2021 Elections

News for 2021 Elections

President Rivlin expected to hand mandate directly to Knesset

President Rivlin expected to hand mandate directly to Knesset

With 2 weeks left for Netanyahu to form government, expectations grow that President won't nominate second candidate if PM fails.Arutz Sheva Staff, Wednesday, 8:58 AM
Head of Arab-Israeli party: Netanyahu can't be trusted

Head of Arab-Israeli party: Netanyahu can't be trusted

Head of the Arab-Israeli party that failed to pass threshold warns against siding with Netanyahu, says PM has repeatedly betrayed allies.Dalit Halevi, Tuesday, 10:37 PM
Prime Minister Netanyahu appeals to MK Bezalel Smotrich: Help prevent 5th elections

Prime Minister Netanyahu appeals to MK Bezalel Smotrich: Help prevent 5th elections

Netanyahu asked Religious Zionism party chairman Bezalel Smotrich to support his bid for direct elections for Prime Minister.Arutz Sheva Staff, Tuesday, 10:10 PM
MK Yinon Azoulay: 'We won't work with Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid'

MK Yinon Azoulay: 'We won't work with Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid'

'In politics anything is possible, we may not be in the next government,' Shas MK Azoulay says.103FM, Tuesday, 1:09 PM
Key Netanyahu rival rejects plan for direct elections

Key Netanyahu rival rejects plan for direct elections

New Hope chief rejects plan to hold special elections for prime minister. 'You can't change the rules in the middle of the game.'Hezki Baruch, Monday, 3:09 PM
Netanyahu pushing bill for direct election of Prime Minister

Netanyahu pushing bill for direct election of Prime Minister

PM adopts Bennett's plan to return to direct elections for premier to end political deadlock. Bill could be submitted as early as this week.Arutz Sheva Staff, Sunday, 8:16 PM
Political expert: Smotrich has 'burned' Netanyahu

Political expert: Smotrich has 'burned' Netanyahu

Journalist Gil Hoffman says Religious Zionism's Bezalel Smotrich may be the only one interested in another round of elections.i24NEWS, Sunday, 12:59 PM
The Likud's 'Bennett Bill'

The Likud's 'Bennett Bill'

Likud offered Yamina legislative protection against being fired from government, report says.Arutz Sheva Staff, Saturday, 10:40 PM
PM Netanyahu to Gideon Sa'ar: 'The Likud is your home, you were raised here'

PM Netanyahu to Gideon Sa'ar: 'The Likud is your home, you were raised here'

PM Netanyahu calls on New Hope chief to join right-wing nationalist gov't: 'Now isn't the time to form a leftist government.'Hezki Baruch, Friday, 3:24 PM
Sovereignty Movement to New Hope: Come back to the rightist bloc

Sovereignty Movement to New Hope: Come back to the rightist bloc

Pro-sovereignty activists urged Ze'ev Elkin and other New Hope leaders to help form right-wing government.Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, 4/14/2021, 11:51 AM
'PM can't build government with defectors from other parties'

'PM can't build government with defectors from other parties'

Likud, Yamina focusing their efforts on convincing Smotrich to drop his opposition to building coalition with support of Islamist party.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/14/2021, 9:22 AM
Netanyahu offering Yamina all ministries held by Blue & White

Netanyahu offering Yamina all ministries held by Blue & White

PM meets with Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem Tuesday afternoon, while Yamina and Likud negotiating teams meet for coalition talks.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/13/2021, 12:25 PM
Netanyahu, Bennett to hold third meeting

Netanyahu, Bennett to hold third meeting

Yamina chief to meet with Prime Minister Tuesday in bid to reach deal for formation of right-wing government.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/13/2021, 8:52 AM
Likud, Yamina negotiating teams met in secret

Likud, Yamina negotiating teams met in secret

Netanyahu and Bennett keeping in close contact over last few days, with coalition negotiations beginning in secret on Sunday.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/12/2021, 10:27 PM
Meretz MK: We won't support Netanyahu for president

