Israeli elections

A Guide To Charedi Strife In Israel

Fault lines and fissures in the wake of the recent elections.

05/11/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Most American Jews make no distinction between one black-hatted charedi — those sectarian Jews mischaracterized in the press as “ultra-Orthodox” — and the next. To many, if not most, American Jews, charedim are obscurantist literalists, whose Judaism is an accretion of unthinking, primitive practices. In fact, the charedi world in Israel (and in America, for that matter) is hardly monolithic, and is far more variegated than an undifferentiated sea of black. There is the core of “Litvish” yeshivot, successors to the Eastern European tradition of rationalist Talmud and Rabbinic text study. (Contemporary parlance:  “yeshivish.”) There are numerous flavors of chasidim. There is Satmar and groups allied with Satmar. They look chasidic, but they are not. And there is, of course, Chabad-Lubavitch, who are not chasidim. They are Chabad.

A street scene in Rehovot. Wikimedia Commons

The Editor's Desk: Look For A Unity Government

Netanyahu, Herzog need each other, but expect a bumpy ride.

03/16/2015 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

The turnout in Israel at the ballot box was high on Tuesday, but now it all comes down to the real election, consisting of one man’s vote. That would be President Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, who decides whether to offer the chance to put together a governing coalition to Likud’s Bibi Netanyahu or Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog.

Gary Rosenblatt

Exit Polls: Zionist Union, Likud Neck And Neck At Top

03/16/2015 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — Exit polls in Israel showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party neck and neck at the top with the center-left Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog.

On Election Day, Arab Vote In The Spotlight

'Arab voters are going to the polling stations in droves,' Bibi warns.

03/16/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

With a close race predicted in Israel’s national elections today, and incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing defeat, the vote of Israeli Arabs is expected to play a crucial role in the final result.

Israelis line up to cast their vote in Ramle. Getty Images

Tens Of Thousands Of Right-Wing Israelis Rally In Tel Aviv

03/15/2015 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — Tens of thousands of right-wing Israelis at a Tel Aviv rally heard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vow not to withdraw from the West Bank.

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?

03/10/2015 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

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

Are Israelis Prepared To Abandon ‘Mr. Security’?

When Bibi fired Lapid and Livni, he had no idea how close this contest would be.

03/09/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Imagine if Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, at the moment he rose to the podium to address the U.S. Congress last week, had taken his prepared speech out of his breast pocket, torn it up in front of a startled global audience, and announced that since everyone knew his stand on Iran he was going to discuss another vital matter.

Gary Rosenblatt

Why Israel’s Arab Vote Potential Is High This Election

03/09/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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

Israel's Election: Arabs Up, Meretz Out?

03/04/2015 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

When the Israeli elections are held on March 17, neither Prime Minister Netanyahu nor his chief opponent, Labor party chair Isaac Herzog, will be on the ballot. Israelis vote for lists of candidates running for office, not individuals. Some small parties create joint lists to ensure that they get the minimum number of votes necessary to make it into the Knesset.

Filmmaker Lilly Rivlin and activist Harold Shapiro sport the Meretz t-shirts, with actor Theo Bikel. Courtesy of Ralph Seliger

Naftali Bennett, Funny Man

Love or loathe him, Bennett gets a laugh in this election video. Sorry.

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