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Israeli voters deliver deadlock, Netanyahu's tenure in doubt

Sep 19 2019
Israel
Source: 
Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to win a ruling majority in an election that produced a virtual tie between his right-wing bloc and a center-left grouping that would be led by former military chief Benny Gantz.

The outcome, according to almost complete results published on Wednesday, dealt a new blow to Israel’s longest-serving leader, who was already weakened by the inability to put together an administration after an inconclusive election in April.

Israel election: Netanyahu and rival headed for deadlock

Sep 18 2019
Israel
Source: 
BBC

Unofficial results in Israel's second election in five months suggest it is too close to call, Israeli media say.

Incumbent PM Benjamin Netanyahu's party and that of his main challenger, Benny Gantz, are neck and neck with 32 seats each, the Kan public broadcaster says.

A prime minister needs to command a 61-seat majority in parliament. The smaller Yisrael Beiteinu party appears to hold the balance of power.

Official partial results are expected on Wednesday morning.

Israel Was Preparing to Delay Election Due to Possible Gaza War

Sep 16 2019
Israel
Source: 
Haaretz

National security adviser met Central Election Committee chief to prepare for delaying election in light of Gaza military operation

Israel's National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat met with the head of the Central Elections Committee to prepare him for the possibility of postponing the general election slated for Tuesday due to a military operation, Haaretz has learned.

Three Basic Scenarios for Israel’s Upcoming Election: Sweet Dreams, King Lieberman and Your Worst Nightmare

Aug 15 2019
Israel
Source: 
Haaretz

It takes a swing of only five Knesset seats to save Netanyahu from prosecution and undermine Israeli democracy – or vice versa.

There are only 34 days left before Israelis head to the polls for the second time this year. Despite the critical and possibly fateful importance ascribed to the September 17 ballot, most Israelis seem disengaged, if not apathetic. That may change, however, once the parties launch their campaigns in earnest at the beginning of next month, when summer vacation is over and the school year starts.

 

Amir Ohana, el primer ministro declarado abiertamente gay de Israel

Jun 06 2019
Israel
Source: 
La Vanguardia

Israel tiene, por primera vez en la historia, un ministro abiertamente gay dentro de su Gobierno. Amir Ohana tiene 43 años y es un abogado que conoce bien el sistema de justicia, área a la que ha sido asignado en calidad de ministro de Justicia.

El primer ministro israelí, Benjamin Netanyahu, había relevado de este puesto a su predecesor, Ayelet Shaked, hace tres días y ha apostado por Ohana, firme defensor del mandatario israelí.

Ohana es partidario de una ley de inmunidad que impediría que Netanyahu fuese imputado

Israeli army injure several Palestinians at Gaza border in the weekly Great March of Return

May 31 2019
Israel
Palestine
Source: 
WAFA
At least seven Palestinians were injured by live bullets today, including a child, when Israeli forces attacked hundreds of protesters taking part in the weekly Great March of Return at the east border of the Gaza Strip, according to medical sources.
 
Stationed at borderline watchtowers and in armored military vehicles, Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds at the protesters who gathered at many locations along the border, injuring seven of them.
 

Israel faces possible second election amid coalition crisis

May 27 2019
Israel
Source: 
The Washington Post

JERUSALEM — Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a preliminary motion to dissolve itself. The move further pushed the country toward an unprecedented political impasse, less than two months after elections seemed to promise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a new mandate.

If the bill receives final passage in a vote scheduled Wednesday, Israel would be forced to hold new elections — sending the political system into disarray.

Netanyahu pledges to resolve coalition crisis and avoid election

May 27 2019
Israel
Source: 
Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he would continue to try and resolve a deadlock in a coalition crisis and form a new government, after parliament took an initial move to dissolve itself.

“In the time left I will continue to act in every way possible in order to establish a government in the coming days,” Netanyahu said in a televised speech, ahead of a Wednesday deadline to form a new government.

Maayan Lubell

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