Israeli elections

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


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.