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April 26, 2015 / 7 Iyar, 5775
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Marzel Warns Elections Committee to Allow Jew to Observe Arab Polls

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Baruch Marzel, candidate for the Knesset on the Yachad list, and activist Itamar Ben-Gvir have warned that they will ask that the Elections Committee to void the votes at Arab polling stations if Jewish observers are not allowed.

Marzel and Ben Gvir told Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA) during the right-wing rally in Tel Aviv last night that they will appeal to the courts if Elections Committee Justice Salim Joubran, declines to void the votes reported by polling stations that bar Jewish poll observers.

IMRA reported, “There were incidents in previous elections in which Jewish poll observers were either denied entry during voting or forced to leave as the ballots were being counted in some Arab sector polling stations.

Tonight’s Rally Was Electric – and Now I Know We Will Win

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Tonight’s rally was electric, exciting. It woke up the slumbering right, and not just the religious right, but the secular right too, who together filled up Rabin Square.

Netanyahu was on the top of his game, and Bennett, Bennett perhaps even outdid the Prime Minister with his gimmicks and oratory skills.

V15, the magically appearing NGOs and their foreign moneys can try to influence the elections as much as they want by overloading us with “Just not Bibi” advertising, but yet they couldn’t even pull in a respectable crowd for their leftwing rally last week.

While tonight’s grassroots rally for Israel was packed and energetic.

Tonight might be go down as the turning point in the elections. When the people saw that the right wasn’t tired, and when they heard for themselves everything the government had done for the periphery, for the poor and for the country.

The leftwing news sites made fools of themselves as they totally minimized the numbers present at the rally in a most exaggerated fashion. Anyone looking at photos could see for themselves how much larger it was than the Left’s rally.

I haven’t seen a rightwing rally like this in years.

The election polls these last few days have gotten me down. But no longer.

Our side has woken up, broken free of the apathy and constant whipping from the media and the left.

I now think we will win. I think people will get up and go to the election booths (though we still have to make sure that they do).

Finally, there is hope.

Left-Wing Tries to Scuttle Right-Rally Featuring Speech by Netanyahu

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to accept an opportunity to address a massive right-wing rally in Tel Aviv tonight, but opponents have appealed to the Elections Committee to prohibit political speeches at the event.

The rally is expected to draw far more than the 35,000 people who attended a left-wing rally last week.

His speech will win him automatic coverage in Israeli media, although it is almost certain that the media that support the “anyone but Bibi” campaign will try to cast him in a negative light.

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Naftali Bennett, Likud Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Likud Knesset Member Miri Regev also are scheduled to speak at the rally.

The leftist parties are in a panic. Backed by most establishment media, the campaign for the Herzog-Livni duo may have been peaked two days too soon.

Peace Now complained Saturday night that the planned rally is illegal because regional councils in Judea and Samaria are providing free buses to take residents to the rally. The Elections Committee will decide later today if tax money is being used for political purposes.

The left-wing Meretz party has demanded that Netanyahu and other politicians be barred from making any political speeches at the rally because of the sponsorship by regional councils that are not allowed to finance campaigns.

It would be interesting to know who paid for buses to bring people to the left-wing rally last week.

Israel’s leftist establishment does not seem so concerned about strong suspicions of far graver violations –  that the Obama administration is funding activists trying to defeat Netanyahu.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Congressman Lee Zeldin have asked the IRS for information on the possibility that American taxpayers’ money is being used illegally to finance the “anyone but Bibi” campaign.

Facts Contradict Lapid’s Claims

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Claims by Finance Minister Yair Lapid that he has spearheaded a major change to reduce overcrowded classrooms have no resemblance to reality, two Israeli business newspapers noted on Sunday.

Lapid said late last week that the budget, which the Cabinet approved but was not passed by the Knesset before it was dissolved, is the “most social budget” ever and incorporates a “national program for reducing overcrowded classrooms.”

The Calcalist and The Marker reported that the itemized Education Ministry budget for 2015 does not make any reference to Lapid’s claim.

