Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in Israel’s national election, but his his victory is by a narrower margin than expected. Netanyahu’s Party won 31 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, and with his coalition of other parties, he is expected to get to a majority to remain Prime Minister. But the more moderate parties are reportedly expected to have more influence as a result of this election outcome.
BBC: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to form “as broad a government as possible” after his alliance won a narrow election victory.
Addressing supporters at his party’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, Mr Netanyahu said he believed the result created “an opportunity for change”.
Exit polls suggest Mr Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud-Beitenu bloc will have 31 seats in parliament – a sharp drop from 42.
In a major surprise, the centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party came second with a predicted 18-19 seats, with Labour next on 17. . . .Read More
Here is a video report from Israel as Israelis go to the polls to vote. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely expected to remain Prime Minister when it is all said and done.
A powerful statement today by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the move by the Palestinians and their allies at the United Nations today to have Palestine recognized by the U.N. as an observer state. The resolution is expected to pass in the General Assembly. The United States has said it will oppose the move.
Netanyahu points out that Palestine should not be recognized as an official state until it officially recognizes Israel’s right to exist. Netanyahu bluntly issued a warning to the United Nations:
“As for the rights of the Jewish people in this land, I have a smiple message for those gathered in the General Assembly today. No decision by the U.N. can break the 4,000 year-old bond between the people of Israel, and the land of Israel.”
UPDATED: The U.N. General Assembly has voted to recognize Palestine as an observer state:
U.N. General Assembly votes by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine: apne.ws/TwDR9u -CC— The Associated Press (@AP) November 29, 2012
U.N. VOTE IMPLICITLY RECOGNIZES SOVEREIGN STATE OF PALESTINE— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 29, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Clinton: UN vote on Palestinian recognition is `unfortunate’ and `counterproductive’— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) November 29, 2012
“A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly…” wapo.st/QQdyNl— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 29, 2012
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on U.N. Move to Recognize Palestine as an Observer State: “No Decision by the U.N. can Break the 4,000 Year-Old Bond between the People of Israel and the Land of Israel” – Video 11/29/12 UPDATED: U.N. Recognizes Palestine as Observer State by 138-9-41 Vote; U.S. Calls Move “Unfortunate” and “Counterproductive”
Yeshiva World News is providing a “readout” on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s phone call today to President Obama to discuss the situation in Israel:
YESHIVA WORLD NEWS: Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza. The Prime Minister expressed his deep appreciation to the President and the American people for the United States’ investment in the Iron Dome rocket and mortar defense system, which has effectively defeated hundreds of incoming rockets from Gaza and saved countless Israeli lives. The President reiterated U.S. support for Israel’s right to defend itself, and expressed regret over the loss of Israeli and Palestinian civilian lives. The two leaders discussed options for de-escalating the situation. . . . Read More
The video above is a recap from Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Day 4 of the “Pillar of Defense” operation against the terrorist rocket attacks coming from Gaza.
Netanyahu asked Obama and Merkel to convey a message to Egyptian President Morsi that he should press Hamas to stop the rocket fire— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) November 17, 2012
From Thursday night on Greta Van Susetern’s show. She talks with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton about the fact that Barack Obama’s U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice, chose to not be in the hall Thursday when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his speech at the United Nations. Greta was shocked that Rice did not attend the speech.
Just one in a long line of snubs by this President and his administration against Israel.
Here is the complete video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dramatic speech today at the United Nations. Netanyahu drew a “red line” on Iran – literally - and essentially told the world body that if they don’t stop Iran before it obtains a Nuclear Weapon – Israel will.
Netanyahu is the embodiment of a leader. Israel is fortunate to have him. I wish America had such a leader for these troubled times.
Here is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations today where he literally drew a “red line” on when Iran must be stopped in their drive to obtain Nuclear Weapons.
Netanyahu used a chart with a drawing of a bomb on it to illustrate his point. He then drew a red line with a marker indicating that Iran must not be allowed to move to the “Final Stage” of building a Nuclear Weapon. He indicated the International Atomic Energy Agency has filed public reports indicating Iran will get to that final stage by the Spring or Summer of next year.
Netanyahu’s drawing of a “red line” is a clear challenge to Barack Obama, whose typical appeasement strategy has refused to draw any red lines.
Watch complete video of Netanyahu’s speech.
Here is video of GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann calling on President Obama to change his mind and meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week in New York. Bachmann said Obama should cancel his appearance on David Letterman, and his fundraiser with “Beyonce” and “Jay Z,” and do the right thing by meeting with Netanyahu.
“And President Obama needs to get his priorities straight. What he needs to do is cancel his planned interview with David Letterman, cancel his meeting with Beyonce, cancel his meeting with Jay Z, and instead agree to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, because you see, America and Israel have a commonality of interests.”
Gov. Mitt Romney reportedly told supporters today in Jacksonville, Florida as he worked a rope line that he “can’t imagine” refusing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as President Obama reportedly did yesterday:
WASHINGTON POST: While greeting supporters in Jacksonville, Fla. after his press conference on the attacks in Egypt and Libya, Mitt Romney took a subtle swipe at President Obama’s relations with Israel.
“I can’t ever imagine if the Prime Minister of Israel asked to meet with me, I can’t imagine ever saying no,” Romney said when asked about Israel, according to a pool report. “They’re our friends. They’re our closest allies in the Middle East.”. . . Read More
Romney: ‘Can’t imagine saying no’ to Netanyahu meeting bit.ly/RIYlwB— CNN Political Ticker (@PoliticalTicker) September 12, 2012
Romney on Netanyahu: “If the Prime Minister wanted to meet with me I can’t ever imagine saying no.”— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 12, 2012
Here are video reports on the news that President Barack Obama has refused a request to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he is in the United States later this month. Netanyahu had reportedly requested the meeting, but Obama’s schedule is just too busy to accommodate America’s ally. Israel is approaching a point of no return on what to do about Iran’s pursuit of Nuclear Weapons.
But he’s got plenty of time for “Pimp with the Limp.”
After a day of back and forth accusations of a snub, Obama called Benjamin Netanyahu today. politi.co/OoGzOP— POLITICO (@politico) September 12, 2012
2) WH says POTUS/Bibi skeds didnt overlap. Israeli official tells abc news they offered to come to DC. WH says thats not the case…— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 12, 2012
Interesting WH rarely specifies length of a presidential call in readouts but tonight they say “one hour” w/Netanyahu. Trying to fix this— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) September 12, 2012
Here is raw video of Gov. Mitt Romney visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem and also meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu told Romney in front of the cameras, “Mitt, I couldn’t agree with you more” on his recent warnings about the threat posed by the drive by Iran’s radical Islamic regime to obtain nuclear capability.
Here is video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talking to Greta Van Susteren about the looming danger of Iran developing Nuclear Weapons.
Netanyahu would not say war is “inevitable” with Iran, but that the threat of military action is actually the major avenue to prevent military action from being needed. He said it is essential that Iran believe military action is a very real threat in order to persuade them to move away from their pursuit of Nuclear Weapons. Netanyahu left no doubt that Israel is prepared to act in her own defense if necessary to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power.