Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Israeli parties squabble over plum coalition jobs

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Israeli parties squabble over plum coalition jobs

Source: Jewish Chronicle, 2-14-13

Talks between Likud Beiteinu and the two main potential coalition partners – Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi – were bogged down this week over disagreement between the sides on the new government’s policies and ministerial appointments….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 8, 2013: No real progress in coalition talks with Yair Lapid; PM Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with Naftali Bennett next week

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No real progress in talks with Lapid; PM to meet with Bennett next week

Source: Haaretz, 2-8-13

Despite saying he wants the Habayit Hayehudi leader in his government, Netanyahu has found time to meet with everyone else but him; ‘He’s humiliating him,’ says Likud source….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 7, 2013: Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu tackles tricky government coalition-building

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Israel’s Netanyahu tackles tricky coalition-building

Source: Reuters, UK, 2-7-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Yair Lapid, the surprise runner-up in an election last month, to try to draw him into a broad government….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 28, 2013: President Barack Obama congratulates PM Benjamin Netanyahu on election victory in phone call

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Obama congratulates Netanyahu in phone call

Source: JTA, 1-28-13

President Obama congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on winning the most seats in the next Knesset and said he looked forward to working with the new government.

Readout of the President’s Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

“President Obama spoke today by telephone with Prime Minister Netanyahu to congratulate him on his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats in Israel’s recent election.  The President indicated that the United States looks forward to working with the next government.  He also reiterated his commitment to the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and pledged to work closely with Israel on our shared agenda for peace and security in the Middle East.”…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

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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
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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

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Likud leads, but rise of Yesh Atid, Jewish Home bode bumpy road ahead for PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Likud leads, but rise of Yesh Atid, Jewish Home bode bumpy road ahead for Netanyahu

Source: JTA, 1-22-13

The prime minister’s list fell to 31 seats in the voting from its current representation of 42, while the biggest election surprise was the ascendance of Yair Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid party, which won 18 seats….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Winners and losers: Ten insights on Israeli election exit poll results

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Winners and losers: Ten insights on Israeli election exit poll results

Source: Haaretz, 1-22-13

According to the polls, Benjamin Netanyahu is the only man who can form the next government, though it will be a tough job….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks on Facebook on Election Exit Poll Results ‘Now Time to Create As Broad a Government as Possible’

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PM: Now Time to Create As Broad a Gov’t as Possible

Source: Arutz Sheva, 1-22-13

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrote Tuesday night on his Facebook:

“I want to thank the millions of citizens of Israel who exercised today their democratic right. According to the sample results it is clear that the people of Israel have decided they want me to continue to serve as Prime Minister of Israel, and that I should create as broad a government as possible.”

“The results which are emerging are a great opportunity to many great changes for the good of all Israeli citizens. The elections are behind us and we have many complex challenges ahead. Already tonight I will begin efforts to create as broad a coalition as possible,

אני מבקש להודות למיליוני אזרחי ישראל שמימשו היום את זכותם הדמוקרטית. על פי תוצאות המדגמים ברור שאזרחי ישראל קבעו שהם רוצים שאמשיך לכהן בתפקיד ראש ממשלת ישראל, ושארכיב ממשלה רחבה כלל האפשר.

התוצאות המסתמנות הן הזדמנות גדולה לשינויים רבים לטובת כלל אזרחי ישראל. מערכת הבחירות מאחורינו ואתגרים רבים ומורכבים לפנינו. כבר הערב אתחיל במאמצים להרכבת הממשלה הרחבה ביותר שניתן.

Full Text Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Reaches out Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu Reaches out Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid

PM Benjamin Netanyahu indicated on Facebook that he had already spoken to Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid and told him that “we have an opportunity to do great things for Israel.”

רה”מ בנימין נתניהו שוחח הערב עם יו”ר מפלגת יש עתיד יאיר לפיד.

רה”מ אמר ללפיד: ”יש לנו הזדמנות לעשות דברים גדולים מאוד לטובת מדינת ישראל. מערכת הבחירות מאחורינו ועכשיו נוכל להתמקד בעשייה למען כלל אזרחי ישראל.”

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Jerusalem Post Analysis: Why Likud collapsed

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Analysis: Why Likud collapsed

Source: Jerusalem Post, 1-22-13

It is true that having a real, tangible adversary in an election can be helpful. Unfortunately for Netanyahu, he became his own worst enemy….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Exit Polls Reveal: Likud With 31, Yesh Atid Second with 18

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Polls Reveal: Likud With 31, Yesh Atid Second with 18

Exit polls show Yesh Atid with surprise success, taking second place with 18 seats. Bayit Yehudi fifth largest.
Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid
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Exit polls from Tuesday’s elections, released at 10 p.m. as the polls closed, showed Likud Beytenu winning with 31 seats. Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party surpassed all its achievements in previous surveys and earned 18 seats, putting it in second place.

