Israel’s Crucial Election: Here’s Why It Could Be Quite A While Before Netanyahu’s Fate Is Known

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Reports out of Israel say that mid-afternoon voter turnout in the national elections is running slightly behind the level seen at this time in the 2013 election cycle in which Benjamin Netanyahu cruised to an easy win as the country’s prime minister.

This time around, though, Netanyahu finds himself locked in a hotly contested race for control of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset. While the latest polling has put the main challenger to Netanyahu’s Likud party slightly ahead, analysts say the contest is way too close to call in favor of leading rival Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union.

The Times of Israel reminds us that, with the way Israeli elections work, it will very likely be a few weeks from now before it’s known whether Bibi Netanyahu will be elected to an unprecedented fourth term as prime minister.

Unlike US elections, in which a clear candidate (usually) emerges victorious, Tuesday is just one phase of a drawn-out process in Israel. After the votes come in, parties will unite behind their preferred prime minister no matter who came in first. Israel’s president will then select the party leader with the largest supporting bloc to form a government.

In a last-minute effort to rally support, Netanyahu on Monday announced that, if re-elected, a Palestinian state would not be established while he was prime minister. It was a move that put him further at odds with the Obama administration.

“I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state today, and evacuate areas, is giving radical Islam an area from which to attack the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said.

And on election day, Netanyahu raised another red flag by claiming that high turnout among Arab-Israeli voters was a major threat to his continued leadership. As a post on Yahoo! News notes:

“Netanyahu claimed high Arab voter turnout was putting his right wing Likud Party’s rule ‘in danger,’ according to a posting on his Facebook page. ‘Arab voters are going to the polls in droves. Left wing organizations are bringing them in buses,’ he said.”

As Western Journalism has reported, Netanyahu supporters have charged — and the U.S. Congress is now investigating the claims — that the Obama administration as well as Obama campaign operatives have been working on the ground in Israel to encourage anti-Netanyahu voters to mobilize and vote for Bibi’s opponents.

h/t: The Times of Israel

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WATCH: White House Just Hinted Obama’s Next Executive Action Could Be A Huge Money Grab

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In another shot at the Constitution, congressional authority and the rule of law, President Obama is reportedly considering using executive action to unilaterally raise taxes.

Considering the words of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Obama intends to try to implement his agenda, not by working with Congress, but by wielding his pen — to execute vetoes as well as implement executive orders.

According to an article in Forbes, the president may try to trespass on ground that, up until now, has been held by a co-equal branch of the federal government, the Congress — making and/or changing tax law, specifically, corporate taxes.

The Forbes article notes that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — an Independent with strong Socialist leanings who generally caucuses with the Democrats — wrote a letter to the Obama administration suggesting the president could close corporate tax loopholes on his own, without getting congressional permission.

Sen. Sanders appears to have opened a veritable barn door for the President to act more broadly than is customary.

Although the actions recommended by Sen. Sanders target corporations, it is worth noting that the tax hikes included in the President’s budget are numerous.

As The Blaze notes in its coverage of the possible Obama executive action on taxes: “Obama wants Congress to pass corporate tax reform, but Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has said the proposal would not go anywhere.”

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the White House spokesman tell reporters that Obama is “very interested” in exploring the extraordinary tax change as well as all sorts of other executive actions. And as you watch, you might see that Josh Earnest’s facial expression seems to reveal a certain glee at the prospect of his boss continuing to act with what one might call unfettered, unilateral abandon.

h/t: Forbes

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BREAKING: Watch Obama’s VA Chief Caught On Cam In A Huge Whopper: President Does What?

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President Obama tapped Robert McDonald to take the reins of the deeply troubled Veterans Administration last July to clean up the dysfunctional organization and polish its image.

Now, in a startling twist of fate, Obama’s VA Secretary has his own image to be concerned about.

Multiple news sources, including Fox News, are reporting on a fresh scandal at the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs, where Secretary McDonald has just issued an apology for lying about his military service…lying to a homeless veteran.

The CBS Evening News caught on camera an exchange between the VA chief and a down-and-out, black veteran on a sidewalk in Los Angeles. McDonald was in LA as part of the VA’s outreach to veterans living on the streets.

On the CBS report, the disheveled vet is seen telling McDonald that he was in special forces during his military service…to which McDonald quickly replied that he, too, was in special forces.

But he wasn’t. The head of Obama’s VA — in an apparent attempt to ingratiate himself with the homeless vet and play to the news camera that was following him around — claimed to be something he never was.

A report on The Blaze credits The Huffington Post with outing the secretary’s lie in an article that quoted McDonald as saying he was wrong and had “no excuse” for wrongly claiming he was in special forces.

The VA boss did complete Army Ranger training but reportedly never actually served in a special forces unit.

The Fox News piece on the latest VA scandal notes that the White House released a statement Monday night saying they accepted McDonald’s explanation of his “misstatement” and that he never intended to lie about his military career.

“‘Secretary McDonald has apologized for the misstatement and noted that he never intended to misrepresent his military service,’ the statement said.”

You can watch the original CBS report by clicking on the video above, and then decide for yourself if the White House is whitewashing the latest incident to hit the highest level of the Veterans Administration..

h/t: Fox News

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WATCH How Krauthammer Just Summed Up Outrage Over Obama’s ‘Offense’ To Christianity

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Reactions to President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast continue to stir the already turbulent waters of both religion and politics. Most of the comments from American religious and political leaders are negative, some highly critical of the president’s attempt to compare the past with the present — long-ago acts supposedly committed in the name of Christ with the current ISIS atrocities carried out in the name of Mohammad.

Via WND we learn of evangelist Franklin Graham’s reaction:

“Many people in history have used the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish evil things for their own desires. But Jesus taught peace, love and forgiveness. He came to give His life for the sins of mankind, not to take life.”

The WND post on Obama’s address also notes Rush Limbaugh’s criticism:

“Why would you attempt to downplay Islamist extremism? Why would you attempt to put in perspective the actions being taken today by al-Qaida and ISIS and Boko Haram and the Khorasan Group and all of the rest of them by claiming that just as many atrocities have taken place in the name of Christ?”

A Washington Post report quotes a high-ranking Southern Baptist official, Russell Moore, who criticized Obama’s remarks about Christianity as “an unfortunate attempt at a wrongheaded moral comparison.”

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore expressed his outrage: “The president’s comments this morning at the prayer breakfast are the most offensive I’ve ever heard a president make in my lifetime.”

On “Hannity” Thursday night, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer blasted Obama’s attempt to compare the brutal ISIS onslaught with the crusades. Krauthammer told Sean Hannity that he was “stunned that the president could say something so at once banal and offensive.”

You can see what else “The Hammer” said about Obama’s Prayer Breakfast remarks by clicking on the video above.

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WATCH How Krauthammer, In Just 1:45, Pounds Obama As a Wimp On The War Front

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With the resolute King of Jordan saying he might personally take the fight to ISIS with “relentless” strikes upon terrorists’ homes and families, what is President Obama saying about the renewed rage over ISIS atrocities?

According to Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer, Obama is clearly not saying the right things or giving the right signals.

On “Special Report with Bret Baier” Wednesday night, Krauthammer cut loose with a powerful condemnation of Obama’s weak war-fighting efforts that the commentator called “simply astonishing.”

By clicking on the video above, you can watch “The Hammer’s” pounding of the president in which he takes only 1:45 to make the kind of case against Obama that one might wish to see coming from Republicans with their eyes on the White House.

h/t Fox News

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