Israel heads for Netanyahu-led minority government. Fourth election? low option

The outcome of Israel’s third election in 11 months points to at least half the electorate’s overwhelming desire for continuity in government rather than the chaos of another deadlocked ballot and the resulting economic havoc. For this reason, Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud and its right-wing bloc came in first, trailed by their challenger, Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan.

Ganz and his three co-leaders failed to accurately diagnose the dominant popular mood, because all three of their election campaigns were firmly fixated on Netanyahu’s unfitness to govern under three corruption indictments and imminent trial on March 17. In any case, they argued, he would be too busy with the trial to exercise his duties diligently as prime minister.

And so, after Netanyahu trumpeted his party’s great victory on Monday night, March 2, at the end of voting, Kahol Lavon’s leaders waited in vain for good tidings.

What their strategists missed was that a weighty slice of the electorate was prepared to separate Netanyahu as politician and national leader from the persona that the police and prosecution had indicted for fraud, breach of faith and bribery. Some credited his allegations of a conspiracy by an adverse faction of the law enforcement body for trumping up the charges against him and subverting witnesses to this end.

The law clearly allows a prime minister to stay in office – even if convicted – until the appeals process is exhausted, promising long-drawn out years of litigation. In the meantime, enough voters decided to stick with Netanyahu and his loyal bloc of right-wing and religious parties for the sake of government continuity. While firmly in the lead after most of the ballots were counted by Wednesday noon, this bloc appears to be shy by one or two mandates of the magic 61 Knesset seats for establishing a majority government, and so final results are tensely awaited.

Kahol Lavan lags too far behind to bid against Netanyahu and is trying to raise the specter of a fourth election, as well as legislation for disqualifying the Likud leader from heading a government. A petition to this end was also filed with the Supreme Court. The justices face some tough deliberations before deciding to step into a constitutional minefield by nullifying a national election.  

With 95.5pc of the votes tallied, the most likely outcome of this election, say DEBKAfile analysts, is that the president will entrust the incumbent prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu with forming a minority government in preference to a fourth election. Negotiations are already apace with potential defectors from the opposition camp to come aboard and fill in the vacancies for a durable administration.

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38 thoughts on “Israel heads for Netanyahu-led minority government. Fourth election? low option

  • Mar 4, 2020 @ 13:36 at 13:36
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    Time for Gantz to accept the Results & Help without Stopping Unification until the Trial is Over for Binyamin Netanyahu. The Future is now dependent on the Trial Outcome. So, no one ever knows until it is resolved. Gantz would want the same thing if he had won. Time for Israel to Unite.

    • Mar 4, 2020 @ 15:23 at 15:23
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      Yes, it is time for Israel to unite.
      First with the Jordan Valley.
      This is a highly strategical need, to prevent attacks from the Est.
      And then to unite with West Jerusalem, and to prevent having a capital broken in too small pieces and with all sort of funny administrations.

      • Mar 4, 2020 @ 17:22 at 17:22
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        Suspend the indictment, faked by the
        F left dirty allegations from the corrupted police, orded by the criminal A.G. Mandenshiit. Amen.

          • Mar 5, 2020 @ 5:21 at 5:21
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            Of course there should be totally safe quarantine areas with absolutely no trouble, for the benefit of the people under the threat of the virus. Mixing the suffering with sick troublemakers and arsonist sick Palestinians is very contra productive. Can’t mix, if not the sick Palestinians may start their terror.

            Never and nowhere, not even in fables or legends, lambs and hyenas are not said to be recovering in the same pen.

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  • Mar 4, 2020 @ 15:37 at 15:37
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    The general Gantz, with his experience and deep understanding of logistics and discipline, could very well help Israel accepting the position of governor of Samaria and Judea new district, and supervise the transfer of the PA administration and main economic and cultural centers from the soon dissolute West Bank to Gaza where is really very much needed. Gaza need to be organized in some sort of pre-state viable formation.

    • Mar 4, 2020 @ 16:29 at 16:29
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      @ :)Tommy:) Gaza need to be organized in some sort of pre-state viable formation. Good point. But surely the best is as a province of Israel? I recall that El Shaddai wasn’t too pleased at the withdrawal from Gaza, neither with the withdrawal from S Lebanon. Trump might even legalise an annexation of both parties if faced with a fait accompli after the 2020 election! Once he has gone the EU, UN and the US party of Jezebel will be back with a vengeance with their attempts at Armageddon.

