Israeli politics

Big Data Comes To Israeli Politics

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

02/03/2015 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

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.

12/09/2014 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

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

12/02/2014 - 19:00

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.

12/02/2014 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

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

Jewish Groups Blast Nation-State Bill

Opposition fueled by concern about possible fallout.

12/01/2014 - 19:00

Washington — It’s not unusual to hear U.S. Jewish groups speaking out against laws that discriminate and framing their protests as protecting Jewish interests.

Inside the Max Rayne Hand In Hand Jerusalem School, an Arab-Jewish school that was vandalized last week. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

‘Don’t Test Our Power’

MK Ofir Akunis says a third intifada would be a losing proposition for the Palestinians.

07/07/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Ofir Akunis is the Likud Party’s deputy minister for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a member of the Knesset. From 2010 until 2012, he served as the Knesset’s deputy speaker. In addition, Akunis, 41, has also served as both chairman and speaker of the Likud Party. He was interviewed last week during a visit here.

Likud member Ofir Akunis: Given “huge changes in our region,” Israel should be “careful” about peace steps.

Israeli Minister Silvan Shalom Accused Of Sex Offenses From 15 Years Ago

03/24/2014 - 20:00

Silvan Shalom, Israel’s energy and water minister and possible candidate for president, is being investigated following accusations of sexual offenses committed against a female staff member some 15 years ago.

Shulamit Aloni, Left-Wing Israeli Icon, Dies At 85

01/26/2014 - 19:00

Shulamit Aloni, a former Israeli minister and leader of the left-wing Meretz party, has died.

Aloni died Friday at the age of 86. She will be buried Sunday in Kfar Shmaryahu near the northern Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya, Israel’s Army Radio reported.

A veteran of Israel’s War of Independence and a product of the Shomer HaTzair Zionist youth movement, Aloni first earned notice as a radio journalist. She entered politics in 1965 as a Knesset member for what would become the Israeli Labor Party.

Aloni: Fought for separation of religion and government. Photo via

Bibi, Weakened, Needs A Wider Coalition

Unclear foreign policy direction; Lapid’s party surges.
01/22/2013 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu almost certainly will remain in his post but he suffered a painful blow at the ballot box on Tuesday, after exit polls suggested that his Likud Party lost about a quarter of its seats in parliament, leaving him the weakened leader of a potentially fractious government. 

Yair Lapid, left, head of the Yesh Atid party, is likely to join a coalition government. Getty Images

Sharansky’s New Mission: Impossible?

Tasked with resolving the issue of women's prayer at the Western Wall, the Jewish Agency head has a tough job.
01/22/2013 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Natan Sharansky, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, was in New York for a quick two-day trip last week, meeting with a variety of American Jewish leaders on his newest assignment: seeking to resolve the conflict between women who want to hold prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and traditionalists who oppose them on religious grounds.

Gary Rosenblatt
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