The largest increases in the budget are for absorbing the natural growth of the school-age population, extending the school year to include grades 1-4 in the “summer camp in school and providing free pre-nursery school for children ages 3-4.

Reducing the size of classes would cost approximately $250 million, not including the cost of building new classrooms.

According to Lapid’s response to the articles,  he is reducing the “size” of classes by adding teachers and student-teachers to existing classes to reduce the teacher-student ratio.

Bibi: Kachlon to be Finance Minister, No Matter What

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Moshe Kachlon of the Kulanu party will be the next Finance Minister regardless of how many seats his party wins in the elections, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday morning, speaking to Army Radio.

His promise came just two days before the elections. Previously Netanyahu said Kachlon would be given a “senior financial position” in any government led by the Likud.

“I can’t establish a government without him,” Netanyahu said. “Together we will solve the housing crisis and the problem of the high cost of living.”

Netanyahu’s promise to give Kachlon the top post no matter what number of seats his party wins was seen in ‘Kulanu’ as an attempt to convince voters who are wavering between Likud and Kulanu to vote Likud.

“We’re 48 hours before elections, and it was clear this was coming. The goal is to take votes from Kulanu,” Kachlon said.

He warned voters that Netanyahu’s promise might prove false without strong voter support for Kulanu, and said:

Netanyahu has promised in the past that I would head the Israel Lands Authority, and the Finance Ministry, and didn’t keep his promise… Only with enough public support for me, for Kulanu, can we guarantee that any government – under Herzog or Netanyahu – will do things our way, not Lapid’s failed way.

UTJ Not in the Bag for Bibi (Sort Of)

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

MK Yaakov Litzman who heads one of the two factions within the United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party made it clear that his party’s vote for Netanyahu to form the coalition isn’t a given.

Litzman told Channel 2 that while his party prefers to sit with the Right, they have also sat with Meretz in the past, and could just as easily recommend that Herzog form the coalition.

Litzman’s only condition is that his party won’t sit with Yair Lapid, the head of Yesh Atid.

Without Yesh Atid, Herzog has no hope of forming a coalition according to current polls.

Yair Lapid, hearing Litzman’s statements, said that Litzman’s is saying one thing before the elections to get votes from a specific sector, but after the election Litzman will be saying something different, allowing UTJ to sit with Yesh Atid in the government.

Channel 2 Ambushes Bibi With Surprise Buji Debate – Bibi Wins [video]

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Channel 2 sprung a surprise debate on PM Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu against Zionist Union (Labor) chief MK Yitzchak “Buji” Herzog on Channel 2’s live “Meet the Press” show.

Both party chiefs have said they want a debate, but Netanyahu made it clear that if Herzog wants a debate, it has to be simultaneously against both Herzog and Livni together, since Herzog and Livni are running as a team.

At the beginning of the show, the off-site Netanyahu was clearly not aware that his half-opponent Yitzchak Herzog was in the studio, and he thought he was simply going to be interviewed.

It appears that Herzog had some advance warning.

If you look carefully, you’ll note that Herzog is wearing an earpiece in his left ear, implying that someone may have been feeding him lines for either the interview or the debate.

Herzog was so excited to be debating Netanyahu, without co-Captain Tzipi Livni that he apparently didn’t realize when he mixed up Jerusalem with Netanyahu (time: 2:05) in his statement on who he would be protecting. That gave Netanyahu a chuckle.

While Netanyahu was clearly not expecting to be ambushed this way, he definitely came out on top, even when Channel 2 (time 3:20) lowered the volume on Netanyahu and raised the volume for Herzog’s interruption.

Surprisingly, the host rather rudely then cut off Herzog in mid-counterattack (time: 3:30) telling him his time in the studio was up, at which point, a clearly annoyed Herzog walked off the set. Netanyahu then continued the interview and also responded to Herzog’s question.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/channel-2-ambushes-bibi-with-surprise-buji-debate-bibi-wins-video/2015/03/14/

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