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

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 17, 2015: Netanyahu warns Likud is losing the election

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Netanyahu warns Likud is losing the election

“We’re in a fateful campaign. There is still a meaningful gap between Labor and Likud. The only way to shrink the gap is to go to the ballot box and vote ‘Mahal.'”

“The gap between Labor and Likud is based primarily on foreign funds that flow in vast quantities to leftist NGOs. Its purpose is to replace a Likud government headed by me with a left government supported by the Arab list.”

“Ayman Odeh, who supports [Zionist Union leader Isaac] Herzog, has already said not only that I must be replaced, but that I should be put in prison for defending the citizens of Israel and the lives of IDF soldiers [during last summer’s Gaza war]…. A left government that depends on such a list will surrender at every step, on Jerusalem, the 1967 lines, on everything, and therefore there’s an immense effort of leftist NGOs to mobilize voters from the left bloc, primarily in the Arab sector, and in areas where leftists vote.”

“I want to clarify: there is nothing illegitimate with citizens voting, Jewish or Arab, as they see fit. What is not legitimate is the funding, the fact that money comes from abroad from NGOs and foreign governments, brings them en masse to the ballot box in an organized fashion, in favor of the left, gives undue power to the extremist Arab list, and weakens the right bloc in such a way that we will be unable to build a government — despite the fact that most citizens of Israel support the national camp and support me as the prime minister from Likud.”

 

כל היום הפוליטיקאים מדברים בתקשורת. ציפי, בוז’י ויאיר לפיד, דיברו בכל אולפן אפשרי ועשו תעמולת בחירות בוטה.

היחיד שהחליטו לאסור עליו לדבר בתקשורת – זה אני. ראש הממשלה מהליכוד.

אף אחד לא יסתום לנו את הפה.

במדינה דמוקרטית גם לראש הממשלה מהליכוד יש זכות לומר את דברו. הנה הדברים שהם רצו שלא תשמעו. אני אומר לכם אותם כאן בפייסבוק:
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אנחנו נמצאים במערכה גורלית. יש עדיין פער משמעותי בין “העבודה” לבין “הליכוד”.

הדרך היחידה לצמצם את הפער היא לבוא אל הקלפי ולהצביע מחל. הפער בין “העבודה” לבין “הליכוד” נובע בראש ובראשונה מכסף זר שמוזרם בהיקפים עצומים לעמותות השמאל.

מטרתן היא להחליף את ממשלת הליכוד בראשותי בממשלת שמאל, בתמיכת הרשימה הערבית.

איימן עודה, יו”ר הרשימה הערבית המשותפת, שתומך בהרצוג, כבר אמר שצריך לא רק להחליף אותי אלא גם להכניס אותי לכלא, על כך שהגנתי על חיי אזרחי ישראל ועל חיילי צה”ל.

הם אומרים שהחמאס אינו ארגון טרור. זו היא הרשימה שתומכת בבוז’י, זו הרשימה שיש לו איתה הסכם.

ממשלת שמאל שתהיה תלויה ברשימה כזו תכנע לכל אורך הדרך.

ולכן יש מאמץ כביר של עמותות השמאל להביא בוחרים לגוש השמאל, בעיקר במגזר הערבי ובאזורי בחירה של השמאל.

אני מבקש להבהיר: אין שום פסול בהצבעת האזרחים, יהודים וערבים כאחד, לפי ראות עיניהם.

הפסול הוא בכך שכסף רב מחו”ל של עמותות וממשלות זרות, מביא אותם בהמוניהם לקלפי בצורה מאורגנת.

כסף זר זה מעוות את הרצון האמיתי של אזרחי ישראל לטובת השמאל, ומעניק כוח מופרז לרשימה הערבית הקיצונית.

זה יכול להקטין את גוש הימין באופן כזה שלא נוכל להרכיב ממשלה, אף על פי שרוב אזרחי ישראל תומכים במחנה הלאומי ובי כראש הממשלה מטעם “הליכוד”.

לנו אין את עמותות השמאל, לנו אין את V-15. לנו יש אתכם, מצביעי המחנה הלאומי. צאו בהמוניכם אל הקלפיות.

