Israel Election Updates Yesh Atid Unveils Anti-corruption Legislation Plan

42 days to go; Lieberman says his party will not join left-wing coalition; politicians continue to call for investigation into spending at Netanyahu residence.

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Labor leader Isaac Herzog speaks at Kibbutzim College in Tel Aviv, February 1, 2015.
Labor leader Isaac Herzog speaks at Kibbutzim College in Tel Aviv, February 1, 2015.Credit: Ofer Vaknin
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Latest political summary: Political leaders have been calling for investigations into allegations that Sara Netanyahu illegally pocketed thousands of shekels in bottle deposits that were state property, as well as into exorbitant expenditures at the Prime Minister's official residence.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that a third war against Hezbollah and a fourth operation against Hamas were all but inevitable. Lieberman also stated that his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, would not join a left-wing government. For Sunday's updates, click here.

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Latest updates:

2:45 P.M. Shimron apologizes for saying NIF funded V15

Attorney David Shimron issues a statement, reading, "if it was said that the V15 organization is funded by the New Israel Fund, this was said mistakenly, and attorney Shimron apologizes for it." (Jonathan Lis)

2:00 P.M. Yesh Atid unveils plan for anti-corruption legislation

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid unveiled a plan for legislation to combat corruption, the enactment of which, he says, will be an essential condition for his party to join any governing coalition. Lapid formulated the plan with help from Israel Democracy Institute.

The plan will include nine central tenets including placing restrictions on public figures under investigation, accused of, or convicted for crimes. The plan would also set mandatory minimum punishments for corruption. (Yarden Skop)

13:35 Labor’s Herzog promises platform

Zionist Camp co-chair Isaac Herzog says the party will publish a socio-economic platform in the coming days. (Jonathan Lis)

12:45 P.M. New Israel Fund refutes claims that it violated campaign finance law

The New Israel Fund has demanded that the Likud party retract its claim that the fund is intervening in the election, by funding the V15 organization. The fund sent a letter to the Likud's legal advisor, attorney Avi Halevi, the party's chief publicist, Nir Hafetz and attorney David Shimron, refuting the claims made by Likud officials, that the NIF has been involved in funding for OneVoice, or the V15 campaign.

9:00 A.M. Zionist Camp comes for ties to former IDF officer

The Labor Party, which constitutes the main component of the Zionist Camp joint ticket, decided not to hire ex-IDF officer, Lior Rosenthal, who was demoted after confessing to shoplifting in 2013.

Zionist Camp’s campaign came under fire on Sunday after it sought to appoint Rosenthal to its ranks. “How could the campaign headquarters be willing to be identified with such a person?” one party member demanded. “This is a scandalous decision.”

The party confirmed that it had intended to hire Rosenthal, but said it changed its mind following Haaretz’s inquiry on the matter. Read the full story here.

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