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. ”

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 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

 

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 December 18, 2012: Israel’s Attorney General rejects disqualifying Arab lawmaker from elections

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Israel’s AG rejects disqualifying Arab lawmaker from elections

Source: JTA, 12-18-12

Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said that there is not enough evidence to disqualify Arab lawmaker Hanin Zoabi from next month’s elections….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 26, 2012: Yisrael Beiteinu: Merger with Likud will not make Avigdor Lieberman Prime Minister

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Yisrael Beiteinu: Merger with Likud won’t make Lieberman PM

Source: JTA, 10-26-12

Yisrael Beiteinu has denied reports that party leader Avigdor Lieberman would become prime minister under a secret pact with Likud….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief October 14, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks After Israeli Cabinet Approves Holding Elections for the 19th Knesset on 22 January 2013

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Cabinet Approves Holding Elections for the 19th Knesset on 22 January 2013

Source: PMO, 10-14-12

The Cabinet, today, unanimously approved the proposal to hold elections for the 19th Knesset on 22 January 2013.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Even during the three month election period, we will continue to act responsibly in order to safeguard the economy and, most importantly, to maintain Israelis’ jobs and even add to them.”

Israel Political Brief October 11, 2012: Draft bill sets Jan. 22 for Knesset elections

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Draft bill sets Jan. 22 for Knesset elections

Source: JTA, 10-11-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that national elections will be held on Jan. 22….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 11, 2012: Haaretz poll: PM Benjamin Netanyahu beats election rivals, right-wing bloc grows stronger

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Haaretz poll: Netanyahu beats election rivals, right-wing bloc grows stronger

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no serious challenger in the next election, political experts said after he launched the campaign for the 19th Knesset on Tuesday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 10, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu expected to win in elections unlikely to change Israel’s left-right balance

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Netanyahu expected to win in elections unlikely to change Israel’s left-right balance

Source: JTA, 10-10-12

Barring any surprises, Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to win a third term as prime minister easily in early Israeli elections….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief October 9, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement Announcing Early Elections

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PM Netanyahu’s Statement on Early Elections

Source: PMO, 10-9-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement:

“First, on behalf of all Israelis, I would like to express support for the residents of areas adjacent to the Gaza Strip. I promise that we will continue to take strong action against terrorism.

In a few months, we will finish the fourth year in office of the most stable government in recent decades. This stability has helped us to achieve the two main goals that we promised the citizens of Israel.

First, we strengthened security, and this during a period in which a difficult and dangerous upheaval has raged around us in the Middle East.

And second, we strengthened the economy during another upheaval, a continuing global economic crisis that has led to the collapse of key economies in Europe and to mass unemployment there.

In order to deal with these challenges, we have invested very great resources in strengthening the IDF, such as in Iron Dome and in building the security fence along the Egyptian border. We have also conducted a responsible economic policy. Other countries have economic policies that have led to mass unemployment whereas we have created a record number of 330,000 jobs. In other countries, they have enacted giant cuts whereas we have increased investments in education, health, infrastructures, transportation, etc.

Now, there is only one way to maintain these achievements. In the face of the regional upheaval and the global economic crisis, we must continue to uphold responsible economic and security policies because many challenges still lay before us: To ensure that Iran will not have a nuclear bomb, to defend our borders against terrorism and infiltration, to maintain the peace agreements with our neighbors, to uphold our vital national interests in any future peace negotiations and to ensure a dynamic and growing economy that will preserve jobs for Israeli citizens.

All of this requires a responsible budget with long-range vision.

Today, I finished a round of consultations with the heads of the coalition parties and I came to the conclusion that it is not possible at this time to pass a responsible budget. We are on the threshold of an election year, and to my regret, in an election year it is difficult for parties to place the national interest ahead of the party interest. The result of this is liable to be a budgetary breach and a massive increase in the deficit, which would very quickly put us in the situation of the crumbling economies of Europe. I will not allow this to happen here.

At this time, in light of the two great upheavals around us, the security and the economic, my obligation as Prime Minister is to put the national interest above everything and therefore, I have decided that the good of the State of Israel requires going to elections now, as soon as possible.

The State of Israel would prefer a short election campaign of three months over what, in effect, would be a long election campaign that would continue for an entire year and would severely damage the Israeli economy. And therefore, after four years, we will go to elections.

I thank the citizens of Israel for the great privilege that has been given to me to serve you as Prime Minister and I seek a renewed mandate from the people to continue to lead the State of Israel.”

Israel Political Brief October 9, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu announces early Knesset elections

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Netanyahu announces early Knesset elections

Source: JTA, 10-9-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early national elections….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 24, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement on the Egyptian Presidential Elections

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PMO Statement on the Egyptian Presidential Elections

Source: PMO, 6-24-12

Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects the results of the presidential elections. Israel looks forward to continuing cooperation with the Egyptian government on the basis of the peace treaty between the two countries, which is a joint interest of both peoples and contributes to regional stability.

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2012: Last Minute Unity Government Agreement Between PM Benjamin Netanyahu & Opposition, Kadima Leader MK Shaul Mofaz Removes Need for Election

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Last Minute Unity Government Removes Need for Election

PM Netanyahu and Opposition leader Mofaz form a unity government, removing the need for elections.
Netanyahu at the Knesset, May 7, 2012

Netanyahu at the Knesset, May 7, 2012
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Just hours after the Knesset approved the first reading of a bill to dissolve itself and hold elections, it appears as though no early elections will be held.

Kol Yisrael radio reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Opposition leader MK Shaul Mofaz have reached an agreement to form a national unity government.

According to the report, the Likud and Kadima parties converged at 2:00 a.m. (Israel time), and the members of both factions are being updated on the meetings between Netanyahu and Mofaz. It was also reported that Mofaz is expected to be appointed either a minister without portfolio or Homefront Defense Minister, a position recently vacated by MK Matan Vilnai (Independence).

It was also reported that the agreement reached between the Likud and Kadima calls for the Tal Law for the recruitment of hareidim into the army to be replaced by the end of July. Netanyahu and Mofaz will head a team which will be tasked with forming the new law.

In addition, Kadima has promised to remain in the coalition until the end of its term in November 2013. Also, it was agreed between the parties that by the end of December, a law changing the Israeli system of governemtn will be put to a vote. According to reports, the talks between Netanyahu and Mofaz went on for several days.

A unity government is likely to harm the Labor Party, which has gained strength in the polls, as well as Yair Lapid’s party, as he will now have to wait until the current Knesset completes its term in order to run.

A unity government would definitely help Kadima which, according to all polls, was set to suffer a dramatic blow in the next election….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Reaches Unity Government Agreement with Kadima’s Shaul Mofaz — Cancels Early Elections

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Israeli media: Early election canceled

Source: AP, 5-7-12

Israeli media reports early Tuesday indicate that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached an agreement with the Kadima opposition party for a unity government, canceling an early election.

There was no immediate comment from official sources on the decision that was reported at about 02:00 A.M. local time.

The reports came as Israel’s parliament held debates long into the night over whether to disperse ahead of early elections called for the fall.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli government proposed the election be moved up to Sept. 4.

The election had originally been set for 2013.

According to the reports, Netanyahu forged an agreement with opposition leader Shaul Mofaz of Kadima a short while before parliament was set to vote to disperse.

Reports said Kadima agreed to join Netanyahu’s government on condition it supports a proposal about military deferment for Ultra-Orthodox Jews. The issue was one of the main reasons Netanyahu decided to bring forward the election date….READ MORE

 

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