Israel Musings March 25, 2015: Israel election results Rivlin formally tasks Netanyahu to form 34th government

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Israel election results Rivlin formally tasks Netanyahu to form 34th government

March 25, 2015

In a ceremony held Wednesday evening, March 25, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel President Reuven Rivlin officially tasked Benjamin Netanyahu to put together Israel’s 34th government. Netanyahu will then have 28 days to form the coalition, and assign portfolios…
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Full Text Israel Political Brief March 23, 2015: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Apologizes to Israeli Arabs for Election Day Remarks — Transcript

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu Apologizes to Israeli Arabs for Election Day Remarks

הערב אירחנו, רעייתי שרה ואני, נציגים ממגזרי המיעוטים מכל רחבי הארץ, בבית ראש הממשלה בירושלים. המפגש היה חם ומרגש.

רעייתי פתחה בדברי ברכה: “אנחנו מודים לכם שהגעתם, בית ראש הממשלה הוא הבית של כל אזרחי ישראל”.

אני אמרתי: “אני יודע שהדברים שאמרתי לפני ימים אחדים פגעו בערביי ישראל. לא הייתה לי שום כוונה שכך יהיה. אני מצטער על כך.

“המעשים שלי כראש ממשלה, כולל ההשקעות האדירות במגזרי המיעוטים, מוכיחים את ההפך הגמור. אני חושב, באותה מידה, שאסור ששום גורם מחוץ למדינת ישראל יתערב בתהליכי הדמוקרטיה שלנו.

“אני רואה את עצמי כראש הממשלה של כל אחד ואחד מכם, של כל אזרחי ישראל, ללא שום הבדל של דת, גזע ומין. אני רואה בכל אזרחי ישראל שותפים לבנייתה של מדינת ישראל, משגשגת ובטוחה, למען כל אזרחי ישראל”.

Tonight, my wife Sarah and I’ve hosted, representatives from the minority sectors from all over the country, the Prime Minister’s home in Jerusalem. The meeting was warm and exciting.

My wife opened a greeting said: “We thank you for coming, the Prime Minister’s House is the House of all citizens of Israel.”

I said, “I know what I said a few days ago damaged Israel’s Arabs. I had no intention of it. I’m sorry for that.

“My actions as Prime Minister, including the investment in minority sectors, proves the opposite. I think, equally, not to any customer outside of the State of Israel will intervene in the processes of our democracy.

“I see myself as a Prime Minister of each and every one of you, of all citizens of Israel, without any distinction of religion, race and gender. I see all citizens of Israel share Israel’s deliverance, prosperous and safe, for the benefit of all citizens of Israel. ”

Israel Musings March 20, 2015: Obama threatening trying to manipulate Netanyahu, Israel over Palestinian state

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Obama threatening trying to manipulate Netanyahu, Israel over Palestinian state

March 20, 2015

President Barack Obama and his administration are continuing their threats and attempts to manipulate Israel on Thursday, March 19, 2015 after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sweeping victory. Only two days after Israel’s election on…

20th Knesset: Full List

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20th Knesset: Full List

Source: Arutz Sheva, 3-19-15

Likud

  • 1. Binyamin Netanyahu
  • 2. Gilad Erdan
  • 3. Yuli Edelstein
  • 4. Yisrael Katz
  • 5. Miri Regev
  • 6. Silvan Shalom
  • 7. Moshe Ya’alon
  • 8. Ze’ev Elkin
  • 9. Danny Danon
  • 10. Yariv Levin
  • 11. Benny Begin
  • 12. Tzahi Hanegbi
  • 13. Yuval Steinitz
  • 14. Gila Gamliel
  • 15. Ofir Akunis
  • 16. David Bitan (new MK)
  • 17. Haim Katz
  • 18. Jackie Levy (new MK)
  • 19. Yoav Kish (new MK)
  • 20. Tzipi Hotovely
  • 21. David Amsallem (new MK)
  • 22. Miki Zohar (new MK)
  • 23. Anat Barko (new MK)
  • 24. Ayoub Kara (new MK)
  • 25. Nava Boker (new MK)
  • 26. Avi Dichter (new MK)
  • 27. Avraham Nasoga (new MK)
  • 28. Nurit Koren (new MK)
  • 29. Yaron Mazuz (new MK)
  • 30. Oren Hazan (new MK)

Zionist Union

  • 1.Yitzhak Herzog
  • 2. Tzipi Livni
  • 3. Shelly Yechimovich
  • 4. Stav Shaffir
  • 5.Itzik Shmuli
  • 6. Omer Bar Lev
  • 7. Hilik Bar
  • 8. Amir Peretz
  • 9. Merav Michaeli
  • 10. Eitan Cabel
  • 11. Manuel Trajtenberg (new MK)
  • 12. Erel Margalit
  • 13. Mickey Rosenthal
  • 14. Revital Sueid (new MK)
  • 15. Danny Atar (new MK)
  • 16. Yoel Hasson (new MK)
  • 17. Zohir Bahalul (new MK)
  • 18. Eitan Broshi (new MK)
  • 19. Michal Biran
  • 20. Nahman Shai
  • 21. Kasenya Svetlova (new MK)
  • 22. Ayelet Nahmias Verbin (new MK)
  • 23. Yossi Yona (new MK)
  • 24. Ayal Ben-Reuven (new MK)

