World International Affairs Donald Trump Israeli incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced off with former army chief Benjamin Gantz in a tight race that, as of exit polls published late Tuesday, appeared to give the latter a slight edge, reflecting uncertainties at home and abroad. In the weeks leading up to the election, Netanyahu hardened his already conservative stance on the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict, publicly rejecting a two-state solution that would officially grant Palestinians a sovereign nation on land counterclaimed by Israel. He scored major points for his Likud party's nationalist vision for Israel during last month's visit to President Donald Trump, who recognized Israel's control over the occupied Golan Heights in Syria—the second time Trump upset an international consensus for the Israeli leader having also recognized the disputed holy city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2017. Dan Arbell, a quarter-century veteran of the Israeli Foreign … [Read more...] about How Will Israel Election Results Affect U.S. Relationship? Many Palestinians See ‘Trump Vs. Trump’
World The polls closed for Israel’s elections Tuesday night, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming a victory after exit polls show the race too close to call. The Associated Press said Wednesday morning at 3:05 a.m. local time in Tel Aviv that Netanyahu was staking claim to an fifth election win. Official results are expected to be released on Wednesday. Late Tuesday and into early Wednesday in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu claimed victory before his supporters. "The right-wing bloc led by Likud won a clear victory. I thank the citizens of Israel for their trust," Netanyahu said on DW.com. “I will begin forming a right-wing government with our natural partners tonight." Netanyahu vowed to create a right-wing nationalist government, according to AP. “I was very moved that the nation of Israel once again entrusted me for the fifth time, and with even greater trust,” Netanyahu said. According to IsraelElectionLiveResults, Netanyahu’s Likud Party … [Read more...] about Israel Election Results 2019: Benjamin Netanyahu Claims Close Race Over New Blue and White Party
#IsraElections2019: Ayelet Shaked on Future of Israeli Right published: 03 Feb 2019 views: 6708 NEWS DESK | With just over two months to go until Israeli elections in April 2019, the country has found itself following a dramatic and unpredictable race. New names are joining, new partnerships are coming together — and old ones are falling apart. Prime Minister Netanyahu is facing a possible indictment, yet still a front-runner. Co-founder of Israel’s ‘New Right’ party (and current Justice Minister) Ayelet Shaked joins Editor-in-Chief of Israel Hayom Daily Boaz Bismuth and our Nurit Ben in the studio. Story: Israeli Justice Minister and HaYamin HeHadash (the New Right) party member Ayelet Shaked sat down with i24NEWS and Israel Hayom as part of their special joint coverage of the April 9 elections. A secular politician on the far-right of the Israeli political spectrum, Shaked has quickly risen to the forefront of Israeli politics after she was first elected to … [Read more...] about Netanyahu_ challenger: 2 front-runners in Israel elections
U.S. International Affairs President Donald Trump formally announced Monday that the U.S. will designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, just one day ahead of the Isreali national election. This is the first time the United States has ever recognized part of a government as a terrorist organization. The distinction is a big win for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently facing possible indictments for bribery and breach of trust, and is running in a tougher-than-usual reelection race that will be decided on Tuesday. The conservative leader took to Twitter to take credit for the announcement and thank Trump for "answering another of my important requests." In a later tweet in English, Netanyahu wrote to the president that “once again you are keeping the world safe from Iran aggression and terrorism.” A supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wearing a mask with the face of US … [Read more...] about Did Trump Just Help Netanyahu In Israel’s Election Tomorrow By Designating Iran Revolutionary Guard a Terrorist Organization?
Israelis Head To The Polls With A Choice: Right Or Righter (HBO) published: 08 Apr 2019 views: 32363 Eyal Hajbi has been on high alert since a rocket launched from Gaza landed near Tel Aviv two weeks ago. As the official responsible for the security of the 25,000 people living in Sderot, a village less than a mile off the fence with Gaza, rockets are virtually all Hajbi has thought about. Well, rockets and Israel’s upcoming elections this Tuesday. And like a lot of Israelis here, Hajbi has already made up his mind: he’s voting for Likud, the party of four-term prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He supports Netanyahu’s tough stance toward Palestinians and security, and his increasingly right-wing views about the future of Israel. “I love how he represents us in the world,” Hajbi told VICE News. “I have only one view: One state. The whole land of Israel. We shouldn\'t give up on any part of it.” But Israelis like Hajbi that live close to Gaza … [Read more...] about Israel election: voters go to polls as Netanyahu seeks fifth term