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Joint List IsraelSenior lawmakers from the Blue & White met with their counterparts from the Joint List on Wednesday, March 11, to discuss the possibility that the latter will recommend MK Benny Gantz to receive the mandate to form a government during consultations with President Reuven Rivlin next week. Gantz, the head of Blue & White, needs the support of the Joint List to show he has enough backing to form a government.

Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi (Ta’al), who along with fellow alliance members Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash), Mansour Abbas (Ra’am) and Mtanes Shihadeh (Balad), met Blue & White MKs Ofer Shelah and Avi Nissenkorn, said that Joint List MKs had still not decided how their alliance would approach consultations with...

Blue & White leader, MK Benny Gantz met on Monday, March 9, with Hadash MK Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List, to discuss the possibility the former’s putting together a minority coalition government, supported from outside by the alliance of Hadash, Ra’am, Ta’al and Balad.

“We aim to form a government that will serve all citizens of the country, Jews and Arabs,” Gantz said after...

Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List) spoke on Radio 103FM on Sunday, March 8, and stressed that the entire parliamentary alliance to which she belongs will decide together on its political future. Her comments come amidst speculation that Blue & White leader MK Benny Gantz will seek support for the formation of a government from Joint List MKs.

“Blue & White...

Foreign Minister Israel Katz (Likud) lashed out at members of the Joint List on Sunday, March 8, calling them “terrorists in suits.” “We heard [Blue & White leader MK] Benny Gantz talking about forming a minority government with the support of the members of the Joint List,” Katz said in an interview with Kan public broadcasting radio. “They are terrorists in suits or supporters of...

Marking International Women’s Day, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) announced on Sunday, March 8, that there are currently 43 Palestinian women incarcerated in Israel for resisting the Israeli occupation of their land.

The PPS said 27 of the women have been sentenced to various terms, the highest being 16 years for Shurouq Dwayat, from occupied East Jerusalem, and Shatilla Abu Ayyad...

Last night, Saturday March 7, on the eve of today’s International Women’s Day, Hadash held a public event in south Tel Aviv “spearheaded by the brave women who were workers’ struggle leaders in the past year and dare to stand up to injustice and against discrimination and who demand respect, recognition and equality for women.”

Key participants and speakers at the event included Inbal...

The Chairman of the Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), said Thursday, March 5, that Blue & White Chairman, MK Benny Gantz, would have to walk back comments in support of forming a “Jewish majority” coalition and annexing parts of the occupied West Bank for Odeh’s alliance to recommend that the centrist party leader be tapped to form the next government. “We will not surrender our role...

Joint List chairman MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) declared yesterday (Tuesday, March 3) that the alliance of Hadash, Balad, Ta’al and Ra’am had realized a “huge achievement” in Monday’s general elections for the Knesset after nearly-final results suggested it won 15 seats in the 120-seat parliament. The election results showed that more than 530,000 voter, Arabs and Jews, cast their ballots for the...

Far-right Likud leader and acting Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appeared poised for an electoral victory Tuesday morning, March 3, though questions remained over whether he had enough support to form a coalition, as votes were still being counted following Monday’s general election, the third in the last 11 months.

With some 90% of the ballots tallied, the Likud had 29% of the counted...

The citizens of Israel have another date today (Monday, March 2) with the ballot box in an unprecedented third general election in less than a year. The previous two rounds ended in deadlocks between far-right Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s right-wing/settler/religious bloc and a cluster of Zionist center parties led by challenger MK Benny Gantz. Neither of the two blocs were...

Joint List leader, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) has said that his slate will not recommend MK Benny Gantz to form a government after next week’s election, as it largely did (with the exception of the four MKs from Balad) following last September’s election. Without Joint List support, it will be much more difficult for Gantz, chairman of Blue & White (Kahol-Lavan), to get the nod from...

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