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LIVE BLOG - Israeli Election 2013

LIVE BLOG - Israeli Election 2013
Polls have closed - Stay with YWN as we continue bringing you the latest From Election Day 2013! 22:49: Netanyahu writes on Facebook: "According to the exit polls, it is clear that Israelis decided that they want me to continue serving as prime minister, and that I form as broad a government as possible," 22:33: Netanyahu says Israeli voters want him to put together a broad government. 22:23: The third exit poll, via Channel 1 has been released and posted on ...
(4 opinions  |   January 22 )

40,000 Workers and Volunteers Pushing Likud/Beitenu Agenda on Election Day

40,000 Workers and Volunteers Pushing Likud/Beitenu Agenda on Election Day
Being the leading party has its advantages and having partnered with Yisrael Beitenu, the joint list has enlisted the assistance of 40,000 workers and volunteers nationwide on Election Day. The activists will report to one of 200 Likud stations nationwide, offering many Multilanguage services, including transportation for voters to and from polling stations. Activities are taking place in Russian, Amharic, French, and English, Likud officials report. There is also a special election team to ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 22 )

More 19th Knesset Elections Stats

More 19th Knesset Elections Stats
There are 5,656,705 eligible voters in the election for the 19th Knesset. · There are 10,132 nationwide polling stations · There were 96 polling stations for diplomats abroad · There are 34 parties vying for seats in the 19th Knesset · The fewest number of parties competing in elections was in 1961, with 14 parties · The minimum threshold will be 2%, which in the 2009 elections was 67,470 votes · Average voter turnout in general elections stands at 77.8% · Highest ...
(1 opinions  |   January 22 )

Rav Berland Calls on Chilonim to Vote Gimmel

Rav Berland Calls on Chilonim to Vote Gimmel
HaRav Eliezer Berland, Rosh Yeshivas Shuvu Banim called on “chilonim,” non-frum Israelis to vote for Yahadut Hatorah on Election Day. He explained “The Jewish koach comes from maintaining our tradition” and that is what the party does. Rav Berland’s message to the tzibur is that everyone must vote Gimmel to maintain Jewish tradition in Eretz Yisrael, including Yom Kippur and bris milah. He made his statements during a visit with Deputy Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman in the ...
(1 opinions  |   January 22 )

Election Day Will Cost the Economy 1.7 Billion NIS

Election Day Will Cost the Economy 1.7 Billion NIS
According to the Israel Manufacturer’s Association, the national holiday on Tuesday 11 Shevat 5773, Election Day, will cost the nation 1.7 billion NIS. According to the president of the association, Tzvika Oren, “the price is too high”. Oren is calling for the establishment of a different system, one that will not shut down the manufacturing of goods nationwide. He suggest placing voting stations inside factories, permitting employees to vote and return to work. The experts quickly add ...
(1 opinions  |   January 22 )

Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Endorses PM Netanyahu

Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Endorses PM Netanyahu
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Monday, 10 Shevat 5773 came out in support of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s reelection bid. During a joint visit to the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, the mayor thanks the prime minister for working to strengthen Yerushalayim with “unprecedented measures”. Barkat added that he supports the prime minister and Likud/Beitenu list, adding “I want to see you leading Israel for another term.” The prime minister commented, reaffirming his commitment ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 21 )

HaRav Aaron Lichtenstein Endorses HaBayit HaYehudi

HaRav Aaron Lichtenstein Endorses HaBayit HaYehudi
Rosh Yeshivat Har Etzion HaGaon HaRav Aaron Lichtenstein Shlita has come out instructing talmidim to vote for Bayit HaYehudi, explaining “there is no significant political process” today, explaining his position. The rav’s remarks are quoted in the “מצב הרוח” publication. The Torah giant is viewed as a political moderate and his statement came to a surprise to many talmidim for Rav Lichtenstein simply stated the issues for this election do not involve the any political ...
(7 opinions  |   January 21 )

R’ Ovadia: Ashkenazim Should Vote Shas Too to Show Hakoras Hatov

R’ Ovadia: Ashkenazim Should Vote Shas Too to Show Hakoras Hatov
Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita during his Monday morning 10 Shevat 5773 shiur spoke of the “gezeira to draft Bnei Torah”. The Gadol Hador called on the Ashkenazi tzibur to vote Shas too to show hakoras hatov. The rav spoke of the obligation to vote for Shas, stating “morai v’rabbosai, I am troubled. My heart aches over the bad thoughts chilonim have about us, the haters of Torah. They wish to draft Bnei Torah, those who study Torah day and night and give nachas ruach to HKBH. ...
(8 opinions  |   January 21 )

