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

Full Text Israel Political Brief February 2, 2013: President Shimon Peres charges Benjamin Netanyahu with forming next government

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President Peres charges Benjamin Netanyahu with forming next government

Source: GPO, 2-3-13

2 Feb 2013

Representatives of 82 members of the 19th Knesset recommended to me that I should task the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with forming the government.

President Peres and PM Netanyahu

President Peres and PM Netanyahu (Photo: GPO)

(Communicated by the Office of the President)

President Shimon Peres, this evening (Saturday, 2 February 2013), announced, at an official ceremony, that Member of Knesset and current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will be tasked with forming the next government. Earlier President Peres signed a letter to Benjamin Netanyahu in which he tasks him with the responsibility of forming the government, as demanded by Basic Law: The Government.

President Peres said, “I was handed the official results of the elections to the 19th Knesset by the Central Elections Committee Chairman Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, on Wednesday late afternoon.

Basic Law: The Government empowers me with the responsibility to task one of the Members of Knesset with the responsibility to form the government, within seven days from receipt of the official results. The country needs the new government at the earliest possible opportunity. And so, immediately after receiving the results I began a round of consultation meetings with representatives of the parties elected to the 19th Knesset, as demanded by the law.

The discussions with the representatives of the parties were conducted with full transparency, with professionalism and dignity. I wish to thank all the party representatives who made themselves heard clearly and responsibly.

Representatives of 82 members of the 19th Knesset recommended to me that I should task the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with forming the government. I considered the matter and decided to task Benjamin Netanyahu with the formation of the government, after I received his agreement, as stipulated by law.

The representatives of the different parties raised important issues with me during our discussions and asked that they be considered when the government is formed. Included amongst them: the national deficit, social justice, the fight against discrimination, equitable sharing of the national burden, conscription to the IDF, restarting diplomatic negotiations to achieve peace and ways to deal with the security threats facing Israel. I will pass these issues on to the Prime Minister.

I hope that the work will be concluded quickly. The State of Israel needs diplomatic and economic stability so that the government can make the necessary decisions which are on the agenda. The challenges are many, serious and urgent. The people expect a worthy government to be formed quickly so that it can roll up its sleeves and get to work. With the responsibility given to me by the Basic Law of The Government, I am pleased to task the formation of the government upon Member of Knesset Benjamin Netanyahu. I do that with the utmost respect and I wish him luck with this commendable duty.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “Thank you, President Peres.

Dear citizens of Israel, I wish you all a good week. I thank you for the trust you have placed in me. It is an honor and a major responsibility to receive the mandate from you, for what is now third time, to lead our country.

We have many internal issues to deal with. But firstly, in the Middle East, we must ensure our security. The primary mission of the next government is to stop Iran from becoming armed with nuclear weapons. We will also have to deal with other lethal weapons which are building up in our area and with threats against our cities and our citizens.

We must continue to strengthen the Israeli economy. The next government which I will form will be committed to peace. I call upon Abu Mazen to return to the negotiating table.

I am committed to dramatically increase the equitable sharing of the national burden. I am sure we can do this in a responsible manner, which will bring about a fundamental change without tearing apart. Tasks of this nature demand a national unity government, as wide and stable as possible. The reality in which we live has no place for boycotts.

And so, I call upon those who said they would not sit in the government to reconsider and to come and find common ground. I call upon all sections of society and all the parties, including those who didn’t recommend me, to join a responsible national unity government which will be as wide as possible, a government which will ensure the security, the unity and the future of the State of Israel.”

נשיא המדינה הטיל את תפקיד הרכבת הממשלה על ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו

Source: GPO, 2-3-13

3 פברואר 2013

נשיא המדינה: נציגי 82 חברי הכנסת ה- 19 המליצו בפני להטיל את מלאכת הרכבת הממשלה על חבר הכנסת בנימין נתניהו, ראש הממשלה המכהן. שקלתי את הדברים והחלטתי להטיל על בנימין נתניהו את מלאכת הרכבת הממשלה, לאחר שקיבלתי את הסכמתו.

