Unprecedented third election in a year leaves Israeli public cold

Most ordinary Israelis reacted with nonchalance to the Knesset’s dissolution and news of another election on March 2, after the bill was enacted by their failed politicians on Wednesday night, Dec. 11 – in contrast to excited media reporters and pundits. By and large, they tuned out the broadcast cries of horror over an unprecedented third election in a year. Certainly, none took to the streets in protest. Inured by now to the unresolved political stalemate that has semi-paralyzed government since last September, it was business as usual for most of the country. Therefore, predictions of an exceptionally vicious election campaign by the parties that failed to form a coalition government after two elections, fall flat. They have heard it all before. The newcomer Benny Gantz and his Kahol Lavan party have daily slammed Likud’s Binyamin Netanyahu for refusing to hand over the premiership while under indictment for corruption, while Netanyahu hits back by accusing his opponents of exploiting a conspiracy by the law enforcement system to unseat him.

At the last minute before the Knesset vote, Gantz made a dramatic appeal to the prime minister: “Give up your legal right to immunity from prosecution and we can then talk.” Netanyahu did not bother to reply, only accusing his rival of his “usual spin.”

Most people shrug as those bitter charges go back and forth and mutual accusations are hurled of responsibility for the failure to bring a new coalition into the world and avert a useless election which few expect to change the political map except peripherally. They’ve heard it ad nauseum.

Because most of the contenders have used up their arsenals of meaningful campaign ammo, they are digging for new tricks. Suddenly, they are magnanimously offering non-existent concessions. For a power-sharing deal that was never negotiated, Netanyahu would accept a mere six months of his half-term as prime minister, provided he goes first. Gantz would give up the (putative) premiership so long as he can keep faith with Kahol Lavan voters and never sit in the same cabinet as Netanyahu. His sidekick Yair Lapid would concede his deal with Gantz to rotate the premiership between them, if Gantz takes the seat of prime minister. Gideon Saar of Likud offers to forego his lone, unendorsed challenge against Netanyahu for the party leadership in the Dec. 26 primary, in order to bid against him after Likud fails in the March election, although its outcome is unknowable. Avigdor Lieberman, who has parlayed his 8 Yisrael Beteinu MKs, as the key to a majority government, turned down all offers to join either Gantz or Netanyahu, after falling in love with his role as kingmaker. He therefore shares responsibility for the stalemate that has triggered a pointless election. On Thursday morning, the average Israeli got up as usual, ferried the kids to school and went to work, mostly through the usual logjam. Election day is a national holiday and so, on March 2, it will again be out with the barbecues and on with the trips to the beach after roughly 60pc of the electorate spend a few minutes in the voting booths.

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62 thoughts on “Unprecedented third election in a year leaves Israeli public cold

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 9:32 at 9:32
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    just throw netanyahuin jail …he and his wife are corrupt …. get benny gantz as an israeli pm…… proceed to eliminate hizbola and iran

    problem solved

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 9:36 at 9:36
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      Ups, you small brains should not drop comments, but this is not very clear stated on Debka file.

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 10:18 at 10:18
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      His wife is corrupt, but not Bibi… To get cigars from a friend is NO corruption.

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 20:55 at 20:55
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      Lebanon with love

      Thank the Lord who does not make too many idiots

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 9:33 at 9:33
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    God above defends, it is all for the best, and all is right with Israel.

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 15:20 at 15:20
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      Amein. The Most High is setting the stage for His Kingdom – coming soon!

    • Dec 13, 2019 @ 0:59 at 0:59
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      Are there no adults in the house?

      • Dec 13, 2019 @ 8:59 at 8:59
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        They have god. Who does need an adult?

      • Dec 13, 2019 @ 13:15 at 13:15
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        No, just stupid fanatics

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 9:34 at 9:34
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    It is far better to remain Tolerant, Understand & Embrace the Diverse Views, Voters & Discontent Chaos of Israel, American & British Elections with the Freedoms of the Rule of Law. Rather, seeing Persians, Iraqis & Lebanese Protesters being Arrested, Imprison & Murdered by Iran, Iraq, & Proxies, so they can remain in Power? Voters Elections Difficulties Are Far Better Than Protesters Executions Finality!

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 9:44 at 9:44
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    The never ending story continues…..State of Israel unworthy.

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 10:09 at 10:09
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    Mashiach is here already so do not worry G-d prepared for him a green light all our enemies will fall soon B”H

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 15:47 at 15:47
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      The Maschiach is not here already, you are a liar and you are setting people up to believe in the Mahdi which would be unbelievably catastrophic for Israel.
      The Maschiach spoke to me last night (from heaven not from on earth) and said He is coming soon. But He will not be born as a human and into the line of David again. He will appear in the sky for all to see, and take his followers to be with Him for when He and the Father destroy the UN armies at Megiddo with fire and brimstone and much else. Get your facts straight before you propagate such dangerous unsubstantiated waffle.

