Israeli elections

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.


Lapid and Bennett give up on deputy prime minister role

By Anna Sheinman, March 15, 2013

The final touches have been put to the new Israeli coalition as Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid have agreed that neither will take the ceremonial title of deputy prime minister, Israel Radio has reported.

Negotiations continued throughout Thursday night after Jewish Home and Yesh Atid clashed over the role.


Israel has new government

By Simon Rocker, March 13, 2013

Bibi Netanyahu has finally agreed the composition of his new government, the Times of Israel website is reporting.

The Israeli Premier is said to have reached a deal with leader of the new Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid tonight after six weeks of wrangling.

The governing coalition will 68 members, with Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah and Jewish Home led by Naftali Bennett the other parties.


Obama will not visit Israel if coalition talks unsuccessful

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

US President Barack Obama will cancel his visit to Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a government by March 16, Israel’s Channel 10 has reported.


Bibi nears deal with Bennett and Yesh Atid

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 28, 2013

Likud-Beiteinu negotiators achieved a breakthrough this week in discussions with the religious-right party Habayit Hayehudi — and were due to re-enter talks with the centre-right Yesh Atid on Thursday.


Tzipi Livni’s return divides opinion

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

Tzipi Livni’s imminent appointment — providing Benjamin Netanyahu can form a coalition — as minister in charge of negotiations with the Palestinians hardly means that peace is about to break out. For a start, a strategy for talks is yet to be agreed.