Israel Elections

Israel Elections - The latest news from the Israeli election campaigns.The competing members of the Knesset, candidates, analysis and comentaries

Larissa Trembovler Amir, wife of Yitzhak Rabin's assassin Yigal Amir, registers her Fair Trial Party
Knesset members to challenge candidacies of assassin's wife and Balad MK

"This stain cannot be allowed to infect the walls of the Knesset."

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem January 2
Bennett: Yamina will stay together even after elections

"Yamina. I am proud to lead a movement that joins together the entire ideological Right and all the varieties of religious Zionism," said Bennett.

Rafi Peretz and Itamar Ben Gvir.
Religious-Zionist politics in turmoil as parties turn on each other

Israeli politics has new Machiavellian twists in run up to Israel's 2020 elections

Netanyahu, Right bloc asks Edelstein to stymie immunity rejection

Letter asks Knesset speaker to prevent circus in plenum

Negotiations between Smotrich and Peretz fall apart

Merger negotiations between The National Union and Bayit Yehudi have broken down, as both parties seek ways to clear the electoral threshold and not lose votes for the Right.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Labor-Meretz deal presents Netanyahu with a new challenge - analysis

The truth is that the deal might not be so historic – but it should not be mocked, either.

Shimon Riklin
Religious journalist offered number two spot on Bayit Yehudi list, refuses

Bayit Yehudi is searching for new electoral firepower to excite its base and appease party members.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Netanyahu's immunity hearings promise entertainment for public - analysis

The prime minister is about to go to trial in the court of public opinion.

Ofer Shelah: Soleimani assassination was 'justifiable act of self-defense'

Shelah said Blue and White will lead a regional move to "confirm" Israel's position in the region.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and MK Yair Lapid
Blue and White leads on Likud by four seats, new poll finds

The survey suggests that a fourth election may be in the cards, as overall voting patterns have shifted very little.

Eretz Nehederet spoofs absurd political reality
Israeli TV spoofs elections 2030, Quentin Tarantino and his pregnant wife

The show opened in a dystopian wasteland in the year 2030 that was once Tel Aviv, with current Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu still sitting in his prime minister’s chair.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon speaks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, F
MKs slam Netanyahu's immunity request: 'A new low,' says Ya'alon

In a press release, the party warned that should Edelstein not act swiftly enough, they will consider calling for his replacement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces that he will request immunity from Knesset, Jan. 1, 2020
Netanyahu asks for immunity from prosecution

Gantz: I never thought I would see a prime minister evade prosecution. It's either the Kingdom of Netanyahu or the State of Israel.

Young Labor display New Year's countdown to end of 'age of Netanyahu,' Jan. 1, 2020
Young Labor displays New Year's countdown to end of the 'era of Netanyahu'

The countdown ended with the words, "The end of the era of Netanyahu. The Likud doesn't count you! We'll put an end to that!" followed by the party's logo and slogan "people before everything."

Stav Shaffir votes, September 17, 2019
Shaffir gives up second slot for Arab MK

Shaffir said she would do everything possible to unite Labor, Meretz, the Green Party and former prime minister Ehud Barak's allies by the January 15 deadline.

Amir Peretz: Center-left bloc needs 61 mandates to avoid fourth election

Labor seems to be at a crossroads at the moment, with rumors that Orly Levy-Abekasis may leave the union for Blue and White and that the party my unite with Meretz to create a larger left-wing bloc.

Challenger Gideon Sa’ar and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the Likud
Sa’ar challenges Netanyahu ahead of Israel’s third election in a year

Sa'ar is backed by the New Likudniks, who want to see Netanyahu step down over the corruption charges against him.

CAN ONE of these scenarios actualize to prevent another round of elections?
20/20 vision for avoiding additional elections in 2020

The ability to look into what can happen in the year 2020 from just a few days away requires extra special glasses.

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Avichai Mandelblit faces a decision that not only will determine his career.
A-G refuses to tell High Court his view on PM eligibility - again

On Sunday, the High Court set a hearing for December 31 for Mandelblit to argue before it along with other parties about whether Netanyahu can form a government.

Yair Lapid at Maariv Conference on December 25, 2019.
Lapid tells right-wing voters to trust Blue and White on security issues

‘We won’t bring back Oslo, do another disengagement, or stop fighting Iran,’ promised Blue and White senior leader.

