Israeli elections

Barak leaves the election race, but is by no means gone

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Defence Minister Ehud Barak surprised both the political and security establishments when he announced on Monday that he would not run in the forthcoming elections. And, once a new government is formed, he says, he will vacate his office “to allow other people to come in.”

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Meridor and Begin off the Likud list but Feiglin is on

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Likud took a sharp turn to the right this week as the party members elected the Knesset candidates list for the elections on January 22.

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Lieberman may surprise you

By David Landau, November 29, 2012

Is Avigdor Lieberman’s pencil-bearded, steely-grey-eyed visage Israel’s new face of moderation? Is the ex-Soviet immigrant leader with prime ministerial pretensions the next chain in Zionism’s long story of pragmatism triumphing — sometimes — over destructive dogmatism.

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Begin and Meridor fail in Likud primaries

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

The results of the Likud primary elections demonstrate a clear lean to the right ahead of Israel’s elections in January.

More moderate ministers Benny Begin and Dan Meridor did not make the list, whilst extreme right-wing politician Moshe Feiglin was placed in a solid middle spot.

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Livni announces the formation of new party named Hatnua

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livini announced today that she will be forming a new political party called Hatnua, meaning “The Movement”.

Ms Livni said at a press conference today: “"I have come to fight for peace, and I will not give my hand to those who try to turn the word peace into a dirty one."

“If we don’t make a change now, we won’t be able to make it in the future.”

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Tzipi Livni plans new secular party

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livini is expected to announce today that she will be forming a new secular party.

According to reports, Ms Livni will declare the formation of a new centre-left movement called the National Responsibility Party that will run in the up-coming election.

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Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak quits politics

By Marcus Dysch, November 26, 2012

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has announced he is quitting politics and will not stand in January’s elections.

The former prime minister said he was “exhausted” after decades as a senior official and wanted to spend more time with his family.

The 70-year-old will stay in his post at the defence ministry until the new government is formed after the election.

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Hi-tech millionaire believes he can take on Netanyahu

By Nathan Jeffay, November 22, 2012

Naftali Bennett thinks he can burst Bibi’s bubble. Elected head of the main religious-Zionist party, Jewish Home, this month, the clean-shaven, 40-year-old hi-tech millionaire believes he can steal plenty of votes from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

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Olmert versus Adelson: the gloves are off

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 15, 2012

The aftermath of the US presidential elections has spilled over into the Israeli election campaign as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most vocal critic and staunchest supporter engaged in a high-profile war of words.

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We all need to help Israel shift

By Jonathan Freedland, November 9, 2012

You wait years for big elections that will shape the world, or at least shape a part of the world you care about, and then three come at once. This week, has seen a US presidential contest and a change at the top in China (admittedly without a single democratic vote cast). And the third? That’s coming in Israel in January.

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