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Why Israeli election results may have a positive aspect

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Liberal Zionists are bemoaning the radical defeat of the Israeli Zionist left. But that might not be only bad. The election has revealed to the world that Israel is on a course of destruction that only outside pressure and outside forces can avert.

He’s back! Netanyahu wins fifth term as prime minister of Israel, Gantz concedes

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz

Benny Gantz said he is the next prime minister of Israel, but incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu said the right wing has won again after polls closed in the Israeli elections. Gantz’s party is polling ahead of Netanyahu’s, but early analysis suggests it will be harder for Gantz’s Blue and White to form a governing coalition.

Absolute racism: a prerequisite for becoming prime minister of Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu campaigning in Tel Aviv, April 2, 2019. (Photo: Tomer Appelbaum/Reuters)

Regardless of who wins the upcoming Israeli elections on 9 April 2019, Palestinians will most certainly lose.While past elections focus on Iran or the economy, this campaign season the Israeli electorate is being fed a steady diet of anti-Palestinian toxicity.

A Mizrahi appeal against Israel’s Nation State Law

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Mizrahi Jews protest over allegations of the abduction of infants from their families by staff at state-run medical facilities during the 1950s, Jerusalem, 2017. (Photo: Shiraz Grinbaum and Yotam Ronen /

Mati Shemoelof, one of the signatories of a complaint challenging Israel’s controversial Nation State Law, explains how the law discriminates against all of Israel’s Arabs citizens, both Palestinian Arabs and Jewish Arabs.

Netanyahu tells the truth: ‘Israel is not a state of all its citizens’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu stated the truth when he wrote that Israel is “not a state of all its citizens” and that it is the “nation-state of the Jewish nation – and its alone”. He was responding to a celebrity, Rotem Sela, who angered by the Likud Party’s race-baiting of Arabs, claimed that Israel is a state of all its citizens.

Netanyahu cries leftist conspiracy over decision to indict him for bribery and corruption

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases, pending a hearing. While it is too early to tell the extent to which Netanyahu will be affected by the announcement, nearly all of his rivals have called on him to step down, and political analysts have said it could spell disaster for him come April 9th.

War on Al-Aqsa: what is the price of a Netanyahu victory?

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It is quite typical for Israeli politicians to carry out confrontational measures against Palestinians shortly before general elections are due. Ramzy Baroud argues Netanyahu’s closure of a gate that leads to Al-Aqsa mosque was a move to appease extremists at the expense of Palestinians.

What Netanyahu’s indictment means politically

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The decision to indict Netanyahu is likely to knock down the right wing vote, and may give a path to the centrist Blue and White to form a governing coalition after the April 9 election. One thing is clear though: the indictment will have no effect on Palestinian conditions.

Ultra-nationalists join forces ahead of Israeli elections as liberal and Palestinian blocs splinter

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Benny Gantz partnered with Yair Lapid and Benjamin Netanyahu teamed up with the “David Dukes” of Israeli politics as Israeli parties joined forces ahead of the deadline to find running partners for the April elections. Jonathan Ofir explains where things stand now: “Gantz and Lapid, with their accompanying generals, may possibly succeed in unseating Netanyahu – but they will not unseat Zionist ultra-nationalism. They are running on that ticket too.”

Netanyahu is working hard for racist party of ‘David Dukes’ so as to hold a rightwing majority in Israeli parliament

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been working hard to make sure a racist, xenophobic, homophobic Ultra-Right wing party called “Jewish Power” that has roots in the banned “Kach” party gets into the next Knesset in the April 9 election so that he can maintain a right-wing coalition and stay in office, Barak Ravid reports.

Another Israeli terrorist vies to be Prime Minister

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Former Israeli Chief of Staff Benjamin (‘Benny’) Gantz has launched his campaign to challenge Netanayhu from the ‘left’, with an incredibly bellicose series of videos. His slogan is “Israel before everything”. Gantz brags in campaign videos of his responsibility for Gaza onslaughts in 2012 and 2014.

Elections don’t make Israel a democracy

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The upcoming Israeli elections, usually a sign of democracy, will in fact demonstrate how the country is not a democratic state. The right to vote is only granted to 60% of the total population, and only one third of Palestinians who live under Israeli rule will have a say in the next government.

Israel heads to early elections as Netanyahu faces ongoing corruption investigations

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition announced on Monday that it would be dispersing the country’s Parliament and holding early elections in April 2019, seven months before their scheduled date next November. Israeli media and political analysts have speculated that the real reason behind the sudden call for snap elections is that Netanyahu wants an election before Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announces whether he will indict the premier in three different corruption cases. If he wins in April, Netanyahu will be able to claim the support of the people, and be better suited to combat potential charges against him.

Bill to expel families of accused Palestinian attackers passes first Knesset reading

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The Israeli Knesset passed on Wednesday the first reading of a bill to forcibly transfer families of Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis, despite heavy opposition from intelligence and army officials. If passed into law, it would see that within a week of an attack or attempted attack, the Israeli army’s central command would be permitted to expel the relatives of the Palestinian assailants from their hometowns to other areas of the West Bank.

Israeli Knesset rejects bill to ‘maintain equal rights amongst all its citizens’

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Today, the Knesset voted down the Basic Law: Equality bill by a margin of 71-38. The text of the bill was clear and concise: “The State of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens, without any difference between religions, race and sex.” With the vote the Knesset told 20% of the country’s citizens that it would demand their loyalty, but would not grant them equality.

Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

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Jonathan Cook writes Netanyahu has an incentive to bolster Hamas with a ceasefire, “so it can keep a lid on the protests than face an international backlash and demands that he negotiate with the Palestinians.”