יש עוד זמן. בואו להצביע מחל כדי לצמצם את הפער בין הליכוד ל”עבודה”.

אם הרכבת הממשלה תוטל עליי, ארכיב ממשלה של המחנה הלאומי. לא תקום ממשלת אחדות עם “העבודה”. אין דרך לגשר על הפערים בינינו.

לכן אני פונה למצביעי המחנה הלאומי: אם אתם רוצים שאני ארכיב את הממשלה ולא השמאל – אתם חייבים להצביע רק לליכוד. רק מחל. אין שום מפלגה אחרת.

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

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Live-blogging Israeli Election Day 2015

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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 Political Brief December 26, 2013: PM Netanyahu, Liberman raise electoral threshold, compromise could keep Arabs out of Knesset

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Netanyahu, Liberman compromise could keep Arabs out of Knesset

Source: Jerusalem Post, 12-26-13

PM, foreign minister decide to raise electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%, which would make factions have minimum of 4 MKs….READ MORE

Israel Musings August 1, 2013: Israeli Knesset passes first reading of controversial governance bill

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Israeli Knesset passes first reading of controversial governance bill

By Bonnie K. Goodman

During a busy last day before their summer recess on July 31, 2013, Israel’s Knesset passed the first reading of the controversial Governance Bill, which most notably will raise the electoral threshold from two percent to four percent…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 June 27, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu acting as Likud chairman, but resentment against him crosses camps

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Netanyahu acting as Likud chairman, but resentment against him crosses camps

Source: Haaretz, 6-27-13

At noon on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood opposite Golani Brigade combat troops on the Golan Heights and exhorted them “to break the adversary, to instill mortal fear in him at the decisive moment….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 7, 2013: Embarrassing media leak forces Avigdor Lieberman to declassify Knesset defense committee discussions

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Embarrassing media leak forces Lieberman to declassify Knesset defense committee discussions

Source: Haaretz, 6-7-13

Furious chairman makes decision after highly sensitive comments made by Shin Bet security service chief about PA President Mahmoud Abbas were leaked to the press….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 2, 2013: Danny Ayalon testifies against former boss Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman in fraud trial

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Ayalon testifies against former boss Liberman in fraud trial

Source: JTA, 5-2-13

Danny Ayalon testified that former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman advanced a diplomat’s appointment in return for information….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 18, 2013: Avigdor Lieberman: Likud-Beiteinu Unity to Remain

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Likud-Beyteinu Unity to Remain

Source: Arutz Sheva, 3-18-13

Yisrael Beyteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman made it clear Monday afternoon that the agreement between his party and the Likud would continue….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 17, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu names Moshe Ya’alon as defense minister, Gideon Sa’ar as interior minister

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Netanyahu names Ya’alon as defense minister, Sa’ar as interior minister

Source: Haaretz, 3-17-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held meetings on Sunday with Likud Knesset members and leading coalition partners to complete a last-minute cabinet shuffle, in advance of the swearing-in ceremony for Israel’s 33rd government on Monday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 16, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Informs President Shimon Peres: We have a government

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Netanyahu to Peres: We have a government

Source: Ynetnews, 3-16-13

Prime minister informs president he’s succeeded in forming a government after signing coalition deal with Yesh Atid, Habayit Hayehudi; government to be sworn in Monday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 15, 2013: Yair Lapid & Naftali Bennett Signs Government Coalition Agreement with PM Benjamin Netanyahu & Likud לפיד ובנט חתמו על הסכם קואליציוני עם הליכוד

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לפיד ובנט חתמו על הסכם קואליציוני עם הליכוד

Source: Walla, 3-15-13 

יש ממשלה: לפיד ובנט חתמו על הסכם קואליציוני עם הליכוד. מאת: יהושע בריינר ויאיר אלטמן, מערכת וואלה! חדשות. יום שישי, 15 במרץ. אחרי המחלוקת סביב תפקיד סגן ראש הממשלה, ובתום משא ומתן ארוך ומתיש, חתמו יש עתיד והבית היהודי על הסכמים לכניסתן לממשלה ה-33 של ישראל. נתניהו: “נעבוד למען ישראל”. תגיות: יאיר לפיד,בנימין נתניהו,נפתלי בנט,מו”מ קואליציוני. צילום: שלומי גבאי, דניאל בוק, עריכה: מיכאל ברגמן. סוף-סוף, יש קואליציה: מפלגות הבית היהודי ויש עתיד חתמו בצהריים (שישי) על הסכמים קואליציוניים עם הליכוד-ביתנו, שסוללת את דרכן לממשלה…