Joint Arab List

  • 1. Ayman Odeh (new MK)
  • 2. Masud Ganaim
  • 3. Jamal Zahalka
  • 4. Ahmed Tibi
  • 5. Aida Touma-Suleiman (new MK)
  • 6. Abdul Hakim Haj-Yahia (new MK)
  • 7. Hanin Zoabi
  • 8. Dov Khenin
  • 9. Talab Abu Arar
  • 10. Youssef Jabarin (new MK)
  • 11. Basel Ghattas
  • 12. Osama Sa’adi (new MK)
  • 13. Abdallah Abu Meurash (new MK)

Yesh Atid

  • 1. Yair Lapid
  • 2. Shai Piron
  • 3. Yael German
  • 4. Meir Cohen
  • 5. Yaakov Peri
  • 6. Ofer Shelah
  • 7. Haim Yellin (new MK)
  • 8. Karin Elharar
  • 9. Yoel Razvozov
  • 10. Aliza Lavie
  • 11. Mickey Levy

Kulanu (all new MKs)

  • 1. Moshe Kahlon
  • 2. Yoav Galant
  • 3. Eli Elaluf
  • 4. Michael Oren
  • 5. Rachel Azaria
  • 6. Tali Ploskov
  • 7. Yifat Sasa-Biton
  • 8. Eli Cohen
  • 9. Roey Folkman
  • 10. Merav Ben-Ari

Jewish Home

  • 1. Naftali Bennett
  • 2. Uri Ariel
  • 3. Ayelet Shaked
  • 4. Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan
  • 5. Nissan Slomiansky
  • 6. Yinon Magal (new MK)
  • 7. Mordecai Yogev
  • 8. Bezalel Smotrich (new MK)

Shas

  • 1. Aryeh Deri
  • 2. Yitzhak Cohen
  • 3. Meshulam Nehorai
  • 4. Yaakov Margi
  • 5. David Azulay
  • 6. Yoav Ben-Tzur
  • 7. Yitzhak Vakhnin

United Torah Judaism

  • 1. Yaakov Litzman
  • 2. Moshe Gafni
  • 3. Meir Porush
  • 4. Uri Maklev
  • 5. Menahem Eliezer Mozes
  • 6. Yisrael Eichler

Yisrael Beytenu

  • 1. Avigdor Liberman
  • 2. Orly Levi-Abekasis
  • 3. Sofa Landver
  • 4. Ilan Shohat (new MK)
  • 5. Sharon Gal (new MK)
  • 6. Hamad Amar

Meretz

  • Zehava Galon
  • Ilan Gilon
  • Issawi Freij
  • Michal Rozin
  • Tamar Zandberg

Israel Musings March 18, 2015: Obama’s sore loser reaction to Netanyahu’s win no congratulations only threats

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Obama’s sore loser reaction to Netanyahu’s win no congratulations only threats

March 18, 2015

President Barack Obama and his administration are acting like sore losers on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu solidified a major victory in Israel’s elections on Tuesday, March 17. Netanyahu’…

Israel Political Brief March 17, 2015: TV exit polls show Netanyahu set to retain premiership

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TV exit polls show Netanyahu set to retain premiership

Source: Times of Israel, 3-17-15

Likud ahead or level with Zionist Union in all three exit polls, better placed to build coalition; Netanyahu’s efforts in final days drew him level with Herzog; delight in Likud, dismay in Zionist Union; Jewish…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 17, 2015: Israeli Elections Live Blogs

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Turnout hits 65.7%, highest level since 1999

Source: Times of Israel, 3-17-15

Foreign money is toppling Likud, warns Netanyahu; despite PM’s warnings of high Arab turnout, it lags 12 points behind Jewish, according to Channel 2; Jewish Home seen shrinking in final hours

Read more: Turnout hits 65.7%, highest level since 1999 | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/ballot-stations-open-as-israelis-choose-new-leadership/#ixzz3UfoqeGgr
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Live-blogging Israeli Election Day 2015

Source: JTA, 3-17-15

 

 

 

Israel Musings March 16, 2015: Israel election 2015 guide: Netanyahu’s Likud vs Herzog’s Zionist Union

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Israel election 2015 guide: Netanyahu’s Likud vs Herzog’s Zionist Union

March 16, 2015

Israel is set to go to the polls again for the 20th time on Tuesday March 17, 2015, where they will elect the 20th Knesset and by extension determine the next prime minister, Israel’s 34th. In this election…

Israel Political Brief March 10, 2015: FAQ: Elections in Israel

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FAQ: Elections in Israel

Source: MFA

A bill to dissolve the 19th Knesset passed in the Knesset plenum on Monday, December 8, 2014 by unanimous vote. Elections to the 20th Knesset will be held on March 17, 2015.
Elections in Israel 2015

  Elections in Israel 2015

1.  What do Israelis vote for in elections?

The upcoming national elections in Israel will be held on March 17, 2015. These elections will determine the composition of the new Knesset and of the government to be established based on these results. 26 parties have submitted lists of candidates to the Central Elections Committee.

