Israeli elections

Lonely Netanyahu seeks stable coalition partner

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 21, 2013

The leaders of both of Likud’s largest potential coalition partners have said that talks have ground to a virtual standstill.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his own problems as his effective number two, Avigdor Lieberman, starts a lengthy fraud trial.


Old guard reeling as politics is reinvented

By Jenni Frazer, February 21, 2013

“I advertise products that I don’t necessarily consume,” says Sefi Shaked. But even with this as a caveat, it is not so easy to understand why a left-wing, secular, former Meretz voter would apply his considerable talents to promoting the right-wing religious politician Naftali Bennett — and catapult him to 12 seats in the new Knesset.


Livni made justice minister

By Zoe Winograd, February 19, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday night that Tzipi Livni's new political party, Hatnua, will join the Israeli coalition.

Ms Livni has been appointed Minister of Justice and Chief Diplomatic Negotiator with the Palestiniain Authority in the next government.


Israeli parties squabble over plum coalition jobs

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 14, 2013

Talks between Likud Beiteinu and the two main potential coalition partners — Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi — were bogged down this week over disagreement between the sides on the new government’s policies and ministerial appointments.


Israeli coalition games in full flow

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2013

Although The most high-profile event this week was the swearing-in of the newly elected Knesset on Tuesday, with a record 48 new MKs, the real action was behind the scenes.

After President Shimon Peres had officially tasked Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a government, coalition talks began in earnest.


Lapid listened to Middle Israel

By Melanie Phillips, February 3, 2013

Israel has not yet got over its astonishment at the result of the general election, which saw the propulsion to power of the political neophyte Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party.


It wasn't bias, it was wrong polls

By Jonathan Freedland, February 1, 2013

What matters about last month's Israeli elections is what kind of government they produce. Talk of how those elections were covered in the media is, I know, secondary.


Bibi caught in pincer movement

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 31, 2013

Much to Benjamin Netanyahu’s frustration, the Israeli election’s other two main winners, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett, looked set to forge a pact over the national service law this week, making it very difficult for the Likud leader’s favoured partner, Shas, to enter the government.


Israeli civic participants address social issues

By Anna Sheinman, January 31, 2013

British Friends of the influential Israeli educational charity Merchavim, which promotes understanding and co-operation between diverse groups in Israel, held a series of talks this week on civic engagement after the election.


Murdoch apology over Sunday Times Scarfe Israel cartoon

By Jenni Frazer, January 29, 2013

Rupert Murdoch, whose company owns the Sunday Times, has apologised over the Gerald Scarfe cartoon which appeared in the paper at the weekend, calling it "grotesque."