Israeli Politics

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Disgruntled Arab candidates search for new ‘political homes’

At this stage, it’s not clear whether the four parties comprising the Joint List – Hadash, United Arab List, Ta’al and Balad – would again run together in the next election.

Labor Party to hold leadership primary

Meirav Michaeli is set to run, challenged by advertising executive Gil Beilin and possibly by Itzik Shmuli.

14/01/2021
Israel's Knesset

Transitioning from Safra Square to the Knesset

A significant number of city council members have moved from Jerusalem City Hall at Safra Square to the Knesset, some even becoming cabinet ministers.

14/01/2021
Likud MKs applaud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his first trial hearing on Sunday

What does another Netanyahu trial delay mean for elections?

With the hearing moved back to February 8, does the court intend to start calling witnesses in March, maybe even the week of elections?

WILL THE Submarine Affair eventually sink Netanyahu?

German prosecutor closes bribery investigation into Submarine Affair

"There is no sufficient suspicion of criminal offenses against specific domestic persons," a spokesperson for the Bochum Public Prosecution Office said.

Sheldon Adelson speaks during an inteview

Adelson death could tank Case 2000 against PM, indirectly harm Case 4000

Any loss in Case 2000 could also affect Case 4000, since part of the strength of the two cases is to show a pattern.

Former NY consul-general Dani Dayan running with Sa'ar

Dayan shares Sa'ar's Argentine background

13/01/2021

Former minister forces South African MK out of Knesset after four days

Izhar Shay not quitting was revenge for Blue and White taking Cotler-Wunsh from Telem

12/01/2021
Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz speaking ahead of the upcoming March elections, January 11, 202

Gantz calls for uniting anti-Netanyahu camp

Huldai blasts Lapid, Sa'ar, and Netanyahu.

11/01/2021

Bennett: If Netanyahu doesn't legalize outposts I'll do it when I'm PM

Bennett's visit and his statement marked the few times he has spoken out on behalf on the settlement movement since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

billboards before they were torn down IVP

Tel Aviv Mayor, Ron Huldai, reprimanded by Supreme Court

Justice Alex Stein wrote that Huldai "must refrain from exercising executive power in a manner that purports to dictate values and instill in citizens his personal ideology."

‘Post’ poll shows mergers capable of bringing down Netanyahu

Two polls show different trends on center-left - one with Huldai and Gantz still in play, another with Gantz below the threshold and Lapid picking up votes.

08/01/2021

Capitol riots: Could they happen in Jerusalem? - analysis

American democracy is less envied now in Israel

07/01/2021
Protesters climb the wall of the US Capitol, January 6, 2021.

Capitol riots: When free speech kills democracy - analysis

Free speech and the freedom to protest are critical oxygen to democracy.

Meet Ruth Wasserman Lande, Blue and White's new MK raised in Cape Town

"I know that I am stepping into a complicated situation politically."

07/01/2021

Netanyahu's request to postpone next week's hearing denied

Questions started to resurface late Tuesday about whether the impending stricter third lockdown would cause further delays.

Former Mossad head Yatom forms Veterans Party

Wants to hold balance of power but won't join Netanyahu-led government

06/01/2021

Should gender equality in gov’t parties be required by law?

IDI representatives call for policy allowing extra funding for parties making efforts to uphold gender equality

06/01/2021

Will lockdown delay Netanyahu's trial again? - analysis

Next week’s hearing would feature Netanyahu in-person appearance and was also expected to be when the Jerusalem District Court would set dates in February for starting to hear witnesses, the heart of the trial.

Blue and White minister Meirav Cohen joining Yesh Atid

Harvard, Oxford and South African educated candidate to replace her in Knesset.

05/01/2021

Ron Huldai promises half of his party's MKs will be women

University of Washington professor will be on his list

05/01/2021
Rafi Peretz at the weekly cabinet meeting, March 2020.

Jerusalem Affairs Minister Rafi Peretz leaving politics

National Union leader Bezalel Smotrich called upon Bayit Yehudi to merge with his party before it elects a new leader.

05/01/2021

Meretz unveils new Arab woman candidate

Rinawie Zoabi to Netanyahu after he wooed Arab voters: "Arabs aren't stupid"

04/01/2021

Israel Elections: Court forces primaries in Labor Party

Six weeks ago, Labor’s convention decided by a 66% to 33% vote to cancel its primaries for the party’s chairmanship and Knesset candidates.