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Israel Political Brief March 14, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Likud succeeded in keeping top ministries

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PM: Likud succeeded in keeping top ministries

Source: JPost, 3-14-13

Netanyahu says preserving Foreign, Defense portfolios a victory; Lapid, Bennett holding up coalition deal over deputy PM row.

Liberman and Netanyahu at Likud Beytenu faction meeting, Feb 5 2013

Liberman and Netanyahu at Likud Beytenu faction meeting, Feb 5 2013 Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

Likud Beytenu succeeded in retaining the most important portfolios for itself in coalition negotiations, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday as he neared signing a final agreement on the next government.

Speaking at a Likud Beytenu faction meeting, Netanyahu stated that he was finishing the work of building the coalition for the upcoming term which he said would be “one of the most difficult ever.”…

“I insisted that Likud Beytenu have a majority of ministers in government so we can get things done,” he stressed….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief March 13, 2013: Likud, Bayit Yehudi & Yesh Atid Negotiating Teams Meet to Finalize Government Coalition Agreement

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Negotiating Teams Meet to Finalize Coalition Agreement

Negotiating teams of the Likud, Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid are working into the night to finalize the wording of the coalition agreement.

Source: Arutz Sheva, 3-13-13

Lapid, Netanyahu, Bennett

Lapid, Netanyahu, Bennett

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According to the agreement being formed, Israel’s new government will look as follows:

Likud Beytenu
Avigdor Lieberman – Foreign Minister
Zeev Elkin – Deputy Foreign Minister
Moshe Yaalon – Defense Minister
Yair Shamir – Agriculture Minister
Yitzhak Aharonovitch – Minister of Internal Security
Sofa Landver – Immigration Absorption Minister
Uzi Landau – Tourism Minister
Gideon Saar or Gilad Erdan – Interior Minister
Yuli Edelstein – Knesset Speaker

The Likud will also get the Communications, Infrastructure, Strategic Affairs and Home Front Defense Ministries. The identity of each of these ministers has yet to be determined.

Yesh Atid
Yair Lapid – Finance Minister
Rabbi Shai Piron – Minister of Education
Yaakov Peri – Minister of Science
Meir Cohen – Welfare Minister
Yael German – Health Minister

Some reports indicated that MK Ofer Shelah may be appointed Deputy Defense Minister.

Bayit Yehudi
Naftali Bennett – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economics and Trade, the Diaspora and Jerusalem
Uri Ariel – Housing and Construction Minister who will also be in charge of the Israel Lands Administration
Uri Orbach – Pensioners’ Affairs Minister
Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan – Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs

Bayit Yehudi will also receive the chairmanship of the Knesset’s Finance Committee (to be given to either MK Nissan Slomianski or Ayelet Shaked), and one of its MKs will be appointed Deputy Minister of Education.

Hatnua
Tzipi Livni – Justice Minister
Amir Peretz – Environment Minister

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 13, 2013: Habait Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett Statement on Government Coalition Agreement

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Bennett: ‘I wish to congratulate my friend Yair Lapid for his leadership’

Source: Ynetnews, 3-13-13

Habait Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett commented Wednesday about the imminent formation of the government:

“I wish to congratulate my friend Yair Lapid for his display of leadership and resolve, and also Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman. At this time the government is being forged in friendship and mutual responsibility. This next government will look out for all of Am Israel.”

Israel Political Brief March 12, 2013: Yair Lapid gets his way: New government limited to twenty ministers

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Lapid gets his way: New gov’t limited to twenty ministers

Source: Haaretz, 3-12-13

Yesh Atid had initially demanded a cabinet of 18 ministers, but has tentatively conceded to including eight deputy ministers as well….READ MORE

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