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 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 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 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Israel’s Election: What Happened to All the Excitement?

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Israel’s Election: What Happened to All the Excitement?

Source: TIME, 1-22-13 

Israelis went to the polls today, drawing to a close an election campaign defined more by lassitude and a vague unease than any central issue. Current events featured not much at all in the 100 days leading up to Tuesday’s balloting….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Exit Poll Voting Results: And after the elections

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And after the elections

Source: Jerusalem Post (blog), 1-22-13

If Bibi/Lieberman get close to 40 (38-40), if, he’ll first go to Lapid, then Shelly then Tzippi. In any case, the aggressive campaign against Bennett indicates Netanyahu does not want a right-wing coalition….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Israelis go to the polls in large numbers

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Israelis go to the polls in large numbers

Source: JTA, 1-22-13

Israelis were voting for the 19th Knesset in record numbers….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Live blogging Israeli Election Day

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Live blogging Israeli Election Day

Source: JTA, 1-22-13

JTA is live blogging Election Day in Israel….READ MORE

LIVE BLOG: Israel goes to the polls

Source: Jerusalem Post, 1-22-13

Welcome to The Jerusalem Post’s live blog of Israeli Election Day. Stay ahead of the news with our up-to-the-minute election coverage….READ MORE

LIVE BLOG: Israelis go to the polls, ending three-month election

Source: Haaretz, 1-22-13

Millions of Israelis cast their vote in one of approximately 1,000 polling stations spread across the country….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: For Israeli voters, missile fire, money main issues in election

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For Israeli voters, missile fire, money main issues in election

Source: CNN, 1-22-13

The pundits in Israel, the United States and the West Bank have pretty much forecast the winner of Tuesday’s Israeli national elections. Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing political coalition with former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Memo To The Next Knesset: Get To Know American Jewry

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Memo To The Next Knesset: Get To Know American Jewry

Source: The Jewish Week, 1-22-13

Israeli media coverage of American Jewish life is mostly confined to the ebb and flow of the Israel lobby in Washington…..READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 18, 2013: Elections 2013: Poll: Center-left bloc could tie Netanyahu-led bloc at 46 seats

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Poll: Center-left bloc could tie Netanyahu-led bloc at 46 seats

Source: JTA, 1-18-13

Israel could see a left-wing coalition to match the right-wing bloc’s 46 projected seats, according to the last poll before Jan. 22 elections….READ MORE

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