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Likud central committee meeting postponed
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.
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The indictment will significantly impact the ongoing efforts to form a coalition before December 11 when the period of 21 days expires.
Hate can make a politician behave irrationally. Hate can make a politician do the opposite of what his constituents want.
Blue and White leader said that he “turned over every stone” in his efforts to form a national unity government.
Gantz had until midnight to form a government, but by 8 p.m., he informed President Reuven Rivlin that he did not succeed.
Gantz met with President Reuven Rivlin for an hour and a half Saturday night.
A "grave threat" to the country.
Following the sensitive security situation, coalition negotiations have fallen from the headlines, but remain ongoing behind the scenes.
Likud says that "Lieberman doesn't know what he wants." Yisrael Beytenu shoots back "Netanyahu has forgotten about the voters."
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.
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Liberman denies compromising; MK accuses Netanyahu of intervening in Likud race.
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 concerned Netanyahu would fire ministers; parties disagree on when in the legal process Netanyahu would have to resign.
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Windsurfer Katy Spychakov admitted to having a romantic relationship with her trainer.
The following information was distributed to the media by the President's Office.
Blue and White rules out coalition with Arabs.
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.
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.
Blue and White leader to get mandate on Thursday.
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.
The three MKs from the New Right – Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennett and Matan Kahane – refused to sign the document, calling the pledge "unnecessary."
Mandelblit has made it clear that he will decide before December 15, when State Attorney Shai Nitzan steps down.
Coalition battle escalates into all-out war between Likud, Yisrael Beytenu.
Netanyahu hasn’t given up yet and is keeping his mandate with over a week until the October 24 deadline.
Liberman also complained that the Likud has repeatedly accused him of being willing to support a minority left-wing government.
"I wish that Peretz had been the candidate for prime minister."
The problem in the coalition talks can be succinctly summarized as follows: Everyone is keeping their promises.
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 Knesset is an independent branch of government, but it’s mostly paralyzed without a coalition
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The 22nd Knesset is being sworn in on Thursday.
The PM's spokesman said there did not end up being a breakthrough in the meeting.
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%).
Gantz could be tasked with building coalition by end of week
"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.
Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz had not reached an agreement or taken any steps toward building a coalition together.
Netanyahu faces major challenges in trying to form a government, with chances growing of a third election in 5780.
Coalition negotiations set to begin Friday in Jerusalem.
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
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 does not make decisions according to the tactical whims of Blue and White, or anyone else."
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.
Next meeting between the negotiation parties had been scheduled for Friday in hopes of denying the possibility of a third round of elections.
“We need it now.” “I emphasize the speed.” “As soon as possible.” “We can do it very fast,” are just a few examples of how Netanyahu said coalition talks should move.
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If Netanyahu persists in dragging out the duration of a caretaker government, he will be preventing the formation of a broad coalition.
Since 1992, when supporting late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, the Arab parties enacted a policy not to support any candidate from neither the Right nor the Left.
Pindrus was the unlucky UTJ MK, placed eight on the party list, who lost his job as the result of this realignment
One reason for this might be that the many attacks on ultra-orthodox parties had brought back several voters to them.
Gantz’s party actually lost half of its support from religious-Zionist community in September compared to the April election, likely due its declared refusal to sit with the religious-Zionist parties
President Reuven Rivlin formally gave Netanyahu four weeks to form the government after a meeting at the President's Residence.
President Reuven Rivlin quipped that if there is a third round, Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melcer would receive an emergency call.
Central Elections Committee cancels six ballots due to fraud allegations.
The Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox party United Torah Judaism moved from eight seats to seven seats. Blocs's numbers remained stable.
Decision to coincide with Netanyahu hearing
“The one and only commitment of ours is to our voters who voted for us and gave us their trust on September 17,” wrote Liberman on his Facebook account.
Yahya confirmed that Mansour Abbas, Natan Eshel and Miki Zohar met before the dissolving of the Knesset.
After two-hour meeting, Rivlin calls on party leaders to put nation first even if they end up paying personal price
President Reuven Rivlin is set to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at 6:30 p.m. to announce which of them will form the next government.
Netanyahu said parties should not exclude or boycott other parties.
PM has more recommendations as coalition consultations end
"The people of Israel want a government that will be stable. A stable government cannot be a government without both of the two largest parties."
Blue and White decides to forego first shot to form government
"Balad voted along with the Joint List to take down Netanyahu, and will keep working to prevent that, but at the same time don't see Gantz as an alternative."
Yisrael Beytenu leader says both candidates have tried to avoid national unity government, denies cooperation with Gantz.
Members of the Joint List decided to recommend Gantz to build a coalition. This will be the first time since Yitzhak Rabin that an Arab party recommends someone for Prime Minister.
The ultra-Orthodox party dramatically raised its voter share in towns and cities in the periphery by targeting religiously traditional voters who may have left Shas in recent elections.
“He told at least one person directly that his ambitions included becoming Israel’s prime minister,” Eliot Brown wrote.
The Jerusalem Post independently confirmed the report.
It is not too early to say that a critical mass of the electorate this week announced the beginning of its end.
Blue and White rejects unity government, vows not to surrender to Netanyahu
The PM’s focus on Arab turnout seems to have only deepened the stalemate in the Knesset and brought the Joint List to historic heights.
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UTJ MKs set to ask rabbinic leadership if the can sit with Lapid too
Rivlin stood in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery and pushed Gantz and Netanyahu into a handshake, in which he grabbed first Gantz’s hand and then Netanyahu’s, pulling the two men together.
Yisrael Beytenu leader again calls for Netanyahu and Gantz to form national unity govt with him and without ultra-Orthodox and religious-Zionist parties.
Gantz: We will not surrender to any dictate
"Netanyahu is having difficulty accepting his loss, and is trying to disguise Blue and White's victory as the largest party and say there is no clear decision."
This time, Netanyahu's tactics regarding Arab turnout have failed him
Likudniks say he’s even ready for rotation with Gantz
"Those results are coming in, and it's very close. Look, our relationship is with Israel. We'll see what happens."
Failing to achieve 61 seats without Liberman, Netanyahu chooses a diffrent option in order to remain Prime Minister
While happy about the results, Palestinians don't believe much will change even with a different Prime minister
Litzman: we’re backing Netanyahu, no way we’ll join govt with Lapid.
The heads of the right wing parties met earlier at the Prime Minister’s Office and promised to act as a unified right wing bloc under Netanyahu that will work together to ensure a right wing govt.
Aryeh Deri was more cautious, saying that a broad government is a possibility.
Israel's second round of elections had basically the same lineup of suspects and no clear-cut winner and once again.
The often criticized former Mayor of Beit Shemesh might make his return as the ninth member of Shas in the Knesset