Israel Election Updates Unified Arab Ticket Won't Recommend Isaac Herzog as Next PM

38 days to go: Zionist Camp supports bid to disqualify Arab MK Haneen Zoabi.

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Latest political summary: Zionist Camp and Meretz officials continue to criticize Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech before Congress, while Likud attorney David Shimron says the Zionist Camp continues to systematically violate election laws. Read full article here

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3:40 P.M. Pre-election panel on LGBT issues held; Likud's Yaalon calls for same-sex marriage

Israel's defense minister backed the notion of same-sex marriages at an LGBT elections panel in Tel Aviv on Friday, as the smaller parties bickered with each other over who best carries the mantle of LGBT rights in Israel.

"We should allow members of the community to conduct family life, including marriage," said Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon of Likud, as reported by Ynet. "It's every person's human right, without regard to race, sex, or sexual orientation."

Yaalon positioned himself as the LGBT community's ambassador, noting that the Israeli army has led the way on LGBT rights.

The panel of party leaders presented their positions on matters important to the LGBT community, foremost among them same-sex marriage. Some of the panel framed their positions in a way to attack their opponents. (Jonathan Lis/Haaretz) Read the full article

12:54 P.M. Joint List won't recommend Herzog as next PM

The Joint List, representing Israel's unified ticket of Arab parties, will not recommend to the president that Isaac Herzog form the next coalition, MK Jamal Zahalka told Israeli Army Radio on Friday.

Zahalka referred to the Zionist Camp as a second-rate Likud and criticized the party's decision to support the bid to disqualify Arab MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) from serving in the next Knesset. (Haaretz)

8:35 A.M. Zionist Camp supports bid to disqualify Arab MK Haneen Zoabi

The Zionist Camp decided on Thursday to support a petition to disqualify MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) from serving in the next Knesset.

Zoabi was also disqualified before the previous election, though the Supreme Court overturned the decision and she was ultimately allowed to run.

The decision is controversial, with possibly wide-ranging ramifications on the Zionist Camp's ability to form a government. (Jonathan Lis) Read full article here

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