Results of 19th Knesset Elections
The results as released by the Central Elections Committee hardly changed the known party map:
Likud-Israel Beitenu - 31
Yesh Atid (Yair Lapid) - 19
Labor - 15
Jewish Home (Bennet) - 12
Shas - 11
Raam-Taal - 4
Hatnua (Tzipi Livni) - 6
Meretz - 6
Kadima - 2
Voter turnout reached 67.79%. Forty-one thousand ballots were disqualified. The 217,000 ballots cast by soldiers, diplomats, hospital and prison inmates were counted last.
The easiest option for Netanyahu will be to form a coalition with Jewish Home, a natural partner, and the surprise winner in this election, the centrist Yesh Atid party of former news anchor Yair Lapid, which became the second largest Knesset faction with 19 seats. A Likud-Jewish Home-Yesh Atid coalition would have at least 61 seats.
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
The Arab League issued a call for Israeli Arabs to vote on last Tuesday's elections. The League, the umbrella group of Arab states in Africa and the Middle East, most of which do not have elections for national leaders, said that the Arab vote was needed in order to prevent the Jewish Zionist inclined parties from winning.
US-based Freedom House ranked Israel as the Middle East’s only “free” state. Israel’s ranking is completely dissimilar to that given the West Bank and Gaza - one under PA control and the other under Hamas rule - which are both classified as “not free.” (There is only one Jewish state. Israel should not allow messianic Christians to proselytise Jews - Most Muslim countries, even some Christian ones, don’t!)
Manuel Hassassian, the head of the Palestinian delegation to London has buried the idea of a two-state solution. He told the audience of around 100 members of the anti-Israel fringe group Palestine Solidarity Campaign “There is no two-state solution.” “Democracies don’t fight each other. If Israel is a democracy, I would claim that the Palestinians are also a democracy. If democracies cannot fight each other then why not have one state, one man, one vote?”
Kadima Almost ‘Dead’ - Here Comes Yesh Atid
Kadima, the largest party in the 18th Knesset, is not out just yet. A tally of the votes has found that the party has passed the electoral threshold and will have two seats in the 19th Knesset. (It is amazing how easily the Israeli left is able to manipulate and fool Israeli voters by re-inventing 'new' parties almost every election. First it was Shinui - so-called "Change", then Kadima - "Advancing" to nowhere. Both went to oblivion! This year's election produced: Hatnua - formed by Labor party's reject Tzipi Livni. Yesh Atid might have the same "Future" as others, if it keeps the self-destructive political platform of a 'Two-state solution'!)
US Snubs Al Quaida, but Israel Must Talk to Terrorists?
Immediately after the election in Israel the White House renewed its call for a resumption of long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in the wake of Israeli elections in which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu emerged the winner. (For the record: it is the PA that has been rejecting peace talks with Netanyahu, waiting for a more traitorous Israel government!)
An explosion deep within
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations brought the issue home, comparing the situation in northern Africa to Israel’s fight against terrorism in Gaza. “France’s foreign minister said this month that his country was fighting to prevent the creation of an Islamist terrorist enclave ‘at the doorstep of France and Europe.’ If Mali is on France’s doorstep, Gaza is in Israel’s living room” He added, “Make no mistakes: France’s principled stand should be commended. We only ask that France and all the countries that are supporting its principled stand today, support Israel tomorrow when we fight Islamic terrorism on our borders.” (International duplicity towards Israel must end!)
No to “State of Palestine” Terminology
UN Ambassador Susan Rice said: "Any reference to the 'State of Palestine' in the United Nations, including the use of the term 'State of Palestine' on the placard in the Security Council or the use of the term 'State of Palestine' in the invitation to this meeting or other arrangements for participation in this meeting, do not reflect acquiescence that Palestine is a state." (Nice words, but the US did not protest to the UN for violating international law by elevating the PA status to a non-member state in the General Assembly and using fake terminology!)
Quote(s) of the Week:
"I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilise man than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilising the nations. If I were an atheist of another sect, who believe, or pretend to believe that all is ordered by chance, I should believe that chance had ordered the Jews to preserve and propagate to all mankind the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty sovereign of the universe, which I believe to be the great essential principle of all morality, and consequently of all civilisation.” - John Adams, the 2nd president of the US
published in the daily PA Al-Quds newspaper or by allowing the enclave to expand into the Sinai Peninsula.
talked about the possibility of leasing lands from the Egyptians for 99 years. It noted that while the talk about leasing lands from Egypt sounded “strange” to some, it was nevertheless possible as precedents have already been created in other parts of the world.
Hong Kong was mentioned as an example, as it had been leased to Britain for a similar period of time. Another example was Guantanamo Bay, which the US leased from Cuba.
Unconfirmed reports published in a number of Egyptian newspapers recently claimed that Hamas has been planning to settle Palestinians in Sinai and declare a Palestinian state there. Many Egyptians have strongly come out against the alleged plan, calling on their government to prevent Palestinians from moving to Sinai. (Why? Most residents of Gaza are descendants of Egyptians, who migrated over there during the Ottoman Empire and British mandate rule. The Sinai Option is the best two-state solution - the way to free all Jewish land from Arab/Muslim occupation and establish some kind of enforceable peace!)