03/01/2021

Moral of Gantz story: Being a mensch will only get you so far

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: That public persona of being a good guy – an honest straight shooter – is what catapulted him just over two years ago to political prominence.

01/01/2021
Gantz

Gantz: Nissenkorn stabbed me in the back

Nissenkorn: His concessions were crazy

01/01/2021
New Knesset member Izhar Shay poses for a picture at the Knesset, on April 29, 2019

Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay leaves Blue and White

Blue and White down to 9 party members from 37

31/12/2020
Binyamin Netanyahu

Israel opposes any and all versions of Iran Deal, says PMO - exclusive

The US under President Donald Trump left the Iran deal in 2018, in favor of a “maximum pressure” sanctions regime against the ayatollahs’ regime.

Jerusalem's local elections conclude with impressive turnout

Earlier, the municipality ruled that there would no longer be an automatic haredi representative on each board.

30/12/2020

2020: The year Israeli politics went to hell and back

The year began with an easily avoidable election campaign full of mudslinging and ended with another easily avoidable election campaign full of mudslinging.

30/12/2020

Avigdor Liberman says he'll demand Finance portfolio

Yisrael Beytenu will also demand the Internal Security portfolio for MK Eli Avidar and the Health portfolio for Prof. Leonid Eidelman, a former head of the World Medical Organization.

30/12/2020

In Israeli politics, everyone wants to be top dog - analysis

Huldai’s party will be a Jewish, Zionist left-wing party.

29/12/2020
Blue and White leaders Gabi Ashkenazi, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Moshe Ya’alon thank supporters at

The masochism of the Israeli Center-Left - analysis

Many great hopes of the bloc have come and gone.

29/12/2020
US Ambassador Ron Dermer

Why Ron Dermer could be an MK but won't - analysis

Whoever Netanyahu drafts for his reserved slots has now heard the message of what he is looking for loud and clear from the floating of Dermer's name.

28/12/2020

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai to enter national politics Tuesday night

Huldai said several key public figures would join him. His associates promised that "it will be interesting."

28/12/2020

Blue and White saves Yifat Shasha-Biton from being sanctioned 'deserter'

Being labeled a "deserter" would mean she could not take party funding with her to Gideon Sa'ar's New Hope Party.

28/12/2020

Three new Likud MKs sworn in

The new MKs replaced Ze'ev Elkin, Michal Shir and Sharren Haskel, who quit the Knesset to join the New Hope Party of prime ministerial candidate Gideon Sa'ar.

28/12/2020

Settlers: If Netanyahu wants votes, he must legalize outposts

A vote to regulate the outposts passed an initial reading in the Knesset.

Gideon Sa'ar, Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett: Potential candidates for prime minister, 2021

Drive to oust Netanyahu moved back center as Bennett forgoes annexation

If Bennett won’t stand on principle for West Bank annexation, who will?

Benny Gantz says goodbye to Blue and White rebels Zamir, Haimovich

Ashkenazi, Nissenkorn excluded from faction meeting

27/12/2020

Israel holds more elections on average than most democracies - study

Since 1996, Israel has on average had a new election every 2.3 years compared to other countries with a gap of three or more.

24/12/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with member of the Knesset for Likud Zeev Elkin as

Former Netanyahu confidant, Elkin ditches Likud and defects to Sa'ar

"You destroyed the Likud party and brought into it an atmosphere of a platform for serving you," Elkin said.

23/12/2020
Naftali Bennett

Naftali Bennett slams Netanyahu, declares he's running to become PM

"At the moment of truth, when we needed him most, he simply wasn't there," Bennett said of Netanyahu.

23/12/2020
Traffic moves past a Blue and White party election campaign poster, depicting party leader Benny Gan

Netanyahu-Gantz gov’t fails, Israel heads to polls

Leaders blame each other as Knesset will automatically disperse.

22/12/2020

Could COVID-19 patients vote at polls in 2021 Israel elections?

Central Elections Committee official Orly Adas was in favor of trusting patients to vote, while head of public health Dr. Sharon Alroy Preis called it "inconceivable."

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny

Buckle up for the ugliest election Israel has ever known - analysis

Two big differences from the previous elections will set the tone for the rhetoric we are going to hear over the next few months.