נשיא המדינה שמעון פרס וראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו (צילום: לע”מ)

(הודעת לשכת נשיא המדינה)

 נשיא המדינה שמעון פרס, הטיל את תפקיד הרכבת הממשלה על חבר הכנסת וראש הממשלה המכהן בנימין נתניהו. מוקדם יותר, חתם הנשיא על מכתב המופנה לבנימין נתניהו בו הטיל עליו את התפקיד להרכיב את הממשלה, כנדרש על פי חוק יסוד: הממשלה.

בדברים אשר נשא הנשיא אמר: “התוצאות הרשמיות של הבחירות הכלליות לכנסת ה-19 הוגשו לי על ידי יו”ר ועדת הבחירות המרכזית, השופט אליקים רובינשטיין, ביום רביעי, לפנות ערב.

חוק יסוד הממשלה מסמיך אותי  להטיל את מלאכת הרכבת הממשלה על אחת או אחד מחברי הכנסת, תוך שבעה ימים מיום היוודע התוצאות הרשמיות. המדינה זקוקה לממשלה חדשה בהקדם האפשרי. ועל כן, מיד לאחר קבלת התוצאות, החלתי בסבב התייעצויות עם נציגי הרשימות שנבחרו לכנסת ה-19, כמצוות החוק. השיחות עם נציגי הרשימות התנהלו בשקיפות מלאה, ובצורה עניינית ומכובדת. אני מודה לכל נציגי הרשימות שהשמיעו עצתם בבהירות ובאחריות. נציגי 82 חברי הכנסת ה- 19 המליצו בפני להטיל את מלאכת הרכבת הממשלה על חבר הכנסת בנימין נתניהו, ראש הממשלה המכהן.

שקלתי את הדברים והחלטתי להטיל על בנימין נתניהו את מלאכת הרכבת הממשלה, לאחר שקיבלתי את הסכמתו. כדרוש בחוק. נציגי הרשימות השונות העלו בפני נושאים חשובים וביקשו שיילקחו בחשבון בתהליך הרכבת הממשלה. ביניהם; הגרעון בתקציב, הצדק החברתי, המלחמה באפליה, השוויון בנטל, הגיוס לצה”ל, חידוש המו”מ המדיני כדי להשיג שלום ודרכי ההתמודדות עם האיומים הקיימים על ישראל. נושאים אלה אעביר לתשומת ליבו של המועמד להרכבת הממשלה, ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו. אני מקווה כי המלאכה תושלם במהרה. מדינת ישראל זקוקה ליציבות מדינית וכלכלית על מנת שתהיה לה  היכולת לקבל ההכרעות הדרושות בנושאים הרציניים העומדים על סדר יומנו. אתגרים אלה מרובים, כבדים ודחופים. והעם מצפה שבמהרה תקום ממשלה ראויה שתוכל להפשיל את שרווליה ולעשות מלאכתה נאמנה. מתוקף סמכותי לפי חוק יסוד הממשלה אני מתכבד להטיל את הרכבת הממשלה, על חבר הכנסת בנימין נתניהו. אני עושה זאת במלוא הכבוד. אני מאחל לך הצלחה רבה במילוי משימה נכבדה זו”.

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נשא דברים ואמר: “תודה לך, אישי נשיא המדינה שמעון פרס. אזרחי ישראל היקרים, שבוע טוב, אני נרגש מאד ברגע זה. אני מודה לכם על האמון שנתתם בי. זוהי זכות גדולה, ואחריות גדולה לקבל מכם את המנדט, זו הפעם השלישית להנהיג את המדינה שלנו.

יש לנו הרבה משימות פנימיות שעלינו לטפל בהן. אבל קודם כל במזרח התיכון אנחנו מוכרחים לשמור על הבטחון. המשימה העליונה של הממשלה הבאה לעצור את איראן מלהתחמש בנשק גרעיני. נצטרך להתמודד גם עם נשק קטלני אחר שהולך ונצבר מסביבנו ומאיים על ערינו ועל אזרחינו. עלינו להמשיך ולחזק את כלכלת ישראל.