Meretz MK: We won't support Netanyahu for president

MK Nitzan Horowitz urges leaders of 'bloc for change' to begin coalition negotiations immediately, says PM Netanyahu 'endangers' Israel.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/12/2021, 3:45 PM
Bennett: Netanyahu can count us in for a right-wing government

Bennett: Netanyahu can count us in for a right-wing government

'We will do everything possible to prevent fifth elections,' Yamina chair MK Bennett says.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/12/2021, 2:54 PM
Report: PM Netanyahu to focus efforts on Gideon Sa'ar after giving up on Bezalel Smotrich

Report: PM Netanyahu to focus efforts on Gideon Sa'ar after giving up on Bezalel Smotrich

PM Netanyahu is convinced Religious Zionism won't join government backed by United Arab List, officials say.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/12/2021, 10:02 AM
Sources: 'Bennett trying to prevent formation of a right-wing government'

Sources: 'Bennett trying to prevent formation of a right-wing government'

'Not only is Naftali Bennett not helping form a government, he's trying to prevent the formation of a right-wing government,' sources say.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/12/2021, 8:26 AM
Deri to Sa'ar: Let's form a right-wing government

Deri to Sa'ar: Let's form a right-wing government

Shas chairman calls on Gideon Sa'ar and Naftali Bennett to join a right-wing government led by Benjamin Netanyahu.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/12/2021, 5:15 AM
Yisrael Beytenu MK reveals offer she received from the Likud

Yisrael Beytenu MK reveals offer she received from the Likud

MK Yulia Malinovsky claims she was offered a spot on the Likud slate and a senior ministerial portfolio of her choice.Ben Ariel, 4/12/2021, 4:43 AM
Liberman: 'Bennett received a generous offer - he must not pass it up'

Liberman: 'Bennett received a generous offer - he must not pass it up'

MK Liberman urges Yamina chief MK Bennett not to miss opportunity to be first in rotation for PM: 'Netanyahu will try to eliminate him.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/10/2021, 11:27 PM
Bennett: 'We'll join a right-wing government - if Smotrich joins, too'

Bennett: 'We'll join a right-wing government - if Smotrich joins, too'

Yamina's MK Bennett promises to help form right-wing government - but will work with the other side if PM Netanyahu fails, report says.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/10/2021, 8:48 PM
'Smotrich is torpedoing Netanyahu-Bennett rapprochement'

'Smotrich is torpedoing Netanyahu-Bennett rapprochement'

Discord on the Right? Netanyahu outraged after Religious Zionist Party chief blasts Bennett ahead of Bennett's meeting with PM.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/9/2021, 8:55 AM
Bennett and Netanyahu hold meeting 'in positive atmosphere'

Bennett and Netanyahu hold meeting 'in positive atmosphere'

Yamina chairman meets Prime Minister at his residence in Balfour, after years in which Netanyahu refrained from inviting Bennett there.Ido Ben Porat, 4/8/2021, 11:18 PM
Hamodia daily criticizes Smotrich voters

Hamodia daily criticizes Smotrich voters

Hamodia daily criticizes haredim who voted for Religious Zionism party: 'Is MK Smotrich appropriate or willing to represent haredi Jews?'Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/8/2021, 10:34 AM
Minister Litzman: 'We'll only work with Netanyahu, there might not be a government'

Minister Litzman: 'We'll only work with Netanyahu, there might not be a government'

'Partnership with Liberman and Lapid is even worse than partnership with the Arab parties,' Housing Min. Litzman says.Ben Shaul, 4/7/2021, 5:34 PM
Danny Danon: 'Those who oppose Netanyahu will use Bennett and then toss him out'

Danny Danon: 'Those who oppose Netanyahu will use Bennett and then toss him out'

Former ambassador to the UN warns Yamina chair MK Bennett must choose a side. 'There are no shortcuts' to position of PM.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/7/2021, 2:36 PM
MK Mossi Raz: 'We won't rush to support Bennett's candidacy'

MK Mossi Raz: 'We won't rush to support Bennett's candidacy'

Meretz MK says MK Lapid is 'the most worthy' candidate for prime minister, those who don't accept Arabs will bring Israel to 5th elections.Ben Shaul, 4/7/2021, 2:09 PM
Likud officials: Bennett is going to back Lapid

Likud officials: Bennett is going to back Lapid

Prime Minister Netanyahu set to meet with right-wing bloc leaders today and Naftali Bennett on Thursday in bid to form government.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/7/2021, 12:13 PM
Will the haredi rabbis save Israel from new elections?

