Daily News Issue Date: 
March 18, 2015


PM Netanyahu wins a come-from-behind victory in Israel's election after tacking hard to the right in the final days of campaigning. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/Washington Post/JTA/Times of Israel/The National)

Zionist Union leader Herzog calls Netanyahu and concedes defeat in Israel’s national elections. (JTA/Ynet)

The new kingmaker of Israeli politics may be Moshe Kahlon. (AP)

The United Arab List receives a historic 14 seats in Israel’s next Parliament. (New York Times/AFP/Ha’aretz)

Embarrassed at failing to predict Netanyahu's victory, Israeli pollsters say they were blindsided. (Reuters)

Palestinian Chief Negotiator Erekat says the election result means that the Palestinians in turn willpush forward with efforts at the ICC. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)

PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo slams the Israeli public for voting for Netanyahu, saying they had chosen "occupation and settlement building" over peace talks. (AFP)

The international media say Netanyahu wins big, but is leading Israel to isolation. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

The EU says it is committed to working with the new Israeli government on relaunching a peace process with the Palestinians. (Reuters)

AP says Netanyahu’s reelection puts Israel on a course toward ever deeper confrontation with the world.  (AP)

Netanyahu retains power, but his sharp-edged campaign raises questions about Israel’s future. (New York Times)

An Arab Gulf official says Netanyahu owes his election win to Israeli security fears, notably about Iran's growing regional influence. (Reuters)

Palestinian officials will meet on Thursday to discuss severing military ties with Israel. (Times of Israel)

The PA sets an emergency budget in place for 2015 due to the absence of pledged international aid and Israel withholding its tax revenues. (Reuters/Times of Israel)

Egypt demolishes 1,020 Rafah homes for a buffer zone in Gaza. (Ma’an).

Israeli forces open fire on farmers in Gaza. (Ma’an)

Coalition Head John Allen says the US still wants a negotiated political settlement in Syria that excludes Pres. Assad. (Reuters)

The Syrian army takes control of the strategic village of Handarat, north of Aleppo. (Reuters)

The US loses one of its Predator drone aircraft over northwest Syria. (Reuters/AP)

DM al-Obeidi says Iraq's Sunni province of Anbar is key to launching the long-awaited operation to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS. (AP)

Gunmen wearing military uniforms attack the Bardo National Museum in downtown Tunis, killing at least seven foreign visitors and one Tunisian and taking hostages. (New York Times/AP/The National/Al Arabiya)


The New York Times says in his desperation to win, Netanyahu resorted to fear-mongering and anti-Arab attacks. (New York Times)

Oudeh Basharat says it turns out that Palestinian citizens of Israel are indeed a threat; they threaten the hegemony of a government that divides the two peoples. (Ha’aretz)

Roger Cohen says a national unity government may be the least bad outcome for Israel. (New York Times)

Gideon Levy says Netanyahu and the Israeli people deserve each other.  (Ha’aretz)

The National says Arab unity and Israeli racism are the election winners, paving the way for international pressure. (The National)

Bradley Burston says he is ashamed that PM Netanyahu is such a racist. (Ha’aretz)

Allison Kaplan Sommer looks at the “six big surprises” of the 2015 Israeli election. (Ha’aretz)

Uriel Heilman looks at five takeaways from the Israeli election. (JTA)

David Horovitz says the question now is how Netanyahu will use his power. (Times of Israel)

Haviv Rettig-Gur asks what is the future for the Israeli left. (Times of Israel)

Ha’aretz says Kahlon must thwart the establishment of an extreme right-wing government. (Ha’aretz)

Nathan Guttman says there is little hope for repairing ties between the US and Israel. (The Forward)

Thomas Friedman says in looking at Israel, Iran and ISIS, it seem as though the US has only bad choices, and nothing ever works. (New York Times)

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