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Poll: Gantz loses support, Netanyahu gains

Minister Benny Gantz's National Unity party drops two seats to 30, as PM Netanyahu's Likud party rises two seats to 19.

Poll: Gantz loses support, Netanyahu gains

Britain:

Blow to the Right, Labour loses votes because of war in Gaza

Local elections in Britain reflected polls indicating a loss to the Conservative party in next year's elections | Labor Party also loses votes after refusing to call on Israel to reach a permanent ceasefire.

Blow to the Right, Labour loses votes because of war in Gaza

This is when elections might be held

A number of figures may have interests in new elections, but not all are certain to run, report says.

This is when elections might be held

Poll:

Religious Zionists to receive 7 seats if election was today

The poll found that if a new center-right party, led by fmr. PM Bennett, Fmr. Mossad Chief Cohen and MK Sa'ar were formed it would receive 32 seats.

Religious Zionists to receive 7 seats if election was today

September elections?

Gantz calls to set date for new elections

Minister Benny Gantz spoke at a press conference after last night's violent protest in Jerusalem and said elections will 'prevent split' in the nation.

Gantz calls to set date for new elections

Sa'ar proposes: Elections in January 2025

MK Gideon Sa'ar explained the importance of going to elections against the background of the ongoing war: "Israel needs not only a soul-searching but also repair, rejuvenation, and hope."

Sa'ar proposes: Elections in January 2025

MK Danon:

'I'm not sure Trump would have acted any differently'

MK Danny Danon says while the US wants the war to end before elections, Israel has to care only about its own interests. 'If we hadn't listened to the Americans for the past few months all this may have been behind us already.'

'I'm not sure Trump would have acted any differently'

US elections:

Poll: Small gap in race between Biden and Trump

After Biden and Trump officially secured nominations in their respective parties, a new poll shows a very close race within the range of a sampling error.

Poll: Small gap in race between Biden and Trump

Poll:

40% of Netanyahu bloc voters favor early elections

The National Unity Party is weakening according to the poll but still wins 35 seats. The majority of the public is in favor of establishing a commission of inquiry into the October 7 failures.

40% of Netanyahu bloc voters favor early elections

Municipal elections results:

Who will be Israel's new mayors and governors?

The polling stations in municipal elections closed and counting has begun. The voter turnout, without the “double envelopes” which contain the votes of IDF soldiers and reservists, is 49%.

Who will be Israel's new mayors and governors?

Turnout in municipal elections - 45% voted by 8pm

Elections for local authorities are taking place almost without any incidents. The percentage of voting, as of 8 pm, stands at 45%. Police arrested a Beit Shemesh resident on suspicion of election bribery in the city.

Turnout in municipal elections - 45% voted by 8pm

Poll: Otzma Yehudit closing gap with Yesh Atid

New poll shows Otzma Yehudit rising to 10 Knesset seats, just three seats behind MK Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party.

Poll: Otzma Yehudit closing gap with Yesh Atid

Enough unity?

Anti-government groups to renew demonstrations

The anti-government Kaplan Force has announced an 'evening of awakening' to call for elections.

Anti-government groups to renew demonstrations

Op-ed:

Who wants elections?

It's the same people and the same messages. The motives are always the same, and only the context changes. Comrades of the right, do not be seduced by the left’s call for early elections.

Who wants elections?

Gallant's proposal to Netanyahu and Gantz

The Defense Minister suggested that the Prime Minister and Minister Gantz agree to hold elections half a year after the end of the war or two years from now, whichever comes first.

Gallant's proposal to Netanyahu and Gantz

Former Pakistani PM sentenced to 10 years in prison

Former Pakistani PM Imran Khan was charged with displaying classified documents during a rally.

Former Pakistani PM sentenced to 10 years in prison

Majority of Israelis:

Hostages' families correct in stepping up protest

Women more likely than men to support increasing scope of protests demanding to bring hostages home, poll shows.

Hostages' families correct in stepping up protest

Gideon Sa'ar: 'Now is not the time for elections'

Min. Gideon Sa'ar agrees PM Netanyahu bears responsibility for 7/10 massacre, says priority needs to be fighting Hamas. 'Now is not the time for elections.'

Gideon Sa'ar: 'Now is not the time for elections'

Liberman: This is not the time for wars between Jews

Yisrael Beytenu chair, MK Avigdor Liberman, says now is not the time for elections, sends a message to PM Netanyahu.

