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| Israel Election News Roundup - Week Of March 10

Zev Stub    
Sunday, 10 March 8:20 PM

A non-partisan political update published by Follow IsraelElex - Israel Election 2019 English Media on Facebook.

This week the campaigning continued with parties continuing to bash each other, the central elections committee also assessed the eligibility and legitimacy of various candidates to run in the elections. Here is this week’s roundup of the top election stories this week.

🗳️ Netanyahu admitted that with current trends in the polls, the ability for him form the next government will be difficult. Recent polls have indicated that the right-wing bloc that usually supports Netanyahu is weakening.
🗳️ Netanyahu criticized Benny Gantz, his main rival in this election, for attending the funerals of terrorists. However, it is unclear to what incident he is referring too.
🗳️ Yair Lapid, of the Blue and White party, made a comment that the women in his party were “undisciplined”. He did apologize for this remark.
🗳️ Labor leader, Avi Gabbay, accused Netanyahu of wanting to pass the French Bill after the elections. This bill prevents sitting Prime Ministers from being Indicted.
🗳️ The Blue and White party released their party platform this week. It included the support of settlements over the green line, a United Jerusalem and public transportation on Shabbat in certain cities.
🗳️ The Blue and White party this week also supported Israel’s control over the Golan Heights and will push for Israeli sovereignty over the area to be internationally recognized.
🗳️ After last week’s accusations of Sexual Harassment against Benny Gantz, he announced that he would be suing the newspaper responsible.
🗳️ Shas Leader Ariyeh Deri said that many ‘olim’ from the former Soviet Union are not Jewish and regrets that they were let into Israel. He added that he intends to change the Law of Return to prevent more of them, from making Aliyah.
🗳️ Otzma Yehudit, who is running as part of the Union of Right-Wing Parties, called on the IDF to ease it’s rules of engagement so soldiers can be allowed to shoot in more situations.
🗳️ The B’Yachad party and New Zionist party both withdrew from the elections this week, we now have 44 parties running.
🗳️ Gesher Party leader Orly Levey said that she would be willing to sit in a Netanyahu lead coalition until an Indictment was filed, she would also sit in a coalition led by Blue and White – which is likely to be her preferred choice.
🗳️ Meanwhile, Kulanu continues to support Netanyahu but haven’t ruled out joining a Blue and White lead coalition.
🗳️ Zehut leader Moshe Feiglin said that he would join a coalition with ever grants his party’s wishes. His key demands are the legalization of Cannabis as well as the party receiving the finance and education portfolios.
🗳️ Rav Rafi Peretz head of Bayit Yehudi and the union of right-wing parties said that his party would not join a blue and white lead coalition.
🗳️ Tal Russo, the Labor Number 2 has been cleared to run in the elections, there were concerns that the retired general had not completed the required cooling off period to run in the election. Meanwhile, Likud candidate Pinchas Idan withdrew from the elections for a similar reason.
🗳️ Ofer Kasif, a Jewish candidate for the Hadash party was disqualified for running in the elections. Kasif has previously called Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked - “neo-Nazi scum,” former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman “a son of Adolf” and called Jews who visit the Temple Mount “cancer.”
🗳️ Otzma Yehudit and it’s 2 candidates Michael Ben Ari and Itamar Ben Gvir were cleared to run by the central elections committee despite accusations of racism and incitement. Petitioners are now taking this matter to the high court.
🗳️ Labor MK, Stav Shaffir, received death threats for her vocal opposition against Otzma Yehudit being allowed to run.


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