      • Dec 14, 2019 @ 2:29 at 2:29
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        Wrong

    • Dec 13, 2019 @ 13:17 at 13:17
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      There is no god and there is no chosen people. You just a bunch of fanatics

      • Dec 14, 2019 @ 2:30 at 2:30
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        Wrong

    • Dec 14, 2019 @ 2:27 at 2:27
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      You are correct. I am willing to step in as soon as anybody cares enough to accept me. You can see more on my website at http://www.TheMitzvahProject.org. Shabbat Shalom

    • Dec 14, 2019 @ 2:31 at 2:31
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      Correct

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 10:45 at 10:45
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    I stand with GANTZ.

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 11:27 at 11:27
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      Time for israel to rise and vote, this time is special.

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 11:32 at 11:32
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    White, Black & Gray, Right, Wrong, & Maybe! Judaism, Christianity & Islam! Voting 3 Times Is Better Than Being Arrested, Imprison & Executed For Protesting in Iran, Iraq & Lebanon! G-d Bless Moses, Jesus, & Mohamed the Messengers for Jehovah, Trinity & Allah for Abraham the Founder Forefather Father of All Three’s!

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 13:29 at 13:29
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      So 3 holocausts then? How many to go?

      • Dec 12, 2019 @ 15:55 at 15:55
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        @Pete… New Jersey Slaughter House shows it seems to Never End, all can Israel can do is Never Again Vigilance & Never Forget!

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 16:14 at 16:14
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      There is no trinity

      • Dec 13, 2019 @ 0:32 at 0:32
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        @Trinty… I don’t judge them, just point out they used that as the Foundation for that part of Christianity Roman Catholics. Many Sects Challenge aspects of Judaism & Islam as well. Still, all 3 have Common Beliefs in Prophets as well. Those 3 Religions have more in common in the Mideast than Hindu, Buddhists, Taoism Globally in Asia.

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 12:37 at 12:37
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    If Bibi is so honest and is so sure he hasn’t do any wrongdoing…..of what he is so afraid??????
    And if he had make a wrongdoing why he doesn’t accept the justice definition as each of everyone of us, the israeli citizens, must do???

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 12:44 at 12:44
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    It’s all a circus

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 13:07 at 13:07
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    Dissolve the State of Israel. No more Zionism Hebrew or State.Try again in 2000 years

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 14:20 at 14:20
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      “Kush Mein Tuchis”

      • Dec 12, 2019 @ 17:01 at 17:01
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        You Must have a giant one

        • Dec 12, 2019 @ 20:39 at 20:39
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          You’re thinking of Kim Kardashian.

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 20:38 at 20:38
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      Happy Nakba!

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 13:11 at 13:11
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    Reading the article it seemed like Debka wrote it to try and support Bibi election campaign. Articles need to be neutral just like law enforcement investigators, add political bias and we end up with the American fiasco thats all politics and no substance.

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 14:20 at 14:20
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    “Kush Mein Tuchis”

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 14:36 at 14:36
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    israel is a failed state like lebanon or irak
    the politiker are corrputd , and country is divided under hundert small parties and sects which can not agree with each other

    a typical arab failed state

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 15:12 at 15:12
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    Because of the security risk of removing Bibi he has been allowed to cling to power. The decision as to his guilt is for a courtroom to decide. That he is doing all he can to avoid going to court speaks volumes to me.

    There is no reason why a simple matter like this cant be decided on with a few weeks. So if he is found innocent then bibi can always find his way back into the cabinet and help to offer advice to the new government.

    The only reason to fight to avoid clearing his name is that he knows that he is guilty. We need a open hearing so that we can hear the truth and decide on Bibi’s political future. Corruption has no place in government.

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 15:44 at 15:44
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    Rational voice:
    For a low level inspector to accept a cup of coffee is an infraction of the agency’s code of conduct.

    For a high ranking official in a millieu of similar men, magnanimity and graciousness expressed with token gifts or favors is normal manly expression at such senior levels as statecraft.

    There was NO compromise of state secrets or security.

    The entire case is built on legal technicalities and not justice. And Mandelblitt is exploiting his position by signifying that justice has been compromised. He is the fly in the ointment.

    That the Israeli public is jaded and overly stressed from struggling to survive economically and militarily is unique, but it does not excuse them from clearing their heads so they can all vote after truly understanding what issues and which candidates are superior choIces for their and their children’s SURVIVAL.

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 15:54 at 15:54
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      The problem is that we don’t have all the facts. The press are out to sell a story, Bibi’s political opponents are out to win votes, Bibi is out to downplay everything.

      We need a court case to hear the facts. So lets get to it. At best Bibi will clear his name and this will all be over in a few weeks, at worst we will learn facts that we had not known. But at least we can decide and move forward as a nation one way or the other.

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 16:05 at 16:05
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      Israel will be fine without Bibi, if he died tomorrow do you really think that Israel would disappear or be destroyed? I agree we need a court case to hear the facts. If he is innocent then fine, if not then if he needs to go to prison so be it.

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 16:00 at 16:00
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    Iran Shiia & IRGC are known only to kill Persians, Protesters & Victims when they’re alone, asleep, or with their backs turned? Give me Free Elections not Easy Deaths!

