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Israel’s Arab Voters Lack Real Representatives

Israeli Arabs express increased frustration with existing Arab Knesset parties, which only seem to focus on the Palestinians, neglecting the vast amount of local Arabs seeking integration, which is indicative to the ever growing enlistment of Arab volunteers into the IDF.

By Israel Today Staff


Israel’s Arab voters are disappointed with their options ahead of the upcoming national election.

In order to woo votes from Israel’s right-leaning Jewish public, most of the mainstream parties tout their Jewish bonafides. Meanwhile, the handful of Arab parties seem more interested in representing a hostile “Palestinian cause” than working for the benefit of the local Arab population. Continue Reading »

Local elections completed with 3rd female mayor elected


2nd round of municipal elections completed in 38 communities.

3rd female mayor is elected: Yaela Maklis to replace Yosef Ben David in Yehud-Monosson

Braverman to take office in Petah Tikva, Fadalon in Herzliya & Meron in Afula.

By Itay Blumenthal

The Israeli municipal elections came to an end as 38 communities took part in a second round of elections on Tuesday. The voter stations opened at noon and closed at 10 pm. The Interior Ministry reported a 50.90% voter turnout. No unusual incidents were reported, apart for claims regarding particular counterfeited ballots in Petah Tikva.

Yehud-Monosson's new mayor: Yaela Maklis (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

Yehud-Monosson’s new mayor: Yaela Maklis – Photo: Motti Kimchi

The Interior Ministry released the final results early Wednesday morning, and announced a victory for Itzhak Braverman in Petah Tikva with 57.7% of the votes, Moshe Fadalon in Herzliya (61.3%) and Hai Adiv in Hod HaSharon (62.5%). Continue Reading »

Bennett gained extra Knesset seat after final count

Votes of 220,000 soldiers, diplomats and prisoners caused minor shift in Knesset seats

By Telem Yahav, Moran Azulay


Habayit Hayehudi is expected to win an extra Knesset seat, apparently at the expense of one of the Arab parties, according to a tally of the soldiers’ votes. This would bring Naftali Bennett’s party to a total of 12 mandates.

Final Official Results for the 19th Knesset

Final Official Results for the 19th Knesset – Graphic from Haaretz.com

The count also indicates that Kadima will pass the electoral threshold. The Central Elections committee is set to publish the results in the coming hours.


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Watch: Barak in CNN interview, ‘Netanyahu disregarded Israeli social protests’

Former Defense Minister Barak told CNN on Wednesday that the Israeli gov’t’s disregard for the demands made by social justice protesters contributed to PM Netanyahu’s failure, and the subsequent rise of Yair Lapid.

By CNN staff


Davos, Switzerland (CNN) — Veteran Israeli politician Ehud Barak says the outcome of the Israel elections are so surprising it is hard to predict the outcome of coalition negotiations.

 Binyamin Netanyahu - screenshot

Binyamin Netanyahu – screenshot

It remains to be seen whether a new Israeli government will have the political capital to push for a peace deal with Palestinians, he added.

“It’s too early to tell,” the outgoing deputy prime minister told CNN’s Richard Quest at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Continue Reading »

1st US born MK since Kahane to hold seat, three others were unsuccessful

Yesh Atid’s Dov Lipman to be 1st American born Knesset member since Rabbi Meir Khane 30 years ago.



Israel apparently will have its first American-born Knesset member since the late, firebrand Rabbi Meir Kahane nearly 30 years later in Maryland- native Dov Lipman of Yesh Atid.

Dov Lipman and Yair Lapid Photo Facebook“I thank all the voters who showed their faith in me and in our party,” Lipman said. “I view this as an opportunity and a responsibility to those who put me in office. I look forward to being in touch with the entire English-speaking population regarding how my office can serve their needs.

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Lapid: Gov’t of moderates needed

Lapid’s Yesh Atid party celebrates huge success in national elections. Lapid calls for ‘broad gov’t that will unite moderate forces from the Left & Right’

By Ilana Curiel &Tzvika Brot


Yair Lapid, the big winner in Tuesday’s national elections, delivered an emotional speech at Yesh Atid’s party headquarters after midnight. “A heavy responsibility has been placed on our shoulders tonight. Throughout the entire election campaign I was told again and again ‘Don’t forget us when you get there, don’t be like all those who get elected and forget.’ I won’t.”

