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But hints he'll continue his own coalition talks in case PM fails
The meeting comes as both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Lapid look to woo the Yamina leader in talks to form a government after the elections.
Labor Party leader warns of signs that Benny Gantz is again "about to crown Bibi."
Despite the results of the survey, the vast majority of Israelis (80%) believe that a fifth election will occur in the coming year.
How the government handled the pandemic did not impact how Israelis voted.
Netanyahu, Bennett discuss building coalition together. Smotrich rules out coalition with Ra'am that his party's MK-elect says would "castrate the Israeli ethos"
The speech, delivered mostly in Hebrew, was seen by many as an olive branch to Jewish Israelis.
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Yamina leader to hold fateful meetings with Netanyahu, Lapid.
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Netanyahu to Yamina, New Hope leaders: Come home
From not being willing to cooperate with Meretz in 2015, the Arab parties in 2021 will be able to determine who is this country's prime minister in 2021.
Hadash loses hegemony among sector; Ra’am’s policies can bring about historic change
Just as the prime minister’s decision to talk so much during the campaign was strategic, so too was his silence.
The Likud responded to Rivlin that "the president does not decide the results of the election and it is forbidden for him to be a political player."
PM Netanyahu will speak to the nation on Wednesday night.
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Yamina leader Naftali Bennett has multiple possible paths to the premiership, all of which could easily fail.
“This is not a love story, it is more pragmatic, but there is behind it a potential for something bigger.”
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz met with Ra'am (United Arab List) chariman Mansour Abbas on Tuesday urged him to support a representative of the "change camp" for the next government.
Tibi denies decision to back Lapid
Middle Israel: This can’t go on. If this country is dragged to an election every half year, the Jewish state might decompose.
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Abbas has become somewhat of an unlikely kingmaker since his party cleared the threshold to gain four Knesset seats, which could allow him to recommend either Netanyahu or his challenger, Lapid.
"There are meetings and discussions between everyone who is committed to change."
Emily Schrader, research fellow at the Tel Aviv Institute and an Israeli political consultant, notes that this achievement is not so advanced when considering other factors.
The MK-elect said he would concentrate on religion and state matters, and would hold egalitarian prayer services in the Knesset when possible.
Ben-Gvir is a former member of the Kach movement, designated as a terror group, and had a picture of Baruch Goldstein hanging in his living room.
Smotrich's Arab veto leaves Netanyahu with no possible coalition.
Every election changes Israel’s political map and thus its future.
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: When he left the Likud in December to form the New Hope Party from which he hoped to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pollsters initially gave him 20 seats.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS: The results will be interpreted as a reflection of a society broken down into rival religious, ethnic and cultural groups with little cementing them together.
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: MKs present in the room said they felt energized by their common goal, and comfortable working together despite their differences.
He also accused the Israeli Left of “persecuting” Netanyahu and for being “willing to sell the State of Israel to those who identify with the worst of its enemies.”
Here are several possible options.
Sources close to the prime minister said he would be open to parliamentary cooperation with Abbas but asked Likud MKs to stop talking about it.
Their goal would be either to encourage Likud to dump Netanyahu once he is disqualified from being premier or to make it easier to defeat the Likud in a fifth round of elections.
Netanyahu owes thanks to Liberman and to his political strategist.
Right-wing bloc led by Likud and joined by UTJ, Shas, Religious Zionist Party and Naftali Bennett's Yamina, receives 59.
If Bennett negotiates well, he could receive the defense or health ministry or maybe both. It’s not PM, but it would be a win for him and his party.
Independently none of these movements would have secured enough votes to enter the Knesset.
The list's policies and statements on a number of issues could impact a variety of sectors in Israel, including women, Arab-Israelis, LGBTQ+ people and secular Israelis at large.
“The results of the elections show that many Israelis support extremist parties that are very hostile to the Palestinians,” a Fatah official told The Jerusalem Post.
Maybe Israel can break out of its endless electoral loop by reforming the system for the better.
Michaeli said she hoped Labor would rise from seven seats to eight in the final results, following the counting of the double ballots.
Tuesday's election was held at a time when Israel looks to emerge from a pandemic that prompted three national lockdowns and wreaked havoc on numerous industries.
While some Likud members of Knesset see a potential in the Arab party Ra'am, that managed to reach the threshold, others cannot fathom such cooperation.
There are a variety of options at Netanyahu’s disposal.
"We cannot be dragged to a fifth election," Netanyahu said. "I reach out my hand to all of my colleagues who agree with me. I do not reject anyone who agrees with these principles."
