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  • Confusion Central: So How Many Israelis Think Obama is “Pro Israel”?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 20, 2013 | 6:38 am

    The only two parties where a majority of voters see Obama as friendly toward Israel are Meretz (59%) and Labor (54%). That’s what the poll by Israel’s Democracy Institute says. In other words: the only voters who believe Obama is friendly are opposition voters (secular opposition...

  • The Rosner-Fuchs Exchange, Part 5: ‘In 21st Century Israel, the Word ‘Left’ has Become Pejorative’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 5, 2013 | 8:34 am

    Professor Camil Fuchs, who has been a valuable contributor to Rosner's Domain for the past year, is a veteran Israeli statistician. He is a Professor of Statistics at Tel Aviv University, where he has also served as head of the Department of Statistics and Operations Research, and...

  • The Rosner-Fuchs Exchange, Part 4: On ‘Potential Labor Voters’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 19, 2013 | 10:01 am

    Professor Camil Fuchs, who has been a valuable contributor to Rosner's Domain for the past year, is a veteran Israeli statistician. He is a Professor of Statistics at Tel Aviv University, where he has also served as head of the Department of Statistics and Operations Research, and...

  • Election Countdown- Why is Mattan Faber voting Meretz?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 20, 2013 | 10:20 am

    On January 22nd, Israel will vote for its new Knesset, and choose the Prime Minister to lead it. Much unlike the American system, here, we have countless parties with countless ideologies to choose from. Behind the curtain, we will cast our ballot, and choose one party only. The...

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  • 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...

  • As Obama takes second term, Israelis wonder what the future holds

    November 7, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Most Israelis were asleep as the polls closed in America and voters waited for the results, but on one rooftop in central Tel Aviv a party with loud classic rock music and flashing lights was going strong.

    It was the pro-Obama election-watching party of Israel’s left-wing Meretz...

  • NEW: Tracking the trends in Israeli elections season

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 3, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    I’ll start with the following three facts:

    1. Israel’s election is four months away. It is almost certainly to be held on September 4.

    2. Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the Likud Party, will almost certainly be the next Israeli Prime Minister. That is, if the polls are...

  • 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...

  • Yes, we cantankerous

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 12, 2008 | 11:26 pm

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  • Livni must demonstrate new type of leadership

    September 25, 2008 | 2:08 am

    Tzipi Livni's victory in the Kadima Party primary is the result of the Israeli version of the clamor for change that we are seeing across the democratic world. She prevailed despite ruthless attacks on her experience, her judgment, her appearance and her gender. Her record of...
  • Two Insults Too Many

    By Eric Silver

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Ovadia Yosef, the Shas spiritual mentor and former Sephardichief rabbi of Israel, is a gold medalist among insulters. The mediahere monitor his Saturday night sermons, broadcast live on Shas's pirateradio station, for his latest news-making tirades.

    Last week the 80-year-old rabbi...