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  • What Israeli election polls tell us this week

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    We have a new feature for you. Until Israel's Election Day, we will share with you data from Nehemia Gershuni's wonderful data site, in which Israeli numbers, polls, compilations, and projections are king. Gershuni kindly agreed that we use some of his data to bolster our own...

  • What Israelis think about Herzog-Livni, Obama, US Jews, Netanyahu, Jewish-state law

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Israelis and Herzog

    The big political news coming out of Israel's interesting election cycle is the official announcement that Labor's Herzog and Hatnuah's Livni will be running together. It was expected, it makes sense, and it was nevertheless surprising. Why? Because of...

  • Israel’s elections: No ideological debates, just personalities

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    Israelis don’t vote directly for candidates for prime minister. In a parliamentary system like ours, one votes for a party — namely, an ideology. But, alas, Israel’s parties, except for very few, have little to offer as far as ideology is concerned.

    Some don’t have a distinct...

  • In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore

    2 weeks ago

    This government was supposed to be different.

    During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Barely anyone talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Long-simmering social tensions over...

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  • Israel’s elections Q&A, week 1: Can anyone replace Netanyahu?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    In the next three months – until March 17, the day of Israel's election – I will try to answer the many questions I receive by mail and on social media in an orderly fashion. Here's the first batch of questions I collected in the last couple of days and my short answers. You can...

  • With time running out to form a government, Netanyahu facing tough choices

    March 5, 2013 | 9:02 am

    When he emerged bruised but unbeaten following the Jan. 22 elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced some tough choices.

    Should he aim for a narrow, right-wing governing coalition comprised of haredi Orthodox, nationalist and religious Zionist parties that would...

  • Netanyahu sets meeting to request extension in forming government

    February 28, 2013 | 8:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Shimon Peres to request an extension in forming a government.

    Their meeting was scheduled for Saturday night at the end of Shabbat, which is the deadline for forming a government.

    Under law, Netanyahu can...

  • 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%...

  • Netanyahu tackles tricky coalition-building

    February 7, 2013 | 5:46 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Yair Lapid, the surprise runner-up in an election last month, to try to draw him into a broad government that could bridge Israel's religious divide.

    In the January 22 ballot, centrist candidate Lapid's rallying cry, "equal...

  • Israeli voters force Netanyahu to seek centrist partner

    January 24, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Israel's next government must heed voters and devote itself to bread-and-butter issues, not thorny foreign policy problems such as Iran's nuclear plans and the Palestinian conflict, senior politicians said on Thursday.

    Israelis worried about housing, prices and taxes have...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Computer woes force Likud to extend hours in primary vote

    November 25, 2012 | 11:22 am

    Polls will remain open past midnight in Likud Party primary voting following computer malfunctions at several polling stations.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chairman of the ruling Likud, made the announcement Sunday of the longer voting hours following malfunctions at...

  • Report: Israeli politicians raise most campaign budgets abroad

    October 12, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    More than half of all donations made to Israeli politicians’ campaigns over the past two years came from overseas contributors.

    Donations to political campaigns by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during that period amounted to $311,000, with 96.8 percent coming from outside...

  • Scandal Could End Sharons Career

    By Leslie Susser

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even if he is reelected, the financial scandal dogging him could spell the end of Ariel Sharon's political career.

    Sharon is accused of taking an illegal loan from a South African friend to pay off other illegal loans to his past political campaigns. The prime minister has not been...

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