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Israeli polls opened early this morning to the largest voter turnout since 1999. According to estimates from the Central Elections Committee, at least 11.4% of voters had cast ballots as of 1 a.m. CST. That represents a one percent rise in voters from the last four national election campaigns. It...
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Jewish Home’s Bennett attacked by haredi at Kotel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Haredi Orthodox Jews reportedly pushed and verbally attacked Naftali Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home party, at the Western Wall. The attack occurred as Bennett began praying in front of the Wall yesterday, the day before Election Day. He was protected by a security detail.

Jerusalem Police...
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Hatnua asks Jewish Home candidate be disqualified

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Hatnua party asked Israel’s Central Elections Committee to disqualify Jewish Home candidate Jeremy Gimpel over a remark he made about the Dome of the Rock. Gimpel, who is 14th on the candidate’s list and could be voted into the Knesset in the Jan. 22 elections, was...
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Poll: Center left bloc could tie Netanyahu-led bloc at 48

(JTA) — 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. The poll, based on a survey of 1,000 adults, predicts 32 seats for the united Likud-Beiteinu ticket, 14 seats for Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party,...
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Netanyahu appointment seen as political ploy

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tapped a popular outgoing government minister to head the Israel Land Administration in what some called an election tactic. Netanyahu announced the appointment of Moshe Kahlon, who gained popularity as communications minister for cutting the prices on cellular phone services, in a news...
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Netanyahu thanks U.S. senators for their support

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked a delegation of U.S. senators for their unreserved, bipartisan support for Israel and warned them that it was time to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

“Building in Jerusalem is not the world’s problem; a nuclear Iran is the world’s problem. History will not...
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Knesset Elections: A reader’s guide


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Remember the second U.S. presidential debate in October, when the incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney stood about six inches from each other, with one interrupting the other at every turn?

Add about a dozen candidates, take away the formal rules of...
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Netanyahu answers Obama’s criticism

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responding to comments attributed to President Obama, said that Israelis would determine the country’s best interests. “Only the Israeli people will determine who best represents the State of Israel’s vital interests,” Netanyahu reportedly said Jan. 17 during a visit to the Gaza Division...
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Trump endorses Netanyahu in upcoming Israeli elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — American billionaire Donald Trump endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video released on YouTube. “My name is Donald Trump and I’m a big fan of Israel,” Trump says at the start of the 36-second video.

“You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin Netanyahu —...
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Hadassah wires $10 million to cover hospital deficit

NEW YORK (JTA) — Hadassah transferred $10 million to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem to help cover its subsidiary’s $50 million deficit. The New York Jewish Week reported Monday that the Zionist women’s group took the unusual measure after learning of the deficit run up by the hospital, which was...
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