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
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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

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 15, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President-elect Reuven Rivlin

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Source: MFA, 6-11-14

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PM Netanyahu: We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel.
President-elect Rivlin with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem

Copyright: GPO/Mark Neiman

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Wednesday, 11 June 2014), at his official residence in Jerusalem, met with President-elect Reuven Rivlin and congratulated him on being elected to the office.
At the end of their meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We have known each other for several good decades. We are both from Jerusalem, the sons of professors who were educated in the philosophy of Jabotinsky and we have much more in common – such as our football team. Joint work on behalf of all Israelis is before us. We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel.”

Israel Political Brief June 10, 2014: Reuven Rivlin is elected Israel’s 10th president

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Reuven Rivlin is elected Israel’s 10th president

Source: Haaretz, 6-10-14

MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud) was elected Israel’s 10th president on Tuesday, receiving the support of 63 Knesset members in a runoff vote against MK Meir Sheetrit (Hatnuah)….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 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 February 26, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party close to coalition deal with Jewish Home / Habayit Hayehudi Party

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Likud close to coalition deal with Jewish Home

Source: JTA, 2-26-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party said it was close to a coalition agreement with the Jewish Home party….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua Party first to sign coalition deal with PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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Livni’s Hatnua signs first coalition deal with Netanyahu

Source: JTA, 2-19-13

Hatnua, led by Tzipi Livni, became the first party to sign a coalition deal with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Tzipi Livni: Iran, Palestinians, as important as equal share of burden

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Livni: Iran, Palestinians, as important as equal share of burden

Source: Ynetnews, 2-19-13

Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni spoke at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announcing her decision to join his coalition….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 15, 2013: Labor’s Shelly Yachimovich meets Benjamin Netanyahu, says will remain in opposition

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Yachimovich meets Netanyahu, says will remain in opposition

Source: The Times of Israel, 2-15-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday hosted Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich for coalition talks at his official residence, but Yachimovich reiterated her insistence that Labor would not join a Netanyahu government….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 13, 2013: Habayit Hayehudi rejects PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s portfolio offer

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Habayit Hayehudi rejects PM’s portfolio offer

Source: Ynetnews, 2-13-13

Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett has reportedly rejected the portfolio offers made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to his party as part of the coalition talks….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 11, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett meet for first time in five years

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Netanyahu, Jewish Home’s Bennett meet for first time in five years

Source: JTA, 2- 11-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett for the first time in five years….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 10, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with Naftali Bennett after latter apologizes for joke about PM’s wife

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Netanyahu to meet with Bennett after latter apologizes for joke about PM’s wife

Source: Haaretz, 2-10-13

Amid much speculation about the relationship between them, the prime minister and Habayit Hayehudi’s leader will meet for coalition negotiations on Monday….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

Israel Political Brief January 22, 2013: Elections 2013: Exit Poll Results: Likud with 31 Seats — Channels 1, 2 and 10 publish exit polls, presenting tight race between left and right

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Channel 10 exit poll:

Likud gets 31 seats

Yesh Atid 18

Labor 17

Habayit Hayehudi 12

Shas 13

Hatnuah 6,

Meretz 6

Israel election exit polls reveal tight race between right and left

Source: Haaretz, 1-22-13

Channels 1, 2 and 10 publish exit polls, presenting tight race between left and right.

Israel’s three major television networks published exit polls on Tuesday night, after polls closed across the country at 10 P.M.

According to Channel 2’s exit polls, the battle was tight between the left and right, with 59 percent of votes going to the left-wing block, and 61 percent to the right. Channel 2’s exit polls showed Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu exited with 31 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 19 seats, and Labor with 17 seats. Habayit Hayehudi and Shas both got 12 seats, followed by Meretz and Hatnuah, who both got 7 seats. United Torah Judaism was next, with 6 seats, followed by the Arab parties, Hadash, with 4 seats, United Arab List – Ta’al with 3 and Balad, with 2.

Kadima did not pass the threshold, nor did Otzma Leyisrael.

According to the exit polls of Channel 10, the party with the most seats was Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu, 31. Following in second place was Yesh Atid with 18 seats, and Labor, with  17 seats, followed closely in third place. The rest of the parties that passed the threshold were: Shas, 13, Habayit Hayehudi, 12, Hatnuah, 6, Meretz, 6, Yahadut Hatorah, 6, Hadash, 5, United Arab List – Ta’al, 4, Balad, 2.

According to Channel 1, Likud Beiteinu won 31 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 19 seats and Labor with 17 seats. Habayit Hayehudi got 12 seats, Shas 22, Hatnuah 7, Meretz 7 and United Torah Judaism 6. The Arab parties followed, with Hadash garnering 3 seats, United Arab List – Ta’al, 3, Balad, 2. According to Channel 1, Otzma Leyisrael also won 2 seats.

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

Israel Political Brief January 8, 2013: Elections 2013: For PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Being Favored to Win Carries Its Own Risks

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For Netanyahu, Being Favored to Win Carries Its Own Risks

Source: NYT, 1-8-13

The presumption that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel will win another term has led many of his supporters to flirt with smaller parties that cater to special interests….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 2, 2013: Moshe Feiglin plan would pay Palestinians to leave West Bank

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Feiglin plan would pay Palestinians to leave West Bank

Source: JTA, 1-2-13

Moshe Feiglin of the Likud Party offered a plan to pay Palestinian families to emigrate from the West Bank….READ MORE

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