The path to a coalition is far easier than expected for PM Netanyahu: right+ultra-orthodox=57. A unity government, though appearing unlikely, remains a possibility with (Likud+Zionist Union+Kahlon+smaller parties) = 64+.Read More
Exit polls show Likud and the Zionist Union with 27 seats. Netanyahu still has the easier path to a coalition, though President Rivlin has already called for a national unity government.Read More
Looking at the reports coming out of Israel, JJ Goldberg thinks it's possible no coalition will be formed and Israel will go to new elections in 90 days.Read More
- Despite Netanyahu's panicked messages to supporters, there are widespread reports that Arab turnout is not as high as expected.
- Jewish Home is reportedly warning supporters it my fall below 10 seats.
Read more at the Times of Israel
Prime Minister Netanyahu's numbers have gone down since he delivered a speech in front of Congress, but there are plenty of other factors at play.Read More
Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed alarm about the high Arab turnout on his Facebook page, writing:
The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organizations are busing them out. We have no V15, we have Order 8 [code for emergency call up to IDF reserve duty], we have only you. Get out to vote, bring your friends and family, vote Likud in order to close the gap between us and 'Labor.Read More
By galvanizing Arab voters and creating the possibility of an Arab-led opposition, Lisa Goldman argues Joint List head Ayman Odeh has already won.Read More
According to Zach Beauchamp, Netanyahu's refusal to offer concessions to the Palestinians has ideological roots in the father of Revisionist Zionism, Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Netanyahu's father...Read More
Sheera Frenkel captures the disillusionment of many Israelis with Prime Minister Netanyahu -- and the sense that there may not be an alternative to take his seat.Read More
According to Israeli media reports, Tzipi Livni has agreed to allow Herzog to the be sole Prime Minister in a Zionist Union-led government, despite their agreement to rotate the position.Read More
Natan Sachs once again examines potential election scenarios, concluding that, unless Kahlon announces his intention to back Herzog or Netanyahu, we're likely to know very little on Wednesday morning.Read More
Josh Marshall explains why, even with a several seat advantage over Prime Minister Netanyahu, Isaac Herzog will have a difficult time forming a coalition.Read More
During a campaign stop on Monday, Prime Minister Netanyahu said he'd authorized construction in Har Homa as "a way of stopping Bethlehem from moving toward Jerusalem." This flies in the face of past comments insisting that his settlement record doesn't substantially affect peace negotiations.Read More
Results from a new survey on the Arab vote.Read More
In an interview with NRG (owned by Sheldon Adelson), Prime Minister Netanyahu said that, if he were elected, there would be no Palestinian state. He also warned that a Herzog-Livni government would cooperate with international initiatives to return to Israel's borders.Read More
Israel Beiteinu, Meretz and Yachad are flirting with the threshold in recent polls. Any of them could come up short tomorrow.Read More
At Sunday's right wing rally "United for the Land of Israel" Naftali Bennett
sang attempted Naomi Shemer's Jerusalem of Gold, relying on the 25,000-person crowd to hit the song's higher notes.
Read more at the Jerusalem Post
Based on the polls, JJ Goldberg says that the Zionist Union will win a significant plurality in Tuesday's election, but will still have a 'tortuous climb' to form a coalition. He'll have to bring Kulanu, Yesh Atid, and the Haredim on board. This will require convincing Lapid to concede the issues he's championed since forming Yesh Atid (imposing the military draft on Haredi men, in particular) perhaps by offering him the Foreign Ministry. This could lead, Goldberg argues, to the regional peace conference championed by Yaakov Peri and supported by Lapid.Read More