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  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 17, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Settlement freeze letter equals tough math for Bibi

    February 25, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Sometimes, it seems like the political survival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu all comes down to math. 

    In 2011, he subtracted eight coalition members to keep his government stable. In 2012, he added Yisrael Beiteinu’s 15 Knesset members to his Likud to win an...
  • Lieberman returns as Israeli foreign minister

    November 11, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman returned to his post a week after being acquitted on a charge of fraud and breach of trust.

    Lieberman took the oath in the Knesset on Monday night after his reappointment was approved by the legislative body. On Sunday, the Cabinet...

  • Report: Unofficial construction freeze in eastern Jerusalem

    June 10, 2013 | 9:32 am

    An unofficial freeze in housing starts in eastern Jerusalem is “a temporary hiatus,” Yisrael Beiteinu party head Avigdor Lieberman told an Israeli newspaper.

    Army Radio, citing government statistics and the Yesha settlers council, reported Monday that no new housing projects have...

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  • Ayalon testifies against former boss Lieberman in fraud trial

    May 2, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Danny Ayalon at the fraud trial of ex-Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman testified that his former boss advanced a diplomat's appointment in return for information.

    Ayalon, the former deputy foreign minister and the state's key witness against Liberman, testified Thursday...

  • Netanyahu introduces new government during Knesset session

    March 18, 2013 | 8:48 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu introduced his new government during a Knesset plenum session.

    In presenting Israel's 33rd government, Netanyahu on Monday afternoon called on the new government to work together with the same spirit of cooperation as the last government, which...

  • Avigdor Lieberman fraud trial set for next month

    January 28, 2013 | 9:45 am

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will go on trial next month for fraud and breach of trust.

    The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ruled Sunday that the trial of the Yisrael Beiteinu party leader will begin on Feb. 17.

    A three-judge panel will hear the case rather...

  • 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...

  • Knesset elections: A reader’s guide

    January 14, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    Remember the second U.S. presidential debate in October, when the incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney stood about six inches from each other, with one interrupting the other at every turn?

    Add about a dozen candidates, take away the formal rules of debate, switch to...

  • Netanyahu, right-wing coalition seen likely to prevail in Israeli elections

    January 14, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Uncertainty is an inherent condition of democratic politics, but one outcome is all but certain in next week’s Israeli elections: the right wing will win and the left wing will lose.

    Almost every party acknowledges that the merged Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu factions will take the...

  • The ongoing decline of Likud-Beiteinu

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 1, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    On the one hand, it isn't easy to imagine an all-but-ensured victorious prime minister who is unhappy: Why would Netanyahu be unhappy when his next term is safe and the next coalition is his to make? On the other hand, it isn't easy to imagine a leader of a party-in-decline for the...

  • The watershed political event of the 2013 Israeli election

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 1, 2013 | 8:24 am

    You already know that our exclusive Israel Poll Trends tracker is the best way to follow and understand Israel's crazy election season. But this week Prof. Camil Fuchs has made a special effort and is presenting us with a new trendline: the one chronicling the decline of Prime...

  • Lieberman questioned again in ambassador affair

    December 26, 2012 | 9:39 am

    Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman was questioned again regarding allegations that he advanced an envoy's position in exchange for information on an investigation against him.

    Lieberman was questioned under caution late on Tuesday night, hours after launching his...

  • Ayalon out for next Knesset

    December 4, 2012 | 10:40 am

    In a surprise move, Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Liberman announced that former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Danny Ayalon, will not be included on the party's Knesset list.

    Ayalon is currently serving under Liberman as deputy foreign minister.

    The move announced...

  • 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...

  • Likud Party approves election list merger with Yisrael Beiteinu

    October 29, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The Likud Party reportedly voted overwhelmingly to approve merging its candidates list with the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party.

    Likud members gathered Monday at a party convention in Tel Aviv to vote on the proposal floated last week by the Likud chairman, Prime Minister...

  • October 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 29, 2012 | 3:07 am

    In-depth

    Netanyahu’s Big Gamble

    The prime minister's decision to run alongside Yisrael Beiteinu in the January elections has not been uniformly embraced within both parties, writes Carl Vick for Time.

    Likud in fact came into existence as an blending of right-wing parties,...

  • Yisrael Beiteinu: Merger with Likud won’t make Lieberman PM

    October 26, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Yisrael Beiteinu has denied reports that party leader Avigdor Lieberman would become prime minister under a secret pact between his movement and Likud.

    “There is no pact for rotation in the role of prime minister,” Yisrael Beiteinu Chairperson Faina Kirschenbaum told Channel 10...

  • Confused about the Bibi-Lieberman merger? You’re not alone

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 26, 2012 | 5:43 am

    Yes, Prime Minister Netanyahu, once again, was able to surprise us all with a new political move – the sudden announcement yesterday that the Likud Party and the Yisrael Beiteinu Party will be running together in this election cycle. Problem is, we don’t know yet what Netanyahu and...

  • By merging with Liberman, Netanyahu knocks out the left and casts his lot with the right

    October 25, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Political pundits long have debated who is the real Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Is he a pragmatist handcuffed by his right-wing support base and, until his father’s recent death, fealty to his father’s nationalist vision?

    Or is he a true right-wing ideologue whose apparent concessions,...

  • Netanyahu, Lieberman to merge party lists for election

    October 25, 2012 | 11:46 am

    The Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu parties will run in the upcoming Israeli elections on one list, ensuring that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forms the next government.

    Netanyahu, of Likud, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beiteinu reportedly will announce the...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu disbands haredi draft committee

    July 2, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disbanded the committee charged with formulating a new law on haredi Orthodox military service.

    The dissolution of the Plesner Committee comes after the resignation of several of its members, including from the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu...

  • The Israelis who would not support Diaspora Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 28, 2012 | 10:14 am

    I was not exactly kind to previous B’nai B’rith surveys of contemporary Israeli ‎attitudes toward Diaspora Jewry, and maybe that’s why the most recent survey was ‎not sent to me by the organization, but rather brought to my attention by other means. ‎It is a poll that still...

  • ‘Two-states for two peoples will be the only outcome to our conflict‎’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 15, 2012 | 11:21 am

    Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister and former ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon ‎discusses a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. ‎


    Is a one-state solution a serious idea, or just propaganda by the Palestinians?‎

    It is an idea that has no serious backing...

  • 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...

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