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"This stain cannot be allowed to infect the walls of the Knesset."
"Yamina. I am proud to lead a movement that joins together the entire ideological Right and all the varieties of religious Zionism," said Bennett.
Israeli politics has new Machiavellian twists in run up to Israel's 2020 elections
Letter asks Knesset speaker to prevent circus in plenum
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.
The truth is that the deal might not be so historic – but it should not be mocked, either.
Bayit Yehudi is searching for new electoral firepower to excite its base and appease party members.
The prime minister is about to go to trial in the court of public opinion.
Shelah said Blue and White will lead a regional move to "confirm" Israel's position in the region.
The survey suggests that a fourth election may be in the cards, as overall voting patterns have shifted very little.
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.
In a press release, the party warned that should Edelstein not act swiftly enough, they will consider calling for his replacement.
Gantz: I never thought I would see a prime minister evade prosecution. It's either the Kingdom of Netanyahu or the State of Israel.
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."
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.
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.
Sa'ar is backed by the New Likudniks, who want to see Netanyahu step down over the corruption charges against him.
The ability to look into what can happen in the year 2020 from just a few days away requires extra special glasses.
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.
‘We won’t bring back Oslo, do another disengagement, or stop fighting Iran,’ promised Blue and White senior leader.
"We will return the religious portfolio to the Religious Zionists," Bennett wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
Erdan endorses PM; Edelstein to remain neutral
Gantz reportedly has two reasons for not wanting the Court to decide against Netanyahu, one political and one national.
Netanyahu defense donor helps his Likud race
Bayit Yehudi officials said that party leader Rafi Peretz was “continuing to conduct political tricks without people of his party.”
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.
“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.”
Though Mandelblit was ordered to give his legal view on the issue by Wednesday, he asked to delay his answer until Friday.
Elections Committee head: It's bitter herbs.
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.
Former Likud MK Benny Begin told Army Radio that Benjamin Netanyahu "cannot be prime minister."
The Islamic Movement's leader MK Abbas has led a feminist reform in the movement, first introducing female representatives to Ra'am in 2019.
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.
MK Haim Katz, endorsed him in the December 26 race against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"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.
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.
Poll: Similar results expected in March 2 race.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Benny Gantz to Benjamin Netanyahu: Give up immunity.
An agreement must be reached by Wednesday night at midnight to prevent the Knesset from dispersing itself automatically.
March 2 and 16 are being considered as potential dates for Election Day.
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.
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.
Get your act together and don’t let there be a third election in less than a year.
Amid an unprecedented three-week period, can Israel avoid a third ballot
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.
Netanyahu, Gantz or someone else? Take the Jerusalem Post's poll
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.
Political Affairs: When will the ‘bloc party’ end?
Windsurfer Katy Spychakov admitted to having a romantic relationship with her trainer.
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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
Sa’ar ready to challenge Netanyahu for Likud leadership
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.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents also said that support for religious freedom was a significant factor in their vote last week.
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.