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  • 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...

  • A week on the Florida campaign trail

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Day One: Departing Israel

    Spending a week in Florida on the eve of a presidential election has become a habit for me — one I cherish. Meeting the elderly women who suddenly become interested in politics; attending synagogues, to which the candidates flock in droves to speak;...

  • Knesset dissolution bill passes first reading

    October 15, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Legislation to dissolve the Israeli Knesset and go to national elections was approved unanimously on first reading.

    Israeli lawmakers voted 99-0, with one voting "present," on Monday night to dissolve the 18th Knesset and hold elections for a new government on Jan. 22. The...

  • Netanyahu’s approval: Still sliding

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 22, 2012 | 11:02 am

    It has not been a good summer for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It began with something close to euphoria, as the coalition was broadened to include the Kadima Party and reach a near-record 94 ‎mandates. But the coalition did not exactly thrive: Kadima was forced out when...

  • Netanyahu’s approval rating: The decline continues

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 22, 2012 | 10:42 am

    It has not been a good summer for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It began with something close to euphoria, as the coalition was broadened to include the Kadima Party and reach a near-record 94 ‎mandates. But the coalition did not exactly thrive: Kadima was forced out when...

  • Israel strike on Iran would be disaster, Shaul Mofaz says

    August 17, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    A former deputy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday a pre-emptive military strike against Iran over its nuclear program could embroil Israel in a “disastrous war”.

    Shaul Mofaz, a parliamentary opposition leader who quit Netanyahu’s cabinet last month where he...

  • Poll trends: ‘Likud plus right bloc’ in decline over the draft

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 1, 2012 | 7:56 am

    Driving around Tel Aviv, one can see buses bearing the signs of the new ‎Kadima Party ad campaign. It’s not usual for a party to campaign when there’s ‎no election date in sight, but Kadima is indeed advertising. Its situation is so ‎bad, and its need for some gains so...

  • Netanyahu Approval tracker: The PM is in the negative zone

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 24, 2012 | 10:40 am

    With Israel’s political arena in turmoil, the Prime Minister is also suffering. For the first time since last fall, the Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval numbers are negative. For the first time since the release of soldier Gilad Shalit from captivity, more Israelis disprove of...

  • July 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 18, 2012 | 1:39 am


    A Nuclear-Armed Iran Would Have No Hotline to Avert Catastrophe

    Unlike the US and the Soviet Union or India and Pakistan, there is no direct line of communication between Israel and Iran, which, warns Alan Elsner in Algemeiner, could be disastrous if Iran gains nuclear...

  • Israeli political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government

    July 17, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition.

    Kadima’s departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s military draft law to include...

  • Kadima set to leave gov’t after breakdown in conscription law talks

    July 17, 2012 | 11:18 am

    The Kadima party will likely leave Israel’s government coalition after negotiations with Likud over a universal draft bill broke down.

    With the talks reportedly ending Tuesday morning, Kadima scheduled a faction meeting for the evening to discuss its future in the government...

  • Israel poll trend: Charedi draft battle is helping Kadima, hurting Likud

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 17, 2012 | 9:21 am

    Israel’s political game of maneuvering is now all about the draft. Charedi draft ‎mostly, but also Arab-Israelis’ draft. It is far from clear at this point in time ‎how the battle over the draft will end. But the first casualty of this war is ‎Netanyahu’s 94-member coalition....

  • July 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 13, 2012 | 3:26 am


    Ehud Olmert could be Israel’s comeback kid

    His acquittal leaves the former prime minister well-placed for a return to politics, something that could change the future of the peace process, writes Nir Eisikovits in Christian Science Monitor.

    Olmert will almost certainly...

  • Netanyahu wants two teams to examine draft alternatives

    July 6, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that he has ordered the formulation of two teams to examine universal draft alternatives.

    One team will be headed by Prime Minister’s Office representatives and the other by ones from Kadima, Ynet reported.

    Kadima Chairman Shaul...

  • Five comments on Israel’s political crisis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 5, 2012 | 11:40 am


    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...

  • Palestinian official: Abbas to meet Mofaz

    June 28, 2012 | 12:07 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Israeli Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz on Sunday, a Palestinian official said, in the highest-level meeting between the sides since peace talks broke down in 2010.

    “There will be a meeting on Sunday between President Abbas and...

  • Can Mofaz influence Netanyahu?

    June 25, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    With his recent return to the top ranks of Israel’s government, Shaul Mofaz is receiving plenty of attention in high places for emphasizing renewed talk of peace with the Palestinians. It’s yet another high point in a relatively short political career — after 35 years of...

  • 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...

  • Mofaz tells Obama that window for peace is opening

    June 21, 2012 | 4:16 pm

    Shaul Mofaz, Israel’s new deputy prime minister, told President Obama that the new national unity government presents a window of opportunity to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.

    Mofaz, the Kadima leader who is in Washington this week for his first round of meetings since...

  • Israel: ‘all options’ open after Iran talks fail

    June 20, 2012 | 5:31 pm

    Israel responded on Wednesday to a lack of progress in talks aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program by demanding that the West impose stiffer economic sanctions on Tehran and hinting anew that a military option was still on the table.

    Six world powers and Iran failed to secure a...

  • With Muslim Brotherhood’s ascendancy, Mubarak’s legacy is upended

    June 20, 2012 | 10:33 am

    Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi is the declared winner of Egypt’s presidential race and his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, reportedly continues to lie near death in a coma—just like the legacy he tried to craft for himself and his country.

    Mubarak, 84, once the entrenched...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • A unique look into Shaul Mofaz’s Iranian Jewish roots

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 31, 2012 | 7:26 am

    Southern California’s vibrant Iranian Jewish community has been abuzz during the last few months with recent news of the election victory of Iranian-born Shaul Mofaz as the new leader of the Kadima party in the Israeli Knesset in late March and when earlier this month with his...

  • Poll Trends: Kadima is losing, but Netanyahu isn’t

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 23, 2012 | 7:24 am

    Our weekly update of Israel’s coalition-trend tracker shows that this ‎week the right wing and religious parties (Likud not included) got the ‎lowest combined predicted number of seats (32) since we started tracking polls for the study. At the same time, the number of...

  • 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....

  • Netanyahu’s excuses and the Financial Times’ leaps of logic

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 15, 2012 | 11:11 am

    On the plane from Tel Aviv to Washington DC (where I’m going to be spending a ‎few days), I got a copy of the Financial Times, and one headline caught my ‎eye: “No more excuses for Netanyahu”. It was the lead editorial of a paper ‎known for being critical of the Israeli...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Will Israelis support the new mega-coalition?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 9, 2012 | 9:26 am

    In my article for the IHT-NYT today, I write that:

    Many Israelis — about 44 percent according to a Channel 10 News poll — woke up Tuesday morning to the news and, after an initial scratching of the head, decided that it was not such a bad idea after all to have a unity...

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