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Israel Elections

Israel Post Elections -- a Mixture of Views

Alan Miller | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Alan Miller

Israel still embodies so many of the contradictions and challenges of a nation forged in a previous era. While there is some enthusiasm for Yair Lapid and Yesh Atid, it remains to be seen how many of these core issues will be resolved.

Bibi Gets Extension

AP | By DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 05.02.2013 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday granted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu another two weeks to form a governing coalitio...

Former Israeli FM Joins Netanyahu Coalition

AP | By JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 04.21.2013 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday added his first coalition partner as he works to build a new government, agree...

Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Parties To Unite Against Centrists

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2013 | World

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Israeli Ultra-Orthodox parties said on Friday they would band together to fight for...

Obama 2, Netanyahu 0

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

While the Israeli election did not change anything in terms of Israeli policy, it did severely weaken Prime Minister Netanyahu vis a vis President Obama. From now on, Netanyahu's confrontational rhetoric directed at Washington will sound tinny. It is Obama who holds the winning cards.

Israelis Surprise: A Settler Votes for Labor, a Bedouin for Bennett

Anav Silverman | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Anav Silverman

There are Israeli voters who made some surprising and rather unexpected choices for political candidates on Tuesday, January 22.

Netanyahu's Coalition Loss May Usher in an "Israeli Spring"

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 03.24.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud/Beitenu right wing slate limped across the Israeli electoral finish line, leaving a trail of lost Knesset seats in its wake and the loss of incalculable political fortune. It will surely represent a personal rebuke and a vote of popular no confidence in Netanyahu's leadership.

Welcome the Winner/Loser Benjamin Netanyahu

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 03.24.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Today's election result in Israel is not just a personal humiliation for Netanyahu, it may be the beginning of a realignment of Israeli politics, and with it the end of the Likud party as we have known it until now.

The Once And Future King

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 03.24.2013 | World

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, The Associated Press JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to win a third term Tuesday in the first electi...

With Election All But Certain, Bibi Faces Tough Decision

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 01.19.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- After a lackluster three-month campaign, few doubt that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to re-election. But the makeup of...

Likud Party Takes The Lead In Israel Election Polls

AP | Posted 01.18.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- Final polls ahead of Israel's parliamentary elections next week show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line bloc maintaining its l...

Palestinians Fret Over Bibi Reelection Bid

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinians have long complained that Israel's right-wing government is killing peace prospects by settling the West ...

Obama's Alleged Netanyahu Criticism Spices Up Israeli Election

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2013 | World

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Long-strained ties between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama sprang to the fore of Is...

Israeli Arabs: Meh

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2013 | World

By Jihan Abdalla UMM EL-FAHM, Israel, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Disillusioned, disappointed and divided, Israeli Arab voters will traipse to ...

About That Whole Iran Thing...

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2013 | World

By Crispian Balmer JERUSALEM, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a simple message as he seeks a third term in o...

Israel's Discontents

Mitchell Cohen | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Mitchell Cohen

Political change within Israel is the only thing that matters. Israel's real friends abroad need to help the Jewish state turn left again.

Israeli Politics for Dummies 2013

Omri Marcus | Posted 03.09.2013 | Comedy
Omri Marcus

Here is a news flash -- nothing is going to change after the Israeli elections in a few weeks. Spoiler alert: The right wing parties will stay in powe...

Nominating Hagel Will Send a Message to Netanyahu

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

There is only one way to send a message to Israel that will be heard: it will be by nominating Hagel. It is Israel and the lobby that created the Hagel issue. Why not use it to America's advantage? And Israel's too.

The Israeli Elections: The Left in Search of Identity

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

With the center and left so fragmented over their priorities, unable to find the minimal workable common denominator, Netanyahu cruises ever more easily towards another term.

Former Intelligence Chief Takes Bibi To Task

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 01.04.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- A prominent Israeli ex-intelligence chief sought to sway Israelis against Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections, saying in an intervie...

Israel's Election (and Settlements) Are Killing the Two-State Solution

Alan Elsner | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

Israel's upcoming Jan. 22 parliamentary election had been expected to be a status quo affair leading to an easy victory for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Instead, it's turned into a race to the extreme right that is threatening to kill the two-state solution. And Washington seems oblivious.

Bibi's Popularity Slipping?

AP | Posted 12.28.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- New polls show Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still poised to win the Jan. 22 elections, but one poll shows him slipping. The...

Israel's Leadership Vacuum

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

As a young nation, Israel's democratic system is still in the early stages of maturation, yet its governing framework has had a regressive effect on Israel's development of a functioning democracy.

Israel's Defense Minister Quits

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 01.26.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly quit politics Monday, potentially robbing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a key al...

The Israel Elections: Expect More Surprises

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The latest political drama in always dramatic Israel deals with the decision by PM Netanyahu to call early elections, almost a year ahead of time, and with what has already transpired since then, and what is still in store.