Israeli elections

As election fight gets digital, Bibi still holds the ace card

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 22, 2015

Eight weeks to the elections in Israel and, while recent polls show Labour - or in its current incarnation with Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah, "The Zionist Camp" - with a small but constant lead of between one and four Knesset seats over Likud, Isaac Herzog still faces a rocky path to forming the next government.

The left-wing Zionist parties, Labour and Meretz, are currently polling together at around


An end to Israel's turmoil?

By Toby Greene, January 8, 2015

Israel's 2015 will be defined by the March 17 election and the formation of a new government, which will not be completed before May.


Bibi bounces after primaries punish rivals

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 8, 2015

Monday was the best day so far in this election campaign for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


The question for 2015: will Bibi survive?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2014

This is already shaping up to be one of the most acrimonious of all Israeli election campaigns.

Likud and Habayit Hayehudi this week accused former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni of interfering with Israel’s diplomatic affairs in order to further her own political interests.


'Rubi' wins presidential race

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

A long and acrimonious campaign came to an end this week with the election of former Knesset speaker and Likud veteran, Reuven "Rubi" Rivlin, as Israel's 10th president.

Mr Rivlin, who is 74, came first out of five candidates with 44 votes in the first round of balloting in the Knesset, and prevailed over former minister Meir Sheetrit with 63 votes in the second round.


Sectarian war erupts over Beit Shemesh vote

By Nathan Jeffay, November 1, 2013

In most of Israel, the local elections held a week-and-a-half ago were uneventful. But in the city of Beit Shemesh, they sparked an angry reaction that is growing by the day.

On Tuesday, hundreds of residents held a demonstration demanding an investigation into alleged voter fraud and that the Charedi victory be overturned if the probe reveals wrongdoing.


Tel Aviv and Jerusalem's incumbent mayors are re-elected

By Charlotte Oliver, October 23, 2013

The incumbent mayors of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem retained their positions in Israel’s municipal elections, it was announced early this morning.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai won with 53 per cent of the vote, beating his opponents Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz and Aharon Meduel.

This will be Mr Huldai’s fourth term as mayor, having held the position for the past 15 years.


Voting under way in Israel for mayoral elections

By Charlotte Oliver, October 22, 2013

Polls opened around Israel this morning as 191 cities and towns held local elections.

Registered citizens aged 17 and over - more than five million Israelis - will be able to vote for mayors and other local officials until 10pm tonight.


What Israel is about

April 18, 2013

The name Stav Shaffir will not be familiar to that many readers outside Israel, although our interview with her this week will help change that. But in her own way, the newly elected Labour MK represents just what the 65 year old Jewish state stands for.


Israeli coalition deal signed

By Anna Sheinman, March 15, 2013

Yesh Atid and Jewish Home have now both signed up to the Israeli coalition after last-minute wrangling over the title of deputy prime minister.

Neither Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid nor Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett will take the ceremonial title.