Sephardi Talmidim in Ashkenazi Yeshivos to Vote Gimmel

Sephardi Talmidim in Ashkenazi Yeshivos to Vote Gimmel
Ashkenazi roshei yeshiva are calling upon Sephardi talmidim to vote Gimmel in the elections. According to a Ladaat report, many of these talmidim will comply and vote for Yahadut Hatorah. Adding to the mission is the letter published on Monday 10 Shevat 5773 by HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, which many believe will compel a growing number of chareidim to vote for Yahadut Hatorah, Ashkenazim and Sephardim alike. Yeshivos and kollelim around Eretz Yisrael will release talmidim and ...
(5 opinions  |   January 21 )

Shas: Even 13 Seats Will be a Failure

Shas: Even 13 Seats Will be a Failure
While the Friday 7 Shevat 5773 Channel 10 Dialogue poll shows Shas receiving 11 seats, party officials announce that even 13 seats will be viewed as a failure. In actuality, Aryeh Deri stated repeatedly in TV appearances during the election campaign that he remains confident the party will earn 20 or more seats despite pessimistic predictions by pollsters. In actuality, many feel that Shas’ trio leadership arrangement is a failure and the mixed messages being sent to the public coupled ...
(9 opinions  |   January 21 )

HaRav Zalman Baruch Melamed: Don’t Vote Gimmel

HaRav Zalman Baruch Melamed: Don’t Vote Gimmel
Rosh Yeshivat Beit El HaRav Zalman Melamed Shlita expressed his opposition to members of the chareidi dati leumi community voting for the Gimmel chareidi party. Rav Melamed is opposed to the statements of Rosh Yeshivat Har HaMor HaRav Tzvi Yisrael Tau Shlita who came out in favor of Agudas Yisrael. Rabbi Melamed is quoted by Kippa as saying “I heard a very bizarre rumor that I must comment on, that in Yeshivat Har HaMor Rav [Tzvi Yisrael] Tau instructed his talmidim to vote for Yahadut ...
(4 opinions  |   January 21 )

Meretz Optimistic Ahead of Elections

Meretz Optimistic Ahead of Elections
Officials of the extreme left-wing Meretz Party are optimistic ahead of Tuesday’s general elections, expecting to at least double the size of the party in the 19th Knesset. Party leader MK Zahava Gal-On sees the momentum gaining and support for the party continues to increase. Meretz today has three seats in the 18th Knesset, and based on the Channel 10 Dialogue poll released erev Shabbos 7 Shevat 5773, the party will indeed double in size, to six seats. Meretz is a leader is pushing ...
(2 opinions  |   January 21 )

Meet the Netzach List Candidates

Meet the Netzach List Candidates
With achdus between Degel HaTorah and Netzach all but a past dream, Netzach compelled to submit its list to the Central Election Committee last week. The party lineup is led by Chaim Epstein, a veteran Degel askan and a resident of Har Nof. He was a talmid in Ponevezh and it was during that period he developed a relationship with Rav Shmuel Rosovsky ZT”L and HaGaon HaRav Shach ZT”L. Kikar Shabbat reports Rav Shach was particularly fond of Epstein. Epstein had a hand in the founding of ...
(Add your opinion  |   December 10 )

Unity Appears Unlikely Between Ichud HaLeumi and Bayit HaYehudi

Unity Appears Unlikely Between Ichud HaLeumi and Bayit HaYehudi
The right-wing Ichud HaLeumi and Bayit HaYehudi Parties have been working to unite and run under a joint list in the upcoming 11 Shevat 5773 general election. After the recent election of Naftali Bennett as the new head of Bayit HaYehudi, the polls show the party will receive about nine seats in the next Knesset, even without merging with Ichud. As such, the notion of running under a joint list appears less attractive to some Bayit HaYehudi members, Walla News reports. Complicating things ...
(Add your opinion  |   November 28 )

Responses from Yesh Atid & Likud Regarding Tzipi Livni’s Return to Politics

Responses from Yesh Atid & Likud Regarding Tzipi Livni’s Return to Politics
Earlier in the week, Yair Lapid commented that he offered Tzipi Livni the second slot in his party, but she declined the offer. On Tuesday afternoon, after her announced return to politics, Livni told reporters that she contemplated offers to join with Lapid and the Labor Party, but ultimately she believes her own new party was the best way to serve the ideals that she remains loyal to. In response, Yair Lapid’s party released a statement that Livni represents the “epitome of old ...
(3 opinions  |   November 27 )

Netanyahu Secured His Success Ahead of Livni’s Decision

Netanyahu Secured His Success Ahead of Livni’s Decision
A well seasoned soldier in Israel’s political arena, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prepared for the return of Tzipi Livni and/or former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, taking steps to secure an election victory in the 11 Shevat 5773 general election. Mr. Netanyahu shocked the political community with his deal, but signing an election agreement with Yisrael Beitenu will give the join list over 30 seats, ensuring the prime minister once again receives the presidential mandate to form the ...
(2 opinions  |   November 27 )