      • Mar 4, 2020 @ 19:25 at 19:25
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        Sorry, correction required 🙂
        @ :)Tommy:) Gaza need to be organized in some sort of pre-state viable formation. Good point. But surely the best is as a province of Israel? I recall that El Shaddai wasn’t too pleased at the withdrawal from Gaza, neither with the withdrawal from S Lebanon. Trump might even legalise an annexation of both areas if faced with a fait accompli after the 2020 election! Once he has gone the EU, UN and the US party of Jezebel will be back with a vengeance with their attempts at Armageddon.

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      • Mar 7, 2020 @ 0:39 at 0:39
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        pastor jim one sentence bothers me TRUMP MIGHT EVEN LEGALISE AN ANNEXATION OF BOTH PARTIES wake up ISRAEL HAS ITS OWN NATION ITS OWN OFFICIALS PM AND PRESIDENT ISRAEL IS NOT SOME 3RD WORLD REPUBLIC THAT ANY COUNTRY CAN RULE AND SEND THE CIA TO MOLD GOT HAT PASTOR FOR 3 BILLION DOLLARS THEY WILL NOT SELL THERE SOUL AND 3 BILLION IS LESS THEN THE 5 BILLION AFGANISTAN GETS FROM THE US. ISRAEL CAN LIVE WITHOUT THE CHARITY IF IT MEANS GIVING UP THERE FREEDOM

        • Mar 7, 2020 @ 4:18 at 4:18
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          I agree Larry, Israel is a criminal state that was born through Jewish terrorism and continues to exist through the same practices today. It does what it pleases with no regard to common decency or internal law.

          What other nation deliberately maimes those who protest against injustices. Ethnic cleansing and inequality before the law is who you racist fascists are all about. Shooting protesters in the knee to make them permanently disabled. What heroes you sick cowards are.
          https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-42-knees-in-one-day-israeli-snipers-open-up-about-shooting-gaza-protesters-1.8632555

          • Mar 8, 2020 @ 1:04 at 1:04
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            BORGAN tell me one thing does aran schools still teach translated copies of HITLERS
            MEIN KAMPF YES THEY DO . I HAVE A MISSION FOR YOU REWRITE HISTORY ABOUT THE GRAND MUFTI OF JERSULAM IN 1040 MEETING HIMMLER MAKING FRIENDS BECOMING AN HONORARY SS GENERAL TOURING POLAND AUSCHWITZ MONOWITZ A A SUB DEATH CAMP THE ARAB MUFTI ASKED HIMMLER IF YOU WIN EGYPT FROM THE BRITISH I WANT A DEATH CAMP BUILT IN EGYPT TO BURN THE 250,000 JEWS IN HAFA AND TEL AVIV THIS IS BEFORE ISRAEL WAS RE CREATED
            GO ON FOOL ARAB YOUR NOT GIVING PROPAGANDA TO UNEDUCATED ARABS WITH A 2ND GRADE EDUCATION STATE YOUR LAST NAME COWARD

          • Mar 8, 2020 @ 1:11 at 1:11
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            CORRECTION BORGDAN 1940 THE TOUR OF THE DEATH CAMP

    • Mar 5, 2020 @ 16:51 at 16:51
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      That would be an outstanding job for Gantz.

  • Mar 4, 2020 @ 15:41 at 15:41
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    The corruption will continue. So Sad.

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  • Mar 4, 2020 @ 15:51 at 15:51
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    How can we trust the results when Bibi may have done things to alter the election results? Staying out of prison and feeding from the trough with his Miss Piggy is all that matters to this putze

  • Mar 4, 2020 @ 16:00 at 16:00
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    There will be no more Erev Rav governments in the Land of Israel!!!

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  • Mar 4, 2020 @ 19:30 at 19:30
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    Jesus Christ is the Messiah of the world. Jesus Christ cries in heaven for his family in Judea and the philistinism phenomenon. The tears of our Savior are for his mother and her family who are lost sheep. Like the native Americans who worship Jesus and are forgiven of their sinful drunks ways. Who were Saved from small pox and Chosen to live in fertile lands by their Messengers from Europe. So can the Judeans and natives of Caaan and Moab live in Peace of Christ through the Messengers of our Lord Emissaries. Be Chosen Be Saved Pray To Jesus Your God. Be Saved from the Crucifix. With Love of True One God Jesus, Katie Smith ( once a sinner like you. ) p.s. you can make money selling bibles to the natives and receive heavenly awards by donating to The Church.

