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Election Preview: Why The Israeli Right Has Turned Hardline

Recent history has shown that Israelis favor the right when they feel threatened.

01/16/2013
Editor and Publisher

The three most important pieces of information to know about Tuesday’s upcoming national elections in Israel are: Bibi Netanyahu will emerge as prime minister for another term; the government will move further to the right and the electoral system is in desperate need of change, a major factor in the disturbing polarization we are witnessing.

Gary Rosenblatt

To The President And Prime Minister: Thank You Both

11/30/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Now that the dust is settling, both literally and figuratively, from Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, it is an appropriate time to reflect back on that very difficult if brief campaign, and particularly on how it ended– at least for now.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik.

Point-Counter-Point: Why Is Bibi Taking Sides In The Election?

The noted pundit and the Reform Union's past president discuss Bibi's Iran campaign.

10/12/2012

Dear Yossi,

Help me understand why Prime Minister Netanyahu is taking sides in the American election. He pulled back a bit at the UN, but enormous damage has already been done.

The Hartman Institute

Obama: A President Of Vision And Values

10/12/2012

Jewish voters know the scene well. Politicians show up at our synagogues, community events and Jewish homes for the aging—all talking up “Jewish values,” all trying to speak the language of the Jewish community.

This election season, we are seeing more of the same. Yet the trick for our community and congregations is to decipher who really means it. It is to judge our political figures not by how well they can pronounce certain Hebrew terms, but how effectively they act on our shared values.

Netanyahu Spent $1,800 At Pomegranate Kosher Market, Reports Say

10/12/2012

During his recent visit to New York, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's delegation ordered Shabbat food from Brooklyn's Pomegranate whole foods supermarket, and the bill for the 10-person spread came to $1,800, according to published reports.

Knesset Bill Calls For Jan. 22 Elections

10/11/2012

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that national elections will be held on Jan. 22.

The date was released Thursday by the Prime Minister's Office, as it appears on the draft of the bill that would dissolve the current Knesset.

The elections for the 19th Knesset will be held about one year earlier than they were scheduled and four years since the last election.

Obama, Netanyahu Talk About Iran

09/30/2012

Israel and the United States are in "full agreement" on preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, the White House said after a conversation between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"The two leaders discussed a range of security issues, and the president reaffirmed his and our country’s unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security," a White House statement said. "The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

Reading The ‘Red Line’ Tea Leaves

Reaction to Bibi’s UN speech; Jewish leaders who met with Abbas disappointed in his UN speech.

09/28/2012
Staff Writer

By using a Wile E. Coyote-style stick drawing of a bomb and a red marker in his United Nations speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time clarified the difference between Israel’s red line and President Barack Obama’s when it comes to stopping Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb.

It’s the difference between enriching uranium to weapons-grade purity — Netanyahu’s red line — vs. the U.S. position that it will wait to see if Iran develops a trigger mechanism to create such a bomb.

Benjamin Netanyahu and his visual aid at the United Nations.

At UN, Netanyahu Says Spring Is 'Red Line' For Iran Nuke Program

09/27/2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that the "red line" he is seeking as a warning to Iran to stop its suspected nuclear weapons program would come as early as next spring.

The forecast, while coming in a speech on Thursday that emphasized his concerns that the international community was ignoring Iran's capability at its peril, was nonetheless notable for setting a deadline months after the U.S. presidential election in November.

Obama Defends Relationship With Netanyahu On 60 Minutes

09/24/2012

President Obama defended his handling of tensions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a "60 Minutes" segment that contrasted his style with Mitt Romney's.

The segment on Sunday featuring separate interviews played like a prelude to the debates next month between the two candidates for the presidency.

Romney, the Republican candidate, targeted Obama for turning down Netanyahu's request for a meeting with both leaders in New York this week to address the U.N. General Assembly.

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