22/12/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, as it disperses, sending Israel into elections in

Election prevention bill fails, Israel headed to elections on March 23

Shortly after the vote, Likud MK Michal Shir announced that she would be joining Gideon Sa'ar's New Hope party in light of the election.

Likud MK Michal Shir submitsher resignation letter to Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin, December 22, 2020

Likud MK Michal Shir quits Knesset to run with Gideon Sa'ar

Shir said she was proud to vote to end a dysfunctional government.

22/12/2020

What’s worse: New elections or a broken government? - analysis

A dysfunctional government dominated by two parties or the realization that the rhetoric of the campaign will once again further divide an already badly divided nation?

21/12/2020

Netanyahu, Gantz agree on plan to postpone election

Likud, Blue and White delay budget deadline, automatic Knesset dispersal

21/12/2020

Sa'ar vows to pass 8-year limit for prime minister

Gideon Sa'ar's New Hope party vows to pass 8-year limit for PM - Netanyahu has been in office for over 14 years

20/12/2020

Battle over next state attorney and rule of law continues - analysis

Nothing is for sure, but some of these compromises – even if some of the parties involved might have good intentions – could lead to major long-term harm.

Israel Portugal

Portuguese FM to visit Jerusalem, Ramallah prior to EU Council Presidency

Portuguese Foreign Minister Santos Silva is due to visit Jerusalem on Monday and Ramallah on Tuesday to advance Israeli-Portuguese relations.

Netanyahu, Gantz aides negotiate as Knesset barrels toward election

Gideon Sa’ar registers new party under the name “New Hope” on Thursday.

Will politics continue to plague Israel into the new year?

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The rise of Gideon Sa’ar threw Netanyahu off course, but will he make a last-minute deal with Benny Gantz to prevent an early election?

17/12/2020
Israeli parliament member Yifat Shasha Biton visits the coronadepartment at the Ziv Hospital in Tzfa

Shasha-Biton joins Sa'ar, gives new party huge boost in polls

Sa’ar has stated that he would not join a Netanyahu led government.

Will Hendel, Hauser pay the price for party-hopping? - analysis

Jumping from one party to another doesn’t add to the public’s respect in its politicians, because when it is done repeatedly it smacks of opportunism, not standing up for principles.

15/12/2020

Gantz fires Hendel as minister, Hauser from committee chairmanship

Vote on dissolving Knesset, elections likely delayed till next week.

Rumblings in Blue and White of leadership challenge to Gantz

Benny Gantz has frequently been accused of being indecisive and to willing to bend to the circumstances dictated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

An empty Knesset Plenum

Vote on dissolving Knesset, elections likely delayed till next week

Likud is seeking to stymie party funding and social media transparency stipulations in dissolution bill, wait for automatic dissolution of Knesset on Dec. 23 when budget deadline expires

Foreign Minister Israel Katz attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.

Katz pushes ‘Cap Law,’ leaving hospitals angry over ‘budgetary neglect’

Part of the Arrangements Law, dictates how health care providers and hospitals secure payments • suggested mental health, “payment-per-bed" reforms spark anger

Benny Gantz

Gantz demands appointments to key posts

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit urged Netanyahu and Gantz over the weekend to make key appointments, including a new state prosecutor and police chief.

Gideon Saar at UNESCO

Sa'ar rules out governments led by Netanyahu, Lapid

Lapid's spokesmen declined to comment.

12/12/2020
Gadi Eisenkot

Former colleagues see Eisenkot as strong leader, unlikely politician

Eisenkot is seen as the only potential game changer who remains on the sidelines.

11/12/2020

Can Gideon Sa'ar reshuffle the political deck against Netanyahu?

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Likud renegade Gideon Sa’ar’s new party could be a long-term flash in the pan but a short-term kingmaker.

10/12/2020
Benny Gantz

Gantz delays government vote on West Bank outpost legalization

Right-wing politicians and settler leaders are pushing to advance the issue now prior to US President Donald Trump’s departure from the White House in January.

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the

High Court demands gov't approval of Justice Ministry D-G appointment

The Attorney-General's Office asked for the court to demand that the appointment be made by the end of the month.

10/12/2020

Netanyahu, Sa’ar, Bennett trade barbs as fight on Right begins

Poll finds Sa’ar-Yamina bond would beat Likud by six seats.

