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  • Former neo-Nazi elected to local council in England

    May 18, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    A former neo-Nazi who once defaced buildings with swastikas reportedly has been elected to a local council in south central England.

    Margaret Burke won a seat on Milton Keynes Council earlier this month after demonstrating her remorse to local Labor Party officials and describing...

  • Livingstone trailing in London mayoral election, final poll shows

    May 4, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who stirred controversy with remarks called anti-Semitic by the city’s Jewish leaders, was trailing in a bid to reclaim his post, a final poll showed.

    As voters went to the polls on Thursday, incumbent Boris Johnson, Livingstone’s successor, had...

  • Labor elects Yachimovich as its new leader

    September 21, 2011 | 6:48 pm

    Israel’s Labor Party elected former journalist Shelly Yachimovich as its new leader.

    The 41-year-old Yachimovich, a Knesset member known for her advocacy on socioeconomic issues, won Wednesday’s runoff election against Amir Peretz, a fellow Knesset member who served a stint as...

  • Labor leadership race goes to runoff vote

    September 13, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    The race for the leadership of Israel’s Labor Party will go to a second vote after no candidate got the required 40 percent.

    Former Defense Minister Amir Peretz and former television journalist Shelly Yacimovich will vie for the chairmanship of the party in a runoff election on...

  • British Jewish lawmaker apologizes for ‘Jews again’ remark

    March 31, 2011 | 10:16 am

    A British lawmaker has apologized for insulting a fellow Jewish lawmaker and Labor Party member during a debate in the House of Commons.

    During a debate Wednesday on plans to change the law of universal jurisdiction, Gerald Kaufman turned to a lawmaker sitting next to him and said,...

  • Ireland’s Labor Party eyes Israel for economic inspiration

    February 1, 2011 | 10:06 am

    One of the parties expected to form part of Ireland’s next governing coalition is looking to Israel for economic inspiration.

    The left-leaning Labor party, which is second in the polls and expected to be the junior partner in Ireland’s government following the Feb. 25 general...

  • Ehud Barak quits Labor: Political betrayal or precursor to something bigger?

    January 18, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Was it an act of political self-preservation, a feat of political destruction or a bid to stabilize Israel’s government ahead of some dramatic move?

    And for Israel’s Labor Party, was it another sign of the once-leading party’s demise, or a precursor to a revival and the ideals...

  • Barak’s new faction receives ministerial positions

    January 18, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the four other lawmakers that split from the Labor Party will remain in the government with ministerial positions.

    The Labor lawmakers who joined Barak in forming a new faction on Monday are Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense...

  • Is Barak moving Labor to the right?

    By Leslie Susser

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ehud Barak, the new leader of Israel's Labor Party, is proving to be something of an enigma.

    Although at the helm of a traditionally dovish party, he reportedly has made a string of hawkish comments in private conversations that place him well on the right of the Israeli political...

  • ‘Empire’ Conquers Monstrous Task

    By Howard Kaplan

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977" by Gershom Gorenberg, (Times Books).

    It is not accidental that Gershom Gorenberg limited his substantial study, "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977," to the first...

  • Peretz Win Portends Political Shakeup

    By Leslie Susser

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The election of Amir Peretz, a 53-year-old underdog, as leader of the Labor Party is almost certain to change the face of Israeli politics.

    The result of the Nov. 9 Labor primary vote makes more likely the formation of a new centrist party led by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, backed...

  • Sharon Pushes for Labor, Likud Union

    By Leslie Susser

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Convinced that 2005 will be a year of great peace opportunities, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is throwing his considerable political weight behind a coalition with the Labor Party.

    Sharon sees a Likud-Labor partnership, bolstered by at least one ultra Orthodox party, as the...

  • Sharon Faces Tough Fight Over Coalition

    By Leslie Susser

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon is one of the savviest politicians Israel has produced. It was Sharon who brought disparate right-wing parties together to form the Likud Party in 1973. It was also Sharon who, two years ago, persuaded a battered and bruised Labor Party to join a national unity...

