Tag Archive for elections

Amid IDF impasse, Netanyahu coalition calls to dissolve Knesset, call for elections

As Lapid backtracks on past support “in petty politics at the expense of the IDF and Israeli public” in a last-ditch effort to exploit the ultra-Orthodox draft impasse, Netanyahu’s gov’t decides to dissolve the parliament and call for early elections.

By i24NEWS

 

An emergency meeting of the heads of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition partners on Monday in a last-ditch effort to resolve an impasse over contentious legislation regulating military conscription for ultra-Orthodox Jews ended in a decision to dissolve parliament and call early elections.

The meeting, which got underway shortly after 1:00 p.m. local time at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, was called a day before Israel’s parliament was due to begin preparing a bill on the contentious issue for its final readings with less than a month left to pass a law on the matter under a Supreme Court-imposed deadline. Continue Reading »

5 Democrat contenders for POTUS in 2020 are against anti-BDS legislation

Pro-Israel U.S. Voters, WAKE UP!
Poll conducted this year found a mere 27% of Democrats sympathize with Israel than Palestinians, as compared with 79% of Republicans.

BY MICHAEL WILNER

 

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan bill combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement making its way through Congress has earned the support of a majority of senators, save for a handful that share one thing in common: plans to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.


No senator who has expressed an interest in running for president this cycle – Senators Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York – has joined 57 of their colleagues to cosponsor the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. Continue Reading »

Facebook, Twitter delete hundreds of fake Iranian & Russian accounts

Amid worries of foreign attempts to influence U.S. midterm elections, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have remove hundreds of accounts used to push Iranian and Russian agendas, citing, “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and “manipulation.”

News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff

 

Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet have collectively removed ‎hundreds of accounts tied to Russian and Iranian ‎users that cybersecurity firm FireEye‎ said were ‎promoting Russia’s and Iran’s ‎geopolitical agendas around the world.‎

Some of the Twitter and Facebook accounts were designed to ‎appear as if they belonged to real people in the United States, ‎Britain and Canada, according to FireEye. Continue Reading »

Palestinian religious leaders issue fatwa forbidding participation in J’lem elections

Determined to remain ‘occupied’ and ‘stateless’ the Muslim religious jurists of Abbas’ Palestinian Authority forbids all of the 300,000 Palestinian Arab residents of East Jerusalem from holding office, or even voting in Jerusalem’s municipal election.

By i24NEWS

 

The highest Muslim religious authority in the Palestinian territories issued a fatwa, or directive, on Monday forbidding participation in Jerusalem’s upcoming municipal election.

The some 300,000 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem have traditionally boycotted local elections in the city because they do not want to legitimize Israel’s 1967 annexation of its eastern neighborhoods.

Jerusalem, East and West meet. – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

However this year at least two Palestinian residents have said they want to stand as candidates and a recent poll by found nearly 60 percent of Arab East Jerusalemites wanted to take part in the vote, scheduled for October 30. Continue Reading »

Khaled Mashal replaced, Ismail Haniyeh ignored after Hamas elections in Gaza

 

Following elections for the terror organization’s internal leadership, Yahya Sanwar, a renowned radical in Hamas who was released as part of the Shalit deal, will rule the strip replacing Khaled Mashal, despite Ismail Haniyeh having been slated to hold the top position.

By Elior Levi

 

Yahya Sanwar has been elected to lead Hamas in the Gaza Strip after internal elections were held for the organization’s institutional and leadership positions, according to reports from Al Jazeera.Sanwar was on the most senior officials released by Israel in the Shalit deal in which hundreds of terrorists and political prisoners were released in exchange for the return of captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Continue Reading »

Trump wins over Clinton by 5% in Israeli absentee-voter exit poll

 

The research poll has the number of actual voters from Israel at 30,000, which is significantly lower than Israel’s voter turnout in 2012, which analysts suggest is because of who the candidates are this time.

By LAHAV HARKOV

 

If American citizens in Israel were to choose the next president of the United States, Republican nominee Donald Trump would win the election, according to the results of an exit poll taken among absentee voters in Israel obtained exclusively by The Jerusalem Post.

An Israeli soldier walks past members of the US Republican party's election campaign team near a mall in Modi'in, Israel. - Photo: REUTERS

An Israeli soldier walks past members of the US Republican party’s election campaign team near a mall in Modi’in, Israel.

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2016: 120,000 Americans registered to vote in US elections from Israel

 

Media campaign to register absentee voters by Republican supporters in Israel contributed to about a 60% spike in registration of Israeli-American citizens, compared to 2012.

By Reut Hadar

 

The Republican campaign to register American voters in Israel has brought about a 60% rise in voter registration compared to 2012. According to party statistics, about 120,000 voters currently in Israel have registered to vote in the US presidential race, and some have already cast their ballots.

 PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York, Sunday, September 25, 2016. - Photo: Israel's Gov't Press Office/Kobi Gideon

PM Benjamin Netanyahu with Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York, Sunday, September 25, 2016. – Photo: Israel’s Gov’t Press Office/Kobi Gideon

In 2012, that number was about 75,000. Continue Reading »

Clinton running mate Kaine misrepresents IDF chief Eizenkot during TV debate

 

During Tuesday’s televised vice presidential debate, democratic nominee Sen. Tim Kaine fabricated comments he attributed to Israeli CoS Lt. Gen. Eizenkot, about US-Iranian nuclear deal.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Clinton’s nominee for Vice President claimed in Tuesday’s vice presidential debate that Gadi Eizenkot, the Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, said that the the Iranian nuclear deal prevented Iran from obtaining nuclear arms.

