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Unread postPosted: April 13th, 2019, 3:39 pm 

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Significant and even surprising is that left got a mere 5% of the total vote

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Unread postPosted: April 15th, 2019, 4:07 pm 
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Bibi will have up to 42 days to form a government. If he fails, the president asks another politician to try.

Past coalition negotiations have dragged on. Smaller parties will demand cabinet seats, and will have their own financial and legislative demands to fulfil campaign promises made to their own voters. Netanyahu will have to balance these against his own party’s priorities.
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Unread postPosted: April 22nd, 2019, 7:17 pm 
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Tourism Minister Yariv Levin from Likud and Oded Forer of Yisrael Beytenu, both heading their respective parties’ negotiation teams, met at Kfar Maccabiah in Ramat Gan for several hours.

The sides failed to come to any agreement and said they would meet again at a later date.

The most thorny issue is expected to be legislation regulating — and limiting — exemptions to military conscription for ultra-Orthodox students, which the secularist Liberman is insisting should be passed without amendment, while ultra-Orthodox parties have said they will not join the coalition if it is advanced without changes. Both Yisrael Beytenu and the ultra-Orthodox are essential for Netanyahu if he is to assemble a governing coalition with a majority of at least 61 seats in the 120-member Knesset.

Liberman has backed Netanyahu as the next premier, cementing the right-wing coalition at 65 seats. But his party holds five of those seats, just enough to bring Netanyahu to the brink of collapse if he leaves the coalition — as he did in November in a spat over what he said were disagreements with the prime minister’s Gaza policy, shrinking Netanyahu’s coalition at the time to just 61 seats.

Liberman on Saturday reiterated that his party would not join a coalition led by Netanyahu unless his demands are met on security, immigration, and religion and state issues, in a government likely to be dominated by the religious right.

Liberman, whose base of supporters is largely made up of secular immigrants from the former Soviet Union, campaigned on opposing “religious coercion,” and supports public transportation and allowing mini-markets to remain open on Shabbat, in addition to ending the Chief Rabbinate’s control over marriage and divorce, and passing the enlistment bill.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/yisrael-b ... -kick-off/
The right wing coalition could be in a little trouble. My party, Yisrael Beieinu, has demands that are unacceptable to the religious parties.

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Unread postPosted: April 25th, 2019, 6:54 pm 
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Poll: Two-thirds of Israeli Jews support unity government without Haredi parties
Survey conducted by pluralism advocacy NGO indicates majority of Jewish public wants government that will change status quo on issues of religion and state

Over two-thirds of Israeli Jews want the ongoing coalition talks to end with a unity government that excludes the ultra-Orthodox parties and advances religious pluralism, according to a public opinion poll published Tuesday.

Sixty-six percent of the Jewish public prefers a government that includes the two largest parties — Likud and Blue and White (which both won 35 seats in April 9’s elections) — and that leaves out the ultra-Orthodox Shas and United Torah Judaism parties, a poll conducted by the Hiddush organization for religious pluralism found, as opposed to 34% of Jewish Israelis who support a more narrow coalition, including the ultra-Orthodox parties and maintaining the status quo on issues of religion and state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to form a 65-strong coalition including the two ultra-Orthodox parties; Blue and White is set to lead the opposition.

The numbers favoring a unity government were highest among Blue and White voters — at an overwhelming 98%. Eighty-four percent of Yisrael Beytenu voters also expressed support for a government devoid of ultra-Orthodox parties — indicative of chairman Avigdor Liberman’s ardent support for secular policies such as civil marriage and public transportation on Shabbat. Some 55% of Likud voters also support such a unity government, according to the poll.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/poll-two- ... i-parties/

I could get behind this if the Blue and White would put aside some of their more leftist ideas on immigration and expanding the civil service.

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Unread postPosted: October 3rd, 2019, 11:11 am 
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How much trouble is Bibi in?


JERUSALEM — Two weeks after fighting and failing to win an election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced trouble on a second front on Wednesday at legal hearings to decide whether he must face trial for corruption.
Attorney-general Avichai Mandelblit has already said he intends to file criminal charges against Netanyahu in high-profile cases that have dominated Israeli headlines for years.
But at a series of pre-trial hearings Netanyahu’s lawyers are arguing that prosecutors should not press charges in three graft cases.
Israel’s longest-serving leader denies any wrongdoing.
But he has fought two inconclusive parliamentary elections this year under the shadow of allegations that opponents seized upon, waving “Crime Minister” banners at political rallies.
His chief opponent, former general Benny Gantz, said he would not serve in a cabinet led by a prime minister who faces indictment.
Netanyahu says he is the victim of a politically orchestrated “witch-hunt” by the media and the left to oust him from office.

