Tag Archive for Elections 2015

Obama Sends Netanyahu a Message: ’50 Years of Occupation Must End’

Obama’s petty payback:
AFP
reports: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.”

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The White House on Monday bluntly warned Israel that its “occupation of Palestinian land” must end, dismissing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges.

Binyamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama – Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

The White House on Monday bluntly warned Israel that its “occupation of Palestinian land” must end, dismissing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges.

In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Israel, AFP reported, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said “an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.”

McDonough criticized Netanyahu’s pre-election pledge to block the creation of a Palestinian state and he questioned Netanyahu’s efforts to undo the damage.

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Various Syrian rebel groups send congratulatory blessings to Netanyahu on election victory

White House: ‘We can’t forget’ Netanyahu’s comments regarding Palestinian statehood

After Netanyahu addresses clarification regarding his original remarks, White House press secretary says PM’s campaign statement calls into question his commitment towards 2-state solution.

 

Despite attempts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to clarify comments made during his election campaign that a Palestinian state would not emerge under his tenure, the White House will nevertheless “still evaluate” its policy on the Middle East peace process, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Thursday.

President Barack Obama walks through the Cross Hall of the White House, Aug. 8, 2013 – Photo: OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY PETE SOUZA

The prime minister’s comments, he said, call into question his commitment to the pursuit of peace and have forced the US government to reassess the the government’s stance. Continue Reading »

Meet Israel’s 20th Knesset

A complete list including the new 44, of the 120 members, from the 10 political parties stepping up as MKs for Israel’s 20th Knesset.

By Cynthia Blank

 

With all the ballots counted Thursday and final results all but set, a full picture of Israel’s next Knesset has started to emerge.

20th Knesset

There will be 44 new MKs serving in this session, who were not part of the 19th Knesset which dissolved in December. However, a number of these candidates have served Knesset terms in the past.

Meet Israel’s next group of parliamentarians:

Likud

  • 1. Binyamin Netanyahu
  • 2. Gilad Erdan
  • 3.
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Israel Demonstrates Poor Apartheid With Arab Justice Overseeing Israel’s 2015 Elections

Israel appoints a Christian Arab to supervise elections critical to the Jewish State.

By David Lazarus

 

For the first time in the country’s history, an Arab judge is chairing the Central Elections Committee presiding over today’s national elections.

Israeli Justice Salim Jubran – Source: Israel Today

Justice Salim Jubran (pictured) is a Christian Arab who grew up in the north of Israel. In 2004, he became the first Israeli Arab to be appointed a permanent seat on the Supreme Court.

Earlier this year, he was given the daunting task of overseeing all those hot-button, contentious and touchy election issues like who gets campaign funding, preventing voter fraud and determining what constitutes fair play in the rock’em sock’em world of Israel’s political propaganda wars.

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Obama & Co must reconcile with Netanyahu who’ll remain even after they leave the WH

Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz:
“His electoral success is all the more impressive given the powerful forces that tried to undermine him, including, sadly, the full weight of the Obama political team.”

By Reuters

 

After six years of testy relations, US President Barack Obama must resign himself to the likelihood that he has not seen the last of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Benjamin Netanyahu at Likud headquarters on Tuesday night – Photo: Reuters

A better-than-expected showing by the prime minister in Tuesday’s closely fought election raises the prospect that he will remain a thorn in Obama’s side, with the two men increasingly at odds over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peacemaking. Continue Reading »

Official tally gives Netanyahu sweeping victory

With nearly 99% of precincts reporting before dawn on Wednesday, the Likud holds 30 seats over the Zionist Union’s 24, in the 20th Knesset.

 

The Israeli elections took a dramatic turn in the early morning hours on Wednesday as official tallies from nearly all precincts indicate that Likud has opened up a significant lead over Zionist Union, a far cry from the virtual dead heat that television exit polls had reported Tuesday evening.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shares a moment with his wife, Sara, at Likud headquarters. – Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM

With 99 percent of precincts reporting before dawn on Wednesday, the Likud has emerged as the clear, undisputed victor in the elections. Continue Reading »

Pro-Israel Arab Activist Tells Jews to ‘Wake Up’ and Go Vote

Pro-Zionist Arab activist Anett Haskia drove through Arab cities confirming large turnout to warn Jewish voters to go vote, asking: Are you really the ‘Chosen People’?

By Gil Ronen

 

Anett Haskia, a Zionist Muslim Arab who ran in the Jewish Home primaries, has issued a dire warning to her nationalist Facebook friends to go out and vote, or face disaster.

Anett Haskia – Photo: Facebook

Haskia wrote: “A feeling of loss!! I am on the verge of a heart attack! I have been driving around the Arab villages and cities to confirm the rumor and indeed, I have never seen anything like this in my life, most of them are outside on the ground, in the hope that the list will represent them, in their favor.

