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Latest Election Poll

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Reshet Bet released the following poll results over the weekend:

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 23

Likud (Netanyahu): 22

The Joint (Arab) List: 13

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 12

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12

Kulanu (Kachlon): 9

Shas (Deri): 8

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 6

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6

Meretz (Gal-On): 5

Yachad (Eli Yishai): 4

LEFT: Labor (23) + Arab List (13) + Yesh Atid (12) + Meretz (5) = 53

RIGHT: Likud (22) + Bayit Yehudi (12) + Kulanu (9) + UTJ (6) + Shas (8) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) + Yachad (4) = 67

National Unity: Likud (22) + Labor (23) + Yesh Atid (12) + Kulanu (9) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) = 72

‘5 Shades of Israel’ Debate the Issues for Anglo Votes in Jerusalem

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The top five political parties in Israel vied for the English-speaking vote in Jerusalem on Wednesday in a far more polite debate held at Cinema City in Jerusalem than is usually seen in Hebrew-speaking forums, in keeping with the cultural tenor of the audience.

JewishPress.com editor-in-chief Stephen Leavitt noted at the start of the event that Israel is home to nearly half a million “native English speakers” who have immigrated from countries as diverse at Australia, South Africa, the UK, Canada, the U.S. and other areas where the English language is spoken.

Representatives of the Likud, Yesh Atid, Bayit Yehudi, Yisrael Beytenu and Labor-Tnua merger parties addressed the anglo voters on a set of five core issues. Among those that has been raising blood pressure in Israel and abroad is the Iranian nuclear threat and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s planned trip next week to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C.

Yisrael Beytenu representative Ashley Perry led off the responses by asking, “How can we take on Iran if we cannot successfully take on Hamas and Hezbollah? We can achieve a draw at best,” he said, pointing to the results of the recent operations carried out against terror groups in Gaza and Lebanon.

“We have to first deal with the more imminent threat on our borders,” Perry said. “We have to take the gloves off. We need to return deterrence. The next time a single rocket comes over, we need to respond with such impact that … quiet returns for generations.”

Yesh Atid representative and MK Rabbi Dov Lipman commented, “There are times when leaders speak with bravado, but create tremendous damage to Israel along the way… I see it when I travel abroad. There is a way to go about such things.” Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress, Lipman contended, is “doing tremendous damage.” He insisted the Congress could have — and would have — come up with a two-thirds vote to “override” any deal with Iran that President Barack Obama would have brought before the Congress for approval. Now, he said, “Congress cannot do anything about it.”

Hillik Bar, representing the Herzog-Hatnua parties, said he believes in “smart diplomacy” and that in essence, he agreed with Lipman. “But this time I agree with Netanyahu in that we in Israel do not believe the Iranians when they say they are using their nuclear power for peace. We know better.” The difference, Bar said, was that his party differs with Likud on how to differentiate between “those Arabs who want to live with us and those who don’t — those who want to live here INSTEAD of us. With those, we should speak with them in the language of the IDF; on this we agree with Netanyahu,” he said.

Likud representative and former MK, Professor Benny Begin’s oratorial skills prompted even the moderator to lose track of his own timekeeping — for which he later apologized to the audience.

“What a miracle,” he began quietly. “I should remind you that in the last decade and up to about two years ago, everyone agreed that Prime Minister Netanyahu was exaggerating about the Iranian threat in order to keep the debate about “internal” issues. The P5+1 was claiming there was “no weapons program” there in Iran… everyone was insisting that Netanyahu was making it up.

“There was only one person who carried that banner and he carried it high. It speaks about the far-sighted ability of Netanyahu, and his courage to carry it in the face of major opposition from everyone… These guys are a menace not only to Israel but to the whole world.

Latest Election Poll

Friday, February 20th, 2015

A Walla poll from Friday had the following results:

Likud (Netanyahu): 24

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 23

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 13

The Joint (Arab) List: 12

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 12

Kulanu (Kachlon): 8

Shas (Deri): 7

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 7

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6

Meretz (Gal-On): 4

Yachad (Eli Yishai): 4

LEFT: Labor (23) + Arab List (12) + Yesh Atid (12) + Meretz (4) = 51

RIGHT: Likud (24) + Bayit Yehudi (13) + Kulanu (8) + UTJ (7) + Shas (7) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) + Yachad (4) = 69

New Poll Keeps Rightwing Block in Lead

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

A Reshet Bet/Kol Yisrael poll from Friday had the following results:

Likud (Netanyahu): 25

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 24

The Joint (Arab) List: 13

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 13

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 9

Shas (Deri): 8

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 7

Kulanu (Kachlon): 7

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 5

Meretz (Gal-On): 5

Yachad (Eli Yishai): 4

LEFT: Labor (24) + Arab List (13) + Yesh Atid (9) + Meretz (5) = 51

RIGHT: Likud (25) + Bayit Yehudi (13) + Kulanu (7) + UTJ (7) + Shas (8) + Yisrael Beytenu (5) + Yachad (4) = 69

Shas and Kulanu could still veer left and recommend that Herzog be appointed the Prime Minister. Though Shas has said last week it will go with Netanyahu, while Kulanu keeps sending mixed messages.

