Benny Gantz had also claimed victory hours earlier, as the exit polls showed his Blue and White party leading, but with 97.3% of the polling stations now counted, Benjamin Netanyahu has a clear win to form the next government.
Benjamin Netanyahu heading into his 5th consecutive term as Prime Minister, has a clear majority of support to form a right wing coalition government.
“This is an unimaginable achievement,” Netanyahu said, at around 2am. “I am very moved tonight, a night of tremendous victory. I am very excited that the people of Israel once again trusted me for the fifth time, and with greater confidence.” Continue Reading »
If you’re dumbfounded as to how an Israeli prime minister can be suspected of bribery, and yet his popularity is steadily growing in each survey taken, here’s seven reasons.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Plenty of people mocked the survey by pollster Avi Degani that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted on his Facebook page, which gave his Likud a 34-to 20-Knesset seat lead over the Yesh Atid party of Yair Lapid, the central witness against him in Case 1000, the “expensive gift affair.”
MK Yair Lapid, then Minister of Finance, speaking at the 14th Annual Herzliya Conference – Screenshot
After all, Degani has been paid to take polls for the Likud for many years, and the survey was leaked to the pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom newspaper. Continue Reading »
Even in the face of budget constraints, two Likud MKs forced Netanyahu’s hand, making him backtrack after scrapping resolution on Ethiopian aliyah.
By Hezki Ezra
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday reached an agreement with MK David Amsalem of his party, according to which 1,300 Ethiopian Jews will be brought home on aliyah to Israel over the course of the current year.
refused to vote with the coalition in protest since early March. The move came after Netanyahu’s office canceled the Knesset decision from last November to bring Ethiopia’s 9,000 remaining Jews to Israel, citing budget constraints as a reason. Continue Reading »
Likud insider: Coalition deals with ultra-Orthodox parties & Kulanu expected to be signed within days, possibly giving new government 22 ministers.
• Likud insider warns: ‘It’s not over until it’s over.’
By Mati Tuchfeld, Yehuda Shlezinger & Israel Hayom Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Reuven Rivlin on Monday morning and asked him for a two-week extension to finalize the coalition negotiations.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO
“We have made considerable progress in the negotiations, but more time is necessary for us to form a stable government that would meet the challenges Israel faces,” Netanyahu said in a short statement to the media following the meeting.
MK Yariv Levin states that ‘no one’ trusts Balad MKs with classified information, even when they’re serving on Knesset committees.
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.
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“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.
By Ari Yasha
Likud Central Committee chairman Danny Danon, who is challenging Binyamin Netanyahu for leadership of the party, on Saturday night called on Israel to respond to an expected UN recognition of the Palestinian Authority (PA) as the “state of Palestine” by declaring sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.
“We must clarify in the clearest terms to the world that every unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state will bring Israeli sovereignty,” declared Danon in a meeting with Likud activists in Judea’s Gush Etzion region. Continue Reading »
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon threatened to oust Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as head of Likud if he makes too many concessions to the Palestinians in the current round of peace talks.
Netanyahu and Danon – Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST
Speaking Thursday in an interview with Army Radio, Danon said that US Secretary of State John Kerry’s yet-to-be publicly released framework agreement can not be accepted by the head of the right-wing faction. Continue Reading »
Likud political ad promising to end noisy Muslim call to prayer in early morning is nixed by Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran for its offensive content.
By Maayana Miskin
A Likud ad promising to end loud Muslim prayers in the early morning hours has been nixed by Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran, who heads the Central Elections Committee, Maariv/nrg reports.
The ad reads, “Silencing the muezzin in Yafo? Only the Likud can.” The muezzin is the prayer leader who broadcast the Muslim call to prayer over a loudspeaker five times a day.
Member of Knesset Omer Bar-Lev of the Labor party complained to the Elections Committee about the ad. Continue Reading »
Israeli activists visited Ramallah & met with senior PA officials to hear history of negotiations and exchange political positions & arguments.
On the menu: meetings, kosher meals, &
for social networks.
By Elior Levy
RAMALLAH – Dozens of activists and members of the Likud and Shas parties descended Sunday morning from a bus parked near the Mukata in Ramallah, on their way to a meeting with senior Palestinian officials organized by the Geneva Initiative.
The Israelis were ushered into the building’s conference room, where they were greeted by the Secretary General of the PLO Executive Committee, Yasser Abd Rabbo, and Fatah officials Nabil Shaath and Muhammed Madani. Continue Reading »
Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu with Habayit Hayehudi & Yesh Atid ironing out the the final details that will determine the nature of the new gov’t.
Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu negotiation teams are holding marathon talks Saturday night with representatives of Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi in a last push to complete the coalition negotiations.
Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi representatives arrived at the meeting to hash out the allocation of ministerial portfolios, drafting a law that would lead to a more equal ‘sharing of the burden’ of military service and the labor market on the part of ultra-Orthodox Israelis, as well as, defining the new government’s guidelines. Continue Reading »
Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu proposal submitted to Habayit Hayehudi & Yesh Atid as part of coalition negotiations.
Prof. Eugene Kandel on Saturday publicly presented the main points of his proposal for distributing the burden of military service more equally. The proposal was submitted last week to Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi by Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu during the latter’s coalition negotiations with the two parties.
Eugene Kandel – Photo by Ilan Assayag
The program calls for drafting more than 60 percent of ultra-Orthodox men up to the age of 24, while offering government incentives to these conscripts and the yeshivas from which they they were drafted. Continue Reading »