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Israel’s Left can’t win: Religious won’t sit with Lapid, Arabs won’t sit with Herzog

Headlined by both Bibi & Bennett, Tel Aviv’s right-wing rally seemed optimistic, even as final polls have Natanyahu’s Likud trailing the Zionist Union by 4 seats.

 

Polls may show the Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog on his way to defeating the Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, but there were tens of thousands of people in Rabin Square in the heart of Tel Aviv Sunday night who apparently didn’t get the memo.

rabin square rally

Right-wing rally in Tel Aviv, March 15, 2015. – Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST

Headlined by Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett, the right-wing rally seemed optimistic, maybe even victorious, even as the final polls have the Likud trailing the Zionist Union by four seats just hours before the election. Continue Reading »

Mid-East analyst says on ‘anti-Netanyahu’ TV2 News: Expect War If Netanyahu Loses

Channel 2’s Mid-East political analyst believes Iran, Hamas & Hezbollah will quickly test Israel’s new leftist government.

By  Israel Today Staff

 

A leading Israeli expert on Middle East affairs warned on Friday that if Isaac Herzog wins Tuesday’s elections and becomes the next prime minister, Israel’s enemies will certainly take the opportunity to test the Jewish state’s new leadership militarily.

Netanyahu & Hertzog on Israel’s TV2 News

“If a government headed by Herzog is established, I will not be surprised if there is an attempt by the Iranian-Hezbollah-Hamas side to test it, very early on,” said Channel 2 analyst Ehud Ya’ari. Continue Reading »

WATCH: During TV Clash, Netanyahu Blasts Herzog, Livni for Backstabbing

After PM Netanyahu accuses Labor leader for his & Livni’s weakness in the face of int’l pressure in a TV confrontation, Herzog unconsciously uses the PM’s name instead of ‘Jerusalem’ in Freudian slip.

By Gil Ronen

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accused Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog of weakness in a short, three-minute live televised confrontation Saturday evening on Channel 2.

The PM chuckles when Herzog made a ‘Freudian slip’ saying he will “keep Netanyahu united.” – YouTube screenshot

Netanyahu, who was not in the studio and was seen on a screen, asked Herzog why he and Tzipi Livni spoke out against Israel’s construction in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem a few months ago, and why they refuse to support the security efforts by Netanyahu’s government, on Iran’s nuclear weapons program and other issues. Continue Reading »

Israeli Druse leaders reject Lebanon’s Druse MP Jumblatt: ‘Stop interfering in our affairs’

 

The spiritual leader of Israel’s Druse community on Friday rebuffed comments by Lebanese Druse parliamentarian Walid Jumblatt, who called on his coreligionists to support the Joint Arab List.

In an interview with the Arab-language web site Huna, Sheikh Moafaq Tarif said that the Druse in Israel “are an inseparable part of Israeli society and they enjoy freedom of expression and freedom to do as they please.”

Tarif said that the Druse community fields candidates who run with both right-wing and left-wing parties. Continue Reading »

Livni and Herzog Met By Angry Arab Mob – Police Arrest Three

New union party seeking Arab supporters found instead radical groups calling Livni & Herzog ‘murderers’ when they visited the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, in north central Israel.

By Yedidya Ben-Or, Gil Ronen

 

There is growing tension between the Labor-Hatnua list, officially known as The Zionist Camp, and the Arab sector in Israel.
Dozens of people protested Saturday against the visit by party leaders Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni – as well as the Arab candidate on the list, Zohair Bahalul – at Umm al-Fahm, in north central Israel. Three were arrested when a scuffle broke out with police.
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Likud MK: No Classified Intel Discussed if Arab MKs on Committee

MK Yariv Levin states that ‘no one’ trusts Balad MKs with classified information, even when they’re serving on Knesset committees.

By Hezki Ezra & Tova Dvorin

 

Any Arab MKs to join the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the 20th Knesset will not be privy to classified information, MK Yariv Levin (Likud) stated Thursday.

“The general committee will only hold discussions which do not contain classified information, whereas sub-committees will include classified intel,” he said, during an address at the Israel Democracy Institute in Tel Aviv Thursday.

“If a party insists on an MK being appointed to a committee, whether Jewish or Arab, they will get the spot, as established in the Knesset regulations,” Levin said.

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Get “I voted” button on Facebook page during Israeli elections

 

After launching similar initiatives during U. S., India & EU Parliament elections, Facebook will introduce voting button for Israeli users, in bid to help stimulate voter turnout.

By Ehud Keinan

 

Facebook announced Wednesday that it will offer Israeli users a feature which will allow them to share that they voted in the March 17 Knesset elections, and additionally receive information from Israel’s Central Election Committee on the polling station at which they cast their ballot.

Facebook ‘I voted’ feature in Hebrew

According to an announcement by the social media site, Israeli users will see the “I voted” button at the top of their news feed. Continue Reading »