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Israel Votes: Netanyahu’s Likud Party wins 30 seats, Zionist Camp 24, other parties 66

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israeli electionsTel Aviv: The Central Elections Committee of Israel has published the final unofficial results of the elections for the 20th Knesset – the Likud has won 30 seats and the Zionist Camp 24.

The official elections results will be announced on March 25, 2015.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will begin party consultations on Sunday, March 22 to ask the party heads for recommendations as to who they prefer as prime minister. He will assign the task of forming the next government to the Knesset member considered to have the best chance of forming a viable coalition..

With all votes counted, the Likud has won 30 seats and the Zionist Camp 24. The Joint Arab List placed third with 13 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 11, Kulanu with 10, Bayit Yehudi with 8, Shas with 7, Yisrael Beytenu and United Torah Judaism with 6 each, and Meretz with 5 – the last party to pass the minimum threshold for election.

Israel Votes

Israel Votes

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The numbers

Voter turnout was high – 72.36% – with more than 4.25 million of the 5,881,696 eligible voters casting their ballots.

Total votes: 4,253,336, of which 43,869 were disqualified.

The number of votes required to pass the minimum threshold of 3.25% was 136,808, leaving a total of 4,017,890 votes to be translated into Knesset seats. The number of votes for each Knesset seat: 33,482.

 

Netanyahu all set to lead new ruling coalition in Israel

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Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu

New York: Benjamin Netanyahu, with his decisive victory in the just concluded general elections in Israel has proved the pollsters wrong.

Political analysts and poll watchers had started projecting the possibility of a post-election scenario and there were speculations about a a new ruling coalition of smaller parties led by Zionist camp leader Isaac Herzog. But Herzog has been defeated convincingly and Netanyahu yesterday, soon after results came in and his Likud Party emerged victorious, initiated steps and is in dialogue with Naftali Bennett, the hardline Jewish Home Party leader to give shape to the new right wing ruling contraption. While Netanyahu is on the course to forming a new Israeli coalition of right wing nationalist religious parties and led by his Likud, his rival Herzog has ruled out a coalition of unity.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will begin meeting with party representatives on Sunday, March 22, to ask the party heads for recommendations as to who they prefer as prime minister. He will assign the task of forming the next government to the Knesset member considered to have the best chance of forming a viable coalition.

Netanyahu’s reaction on his victory was that he is thrilled and a huge responsibility now rests on his shoulders.

israeli electionsPrior to the elections, Netanyahu had taken a hardline stand against the US steps for a Nuclear deal to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons by taking the stand that such an agreement would only guarantee the opposite. Even the US stand in favour of a “two nation solution” goes against Netanyahu’s pre-election comment that if he is reelected, he will not allow there to become a Palestinian State.

US President Barack Obama has been at odds with Netanyahu due to their divergent policies. The Obama administration, obviously saw the writing on the wall and in order to maintain a working relationship with Israel in the post-poll scenario, the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on the eve of announcements of results in Israel that President Obama remains committed to working very closely with the winner of the ongoing elections to cement and further deepen the strong relationship between the United States and Israel. And the President is confident that he can do that with whomever the Israeli people choose

At his press briefing on Tuesday, when his attention was drawn to the Israeli elections and asked does the President (Obama) believe that he can repair his relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu if he is to remain the Prime Minister there, the White House Spokesperson said that Obama has no doubt that the strong ties between the United States and Israel will endure far beyond this election. And that has been true for generations now, that the U.S.-Israel relationship is not one that has been subject historically to partisanship and not one that has been subject to intense, partisan political debate. But rather, because of our deep cultural ties, because of the deep ties between our people, because of our shared interests when it comes to national security in the Middle East, that the strong relationship between the United States and Israel will endure far beyond this upcoming election, or the election that’s being held today.

Iran, nuclear weapons, Netanyahu and the US

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu  told US Congress that negotiations would 'guarantee’ that Tehran will get nuclear weapons.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the US Congress that negotiations would ‘guarantee’ that Tehran will get nuclear weapons.

Us will have the military option if Iran fails to comply with an agreement on nuclear weapons

Washington DC: Even as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu went ahead and urged the US Congress Tuesday to block the signing of a deal to contain Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons coinciding with international negotiations in Switzerland, the Obama administration continued to maintain the stand that the US will have the military option if Iran fails to comply with an (emerging) agreement to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu told the US Congress that the terms outlined by US President Obama for an agreement to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons would lead to a nuclear armed Iran whose “unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to a nuclear war”.

Obama showed short-shrift to Netanyahu by dubbing his address as “nothing new”

Immediately before Netanyahu’s address before the US Congress on the Iran issue, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest had told media-persons that it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister to make his own decisions about where he wants to go. But what should not be lost on anybody is the strategy that President Obama has put in place to deal with Iran’s nuclear program. It is consistent with achieving our goal of ensuring that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon, he added.

The goal, according to Earnest, is to succeeded in essentially shutting down four pathways to Iran acquiring the fissile material that’s necessary to build a nuclear weapon. The first is to deal with the enrichment capacity at the Natanz facility. The second is to deal with the enrichment capacity at the Fordow facility. The third is to deal with the plutonium enrichment capacity at the heavy-water reactor that’s currently under construction at Arak. And fourth, to ensure that Iran does not have the capacity to pursue a covert option at a facility that is not yet known to the international community.

Because of economic pressure and isolation Iran has come to the negotiating table, the Press Secretary said adding what we are hopeful that we can achieve in the context of these negotiations is to shutdown these four clear paths to the fissile material that’s necessary to build a nuclear weapon.

Earnest went on to emphasise that Obama has repeatedly made the point that if they indicate that they are not willing to comply with an agreement — once one is signed — then we continue to have all of these options on the table. We can add additional sanctions to the mix if we feel like that would be successful. We’ll even have a military option that continues to be available to the President.