Tag: Likud Party (Israel)

Ugly Breakup of Israel’s Odd Couple Could Turn an Election

JERUSALEM — They joined forces three decades ago, rising to power as a political odd couple like none Israelis had ever seen. Benjamin Netanyahu was the silver-tongued, M.I.T.-educated sophisticate. Avigdor Liberman was a penniless former bar bouncer from Moldova, happy to be the hatchet man. Ever since, the two right-wing politicians have alternately aided and […]

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Israeli Arabs Get a Second Chance to Oust Netanyahu. Will They Use It?

BAQA AL GHARBIYEH, Israel — Arab citizens of Israel have no love lost for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who routinely resorts to fear-mongering against them to rally his right-wing Jewish base. But when they had a chance to help toss him from office in April, fewer than half of eligible Arabs voted — a record […]

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What Won’t Netanyahu Say to Get Re-elected?

Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex much of the West Bank if he remains Israel’s prime minister after next week’s election has nothing to do with “secure, permanent borders” or his purportedly special relationship with President Trump. It’s about Mr. Netanyahu’s panic that he might lose the office he has held for a decade, and it […]

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How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be? Question Shadows Israeli Vote

JERUSALEM — For years, the resentment had been building. In Israel, Jewish men and women are drafted into the military, but the ultra-Orthodox are largely exempt. Unlike other Israelis, many ultra-Orthodox receive state subsidies to study the Torah and raise large families. And in a country that calls itself home to all Jews, ultra-Orthodox rabbis […]

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Israeli Voters May Like Netanyahu’s Promises, but Don’t Necessarily Believe Them

JERUSALEM — Shlomo Zadik, 70, a onetime pioneer in a Jordan Valley settlement, said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had won his vote with his pre-election vow on Tuesday to annex the strategic area. “Netanyahu touched last night on an issue that has been important to me for a long time,” the Jerusalem pensioner said. […]

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In a Jordan Valley Village, Palestinians Are Left in the Dark

FASAYIL, West Bank — More than three hours had passed since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had dropped his campaign bombshell: If re-elected, he would annex the Jordan Valley in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. But the news had barely begun to reach the people in Fasayil, a sleepy Palestinian hamlet in the Jordan Valley about 10 […]

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Netanyahu Accuses Rivals of Plotting to ‘Steal’ Israeli Election

JERUSALEM — Fighting for his political life, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday accused opponents of trying to “steal” next week’s election and urged supporters to thwart them en masse. The high-pitched rallying cry came after his conservative Likud Party failed to speed a contentious bill through Parliament that would have allowed party […]

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Half of Israelis Want Netanyahu Out. But Do They Want Benny Gantz In?

TEL AVIV — By all rights, the former army chief of staff gunning for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s job should be in a commanding position heading into the do-over election here on Sept. 17. Benny Gantz’s upstart Blue and White Party fought Mr. Netanyahu’s reigning Likud to a tie in the April vote, and Mr. […]

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Israelis Brace for a New Election. The Real Contest May Come Later.

JERUSALEM — Voters in Israel are as split as ever. The main candidates, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the conservative Likud party and Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White, are unchanged. Campaign slogans from April’s inconclusive election have been resurrected. Mr. Netanyahu, billboards declare, is still in a “different league.” But on Thursday, […]

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The Last Thing Israel Needs Is Yet Another Election

TEL AVIV — This is a good year for Israelis who love political statistics. This month, Benjamin Netanyahu surpassed Israel’s first prime minister. David Ben Gurion to become the country’s longest-serving prime minister. On May 30, the Knesset dissolved itself a month after it was sworn in, making its parliamentary term the shortest in Israel’s […]

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Epstein’s Ties to Former Israeli Leader Shake Up Election Campaign

JERUSALEM — The former Israeli leader Ehud Barak, who is seeking a new term as prime minister, is facing scrutiny over his financial and personal ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the American financier charged with sex trafficking and abusing underage girls. Mr. Barak, 77, a former prime minister and defense minister, received some $2.3 million in […]

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Who Is a Bigger Threat to His Democracy: Bibi or Trump?

On Sept. 17, Israel will hold its second national election in less than six months. From afar, it looks like just a rerun of the election on April 9, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu narrowly won — but was unable to put together a ruling coalition afterward. Do not be fooled. This is not a […]

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Is This the End for Netanyahu?

TEL AVIV — “He’s a magician! He’s a magician!” It was nearly 2 a.m. on April 10, and supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had packed a sporting arena in Tel Aviv, were cheering his apparent election victory. Facing a stiff challenge from a former military chief and the prospect of criminal indictment on […]

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What You Need to Know About Israel’s New Elections

Israeli lawmakers voted early Thursday to dissolve the Parliament barely a month after it was sworn in, plunging Israel into unprecedented political chaos and raising questions about what comes next. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has led Israel for the past decade and had seemed well placed to stay in charge after the April 9 […]

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Why Is Israel Going to Have Another Election?

TEL AVIV — In early April, Benjamin Netanyahu won an election that was supposed to send him to an unprecedented 11th consecutive year as Israel’s prime minister. There was only one small obstacle in his way: forming a government. The day after the election I predicted that “the coalition that he forms will probably have […]

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With 2 Days Left, Israel’s Netanyahu Struggles to Form a Government

JERUSALEM — With just two days left before the deadline for forming a government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was struggling Monday to sign up coalition partners, thrusting the country into a political crisis and raising the possibility that it could be forced to hold a new election. The drama stemmed from a battle […]

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