1. Final Vote Count: Bibi & Gantz Are Tied - Jerusalem Online
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz are both tied in votes and are unable to form a coalition after almost all the votes cast yesterday in Tuesday's parliamentary elections were counted. After more than 92% of the votes counted, the parties of the two rivals each won 32 seats out of 120 in the Knesset and failed with their respective allies to cross the 61-member threshold to obtain a majority in the House.
According to local Israeli media, Blue and White and Likud would each obtain 32 seats, the Unified Arab List 12, Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu 9, Unified Judaism of Torah 8, Yamina 7, the Labour-Gesher Union 6 and the Democratic Union 5.
Therefore the center-left block with 55 seats and the center-right block with 56 would not be able to form a majority to run the government.
2. Netanyahu: 'We must not let Left form a government that relies on Arab parties' - Israel Hayom
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Wednesday that despite Tuesday's election results ending without a clear winner, he was determined to block the Left from forming a "dangerous government" with the Arab parties.
Likud and Blue and White got roughly the same amount of seats on Tuesday. This means Blue and White and its left-wing allies have 56 seats, compared to the 55 Likud has with its right-wing allies.
Despite the overall advantage, the Center-Left is unlikely to get a majority of the Knesset to support it without Avigdor Lieberman's party, Yisrael Beytenu, which has vowed it would only sit in a unity government rather than support any ideological bloc.
3. Warning of national crisis, kingmaker Liberman appeals for speedy unity - Times Of Israel
With the confidence of a political leader crowned by exit polls as the linchpin for any possible coalition, Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday night called for the formation of a broad national unity government made up of his party, Likud and Blue and White.
Addressing supporters at a victory rally in Jerusalem, Liberman said significant but unspecified economic and security challenges facing the country necessitated a unity government, urging party leaders to begin negotiations without even waiting for official vote tallies to come in.
The projected results of Tuesday's elections showed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party would not be able to form a coalition of ultra-Orthodox and right-wing parties without Yisrael Beytenu. Throughout its campaign, the right-wing Yisrael Beytenu party has said it would refuse to serve in a government with the ultra-Orthodox and has also heavily criticized far-right politicians as "messianists."
4. Netanyahu Cancels Address to UN General Assembly - Jewish Press
For the first time in a decade, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled his address to the United Nations General Assembly, which was to take place on the third and final day of speeches by world leaders, one of the most coveted spots on the schedule. Likud Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz is scheduled to fly to New York next week to deliver a speech on behalf of Netanyahu instead. A scheduled meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the UNGA that was to take place has also been canceled. There's no word on whether it will be rescheduled, and if so, when and/or where.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu chose not to be out of the country next week at a time when President Reuven Rivlin is expected to release the official results of Tuesday's (Sept. 17) election, as submitted to him by the head of the Central Elections Committee.
5. Netanyahu's hearing proceedings begin - Israel National News
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's hearing process with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit began on Wednesday, a day after the Knesset elections, Kan 11 News reported.
As part of the process, the defense team has submitted its main points, with the hearing itself set to take place in about two weeks.
Sources close to Mandelblit are not expecting Netanyahu's attorneys to request a postponement of the hearing and suggest that even if such a request is made due to the political situation, it will be rejected.
Attorney Ram Caspi joined Netanyahu's defense team on Wednesday as another advisor. At present, there is no discussion with the prosecutor's office about a deal in the cases linked to the Prime Minister.
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1. Israel's 2 main political parties deadlocked after election - Fox News
Israel's two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job.
The election's seeming political kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman, said he'll insist upon a secular unity government between Netanyahu's Likud and Benny Gantz's Blue and White parties, who based on partial results are currently tied at 32 seats each out of 120 in parliament.
Lieberman said that was the "one and only option" on the table. That could spell serious trouble for Netanyahu's lengthy rule. Without Lieberman's endorsement, both parties appear to have fallen well short of securing a parliamentary majority with ideological allies. Likud with its natural allies of religious and ultra-nationalist parties mustered 56 seats - or five short of the needed majority. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem and ultimately, that these election results will bring about Your perfect will. We pray those who love and serve You will renew their dedication to You, intercede for the sins of the nation, and see Your glory visit them once again.
- We do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name. (Daniel 9:18b-19)
From: Capitol Hill Prayer Partners