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Sa’ar has insisted that he will not sit with Netanyahu, who will likely be given the first shot to form a government.
“There are voters who saw this reality, and God willing Netanyahu will be able to form a government again.”
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"Let the votes prove that there is a majority for the Right in this country."
Voter turnout could have a big influence on which parties cross the electoral threshold.
Gantz followed up by personally addressing the hit, saying "It's bull****. Every vote is important. it is critical to vote for Blue and White, so that we can pass the electoral threshold.
By 2:00 p.m., only 13% of eligible voters in the Arab sector had cast their ballots
The people spoke, again, but they mumbled and the overall message was garbled … again.
The final election results remain to be seen, but all the exit polls show almost no chance of us seeing a prime minister Lapid anytime soon.
Shas leader Aryeh Deri and UTJ leader Ya'acov Litzman urge the ultra-Orthodox to vote against a perceived threat to Jewish character of the state.
Strategists in parties across the political spectrum admitted behind the scenes that with all due respect to the current race, they were actually already focusing on the next one.
During campaign, party was predicted to not pass the threshold
United Torah Judaism MK Uri Maklev condemns Liberman’s comments, calling the Yisrael Beytenu leader ‘a racist and a tyrant.’
Politicians and public figures across Israel began voting early Tuesday morning.
In Netanya, two incidents of identity fraud were reported by Israel Police. Three individuals were arrested for pretending to be polling officials.
Bennett's associates complained that this time, Netanyahu persuaded Yamina's voters not to shift to his Likud Party but to the Religious Zionist Party.
"I think that it will still be very difficult to form a government, but when one is eventually formed it will be more effective than before."
Rivlin entreated the public to vote "for our children, grandchildren, future generations and for ourselves. Together we can achieve a victory for Israel's democracy."
About 100,000 people toured national parks throughout Israel on Tuesday.
Staff donned protective gear at Israel's polling places for verified coronavirus patients, wearing gowns, masks and face shields.
While American celebrities try to energize young voters with a Rock-the-Vote campaign before elections, Israeli celebrities are posting and tweeting as usual about their careers.
You just pick out a slip of paper and put it into a little envelope instead of checking off boxes. It was really simple, just different than we expected."
No matter the result, the division that has been so rampant in recent months will not just go away.
Whoever emerges from Israel’s elections will continue to foster relations with the Gulf.
The overall picture of Iran’s disinterest in Israel’s elections is that Tehran has no real policy toward the Jewish state.
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on some sectors, while several underlying issues, once covered up and ignored, have risen to the forefront.
Turkey still has fantasies of playing a great role in Palestinian affairs. It wants to advance Hamas in the West Bank and have a role in Jerusalem.
The larger picture is that Israel and Saudi Arabia share concerns about Iran’s proxies and their threats, as well as their long-range missiles and drones.
Netanyahu will openly press the Biden administration not to follow through on its commitment to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal.
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The Index found that the biggest improvement came from right-wing parties, with New Hope and Yamina putting together "impressive platforms" with no significant environmental activity beforehand."
With criticism between candidates left and right and unclear rotation options for prime minister, who is going to win the Israeli elections in 2021?
These were meant to be the elections of 'anyone but Bibi.' However, Prime Minister Netanyahu enters the elections with vaccines and peace agreements with four Arab countries.
Once the votes are cast and counted, the role of the public is done and control over our fate shifts back to the politicians we empowered on Election Day.
Predicting with any certainty that Netanyahu is about to end up the loser is not wise.
The alleged would-be attacker was a Jerusalemite in his 30s who made comments online claiming that he would attack Lapid physically and bring him harm, even at the cost of his own imprisonment.
Every election in this country, if you listen to the politicians and the pundits, is a “fateful election” that will have far-reaching and dramatic consequences for the country.
The words "Go vote!" illuminated the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality building on the eve of Israel's elections.
In addition to this being Rivlin's last presidential vote, it will also be his last opportunity to appoint a member of Knesset to form the next government.
“Don’t stay at home as if it [voting] doesn’t matter,” Netanyahu said, adding that, “it does matter.”
Support from ultra-Orthodox voters disappointed in UTJ and Shas could bring important electoral gains for the ultra-nationalist Religious Zionist Party.
Lapid also said he was not concerned about Bennett's letter.
The truth is that with the Israeli system, the voters are not choosing the front of the list but the very end.
Some 72% of respondents stated that they're worried that children will not return to routine education in September.