Naftali Bennett
Bennett’s ultimatum: Religious affairs portfolio to join government

"We will return the religious portfolio to the Religious Zionists," Bennett wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

Netanyahu, Sa’ar prepare for Thursday’s Likud showdown

Erdan endorses PM; Edelstein to remain neutral

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at a faction meeting at the Knesset, November 18, 2019
Benny Gantz: It's better if the Court is not involved in Netanyahu's case

Gantz reportedly has two reasons for not wanting the Court to decide against Netanyahu, one political and one national.

MK Rafi Peretz, 2019.
Bayit Yehudi leaders rebuke Rafi Peretz over union with far-right Otzma

Bayit Yehudi officials said that party leader Rafi Peretz was “continuing to conduct political tricks without people of his party.”

Rafi Peretz and Itamar Ben Gvir.
Religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi and far-right Otzma Yehudit to run together

The leaders of the two groups revealed the decision in a joint statement, inviting National Union leader and Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich to join the list.

Likud to decide on primaries for MKs today

“They are trying to take away the right to vote from a massive amount of members,” Sa’ar told the press at Likud headquarters. “We will fight for elections that will be fair and democratic.”

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Avichai Mandelblit faces a decision that not only will determine his career.
Why the A-G asked for two-day delay to decide if PM can form gov’t

Though Mandelblit was ordered to give his legal view on the issue by Wednesday, he asked to delay his answer until Friday.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and new Central Elections Committee chairman, Supreme Court Judge Nea
Edelstein apologizes for third election

Elections Committee head: It's bitter herbs.

Stav Shaffir votes, September 17, 2019
Stav Shaffir preparing to run on her own in Green Party

Shaffir finished second to Amir Peretz in the last Labor leadership race but then left the party and joined together with Meretz and former prime minister Ehud Barak to form the Democratic Union.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Benny Begin, the son of the late Prime Minister M
Netanyahu, resign - Benny Begin demands

Former Likud MK Benny Begin told Army Radio that Benjamin Netanyahu "cannot be prime minister."

An Israeli Arab casts her ballot at a polling station in the northern town of Reineh, in 2015
Islamic Movement to hold internal election in January

The Islamic Movement's leader MK Abbas has led a feminist reform in the movement, first introducing female representatives to Ra'am in 2019.

Tzipi Livni at a Knesset debate on the Nation-State Law, August 8, 2018
Tzipi Livni to 'Post': Not aiming to run with Blue and White

The report quoted an associate of Livni saying that she is "ready and willing" to return to politics and sees Blue and White as an option. But she vigorously denied the report.

Gideon Saar at UNESCO
MK Gideon Sa'ar obtains key endorsement ahead of Likud primary

MK Haim Katz, endorsed him in the December 26 race against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Avigdor Liberman speaks at a press conference, October 22, 2018
Liberman attacks Blue and White, Likud for Arab, haredi ties

"Whoever wants a government supported by admirers of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Hamas, and Hezbollah should vote for Blue and White," Liberman wrote on Facebook.

Blue and White leads new poll, both blocs still need Liberman or unity

The Israel Hayom poll leaves right-wing bloc with 51 seats and the left-center bloc with 47 seats, leaving neither side with a majority.

Gantz, Liberman mull pardon for Netanyahu if he’d quit politics

Poll: Similar results expected in March 2 race.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on the night the 22nd Knesset voted to disperse
Has lack of public pressure led to political impasse? - analysis

Today is not 1974, and the political crisis that has paralyzed the country for the last year can in no way in the world be compared to the Yom Kippur War.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, Yisrael Beteynu chairman Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benj
Everyone is to blame for the third election - analysis

Public opinion polls show that people blame Netanyahu the most, then Liberman, followed by Blue and White leader Benny Gantz with a huge margin between them.

Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu at swearing in of 21st Knesset
How close were the two sides to forming a government? - analysis

They will blame one another for the third election. They will even say the coalition negotiations never really even got off the ground. Don’t believe them.

An empty Knesset Plenum
Israel going to third election in one year

Almost no negotiations took place during the day, with last-ditch efforts to form a government abandoned earlier in the week, but MKs took the time to blame one another for the situation.

