Israel elections: Netanyahu’s ‘back’ and what’s in it for India

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  1. Blackwater

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    No one expected the results of the elections held in Israel on Tuesday to give a clear winner—in its 67-year history no party has won outright majority in the Knesset. With 99% of the votes counted the Likud party, led by current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has got 29 seats and is five seats ahead of main rival the Zionist Union, led by Issac Herzog, in the Knesset.

    If Netanyahu is able to form a government he will be the longest serving PM. Earlier opinion polls projected a neck and neck race between Netanyahu and Herzog.

    Netanyahu’s celebration and coalition politics

    So why is Nethanyahu, with just about 29 seats in a 120-seat Knesset, popping the bubbly? Thanks to proportional representation seldom does a party gain absolute majority in the House and this time also it seems that Netanyahu will have to stitch a coalition government. Reports state that Netanyahu was quick to call The Jewish Home leader and minister of economy Naftali Bennett, who early trends show winning about eight seats.

    Another important member in Netanyahu’s coalition would be Yisrael Beiteinu leader and foreign affairs minister is Avigdor Lieberman. Netanyahu’s tough posturing against Iran and Palestine—he vowed not to grant statehood to Palestine—has brought him ever closer to the Right-wing parties and they are expected to support him.

    Herzog has called Netanyahu’s celebration premature, and he might have a point. This is because, given the close margin, unless every vote is counted it’s difficult to be certain.

    Given the electoral system followed in Israel, to win seats in the House a party should cross the election threshold of 3.25% of the votes polled. This means that
    small parties will hold the cards when the Likud party and the Zionist Union try to form a coalition government.

    Small parties like the Meretz and Yahad, if they cross 3.25%, can be deciding factors. Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On has called to end Netanyahu’s ‘bad’ reign while far-Right Yahad is likely to back the present PM.

    Surprises and key players

    Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party, which pollsters have given 9-10 seats has come up as the surprise, and probably the deciding factor, this time. He has staked a claim for the finance portfolio and his role in the previous Likud government for his telecom reforms are widely appreciated.


    Opinion polls and early results also show the Arab Joint List emerging as the third largest party. It is a coalition of Arab parties in Israel, like the Hadash, Balad, United Arab List, and Ta'al. The Arab Joint List, under the leadership of Ayman Odeh, has vowed to not join any coalition. He is against the Likud but is willing to listen to Herzog.

    The electoral system in Israel has not been short in giving surprises. In the 2009 elections the Kadima party surprised everyone by being the largest party in Knesset, winning one seat more than the Likud party—however, Netanyahu was called to form the government. Similarly, the Dor party, a party formed by pensioners, was the surprise package in the 2006 elections—while opinion polls predicted that it would not cross the election threshold, Dor went on to win seven seats.

    What’s in it for India?

    The result, whichever way it was to go, is unlikely to change India-Israel ties.

    Israel ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said, “As I have stated before the elections, the bilateral relations between India and Israel are based on similar democratic values and shared challenges....I’m confident that the strong bond existing between our countries will be strengthened even more."

    “There is a consensus across party lines about good ties with India,” a top Israeli official told the Hindustan Times. He was of the view that Netanyahu returning to power will help both the nations continue the strong ties, especially because of the rapport shared between Netanyahu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Israel elections: Netanyahu’s ‘back’ and what’s in it for India
     
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    Rowdy Co ja kurwa czytam! Senior Member

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    Yey!!!!!!
    More settlements
    More IDF
    More Palestinians kicked out
    and No-More "Peace"(Which is never possible anyway with Islamists.)
    :lol:
    Also the finger shown aptly to Herr. Obama.
     
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    i feel modi should invite openly benjamin to visit India . openly .no more under the table


    i strongly feel for the next 10000 yrs India and Israel have same interest and enemies:sad::sad::sad::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Benjamin Netanyahu has visited India as PM of Israel, now its time for Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel...
     
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    PredictablyMalicious Punjabi Senior Member

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    Netanyahu is a warmongering lunatic.
     
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    I hope bibi doesnt do a dubya, get overconfident and hawkish and get israel in a quagmire with the likes of isis and a resurgent Shiite community shaking up the region.


    India really needs a strong and stable Israel constantly progressing and sharing knowledge with our community. Its rare, extremely rare for two countries to so closely have the same mutual interests, mutual security concerns and level of historical persecution as Indians and Israelis.
     
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    He should be invited for the next years Republic Day parade and as well tour the other parts of India which can include the pilgrimage places too.
     
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    It is still going on only players have changed. This time around it is the Missionaries going to India as tourist and claiming to cure all kinds of illnesses. The new policy of Visa on arrival is responsible for this influx of so called tourists.
     
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    we need people like him to control pest around the world:cool2::cool2::cool2:
     
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    Congrats Benjamin Natanyahu on Victory! I have not forgotten what Ehud Barak did for India during Kargil war and how you supported this move even being in the opposition!

    Once again happy to have Natanyahu back! :)
     
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    Yeah..but its okay as long at he dont try and install democracy....i mean dictatroship like USA and European countries in the far reachings of Asia.
     
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    Man Israelis are cool ... they are actually supporting Jabbat Al-Nusrah to kill Assad forces and FSA to kill ISIS.
    They have however limited their support so when Assad gets support from Iran,China and Russia (the last two mainly providing weapons) it usually results in a net increase in blood shed which is great if you look at it from the prism of "Everyone fighting is a terrorist and the winner will come to kill Jews , so lets keep them busy killing each other."
    :rofl:
    genius. And this election ensures that BiBi will keep the region on a boiler and the deaths shall continue. :rofl:
     
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    Check my comment. above. :lol:
     
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    :D
     
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    I though people in Israel hates Netanyahu for not doing anything against Hamas.
    Never mind, India and Israel have a common problem to deal with -terrorism. Cooperation seems important for both countries.
     
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    Bibi should dial down his anti Palestine rhetoric otherwise he is O.K.
     

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