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.
Here is audio of Mark Levin tonight blasting the United Nations as being filled with “thugs, genocidal maniacs and other freaks” after the world body voted to recognize Palestine as an Observer State – even though the Palestinians still refuse to even recognize Israel’s right to exist. Levin said, “The U.N. is not our friend.”
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