Israel Elections

Benny Gantz declines Netanyahu invite into ‘broad unity government’

(JTA) — In the latest twist in Israel’s ongoing leadership struggle, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited his chief rival, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, to join him in a “broad unity government.”

Gantz declined.

In a video posted to Facebook on Thursday morning, Netanyahu said he presented Gantz...
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Netanyahu-Liberman meeting makes no progress toward forming coalition government

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman, who prevented Netanyahu from forming a coalition government following elections in April, lasted for less than an hour and failed to make progress toward forming a unity government.

“Netanyahu offered Lieberman to join the government as soon...
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Most Israelis want Orthodox parties out of government, survey says

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Israeli voters delivered an inconclusive result in last week’s election. More than a week after the vote, it’s still unclear what shape Israel’s government will take.

But a majority of Jewish voters is clear on one thing: They want their next government to be less...
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Arab Joint List recommends Benny Gantz to form the next government

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Arab Joint List recommended to President Reuven Rivlin that Blue and White head Benny Gantz be tapped to form the next government in order to end the political career of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Joint List head Ayman Odeh explained his coalition’s decision in an op-ed...
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Video from Shalom Hartman Institute

For those who missed the nearly two hour-long broadcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute on the evening of the Israeli elections, here is the link to follow:

Netanyahu reaches out to form a government with his rival — and gets rejected

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached out to his rival Benny Gantz, the head of the centrist Blue and White party, on Thursday, asking him to form a “broad unity government.” The response from Gantz and his fellow leaders was swift: no deal.

“Benny, we must set...
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The first exit polls for Israel’s Election Day are in. It’s close.

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Blue and White were again locked in a virtual dead heat at the close of voting in Israel, exit polls on Tuesday showed.

Both Blue and White, which is led by Benny Gantz, a former military...
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7 things to look for in today’s Israeli elections

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis head to the polls for the second time this year on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life after a decade in power. But it’s unclear if his centrist opponents have the votes to beat him. If he wins,...
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Netanyahu says he will annex part of the West Bank if re-elected

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that if he is re-elected, he will immediately annex the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu also promised to annex West Bank Jewish settlements in what he termed a “dramatic announcement” exactly one week before Israelis go to the polls...
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Here we go again: A beginner’s guide to Israel’s 2nd election in 2019

By BEN SALES, EMILY BURRACK, LAURA E. ADKINS  and MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Trying to understand next week’s Israeli elections can get confusing. Especially since we’re talking about the second election in one year.

Longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is mired in a series of corruption scandals and again facing...
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