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  • Son of George Soros launches Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC…and it’s not about Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    April 21, 2015 | 7:40 pm

    A Jewish political action committee  (PAC) devoted solely to promoting progressive stances on domestic issues in the United States was launched April 21 by the nonprofit Bend the Arc. The new PAC is the first of its kind among this country’s more than 30 Jewish PACs, most of which...

  • Upon Netanyahu’s reelection, it’s time for President Obama to put personal resentment aside

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 19, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Mr. President,

    My name is Noga, and I am a young Israeli who did not vote for Netanyahu. It took me a couple of days to accept the fact that he’s my Prime Minister (yet again,) but now that the realization finally “sank,” I show a great deal of respect for him, as Israel’s...

  • L.A.’s financial support of Israel’s election

    By Jared Sichel

    March 16, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    The Los Angeles dollars—or shekels—spent may not have approached the amount Hollywood throws around for U.S. elections, but Jews in Los Angeles nevertheless managed to funnel about $175,000 into Israel’s party primaries this election cycle.

    Israel’s primaries ended in January...

  • Netanyahu vows to stop ‘Palestinian continuity’ toward Jerusalem

    March 16, 2015 | 12:27 pm

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Har Homa, Jerusalem – Standing on an apartment balcony beneath an olive tree overlooking the green hills between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a hastily convened news conference in this...

  • Five things you need to know about tomorrow’s Israeli election

    March 16, 2015 | 10:18 am

    1. It’s too close to call

    With Israelis headed to the polls tomorrow, the race remains tight. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is trailing Isaac Herzog’s center-left Zionist Union by a few percentage points and is expected to come in second. Five of six...

  • In Israeli election, it’s all about Bibi

    March 10, 2015 | 11:49 am

    However much they disagree with his policies, opponents of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would surely admit he was right about one thing: These elections are all about him.

    When he called for new elections in December, Netanyahu said the vote would enable him “to gain...

  • For some Israelis abroad, cost and distance no barrier to the ballot

    March 10, 2015 | 11:20 am

    Much of what Alan Teitleman teaches in his political science classes at South Piedmont Community College in North Carolina is theoretical. But on March 17, Teitleman will undertake a political act that is anything but.

    Teitleman is canceling two days of classes to travel from...

  • Religion and state: Not on Israel’s campaign agenda

    March 9, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    A flyer published in late February declared that liberal Jews — whether liberal Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or otherwise — account for more than 600,000 Israelis. That many votes, the flyer said, could account for 10 seats in Knesset, a substantial party.

    The flyer’s message...

  • In feisty Israeli campaign, even Netanyahu’s wife’s recycling is a target

    February 2, 2015 | 8:59 am

    Forget the deadlocked Palestinian peace process or the Iranian nuclear program. The latest political fracas in Israel is over whether the prime minister's wife kept the deposit when she recycled bottles from state functions.

    Even by the notoriously feisty standards of Israeli...

  • The Knesset dissolves, but the battle for religious reform continues

    December 15, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    When the 19th Knesset was sworn in on March 18, 2013, it marked only the second time in 29 years that a new coalition was formed without any of the Haredi parties. A record 48 new members of the Knesset were sworn in that day, vowing to revolutionize the system including the...

  • List set for March ballot on city council candidates

    December 15, 2014 | 10:36 am

    On Dec. 12, the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office finalized the list of candidates set to appear on the March 2015 ballot. In addition to seven City Council seats, Los Angeles voters will decide the fate of four seats on the Board of Education and four seats on the Community College...

  • Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate

    November 5, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, dealing a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his legislative agenda and may force him to make a course correction for his last two years in office.

    The Republican...

  • Will Pakistan’s govt fall today?

    By MM

    August 14, 2014 | 1:01 am

    Today, Aug 14, is Pakistan’s 68th birthday but instead of celebrating we’re wondering if we’ll have a government by the end of the day.

    Two anti-government forces are trying to march on the capital of Islamabad to get the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, to resign. Pakistanis are...

  • New faces, new era

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 28, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    When voters in and around Los Angeles head to the polls on June 3, they will confront a buffet of candidates running for a wide array of powerful positions. A handful of Jewish candidates are among the hopefuls — including Ben Allen, the candidate for California’s state Senate...

  • Candidates for Waxman seat focus on Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    April 30, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Although numerous topics — health care, housing and the controversy over Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling — were touched upon at the April 28 congressional candidates’ forum staged by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Israel dominated the conversation.


