With less than 24 hours to go before Israel's new president is declared, Arutz Sheva provides a brief biography of each of the candidates still in the running for the largely symbolic - yet highly prestigious - post.
The vote will take place in the Knesset, not as part of a general election, with the candidate receiving an absolute majority of MKs' votes taking the spot. If no candidate receives an absolute majority the Knesset votes again in a run-off between the top two candidates.
MK Reuven "Ruby" Rivlin
In one of their many points of friction, presidential hopeful and Knesset member Reuven Rivlin heard that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara accused him of involvement in the choice of journalist Rino Tzror as one of the torch lighters at Israel’s Independence Day ceremony. The ceremony panel that picked the veteran, respected journalist explained that through his work Tzror “serves as a mouthpiece for those citizens who feel they are on the margins of society in Israel and raises pointed human dilemmas and painful social problems.”
Israeli lawmakers will elect a successor to outgoing President Shimon Peres on June 10, parliamentary speaker Yuli Edelstein told reporters on Monday.
Edelstein's announcement marks the official start of the race for the position, which has been held by Peres since 2007.
Candidates must receive the backing of at least 10 other MPs, and formally present their requests in writing to the speaker on May 27, Edelstein said.
In Israel, the post of president is largely ceremonial and executive power rests with the prime minister.
On the morning of May 16, just one day after he returned from Japan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in his office with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. On the agenda: the spy scandal, Iran's nuclear program, diplomatic negotiations and a long list of other major security
El primer ministro israelí, Benjamín Netanyahu, anunció hoy sus planes de promover una legislación para afianzar el carácter judío del Estado de Israel como estado nacional del pueblo judío.
"Es mi intención presentar una legislación básica a la Knesset (Parlamento israelí) que provea de base constitucional al estatus de Israel como estado nacional del pueblo judío", manifestó Netanyahu en una ceremonia celebrada en el Salón de Independencia de Tel Aviv, lugar donde se leyó la declaración del 14 de mayo de 1948.
Without a distinct ideology and losing the support of Israel’s ultra-right, the days of Lieberman dominating political headlines and telecasts of Eretz Nehedert may soon be over, argues Aaron Magid.
On the night of the 2009 election, as Avigdor Lieberman’s party jumped to unprecedented power with 15 seats, the popular Israeli satirical show Eretz Nehederet depicted Lieberman ominously.
Both Benjamin Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni huddled around Lieberman begging for his support while Lieberman surrounded by black clad bodyguards shot at Netanyahu’s foot to grab his attention.
The loss of the Nazareth mayoralty in the March 11 recall elections marked the beginning of the end of the Israeli Communist Party in Israel. Ramez Jaraisi, the mayor for nearly four decades, lost to Ali Salam, who won more than 61% of the city’s votes.
The next president of Israel may be chosen by the general public instead of members of Knesset, a radio report said Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is weighing the possibility of amending the law to allow the move, Army Radio reported. The identity of President Shimon Peres’s successor — Israel’s tenth president — is currently set to be determined by the Knesset in late April.
Opposition parties panned a Yisrael Beytenu proposal for electoral reform Wednesday night.
The legislation proposed by Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee chairman David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) increases the election threshold to four percent, limits the number of ministers including the prime minister to 19 and deputy ministers to four.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in Israel's election, despite unexpected losses to resurgent centre-left challengers.
Netanyahu gave a speech to his supporters at the Likud headquarters where he thanked Israelis for the opportunity to govern for a third term.
"I am proud to be your prime minister....and I want to carry forward changes, and in order to do that we need to construct a wide government, which I've started to do already," he said.
Jerusalem (CNN) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party got the most votes in Israel's national election Tuesday, but a respectable showing by centrists could slow or halt a rightward swing in the government.
Netanyahu's Likud Beitenu won between 31 and 33 Knesset seats in the Israel election, TV exit polls reported, winning the most, as expected. Jewish Home, an extreme right party with a charismatic leader named Naftali Bennett, got between 11 and 12 seats.
Benjamín Netanyahu, al frente del actual Gobierno dominado por derechistas y religiosos, triunfó de nuevo en las elecciones de ayer, pero perdió buena parte de los apoyos con los que contaba. Venció, pero no convenció. Los electores castigaron su gestión y auparon a Yesh Atid (Hay Futuro), un partido de centro liderado por un experiodista sin pedigrí político y que ha hecho del laicismo su bandera. La extrema derecha logró consolidar su meteórico ascenso al lograr un cuarto puesto.