Jewish Journal

  • The Israeli Election Goes Down to the Wire

    by Jewish Telegraphic Agency Staff

    February 10, 2009 | 8:06 pm

    Four months ago, shortly after appearing to make it to the top of the Israeli political pyramid, Tzipi Livni stumbled.

    Ehud Olmert had resigned as prime minister and Livni had won the Kadima Party primary election, but she was having trouble assembling a coalition government. Unable...

  • Inside the mind of the Israeli voter

    by Uriel Heilman

    February 10, 2009 | 4:15 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Whatever happens on Election Day, this contest will be decided by the Israeli gut.

    The biggest unknown as voters go to the polls Tuesday is who will have the edge between Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima chief Tzipi Livni, and just how much Avigdor...

  • Livni looks like the winner in Israel

    Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    February 10, 2009 | 3:45 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Tzipi Livni’s Kadima Party appeared to have edged Likud in voting Tuesday, Israeli exit polls showed.

    Exit polls released at the close of voting for the 18th Israeli Knesset showed Kadima winning 30 seats and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud winning 28.


  • American Israelis Make Their Bid with the Green Team

    by Josh Spiro, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    February 4, 2009 | 3:11 pm

    For an Israeli politician, Gershon Baskin has an unusual resume.

    In the 1960s, he was protesting America’s war in Vietnam, not fighting against invading Arab armies. He grew up on Long Island marching for civil rights, not wandering the alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City.

    And that...

  • Israeli Polls Point to Decisive Win for Right

    By Leslie Susser

    February 4, 2009 | 4:36 am

    If the polls are right, the outcome of next Tuesday’s Israeli election is a foregone conclusion. Not only does Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud seem bound to emerge as the largest single party, but the bloc of right-wing and religious parties that it leads seems certain to garner a...

  • Netanyahu Holds Big Lead in Prime Minister Race Polls

    By Leslie Susser

    February 2, 2009 | 5:58 pm

    On the fourth day of the recent war in Gaza, Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu hurried from one Jerusalem studio to another, doing more than a dozen TV interviews with networks from Hong Kong to New York within the space of 12 hours.

    In each case, Netanyahu asked the host from...

  • Livni Plays Gender Card as She Runs 2nd in Race

    By Dina Kraft

    February 2, 2009 | 5:50 pm

    When Tzipi Livni, Israel’s foreign minister and a candidate for prime minister, spoke before a group of women lawyers last week, she received three standing ovations. Her male rivals in the race had to make do with polite applause.

    “Whether we have a female prime minister is up to...

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