Israeli politics

Which Bibi Will We Get?

Foxman: Right-of-center charedi government ‘tougher to defend.’

03/18/2015
Editor and Publisher
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to appeal directly to Israel’s nationalist camp in the final days of the election campaign appears to have paid off, at least in the short term.

Gary Rosenblatt

Vote Casts Doubt On Unity Government

Likud-Zionist Union pact could ease tensions with U.S., but such a coalition is unclear.

03/18/2015
Staff Writer
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S hould Israel’s two major parties decide to form a unity government following Tuesday’s election that saw neither party deliver a knockout blow, it could help heel tensions with the Obama administration and members of Congress, according to political observers.

Winning wave? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Tuesday’s election. Getty Images

With Race Tight, Unity Gov’t Seen As Possibility

Israelis split over need for change; could Kulanu or joint Arab list play kingmakers in coalition?

03/11/2015
Israel Correspondent
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Jerusalem — As political parties here scramble for undecided voters ahead of Tuesday’s crucial election, polls suggest that both major parties could cobble together narrow coalition governments. But a national unity government remains a possibility if neither is able to form a strong coalition to its liking.

Bibi Netanyahu at a campaign stop. His Likud Party trails in the polls. Getty Images

Why Israel’s Arab Vote Potential Is High This Election

03/10/2015
Special To The Jewish Week
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Expectations for heightened Arab involvement in Israeli national politics are rising. There is a chance that the newly formed Joint List, bringing together four Arab political parties, could generate a higher voter turnout on March 17 than those parties had previously attracted as separate lists, and possibly make the united Arab bloc the official opposition in the next Knesset.

Kenneth Bandler

Bibi Campaigning On Clash With U.S.?

New ad’s ’48 comparison raises fresh questions.

02/25/2015
Contributing Editor
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It was a stretch, but we were trying to believe it — that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Congress speech is all about safeguarding Israel and not motivated by electioneering. But in 30 seconds on Saturday, this all went out of the window.

Benjamin Netanyahu seen politicizing his disagreements with the Obama administration. Getty Images

Same Old Labor Pains For Herzog And Livni?

Zionist Union tries negative ads after gaining little traction despite a vulnerable Bibi.

02/18/2015
Israel Correspondent
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Modiin, Israel — It was supposed to be a preaching-to-the-choir type of performance. Yitzhak Herzog’s speech Saturday night to a crowd in this middle-class Israeli suburb was targeting a relatively friendly constituency to the Labor Party.

Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni at campaign stop this week  in Modiin. Joshua Mitnick/JW

Big Data Comes To Israeli Politics

Controversy over a U.S.-funded get-out-the-vote group on the left shaking up campaign.

02/04/2015
Israel Correspondent
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Tel Aviv — The twenty-something volunteer soliciting café goers on a Tel Aviv street introduces herself as Ilanit and wears a T-shirt that says “Just Switch” in Hebrew.

Yesh Atid announces its 2015 list. Getty Images

‘Not The Time For New Elections’

On the Israeli street, fed-up potential voters see a dysfunctional government.

12/10/2014
Israel Correspondent
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Jerusalem — Every Monday Avinoam Ventura, 71, and a half dozen friends gather at the Neeman coffee shop in the Ramot mall in north Jerusalem, where, over coffee and cake, they share the latest gossip and discuss the latest news.

Poll released this week found that 65 percent of Israelis do not want Bibi Netanyahu as the next prime minister. Getty Images

New Elections For The Wrong Reasons

12/03/2014
Editorial

Now remind us again why Israel is going to hold new elections two years earlier than scheduled?

How Vulnerable Is Netanyahu?

New elections seen as referendum on the prime minister.

12/03/2014
Israel Correspondent
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Tel Aviv — Faced with a fractious coalition that was bleeding his popularity, Benjamin Netanyahu gambled this week by abandoning his 20-month-old government and calling early elections to seek a fourth term as prime minister.

Netanyahu's call for new elections comes as his poll numbers are falling. Getty Images
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