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  • Building a Spirit of ‘Sacred Disagreement’ on Israel

    by Rabbi Melissa Weintraub

    April 24, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    In rabbinic circles, one increasingly hears sentiments like, “I’m not going to get fired for my politics on gun control or health care, but I could get fired for just about anything I say about Israel.” Rabbi Scott Perlo has coined this the “Death by Israel Sermon.” Across the...

  • 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:

     

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    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...

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  • 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.

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    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...

  • 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

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    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

    In-depth

    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

    In-depth

    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

    In-depth

    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...

  • December 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 11:53 pm

    In-depth

    'These Guys Are Thugs'

    Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei tells David Kenner of Foreign Policy that Morsi is engaged in a power grab, and slams the U.S. for not speaking out. 

    ElBaradei evokes Yogi Berra to describe U.S. policy on Egypt: It reminded him,...

  • 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

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    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

    Menachem Lazar

    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...

  • ‘We should help Obama deal with Iran by trying for peace with the Palestinians’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 10, 2012 | 4:29 am

    Meir Sheetrit is an MK for Tzipi Livni’s newly founded party, The Movement. He has held senior positions in the Likud and Kadima governments over the last 12 years, serving as finance minister, justice minister, education minister and interior minister, among other posts. This is...

  • December 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 10, 2012 | 12:47 am

    In-depth

    Why Obama Will Ignore Israel

    Peter Beinart explains in the Daily Beast why the White House is adopting what one adminstration official calls 'benign neglect'.

    What America won’t do, however, unless events on the ground dramatically change, is appoint a big-name...

  • Parties take form, but it’s still a right-religious landslide

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 6, 2012 | 7:21 am

    Today (Thursday) is D-day. It is the last day for Israelis parties to register if they are running in this election cycle. Unlike the U.S., in Israel the voters don’t register in advance. But the parties do, and by tomorrow they will no longer be able to do so. So lists have had to...

  • The right, the left and the thorny decision

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 6, 2012 | 6:58 am

    Seven weeks before Israel’s Election Day and it is time we knew who’s running against who. And today is the day: Parties are required to finalize the process of drawing up their lists and locking them down. No more behind-door-negotiations with reluctant political-stars-to-be, no...

  • December 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 6, 2012 | 1:01 am

     In-depth

    Egypt's Struggle for Power

    Marina Ottaway tells the Council on Foreign Relations that compromise is still elusive in the secularist-Islamist battle for control of Egypt. 

    There is a real struggle for power in Egypt right now between the Islamist forces, mostly...

  • ‘Netanyahu should consider apologizing to Obama’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 4, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Nitzan Horowitz is a member of Knesset for the Meretz party. He joined the Knesset in 2009, after a two-decade career as a journalist. The first in a special series of conversations with Israeli politicians in the run-up to the elections in January. 


    What is the main topic or...

  • December 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 2, 2012 | 1:07 am

    In-depth

    Legal Implication of the UN Resolution on Palestine

    The vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state of the UN will only make it harder to reach a two-state solution, writes Alan Dershowitz for Newsmax.

    If all the territory captured by Israel in its defensive...

  • November 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 30, 2012 | 2:15 am

    In-depth

    Palestine’s Muddled Statehood Strategy

    The push for UN quasi-statehood recognition by Mahmoud Abbas could undermine negotiations for Palestine's viable statehood and peace with Israel, writes Robert Danin of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    The Palestinians’...

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