Israel Political Brief January 24, 2013: Elections 2013: Estimated voter turnout 3 percent higher than in 2009

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

Estimated voter turnout 3 percent higher than in 2009

Source: Haaretz, 1-24-13

Estimated voter turnout 3 percent higher than in 2009. This is up from the previous 66.6 percent figure estimated by the Central Elections Committee Wednesday night, based on a sampling of 60 polling stations….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 24, 2013: Elections 2013: Final Israeli vote: Jewish Home gains a seat to give right wing a majority with 61 Seats

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

Final Israeli vote: Jewish Home gains a seat to give right wing a majority

Source: JTA, 1-24-13

The Jewish Home party gained one seat in the final results of Israeli voting, pushing the right-wing bloc to a majority in the 19th Knesset….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: Right bloc slips to exactly half of Israeli vote

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

Right bloc slips to exactly half of Israeli vote

Source: JTA, 1-24-13

Israel’s final election results showed the right wing with exactly half of the Knesset’s 120 seats, down five from its current number….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Meets Yair Lapid for 2.5 Hours, Puts Naftali Bennett on Back Burner

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

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Netanyahu Meets Lapid for 2.5 Hours, Puts Bennett on Back Burner

Source: Arutz 7, 1-24-13

Prime Minister was quick to call other potential coalition partners, but extra-slow to call Bayit Yehudi head Bennett.

Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid
Flash 90

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has phoned Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett and spoken to him. The two exchanged congratulations on their respective achievements in the elections.

However, the timing of the phone call is significant. Netanyahu was quick to call the heads of hareidi-religious parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, as well as Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, once exit poll results were known Tuesday evening. By early Thursday afternoon, he had already met with Lapid. Yet he procrastinated in calling Bennett until Thursday afternoon….READ MORE

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