My self have no vested interest in this election other then an opinion. After all these years with the leadership of Mr. Netanyahu, Israel needs new blood in leadership. There comes a time for such leaders as Mr. Netanyahu then comes a time to step down for new ideas and energy to lead Israel in the coming years.
PERSPECTIVES | Four weeks ahead of Israeli elections, two Arab-Israeli parties running under a joint slate are barred from running by the country's Central Elections Committee. The ruling is causing an uproar among Israel's Arab minority. Member of Israeli Parliament of the Hadash partyAida Touma Suleiman and President of the Supreme Court Michael Kleiner debate.
Aida Touma-Suleiman (Arabic: عايدة توما سليمان, Hebrew: עאידה תומא סלימאן; born 16 July 1964) is an Israeli Arab journalist and politician.
Prior to the 2015 elections, the Israeli Arab political party Hadash joined the Joint List, an alliance with Balad, the United Arab List, and Ta'al.Touma-Suleiman was placed fifth on the Joint List list, and was elected to the Knesset as the alliance won 13 seats. She is also only the fourth Arab Israeli woman to become a member of the Knesset, following Hussniya Jabara (Meretz), Hanin Zoabi (Joint Arab List), and Nadia Hilou (Labor).
Speaking in the Knesset, she has shared her views on the path to peace: "The Palestinian people will continue to struggle as long as there's an occupation. The only way for true humane security for the two peoples consists of an end to the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state with its capital in eastern Jerusalem."
Michael Kleiner (Hebrew: מיכאל קליינר; born 4 April 1948) is an Israeli politician and leader of Herut – The National Movement. Michael Kleiner is known for his uncompromising views on retaining territory reclaimed in the 1967 Six-Day War. Kleiner's Jewish nationalism stems from the teachings of the Russian Jewish Revisionist Zionist leader Zev Jabotinsky. Revisionist Zionism is the founding ideology of the non-religious political right wing in Israel, and was the chief ideological competitor to the dominant socialist Labor Zionism. Revisionism led to the development of the Likud Party.
Israel's Central Election Committee on Wednesday night disqualified the entire Balad-Ra'am Arab list as well as far-left Jewish candidate Ofer Cassif just hours after it decided to allow the leader of the extremist Jewish Power party to continue as a candidate.
Cassif is a member of the Hadash-Ta'al list, a mostly Arab party in which he is the most prominent Jewish member.
While Cassif was disqualified from running, Hadash-Ta'al as a whole was not. Following the announcement late Wednesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the committee's decision on the Balad-Ra'am party, saying 'those who support terrorism will not be in Israeli parliament.'
Likud lawmaker David Bitan filed a petition last week on behalf of his party against the Balad-Ra'am list, while former defense minister and Yisrael Beitenu party head Avigdor Liberman submitted a petition against Cassif.Several left-wing parties filed a petition with the committee calling for it to bar the leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party (Jewish Power) from running for Israeli parliament due to his association with the racist Kahanist movement.
While Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said he did not approve of any of the petitions, the committee chose to fulfill the two requests by right-wing lawmakers and deny the joint petition made against Jewish Power chair Ben Ari.
Earlier Wednesday, it was announced that the committee would not disqualify the Jewish Power party.In the past, the Elections Committee has chosen to disqualify candidates or lists only to have the Supreme Court reverse their decision.
It remains to be seen if one of the two Arab alliances in Israel's current political sphere will be able to run or if it will be unable to overturn the decision.
Hadash-Ta'al responded to the committee's decision on the Balad-Ra'am list, saying that 'the delegitimization of the Arab public and its political representatives continues.'
Major breakaways have rocked both sides of Israel’s political spectrum in the few months since early elections were called in December, seven months before they had been due to be held, leaving a crowded playing field that has divided voters from both camps.
Zehut (Hebrew: זֶהוּת, lit., Identity) is a libertarian political party in Israel, founded in 2015 by Moshe Feiglin. Its platform is centered around promoting individual liberty, including economic freedom, and applying full Israeli sovereignty to the West Bank. Furthermore, Zehut has made legalization of cannabis a condition for joining any government coalition after the 2019 Knesset election.
What is strange is even the Saudies have nothing to do with their fellow Arabs who call them selves Palestinians as the peoples of Palestine. In this manner, it would be logical for the Saudies to enter for the reason to remove out of the country, Hamas as being the hand of Iran, but as reality shows its face, this has not happened.
Benjamin Netanyahu will probably stay prime minister, because his party is as large as Blue and white (Kahol Lavan) of Benny Gantz. The question is what government coalition will be formed. A Likud-Kahol Lavan coalition will be unlikely due to the animosity and competition between these both largest Israeli political parties.