Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu grabs victory against the odds

By Orlando Radice, March 18, 2015

Don’t let anybody tell you that they saw this coming.

Not the advisers who crafted the campaigns of the leading parties, not even the expert pollsters. No one was predicting an eight-seat leap for Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud in the final days of the contest.


White House rethink on peace talks after Netanyahu election victory

By Rosa Doherty, March 18, 2015

The White House is concerned by what it said was "divisive rhetoric" used by Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli election campaign.

On Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu went back on his commitment to a Palestinian state and earlier promised to continue building settlements in the West Bank.


Huge turnaround as Netanyahu snatches victory

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

In a remarkable last-minute turnaround, Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved a resounding victory in the Israeli elections.

With 99 per cent of ballots counted by 6am this morning local time, Likud emerged with 30 seats, six ahead of the next largest party bloc, Zionist Union, which won 24 seats.


Exit polls: Likud closes gap with Zionist Union

By Orlando Radice, March 17, 2015

Exit polls conducted by Israeli TV channels indicate that the leading party blocs are likely to win the same number of seats in the next Knesset.

This means that current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have a legitimate claim to form the next government, even though both groupings will seek coalitions on the left and right.


Netanyahu tells supporters Arabs are 'voting in droves'

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his supporters that the country’s Arab citizens were voting “in droves" as the country's election campaign reached its closing stages.

He said he hoped right-wing Israelis would help him “close the gap.”


Polls open as Israel prepares to elect new government

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Polling booths have opened across Israel as voters prepare to elect the country’s next government.

Voters will cast their ballot between 7am and 10pm in more than 10,300 polling stations.

The election of the 20th Knesset will decide whether current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to lead the country after six years in power.


No Palestinian state if I am re-elected, says Netanyahu

By Rosa Doherty, March 16, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau has said a Palestinian state would not be created if he was re-elected this week.

In a stark contradiction of a 2009 speech in which he voiced support for a two-state solution, Mr Netanyahu's comments have been described as a last-minute attempt to win voters from Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home party.


Netanyahu's last days?

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

For the first time in six years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's premiership seems to be under serious threat.

The latest polls have consistently shown the Zionist Union list, headed by Labour Party leader Isaac Herzog, a few seats ahead of Mr Netanyahu's Likud.


Bibi's vulnerable - but jury is out

By Shlomo Avineri, March 12, 2015

Before last summer, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared unassailable. Isaac Herzog, the head of the Labour opposition, got less than 10 per cent support in public opinion polls. Now, Likud and the Herzog-Livni Zionist Union run neck-and-neck.

There are numerous reasons for Mr Netanyahu's sudden vulnerability.


JC poll shows the clear majority

March 12, 2015

Assertions are regularly made about the political sympathies of British Jewry, both with regard to domestic politics and Israel. Until now, that is all they have ever been — assertions. Our poll this week is the first time that a reliable snapshot of political opinion has ever been possible, thanks to the JC’s new polling database with Survation.