Israeli elections

Abbas: we will work with any Israeli government that backs two-state solution

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2013

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to work with any Israeli administration that seeks the two-state solution.

Speaking as Israeli politicians searched for ways to build the next coalition government, Mr Abbas's spokesman said that for the Palestinians the focus was not who would form the government, but its views regarding the peace process.

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British supporters of Israel join Zionist Federation and New Israel Fund election night debates

By Marcus Dysch and Simon Rocker, January 23, 2013

The impact of Israel’s elections on the country’s peace prospects and social cohesion were high on the agenda at special events held by the Zionist Federation and the New Israel Fund on Tuesday night.

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Lapid's Yesh Atid celebrate a shock result

By Anna Sheinman, January 23, 2013

Delight, pride and a certain level of surprise was the mood at Yesh Atid headquarters late on Tuesday night, as members of the new centre-left party discovered they had captured an astonishing 19 seats.

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Success for Lapid as support for Netanyahu's Likud falls

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2013

Israel's widely predicted swing to the right was not as dramatic as expected at Tuesday's elections.

The big winner as the Jewish state went to the polls was, according to initial announcements of the results, Yair Lapid's newly formed party, Yesh Atid (There is a Future), which captured 19 Knesset seats.

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Bibi set for power — but who will sit at his right hand?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 17, 2013

Likud – Yisrael Beiteinu
42 seats in the current Knesset
Latest polls: 34-36 seats

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If Bibi could unite the centre…

By Richard Pater, January 17, 2013

With days to go before the election, Benjamin Netanyahu seems the most likely candidate to form the next Israeli government, but his Likud-Yisrael Beitenu will still face the complex task of building a coalition majority around a shared set of policies.

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Israel, don't lose hope

By Joseph Moses, January 16, 2013

The hopes and dreams of the Israeli people have been crucial to the development of the state. Indeed hope has been a defining characteristic throughout its history. Israelis should hold onto it dearly.

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Israeli elections: Charedi women refuse to vote

By Nathan Jeffay, January 10, 2013

A group of Charedi women has started a rebellion, declaring that they will not support their usual parties in the January 22 election because of their male-only candidate lists.

Israel’s two main Charedi parties, the Ashkenazi-run United Torah Judaism and the Sephardi-run Shas, both have a strict policy of not fielding women, claiming that doing so would flout religious teachings.

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Israeli elections: Left proves to be cardboard opposition

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 10, 2013

A week and a half before Israelis go to the polls, the main opposition parties are still squabbling between themselves.

Labour, Kadima and Yesh Atid are proving themselves incapable of capitalising on the travails of Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu which, while remaining on track to form the next government, continues to lose seats to its right-wing rival.

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Israel begins voting

By Sarah Pilchick, January 10, 2013

Israel’s ambassador to the UK was among the first of its citizens to cast a vote in the presidential elections.

Ambassador Daniel Taub cast his vote at the embassy this morning as part of the overseas voting process. New Zealand was the first country in the world to open the polls at 4 am GMT today. Overseas voting will conclude early Friday morning in Los Angeles.

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