Will the haredi rabbis save Israel from new elections?

MK Bezalel Smotrich won't join a government supported by the United Arab List - but haredi rabbis may be able to change that.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/7/2021, 11:25 AM
Joint Arab List MKs at swearing-in ceremony: 'We vow to fight the Zionist Occupation'

Joint Arab List MKs at swearing-in ceremony: 'We vow to fight the Zionist Occupation'

Members of the Joint Arab List insult the State they are elected to serve at the swearing-in of the 24th Knesset.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/6/2021, 5:08 PM
Religious Zionism MK Orit Struk: Left-wing government would be a 'national tragedy'

Religious Zionism MK Orit Struk: Left-wing government would be a 'national tragedy'

Struk prior to being sworn in as MK: 'The Arabs are stealing our Land. Bennett understands this, Sa'ar is aware and Elkin is living it.'Hezki Baruch, 4/6/2021, 4:47 PM
Arutz Sheva survey: Can an Israeli government be formed using Arab party support?

Arutz Sheva survey: Can an Israeli government be formed using Arab party support?

Can an Israeli government be formed using Arab party support?Arutz Sheva Staff , 4/6/2021, 4:46 PM
Naftali Bennett:'Israel needs a government that leans towards the right'

Naftali Bennett:'Israel needs a government that leans towards the right'

MK Naftali Bennett, Yamina chief, says he won't compromise on his ideals - even for the position of prime minister.Hezki Baruch, 4/6/2021, 4:14 PM
Report: Bennett is waiting for PM Netanyahu to fail to form coalition before joining Lapid

Report: Bennett is waiting for PM Netanyahu to fail to form coalition before joining Lapid

'Another step towards ending Netanyahu's time in power,' senior haredi official says.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/6/2021, 1:42 PM
President Rivlin grants Netanyahu mandate to form new government

President Rivlin grants Netanyahu mandate to form new government

Israel's president taps Netanyahu candidate to try to form government and serve additional term as Prime Minister.David Rosenberg, 4/6/2021, 12:10 PM
Haredi party debated whether to support PM Netanyahu unconditionally - or not

Haredi party debated whether to support PM Netanyahu unconditionally - or not

UTJ chief does not oppose working with other candidates, if PM Netanyahu fails to form a coalition.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/6/2021, 12:03 PM
New Hope: 'We didn't recommend anyone'

New Hope: 'We didn't recommend anyone'

New Hope's MK Elkin explains party's decision not to recommend anyone, says party spoke to both sides.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/6/2021, 10:33 AM
Poll: Lapid soars, Likud sinks if Israel goes to 5th election

Poll: Lapid soars, Likud sinks if Israel goes to 5th election

New poll shows Yesh Atid gaining ground if no candidate can form government, forcing Israel to go to unprecedented fifth election.David Rosenberg, 4/6/2021, 8:24 AM
Liberman: End Netanyahu's time in office

Liberman: End Netanyahu's time in office

Yisrael Beytenu chairman: Netanyahu is responsible for the deep political crisis.Hezki Baruch, 4/6/2021, 6:12 AM
Netanyahu, run for president

Netanyahu, run for president

Regardless of who Rivlin taps to form a gov't, the political jam will remain so long as Netanyahu is PM. It's time to let go. Opinion.Uzi Baruch, 4/5/2021, 4:33 PM
Yamina MKs endorse Bennett for Prime Minister

Yamina MKs endorse Bennett for Prime Minister

Yamina party refuses to back either Netanyahu or Lapid, instead recommending that President Rivlin grant the mandate to Naftali Bennett.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/5/2021, 2:59 PM
Could haredi MKs help Lapid build a government?

Could haredi MKs help Lapid build a government?

