Arab Joint List rejects idea of joining Herzog-led government

03 Mar 2015
Jerusalem Post
The Joint (Arab) List has no plans to join any government, even one led by Zionist Union head Isaac Herzog.

Raja Zaatry, spokesman for the Joint List and responsible for its media campaign, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Monday evening that there was no chance it would join even a left-wing government at this time, because it does not want to be part of bad decisions taken by it.

“We cannot be a part of a government that still occupies our people,” Zaatry said.

Zionist rabbis switch from Habayit Hayehudi to Yahad

27 Feb 2015

A group of senior rabbis from the religious Zionist movement announced Thursday it had withdrawn its endorsement of Habayit Hayehudi in the March 17 election in favor of Yahad, the party established recently by former Shas chairman Eli Yishai.

The announcement was in the form of an open letter published as an advertisement in the religious Zionist weekly BeSheva.

“At this time, we are called upon to make our calculations according to the Torah’s truth,” the letter said.

Survey: Zionist Union leads Likud by 2 mandates

24 Feb 2015

A new survey conducted by Dr. Mina Tzemach and published by Channel 2 Tuesday shows the Zionist Union, headed by Isaac Herzog, beating out Prime Minister's Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party by two mandates.

The Likud lost two mandates since the previous survey and the Zionist Union one.

On the other hand, Naftali Bennett's Bayit Yehudi party received one more mandate in the latest survey and so did Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid. The ultra-Orthodox Shas party also received one more mandate in the poll.


El auditor de Israel denuncia el uso indebido de fondos públicos por parte de la familia de Netanyahu

19 Feb 2015
Europa Press

El auditor del Estado de Israel, Joseph Shapira, ha denunciado este martes en un informe que el primer ministro, Benjamin Netanyahu, ha usado indebidamente fondos estatales para beneficiar a su familia, lo que ha desatado la indignación de la oposición israelí cuando falta un mes para las elecciones parlamentarias.

Election committee bars Lieberman's party from distributing Charlie Hebdo

04 Feb 2015

Israel's Central Elections Committee (CEC) forbade Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party from distributing free copies of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Channel 2 television reported Wednesday.

CEC head and Supreme Court Judge Salim Joubran issued a decree late Wednesday against the distribution, accepting a request of a list of Arab parties, who argued that the copies of the last edition, which carry a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed, are offensive to Muslims.

Los partidos árabes concurrirán juntos por primera vez a elecciones israelíes

25 Ene 2015
La Vanguardia y EFE

Jerusalén, 25 ene (EFE).- Los partidos de la minoría árabe de Israel concurrirán, por primera vez en la historia política local, en una lista conjunta después de alcanzar un acuerdo que negociaban desde hace semanas, informa hoy el diario Haaretz.

El acuerdo, gestionado con la ayuda de dirigentes y ancianos de esta comunidad de 1,5 millones de personas (20 % de la población de Israel), supone un hito en la historia política del país, y podría convertirse en uno de los principales grupos parlamentarios del Parlamento (Kneset).

Israel's Presidential Elections: The Candidates

09 Jun 2014
Israel National News

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

Netanyahu tries again to derail Rivlin presidency bid

23 Mayo 2014
Al Monitor

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.”