Likud

Conservative Rabbis Break Ranks, Rip Bibi On Arab Comments

RA becomes first major Jewish group to criticize Likud leader's election day rhetoric; Netanyahu defends statements on MSNBC.

03/19/2015
Staff Writer

In a sharply worded statement today, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly “condemned” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for making divisive comments Tuesday when he urged Israelis in a video message to get out and vote because “Arab voters are going en masse to the polls” and thus threatening the country’s “rightwing government.”

The Rabbinical Assembly thus became the first major Jewish organization to strongly criticize Netanyahu for what many have termed racist comments.

Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, wave to supporters as exit polls come in on March 17. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Obama Administration ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Netanyahu Arab Comments

03/19/2015

The Obama administration is “deeply concerned” about Likud Party rhetoric marginalizing Arab Israelis during the recent elections.

Vote Casts Doubt On Unity Government

Likud-Zionist Union pact could ease tensions with U.S., but such a coalition is unclear.

03/18/2015
Staff Writer

S hould Israel’s two major parties decide to form a unity government following Tuesday’s election that saw neither party deliver a knockout blow, it could help heel tensions with the Obama administration and members of Congress, according to political observers.

Winning wave? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Tuesday’s election. Getty Images

Bibi, The Comeback Kid

At Likud headquarters, anxiety, then jubilation.

03/17/2015
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — “Giddy up, Bibi, Bibi, Bibi, King of Israel!”

Ecstatic Likud activists gathered at the party’s election headquarters broke out in chants and hugs when the numbers of the exit polls flashed on the screen showing that they had miraculously pulled even with the center-left Zionist Union in the final days of the campaign despite polls that unanimously pointed to defeat. [Later in the evening, the results showed Likud pulling ahead to a decisive victory over the center-left Zionist Union.]

The scene at Likud headquarters Tuesday night.  Joshua Mitnick/JW

Exit Polls: Zionist Union, Likud Neck And Neck At Top

03/17/2015

Tel Aviv — Exit polls in Israel showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party neck and neck at the top with the center-left Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog.

Tens Of Thousands Of Right-Wing Israelis Rally In Tel Aviv

03/16/2015

Tel Aviv — Tens of thousands of right-wing Israelis at a Tel Aviv rally heard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vow not to withdraw from the West Bank.

Bibi's Alumni Running Against Him

The 2015 Israeli election is looking like a Netanyahu alumni reunion except that these former alums are all running against the prime minister in hope of denying him a fourth term.

Netanyahu’s Poll Numbers Plummet

P.M. looks ineffective amid calls to either finish Hamas, or be more daring diplomatically.

08/28/2014

A month ago, 82 percent of Israel’s Jews supported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an impressive achievement in Israel’s fractious political climate.

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Ceasefires Needed On All Fronts

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is not the only truce needed to restore peace for the Jewish state.  There are at least two others.

The Israeli cabinet looks like a circular firing squad as ministers take pot shots at one another and particularly at the Prime Minister, whose job each covets. It's gotten so bad that Bibi Netanyahu is reluctant to hold a Likud leadership vote because he could get dumped by his party's settler-nationalist wing. 

Knesset Approves 33rd Government Of Israel

03/18/2013

Israel's Knesset approved the country's 33rd government.

The lawmakers approved the new government on Monday by a vote of 68 to 48, with four absent.

Flag flies over the Knesset.
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