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  • Will Pakistan’s govt fall today?

    By Mahim Maher

    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.

    The...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Who is Yair Lapid? [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    January 22, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    Shmuel Rosner, Senior Political Editor of the Jewish Journal, speaks with Jewish Journal Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman about the results of the Jan. 23 Israeli election.

  • Likud leads, but rise of Yesh Atid, Jewish Home bode bumpy road ahead for Netanyahu

    January 22, 2013 | 3:37 pm

    His party shrunk, his opponents grew and his challengers multiplied.

    But with the results in, it seems Benjamin Netanyahu survived the Knesset elections on Jan. 22 to serve another term as prime minister.

    Netanyahu faces a bumpy road ahead. His Likud party, together with the...

  • Analysis: The consequences of Israel’s vote

    January 22, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    A few observations about the Israeli election results:

    Right-left split changes, but not much: From an outsider’s perspective, Israel would seem to a very politically unstable place. The biggest party in the previous Knesset, Kadima, crashed from 28 seats to a grand total of...

  • Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu take 31 seats; Yesh Atid comes in second

    January 22, 2013 | 1:27 pm

    Initial Israeli exit polls show the combined Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu ticket won the highest vote total while the new center-left Yesh Atid unexpectedly came in second.

    Polls released just after polls closed at 10 p.m. on Jan. 22 reported that the Likud-Beiteinu won 31 seats, down...

  • Israeli parliament set for record influx of Orthodox lawmakers

    January 17, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    With Israel's election days away, Orthodox Jews swayed in prayer at a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, delaying his entrance while politicians waited politely.

    The image captured a sea change in Israeli politics.

    Orthodox Jews have left niche parties...

  • Netanyahu responds to Obama: Israelis will determine country’s best interests

    January 17, 2013 | 8:03 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to comments attributed to President Obama, saying that Israelis will determine the country's best interests.

    "Only the Israeli people will determine who best represents the State of Israel's vital interests," Netanyahu...

  • Donald Trump endorses Netanyahu in video

    January 16, 2013 | 11:00 am

    American billionaire Donald Trump endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video released on YouTube.

    “My name is Donald Trump and I’m a big fan of Israel,” Trump says at the start of the 36-second video.

    “You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin...

  • Israeli left seeks to regain appeal with focus on economy

    January 16, 2013 | 8:31 am

    In decline since the peace it sought with the Palestinians unraveled into violence, Israel's Labor Party looks set to regain some lost ground in next week's election after waging an economy-focused campaign.

    Opinion polls forecast an easy victory for conservative Prime Minister...

  • Women head three major parties in Israel’s elections

    January 14, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    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, Hatnuah headed by former Foreign Minister Tzippi Livni is set to win seven seats, and the dovish...

  • Knesset elections: A reader’s guide

    January 14, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    Remember the second U.S. presidential debate in October, when the incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney stood about six inches from each other, with one interrupting the other at every turn?

    Add about a dozen candidates, take away the formal rules of debate, switch to...

  • Netanyahu, right-wing coalition seen likely to prevail in Israeli elections

    January 14, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Uncertainty is an inherent condition of democratic politics, but one outcome is all but certain in next week’s Israeli elections: the right wing will win and the left wing will lose.

    Almost every party acknowledges that the merged Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu factions will take the...

  • Netanyahu maintains comfortable lead in pre-election polls

    January 11, 2013 | 9:52 am

    Three Israeli election polls predicted victory by a comfortable margin for Israel’s HaLikud Beiteinu party in the country’s general elections on Jan. 22.

    A Ma’agar Mohot survey published in Ma’ariv has the list led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinching 38 seats,...

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