Jewish Journal

Women head three major parties in Israel’s elections

by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

January 14, 2013 | 4:32 pm

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Tel Aviv on Nov. 27. Photo by Nir Elias/Reuters

For the first time in Israel’s history, three of the major parties are headed by women. The Labor party headed by Shelly Yacimovich is expected to become Israel’s second-largest party,... read full article

  • Israel’s budget deficit soars

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    January 14, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    Israel’s budget deficit for 2012 was more than double the government target, coming in at 4.2 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In addition, debt is 74 percent of GDP, making economic growth in Israel difficult.

    “I think the average Israeli should be very concerned,”...

  • Yemeni Jews threatened with extinction

    by Abdulrahman Shamlan and Muaad Al-Maqtari, The Media Line

    January 8, 2013 | 11:11 am

    A dwindling, tiny Jewish community in the northwestern Yemeni province of Ammran is threatened with extinction amid continued immigration of its members due to increasing harassment and persecution against them and a lack of security.

    Of the hundreds of families who used to live...

  • Yemeni security forces on highest alert after Al-Qa’ida targets U.S. ambassador

    by Abdurrahman Shamlan, The Media Line

    January 7, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    Yemeni and US embassy officials went on high alert recently after Al-Qa'ida offered a bounty to kill US ambassador to Sana'a Gerald Feierstein or any American soldier in the country.

    American officials were said to be determined not to allow a repeat of the attack on the US...

  • Palestinians see little hope in Israeli elections

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    December 31, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Palestinians say they do not expect significant improvement in their lives or a re-starting of the peace process after Israel’s national election next month.

    “The current election is a competition within the right-wing itself,” Nashat Aqtash, a professor of media at Bir Zeit...

  • Jordan gears up for parliamentary elections

    by Adam Nicky, The Media Line

    December 26, 2012 | 10:13 am

    Campaigning for Jordan's parliamentary elections kicked off this week with tribesmen, former army generals and businesspersons rushing to join the race.

    Early surveys predict less than a 50 percent voter turn-out due to growing anger against government policies and the absence of...

  • Support for Hamas soars

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    December 18, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    A new poll shows growing support for the Islamist Hamas movement in both the West Bank and Gaza. If the elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would beat Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

    The poll, by veteran pollster Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for...

  • Egypt prepares for controversial referendum

    by Dalia Rabie, The Media Line

    December 13, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    Amr Mohammed, a student, huddled in a tent near the Egyptian Presidential Palace. His finger, which he says was broken in a violent clash with police last week, is still swollen. Several of his friends together with him in the tent sport large bandages.

    Mohammed says he joined...

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