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  • Jewish groups look to calm post-election U.S.-Israel tensions

    March 20, 2015 | 9:05 am

    American Jewish groups moved to calm continuing tensions between Jerusalem and Washington in the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive reelection this week.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish...

  • Rivlin invites parties to meet

    March 19, 2015 | 9:07 am

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will meet with representatives of each of the parties elected to serve in the 20th Knesset.

    Through the meetings, which will begin on Sunday, Rivlin will determine which party head will be tasked with forming a new government.

    Rivlin’s office on...

  • Knesset by the numbers

    March 19, 2015 | 9:01 am

    We all know Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won another term. The shape of his next coalition seems pretty clear.

    But what happened in the rest of the Knesset? What does the full, 120-seat picture look like? And is it actually that different from last time?

    Here are...

  • Mobile phone reformer is front-runner for Israel finance minister

    March 18, 2015 | 9:42 am

    "Kahlon for finance minister" as a campaign slogan will likely turn into reality for Moshe Kahlon after a strong showing for his upstart Kulanu party in the Israeli election won by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    On Sunday, Netanyahu offered the finance post to Kahlon -- who...

  • Bibi, Kulanu (All of Us) and Voting in My First Israeli Election

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    March 12, 2015 | 6:16 pm

    This Tuesday, I along with almost 5.9 million eligible Israeli adults will be voting for the 20th Knesset. This will be my first time voting as an Israeli citizen after making aliyah nearly 7 months ago. At first I was very excited to vote and fulfill my civic duty, but then I...

  • Everything you need to know about Israel’s March 17 election

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 9, 2015 | 5:01 am

    If there are no surprises, Benjamin Netanyahu will win: The math is simple. The bloc of religious and right-wing parties has 53 to 55 mandates. Add Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu and there’s your 60-plus bloc. Add Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu and it gets closer to 70. Netanyahu...

  • Meet the voters transforming Israel’s political landscape

    February 19, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    Chani Lerner-Mor’s political activism began on a street corner here in Raanana, Israel, in 1993.

    The landmark Oslo Accords had recently been signed, ceding parts of the West Bank to Yassir Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization. The daughter of a Likud Party activist,...

  • Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

    January 26, 2015 | 11:31 am

    Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is...

  • The 2013 campaign: 5 days, 34 mandates, 67 votes, 8 lost - or maybe not

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 17, 2013 | 9:07 am

    Election Day is just a few days away, so focusing our attention mostly on Israeli politics seems natural – if exhausting at times. What we have for you today are two things:



    The updated Poll Trend Tracker (by Prof. Camil Fuchs) and its weekly analysis of the polling...

  • Q&A: ‘Labor will either form the government or head the opposition’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 13, 2013 | 8:53 am

    MK Yitzhak Herzog is a lawmaker from the Labor Party. A Knesset veteran, he has previously served as Minister of Welfare & Social Services, Minister of the Diaspora, Minister of Housing, and Minister of Tourism. He is also the son of former Israeli president Chaim Herzog. In the...

  • Two weeks to D-day, and they haven’t yet decided (or have they?)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 10, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    Less than two weeks before the election, and here is a seeming paradox: on the one hand, the spread between the two blocs (Likud-Right-Religious versus the Center-Left) is as wide as it has been for the last two months, but on the other hand the pundits and the statisticians...

  • Ready for an Election Night surprise?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 10, 2013 | 8:51 am

    It’s time for another updated Israel Poll Trends tracker, in which you will this week learn some more about the Israelis who aren’t yet decided about their votes – and more importantly, about the probability of a big Election Night surprise. Prof. Camil Fuchs’ graph for this week...

  • Are Israelis already thinking about the next round? 11 short notes, 2 great graphs

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 6, 2013 | 8:49 am

    This is going to be short, as I'm sure you have no time for long election coverage, especially as we all know who's going to be the next PM.


    Don't waste too much of your time paying attention to a possible "united bloc" of the center-left. A. Because this is mostly spin...

  • Stop illegal migrants, but also the politicians who demonize them to get more votes

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 4, 2013 | 7:52 am

    Illegal migration is once again becoming a political football. Half a year or so ago, I wrote an article explaining why it's okay for Israel to do what's necessary in order to stop infiltration of African migrants (via Egypt and the Sinai border):

    It is heartbreaking, even...

  • The ongoing decline of Likud-Beiteinu

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 1, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    On the one hand, it isn't easy to imagine an all-but-ensured victorious prime minister who is unhappy: Why would Netanyahu be unhappy when his next term is safe and the next coalition is his to make? On the other hand, it isn't easy to imagine a leader of a party-in-decline for the...

