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  • Chessmasters: Israel and the Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    July 22, 2015 | 10:39 am

    Critics of the Iran deal unfailingly say that the American negotiators, including President Barack Obama, were no match for their wily Iranian counterparts.

    The Persians, they remind us, excel at the culture of the bazaar. The Persians, they point out, invented the game of chess....

  • Netanyahu receives two-week extension to form government

    April 20, 2015 | 11:45 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have two more weeks to form a new government after he asked Israel's president on Monday to extend a 28-day period to form a coalition following his election victory.

    Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party came out on top in the March 17...

  • Netanyahu, Herzog hold secret meeting over unity government

    April 14, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly with opposition leader Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union, according to an Israeli news report.

    The meeting took place a few days ago, Israeli journalist Ayala Hasson of Israel’s Channel 1 reported Monday. No official coalition talks...

  • Israel’s Arab Spring

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2015 | 2:49 pm

    What made this election different from all other elections? The Arab vote.

    As the polls closed Tuesday on Israel’s national election, one of the most striking stories was how Israeli Arabs broke a pattern of disengagement from the electoral process and voted en masse.

    The...

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  • U.S. rebukes Israel’s victorious Netanyahu on Mideast policy

    March 18, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    The White House on Wednesday scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his re-election victory for abandoning his commitment to negotiate for a Palestinian state and for what it called "divisive" campaign rhetoric toward Israel’s minority Arab voters.

    Even as...

  • Polls get it wrong as Netanyahu wins big

    March 18, 2015 | 10:19 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Israelis went to sleep believing that the two largest parties – the Likud of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Zionist Union headed by Isaac Herzog – had each received 27 seats in the Israeli Knesset, and Israel’s...

  • The morning after the elections: Things that I need to take back

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 17, 2015 | 9:48 pm

    1. Unity? I don’t think so

    Yesterday evening, when the exit polls showed a tie (or a near tie) and a possible Netanyahu coalition of 63 or 64 seats – that is to say, a very narrow coalition – one could still see a path to a unity coalition. Today, with the results showing a much...

  • 5 notable takeways from the Israeli election

    March 17, 2015 | 6:12 pm

    In the United States, the magic number on Election Day is 270, the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. In Israel, it’s 61, the number of seats needed to capture a majority in the 120-seat Knesset — and with it, the premiership.

    With Prime Minister...

  • Netanyahu calls for forming rightist government without delay

    March 17, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming victory for his Likud party in a close-call election on Tuesday, said he had invited other rightist politicians to join him in a coalition government "without delay."

    "Reality does not take a break," Netanyahu said in a speech to supporters after two television exit polls gave Likud a narrow lead over his centre-left challenger in the ballot.

  • Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election after hard right shift

    March 17, 2015 | 3:34 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's election on Tuesday after exit polls showed he had erased his centre-left rivals' lead with a hard rightward shift that saw him disavow a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.

    Difficult coalition talks still lie...

  • A day at the polls in Tel Aviv

    By Simone Wilson

    March 17, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    Election Day is always a national holiday in Israel. School and work are canceled; cafes, sidewalks and shopping centers bust at the seams. But this year, unlike most years, there was something extra to celebrate: The election results expected to stream in between 10 p.m. and...

  • Election 2015: Winners, losers and Israel’s next coalition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 17, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    Note to readers: The following post is based on Israel’s exit polls. The final outcome is different. So we advise you to also read my later post: The morning after the elections: Things that I need to take back.

    Election night is not a night for great themes, it is a night for a...

  • Netanyahu and center-left opposition virtually tied in exit polls

    March 17, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed a gap with center-left rival Isaac Herzog in a hard-fought Israeli election on Tuesday, exit polls showed, leaving both men with a chance to rule but Netanyahu with the clearer path to forming a coalition.

    A new centrist party, Kulanu, led...

  • 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...

  • Livni says she’ll forgo being prime minister should Zionist Union win

    March 16, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    Israeli politician Tzipi Livni said she will forgo the opportunity to take the prime minister position in two years should her Zionist Union slate prevail in the elections.

    Livni made the announcement on Monday night, less than a day before Israelis vote for a new national...

  • 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...

  • Israel: Democracy in action

    By David Suissa

    March 16, 2015 | 12:00 pm

    The messy and chaotic atmosphere that has permeated the election season in Israel has made it easy to overlook one simple fact – Israel’s neighbors are jealous of this very mess.

