Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has begun consultations with the heads of the country’s political factions, in an attempt to expedite the formation of the government.
Members of Knesset are not elected directly, but only as part of rosters of specific lists which participate in the general elections. To be represented in the Knesset, a party that takes part in the elections must pass the qualifying electoral threshold, which is currently 3.25%. Following elections to the Knesset, the lists of the parties, which passed the qualifying threshold receive a number of the 120 Knesset seats which is proportional to their electoral strength.
The maverick Zehut party is steadily gaining traction in the polls under the banner of Jewish rights in the Holy Land, much to the chagrin of their left-wing opponents. A Temple Mount agenda is built into his party’s platform which calls to move government facilities to the Temple Mount and give the Chief Rabbinate authority over the site.
A speech by Menachem Begin recorded just after the establishment of the State of Israel had been archived and hidden away but is now being offered for sale. Kedem Auction House announced the magnetic reel and the rights to the recording are going on auction in Jerusalem next month with an opening bid of $300,000. It is estimated the recording will demand a price of $500,000-800,000.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one of politics’ great survivors. His second stint as prime minister has now lasted almost 10 years. Israeli elections are predicted to take place in the winter. A recent poll suggested that Netanyahu’s Likud Party will likely win 32 out of 120 seats in the parliament.