הממשלה הבאה שאקים תהיה מחויבת לשלום. אני קורא מכאן לאבו מאזן לחזור לשולחן המשא ומתן. אנו מחויבים להגביר באופן משמעותי את השיוויון בנטל. אני משוכנע שאפשר לעשות זאת בדרך אחראית, שתביא לשינוי יסודי, בלי לקרוע את העם ובלי להביא למלחמת אחים. מטלות בהיקף כזה מחייבות ממשלת אחדות לאומית, רחבה ויציבה ככל האפשר. זהו צו השעה. במציאות שבה אנו נמצאים אין מקום לחרמות. לכן, אני קורא לאלה שהודיעו שהם לא יישבו בממשלה לשקול זאת שוב, ולבוא לחפש את המכנה המשותף. אני פונה לכל חלקי העם ולכל המפלגות, כולל אלו שלא המליצו עליי, להצטרף אלי לממשלת אחרות לאומית רחבה ככל האפשר.ממשלה שתדאג לבטחונה, אחדותה ועתידה של מדינת ישראל”.

Israel Political Brief January 30, 2013: President Shimon Peres receives official Knesset elections results

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Peres receives official Knesset elections results

Source: JTA, 1-30-13

Israeli President Shimon Peres received the official results of the elections for the 19th Knesset….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 28, 2013: 19th Knesset: Israel’s new Knesset members

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Meet some of Israel’s new Knesset members

Source: JTA, 1-28-13

Last week’s Israeli election saw 53 new members elected to the Knesset. Meet five of the lesser-known lawmakers likely to make a splash in the coming years….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 25, 2013: Shelly Yacimovich’s magnificent failure

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Yacimovich’s magnificent failure

Source: Haaretz, 1-25-13

Yacimovich’s magnificent failure. Shelly Yacimovich’s campaign was saturated with serious strategic errors stemming from her personality – but she’d never admit it….READ MORE

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

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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

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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

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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: Rabbi Dov Lipman, US national elected to Knesset will give up citizenship

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U.S. national elected to Knesset will give up citizenship

Source: JTA, 1-23-13

Rabbi Dov Lipman, a dual American-Israeli citizen who was elected to the Knesset, will give up his American citizenship when he takes office….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: Yair Lapid Yesh Atid Chairman’s Victory Speech ‘We Have a Great Responsibility’

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Lapid: We Have a Great Responsibility

Source: Arutz 7, 1-23-13
“A heavy responsibility was placed our shoulders,” says Yesh Atid chairman after exit polls predict he’ll lead the second largest party.

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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“A heavy responsibility was placed our shoulders tonight and the State of Israel is facing serious challenges,” Lapid said in a victory speech at his party’s headquarters.

“Throughout the campaign there was one sentence that I was told again and again,” he added. “Everywhere I went someone stood up and said: ‘Do not forget us when you’re there, do not be like all those who get elected and then forget.’ I will not forget.”

“We are here together, not at the expense of one another but with each other,” said Lapid, calling to form as broad a government as possible, uniting the moderate forces in the left and right “so we can really bring about a real change in Israel.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Yair Lapid: Yesh Atid Chairman, TV news star turned everyman defender

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Yair Lapid, TV news star turned everyman defender

Source: AFP, 1-22-13

With classic good looks and a deep but even tone, Yair Lapid looks every bit the news anchor he was before he quit television to start a centrist party now projected to be Israel’s second biggest faction….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 23, 2013: Elections 2013: Final Voter Turnout: 66.6%

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Final Voter Turnout: 66.6%

Source: Arutz 7, 1-23-13

66.6% of eligible Israeli voters exercised their right to vote in the 2013 elections, according to final numbers.

Ballot
Ballot
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66.6% of eligible Israeli voters exercised their right to vote in the 2013 elections, according to final statistics presented on Tuesday night.

Voter turnout remained high throughout the day and going into Tuesday evening, with 63.7% casting a ballot as of 8 p.m….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

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