The Labor party was in third with 17, Shas was fourth with 13, and Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) was in fifth with 12.

Another elections day victory went to the Arab-Jewish Hadash party, which earned five seats.

The Kadima, Am Shalem and Otzma Leyisrael parties are not believed to have made it into Knesset….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Election Day comes to a close, Israelis wait for exit polls

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LIVE BLOG: Election Day comes to a close, Israelis wait for exit polls

Source: Haaretz, 1-22-13

LIVE BLOG: Election Day comes to a close, Israelis wait for exit polls. Of the more than 5.65 million Israelis eligible to vote, some 3.6 million cast their ballots, with a turnout of 4 percent more than in the 2009 elections….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Exit polls results show Netanyahu’s Likud Beytenu at 31 seats; Yesh Atid at 19

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Exit polls show Likud Beytenu at 31 seats; Yesh Atid at 19

Source: Jerusalem Post, 1-22-13

Voter turnout numbers highest since 1999; Likud Beytenu plummets; Labor polled to get 17 seats, Bayit Yehudi 12, Shas 11, Livni and Meretz 7 each, UTJ 6; Right bloc with slight edge over Left.

Netanyahu visit Western Wall after voting, Jan. 22, 2013
Netanyahu visit Western Wall after voting, Jan. 22, 2013 Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

Binyamin Netanyahu looked likely to squeak through with a narrow victory in Tuesday’s Knesset elections, exit polls released as soon as the ballots closed seemed to indicate. Exit polls from Channel 2, Channel 10 and Channel 1 gave his Likud Beytenu party 31 seats.

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It seemed that the right-wing bloc had a slight edge of 61 seats to 59 seats over the left-wing bloc.

Official results were expected to be released on Wednesday morning….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Exit poll results: Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu takes 31 seats, Yesh Atid comes in second

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Exit poll: Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu takes 31 seats, Yesh Atid comes in second

Source: JTA, 1-22-13

Initial Israeli exit polls show the combined Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu ticket won the highest vote total while the new center-left Yesh Atid came in second….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Victory Speech ‘Proud to be Your Prime Minister’

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Netanyahu: Proud to be Your Prime Minister

Source: Arutz 7, 1-23-13

“I thank you for giving me the opportunity for a third time to lead the State of Israel,” says Netanyahu in victory speech.

Netanyahu speaks after elections

Netanyahu speaks after elections
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who will head a large but weaker Likud party in the new Knesset, gave a victory speech at his party’s headquarters on Tuesday night.

“You have once again proved that Israel is a vibrant, dynamic, exemplary democracy, and I am proud to be your Prime Minister, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity for a third time to lead the State of Israel,” Netanyahu told the Israeli public. “This is a great honor but also a great responsibility.

“I see many partners in our mission and, by joining hands in a wide coalition we can succeed,” Netanyahu said, adding, “I believe that the results of the election are an opportunity to make the changes that the people of Israel are longing for.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Exit Poll Results see Benjamin Netanyahu Re-elected as PM; Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid Party in Second Place

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Exit polls see Netanyahu re-elected as PM

Source: Ynetnews, 1-22-13

Exit polls marking the conclusion of the 2013 national elections are predicting re-election for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the big surprise was Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, which, according to the polls, won 19 mandates….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu urges supporters to vote: Likud rule is in danger

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Netanyahu urges supporters to vote: Likud rule is in danger

Source: Jerusalem Post, 1-22-13

“Likud’s rule is in danger,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned two hours before the polling station were due to close on Tuesday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 18, 2013: Elections 2013: Last Poll Before Election Likud Beiteinu in Lead with 32 Knesset Seats

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Last poll before election  — סקר אחרון לקראת הבחירות

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Israel Political Brief January 14, 2013: Elections 2013: In Israeli elections, PM Benjamin Netanyahu and right-wing coalition seen cruising to victory

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In Israeli elections, Netanyahu and right-wing coalition seen cruising to encore

Source: JTA, 1-14-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and its coalition partner, Yisrael Beiteinu, are all but certain to top the polls in next week’s Israeli elections, again consigning the once-dominant Labor Party to the political opposition….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 11, 2013: Elections 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu maintains comfortable lead in pre-election polls

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Netanyahu maintains comfortable lead in pre-election polls

Source: JTA, 1-11-13

Three Israeli election polls predicted a comfortable victory for Israel’s Likud Beiteinu party in upcoming elections….READ MORE

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