  • Letters to the editor: Election tactics, survivors and interfaith discussions

    April 30, 2014 | 9:41 am

    More Than Just Surviving

    Looking at those amazing faces on the cover and learning their stories, it struck me, perhaps for the first time, that the term “Holocaust Survivor” may be insufficient (“My 50 Best Friends Are Holocaust Survivors,” April 25). 

    Those brave people faced...

  • In Israel’s local (re)elections, implications for the national scene

    October 23, 2013 | 9:56 am

    The international press may have paid less attention this time around, but Israel held its second set of elections within one year yesterday – this time voting for mayors and city councils.

    Israelis, for their part, seemed to share the rest of the world’s apathy for this ballot....

  • Extremely moderate

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 26, 2013 | 12:17 pm

  • The role of L.A.’s Jewish electorate is changing

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 19, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    What do the recent city elections that saw Jews step into the three top citywide offices — mayor, city attorney and city controller — mean for the role of the Jewish community in Los Angeles?

    The remarkable political success of Jews in Los Angeles since the election in 1953 of...

  • Quebec official: Rosh Hashanah election date not discriminatory

    June 11, 2013 | 9:39 am

    A Canadian government minister who said the Jewish community receives “privileged treatment” denied that a 2016 election scheduled for Rosh Hashanah discriminates against Jews.

    “Give me a break,” said Bernard Drainville, the Parti Québécois minister of democratic institutions and...

  • The politician who can save Israel’s Labor Party

    May 28, 2013 | 9:44 am

    It's still too early to celebrate, but – at the moment – it seems that Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett are changing the rules of the game, and that their parties are about to plant their stakes deep into the heart of Israeli politics. It seems that Lapid's Yesh Atid and Bennett's...
  • A voter's-eye view of the city election

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 14, 2013 | 11:48 am

    This year, for the first time, the nonpartisan Pat Brown Institute at CSU Los Angeles went into the polling field.  As poll director, I wanted our poll to illuminate broader trends in the local electorate, and to conduct it we retained Susan Pinkus, who for many years ran the Los...

  • Obama- Let Us Be Friends

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 8, 2013 | 5:38 am

    On January 16, pollster Menachem Lazar of Panels Politics asked Israelis if Obama’s leaked remarks- about Israel not knowing “what its own best interests are”- were an attempt to meddle in Israel’s elections, then six days ahead. 54% answered yes (that it is such an attempt), 23%...

  • Eric Garcetti: A new Jewish face for L.A.?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 7, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election.  See below for a video analysis.

    During a recent candidates’ forum at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles City Councilman and mayoral hopeful Eric Garcetti began his...

  • Members of the 19th Knesset sworn in at inaugural session

    February 5, 2013 | 11:02 am

    The first session of the newly elected 19th Knesset opened in Jerusalem.

    The 120 members of the Knesset, including 48 new members, were sworn in on Tuesday as part of the celebratory opening.

    The session was presided over by the Labor Party's Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, the...

  • Peres receives official Knesset elections results

    January 30, 2013 | 10:42 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres received the official results of the elections for the 19th Knesset.

    The chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, delivered the results to the president's residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

    Peres was...

  • Can Bibi’s wife Sara spoil Israel’s coalition?

    January 25, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    Forging a coalition is, without a doubt, the most difficult part of the election process in Israel.

    After a long, hard fought and often ugly election battle, it falls to the future prime minister to make deals with those who were, until recently, his nemesis all in order to...

  • Israelis voted for reality

    By David Suissa

    January 23, 2013 | 11:42 am

    Regardless of what kind of coalition a bruised and humbled Prime Minister Netanyahu shapes in the new government, the prospects for peace will depend less on his government’s actions and more on the sentiments of Israel’s neighborhood.

    To get a sense of those sentiments, consider...

  • Voters to Netanyahu: Get new friends

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 22, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    These were the most interesting-boring elections one could ever hope for. Boring – as the top job was secured early on by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fascinating – as the parties, unburdened of having to compete for the top job, were free to combat one another for votes....

  • Plus a great undertaking: to reform the electoral system

    By Gidi Grinstein

    January 22, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    Here are a few thoughts (scroll down for my personal commitment) in the immediate aftermath of tonight’s election results per the exit polls (results may change over coming 24 hours. As you can see every MK can tilt the balance:

    -          Likud-Beitenu (Netanyahu) – 33...

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