Israel elections

Bibi, Weakened, Needs A Wider Coalition

Unclear foreign policy direction; Lapid’s party surges.

01/23/2013
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

As Iran Looms, Socioeconomic Issues Simmer

With call for new elections, high prices, ‘social equality’ could define campaign.

10/10/2012
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — The Aroma Café in the Germany Colony was pretty full on Tuesday night at 8, but virtually no one appeared to be giving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s televised announcement about early elections the slightest bit of attention.

Of those within earshot, one young woman was focused on her cell phone messages while another 20-something applied green highlighter to an academic paper.

The scene at the Aroma Café in Jerusalem as Prime Minister Netanyahu announces early elections. Michele Chabin
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