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  • 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...

  • Jerusalem neighborhoods are irreversible

    October 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    The "gotcha" approach has become a staple in the impassioned world of Israeli politics. This week, combatants in the latest debate over construction in Jerusalem are pointing at the revelation that a Peace Now anti-settlement activist is privately invested in some of the very...

  • Israel’s austerity budget advances in Knesset

    June 18, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Israel’s Knesset approved the first reading of the 2013-14 state budget, which has been touted as closing socio-economic gaps in the country.

    The budget, which cuts millions of dollars from the defense department, child benefits and transportation projects, was approved early...

  • New Politics, Old Politics: Has Lapid Lost his Magic Touch?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 12, 2013 | 5:59 am

    This article was published two days ago, in a slightly different (and shorter) version, by the IHT-NYT. You can see it here. You might also want to get an update on Israel's budgetary wars.

    Her name is Riki Cohen. She is 37 and lives in Hadera, a small city on the road from Tel...

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  • Israel’s Knesset approves new government

    March 18, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Israel's Knesset approved the country's 33rd government.

    The lawmakers approved the new government by a vote of 68 to 48, with four absent.

    Following the vote, the government ministers were sworn in individually, each making a declaration promising to be faithful to the state...

  • Reports: Netanyahu to present new government on Sunday

    March 15, 2013 | 8:21 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and potential coalition partners Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett successfully crossed the last hurdle in talks on forming a new government, which may be presented on Sunday, Israeli media reported. 

    The breakthrough in the talks, which...

  • Yair Lapid named as Israeli finance minister

    March 15, 2013 | 7:01 am

    A former TV anchor whose upstart political party was the biggest surprise in Israel's January election was named finance minister on Friday as a coalition deal was signed, his spokesman said.

    Yair Lapid's centrist Yesh Atid party, which champions bread-and-butter issues of the...

  • Netanyahu clinches coalition deals

    March 14, 2013 | 7:01 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched deals for a coalition government on Thursday reflecting a shift to the center in Israel and a domestic agenda that has shunted peacemaking with Palestinians to the sidelines.

    In control of 68 of parliament's 120 seats, the right-wing...

  • Notes from the Herzliya Conference

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 13, 2013 | 7:33 am

    Do you really want to go inside?” a friend asked me at the entrance to the main hall of the Herzliya Conference, a global policy conference. “You know,” he said, “it’s Tzipi Livni speaking” — implying that there’s no point in wasting one’s time on her.

    Four years ago, Livni was a...

  • Following extension to form government, Netanyahu calls for parties to unite

    March 3, 2013 | 7:12 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Israeli political parties to "come together and unite our forces," hours after being granted an extension to form a new government.

    He used the threat of Iranian nuclear weapons to illustrate why the country's politicians must...

  • Yair Lapid: The Israeli middle

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 13, 2013 | 2:35 pm

  • 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...

  • Avigdor Lieberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

    December 30, 2012 | 6:01 pm

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was formally charged with fraud and breach of trust.

    The indictment, which reportedly includes new and stronger evidence against Lieberman, was filed with the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Sunday morning. Lieberman is charged...

  • November 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 26, 2012 | 12:59 am

     In-depth

    Mursi kills Egypt’s spring

    By giving himself sweeping powers, the Egyptian president has betrayed the principles of the country's revolution, writes Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed in Asharq Al-Awsat

    The presidential decrees are equivalent in terms of their importance...

  • October 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 26, 2012 | 1:08 am

    In-depth

    In Saudi Arabia and Israel, Signals That Iran Has Retaliation in Works

    With the drone over Israel and a cyberattack on a Saudi oil company, Iran is sending a clear message to its foes, writes Bruce Riedel in the Daily Beast.

    Iran’s capabilities to inflict...

  • 15 short comments about politics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 25, 2012 | 10:06 am

    1.