Officials close to Bennett urge UTJ to consider joining government with Yesh Atid, saying Lapid is willing to reach an accord with haredim.Hezki Baruch, 4/5/2021, 2:17 PM
Gantz: Blue and White will back Yair Lapid as PM

Gantz: Blue and White will back Yair Lapid as PM

Blue and White to recommend Yesh Atid chief for the premiership in consultations with President Rivlin. Shas nominates Netanyahu.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/5/2021, 11:41 AM
Shas chief says 'no' to anti-Netanyahu bloc

Shas chief says 'no' to anti-Netanyahu bloc

Interior Min. Deri says haredi parties will not join anything other than a Likud-led right-wing government - even if it means new elections.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/5/2021, 11:18 AM
President begins consultations for granting mandate to form new government

President begins consultations for granting mandate to form new government

With no candidate holding clear majority of incoming Knesset, President Rivlin begins consultations to determine who will receive PM mandateArutz Sheva Staff, 4/5/2021, 10:36 AM
Right-wing activists: No to a government that relies on an Arab party

Right-wing activists: No to a government that relies on an Arab party

Dozens of right-wing activists demonstrate outside President's home against formation of a government with an Arab party.Hezki Baruch, 4/5/2021, 6:11 AM
Haredim to ask Rivlin: Convince Sa'ar to join right-wing government

Haredim to ask Rivlin: Convince Sa'ar to join right-wing government

Representatives of UTJ will recommend Netanyahu to Rivlin but will also demand that he persuade Sa'ar to join the pro-Netanyahu bloc.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/5/2021, 4:58 AM
Sa'ar: We will not support Netanyahu, we will work to form a government of change

Sa'ar: We will not support Netanyahu, we will work to form a government of change

New Hope chairman does not intend to join a government under Netanyahu. "We want to establish a reconciliation government."Ido Ben Porat, 4/5/2021, 4:14 AM
President Netanyahu?

President Netanyahu?

Likud MKs looking into possibility of pushing other candidate as PM, with Netanyahu being elected president and made immune from prosecutionDavid Rosenberg, 4/4/2021, 11:00 PM
Lapid agrees to have Bennett serve as PM first in rotational deal

Lapid agrees to have Bennett serve as PM first in rotational deal

'We're on the verge of losing the government,' say senior Likud officials, as Lapid agrees to key Yamina demand in latest overture.David Rosenberg, 4/4/2021, 10:45 PM
Report: Bennett aiming for right-wing gov't with Netanyahu, Sa'ar

Report: Bennett aiming for right-wing gov't with Netanyahu, Sa'ar

Yamina chairman reportedly looking to enlist New Hope chief Gideon Sa'ar in bid to form right-wing government led by Netanyahu.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/4/2021, 9:12 PM
PM Netanyahu's tempting offer to Naftali Bennett

PM Netanyahu's tempting offer to Naftali Bennett

New report hints at content of three-hour meeting between PM Netanyahu and Yamina chairman.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/3/2021, 11:52 PM
Poll: Most Israelis don't believe there will be a coalition

Poll: Most Israelis don't believe there will be a coalition

New poll shows 44% of Israelis believe PM Netanyahu has best chance at forming gov't, 35% believe MK Lapid should lead anti-Netanyahu bloc.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/3/2021, 11:26 PM
Senior Likud figure threatens Religious Zionism party

Senior Likud figure threatens Religious Zionism party

MK Smotrich 'eliminated' option for PM Netanyahu to form gov't by refusing to work with United Arab List, Likud source says.Hezki Baruch, 4/3/2021, 10:46 PM
Report: Yamina leaning towards supporting PM Netanyahu

Report: Yamina leaning towards supporting PM Netanyahu

New report says Yamina chair MK Bennett is leaning towards supporting PM Netanyahu - but has not yet made a final decision.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/3/2021, 8:32 PM
Bennett meets PM Netanyahu: 'We have one goal - to form a government'

Bennett meets PM Netanyahu: 'We have one goal - to form a government'

PM Netanyahu, Yamina chair MK Bennett, meet Friday afternoon for coalition talks. 'Goal is to form a good, stable, government - quickly.'Hezki Baruch, 4/2/2021, 1:57 PM