DEBKAfile Special Report February 1, 2017
The 3,000 Israeli cops dragging people out of 42 family homes in Amona was an agonizing sight for every Israeli who awarded a failed grade to the country’s ruling institutions, without contributing an iota toward solving the dispute with the Palestinians.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 12, 2015
Five days before Israel’s voting day, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu looks weary and, behind his controlled façade, shocked to discover that his Likud may actually be thrown out of office on March 17. Yitzhak Herzog’s rival Zionist Camp is overtaking Likud in the opinion polls – not by much but consistently. When the gap reached four Knesset seats this week, Netanyahu bestirred himself to go stumping across the country. He hasn’t lost the race yet, but he will need to pull out all the stops and a rabbit out of his hat to push ahead.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 3, 2015
Opinion polls conducted by party strategists have persuaded Likud leader Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (23-24 seats predicted) and opposition leader, Yitzhak Herzog of Labor (estimated 20-22), to discuss sharing government after the March 17 election. This is reported by debkafile. It would push the small parties to the fringes and eliminate their bargaining power. A too-close-to call outcome of the vote could result in Netanyahu and Herzog agreeing to rotate the premiership. Their mutually trusted back-door go-between is revealed here as the Labor leader’s brother, Mike Herzog.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 29, 2014
Electioneering for Israel’s March 17 general poll is fairly lackluster while exhausting the voter's patience with drummed up scandals. On traditional issues, no party leader can promise to alter the Obama administration’s views on Jerusalem, or break down Palestinian Authority resistance to a negotiated peace. Opposition efforts to prioritize social disparities in place of security concerns, or the Palestinian issue fall flat, whereas the chronic faultfinding over soured relations with Washington has faded since President Obama hitched his Mid East policy to the Iranian cart.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2014
Reuven Rivlin, 75, Likud stalwart and twice Knesset Speaker, was elected Israeli’s tenth president by the Knesset on Tuesday, June 10, against four contenders. After failing to draw a majority in the first round of voting, he won 63 out of the 120 Knesset votes against the 53 given his runner-up MK Meir Sheetrit. Rivlin’s victory is one up for his party’s right-wing: he is against territorial concessions in Jerusalem and wants Israel to keep the West Bank. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opposed the Rivlin candidacy and came around to it at the last minute.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 6, 2013
Avigdor Lieberman’s unanimous acquittal by a Jerusalem court on charges of fraud and breach of trust, Wednesday, Nov. 6 - and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s instantaneous welcome of his ally’s return to government - dovetail neatly with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of talks with the Israeli prime minister in Moscow on Nov. 20. Lieberman is due to be sworn into his old post as foreign minister. An invitation for Lieberman to join Netanyahu would be significant in terms of Israel’s foreign policy posture and internal political balance.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2013
Obama’s harsh words for Netanyahu enhance his domestic popularity and the size of his victory at the polls next week. The plethora of new parties and faces challenging him suffer from lack of experience, coherence and clarity of message.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2011
In private conversations, Defense Minister Ehud Barak who Monday, Jan. 17 resigned as Labor chairman and established a new party with four supporters, has accused President Shimon Peres of plotting his downfall with MK Haim Ramon of the opposition Kadima and Ofer Eini of Labor, debkafile's exclusive sources report.
Early Tuesday, Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud and Atzmaut (Independence) sign a coalition agreement assigning four cabinet portfolios to the new party.
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