Yuval Steinitz claims centrist rivals rejected president’s proposal due to infighting between leader Benny Gantz and his No. 2 Yair Lapid; Yariv Levin says third elections likely.
Presenting tally after week-long count, Justice Melcer says commission proved a ‘steadfast protector of Israeli democracy’; Rivlin praises ‘free elections… without fear or favor’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Syria's state-run media is reporting several Israeli attacks on military positions in the country's south, saying they have killed three soldiers and wounded seven others.
Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament early on Thursday, paving the way for a new election after veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government before a midnight deadline.
The ballot is widely expected to take place in September, the second this year.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a fifth term on Wednesday with Benny Gantz conceding the election after more than 98 percent of the votes gave the right-wing bloc a lead of 9-10 seats, according to the latest results.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has won 36 of the 120 seats in Israel’s parliament, according to final results of Tuesday’s election, putting him in pole position in negotiations to form a right-wing coaliti
It now appears that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party has a clear path to build a right-wing coalition. That coalition would consist of Likud (35), Shas (8), United Torah Judaism (8), Union of Right-Wing Parties (5), Yisrael Beytenu (5), and Kulanu (4), for a total of 65 seats.
The haredi political parties Shas and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) scored a massive victory on Tuesday night, surpassing expectations by garnering a total of 16 seats between them which will give them heavy political clout in the coming Knesset.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party was the top vote-getter in Jerusalem, followed closely by United Torah Judaism, while Benny Gantz’s Blue and White had a knock-out win in Tel Aviv.
Close to 25% of voters
Centrist Benny Gantz, a former military chief and key challenger to Binyamin Netanyahu, was directly implicated in a "serious case of corruption," the Israeli PM's party claimed/