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Unread postPosted: April 8th, 2019, 9:22 am 
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This should be interesting.

Israeli election all about Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — israel’s election campaign has been a three-month roller coaster of mudslinging, scandals and more scandals. But when voters head to the polls on Tuesday, one name will be predominantly on their minds: Benjamin netanyahu.

at its core, the vote boils down to a referendum on netanyahu, the man who has dominated israeli politics for the better part of three decades. a victory will propel him into the record books later this year as the longest-serving israeli prime minister, surpassing founding father david Bengurion.

a loss would likely end his career just as he is enjoying the limelight at the vanguard of a rising global movement of tough-talking, nationalist world leaders led by his close friend, president donald Trump.

“israel’s standing internationally has never been as solid as it is right now. international leaders are lining up to visit israel and meet with the prime minister,” said yechiel leiter, a former netanyahu chief of staff who is now a senior fellow at the Kohelet policy Forum, a conservative Jerusalem think-tank . “Everyone knows Bibi wherever you go.”

netanyahu’s impassioned supporters revere him as larger-than-life “King Bibi,” friend of powerful world leaders and guarantor of israel’s security in a tough neighbourhood. His opponents revile him as a corrupt hedonist who has divided the country by inciting against arabs and whose policies toward the palestinians are leading israel off a cliff.

in the final days of the campaign, the race appears too close to call as netanyahu faces a strong challenge from Benny Gantz, a popular former army chief. polls show netanyahu’s likud party and Gantz’s new Blue and White party neck and neck. The surveys give likud a slight advantage in being able to put together a governing coalition with smaller, likeminded parties.

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Unread postPosted: April 8th, 2019, 11:19 am 
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seoulbro wrote:
This should be interesting.

Israeli election all about Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — israel’s election campaign has been a three-month roller coaster of mudslinging, scandals and more scandals. But when voters head to the polls on Tuesday, one name will be predominantly on their minds: Benjamin netanyahu.

at its core, the vote boils down to a referendum on netanyahu, the man who has dominated israeli politics for the better part of three decades. a victory will propel him into the record books later this year as the longest-serving israeli prime minister, surpassing founding father david Bengurion.

a loss would likely end his career just as he is enjoying the limelight at the vanguard of a rising global movement of tough-talking, nationalist world leaders led by his close friend, president donald Trump.

“israel’s standing internationally has never been as solid as it is right now. international leaders are lining up to visit israel and meet with the prime minister,” said yechiel leiter, a former netanyahu chief of staff who is now a senior fellow at the Kohelet policy Forum, a conservative Jerusalem think-tank . “Everyone knows Bibi wherever you go.”

netanyahu’s impassioned supporters revere him as larger-than-life “King Bibi,” friend of powerful world leaders and guarantor of israel’s security in a tough neighbourhood. His opponents revile him as a corrupt hedonist who has divided the country by inciting against arabs and whose policies toward the palestinians are leading israel off a cliff.

in the final days of the campaign, the race appears too close to call as netanyahu faces a strong challenge from Benny Gantz, a popular former army chief. polls show netanyahu’s likud party and Gantz’s new Blue and White party neck and neck. The surveys give likud a slight advantage in being able to put together a governing coalition with smaller, likeminded parties.

Go Likud.

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Unread postPosted: April 9th, 2019, 3:53 pm 
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Israel election results too close to call
https://www.cnn.com/middleeast/live-new ... index.html

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Unread postPosted: April 9th, 2019, 4:26 pm 

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Israel election results too close to call
https://www.cnn.com/middleeast/live-new ... index.html

My understanding is that since it will be a coalition government, it could take days for a government to form.


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Unread postPosted: April 9th, 2019, 4:45 pm 
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As is the norm in Israel.

I believe no party has ever won a majority to govern in its own right. Israel has always had a coalition government.

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Unread postPosted: April 9th, 2019, 7:35 pm 
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Current - as of 7.34 PST = now

29.2% each for both Likud and Blue and White

93 % in

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Unread postPosted: April 9th, 2019, 7:39 pm 
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Now tied at 95 % in

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Unread postPosted: April 9th, 2019, 8:24 pm 

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The two main parties have thirty five seats each.


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Unread postPosted: April 9th, 2019, 8:59 pm 
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Bibi will pull it off and form a coalition.

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Unread postPosted: April 9th, 2019, 11:27 pm 
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Exactly

Netanyahu appears on track for victory despite tied result

Major parties neck and neck but incumbent has path to form majority government with right-wing allies

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... ied-result

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Unread postPosted: April 10th, 2019, 5:53 am 

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Exactly

Netanyahu appears on track for victory despite tied result

Major parties neck and neck but incumbent has path to form majority government with right-wing allies

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... ied-result

Israelis know what they are getting.


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Unread postPosted: April 10th, 2019, 7:07 am 
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Its official Netanyahu wins

Israel's Netanyahu wins re-election with parliamentary majority: tally
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-isra ... SKCN1RL00K


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Unread postPosted: April 10th, 2019, 7:43 am 
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Its official Netanyahu wins

Israel's Netanyahu wins re-election with parliamentary majority: tally
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-isra ... SKCN1RL00K

Despite what the left thinks of him,Netanyahu represents stability. The markets love that.