Liberman: This is not the time for wars between Jews

Ayelet Shaked:

After the war, Netanyahu must call elections

Former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked urges elections following the war, 'to prevent mass demonstrations and a renewed rift in the nation.'

After the war, Netanyahu must call elections

CNN: Swords of Iron the most important topic of 2024

Israel's war against Hamas has been named the number one topic to track over the course of the next year.

CNN: Swords of Iron the most important topic of 2024

Poll:

Likud crashes to 16 seats, Gantz in the lead

The poll found that a party led by Naftali Bennett would receive 15 seats, while a Likud led by fmr. Mossad Director Cohen would get 23.

Likud crashes to 16 seats, Gantz in the lead

Poll:

69% of Israelis want elections immediately after war

62% of respondents believe that the criticism and protests against Israel in the world stem from antisemitism and hatred of Israel.

69% of Israelis want elections immediately after war

Netherlands eletions resutls:

Geert Wilders elicits sympathy & fear in Jewish voters

'A few weeks ago, he only had between 13 and 17 seats,' editor of Dutch Jewish weekly says.

Geert Wilders elicits sympathy & fear in Jewish voters

Labor Minister: 'There will be elections 90 days after the war'

Minister Yoav Ben-Tzur says that part of the government taking responsibility for the war will need to include new elections.

Labor Minister: 'There will be elections 90 days after the war'

'Off-year election':

Kentucky reelects Democratic Governor

Americans cast votes in a variety of polls, from governorships to local referenda.

Kentucky reelects Democratic Governor

New poll:

Right-wing bloc getting stronger, Likud and National Unity tied

Both the Likud and National Unity would receive 26 seats, while the right as a whole would receive  56 seats, compared to the left's 60.

Right-wing bloc getting stronger, Likud and National Unity tied

Gantz proposes new election system

Under the new system, voters would not only choose the party but also be able to influence its list of MKs in the Knesset.

Gantz proposes new election system

Georgia:

Prosecutor hints charges in Trump election probe coming soon

Atlanta area courthouse asked to clear schedule for August, when potential trial could take place.

Prosecutor hints charges in Trump election probe coming soon

Form a coalition already and start solving Israel's problems!

It was a privilege to vote in Israel for the first time, but I would like to see a coalition arise asap and address the issues below.Op-ed.

Form a coalition already and start solving Israel's problems!

For everything there is a season

And now is the season for a war over the identity and future of the State of Israel.

For everything there is a season

Op-ed:

How elections bring out the worst in people

Through appeals and tactics like comparing Bibi to Hitler, the Left is showing itself to be desperate. But no standards at all? Op-ed.

How elections bring out the worst in people

How can a caring Israeli Jew not vote at all on November 1?

For centuries Jews were denied the right to vote. In Israel today the power to decide Jewish fate lies primarily in Jewish hands.Vote!Op-ed.

 How can a caring Israeli Jew not vote at all on November 1?

Religious Zionism gets high score on Knesset achievement report

NGO's parliamentary report card gives high score to Religious Zionism, with Likud in second and Shas in third.

Religious Zionism gets high score on Knesset achievement report

Elections 2022:

Smotrich aims high: Defense, finance, transportation, justice

Smotrich fears that Netanyahu will try to form a government with Gantz and leave the Religious Zionist party in the opposition.

Smotrich aims high: Defense, finance, transportation, justice

Do values and ideology have a place in Israel's elections?

Israel’s elections should not be centered around personal issues, they should not be vacant of ideology and content. Op-ed.

Do values and ideology have a place in Israel's elections?

'Far right' candidate Giorgia Meloni to be Italy's next PM

Meloni once praised Hezbollah, now vows to be a pro-Israel Prime Minister of Italy.

'Far right' candidate Giorgia Meloni to be Italy's next PM

Cult of Personality

Bennett ran through three or four party names. The point was to vote him, as it is for Lapid, Liberman, Gantz, or Aryeh Deri. Op-ed.

Cult of Personality

New poll: Right-wing voters are more confident with their vote

A new survey shows that 75% of right-wing voters will vote the same as in the past, while only 45% of left-wing voters will do so

New poll: Right-wing voters are more confident with their vote

Video interview:

Dr. Shmuel Katz On Biden & Israel Elections

Dr. Shmuel Katz speaks with Israel National News and covers Biden & the upcoming Nov. 1 Israel Elections

Dr. Shmuel Katz On Biden & Israel Elections

Gantz:

We're doing everything to prevent a Netanyahu government

Defense Minister says he prefers holding new elections to allowing Netanyahu to form an alternative govt. in the current Knesset.