IDF Chief of Staff, Rav Aluf (Lt Gen) Gadi Eizenkot, at the IDF HQ – Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Kaine was apparently referring to remarks Eizenkot made in January when he said,“Since the end of 2005, Israel’s central threat was Iran,” he stated. Continue Reading »

Palestinian High Court suspends next month’s municipal elections

PA officials as well as Hamas officials in Gaza have thwarted the opposition in local courts, or simply arrested candidates, but now Palestinian High Court postponed elections for 416 locales on October 8, until an undetermined date.

 

The Palestinian High Court of Justice in Ramallah ordered on Thursday the suspension of the Palestinian municipal elections in the West Bank and Gaza until an undetermined date, putting the future of the long awaited elections in jeopardy

The elections were supposed to take place in 416 locales on October 8.

The High Court’s decision comes in response to a petition submitted by a Palestinian lawyer, Nael al-Houh, calling for the elections’ suspension due to—the illegitimacy of the judicial and security institutions in Gaza and the exclusion of many Jerusalem municipalities from the elections, according to Maan, a Palestinian news site. Continue Reading »

To Israel’s trepidation Hamas set to win most West Bank cities in upcoming elections

 

With Hamas’ surprised announcement a fortnight ago to participate in West Bank elections, bringing in the same political/ideological policies as Gaza, Israel scrambles to prop up Abbas and the Palestinian Authority.

By Alex Fishman

 

While Israel’s leadership is busy exhausting itself arguing over Hamas’s tunnel digging in Gaza in 2014, they are missing—or perhaps ignoring—a major threat the terror organization is preparing in the West Bank. This political threat, which very well might pose obstacles to Israel’s operations in the West Bank, can’t be destroyed using technological measures.

Hamas is about to take over the municipal centers of power in the West Bank in a legal and democratic way in several weeks time as part of its plan to take over the entire Palestinian Authority—but we, as we always do, may have missed the train yet again. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Hamas proves Gaza no longer ‘open prison camp’ in newest propaganda video

 

view videoBreaking away from its policy to show Gaza as an ‘open prison camp,’ Hamas presents the terror enclave as the ‘Singapore of Middle East’ in latest released political video ahead of upcoming Palestinian elections.

By Elior Levy

 

With the Palestinian local elections to be held in two months in Gaza and the West Bank in which Fatah and Hamas will participate, Hamas has released a propaganda video illustrating what appear to be huge successes in the Gaza Strip.

The terror organization seeks to demonstrate before the residents of the West Bank and of Gaza the practical achievements under its reign. Continue Reading »

For U.S. Expatriates In Need of an Absentee Ballot

view videoFor the approximately 200,000 U.S. citizens living in Israel who are eligible to vote and need to request an absentee ballot online, it’ll be relatively quick and easy.

By ELIYAHU KAMISHER

 

As the November 8th US presidential election approaches, the approximately 200,000 US citizens living in Israel who are eligible to vote should be readying their paperwork if they want their ballots counted.

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US presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) and Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton . – Photo: REUTERS

Fortunately, the process to request an absentee ballot is relatively quick and easy.

According to the Federal Voting Assistance Program, it takes only two steps to vote from overseas: 1) register and request your absentee ballot, and 2) fill out and send in your ballot once it arrives. Continue Reading »

Hamas claims Abbas’ PA arrest members in bid to manipulate election outcome

 

Hamas officials admit their Islamic organization expects a crackdown of arrests of their members, orchestrated by Fatah ahead of October elections in order to skew voting results.

By i24news

 

Hamas officials are expecting a clampdown on its members in the West Bank at the hands of rival party Fatah in a bid to skew the upcoming elections, the Times of Israel news site reports.

Palestinian security forces in Bethlehem on December 24, 2015 – Photo: MOHAMED AL QASEM

The Palestinian Authority regularly arrests activists suspected of being linked to Hamas, often in coordination with Israeli security forces to stop attacks within Israel. Continue Reading »

Poll: Israelis Pleased Obama’s Almost Gone

 

Although most Israelis surveyed see Clinton winning upcoming elections, they feel Netanyahu would get along far better with Trump.

By Israel Today Staff

 

Everyone knows that the current Israeli and American governments don’t get along very well. And the Obama Administration’s hostility toward Jerusalem only seems to be increasing in its waning days.

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The Obama White House has experienced “overwhelming frustration” in its dealings with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said US Vice President Joe Biden last week.

Speaking at a gathering of the left-wing Jewish organization J-Street, Biden accused Netanyahu of “moving us and more importantly…moving Israel in the wrong direction.”

In survey results published this week, Israelis signaled that the feeling was mutual concerning President Barack Obama and his handling of American affairs. Continue Reading »

Incititeful & corrupt Mahmoud Abbas to resign, opening possibility for peace

 

The 80 yr-old dictator whose term ended in January ’09, and who has amassed a personal fortune for himself & family as a corrupt leader, notified Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of his decision to resign within 2 months time.
– 10 additional PLO members to resign.

By i24news

 

President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian authority has requested members of his Fatah party to choose three candidates to be his replacement Israeli news site The Times of Israel reported Monday.

According to Hamas linked newspaper al-Resalah, a source from Fatah said that 80-year-old Abbas intends to announce his resignation soon as leader of the party, which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA). Continue Reading »