Israel is a parliamentary democracy. The Prime Minister, who heads Israel’s government, is chosen from among the members of the newly-elected Knesset, Israel’s parliament….READ MORE

 

Israel Musings January 1, 2015: Netanyahu overwhelmingly wins Likud’s primary ahead of Israel’s 2015 elections

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Netanyahu overwhelmingly wins Likud’s primary ahead of Israel’s 2015 elections

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retained his leadership position after the Likud Party primary held on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, winning as expected an overwhelming majority of the party votes. According to Israel Hayom with 99 percent of the polls…READ MORE

Israel Musings December 24, 2014: Netanyahu might be barred from running for prime minister in Israel’s elections

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Netanyahu might be barred from running for prime minister in Israel’s elections

By Bonnie K. Goodman

President Barack Obama, the European Union and United Nations nearly had their wish that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be the country’s prime minister after the March 17, 2015 early elections. On Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014…READ MORE

Israel Musings December 7, 2014: Netanyahu makes last-ditch effort to form new coalition to avert elections

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Netanyahu makes last-ditch effort to form new coalition to avert elections

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made one last effort to form a new coalition government and avert early elections. On Saturday evening, Dec. 6, 2014 Netanyahu met with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who also chairs the Yisrael Beytenu Party at…READ MORE

Israel Musings December 3, 2014: Israeli Knesset votes sets election date after Netanyahu fires cabinet minister

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Israeli Knesset votes sets election date after Netanyahu fires cabinet ministers

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The Israeli Knesset voted 84 to 0 with only one abstention on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 to dissolve the Knesset and set an election date for March 17, 2015. The vote comes a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired…READ MORE

 

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 15, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President-elect Reuven Rivlin

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Source: MFA, 6-11-14

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PM Netanyahu: We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel.
President-elect Rivlin with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem

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(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Wednesday, 11 June 2014), at his official residence in Jerusalem, met with President-elect Reuven Rivlin and congratulated him on being elected to the office.
At the end of their meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We have known each other for several good decades. We are both from Jerusalem, the sons of professors who were educated in the philosophy of Jabotinsky and we have much more in common – such as our football team. Joint work on behalf of all Israelis is before us. We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 10, 2014: US President Barack Obama’s Statement on the Presidential Election in Israel

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Statement by the President on the Presidential Election in Israel

Source: WH, 6-10-14 

The people of the United States join me in offering Reuven Rivlin congratulations on his election as the next President of the State of Israel.

Over more than six decades, the United States and Israel have developed a unique relationship based on shared democratic values, our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our partnership in scientific research and innovative technology.  President-elect Rivlin has a long and dedicated record of public service and we look forward to continued strong ties, to the benefit of both our nations, under Mr. Rivlin’s presidency.

As President Shimon Peres nears the end of his term, he can look back on a remarkable legacy of courage, conviction, and compassion.  He has dedicated his extraordinary life to the cause of peace, and I look forward to welcoming him in Washington later this month where he will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

Israel Political Brief June 10, 2014: Reuven Rivlin is elected Israel’s 10th president

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Reuven Rivlin is elected Israel’s 10th president

Source: Haaretz, 6-10-14

MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud) was elected Israel’s 10th president on Tuesday, receiving the support of 63 Knesset members in a runoff vote against MK Meir Sheetrit (Hatnuah)….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 1, 2013: Poll: Slight Boost for Likud, Bayit Yehudi

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Poll: Slight Boost for Likud, Bayit Yehudi

 
Likud, Bayit Yehudi enjoy slight boost in popularity following Israel-PA talks – even as most say Abbas doesn’t want peace.
 

Likud members

Likud members
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A poll taken following the resumption of diplomatic talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has found that the Likud-Beytenu party is enjoying a slight boost in popularity – despite the fact that most Likud supporters say PA Chairman Abbas does not truly want peace.

If elections were held today, Likud Beytenu would receive 33 seats instead of its current 31, according to the survey, which was conducted by Rafi Smith on behalf of Globes….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 6, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu stronger after elections

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Netanyahu stronger after elections

Source: Ynetnews, 2-6-13

Despite the fact that the leftist-liberal media in Israel and the world were salivating over a “weakened” and “rebuked” Netanyahu, in reality he will remain Israel’s prime minister and will lead a right-tilted government….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 3, 2013: A third term for PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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A third term for Netanyahu

Source: Jerusalem Post, 2-3-13

On Saturday night President Shimon Peres assigned the task of forming Israel’s 33rd Government to Netanyahu for the third time….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 3, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, asked to form government, calls for broad national unity coalition

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Netanyahu, asked to form government, calls for broad national unity coalition

Source: JTA, 2-3-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the formation of a broad national unity coalition after being tasked with forming the new government….READ MORE

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