    Say what you want about Netanyahu the statesman, or Netanyahu the politician – Netanyahu the magician, the man that always has a surprise up his sleeve, has done it again. The decision to merge the Likud Party with the Yisrael Beiteinu Party – Netanyahu and Lieberman dancing...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu may dissolve parliament in mid-October, official says

    October 5, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will decide before parliament reconvenes on October 15 on whether to seek a snap election, a government official said on Friday.

    Citing growing friction among Netanyahu's allies, including disputes with Defence Minister Ehud Barak,...

  • Five comments on Israel’s political crisis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 5, 2012 | 11:40 am

    ‎1.‎

    There is a crisis, and as much as all parties would like to avoid further escalation of it, it’s not at all clear that they still have control over their own fate. Why the crisis? Simply ‎and very briefly put: Kadima joined Netanyahu’s coalition to save itself from...

  • Israel’s Poll Trend: The right-wing bloc is gaining

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 24, 2012 | 11:59 am

    We have answers for you to these three questions:‎

    ‎1.‎ How many Israelis would vote for each party if elections were held today?‎

    ‎2.‎ What coalition could Netanyahu form if elections were held today?‎

    ‎3.‎ What happens if Netanyahu leaves the Likud Party and...

  • Livni: No Kadima party by next elections

    June 13, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Tzipi Livni, the former head of Kadima, said the centrist political party would not be in existence by the next Knesset elections.

    Livni, who stepped down as head of Kadima and of the opposition after losing in March’s party primary, was asked if Kadima would be part of the next...

  • Avigdor Lieberman told he might be indicted

    June 8, 2012 | 8:09 am

    Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has been told that he may soon be indicted on charges of fraud, money laundering and break of trust.

    The punishment for money laundering alone could be up to a 10-year prison sentence.

    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein informed the Kadima...

  • Poll trends: The left-wing option is losing steam

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 7, 2012 | 8:12 am

    Kadima is in big trouble, and even if the prediction of just three ‎mandates in a poll two weeks ago was an overstatement, the largest Israeli political party really has been bleeding mandates since joining ‎Netanyahu’s coalition. The two most recent polls put Kadima on seven...

  • June 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 7, 2012 | 3:50 am

    Noteworthy

    The Stalled Arab Spring

    Writing in the National Interest, Aaron David Miller fears the wave of ‎revolutions across the Arab world cannot lead to democracy. ‎

    Real power sharing requires a commitment by politicians and publics to a ‎national vision designed to...

  • May 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 18, 2012 | 5:46 am

    Bibi’s Choice

    Richard Stengel of Time takes a look at what makes Benjamin Netanyahu tick, his ‎personal history and whether he is the prime minister who will bring peace between ‎Israel and the Palestinians. (Note: This article is for Time subscribers only, but you ‎can read a...

  • Can the new Israeli coalition bring about peace?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 18, 2012 | 4:27 am

    Here are two paragraphs from an article I wrote for the NYT. You can read the full piece here:‎

    Hopes for the resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians rekindled last week with ‎the creation of a broad and more centrist governing coalition in Israel....

  • Editorial Cartoon: Sidecar

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 15, 2012 | 8:47 pm

    The Other Choo

  • Poll Trend: Elections far off, Netanyahu still strong

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 14, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Our new J-Meter feature – a weekly tracking of Israel’s political poll trend, computed by Prof. Camil Fuchs – has been updated again. Four new polls were added to the mix, all carried in a week in which PM Netanyahu and his new deputy, Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz, stunned...

  • May 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 11, 2012 | 1:24 am

    The King is Dead; Long Live the King

    Shimon Stein of the Institute for National Security Studies examines how the election ‎of a socialist president will impact on France’s relations with Israel. ‎

    An examination of the president-elect’s statements and platform show that any...

  • Can mighty Israel (and mighty Netanyahu) make peace?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 10, 2012 | 10:33 am

    When someone like Fareed Zakaria compliments someone like Binyamin Netanyahu one knows trouble is coming. “He has an unusual, perhaps unique, opportunity to use his new power to secure Israel’s future”, Zakaria writes. Israel, he argues, is strong enough to “move toward a peace...

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