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2021 Elections

2021 Elections

News and updates about 2021 Elections

MK Moshe Gafni: 'We can't be bought with money'

MK Gafni, UTJ chief, says he received offer of position in exchange for abstaining from vote on formation of government.

Haredi MK: 'We can't be bought with money'

Yamina MK Abir Kara refuses to resign under Norwegian Law

Kara is a deputy minister in the PMO, wants to keep his Knesset seat too.

Yamina MK refuses to resign under Norwegian Law

MK Eicher: 'Bennett is a secretary, Lapid and Liberman are the rulers'

'The Arabs understood that they were fooled, if you destroy their homes, they'll bring down the government,' MK Yisrael Eichler says.

'Bennett is a secretary, Lapid and Liberman are the rulers'

MK Avigdor Liberman: 'Gaining control of Balfour is like conquering the Bastille'

Finance Min. Liberman says he hopes haredi parties spend 'many years' in opposition, claims to want to 'live and let live.'

'Gaining control of Balfour is like conquering the Bastille'

Nir Orbach: 'If UAL MKs have any sense, they won't visit terrorists in prison'

Yamina MK clarifies: United Arab List not intending to focus on nationalist issues at the moment.

'If UAL have any sense, they won't visit terrorists in prison'

Survey: Just 11% believe incoming government will last through its term

New poll shows 61% believe PM-to-be Naftali Bennett joined 'bloc for change' due to personal ambitions, 43% say gov't will be short-lived.

Survey: Just 11% believe incoming government will last its term

Yesh Atid and New Hope publish planned government roles

Two of the incoming parties in the new government have announced their proposed roles for MKs.

Yesh Atid and New Hope publish planned government roles

Hagit Moshe, Jewish Home chair, turns down offer of ministry

Yamina party says Jewish Home chair uninterested in becoming a minister, despite accepting offer in pre-election agreement.

Jewish Home chair turns down offer of ministry

Jake Tapper: Biden administration will see Naftali Bennett as opportunity to 'start fresh'

'Biden opportunity will treat this as opportunity to start fresh,' CNN's Jake Tapper estimates in podcast.

CNN analyst: Biden administration can 'start fresh' with Bennett

Poll: Most Likud voters want former Mossad chief to replace PM Netanyahu

Over a quarter of Likud voters believe former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen is best candidate to replace PM Netanyahu, new poll shows.

Most Likud voters want former Mossad chief to replace Netanyahu

Formation of new government completed

Yamina and Yesh Atid parties sign coalition agreement, all agreements submitted to the Knesset Secretariat.

Formation of new government completed

Budget for Judea and Samaria infrastructure won't be touched

Following MK Michaeli's promise of limited budget for Judea, Samaria, infrastructure, right-wing parties secure continuation of status quo.

Budget for Judea and Samaria infrastructure won't be touched

Min. Aryeh Deri: 'Netanyahu and I made a mistake in dissolving the Knesset'

'Mistake to dissolve Knesset, I will help whoever my replacement happens to be,' promises outgoing Interior Min. Deri.

'Netanyahu and I made a mistake in dissolving the Knesset'

MK Idit Silman: 'Likud offered me the Health Ministry and a spot on their list'

'One of the parents at school turned to my son and told him, 'Your mother is the devil, may she burn in hell,'' MK Idit Silman reveals.

Yamina MK: 'Likud offered me the Health Ministry'

MK David Bitan: 'It's not a disaster to sit in the opposition'

'No need for primaries now, it costs a lot of money. There's no question Netanyahu leads the opposition,' Likud's MK Bitan says.

Likud MK: 'It's not a disaster to sit in the opposition'

Pressure on New Hope: 'Civil Administration can't stop Arab takeover of Area C'

Activists pen letter to New Hope MKs, urging them not to compromise on coalition demand, insist new administration be under their authority.

'Civil Administration can't stop Arab takeover of Area C'

MK Merav Ben Ari concerned over whether government will pass

'We still have a PM who is not wiling to give up and let go,' says Yesh Atid's MK Ben Ari.

Yesh Atid MK concerned over whether government will pass

Haredi newspaper: 'Decrees of destruction by hostile gov't'

Haredi newspapers slam coalition agreements, claim new government harmful to religion, status quo.

Haredi newspaper: 'Decrees of destruction by hostile gov't'

Shas rabbis call for prayers to annul 'government of wickedness'

Shas rabbis call for prayers and supplications after 'those who hate G-d' 'joined together to form government of wickedness.'

Shas rabbis call for prayers to annul 'government of wickedness'

Joint Arab List to break apart over coalition vote?

If Ta'al faction supports new government as others oppose it, Joint Arab List may break apart, sources say.

Joint Arab List to break apart over coalition vote?

