Israeli elections

Likud fears vote collapse on Israel election day

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 5, 2015

With a week and a half to go until the elections, both main parties see major obstacles to achieving victory.

Likud strategists are concerned that the relentless revelations regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's use of public funds and his failure to solve the housing crisis are eroding the party's support.


Bad Iran deal paves way to bomb, Netanyahu tells Congress

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation as he closed his speech at the US Congress today.

Mr Netanyahu warned about the nuclear threat posed by the Iranian regime and urged world leaders to maintain sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

He also spoke of the “remarkable alliance” between America and Israel, adding that “we share a common destiny”.


Israel braced for nail-biter

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

With less than three weeks of campaigning left before the election and polls showing the two main parties neck-and-neck, both sides are still looking for a key issue that will shift large numbers of voters.

A series of revelations regarding the use of public funds by the Netanyahu family do not appear to have made much of a dent in Likud's prospects.


Why are peace talks off campaign agenda?

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

There could be few better illustrations of current relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority than the decision by the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC) to cut off the power from the West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus for 45 minutes on Monday afternoon.

The warning black-out was done after the PA failed to pay a significant portion of its electricity bills for the past two years.


Interview: Peter Beinart

By Orlando Radice, February 26, 2015

Jewish American academic Peter Beinart, a long-standing critic of Israeli policy in the West Bank and Gaza, has labelled the election "depressing" and hit out at the "timidity" of the centre-left coalition, Zionist Camp.

Mr Beinart, author of The Crisis of Zionism, in which he controversially advocated boycotting products from settlements, said he was disturbed by the lack of discussion of the


Arab list will test Israeli democracy

By David Newman, February 26, 2015

If Isaac Herzog is asked by the president to form the next Israeli government, he will face the dilemma of whether to invite the United Arab Party to be a full member of his coalition.

In the past, no Israeli governments, including those on the left, have been prepared to fully incorporate the Arab parties into their government, not least because that would require them to sit around the cabine


Likud and Labour going head-to-head in poll war

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 12, 2015

As the election campaigns in Israel enter their final month, the main battlegrounds are increasingly within the right and centrist camps.

Both Likud and Labour believe they have little chance of convincing voters to switch camps and are concentrating on becoming the largest party in the next Knesset.


Clowns, fire-breathing and beasts out of cages: it's the Israeli election circus

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 5, 2015

Six weeks to go until the Israeli election and the campaigns are mired in allegations of illegal funding and corruption.

This week, Likud accused the Labour party of being linked to V-15, a group that claims not to be affiliated with any of the parties and is calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be replaced.


Party wanted Miss World to attract Knesset votes

January 29, 2015

Parties running in the Knesset elections handed in their lists of candidates ahead of the deadline for registration on Thursday night.

Efforts by some to find attractive candidates at the last moment descended into farce.


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