to reality

The prime minister’s remarks came as the cabinet voted to cancel the limitation on the number of ministers in a government, which would make it easier to reach coalition agreements.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting
Knesset to vote on canceling limit on ministers in next government

Coalition talks impasse continues; major parties haven’t submitted candidates for State Comptroller

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU consults with Avichai Mandelblit.
Netanyahu agrees to set pre-indictment date, pay lawyers, accept file

The 180-degree turnaround by Netanyahu followed a tense number of weeks in which Netanyahu's lawyers refused to set a meeting date or to accept the case file, demanding that the date be pushed off.

Avi Gabbay speaking at the Labor headquartes in Tel Aviv alongside MKs Omer Bar-Lev and Stav Shaffir
Labor to hold leadership primary in November

The proposal to hold primaries was proposed by current party leader Avi Gabbay, after the party's failure at the national elections, in which the party received only six Knesset seats.

Rivlin gives Netanyahu two-week extension to form government
Rivlin gives Netanyahu two-week extension to form government

Rivlin gave Netanyahu the maximum additional time to form a government, 14 days.

Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz speaking with Blue and White Party supporters, 2019.
Lapid: Netanyahu doesn't deserve a hearing

"Netanyahu's lawyers scorn the prosecution and the institution of the attorney-general's office. Mandelblit needs to throw them off all of the stairs."

Likud members at swearing in of 21st Knesset
Likud denies proposing to cancel judicial review

Lapid: Netanyahu doesn’t deserve a pre-indictment hearing.

MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ)
UTJ snubs coalition talks over Eurovision work on Shabbat

“It cannot be that the government authorized work on the holy Shabbat when they’re sitting with us for coalition negotiations,” a spokesman for UTJ co-leader Moshe Gafni said.

Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein
21st Knesset inaugurated, including 49 new members - watch live

The 21st Knesset are being inaugurated on Tuesday, welcoming 49 first-time lawmakers.

FAREWELL TO the Knesset
Pro advice for new MKs: Reach across the aisle to be effective

Israel holds world record for most bills proposed; Knesset legal adviser report shows private member bills more likely to pass with support across political spectrum

Likud-Kulanu merger looking less likely

Netanyahu is interested in a merger between his Likud and Kahlon’s Kulanu parties.

WILL THEY laugh again in a few weeks? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman
Putting together the puzzle: Netanyahu and the art of coalition formation

Netanyahu and horse-trading, or the art of coalition formation.

PRESIDENT REUVEN Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu face off at the President’s residence
The post-Election political fights have begun

As the election battle ends, many more fights are just getting started.

GAL HIRSCH, chairman of both the Israel Leadership Institute and Magen Party
Gal Hirsch – A different kind of general

In an election campaign marked by the candidacies of a number of retired IDF generals, Gal Hirsch of the Magen Party stands apart.

Petraeus, Yadlin disagree on Trump's willingness to attack nuclear Iran

"Tweeting is not killing anyone," said ex-IDF intel chief Amos Yadlin in debate with ex-CIA head David Petraeus at INSS conference.

Meretz Party Leader Tamar Zandberg holding a sign saying #YouWillNotEraseMe, 2019.
Meretz launches campaign protesting Bnei Brak billboard bamboozle

The Meretz activists will display an electronic changing billboard entirely made up of pictures of women at Dizengoff Center on Friday.

'Historic day' as Israel opens new international airport

"The Zionist vision is being realized here, from the foundations up to the rafters: planting a root into the earth of the homeland - and at the same time taking off to the peak of success."

The Knesset building
Knesset to celebrate its 70th ‘birthday’ on Tu BiShvat

The Agriculture Ministry will decorate the Knesset with fruit in the spirit of the holiday.

Mandelblit on record: Vote won’t delay PM corruption decision

‘This office is more important than anything,’ A-G says in on-record interview

Erdan: Gantz turned back on Druze soldier in 2000 Joseph Tomb disaster

"Benny Gantz was one of the commanders who turned his back on him, and did not do 'everything in his power' to save his life."

Former IDF chief-of-staff Benny Gantz, December 26th, 2018
Gantz, in first public political statement, vows to fix Nation-State Law

Former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo endorsed the former chief of staff at a meeting with Druze leaders, saying that he could make a good leader for the country.

Smotrich vs. Ariel: National Union to hold leadership vote

Smotrich has his own plans to try to lead the bloc.

Miriam Peretz (L) shakes hands with Israel President Reuven Rivlin (R).
Report: Miriam Peretz pitched by Kahlon, Lapid, New Right to join politics

“Miriam Peretz has devoted her life to education and imparting the Jewish and Zionist heritage while conducting lectures to youth and soldiers."

Livni: Palestinian Authority interested in immediate negotiations

Livni emphasized the need to make a clear division between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

LT.-GEN. GADI EISENKOT – a warrior and a statesman
Middle Israel: The Eisenkot doctrine

Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, whose four-year command of the IDF ends next Tuesday, was a warrior and a statesman.

YOAV GALLANT: The Iranians are the most significant and dangerous threat to Israel and the entire We
Poll: Gallant, Dichter most popular Likud candidates

Gallant officially joins Likud; Ohana most popular freshman MK; Hazan could be bumped to unrealistic spot.

Kulano MK Dr. Yifat Shasha Biton
Yifat Shasha Biton appointed Minister of Construction and Housing

She has introduced laws aimed at increasing the protection of the personal safety of infants and toddlers while serving as the chairwoman of the Committee on Children Rights.

Avigdor Liberman speaks at a press conference, October 22, 2018
Liberman to Eizenkot: We are financing terror against ourselves

"We were hit by 500 rockets and accepted a ceasefire with Hamas on their terms," said the former defense minister.

Yair Lapid 2019 elections campaign launch.
Lapid accuses Netanyahu of being 'hysterical'

Poll finds only three percent gap between PM, Gantz.

MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint List) at the Knesset August 8, 2018.
Tibi tells 'Post' he won't join Center-Left government

It remains to be seen if Ta'al, running as an individual party, can pass the electoral threshold.

benjamin netanyahu
Analysis: Netanyahu’s legal straw man

The prime minister’s challenge also misunderstands the purpose of the confrontation. It is not to speak to the public. It is to gather evidence which can later be admissible in court.

Labor Party Chair Avi Gabbay
Gabbay seeking partnership with Meimad

The party, which is a Hebrew acronym for Jewish state democratic state, was founded 30 years ago by Har Etzion yeshiva head Rabbi Amital and was relaunched in June after a period of inactivity.

Shelly Yachimovich
Yachimovich: Nobody wants to see a PM leading from defendant's bench

"I remember harsher times for the Labor party, and we managed to stand on our feet."

MK Tzipi Livni participates in a debate in Knesset June 25, 2018
The gospel according to Tzipi Livni

Born to Eitan and Sarah Livni, respectively the Irgun’s operations officer and one of the warriors he commanded, Tzipi was raised in the milieu of the “warring family.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a weekly cabinet meeting, December 23rd, 2018
10 predictions for Israeli politics in 2019

After a week in which Bayit Yehudi and the Zionist Union both surprisingly split, making political predictions about the Israeli election has never been more foolish.

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