Tag Archive for Israel Politics

Bill Maher Justifies Netanyahu Campaign Comments – Sites Double Standard for Israel

WATCH: Comedian Bill Maher argues that Natanyahu’s invoking racist stereotypes is just part & parcel of the political game, used by Obama & other past presidents.



The American late night comedy landscape hasn’t been kind to Benjamin Netanyahu this election season. But on Friday, Bill Maher – always one in favor of shaking things up – came to the Prime Minister’s defense on his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher.

HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher – Screenshot

Maher dismissed hypothetical comparisons by critics who compared Netanyahu’s controversial statement where he warned his Right-wing base of a strong Arab voter turnout to Romney making similar statements against African Americans in 2012. 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 »

Assessment: Why the Arab World Seeks a Herzog-Livni Win

The Arab world has been dreaming of the day when a Herzog-Livni type alliance would stand at the helm of the Jewish state.

By Dr. Mordechai Kedar


Honest disclosure I: I have been acquainted with the Herzog family for decades, ever since I was a child, and at various points in my life I crossed paths with all three Herzog brothers, Joel,  Brigadier General (Res.) Michael and MK Yitzchak.

Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni in spoof ad, whining over who’s turn it is to answer Obama’s call. – screenshot

I have always held this aristocratic family in great esteem for their generosity, deportment, intelligence and erudition, as sons of Israel’s late sixth president Chaim Herzog and grandchildren of the late Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Halevi  Herzog.  

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Ex-CIA official says former Mossad chief Dagan contradicts his official 2010 assessments

Ex-CIA analyst Fred Fleitz writes former Mossad chief Meir Dagan is ‘playing politics with security.’ “His criticism of Netanyahu’s statements about the Iranian nuclear program don’t hold up.” & in a 2010 security briefing “sang an entirely different tune.”

By Yoni Hersch & Israel Hayom Staff


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Huge Tel Aviv Rally Against Netanyahu, While Polls Predict He’ll Be Next Prime Minister – Again

50,000 rally in Tel Aviv for new government, but polls show most Israelis admit Netanyahu is still the best candidate.

By Israel Today Staff


A weekend rally calling to replace Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s leader in the upcoming elections drew an estimated 50,000 participants. At the same time, a national survey showed that a majority of Israelis accept that Netanyahu will remain their prime minister.

The Saturday evening rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square featured a lineup of speakers denouncing Netanyahu over the difficult economic situation in which most Israelis find themselves and the collapse of the peace process with the Palestinians. Continue Reading »

Liberman Interview: All options on table to stop a nuclear Iran

WATCH: In J’lem Post interview, Avigdor Liberman talks about the Israeli elections, foreign policy, and Netanyahu’s speech in Congress.


Key decisions on countering Iran’s nuclear program must be made in Jerusalem, Foreign Minister and Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman declared on Wednesday.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post Election Arena at the Herzliya Studios, Liberman praised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday, but said “crucial decisions” needed to be taken by this government or the next.
“It was a very important speech in Washington, but what is more important is to take decisions in Jerusalem,” Liberman said. 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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Lieberman: We’ll seek death penalty to terrorists, end of Hamas control over Gaza

Israel’s Foreign Minister tells i24news he’ll push for ouster of Hamas, death penalty for terrorists and will never a form coalition with leftists.

By i24news


The first law Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will push for during his party’s next tenure in the Knesset will be capital punishment for terrorists, the official told i24news in an exclusive interview.

Avigdor Lieberman – Photo: i24news

Capital punishment is currently not practiced in Israel, and only two people were executed in the state’s history: the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann and a soldier accused of treason and exonerated posthumously.

The hawkish statesman said he was not overly concerned over his party’s performance in the polls, which predicted it might struggle to pass the electoral barrier and could face a spell on the sidelines of Israeli politics. Continue Reading »

Many Israeli Arab & Christian Voters Seek Integration With Jewish State

Interesting interview with leader of newly formed Arab party, that contrary to the United Arab List, hopes to enter Israel’s Knesset & promote integration with Jewish society.

By Tsvi Sadan


The amount of nonsense Israelis are subjected to as election campaigns heat up is diverting attention the new United Arab List that poses a serious problem for the Jewish state.