Smotrich: Bennett will be a puppet of the Left

'Naftali Bennett will be prime minister in name and in ego, but a complete puppet of the Left,' Religious Zionism chair MK Smotrich says.

Smotrich: Bennett will be a puppet of the Left

Bennett-Lapid government to be sworn in next Sunday

Knesset Speaker sets date for inauguration of new government. MK Nir Orbach vows to back gov't, ensuring it a majority.

Unity government secures majority, will be sworn in Sunday

Israel's Draft Law: Knesset comes full circle

Coalition agreements include changes to religious status quo in Israel, aim to legislate Draft Law initially approved in 2018.

Israel's Draft Law: Knesset comes full circle

MK Waleed Taha: Israel contaminates Al Aqsa Mosque

MK Taha, of the United Arab List, accuses Israel of 'contaminating' Al Aqsa Mosque, 'aggression' in Jerusalem and Gaza.

Arab MK: Israel contaminates Al Aqsa Mosque

Regavim: Coalition agreements abandon the Negev

Coalition agreement whitewashes illegal construction, hands government to United Arab List, Regavim organization says.

'Coalition agreements abandon the Negev'

Proposal: PM Netanyahu to take a break from public life

New proposal would remove PM Netanyahu from politics, place MK Gideon Sa'ar in Prime Minister's Office.

Proposal: PM Netanyahu to take a break from public life

Shas MK: 'We will make life miserable for the government'

'This is a paralyzed government, there's nothing they'll manage to push forward together,' MK Malkieli says.

Shas MK: 'We will make life miserable for the government'

The coalition deal guaranteeing Lapid will get his turn as PM

After Likud - Blue and White government collapsed over budget battle, Yamina and Yesh Atid work out clause ensuring Lapid will serve as PM.

The coalition deal guaranteeing Lapid will get his turn as PM

Ze'ev Elkin: 'I am part of the New Hope party'

New Hope's MK Elkin denies reports that he plans to bring down incoming government. 'I'm part of the New Hope party, committed to its path.'

'I am part of the New Hope party'

Yamina MK Nir Orbach's rabbi: He should vote against Lapid-Bennett government

Rabbi Shaneh stressed, however, that Orbach should not feel bound by his opinion - his decision will be his own.

Nir Orbach's rabbi: He should vote against 'change' government

MK Mansour Abbas: 'I held talks with PM Netanyahu yesterday'

'I held negotiations with both sides, there was an open relationship and we spoke about everything,' United Arab List chief MK Abbas says.

UAL chief: 'I held talks with Netanyahu yesterday'

Yamina MK Nir Orbach breaks with party to oppose replacing Knesset Speaker

Decision means 'bloc for change' no longer has majority for replacing current Likud Speaker.

MK Orbach breaks with party to oppose replacing Knesset Speaker

MK Chikli: Yamina handed the Crime Minister movement its victory

'It's not true that 'everything was tried' to form a right-wing gov't,' alleges Yamina MK who will vote 'against' Lapid-Bennett coalition.

MK Chikli: Yamina handed the Crime Minister movement its victoryplayer

UAL agreement: Most illegal Bedouin villages to be recognized by government

United Arab List's coalition agreement with Yesh Atid: Over 52b poured into plans for Arab sector, no enforcement of construction laws.

UAL agreement: Most illegal Bedouin villages to be recognized

Yamina refuses coalition demands made by United Arab List

As part of coalition talks, United Arab List demands cancellation of law allowing improved enforcement of construction laws. Yamina refuses.

Yamina refuses coalition demands made by United Arab List

Smotrich tried to convince two Blue and White MKs to join right-wing government

MK Smotrich, Religious Zionism chair, offered senior ministry, membership on top Cabinet, to Blue & White MKs willing to desert, join gov't.

Smotrich tried to convince two Blue and White MKs to join gov't

Mansour Abbas demands: No pro-LGBT laws

Ahead of deadline to form government, United Arab List demands center-left parties compromise on LGBT issues as condition for support.

Mansour Abbas demands: No pro-LGBT laws

MK Eichler: 'The one who wanted to put us in garbage dumps will be Finance Minister?'

MK Eichler criticizes appointment of Yisrael Beytenu's MK Liberman as Finance Minister. 'He said he'd take us to the garbage dumps.'

'He who wanted to put us in garbage dumps will be Finance Min.?'

Haim Ramon: 'Is PM Netanyahu more important than the Torah?'

Former Justice Min. Ramon criticizes haredi parties, asks why they do not demand PM Netanyahu step down.

Former minister: 'Is Netanyahu more important than the Torah?'

Lapid holds joint meeting with Bennett, Shaked, Sa'ar, Liberman

Leaders of four opposition parties meet ahead of establishment of unity government led by Bennett and Lapid.

Lapid holds joint meeting with Bennett, Shaked, Sa'ar, Liberman