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Unread postPosted: April 10th, 2019, 10:59 am 
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Wazzzup wrote:
Its official Netanyahu wins

Israel's Netanyahu wins re-election with parliamentary majority: tally
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-isra ... SKCN1RL00K

ac_drinks

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Unread postPosted: April 11th, 2019, 11:52 am 
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After months of heated campaigning, Israeli voters decided to change very little. With most of the votes counted the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has won a fifth term in office in an election on April 9th. His Likud party tied with Blue and White, a centre-left party led by Benny Gantz, a former army chief. Both had about 27% of the vote. But the right-wing and religious bloc, of which Likud is a part, won a combined 53%.

That will give it a majority, probably with 64 seats in the 120-member Knesset (parliament), the same number it holds now. With several parties perched close to the 3.25% threshold to enter the Knesset, the results are still fluid. (Two have demanded a recount.) But Mr Gantz does not appear to have a viable coalition, nor a way to stop Mr Netanyahu from forming one.

fter months of heated campaigning, Israeli voters decided to change very little. With most of the votes counted the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has won a fifth term in office in an election on April 9th. His Likud party tied with Blue and White, a centre-left party led by Benny Gantz, a former army chief. Both had about 27% of the vote. But the right-wing and religious bloc, of which Likud is a part, won a combined 53%.

That will give it a majority, probably with 64 seats in the 120-member Knesset (parliament), the same number it holds now. With several parties perched close to the 3.25% threshold to enter the Knesset, the results are still fluid. (Two have demanded a recount.) But Mr Gantz does not appear to have a viable coalition, nor a way to stop Mr Netanyahu from forming one.

Turnout was 68%, about four points lower than in 2015. Parties that cater to Arab citizens received just 328,000 votes, a 26% drop.

In another sign of Likud’s rough nationalist tilt, one of the new Knesset members celebrating her election was May Golan, an activist who led the campaign to deport African refugees from Israel. In the past Ms Golan failed to enter the Knesset as a candidate of the racist Jewish Power party. Now she will sit with the ruling party.
https://www.economist.com/middle-east-a ... A/226092/n

Congratulations Bibi.

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Unread postPosted: April 11th, 2019, 12:41 pm 
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lookin good

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Unread postPosted: April 11th, 2019, 2:38 pm 
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Gaon wrote:
After months of heated campaigning, Israeli voters decided to change very little. With most of the votes counted the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has won a fifth term in office in an election on April 9th. His Likud party tied with Blue and White, a centre-left party led by Benny Gantz, a former army chief. Both had about 27% of the vote. But the right-wing and religious bloc, of which Likud is a part, won a combined 53%.

That will give it a majority, probably with 64 seats in the 120-member Knesset (parliament), the same number it holds now. With several parties perched close to the 3.25% threshold to enter the Knesset, the results are still fluid. (Two have demanded a recount.) But Mr Gantz does not appear to have a viable coalition, nor a way to stop Mr Netanyahu from forming one.

fter months of heated campaigning, Israeli voters decided to change very little. With most of the votes counted the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has won a fifth term in office in an election on April 9th. His Likud party tied with Blue and White, a centre-left party led by Benny Gantz, a former army chief. Both had about 27% of the vote. But the right-wing and religious bloc, of which Likud is a part, won a combined 53%.

That will give it a majority, probably with 64 seats in the 120-member Knesset (parliament), the same number it holds now. With several parties perched close to the 3.25% threshold to enter the Knesset, the results are still fluid. (Two have demanded a recount.) But Mr Gantz does not appear to have a viable coalition, nor a way to stop Mr Netanyahu from forming one.

Turnout was 68%, about four points lower than in 2015. Parties that cater to Arab citizens received just 328,000 votes, a 26% drop.

In another sign of Likud’s rough nationalist tilt, one of the new Knesset members celebrating her election was May Golan, an activist who led the campaign to deport African refugees from Israel. In the past Ms Golan failed to enter the Knesset as a candidate of the racist Jewish Power party. Now she will sit with the ruling party.
https://www.economist.com/middle-east-a ... A/226092/n

Congratulations Bibi.

Netanyahu appeals to the right to scare them about the left. In our province, the NDP government can't defend their horrendous record and is demonizing the opposition as intolerant bigots(even thought the UCP is more diverse than the dippers) and it's working.

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Unread postPosted: April 12th, 2019, 8:34 pm 
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What I haven't mentioned in this thread is the rise of the religious right in Israel. My party, Yisrael Beiteinu is secular and it's voters are predominantly Russian. We would like to see social welfare benefits for ultra-orthodox who study the torah instead of work, cut or better yet, eliminated. We want them to do their compulsory military service that they are exempt from. They captured more than three times the number of seats of the once all powerful Labor Party. They don't contribute to Israeli society, they have 4-10 kids and they want to use the law to ban certain activities on the sabbath. Those nutty Zionists are part of the reason I am here. They, not Arabs, will be the end of Israel.

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Unread postPosted: April 13th, 2019, 7:27 am 
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I don't know if it's tied to the rise of religious fundamentalism or not, but I read that right wing politics is popular among young Israelis.

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Unread postPosted: April 13th, 2019, 11:20 am 
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Significant and even surprising is that left got a mere 5% of the total vote

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