Mahmoud Nujidat, a pro-Israel Arab advocate – Israel Today

The list is a merger of four Israeli Arab Knesset factions that run the gamut from communists to extreme Islamists. If this list wins the 12 seats surveys say it will win, the Knesset will play host to a powerful political faction that takes order and money from Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

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Anti-Israel Arab lawmaker & Jewish extremist barred from running in election

Israel’s Central Election Commission has banned both Palestinian Arab Hanin Zoabi and Jewish activist Baruch Marzel from the 2015 Israeli elections.

By i24news


Israel’s Central Election Commission on Thursday has barred controversial Arab Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi from running to the Knesset in the upcoming general election, following petitions filed by the rightist Likud and Israel Beitenu parties.

Arab Israeli Knesset member Hanin Zoabi – Photo: AFP

Far-right activist Baruch Marzel, one of the leaders of the outlawed Kach movement, was too barred from participating in the March 17 election.

In the summer Zoabi, a member of the Balad party, was banned from the Knesset plenum for six months after she made comments saying that the kidnappers who murdered three Israeli teens were “not terrorists.” Continue Reading »

Herzog-Livni zigzag on petition to disqualify anti-Israel MK to gather Arab votes


Herzog-Livni union announced that it will no longer support the petition to bar anti-Israel Palestinian MK Hanin Zoabi, in move to ensure Arabs endorse Labor’s Herzog as PM.


The Zionist Camp, which only on Thursday announced it would support a petition filed with the Central Elections Committee to disqualify controversial Balad MK Hanin Zoabi from participating in the March 17 elections, has reneged, announcing Monday that it will not back the move.

Balad MK Hanin Zoabi – Photo: Dudi Vaaknin

The petition, filed last week by Likud and Yisrael Beytenu, states that Zoabi’s outspoken support of an armed Palestinian struggle against the State of Israel, as well as past statements in which she negated Israel’s existence, are in violation of Basic Law: The Knesset. Continue Reading »

Watch: Channel 2 Anchor’s Body Language Demonstrates Obvious Personal Opposition

Yonit Levy’s exaggerated posture in overly callous interview appeared to be telling viewers she finds Naftali Bennett extremely objectionable.

By Gil Ronen


Channel 2 evening news anchor Yonit Levy’s body language appeared to disclose her contempt for Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett in an abrasive interview Sunday night.

Left-leaning media? – Screenshot

Levi appeared to be leaning as far away from Bennett as possible, even as she grilled him over statements about rampant crime and anti-Jewish violence in the Arab sector that she found “racist.” The interview is embedded below.

Israel has three television news channels: Channel 1 public television, and the commercial channels 2 and 10, which are government supervised to a certain degree.

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Netanyahu Attacks Rival Newspapers on Twitter & Facebook

PM Netanyahu blames publisher of Yedioth Ahronoth & Ynet News for their mounted ‘smear attacks’ against his wife & himself.

By i24news


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a blistering social media attack on Monday against Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and theYnet news website.

Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson & Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

“The time has come to put this out on the table: The main element behind the wave of smear attacks against my wife and myself is [Arnon] Mozes, publisher of the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth and of the Ynet website,” Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page and on Twitter. Continue Reading »

James Baker: Netanyahu’s Speech Before US Congress Could Be Election Disaster

Former Secretary of State James Baker, compares situation when former PM Yitzhak Shamir, who clashed with the US and was subsequently replaced by Rabin in 1992 elections.

By Gil Ronen


Former US Secretary of State James Baker said Sunday that House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to address Congress, which was extended without consulting the White House, is a breach of diplomatic protocol.

James Baker

James Baker – Photo: Reuters

“I can’t remember an instance in which it’s been done,” said Baker, who was secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush, on CBS‘s “Face the Nation.”

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U.S. Congress Recognizes Natanyahu as Significant Asset to the State of Israel

Likud MK Ze’ev Elkin says, ‘not many world leaders receive same treatment from the U.S. Congress, as Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu.’

By Attila Somfalvi


The official invitation extended to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before the Congress is a testament to the fact the prime minister is a significant asset to the State of Israel, MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) said on Tuesday in an interview with Ynet.

Ze’ev Elkin at Ynet’s studio – Photo: Yaron Brenner

Earlier Tuesday, White House Speaker John Boehner told CBS’s 60 Minutes: “There’s nobody in the world who can talk about the threat of radical terrorism, nobody can talk about the threat that the Iranians pose, not just to the Middle East and to Israel, our longest ally, but to the entire world, but Bibi Netanyahu.”

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