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  • 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,...

  • Social protest leaders hope to shake up Israel ballot

    January 3, 2013 | 9:48 am

    They are young and they are driven. They got half a million Israelis out on the streets demanding social justice. Now they want their votes.

    The leaders of a grassroots social protest movement that swept Israel in 2011 have shot to the top of a rejuvenated Labor party that polls...

  • Palestinians see little hope in Israeli elections

    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...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 31, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Rare findings from the First Temple era were found near Jerusalem
    Road excavation at a new section of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Highway led to a unique archeological discovery from the first temple era. The ritual building that was found is one of very few findings from Judea during...

  • Polls: Netanyahu set to win Israel election but rightists gain

    December 28, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is set to win a parliamentary election on January 22 although the popularity of a far-right party opposed to Palestinian statehood is growing, polls showed on Friday.

    Two out of three surveys showed the right-wing Likud...

  • Support for Hamas soars

    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...

  • Tzipi Livni to run in upcoming Israeli elections at head of new party

    November 27, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Tzipi Livni has reentered Israeli politics at the head of a new left-of-center political party.

    Livni, former head of the Kadima Party, announced Monday that she would lead a new party called Hatnua, or The Movement.

    "I'm here to fight for Israel, not against anything. I'm here...

  • A response to a stiff-necked playwright

    November 5, 2012 | 11:43 am

    This piece is a response to "A note to stiff-necked people" by David Mamet which first appeared on JewishJournal.com on Nov. 1.

    David Mamet recently asked the following questions of “Jews planning to vote for Obama.”  Herewith, my responses.

    Are you prepared to explain to your...

  • This Week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 5, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Former Israeli journalist, Shlomo Nakdimon, one of the most respected political correspondents in the history of Israel, will be given a lifetime award by the Israeli Journalists Association. Nakdimon has a major part in the history of Israel, and in the world of media. In his...

  • A Jew tours for Mitt Romney

    By Dennis Prager

    November 1, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    I spent last week speaking to thousands of Romney supporters in four “battleground” states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Virginia. I traveled with my Salem Radio Network colleagues Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved and the actor Jon Voight, one of the few Hollywood stars who is a...

  • A note to a stiff-necked people

    By David Mamet

    November 1, 2012 | 11:44 am

    To those Jews planning to vote for Obama:

    Are you prepared to explain to your children not the principles upon which your vote is cast, but its probable effects upon them? 

    Irrespective of your endorsement of liberal sentiments, of fairness and “more equal distribution,” will...

  • When Jonathan Mann and Israelis meet

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 1, 2012 | 10:30 am

    On Monday, a very special event took place at my campus in Tel Aviv University. CNN's anchor and correspondent, Jonathan Mann, came for a visit, in order to host a conference on the topic: "The U.S elections: why does it matter to us?" The event was covered by press worldwide, and...

  • By merging with Liberman, Netanyahu knocks out the left and casts his lot with the right

    October 25, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Political pundits long have debated who is the real Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Is he a pragmatist handcuffed by his right-wing support base and, until his father’s recent death, fealty to his father’s nationalist vision?

    Or is he a true right-wing ideologue whose apparent concessions,...

  • Obama and Israel: The record, the facts

    October 25, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    President Obama has been criticized for being wrong for Israel. Even in the third debate of the Presidential campaign, a lovefest toward Israel, which was mentioned 31 times by the candidates, Governor Romney managed to get in a couple jibes against Obama's Israel policy. "I think...

  • Netanyahu, Lieberman to merge party lists for election

    October 25, 2012 | 11:46 am

    The Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu parties will run in the upcoming Israeli elections on one list, ensuring that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forms the next government.

    Netanyahu, of Likud, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beiteinu reportedly will announce the...

  • If Romney wins: Five things every Jew should know about Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    October 19, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    1. Devout Mormons can be found all across the political spectrum.

    The Mormon Church doesn’t endorse candidates or political parties, and although most American Mormons are Republicans, a Mormon Democrat has served as the Senate Majority Leader for the last five years. Owing...

  • The American election and Israel

    By Dennis Prager

    October 17, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    Americans who care deeply about Israel have to make two decisions regarding the upcoming election.

    The first decision is whether a candidate’s or a party’s level of support for Israel should be the most important consideration in determining their vote.

    If the answer is in the...

  • Entitled

    By Rob Eshman

    October 17, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    I like entitlements.

    I know that’s somehow a terrible thing to say. “Entitlement” has become a dirty four-syllable word in our deranged political culture. On Fox News, they spit the word out like a rotted pistachio nut. The very obvious and universally accepted truth that our...

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