Israel Election: Netanyahu Appears to be IN TROUBLE

Israel Election: Netanyahu Appears to be IN TROUBLE
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The election polls in Israel have closed and it appears (from Exit Polling) that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party is IN TROUBLE.

As of 3:00 PM eastern US time, (Israel is 7 hours ahead of the US east coast) TV stations in Israel are showing exit polling data that has challenger Benny Ghantz of the Blue & White Party leading Netanyahu and Likud!

Gantz is a 59-year-old retired general who from 2011 to 2015 served as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of staff — the supreme commander of the entire Israeli military and its highest-ranked officer.

Gantz is new to Israeli politics, and has been described as calm, cool, and soft-spoken. He was reportedly considering the role of Israel’s defense minister before polls showed that he was an extremely popular choice for prime minister prior to him even entering the political arena.

In December 2018, Gantz created a new party called Israel Resilience, whose stated platformwas to pursue “the continued development and strengthening of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state” and focus on issues like education, agriculture, and internal security. Then in February, Gantz joined forces with the Yesh Atid party to form a centrist alliance that branded itself the Blue and White party, after the colors of the Israeli flag (basically the equivalent of an American political party calling itself the “Red, White, and Blue Party.”)

The former military officer has painted himself as a political outsider who would be a breath of fresh air. He’s talked about “uniting” Israel and refocusing on democracy. He’s taken aim at Netanyahu by saying he’ll fight corruption and impose term limits. But he doesn’t differ much from Netanyahu in other areas, like his policy on the Palestinians. He’s also allied with some extremely hawkish politicians in the Knesset.

In short, some say, he’s trying to be all things to all people — but mainly offer an alternative to the embattled prime minister.

Netanyahu, for his part, has had a lot of success partly by portraying himself as tough on security issues, like his policy toward Iran, and his forceful response to rocket attacks from Gaza. In past elections, that has served him well. But he is finally facing off against someone he can’t so easily paint as weak on security — though he’s certainly tried.

 

 

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    Jilliam · 2 months ago
    Is it true that Gantz and Netanyahu were best buds a year ago and devised a plan to act out a protest with Gantz leaving the military to ensure the power was left in right hands. When Gantz left I remember people speculating that he left to carry out a scripted plan with Netanyahu. It wouldn't surprise me.
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    Ratcoon · 2 months ago
    The World certainly needs NEW approaches ........ hope the "new" leader of Israel can make the RIGHT decisions to keep that side a bit more contained. It kinda looks like "peaceful" is not quite the solution. Perhaps having the correct RESPONSE is the PROPER solution .....TEETH for a tooth.........
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      Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
      We are choosing up sides for WW3.
      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israeli-election-ad-boasts-gaza-bombed-back-stone-ages
      Benny Gantz, the former Israeli army chief, is bragging about how much killing and destruction he committed in Gaza in a series of campaign videos for his new political party posted on YouTube and social media over the weekend.
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        Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
        Must be the right man for the job then.
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          Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
          Far to the right of Hitler.
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            Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
            It's things like that which make me think you are a bit unhinged, Carl. Passion is one thing, hyperbole another, but sometimes you come up with things that are right off the rails. I give you some allowance since you are Irish. Still, I wonder whatever happened to Godwin? Hitler was a leftist anyway, but until 2016, anyone mentioning Hitler on an internet thread was summarily muted, right or wrong.
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              Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
              I give you some allowance since you are American - and hence no knowledge of world history outside you continent.
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                Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
                That wasn't directed at me, was it Carl?
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              Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
              https://www.abc.net.au/religion/nazism-socialism-and-the-falsification-of-history/10214302
              Why are some now so intent on claiming that Hitler was a socialist?.....When Hitler took over the party in 1921, he shredded the anti-capitalist parts of the old party's platform.
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              Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
              Hitler attacked communism and capitalism, but rose to power in a conservative coalition.
              Stick left & right bales wherever you want.
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler
              Former chancellor Franz von Papen and other conservative leaders persuaded President Paul von Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as Chancellor on 30 January 1933. Shortly after, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act of 1933, which began the process of transforming the Weimar Republic into Nazi Germany, a one-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideology of National Socialism.