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  • The politics of fear threatens Israel from without and within

    4 days ago

    There was something surreal about visiting Israel last week. I had come to learn about Israel’s independent sector, and it was inspiring to see how nonprofits were taking up the task of shaping Israel’s future, regardless of who forms the next government.

    Partisan politics still...

  • Likud’s ‘Us or Them’ TV ads raise ire

    5 days ago

    The Likud Party has replaced a TV spot featuring Islamic State terrorists on a mission to take over Jerusalem with a second commercial warning that Israeli-Arab politicians will anchor any government that might replace Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Both Likud television commercials...

  • Zoabi, Marzel disqualified from upcoming elections

    3 weeks ago

    Arab-Israeli lawmaker Hanin Zoabi and far-right Jewish activist Baruch Marzel were disqualified from running in Israel’s March 3 elections.

    At hearings Thursday, the Central Elections Committee voted 27-6 to ban Zoabi, a Knesset member from the Arab-Israeli Balad party since...

  • Obama’s Chutzpah

    3 weeks ago

    In an exchange that is reminiscent of a school yard fight or a childish disagreement,the Obama Administration chastised the Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not informing the White House before accepting an invitation from the Speaker of the House John Boehner to...

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  • Israeli parties hunt ‘caviar vote’ before March election

    3 weeks ago

    In this seaside city once ruled by the Greeks and Phoenicians but now largely populated by Russians, the talk in the caviar-stocked delis and jewelry stores is of upcoming elections and Israel's powerful Russian vote.

    After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, more than...

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

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Hoenlein: Keep U.S. funding out of Israeli elections

    February 5, 2015 | 10:11 am

    Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said that American groups should not intervene in the upcoming Israeli elections.

    In a phone interview Thursday with JTA while he was in Israel, Hoenlein said that...

  • What does Netanyahu gain by running against Obama?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 5, 2015 | 4:15 am

    The arguments behind Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to accept the invitation to speak about Iran in Congress are not very convincing. The downside is obvious – while the benefit is questionable. It is not surprising, then, that most experts and pundits greeted the decision...

  • Zionist Camp Economics 101: Out with the New, In with the Old

    February 4, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Forget Hezbollah, Hamas, Abbas and Iran: the primary driver in Israel's upcoming elections is the high cost of living. Recent polls have consistently shown that domestic policy and economics, rather than security and Palestinian peacemaking, are what most Israelis will be thinking...

  • Candidates go head to head on Israel’s future

    February 3, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labor Chairman Isaac Herzog won’t be debating each other ahead of Israel’s March election, but English speakers in Tel Aviv who packed an event hall here got the next best thing: Candidates from five parties came out for a panel-style...

  • Netanyahu’s strongman image boosts ratings, countering U.S. rift

    February 3, 2015 | 8:36 am

    Israeli voters' security concerns have boosted Benjamin Netanyahu's popularity in the past month, helping him to skirt criticism of a widened rift with the White House as he aims for a fourth election success.

    With violence on the Lebanese border and worries about Iran's nuclear...

  • Next time you hear someone declaring Israel’s democracy is in mortal danger…

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 2, 2015 | 4:04 am

    A year and a half ago, when Israel decided, by a vote of the Knesset, to raise its electoral threshold to 3.25%, critics called this move "undemocratic". The Association for Civil Rights in Israel declared that "the basic principles of the Israeli democratic system are being...

  • Haredi Orthodox women launch Israeli political party

    January 20, 2015 | 11:08 am

    A group of haredi Orthodox women have formed a political party in Israel ahead of the March elections.

    The party, called B’zchutan, or “In their merit,” was announced Monday as a response to the existing all-male haredi parties, the Sephardi Shas and Ashkenazi United Torah...

  • Ex-envoy Michael Oren announces Knesset run

    December 25, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Michael Oren, the former Israeli envoy to the United States, will run in Israel’s upcoming elections.

    Oren was presented Wednesday as a candidate for the new political party Kulanu, headed by former Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, who left the Likud Party in 2013. Kahlon...

  • 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...

  • What Israeli election polls tell us this week

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 18, 2014 | 4:12 am

    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

    December 11, 2014 | 3:58 am

    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

    December 9, 2014 | 3:45 am

    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

    December 4, 2014 | 9:36 am

    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...

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

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 4, 2014 | 3:52 am

    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...

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