Yair Lapid (Photo: Yaron Brener)

Yair Lapid – Photo: Yaron Brener

According to exit polls released by the three major television networks, the centrist Yesh Atid party won 19 Knesset seats in the elections and will be the second largest party in the Knesset. Continue Reading »

Almost 250,000 ‘Wasted’ Votes in Yesterday’s Elections

Nearly a 1/4 million voters chose parties that didn’t make it into the 19th Knesset.

By Chana Ya’ar


Nearly a quarter of a million voters chose parties that did not make it into the Knesset this time around.

ElectionsThe ‘Otzma L’Yisrael’ party (Strong Israel) came closest to reaching its goal, but failed to pass the 2 percent threshold needed to enter the parliament. The party, led by MK Michael Ben Ari, earned 61,825 votes, and lacked the 15,000 more needed to break the barrier.

The ‘Am Shalem’ party was next, with 42,095 mandates, also lacking enough to enter the Knesset. Continue Reading »

BREAKING NEWS: Election shocker: Likud 31, Lapid 19

Likud-Beiteinu win with 31 mandates; Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party comes in 2nd with 18-19 Knesset seats; record number of voters surged to polling stations to make mark on 19th Knesset

Ynet reporters


Exit polls marking the conclusion of the 2013 national elections are predicting re-election for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the big surprise was Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, which, according to the polls, won 18-19 mandates.

Israel’s news networks projected the joint Likud-Yisrael Beteinu to have won 31 Knesset seats – a sharp drop from the 42 mandates that two parties currently hold.

The winner of the day was Yesh Atid, whose projected number of mandates was almost double what the final pre-election polls predicted. Continue Reading »

Israelis vote, enjoy the ‘day off’ & fantastic weather

Whether it’s Labor or Likud-Beiteinu, Israelis descend on polling stations to exercise their right to vote, then enjoy the day off from work in the mall or at the beach.



The celebration of democracy is underway and Israelis are voting en mass: 10,132 ballot boxes are waiting on Tuesday across Israel for 5,656,705 eligible voters to exercise their voting right.

כלב מי שלא מצביע. תל-אביב, הבוקר (צילום: מוטי קמחי)

Polling station in Tel Aviv, today – Photo: Moti Kimchi

The Tel Aviv polling station in Geula Street was buzzing in anticipation for Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich’s vote. Nevertheless, the ballot box was quickly filled with Likud-Beiteinu and Yesh Atid tickets. Continue Reading »

The Washington Post to Obama: Welcome the PM’s re-election, urge him to form centrist gov’t


The Washington Post calls on both leaders to ‘reset their relationship’ as they each begin new terms this week.

By Haaretz


“Mr. Netanyahu hasn’t been afraid to play up his notoriously bad relations with President Obama,” wrote the Post’s editorial board, stating that in the past, a prime minister’s poor relations with the President of the United States would amount to political failure.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama meeting at the White House

The Post’s editorial described the recent comments made by President Obama to Bloomberg Columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, that Israel “doesn’t know what its own best interests are.”

According to the Post, Netanyahu’s response, that only Israelis can determine their own best interests, was received warmly by the Israeli public. Continue Reading »

Over 5.6 million Israelis will go to the polls today

In electing Israel’s 19th gov’t, approximately 1,000 polling stations will open at 7 A.M. Tuesday in towns, cities, hospitals, & prisons through out the country.


The polls will open at 7 A.M. on Tuesday for Israel to elect its 19th Knesset, with more than 5.65 million Israelis eligible to vote.

Golani soldiers voting on the snowbound Mount Hermon Monday.

Golani soldiers voting on the snowbound Mount Hermon Monday. – Photo: AFP

The approximately 1,000 polling stations located in towns, hospitals and prisons around the country will stay open until 10 P.M. in most locales, but will close at 8 P.M. in small towns and hospitals.

To cast a ballot, voters will need to present an Israeli ID card, a valid passport or a valid driver’s license. Continue Reading »

Everything you always wanted to know about the upcoming Israeli elections

With early elections to be held within 3 months, here’s a comprehensive guide to the most pertinent questions & issues.

Next Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to submit to the Knesset plenum a bill to dissolve the current Knesset. Immediately following the first reading, the Knesset Committee will formulate the wording of the bill, so that the plenum will swiftly approve the second and third readings that same night.

knesset indoors

The Knesset.

When will the elections take place?

The government will determine the exact date for the election. Netanyahu began consultations on Tuesday with the leaders of the various parties and has already discussed the issue with the leaders of the opposition, including Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) and Zahava Gal-On (Meretz), with the hope of finding an agreed date. Continue Reading »