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2019 Israeli Elections

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.

Netanyahu gives up on forming government – for now

Jonathan Ofir on
Benjamin Netanyahu, March 2019. Israeli Government Press Office.

Benjamin Netanyahu has announced he is giving up on his mandate to form a new government following elections. The baton will now be passed to Benny Gantz – but he will likely fail as well. Unless something surprising happens, Israel is most likely headed to yet another national election.

‘Broad’ post-Netanyahu coalition means, No Palestinians

Philip Weiss on

Some commentators are predicting Netanyahu is about to be betrayed by a “broad” coalition of Israeli centrists. But the race-baiting against Palestinian legislators continue unabated. And one likely replacement says Netanyahu has been soft on Gaza and Israel must speed up “targeted killings” of Palestinian leaders.

Prime Minister Chickenshit

Yossi Gurvitz on

Benjamin Netanyahu called off his idea for a snap Likud Party primary after Gideon Sa’ar, a rival, tweeted two words: “I’m ready.” That moment reveals Netanyahu’s essential political character: he operates out of fear and paranoia.

Why Israel is struggling to end its political deadlock

Jonathan Cook on
Benjamin Netanyahu next to the former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and then Chief of Staff General Benny Gantz (R) on 27 August 2014.

It would be a mistake to assume the political deadlock in Israel is evidence of a ideological divide. The reality is that there is strong unity – over shared racist attitudes towards Palestinians.

The fall of Netanyahu is not meaningless 

Asaf Calderon on
Palestinian protesters deface posters depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest near the Israel-Gaza border, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 16, 2018. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Asaf Calderon writes, “Netanyahu’s carefully cultivated stagnation can only be disrupted by his removal. The change will not come from a Gantz administration, but by the end of the Netanyahu administration.”

We endorsed Gantz to block Trump’s deal — Ayman Odeh of Joint List

James North and Philip Weiss on

Benny Gantz is “bad,” but Netanyahu is “the worst,” says Ayman Odeh of the Palestinian Joint List in Israel. But Odeh told Time magazine that 10 Palestinian legislators endorsed Gantz because they want to stop Trump’s deal of the century and the annexation by Israel of West Bank lands.

The illusion of electoral politics from Palestine to Black America

Devyn Springer on
The results of the exit polls are shown on a screen at Benny Gantz's Blue and White party headquarters, following Israel's parliamentary election, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 17, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)

Devyn Springer reflects that as a Black person in the United States, Palestinian cynicism towards Israeli elections feels all too familiar. “So-called important national elections seem to always be at the expense of my community’s existing oppression,” Springer writes.

The mirage of Benny Gantz

Jonathan Ofir on
Avigdor Lieberman meets with Benny Gantz, Sept. 23, 2019. From Gantz's twitter feed.

The recent Israeli election has been a win for the Zionist right-center. The Joint List which mostly represents Palestinians has endorsed Benny Gantz, but that stance divided the List. That’s understandable because a unity government headed by Gantz would back policies toward Palestinians that are not different from those of a Likud government.