Israel Election Updates / Israeli Politicians Respond to Tel Aviv Terror Attack

54 days to go: Netanyahu, Bennett, Lieberman all blame Palestinian incitement; Meretz chairwoman calls on politicians to avoid using attack for cynical purposes.

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Latest political summary: 

The No. 9 candidate on Habayit Hayehudi’s Knesset slate, Bezalel Smutrich, was a leader of a 2011 campaign to stop Arabs from working in Jewish settlements. Read full article here

Zionist Camp, the Labor-Hatnuah joint election slate, announced that Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Yadlin will join it. Read the full article

Meretz's central committee elected MKs Ilan Gilon, Issawi Freij, Michal Rosin and Tamar Zandberg to the second through fifth slots on its Knesset slate. Read the full article

Latest updates:

3:12 P.M. Chair of Arab parties' unification committee: Much progress made in negotiations (Jack Khoury)

Hadash and the Arab parties are expected to unveil a joint Knesset ticket by Thursday, taking advantage of the increase in the electoral threshold to 3.25 percent from 2 percent, party officials say. (Jack Khoury)

3:05 P.M. Mosh Kahlon rejects the possibility of running with Yesh Atid: Kulanu will run alone (Haaretz)

11:08 A.M. Meretz' Gal-On: Only way to deal with terror is to tackle terror's causes, motivations

Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-on condemned Wedneday's terror attack in Tel aviv, while calling on all political parties to avoid potential incitement, as well as using the attack for cynical purposes.

"The only way to deal with terror is to tackle terror's leading causes and motivations," Gal-On said. (Barak Ravid)

10:45 A.M. Netanyahu: Tel Aviv attack is direct result of PA incitement

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Palestinian Authority for Wednesday's stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus, saying the attack was a "direct result of the Palestinian Authority's venomous incitement against the Jews and their state. The same terror tries to hurt us in Paris, Brussels and everywhere."

"Hamas, Abbas's partners in unity government, hurried to welcome this act - the same Hamas that announced it will sue Israel in the ICC," Netanyahu added.

"Abbas is responsible for both the dangerous incitement and the Hague tribunal." (Barak Ravid)

10:22 A.M. Herzog: No sense of security for Israeli citizens - not in Jerusalem, Gaza, Tel Aviv

"There is no sense of security for Israeli citizens - not in Jerusalem, Gaza, Tel Aviv," Labor Party chief Isaac Herzog said Wednesday after the Tel Aviv terror attack.

Herzog vowed complete backing for the IDF, Shin Bet and police, adding that "we will not accept a situation in which Israeli citizens cannot safely travel on public transportation." (Jonathan Lis)

10:09 A.M. Bennett: Abbas responsible for Tel Aviv attack due to his incitement against Israel

"The man responsible for Tel Aviv attack is same person marching with world leaders in Paris last week," Naftali Bennett said Wednesday, placing responsibility for the Tel Aviv bus stabbing on Mahmoud Abbas.

"When Abbas incites day and night against the Jews on television, when he glofiries and gives cash prizes to murderers of Jews," Bennett added, "he makes himself the dealer of knives, and the terrorists are just his agents." (Barak Ravid)

9:53 A.M. Lieberman: Those behind Tel Aviv attack stand behind Rahat riots, Jerusalem attacks

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman condemned the Palestinian and Israeli Arab leadership following Wednesday's terror attack on a Tel Aviv bus, stating that "those behind the Tel Aviv attack stand behind Rahat riots and Jerusalem attacks: Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas], [Ismail] Haniyeh, Raed Saleh, Haneen Zoabi, Ahmed Tibi and their partners. It's all part of the same process of undermining Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state."

"It doesn't matter to them if it's Judea and Samaria, the Negev, the Galilee, Tel Aviv or Jerusalem - it is all part of the same branch which aims to eliminate the Jewish state," Lieberman added. (Barak Ravid) Read full article here

9:49 A.M. Tzipi Livni has yet to state her opinion about the collective rights of Israeli Arabs

A person is allowed to change her mind over the years, and Tzipi Livni has proven that she is capable of doing so on several issues, but we have yet to hear her opinion about the collective rights of Israeli Arabs, Zvi Bar'el writes. Read full article here