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Unread postPosted: October 3rd, 2019, 9:57 pm 
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NETANYAHU'S LAWYER: THERE IS A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR DROPPING THE CHARGES
These hearings are Netanyahu’s last opportunity to head off a final indictment decision which could heavily impact his political fortunes and the ongoing attempts to form a new coalition.
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Netan ... row-603384

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Unread postPosted: October 5th, 2019, 5:13 am 
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NETANYAHU'S LAWYER: THERE IS A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR DROPPING THE CHARGES These hearings are Netanyahu’s last opportunity to head off a final indictment decision which could heavily impact his political fortunes and the ongoing attempts to form a new coalition. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Netan ... row-603384

His potential legal troubles aside, I haven't heard anything about Bibi getting any closer to forming a coalition government.

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Unread postPosted: October 5th, 2019, 5:25 am 

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I will say this. My family has a house in the old city Jerusalem and just recently, my cousin moved in with his family. If not it would of been taken away. Do you approve of this Gaon?

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Unread postPosted: October 5th, 2019, 5:32 am 
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I will say this. My family has a house in the old city Jerusalem and just recently, my cousin moved in with his family. If not it would of been taken away. Do you approve of this Gaon?

Do you know under Palestinian Authority law it's a crime to sell land to Jews.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.pr ... -1.6999657
Jews moved into a house in the center of the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday. The building, known as the al-Alami family house, was at the center of an affair in which the Palestinian Authority convicted an East Jerusalem resident, Issam Aqel, of selling land to Jews. He was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor. Aqel, who is also an American citizen, was released shortly after, following American pressure.

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Unread postPosted: October 5th, 2019, 6:33 am 

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I will say this. My family has a house in the old city Jerusalem and just recently, my cousin moved in with his family. If not it would of been taken away. Do you approve of this Gaon?

Do you know under Palestinian Authority law it's a crime to sell land to Jews.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.pr ... -1.6999657
Jews moved into a house in the center of the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday. The building, known as the al-Alami family house, was at the center of an affair in which the Palestinian Authority convicted an East Jerusalem resident, Issam Aqel, of selling land to Jews. He was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor. Aqel, who is also an American citizen, was released shortly after, following American pressure.



Yes of course? I’m speaking about Jerusalem. What we owned there is no longer ours. We can live there if occupied, if not it’s taken.

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Unread postPosted: October 5th, 2019, 11:43 am 

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ArabPrinCess wrote:
I will say this. My family has a house in the old city Jerusalem and just recently, my cousin moved in with his family. If not it would of been taken away. Do you approve of this Gaon?

Do you know under Palestinian Authority law it's a crime to sell land to Jews.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.pr ... -1.6999657
Jews moved into a house in the center of the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday. The building, known as the al-Alami family house, was at the center of an affair in which the Palestinian Authority convicted an East Jerusalem resident, Issam Aqel, of selling land to Jews. He was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor. Aqel, who is also an American citizen, was released shortly after, following American pressure.

There are human rights violations on both sides..

Unless there is something I'm missing.


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Unread postPosted: October 6th, 2019, 5:47 am 

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You know it’s a awful situation because of Islam in general. I don’t blame anyone but that freggin religion to be honest. I love my Jewish friends. It’s just sad all around. My family will be safe because they have God the KING of Israel taking care of them not Allah. Now I speak Arabic but my Allah is a Christian one.

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Unread postPosted: October 6th, 2019, 5:49 am 
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You know it’s a awful situation because of Islam in general. I don’t blame anyone but that freggin religion to be honest. I love my Jewish friends. It’s just sad all around. My family will be safe because they have God the KING of Israel taking care of them not Allah. Now I speak Arabic but my Allah is a Christian one.

Christian Arabs are the most persecuted minority I have ever seen. And I have worked on every continent except Antarctica.

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Unread postPosted: October 10th, 2019, 9:10 pm 
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Liberman presents coalition plan: No right/Orthodox bloc; Netanyahu first as PM
Amid deadlock after last month’s elections, Likud rejects Yisrael Beytenu leader’s proposal as nothing new; Blue and White is lukewarm

Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman late Wednesday presented his blueprint for a unity government together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White amid an ongoing deadlock in talks following last month’s inconclusive elections.