    "We really envy the Israelis,” a veteran Palestinian journalist told Khaled Abu Toameh of the...

  • Business leaders see peace boost if Netanyahu loses Israeli election

    March 16, 2015 | 9:26 am

    An upset victory by Israel's centre-left opposition in Tuesday's election could be a welcome change for a business and corporate sector eager for the "peace dividend" that might come with a government willing to talk with the Palestinians.

    Although Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Center-left opposition rides a solid lead into Israeli election

    March 13, 2015 | 8:45 am

    Israel's center-left opposition is poised for an upset victory in next week's parliamentary election, with the last opinion polls before Tuesday's vote giving it a solid lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party.

    Final polls published by Israel's Channel 10 and Channel...

  • Netanyahu’s main challenger widens lead in Israeli opinion polls

    March 12, 2015 | 10:04 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a last-minute media blitz on Thursday to counter what appears to be a rising tide of support for his main opponent in next week's election, the centrist Zionist Union.

    The latest opinion polls show momentum shifting to Zionist...

  • Israel’s Herzog takes election momentum to Tel Aviv market

    March 12, 2015 | 9:55 am

    With opinion polls showing his party holding a narrow but steady lead five days before Israel's election, opposition leader Isaac Herzog took his campaign to a central Tel Aviv market on Thursday, glad-handing and haggling with eager stallholders.

    Street markets are a traditional...

  • Peres endorses Isaac Herzog as Israel’s next PM

    March 12, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Israel’s former President Shimon Peres endorsed the Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog as prime minister.

    “The Israeli democracy is approaching the day of choice. It is natural that people will have differing opinions and that they will vote according to their conscience,” Peres, who...

  • Whether ‘Bibi’ or ‘Bougie,’ Israelis demand living costs relief

    March 10, 2015 | 11:41 am

    Whoever wins Israel's election next week must answer demands for relief from soaring housing prices and a high cost of living, but the days of big state spending on social programs are unlikely to return.

    Opinion polls show that more than half of Israelis believe social issues...

  • Netanyahu says sees ‘worldwide’ effort to topple him

    March 10, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks on Tuesday there was a "huge, worldwide effort" to ensure he loses next week's closely contested election.

    Army Radio, which aired what it said were comments he made on Monday to activists of his right-wing Likud...

  • Who’s who? Main candidates in Israel’s election

    March 9, 2015 | 8:36 am

    Following is a list of the leading candidates in Israel's March 17 parliamentary election, their main policies and where they stand on participation in a governing coalition.

    Currently, polls show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and the center-left Zionist Union...

  • Isaac Herzog hopes to speak softly and carry Israel’s election

    March 4, 2015 | 9:04 am

    Isaac Herzog paces slowly up and down the stage, one hand in his suit pocket, a slight smile forming through his slender lips.

    Quietly, his heavy breath audible through the microphone, the center-left candidate for prime minister runs down a detailed a list of policy reforms,...

  • Zionist Union’s Herzog: Netanyahu speech won’t affect Iran deal

    March 3, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief political rival in the upcoming Israeli elections said the prime minister’s speech before the U.S. Congress will have no effect on the Iran nuclear deal being negotiated.

    “There is no doubt that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows how to deliver a...

  • Netanyahu’s main challenger to focus on his own security credentials

    February 24, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Battling Benjamin Netanyahu's accusations that he is soft on national security, the Israeli prime minister's main election rival said on Tuesday he would boost efforts to focus voters on his own military and strategic credentials.

    Isaac Herzog, who heads the center-left Zionist...

  • Is it already time to repeat the ‘Bibi forever’ headline?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 9, 2015 | 3:55 am

    In January 2013 – not that long ago, but still long enough to be before the last elections – I wrote a short article headlined 'Bibi Forever' for the New York Times. Not everything I said in that article proved to be totally accurate. A week later, when the election results became...

  • 4 short election notes on 3 possible Israeli coalitions

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 22, 2014 | 3:55 am

    1. Take a look at our updated poll trends tracker. The numbers are constantly updated, but we also have a new short analysis that deals with Israel's supposed "center" and what it might do after Election Day. That is to say: Will Lieberman, Kahlon and Lapid join a Likud-Netanyahu...

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