Israel is in the last steps before swearing in their new government on Thursday. With 36 ministerial positions, it will be the largest government in Israeli history. The new government was formed after two unsuccessful elections, and through the efforts of President Reuven Rivlin to unite the two sides: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz.
After a year— and three non-conclusive legislative elections— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top rival, Benny Gantz, a former general, and leader of the Blue and White party, agreed to form a national unity government. Under the agreement, the post of Prime Minister will be rotated between the two leaders.
Approximately 6.5 million Israelis voted for 120 members of the Israeli Knesset. According to electoral authorities, until two hours before the polls were closed, almost 66% of the people exercised their voting rights. Voter turnout was the highest since 1999. Many predicted that the turnout for the third elections in a year would be low.
Israel is in the middle of the holiday of Hanukah. Jewish families on Hanukah light a candle each night related to a miracle which occurred in the times of the biblical state of Israel during the period of the second temple. Netanyahu and David Friedman, American Ambassador to Israel, visited the Wailing Wall on the first night to participate in Hanukah candle lighting.
There was rain falling throughout Israel on Wednesday, which is a blessing for the country. Wednesday was the day before primary elections for Likud. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the middle of a speech in Ashkelon, was interrupted by sirens, as rockets were fired at the southern Israeli city from Gaza.
Sirens were heard in the south of Israel Wednesday night at 2 AM as a rocket was shot from the Gaza Strip toward the city of Sederot, one of the major targets of Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists. The Iron Dome intercepted the rocket. Israel retaliated from the air, the sea, and through artillery fire, striking location in Gaza used by Hamas. This came after the latest cease-fire agreement, and in the middle of talks in Egypt for a five-year cease fire agreement.
Blue & White leader Benny Gantz has until next Thursday to make a government. If not there may be new elections. The current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in the middle of an indictment, and in a difficult situation preventing him from joining a national unity government.
Benjamin Netanyahu surrendered his mandate when he was unable to put together a government with him as Prime Minister. Benny Gantz received the mandate for 28 days without permission for an extension like was given to Netanyahu. The deadline date is November 20.
Benny Gantz has met with the United Arab Party who have 13 seats in the Knesset in case they are included in his new government. The Gantz Blue-White party received 33 seats, Labor-Gesher 6, Dem Union 5 for a total of 57 mandates. They are four short of forming a narrow government of 61 mandates. This narrow government will have a strong Arab influence on defense and economics which may be dangerous.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Israel will have to change its priorities when it comes to the delegation of resources to curb Iran’s belligerence. Speaking on Monday, he said that the country would have to pull more funds from civilian budgets in order to achieve this.
The results of the Israel elections are final. Benny Gantz of the Blue-White party has defeated Netanyahu winning 33 mandates while Netanyahu and Likud received 31 mandates. The government consists of 120 mandates which is divided by all the various parties in the Israel coalition. The candidate who receives the most mandates like Benny Gantz has the first opportunity to make a majority government of 61 mandates. The President of Israel Reuven Rivlin is working to help Gantz achieve this majority.
Israel is in a crisis. Hezbollah has threatened them from the North. They are at war with Iran deploying their forces in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Trump has vowed support for Israel and its survival in an unstable Middle East. The Peace Deal of the Century between Israel and Palestine is ready to be revealed after the elections.
Three IDF soldiers were wounded this week when in the early morning a Hamas member from Gaza belonging to a force restraining border violence breached the security fence and opened fire on Israeli troops in the area. The Israel military shelled a Hamas outpost adjacent to the fence as a response. There was one incident this week of a fire balloon which caused a fire and damage in one of the southern settlements.
The State of Israel is in the middle of forming a new government after its recent elections. Israel is in the center of the world and cannot be ignored.
Judaism is the first of the three religions which are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. After the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, the Jewish people were given their Torah by Moses. Between the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and when the children of Israel entered into the land of Israel took forty years. In the beginning of these forty years there was an event in Jewish history recorded in the Bible which was the building of the Golden Calf. Another event in Jewish history recorded in the Bible Numbers 13: Moses sent spies from each of the twelve tribes of Israel distinguished men to report to the Jewish people in the wilderness about their capability of conquering and living in the land of Israel.
- In much-anticipated elections last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a giant step toward an unprecedented fifth term in office. The results were rather anticlimactic: parties which made up the last government lost only one seat on Tuesday. Netanyahu’s Likud Party topped the polls, with 36 seats, and is well positioned to form an identical right-wing government.
- Israelis go to the polls Tuesday, in Knesset elections largely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The elections take place under a cloud of possible indictments against the Prime Minister for corruption. A victory would extend Netanyahu’s decade-long reign, and allow him to become the country’s longest-serving Prime Minister this summer.