Outcome still up in air, officials start counting 450,000 absentee ballots

‘Double envelope’ ballots, some 10% of total, could yet determine Netanyahu’s fate; officials expect final results by Friday; tiny percentage of regular votes still outstanding The Central Elections Committee on Wednesday night began counting some 450,000 absentee ballots, and said it hoped to conclude the…

China floats Mideast initiative, offers to host Israeli, Palestinian officials

Beijing FM announces five-point plan to boost its involvement in peacemaking and realize ‘regional peace and stability in the Middle East China is set to take a more active role in encouraging negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, offering to host officials from both sides…

With election turnout lowest since 2009, parties break out panic campaigns

As of 8 p.m., 60.9% have cast their ballot, a 4.7% decline compared to last round; turnout down in Arab communities; stations for COVID patients, people in quarantine said empty Turnout in Israel’s fourth national election in two years slumped on Tuesday afternoon, recording the…

Election day as it happened: After 4th election, Israel still deadlocked

Netanyahu hails ‘great accomplishment’ of finishing as largest party despite losing seats, extends hand to rivals, warning of 5th election otherwise The Times of Israel liveblogged election day’s events as they unfolded. 22hr ago Party leaders, MKs start voting, warning of fifth election if no…

Israel needs the B-52 and MOP in order to deter Iran

Knowing Israel can destroy their nuclear sites will deter Iran from trying to produce a nuclear weapon. US President Joe Biden’s administration seeks to negotiate with Iran. If it does not work, the US will have to deter Iran from producing nuclear weapons. Another scenario is that…

Thousands rally in Jerusalem for largest anti-Netanyahu protest in weeks

In the largest protest in weeks, thousands of Israelis flood Paris Square in Jerusalem to call for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s resignation. Demonstrators fill the intersection outside the Prime Minister’s Residence, with flag-bearing protesters tightly packed on Keren HaYasod and Agron Streets. Rami Peleg, who…

Lapid calls on Netanyahu to debate him: ‘Israel deserves answers’

PM says opposition leader must first declare he’s running for premiership; Sa’ar says he and Bennett must be allowed to take part too Opposition leader Yair Lapid made a last-minute call Saturday for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to engage in a televised debate with him…

PA, Hamas condemn Kosovo for opening embassy in Jerusalem

Jordan, Turkey also speak out against first Muslim-majority territory to recognize city as Israel’s capital Palestinian representatives on Monday condemned Kosovo for opening an embassy in Jerusalem, after it became the first Muslim-majority territory to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Kosovo, which formally opened…