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 16:06 at 16:06
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    The Jewish state is clearly on the path of self-undoing.
    Bibi is on his way out, Beni is pitifully inadequate, and the rest are even worse…

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 18:14 at 18:14
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  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 18:21 at 18:21
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    In 1947, Israel’s low population but high level of education meant its citizens could train and organize a national army fairly quickly. Manpower limitations also meant the Israeli Army tended to gravitate towards technologically advanced, high firepower forces, and become more proficient at them than its neighbors. Since then, the Israeli Army has seen combat every decade since its founding. It has fought numerous wars in defense of Israel, and embarked on numerous punitive expeditions into the Sinai, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank.

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 21:06 at 21:06
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    LIEBERMAN’s messianic delusion is the main reason Israel is in such a state. The Leftists have perpetrated a fraudulent conspiracy to bring manufactured charges > Bibi will be vindicated .

    • Dec 12, 2019 @ 22:38 at 22:38
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      I hope you are correct about this all just been a made up conspiracy. The evidance looks overwhelming so we will have to see. But if this is a conspiracy its even more reason to have a public court hearing. That way Bibi’s name can be cleared and the people can understand that we have a 5’th column working on their own agenda and undermining our leaders. Once we have solid evidence of this then we need to hunt them down and make everyone even remotely involved pay.

      But the evidence looks solid and if Bibi is guilty then he needs to pay the price for what he has done but also the damage that his lies have caused our country.

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 22:22 at 22:22
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    Benny Gantz would be well suited for the leadership of Israel. Combined with Leiberman and the Arab parties with likud would be good for Israel. Likud is a good party. But Benjamin Netanyahu should think more about the nation more than involve his issues with nation. Bibi could bring Israel down with him.

  • Dec 12, 2019 @ 22:53 at 22:53
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    This is a clear sign from our Lord Christ, Listen. Savior God of all Mankind. Incarnation of Shiva the Vessel of Lord. The comet above human to the gate of heaven. Follow us as servants of Christ to heaven. The lowly who are cast out shall find a new home in the Lord.

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 2:11 at 2:11
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    Israel is just another failed democracy. The democratic system is outdated and especially horribly inefficient. It’s time to look at something else now that democracies are failing all over the world especially considering that the US is in a freefall.

    • Dec 13, 2019 @ 2:44 at 2:44
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      @Vladimir… A Failed Democracy? Israel has served its Cultures & Races, & Religions, with Wealth Innovations, & Prosperity even having to Spend much on Defense. Now compare that to the Failed USSR that Collapsed from a Politburo & One Party Rule with No Rule of Law, Due Process not Protecting Life, Liberty & Property? North Korea can’t Feed its people, Iran can’t provide Drinkable Safe Water & China Produces Terrible Air Pollution. They will Eventually Collapse as well.

      • Dec 13, 2019 @ 3:44 at 3:44
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        Iran is having economic difficulties due to Zionist sanctions, i say Zionist because the America people have been fooled into supporting this racist apartheid regime due to Jewish Media Control. Remove sanctions and guess what Iran has no more economic difficulties. Now if we applied the same sanctions to Israel would it even be able to exist? Lol well the answer is not.

        • Dec 13, 2019 @ 13:22 at 13:22
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          So true

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 2:47 at 2:47
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    Russia can’t defeat the Ukraine and will be better under the Ukraine rather than Putin. When lack money to build Bombers you accept you are not a Super Power such as the USA!

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 3:00 at 3:00
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    Now that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel. The Time has come to Rebuild the Temple of Israel as well. Just like when Hagia Sophia was the former Greek Orthodox Christian Patriarchal Cathedral, later an Ottoman Imperial Mosque and now a Museum in Istanbul! https://youtu.be/CBCQml9rtqw

  • Dec 13, 2019 @ 11:06 at 11:06
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    The Enduring Power Created By A USA-Israel-UK Alliance Of The Rule Of Law Of Economic Nationalism, Sovereignty, Independence From International Bureaucracies & Each Person Controlling Individual Own Destiny!

    • Dec 13, 2019 @ 14:00 at 14:00
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      As usual Ziocon speak means just the opposite of what it sounds like. The transition is: The Enduring Power Created Bybthe Zionists USA-Israel-UK Alliance via the control of the Media, Financial and sold out political parties means that the Rule of Law, Economic Nationalism, Sovereignty, Independence for Nations or Individuals to control their own Destiny is no longer allowed. Where Rules or our Zionist best interests are affected we will just do what we want anyway. We are above the laws of the world but everyone else has to obey those rules and what we say.

      • Dec 13, 2019 @ 15:25 at 15:25
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        Yes and we are been setup in the States. This new executive order is only going to cause hatred and put in place the precedent that Jews are separate from Americans. So Trumps either does not understand what he is doing or he does and this decision is just the first step of something else.

        Even if the Democrats win and remove this executive order the damage will be done and we are always now going to be seen as different.

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