Israeli elections

Playtime is over — US and Israel must get real

By Jonathan Cummings, January 25, 2013

President Obama was not waiting for the polls to close on Tuesday evening. While Israelis were still voting, his spokesman reiterated that the United States “will continue to make clear that only through direct negotiations can the Palestinians and the Israelis… achieve the peace they both deserve”.


Help us keep anti-peace Bennett out of cabinet

By David Landau, January 25, 2013

Friends of Israel — Jews and gentiles, ministers, parliamentarians, community leaders and ordinary people who care for and talk with the Jewish state — need to do one thing in the weeks ahead.


Palestinian leader invites Lapid to Ramallah

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has invited newly elected Yair Lapid to visit Ramallah.

According to a report on Ynet news, the Palestinian leader intends to accelerate peace talks with Israel’s centre and left parties.

Reports suggest that Mr Lapid, whose party Yesh Atid won 19 Knesset seats on Tuesday, is the first politician to receive an invite.


Puncturing piffle

January 24, 2013

As we go to press, we do not know the exact make-up of Israel's next coalition. But we do know that Tuesday's results were - leaving any political judgment out of it - simply delicious. For weeks we have been told by the know-it-all pundits that the country was about to swing to the "extreme right". It was the theme that dominated British coverage of the elections.


Israelis really wanted fairer social deal and fresh faces in charge

By Uri Dromi, January 24, 2013

The morning after the elections, Israelis were calling each other trying to find out whether they should be happy or upset with the results. Many voters wavered until the last moment and many others walked out of the ballot feeling that they had made a mistake.


Why polls got it so wrong

By Toby Greene, January 24, 2013

On Tuesday night, Israeli voters rewarded politics addicts with the joy of a real shock. Not a single pre-election poll, among the scores conducted, predicted the scale of Yesh Atid’s success. What the published surveys were hiding was the very high number of undecideds among likely voters, with the pollsters unable to predict where those votes would end up.


We understood middle class, says Lapid strategist

By Nathalie Rothschild, January 24, 2013

Mark Mellman, the Washington-based political strategist who helped devise Yesh Atid’s electoral campaign, has told the JC why he believes Yair Lapid was so successful.


Lapid’s rise made history, now he must beat history

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 24, 2013

Even in the volatile environment of Israeli politics, the achievement of Yair Lapid and his party Yesh Atid is unprecedented.


Lapid turns Israeli election predictions on their head

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 24, 2013

Benjamin Netanyahu is renowned in Israel as someone who can quickly deal with new realities — and then make political capital out of them.

The prime minister proved it once again this week by making his first post-election phone call to the big suprise winner in Tuesday’s Israeli elections — former broadcaster and columnist Yair Lapid.


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.