  • Mar 4, 2020 @ 21:31 at 21:31
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    Israel may have to consider a substantial change in Government Systems to end such Indecision Elections coming up with too many Minorities Misery requiring a Public Vote Plebiscite Change!

  • Mar 5, 2020 @ 9:05 at 9:05
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    Netanyahoo is the antichrist. His ultimate mission is to oversee the destruction of Israel.

    • Mar 5, 2020 @ 9:45 at 9:45
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      Ridiculous

  • Mar 5, 2020 @ 10:42 at 10:42
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    Seeing how you are behaving when removed from European ethnical constraints it raises the question of WAS H!TLER CORRECT IN WHAT HE SAID AFTER ALL? The Israeli election was a further validation of the Apartheid State via vote for ethnic cleansing of even larger areas of Palestine.

    We all know the “Tropes” that the Germans said about the Jews. Yet… now we see how correct they were. So the question remains if the German “Tropes” were in fact the truth was H!TER JUSTIFIED IN JUST WANTING TO MAKE YOU GO AWAY BECAUSE OF THE HARM THAT YOU CREATE?

    Something for people to dwell on for a while when considering the larger historical context especially when we consider the implications of this election.

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  • Mar 6, 2020 @ 9:58 at 9:58
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    I disagree with Debka’s conclusion. One more appropriate option is for Rivlin not to grant any candidate a mandate to form a government if neither Netanyahu nor Blue and White leader Benny Gantz obtain a clear, 61-MK blocking majority. He could instead give the mandate straight to the Knesset, initiating a 21-day period in which any candidate could form a government.

  • Mar 6, 2020 @ 13:56 at 13:56
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    I have to hope that there is a 4’th election where the Israelis wake up and choose a path of Peace and Brotherhood with its neighbors and most importantly the Palestinians who have been abused for generations. Zionism is not Judaism, Zionism is a religion of hate and separatism even more so than Apartheid. Its unfortunate that we do not have more food men like Gideon Levy because if we did Israel would actually have a chance to become the dream that we all want.
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-in-israel-zionism-is-a-religion-and-it-is-mandatory-1.8630393

    • Mar 7, 2020 @ 6:52 at 6:52
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      You are an idiot and have no clue what you are talking about.

  • Mar 6, 2020 @ 16:59 at 16:59
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    YASER LIEBERMAN. THE TRAITOR.

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  • Mar 7, 2020 @ 4:19 at 4:19
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    I agree Larry, Israel is a criminal state that was born through Jewish terrorism and continues to exist through the same practices today.

    What other nation deliberately maimes those who protest against injustices. Ethnic cleansing and inequality before the law is who you racist fascists are all about. Shooting protesters in the knee to make them permanently disabled. What heroes you sick cowards are.
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  • Mar 7, 2020 @ 6:53 at 6:53
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    You are an idiot and have no clue what you are talking about.

  • Mar 7, 2020 @ 13:41 at 13:41
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    Go be dishonest somewhere else you shmuck. The Haaretz article confirms what Bogdan said and that is Israel is deliberately maiming protesters by shooting them in the knee with high powered snipers rifles which destroy the knee and in many cases causes the loss of the lower leg.

    These are WAR CRIMES and shows how cruel and callous Israeli society has become. As an American Jew its this type of behavior that makes it impossible for me to support Israel. Racism, cruelty, constant lies, ethnic cleansing are things cannot be tolerated and why the diaspora needs to support BDS and the ICC against this criminal State.

  • Mar 10, 2020 @ 11:57 at 11:57
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    Terrorists control almost 30% of Israel. Sooner or later they will have 50% with any of today’s politicians. The issue is resolved.
    Leninberman v. Shabbat, Jewish traditions.
    Arabs do not require such muck!
    Liber is 100% lying about Jews, Haredim, Rabai, Tsahal nits. Behind him is a crowd of anti-Semites from the USSR who do not even know anything about Jews and Israel. Hating Israel.
    In other words, again thanks to the nits, Liber has not created a government and Israel is “returning” to Gaza.

  • Mar 10, 2020 @ 22:11 at 22:11
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    Lieberman = Piderman

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