Bayit Yehudi and National Union in merger discussions

Former Bayit Yehudi leaders Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked tried in vain to make the party more socially liberal and less beholden to the religious-Zionist rabbis.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet to discuss possible pol
Likud's, Blue and White's blame game begins before the March 2 elections

Benny Gantz to Benjamin Netanyahu: Give up immunity.

A Likud party election campaign billboard depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is see
No talks set as coalition deadline approaches

An agreement must be reached by Wednesday night at midnight to prevent the Knesset from dispersing itself automatically.

Likud, Blue and White spar over election date

March 2 and 16 are being considered as potential dates for Election Day.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman
Without Liberman, unity is easier - analysis

Likud and Blue and White never needed Liberman anyway. They have 65 MKs without him, and now it will be easier to include the much more reliable haredi parties in the coalition.

AN IRON DOME antimissile system is installed near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the G
Right from wrong: Israel’s battle on the ‘home front’

Anyone following the political chaos of the past six months could have predicted it would take a miracle to prevent a third round of Knesset elections.

Israel elections:time to vote.
JPost Editor calls on all 120 members of Knesset: Wake-up

Get your act together and don’t let there be a third election in less than a year.

Marching to another election

Amid an unprecedented three-week period, can Israel avoid a third ballot

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (R)
A-G: It is my duty by law to indict Benjamin Netanyahu

The indictment will significantly impact the ongoing efforts to form a coalition before December 11 when the period of 21 days expires.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman on November 20, 2019.
When it comes to Israeli politics, hate conquers all - Analysis

Hate can make a politician behave irrationally. Hate can make a politician do the opposite of what his constituents want.

Benny Gantz gives up on forming government, mandate goes to Knesset

Blue and White leader said that he “turned over every stone” in his efforts to form a national unity government.

When will there be a third election?

Gantz had until midnight to form a government, but by 8 p.m., he informed President Reuven Rivlin that he did not succeed.

Netanyahu, Gantz spin minority coalition in push for unity compromise

Gantz met with President Reuven Rivlin for an hour and a half Saturday night.

Liberman to meet with Gantz and Rivlin for coalition talks

Following the sensitive security situation, coalition negotiations have fallen from the headlines, but remain ongoing behind the scenes.

Likud: Blue and White can stop driving the State of Israel crazy

Likud says that "Lieberman doesn't know what he wants." Yisrael Beytenu shoots back "Netanyahu has forgotten about the voters."

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Blue and White leader Benny Gantz speaks at the Yitzhak Rabin memorial rally, Tel Aviv, November 2 2
Gantz: We’re looking for options other than Likud for coalition

Gantz, who has less than two weeks left before his deadline to form a government, said his party is now exploring options other than a unity coalition.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet to discuss possible pol
If Israel has direct elections, who would you vote for? - Poll

Netanyahu, Gantz or someone else? Take the Jerusalem Post's poll

Right bloc eyes direct elections while Netanyahu still calls for unity

Liberman denies compromising; MK accuses Netanyahu of intervening in Likud race.

A Jewish worshipper holds the Four Species, used in rituals for the holiday of Sukkot which began la
Can the afterglow of Sukkot affect the formation of government in Israel?

The heart of the matter, as everyone knows, is a conflict between Avigdor Liberman and the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) world over a bill for military service by haredi men.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet to discuss possible pol
Likud, Blue and White work out the details of rotation deal

Blue and White concerned Netanyahu would fire ministers; parties disagree on when in the legal process Netanyahu would have to resign.

Will Gantz be able to break up Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc?

Political Affairs: When will the ‘bloc party’ end?

The sex scandal that might land Israeli Olympic windsurfer in hot water

Windsurfer Katy Spychakov admitted to having a romantic relationship with her trainer.

The process for forming the 35th government of Israel - Explainer

The following information was distributed to the media by the President's Office.

Whither religious-Zionist parties - analysis

The most critical and controversial split was that of Bayit Yehudi leaders Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked when they splintered off from their host party to form New Right.

Is Netanyahu’s offer to Gantz a manipulation or a compromise? - analysis

What Netanyahu has not offered is to give up on his 55-seat bloc of right-wing parties, which includes Shas, UTJ, Bayit Yehudi and New Right.

Yair Lapid, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Benny Gantz
Gantz rejects unity offer from Netanyahu

Blue and White leader to get mandate on Thursday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz mee
Unity government breakthrough possible with Gantz eyeing compromise

A source very close to Gantz denied the quote to The Jerusalem Post, but said they are ready for compromises to prevent a third election.