  • Vote Scandal Could Cost Likud Election

    By Leslie Susser

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Until now, the Israeli election campaign has seemed like a formality: The only question seemed to be how large a majority Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon would win when the ballots were counted.

    Not any more. Pundits say a police investigation into allegations of corruption in the...

  • Mitzna Wins Labor

    By Naomi Segal

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna hopes to becomes Israel's next prime minister, he faces a daunting challenge: resuscitating a moribund Labor Party in a little more than two months.

    A day after the dovish newcomer to national politics won a sweeping victory in Labor's leadership primary,...

  • Netanyahu, Sharon Face-Off

    By Leslie Susser

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The smart money says Israelis won't have to wait until next January's general election to know who their next prime minister will be: Nearly all the pundits agree it will be the winner of the Nov. 28 Likud Party leadership primary between Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu.


  • Labor Quits Sharon Government

    By Leslie Susser

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For a year and a half it was predicted, and this week it finally came: The Labor Party handed the Likud a bill of divorce, ending Israel's national unity government.

    What the divorce will mean for the country amid the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians, the prospect of an...

  • Enter the New Prime Minister: Ehud Barak

    By Eric Silver

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Two decades ago, after hearing the then-Col. Ehud Barak deliver a eulogy for a fallen comrade, popular Israeli poet Haim Guri predicted: "One day, this man will be prime minister." On May 17, Israel's voters proved him right. Barak was elected by a landslide, his 56 percent to 44...
  • Getting Off the Ground

    By Larry Derfner

    March 18, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    Until the last couple of weeks, the best thing one could say about Ehud Barak's campaign for prime minister was that it couldn't get any worse.

    But, as the May 17 election draws closer, a couple of good things have happened to the Labor Party leader that have finally gotten his...

  • Labor’s Leaders Lobby for U.S. Support, Funds

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    Two leaders of Israel's opposition Labor Party were in Los Angeles last week on separate visits and voiced sharp criticism of the current government's peace policy, and support for a strong role by the United States in the stalled negotiations.

    First came Yossi Beilin, a Knesset...

  • Dress Reversal

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Dress Reversal

    How a certain cocktail dress could determine the future of Middle East diplomacy

    Sitting in the lobby of Washington's May-flower Hotel last weekend, the famously quick- tongued Yossi Beilin formerly Shimon Peres' right hand man, for once...

  • Politics, Israeli Style

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

    Photo by Peter Halmagyi

    Some of you may have caught last week's New Yorker (May 25) with journalist David Remnick's profile of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. If not, I urge you to call the...

  • Mideast

    By Larry Derfner

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu (left) is "a Titanic about to run into an iceberg," says Ehud Barak (right). Netanyahu photo by Peter Halmagyi


    Just after dawn two years ago today, May 29, 1996, the all-night vote count finally...

  • A Moment

    By Larry Derfner

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A key element in Labor Party leader Ehud Barak's strategy tobecome prime minister is to win support from Orthodox andultra-Orthodox (haredi) voters, who backed Binyamin Netanyahuoverwhelmingly in the last election. Now Barak is faced with adilemma: The price of wooing Orthodox votes...

  • Different Approaches to Zionism

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Bob, a software executive from Long Island,N.Y., is registered to vote in this month's World Zionist Congresselections, but he's having a hard time deciding how to cast hisballot.

    His vote, along with those mailed in by 149,370other registered voters, will determine the makeup...

  • A No-Win Position

    By Larry Derfner

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Labor Party leader Ehud Barak said that unless the opposition waited a decent interval before attacking Netanyahu politically, "it could be interpreted as if we were defending Arafat, even though this is not true -- we are defending the State of Israel."

    Barak went out of his way to...

  • Labor’s Move Toward Center

    By Eric Silver

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    After a year of licking the wounds of electoral defeat, the Israeli left has crowned a new leader who radiates an aura of victory and an appetite for power. The campaign of the year 2000 has begun.

    Ehud Barak, a former armed forces chief who entered politics only 2 1/2 years ago, was...

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