Channel 1 Poll Shows Likud Leaping Ahead

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

A new poll by Israel Channel 1, shows the Likud leaping ahead of the other parties, and Yachad still passing the electoral threshold:

Likud (Netanyahu): 27

Labor/Zionist Union (Herzog / Livni): 23

The Joint (Arab) List: 12

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 11

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 11

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 8

Kulanu (Kachlon): 7

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6

Shas (Deri): 6

Meretz (Gal-On): 5

Yachad (Eli Yishai): 4

LEFT: Labor (23) + Arab List (12) + Yesh Atid (11) + Meretz (5) = 51

RIGHT: Likud (27) + Bayit Yehudi (11) + Kulanu (7) + UTJ (8) + Shas (6) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) + Yachad (4) = 69

 

Aryeh Deri of Shas said his party would not join a leftwing government, and preferred to join a national unity government led by the right.

Some voices in Yesh Atid are hinting they would not join a Herzog/Livni led government as it is too left, but no official position has been put forward.

Eli Yishai’s Yachad party continues to pass the electoral threshold.

Haaretz Poll Puts Bibi On Top, Yishai Finally In Too

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

A new poll by Haaretz-Dialog, to be published on Tuesday, has the following results:

Likud (Netanyahu): 25

Labor (Herzog / Livni): 23

Bayit Yehudi (Bennett): 14

The Joint (Arab) List: 12

Yesh Atid (Lapid): 9

Kulanu (Kachlon): 8

UTJ (Gafni / Litzman): 8

Yisrael Beyteynu (Liberman): 6

Shas (Deri): 6

Meretz (Gal-On): 5

Yachad (Yishai): 4 In terms of Right vs. Left coalitions building, we have the following possibility:

LEFT: Labor (23) + Arab List (12) + Yesh Atid (9) + Shas (6) + Meretz (5) = 55

RIGHT: Likud (25) + Bayit Yehudi (14) + Kulanu (8) + UTJ (8) + Yisrael Beytenu (6) + Yachad (4) = 65

UTJ is unlikely to sit in a leftwing coalition, and Yisrael Beyteynu finally said they wouldn’t.

Kulanu is unlikely too, but it can’t be ruled out.

Yesh Atid would consider joining the right if it meant not sitting in the opposition.

 

Lieberman Crushes Labor Coalition Illusion

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman has announced he will sit only with a center-right coalition, virtually blowing apart the illusion promoted by the Labor-Livni party and establishment  media that it can for a coalition government

Lieberman, who has become Israel’s most widely-known if not bizarre chameleon, previously has not ruled out sitting with a coalition headed by new Labor party, which merged with the party headed by Tzipi Livni and renamed itself the “Zionist Camp.”

All pre-election polls since the start of the campaign have shown that the party, co-headed by Yitzchak Herzog and Livni, has no chance of forming a coalition without the support of Yisrael Beiteinu, based on the false assumption that Lieberman would sit with the Haredi parties.

The concept is totally ridiculous, but even that hallucination came undone with Lieberman’s announcement Sunday that “Yisrael Beiteinu never will be part of a leftist government.”

Two weeks ago, he rejected sitting with a coalition that included the left-wing Meretz party, but he finally has realized that he is not the only one who understands that many of the Herzog-Livni candidates would be very comfortable in the Mertz party.

If  the Labor-Livni slate of candidates had been a bit more normal and without the inclusion of potential Knesset Members who unabashedly favor a Palestinian Authority country based on all of its demands, perhaps Lieberman would have held his breath.

One of Labor’s top candidates for the Knesset is Stav Shaffir, who wants to get rid of HaTikvah as Israel’s national anthem because it is too Jewish for Arabs to love.

Another star in the Herzog-Livni camp is Merav Michaeli who has stated that no one should serve in the IDF because of the “occupation.”

Labor Party candidate Zuhair Bahloul maintains that his “Palestinian identity is stronger than [his] Israeli one.”

Lieberman’s party is down to four or five seats in polls, still enough for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to want to make part of the next government if the Likud takes charge after the elections in March.

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