Israel Elections

Israel will hold new elections after Netanyahu fails to form coalition

(JTA) — For the first time in its history, Israel will hold a second national election in one year, four months after the last election in April.

The Israeli Knesset voted at midnight Thursday to dissolve itself, triggering elections on Sept. 17. The unprecedented vote happened after Prime Minister Benjamin...
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New Israeli elections loom with Netanyahu still unable to form a coalition

JERUSALEM (JTA) — As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggles to form a new government, President Reuven Rivlin said he would not stand in the way of new elections in Israel.

Meanwhile, the head of the center-right Kulanu party, Moshe Kahlon, agreed on Tuesday to run on a joint slate with...
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Rivlin process to form Israeli government will be transparent

(TPS) — Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin on Monday will begin consultations with the political parties that were elected in last week’s elections to the Knesset.

Once Rivlin receives the official results of the elections from Judge Hanan Melcer, the chairman of the elections committee on Wednesday, he will consider if...
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The kids are all right-wing: How Israel’s younger voters have grown more conservative over time

By LAURA ADKINS and BEN SALES

(JTA) – Like lots of millennials who have catapulted to fame, May Golan got her start on the internet, blogging about life in her South Tel Aviv neighborhood. From there she gained a platform as a social activist, with 25,000 followers on Facebook and...
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Here are the issues Israelis had in mind when voting

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu won the election. Benny Gantz, his rival, came close but lost. That much we know.

But why did Israelis vote the way they did on Tuesday? What issues drove the prime minister’s victory?

We took a look at a recent survey that examined Israeli...
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Netanyahu’s re-election reveals sharpening Israel divide between Republicans and Democrats

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election Tuesday as the prime minister of Israel brought to a boil the simmering divides among Republicans and Democrats over the longtime leader’s nation.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, celebrated the victory as a win for peace. Democrats suggested it would be...
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Blue and White co-leaders concede defeat in Israel’s elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The leaders of the Blue and White party conceded defeat to Likud and said they would keep their coalition together in preparation for the next election.

Party co-leader Yair Lapid, who brought his Yesh Atid into Blue and White, said in a speech Wednesday night that his newly...
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Netanyahu wins narrow victory in Israel’s election

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu appears likely to win a fifth term as Israel’s prime minister as right-wing parties have maintained their majority in nationwide elections on Tuesday.

With more than 95 percent of the vote counted, Netanyahu’s Likud party and the opposition Blue and White party are...
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Shalom Hartman Institute LIVE coverage of Israeli elections

A live broadcast covering the Israeli election results will be held today at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Led by Alan Abbey, the discussion shall commence at 1:30 p.m. CDT and continue until the results are considered final.

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Netanyahu’s promise to annex the West Bank settlements, explained

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Just days before Israel was to hold national elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to annex parts of the West Bank as Israeli territory.

“I’m going to extend sovereignty,” he said in an interview with Israeli Channel 12 on Saturday night, adding that “I don’t differentiate...
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