We're doing everything to prevent a Netanyahu government

Meretz Chairman:

My party is not at fault for breakdown of gov't

'The ones who pushed for this are a number of Yamina MKs,' Health Min. Horowitz accuses.

My party is not at fault for breakdown of gov't

MK Levin proposes new elections within a year

Likud chairman MK Yariv Levin proposes to coalition the opposition will not make Knesset votes difficult in return for agreed upon elections

MK Levin proposes new elections within a year

Poll: Nearly 60% of Israelis not interested in new elections

Different division, same results: In new poll, bloc led by former PM Netanyahu wins 60 seats, while current coalition wins just 54.

Poll: Nearly 60% of Israelis not interested in new elections

New poll shows right-wing bloc with 60 Knesset seats

Coalition parties lose power, win 54 seats, while bloc led by former PM Netanyahu gains 60.

New poll shows right-wing bloc with 60 Knesset seats

Bennett planning to create new nationalist camp

PM Bennett working to create new nationalist camp to run in next elections.

Bennett planning to create new nationalist camp

Minister: 'We're headed towards elections'

'Pay attention to the trends - we're on our way to elections,' Yisrael Beytenu's Minister Eli Avidar says.

Minister: 'We're headed towards elections'

Is it time for an Orthodox Jewish woman in Congress?

Redistricting, especially in Jewish communities, supports Democratic candidates regardless of incumbents running again.Should I run? Op-ed.

Is it time for an Orthodox Jewish woman in Congress?

New poll: Likud - 33, Yamina - 6

New poll shows Likud retains position as Israel's largest party, Justice Min. Sa'ar's party fails to make it into Knesset.

New poll: Likud - 33, Yamina - 6

New poll shows Likud leading with 33 seats

Yesh Atid retains position as second-largest party, with 19 seats, poll shows.

New poll shows Likud leading with 33 seats

Poll: Yamina drops to 5 seats, Netanyahu-led bloc holds 57

New poll shows Likud gaining almost two Knesset seats at Yamina's expense, as satisfaction with PM Bennett's performance consistently rises.

Poll: Yamina drops to 5 seats, Netanyahu-led bloc holds 57

Survey: Most haredim don't want their parties in the coalition

Majority of haredi voters believe Shas, UTJ, parties were correct in refusing to back anyone other than former PM Netanyahu, survey shows.

Survey: Most haredim don't want their parties in the coalition

Shas party chief admits: 'We made a mistake'

MK Deri says haredi parties erred by not pressuring former PM Netanyahu to keep rotation deal with DM Gantz.

Shas party chief admits: 'We made a mistake'

Poll: 59% of Israelis rate gov't management of pandemic as 'bad'

New poll shows current 61-MK government would lose majority, drop to 60 MKs, if elections were held today.

Poll: 59% of Israelis rate gov't management of pandemic as 'bad'

Former Jerusalem mayor is leading candidate to replace Netanyahu

Nearly one-third of Likud voters want Nir Barkat to replace former PM Netanyahu, while another third have no preferred candidate.

Former Jerusalem mayor is leading candidate to replace Netanyahu

Congo bill seeks to block candidate with Jewish father

In Congo, a bill seeking to block candidate with Jewish father prompts backlash.

Congo bill seeks to block candidate with Jewish father

Foreign Ministry: Israel will not interfere in PA elections

Foreign Ministry Political Director Alon Bar tells EU ambassadors Israel is concerned by Hamas strength in PA elections.

Foreign Ministry: Israel will not interfere in PA elections

Israel pioneers a political phenomenon: the vaccine election

Israel is the first, but there will be other vaccine elections soon, and politicians will be judged by how they protected the public Op-ed.

Israel pioneers a political phenomenon: the vaccine election

92% of votes counted: Meretz strengthens, Ra'am weakens

The counting of some 430,000 absentee ballots continues. Elections Cmte says final results expected to be published tomorrow.

92% of votes counted: Meretz strengthens, Ra'am weakens

The differences between Israel’s 2020 and 2021 elections

Polls show that the election is Netanyahu’s to win or lose, although one should always expect the unexpected in Israeli politics. Op-ed.

The differences between Israel’s 2020 and 2021 elections