10/12/2020

Equality bill passes, embarrassing Likud

The Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) parties expressed anger at Sa'ar, who was prevented from voting late by Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin.

09/12/2020
High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the

High Court poised to rule on explosive non-Orthodox conversion

A ruling granting citizenship to individuals who converted through non-Orthodox movements in Israel would generate fierce opposition from the ultra-Orthodox parties and rabbinic leadership

Hendel, Hauser formally endorse Sa'ar party

"Being right-wing does not mean being a Bibi-ist, it means values," Hendel said.

09/12/2020

Date for next election to be set on Wednesday

Elections Committee rules out election in less than 90 days.

09/12/2020
MK Gideon Sa'ar announces that he is leaving the Likud Party

Gideon Sa'ar quits Likud, slams Netanyahu, announces new party

Sa'ar leaves Likud, warning party serves Netanyahu's criminal trial

08/12/2020

Can big bang on Right finish Netanyahu? - analysis

Likud compared Sa'ar with those who left Likud to challenge Netanyahu and lost, but there are many former Likud members who are now focusing on defeating the prime minister.

08/12/2020
Benny Gantz

Final possible date for election – March 16 or 23

Gantz: Elections to be cheap, fast and clean as possible

07/12/2020
High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the

High Court Justice Menachem Mazuz to retire in April

The judge was expected to continue serving until 2025.

Poll finds Israelis worried about Biden taking over from Trump

Survey finds Netanyahu’s approach to Abbas is appreciated.

07/12/2020

MK Yair Golan leaves Barak for Meretz

Yair Lapid: Center-Left must unite to beat Netanyahu.

07/12/2020
Benny Gantz

Blue and White meeting with finance minister ends with no deal

Gantz: Hanukkah miracle needed to prevent early elections

06/12/2020
Gadi Eizenkot IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen.

Former IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot undecided on entering politics

"Nothing has been settled yet. The decision on whether to enter politics and with whom will be only when the Election Day is set."

06/12/2020

Netanyahu, Gantz argue their way into an election neither side wants

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Between now and then, there will be endless speculation about how the coalition could still be saved.

03/12/2020

Israel's fourth election: What will be the same, what will be different?

DIPLOMACY: There is one seemingly timeless issue that will dominate this campaign as it has the last three: Benjamin Netanyahu.

03/12/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the Knesset, December 2, 2020

Netanyahu trial - Prosecution to court: Reject motion to dismiss charges

State attorney called on the court to move forward with the trial in February as scheduled.

Netanyahu, Gantz need action to back up their words – analysis

Mouthing words, but then acting in a different matter altogether, does not gain the public’s confidence.

02/12/2020
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny

The Knesset dispersal bill will inevitably be an anti-climax - analysis

Netanyahu and Gantz and their parties’ ministers will remain together in the government. The tension between the two leaders will continue.

01/12/2020
Benny Gantz

Blue and White propose gay surrogacy bill, opposed by Netanyahu faction

The Shas faction bashed Benny Gantz, accusing him of burning bridges on the way to an election.

01/12/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz

Gantz’s dilemma: Fight now or hope luck will shine once again - analysis

It is a dilemma with bad options for Gantz. Supporting Knesset dispersal means following Lapid's lead, going against dispersal means caving in to Netanyahu.

01/12/2020

Can PM get 2nd court to show evidence undermining key state’s witnesses?

Main court issues split-the-difference ruling on evidence in dispute

Netanyahu warns elections could be on the way

Gantz reportedly still considering giving in to the prime minister's demands.

26/11/2020
Naftali Bennett (L) and Benjamin Netanyahu (R)

Likud, Yamina fight over who is right wing

Netanyahu's party accused Bennett of returning to the brief political bond he had with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid when they both entered the Knesset in 2013.

26/11/2020
JOINT LIST MKs (from left) Mtanes Shehadeh, Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi, and former MK Abd al-Hakeem H

Joint List infighting threatens its future

Due in part to infighting in the Joint List, polls broadcast on Tuesday night predicted that it would fall from its current 15 seats to 11 or 12 in the next election.

26/11/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz

Blue and White unimpressed by Likud overture on budget

Katz's offer is seen as a way to call Gantz's bluff and shift the blame to Blue and White if early elections are initiated.

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