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2019 Israeli Elections

Netanyahu, forever! Gantz abandons his opposition

Philip Weiss on
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz

Israel’s year-long political stalemate appears to be over. Netanyahu was saved by coronavirus and racism. The virus made him popular. Racism stymied Benny Gantz’s efforts to form a government with Palestinian support.

The suspension of Israeli ‘democracy’

Jonathan Ofir on
(Cartoon: Carlos Latuff)

This week, several extreme measures were taken to suspend core features of Israel’s ‘democracy’ – the parliament was closed, the courts, and more. This has been framed as a necessary response to the coronavirus epidemic. But Israel has a long and sordid record of exploiting ’emergency’ for cynical aims.

Two words that strike terror into a liberal’s heart: ‘Jewish democracy’

Philip Weiss on

Israel’s third election inside a year shows the rightwing continuing to gain ground. This is what Jewish nationalists want. A society governed by an authoritarian leader, no matter how corrupt. Just so long as there are no Arabs anywhere near power. The only hope politically is the burgeoning Joint List of Palestinian parties, which reject apartheid and discrimination.

Netanyahu’s latest dirty trick blows up in his face

Yossi Gurvitz on

A rightwing Israeli rabbi secretly taped his spiritual meeting last week with an adviser to Netanyahu’s chief rival, Benny Gantz, and the tape was publicized by a Netanyahu media mouthpiece. Now a second tape has emerged showing that Netanyahu and the rabbi discussed the secret tape before it was released. The scandal broke too late to have much impact on today’s election.

Netanyahu’s party is accused of using coronavirus hoax to suppress vote

Yossi Gurvitz on

Benjamin Gantz, Netanyahu’s rival in Israeli election, denounced a corona hoax as an attempt “by Netanyahu to prevent you from going out and voting.” Two recent hoaxes about coronavirus contagions in Israel have led to warnings that Likud will attempt to used corona hoaxes as a tactic of voter suppression during Israel’s election tomorrow.

Deja Vu: Israel to hold unprecedented third election cycle

Yumna Patel on
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz

Israelis woke up on Thursday morning to what seemed like a bad case of deja vu. Plastered on their newspapers, TV and mobile screens, was news that many had hoped would never come: they would be heading into an unprecedented third election cycle.

‘Burn it all down’ — Netanyahu attacks rival’s possible coalition with Palestinians

Yossi Gurvitz on

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attacked publicly the possibility of a minority government of his rival Blue-White that would be dependent on the Joint List of Palestinians parties, crying that Blue White leadership “has lost its mind, stop this madness.” He reportedly told followers “Burn it all down,” if such a government is formed,

Another Election, Another War

Naim Mousa on
(Cartoon: Carlos Latuff)

Israel has vigorously escalated its aggression in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza in the past several week and the timing could not be better for Netanyahu and his allies. Netanyahu is employing a tactic he has used time after time, with near consistent results, to stay in power: start a war in Gaza.