At its core, Liberman’s plan calls for Netanyahu to give up on his bloc of right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties and join a Likud / Blue and White / Yisrael Beytenu coalition, and for Gantz to allow Netanyahu to serve for the first two years of a four-year coalition as prime minister. Netanyahu would then hand over to Gantz, with Gantz taking over earlier if Netanyahu is indicted for corruption.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/amid-dead ... overnment/

Once again it all comes down to Avigdor Liberman.

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Unread postPosted: October 15th, 2019, 5:44 pm 
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Netanyahu waiting for Liberman to say he won’t join with Arab parties

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is waiting for an announcement by Israel Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman that he would refuse to join a coalition with a left-wing government that relies on non-Zionist predominantly Arab parties, a representative of Netanyahu’s Likud party told Kan public radio on Tuesday.

According to the Likud representative, the incumbent premier wants such an announcement before he would be willing to return the mandate that he was granted on September 25 by President Reuven Rivlin to put together a new parliamentary majority on the heels of the September 17 Knesset election.

Liberman, with his eight seats, holds the power to either give Netanyahu a majority or alternately help Gantz improve his chances of forming a government.

Under Israeli law, Netanyahu has until October 28 to form a coalition with other factions. The Likud has 32 seats in the 120-member parliament voted in by the Israeli public last month.
https://worldisraelnews.com/netanyahu-w ... _powered=1

It's crunch time now.

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Unread postPosted: October 22nd, 2019, 10:17 am 
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Israel's Netanyahu gives up effort to form new government

JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu gave up his effort to form a new government on Monday after failing to secure a majority coalition, creating an opportunity for centrist rival Benny Gantz to replace Israel’s longest serving prime minister.

Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, said he had been unable to form a government following an election in September, and was returning the mandate back to Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin. Rivlin said he intends to task Gantz with the job of putting together a new government.

Gantz also has no clear path to a majority, and should he come up short, it would almost certainly lead to another general election, the third since April. He will have 28 days to entice potential allies.

Gantz’s Blue and White party said in a statement it was “determined to form a liberal unity government.”
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/elections- ... vernment-3

Is this the end of the Bibi era that saw Israel emerge as a tech superpower or will Israelis head to the polls again. The ball is in Yisrael Beiteinu's court once again.

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Unread postPosted: October 24th, 2019, 9:11 am 
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Green light for gantz to form gov’t

JERUSALEM — Former military chief Benny Gantz received an official mandate Wednesday to try to form Israel’s next government, but with no easy path to ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s long hold on power.

After inconclusive elections in April and September, Gantz’s nomination marked the first time since 2008 that someone other than Netanyahu, 70, has been asked by Israel’s president to build a ruling coalition.

Head of the centrist Blue and White party, Gantz will have 28 days to complete the task assigned by President Reuven Rivlin.

Failure could lead to a new election, the third within a year.

“Everyone expects us to bring the political chaos to an absolute end,” Gantz said, accepting the nomination.

Rivlin gave Netanyahu the chance to form a government first.

The PM, who leads the right-wing Likud party, said he was abandoning the effort, opening the way for Gantz, his strongest rival.

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Unread postPosted: October 25th, 2019, 6:48 pm 
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Charged with forming coalition, Gantz asks Netanyahu to join, vows to heal rifts
Blue and White leader promises to form ‘liberal unity government’ and reach out to all parties; he has 28 days to muster a majority where Netanyahu failed

Accepting the presidential mandate from Rivlin at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, Gantz promised to build a government of national reconciliation, and said he would invite Netanyahu and his Likud to be part of it. He also reached out to Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community. “An entire nation is waiting to sigh with relief” that the political deadlock is over, he said.

The Blue and White leader pledged he would form a “liberal unity government” and invite all political parties for talks on its goals. His coalition would be open to all except racists and advocates of violence, he said.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/charged-w ... eal-rifts/

President Rivlin will likely have to offer a third candidate a chance to form a coalition government. I do not see how Gantz can do it.

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Unread postPosted: October 27th, 2019, 3:11 pm 
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Likud MK causes storm: Young people will leave Israel if Netanyahu doesn’t lead it

Mai Golan, a former Knesset member in the last parliament, caused a social media storm when she posted a video saying that young people will abandon Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t continue to lead it.

The video was shot on a cellphone during the prime minister’s 70th birthday. Golan stands beside Netanyahu, who sits at his desk with a plastic plate and some food, and tells him that the young people she represents tell her they will leave Israel if Netanyahu doesn’t stand at the head of the government.
https://worldisraelnews.com/likud-mk-ca ... _powered=1

Netanyahu has made Israel more prosperous and safer. Nobody wants Gantz to change what is working.

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Unread postPosted: October 27th, 2019, 3:34 pm 
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It seems some Israelis want a new pm, but not a new direction.

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