Netanyahu, Herzog need each other, but expect a bumpy ride.
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The turnout in Israel at the ballot box was high on Tuesday, but now it all comes down to the real election, consisting of one man’s vote. That would be President Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, who decides whether to offer the chance to put together a governing coalition to Likud’s Bibi Netanyahu or Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog.
'Arab voters are going to the polling stations in droves,' Bibi warns.
With a close race predicted in Israel’s national elections today, and incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing defeat, the vote of Israeli Arabs is expected to play a crucial role in the final result.
Over the past two weeks, to the consternation of a good many of my colleagues and friends, I have strongly defended both the integrity of your office and the legitimacy of your dismay with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu by publicly, and unequivocally, calling upon him to cancel his forthcoming address to a joint session of our Congress. For a wide variety of reasons, chief among them the insertion of Israel as a wedge issue in American politics and the public contempt being shown for you and the material support that you have shown Israel throughout your presidency, I believed the Prime Minister to be making a serious mistake.
What is it about the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress that has us defying the norms of the 24-hour media cycle and still talking about it two weeks later?
Your acceptance of the House Speaker's invitation to speak before Congress as unconscionably arrogant.
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
Jewish Week Online Columnist
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
The news of your impending visit to deliver an address to a joint session of our Congress, at the invitation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, has generated a major controversy here in America, both within and outside of the Jewish community. I know that it is a subject of much discussion in Israel as well. My reason for writing is simple. I am, with the greatest of respect for your office and your responsibilities, asking you to reconsider your visit, and not deliver the address.
With a new and serious diplomatic showdown between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in progress — PA President Abbas seeking to charge Israeli leaders with military crimes through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Israel freezing $147 million in monthly tax revenue payments to the PA — one wonders who’s calling whose bluff and where it will all lead.
Israeli analysts weigh in on Bibi’s UN speech as he breaks up the rapprochement party.
Tel Aviv — The political cartoon in the daily Haaretz newspaper depicts the United Nations Headquarters like a boisterous nightclub, where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is getting down with Barack Obama.
Haredi draft issue figures prominently in new agenda.
More parties are expected to join the third government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in coming days after former opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday became his first coalition partner.