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  • The no-alternative Israeli elections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 16, 2013 | 11:09 am

    The story of the upcoming Israeli elections, which will take place on Jan. 22, can be written in many different ways. 

    One is with an eye to the small numbers, a story of preserving the political status quo: Back in 2009, the Kadima Party got 28 mandates. In 2013, if polls are to...

  • 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...

  • When Livni gains, who loses?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 26, 2012 | 5:35 am

    So here is the puzzle: Given that A. the merged Likud Beiteinu list remains below the sum of its current components (Likud and Israel Beiteinu have 42 mandates today, but in most polls they get lower number of mandates as a merged list), and B. that the new (tentative, but almost a...

  • Netanyahu is gaining (even before the Gaza op)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 19, 2012 | 8:21 am

    Our updated Israel Poll Trends tracker, aggregated and configured by Prof. Camil Fuchs, puts a possible Likud-right-religious political bloc (and possible coalition) at 69 mandates, compared to a center-left bloc that is at 51 mandates out of the 120 available in the Knesset. This...

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  • Netanyahu expected to win in elections unlikely to change Israel’s left-right balance

    October 10, 2012 | 9:15 am

    It wasn’t the call for early elections that was unusual about this week’s announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel will move up its next election to early 2013, from its scheduled slot in October 2013.

    After all, only a few governments have served a...

  • Dichter quits Knesset to take home front defense ministerial position

    August 14, 2012 | 10:25 am

    Israeli lawmaker Avi Dichter resigned from the Kadima Party and the Knesset in order to join the government as minister of home front defense.

    Dichter reportedly sent Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin his resignation on Tuesday after being offered the position Monday night during a...

  • 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...

  • So it’s “Shaul or Bibi” - but can Mofaz find the votes?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 28, 2012 | 7:24 am

    “Tzipi or Bibi”, the slogan that made Tzipi Livni the head of Israel’s largest party, had a certain ring of stylishness. In the days leading up to the 2009 Israeli election, “Tzipi or Bibi” was the slogan that convinced hundreds of thousands of left-leaning Israelis to abandon the...

  • If you really must know what’s going to happen in Kadima

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 25, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    The Kadima Party will be electing its leader this coming Tuesday, and while tension levels are high and all eyes are on the two candidates – former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz – one has to remember that as things stand now Kadima is no...

  • Bills to relax marriage registration rules pass Knesset committee

    March 19, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Two bills that would allow Jewish couples in Israel to be married by Modern Orthodox rabbis in the city of their choice were approved by a Knesset committee.

    The so-called “Tzohar laws,” named for the organization of Modern Orthodox rabbis that performs alternative religious wedding...

  • Initiative pressing for more female leaders

    September 28, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    Jewish Women International is joining with the Rabbinical Assembly in an initiative to advance women’s leadership in the Jewish community.

    The first event in the initiative was a conference call Monday with Tzipi Livni, the leader of Israel’s opposition Kadima Party.

    “I entered...

  • Knesset approves panels to probe left-wing NGOs

    February 2, 2011 | 10:09 am

    The Knesset House Committee approved the establishment of parliamentary panels to probe the funding and activities of left-leaning human rights groups and NGOs.

    The vote to establish two commissions of inquiries passed the committee Wednesday by a vote of 10 to 6.

    One committee...

  • Incumbency aids Olmert in surviving party ‘coup’

    By Leslie Susser

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    By all accounts, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert should have been history.

    The Winograd Commission's interim report issued April 30 on last summer's second Lebanon War could not have been more scathing. The paragraph on the prime minister's responsibility for the failures and...
  • What now after Winograd?

    By Dina Kraft

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With "failure" officially stamped on Ehud Olmert's management of last summer's war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, the question is: What happens now?

    The Israeli public, deeply critical and hungry for blame, may yet stop short of ousting the unpopular prime minister because of a lack...
  • Olmert Sworn in as Israel’s New PM

    By Dan Baron

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Exactly four months after assuming Israel's top office amid tragedy, Ehud Olmert has been confirmed as prime minister, and hopes to lead the Jewish state to security, if not peace.

    Olmert was sworn in last week, along with his Cabinet, after the Knesset approved the coalition...

  • Graybeards Pull Off Israel Election Upset

    By Helen Schary Motro

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Just as the polls closed in Israel last month, I was finishing up listening to BBC Radio, planning to switch the dial to hear the first exit poll predictions on a local station.

    But exactly as the clock struck 10, I was amazed to hear the BBC itself switching to Tel Aviv for live...

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