  • The watershed political event of the 2013 Israeli election

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 1, 2013 | 8:24 am

    You already know that our exclusive Israel Poll Trends tracker is the best way to follow and understand Israel's crazy election season. But this week Prof. Camil Fuchs has made a special effort and is presenting us with a new trendline: the one chronicling the decline of Prime...

  • Q&A: ‘Netanyahu will always prefer a coalition with the extreme right and the ultra-Orthodox’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 31, 2012 | 8:39 am

    Yohanan Plesner is a member of Knesset for the Kadima party. He was the head of the Knesset's Plesner committee, formed to explore the introduction of national service for ultra-Orthodox Jews and Israeli Arabs. In the fifth in a series of interviews with Israeli politicians ahead...

  • Counting mandates, counting Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 27, 2012 | 7:38 am


    We've updated our Israel Poll Trend tracker, and guess what? Netanyahu is still going to be Israel's next prime minister. While political campaigns and battles are what Israelis are now busy with and talking about, the graph of the political blocs is resistant to change....

  • December 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 24, 2012 | 12:29 am


    Hagel and Israel

    Despite the claims of his detractors, former senator Chuck Hagel is neither anti-Israel nor anti-Semitic, writes Alon Pinkas in Al-Monitor

    ...many of these same critics are those who consider Obama as fundamentally anti-Israel. They believe that...

  • Q&A: ‘Israel belongs both to its citizens and to every Jew in the world’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 23, 2012 | 5:50 am

    Danny Danon is a Likud MK, and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. He is the chairman of World Likud and has spoken out against a two-state solution. Here, he discusses Iran, a new diplomatic direction, and Israel's demographic threat.

    This is the fourth in a series of conversations...

  • December 21, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 21, 2012 | 12:40 am


    The fire is getting closer

    As Syria's rebels make significant ground against the Assad regime, writes the Economist, some in the West begin to worry the about the influence of the opposition's Islamist fighters. 

    Some European governments are pondering whether to...

  • December 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 19, 2012 | 12:26 am


    Three Sins of the Israeli Left

    Writing for Al-Monitor, Nadav Eyal examines the missteps by Israel's center-left that have left it in freefall.

    Circumstances required the left to re-imagine Israel in a way that would attract voters to it, and there was fertile...

  • Three notes on Israel’s themeless, excitement-free elections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 18, 2012 | 6:40 am

    We must apologize for bombarding you with election-related news and views. Back in September-October it was all about the U.S. election, and now it's all about Israel's. Back to post-election normality around March.

    1. What are the elections about?

    Note this: We've had three...

  • 2013 election: The shameless vote

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 8:18 am

    No one ever accused former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni of any hint of corruption. She is a woman with as untainted a record for a politician as one can have. Nonetheless, you’d have to really stretch those muscles of ethical behavior to keep calling Livni a principled...

  • ‘American Jews are much more than an ATM to Israel’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 16, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Naftali Bennett is the newly elected leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party. He was Benjamin Netanyahu's chief of staff between 2006-2008, and ran Netanyahu's successful 2007 campaign to lead the Likud party. He also served as as Director General of the Yesha Council of...

  • Are you ready for the 2014 elections? And are you ready for Hagel?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 14, 2012 | 9:06 am


    We know this is quite early, and we know that you are all suffering from election fatigue, and we know that what we can currently accomplish barely merits being called speculation. Nonetheless – our job is to prepare, be ahead of the curve, get started when everyone else is...

  • If it’s us vs them, it’s Bibi time

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 13, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    Mazal Tov! Today’s graph breaks a record. For the first time, the Likud- Right-Religious bloc touches the 70 mandates bar. (The exact estimates are 69.5 mandates and 50.5 mandates for the Right-Religious and the Center-Left blocs, respectively). And what’s more depressing for the...

  • The more they criticize Bibi, the larger his majority

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 13, 2012 | 8:02 am

    Prime Minister Netanyahu is being criticized all around the world. A barrage of criticism, in fact.

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel seems determined to escalate a crisis by retaliating against the Palestinians after the United Nations General Assembly voted to...

  • The face of the Likud is the face of the Israeli public

    December 12, 2012 | 7:06 am

    The following is a guest blog by Menachem Lazar, the pollster for Panels Politics. Menachem is the man in charge of PP's Netanyahu Approval Index – an index that we now proudly (and gratefully) translate and include in our J Meter.  

    The drama that unfolded before viewers of...

  • December 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 12, 2012 | 1:17 am


    With Their New Status, Palestinians Will Observe a Bursting Israeli Jerusalem

    Writing in Algemeiner, Kevin Bermeister argues that construction throughout Jerusalem is necessary, and will beneft the city's Muslim, Christian and Jewish residents. 

    The tide of...

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