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October 20, 2014 / 26 Tishri, 5775
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Date Set for Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Elections

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Elections for Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem will finally be held. The date has been set for October 21, 2014 / 27 Tishrei 5775.

One serious front-runner is Rabbi Aryeh Stern, a National-Religious rabbi.

Rabbi Stern turns 70 in the Hebrew month of Kislev, at which point he will no longer be able to run, so Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and others have pushed hard to have the elections before that date, while Haredi interest groups kept trying to push the election date off, to increase the chances of someone from their camp winning.

Jerusalem hasn’t had a Chief Rabbi since 2002, over fighting over how the Rabbi would get chosen, which affects which rabbi is more likely to get chosen.

It was also decided that there would only be one Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, and not two. In the past, the position has been shared between an Ashkenazi and Sephardi rabbi.

Poll: Netanyahu and Bennett Benefit from War at the Expense of Lapid

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Likud and Jewish Home parties would come out smelling like roses if elections were held today, according to a new poll released by the Knesset Channel.

Their gains primarily came at the expense of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid. The popularity of Yisrael Beitenu , Tzipi Livni’s Tnuah party and the Haredi Shas and United Torah Judaism parties dropped slightly. Labor remained static, and the left-wing Meretz party attracted more followers, with 10 projected seats in the Knesset compared with the current six.

Likud would have 28 Knesset Members if elections were held today, according to the poll, compared with 19 in the current session. Jewish Home’s representation would soar from 12 to 19, giving Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett’s parties a combined strength of 47 seats., 14 less of a majority.

Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party was ranked with nine mandates, two less than it now has in the Knesset, while Shas lost four seats from its current 11. UTJ, now with seven Knesset Members, dropped one.

Livni’s party won enough support for four seats, two less that it now has.

As in previous polls, Kadima, headed by Shaul Mofaz, would disappear from the political map.

Likud May be Preparing for General Elections

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Some Likud party leaders claim have been given marching orders to begin preparing for general elections, according to a Makor Rishon report.

The Likud party leaders claim the message came down directly from the Prime Minister’s office and that elections may be called in the coming months.

The Prime Minister’s office, on their part, denies that elections are in the air, and that Netanyahu isn’t even considering the matter and no message was sent.

There his been a lot of talk lately about Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party leaving the coalition, and the Haredi parties replacing them. Netanyahu had also previously threatened to fire Tzipi Livni if she met again with representatives from the Palestinian Unity government, which she did yesterday.

The friction between Lapid and Livni against Netanyahu has only been escalating.

Alternatively, Netanyahu may be using the hint of early elections as a weapon.

Recent polls indicate that Livni’s HaTnua party will disappear completely or be subsumed by Labor, while Lapid’s Yesh Atid party will noticeably shrink. The threat of irrelevance may be enough reason to get the two of them back in line and stop disrupting the coalition.

Israel Presidential Elections Tuesday

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Despite the mud, dirt, scandals, investigations and allegations, the Knesset will hold elections for President on schedule, on Tuesday.

One wonders what kind of taint this will put on the presidency for the next 10 years?

Assad Wins 88.7% of Vote

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Syria’s president Bashar Assad won 88.7% of the vote for president, or so claims Syrian Parliament speaker Mohammad al-Laham.

Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court Majed Khadra claims that 11,634,412 of 15,845,575 eligible voters, voted.

This is Assad’s third term as president after succeeding his father, Hafez Al-Assad.

3 Syrians were killed in celebratory gunfire, and dozens more were wounded.

The Syrian First Lady has asked people to not shoot in the air, as they might accidentally hurt their fellow citizens.

Voting Begins in Syria

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Millions of Syrians have begin voting for the next president of Syria at voting booths throughout the country, or at least in areas under Syrian president Assad’s control.

Current Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is expected to “win” against his opponents Hassan al-Nouri, a businessman and former government minister, and Maher Hajjar, a lawmaker. This is the first time that Assad has not run unopposed.

Neo-Nazi Parties Win Seats in 2 European Parliament Elections

Monday, May 26th, 2014

For the first time ever, neo-Nazi political parties have won seats in the Brussels-based European Parliament, according to the latest exit polls. The election took place yesterday (Sunday, May 25), just a day after three Jews were murdered and a fourth person seriously wounded in a terror attack at the city’s Jewish Museum.

Is it a surprise that one of the parties was located in Germany? But a second country also voted in neo-Nazis as well — and not so far from Israel, either.

The neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NDP) won one MEP (Member of the European Parliament) seat in yesterday’s European Union (EU) elections, coming in fourth with one percent of the vote in German polls. In the 1930s, Germany’s Nazi party was officially named the ‘National Socialists.’

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s pro-EU Christian Democratic Union party won 36 percent of Germany’s vote, followed by the Social Democrats, a center-left coalition partner with 27.5 percent. But in third place was the new “Alternative for Germany” with 6.5 percent of the nation’s vote, according to The Daily Mail. And the anti-EU AfD party was reported to have won as many as six MEPs; the party has advocated for ending the country’s use of the euro as currency.

However, Germany was not the only country that flipped to the right, by a long shot.

In Greece, for the first time the extreme-right neo-Nazi ‘Golden Dawn’ party won three seats, coming in third with nine percent of the vote. The anti-EU Syriza party also took the lion’s share of the vote, with 27 percent, an ominous sign, analysts said.

“Euroscepticism,” – a relatively new term – is criticism of the European Union and opposition to the process of political European integration – belief that integration weakens the nation state – and this trend ruled the elections on Sunday, as The Daily Mail pointed out.

In Italy, the anti-EU “Five Star” (M5S) movement, headed by ex-comedian Beppe Grillo, appeared to be headed for a close second place with 25 to 28 percent of the vote. First place was just a shave ahead by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s center left Democratic Party (PD) with 29.5 to 32.5 percent of the vote.

In France, Marine Le Pen made headline when her hardline French National Front party proved the most popular with a quarter of the vote, 11 percent ahead of the ruling Socialists. Le Pen called for new elections in France and labeled the EU Public Enemy Number One, saying it is “like the old Soviet Union – it can’t be improved.” In fact, President Francoise Hollande’s party came in third with 14.7 percent of the vote, following the center-right UMP, which garnered 20.3 percent.

In Sweden, the Feminist Initiative Party also won seats in the European Parliament for the first time, with around seven percent of the vote. However, so did far-right Sweden Democrats.

In Belgium, where election coverage competed with coverage of the terror attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum, Flemish separatists were the big winners in the parliamentary elections there. But it will be months before a new government is formed.

The center-right New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) has a third of the votes in Flanders, where 60 percent of Belgian residents live and where Dutch is spoken – this, after 80 percent of the votes are counted. N-VA leader Bart De Wever said he believes the king will grant him the right to attempt to form a coalition, but it will mean finding potential French-speaking allies. Due to the Belgian system, there are effectively two elections, each with at least parties in two languages – French and Dutch. At least two from each side will be needed to form a coalition.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/neo-nazi-parties-win-seats-in-2-european-parliament-elections/2014/05/26/

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