Israel Elections

Benny Gantz takes Knesset speaker post as his prime minister hopes break down

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — As his Blue and White party was on the verge of breaking up, its leader, Benny Gantz, was elected speaker of the Israeli Knesset on Thursday evening.

Gantz has been tasked with forming a coalition government following elections earlier this month, Israel’s third vote...
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Gantz and Netanyahu break off talks of a unity government that would include both of them

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Blue and White party led by Benny Gantz, who has been tasked with assembling a coalition government, said Thursday that it has broken off talks with Likud on a unity government without reaching an agreement.

“Contact with the Likud negotiating team has been terminated this evening,”...
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Netanyahu’s Likud gains strength, but right-wing bloc again falls short of majority to form government

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Most of the votes in Israel have been counted from Monday’s election, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has the most seats in the parliament, gaining four from the balloting in September to regain the top spot.

But the right-wing bloc, while also picking up four...
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Gantz to supporters: ‘I share your pain and disappointment’

– Blue and White leader Benny Gantz told supporters in Tel Aviv on Monday night that he shared their “pain and disappointment” as exit polls indicated a convincing win for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

Initial exit polls showed Blue and White with between 32 to...
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Israelis in quarantine due to coronavirus exposure vote at special polling locations

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands of Israelis quarantined due to possible exposure to the coronavirus are voting in special polling places set up to allow them to safely cast their ballots.

Sixteen special polling places opened in outdoor tents across the country on Monday. As of 4:30 p.m.,...
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Israeli elections: Netanyahu and Gantz are neck and neck again, special polling places for voters under coronavirus quarantine

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The final Israeli television news polls offered no surprises as the country gets set to hold its unprecedented third election in a year on Monday: The Likud party and Blue and White are running neck and neck.

The two parties finished atop the voting in the two...
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Facebook removes 30 fake accounts designed to keep Arab Israelis from voting

(JTA) — Facebook removed 30 fake accounts that were designed to keep Arab Israelis from voting in next week’s national elections.

The Arabic-language accounts were uncovered by the nonprofit organization Democratic Bloc and were confirmed removed on Tuesday, Haaretz reported. The pages encouraged the Arab community to boycott the March 2...
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Ben & Jerry’s election flavor aims to give Israelis ‘a reason to vote’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ben & Jerry’s is giving voters in Israel a reason to cast their ballots in the country’s third election in less than a year, and it involves about as many flavors as there are political parties on the ballot.

“A reason to vote” is the tagline for...
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A beginner’s guide to Israel’s unprecedented third election in the past 12 months

(JTA) — Full disclosure: This is the third time in the past year that we have published this article. With only minor changes.

That’s because on Monday, March 2, for the third time in the past 12 months, Israelis will be voting in a national election. The first election, in...
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Netanyahu easily wins Likud party primary to remain prime minister candidate

By BEN SALES

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won his party’s leadership primary with 71.5 percent of the vote, according to an exit poll.

A tweet by Direct Polls, an Israeli firm, showed challenger Gideon Saar with 28.5 percent.The poll had a margin of error of 3.2...
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