Right bloc vows not to join minority government

The three MKs from the New Right – Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennett and Matan Kahane – refused to sign the document, calling the pledge "unnecessary."

Avichay Mandelblit attends Ayelet Shaked's goodbye party.
When will A-G decide Bibi’s fate and how will that impact the next PM?

Mandelblit has made it clear that he will decide before December 15, when State Attorney Shai Nitzan steps down.

Eight days left to coalition talks but unity government still not close

Coalition battle escalates into all-out war between Likud, Yisrael Beytenu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a memorial ceremony for Israe
Netanyahu's turn is counting down without any progress - Analysis

Netanyahu hasn’t given up yet and is keeping his mandate with over a week until the October 24 deadline.

Avigdor Liberman, chairman of Yisrael Beytenu in conversation with the Jerusalem Post
Avigdor Liberman blames Likud for political stalemate

Liberman also complained that the Likud has repeatedly accused him of being willing to support a minority left-wing government.

Miriam Peretz (L) shakes hands with Israel President Reuven Rivlin (R).
Miriam Peretz urges sides to form unity government

"I wish that Peretz had been the candidate for prime minister."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks at his watch before delivering a statement at the Kn
The promises politicians need to break to prevent a third election

The problem in the coalition talks can be succinctly summarized as follows: Everyone is keeping their promises.

Bezalel Smotrich: 'Jews are the landlords of this land'

On Friday, Smotrich wrote on Twitter that the Arab-Israelis are still in Israel, "at least for now," because "we are the greatest hosts since the time of our forefather Abraham."

The Likud party meets in the Knesset on September 23, 2019.
A Knesset adrift - analysis

The Knesset is an independent branch of government, but it’s mostly paralyzed without a coalition

Gideon Sa'ar (L) and Benjamin Netanyahu (R)
Netanyahu quashes ‘coup’ to unseat him

Sa’ar ready to challenge Netanyahu for Likud leadership

Knesset Quiz: How much do you know about Israel's parliament?

The 22nd Knesset is being sworn in on Thursday.

Yisrael Beytenu leader MK Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu invites Avigdor Liberman to join coalition

The PM's spokesman said there did not end up being a breakthrough in the meeting.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu. He cannot be a unifier
52% of Israelis don't think Netanyahu should be offered plea bargain - poll

The poll also found that more than four times as many Israelis prefer a unity government to a third round of elections (64% compared to 15%).

PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN gestures to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the President’s Residence o
Netanyahu likely to return mandate to Rivlin

Gantz could be tasked with building coalition by end of week

Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze'ev Elkin, Blue and White MK Yoram Turbowicz and Tourism Minister Yariv
Coalition talks start with boycott again

"Likud wants to build a ceiling before the house's foundations while his party wants to build foundations first," Blue and White chief coalition negotiator Yoram Turbowicz told the Jerusalem Post.

Compilation photo of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UTJ leader Yaacov Litzman
Most Israelis want Orthodox parties out of government, survey says

Sixty-nine percent of respondents also said that support for religious freedom was a significant factor in their vote last week.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a nomination ceremony a
Something’s gotta give

Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz had not reached an agreement or taken any steps toward building a coalition together.

PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN gestures to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the President’s Residence o
Political Affairs: A sweet new election year?

Netanyahu faces major challenges in trying to form a government, with chances growing of a third election in 5780.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a nomination ceremony a
Netanyahu didn’t win the election, why is he forming the government?

Despite not getting the more votes than Blue and White, Netanyahu still got the chance to form the government. These are the reasons for this development

Reuven Rivlin, Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu meet on September 23, 2019.
Gantz to Netanyahu: Let’s aim for a real unity government without spin

Gantz called out to Netanyahu and asked him to come to the negotiation table without the bloc or any other tricks, citing the good of the state as the reason that should be done.

Balad denies conspiracy with Blue and White

"Balad does not make decisions according to the tactical whims of Blue and White, or anyone else."

Yisrael Beytenu leader MK Avigdor Liberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Liberman: Ready to negotiate without preconditions

In the same interview, he said he would negotiate only with Likud and not the other members of its 55-member right-wing and religious bloc.

Likud, Blue & White coalition talks fail to make progress

Next meeting between the negotiation parties had been scheduled for Friday in hopes of denying the possibility of a third round of elections.

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