Israeli elections

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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Abbas relinquished the Palestinian 'right of return' to please Israeli voters

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has had a shot at making the peace process an issue in the upcoming Israeli elections.

In an interview with Channel Two last week, he effectively relinquished the Palestinian “right of return” to all parts of what used to be Palestine and is today Israel.

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National Religious Party to cause a headache for Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

The leadership primaries of the National Religious Party, Habayit Hayehudi, are likely to cause headaches for Benjamin Netanyahu as his former chief of staff, Naftali Bennett, was elected as the new party leader.

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Tzipi Livni: Peres for Prime Minister

By Anna Sheinman and Hadas Haimov, November 8, 2012

Former Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni is pushing President Shimon Peres to run for prime minister.

Ms Livni's associates have confirmed in a statement that she would like Mr Peres, who is 89 years-old, to run because she believes there is no one more worthy to lead the centrist camp.

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Israel elections: Livni faces the parties as Olmert faces the next step

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

The political scene in Israel is expecting a return to the fray by Tzipi Livni, the former Kadima leader, although no one is sure yet — not even Livni herself — which party she will choose.

Seven months after she resigned from the Knesset following her defeat by Shaul Mofaz in Kadima’s leadership primaries, Ms Livni is already talking like a politician competing for votes.

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Israel elections: Bibi’s right hook alliance with Lieberman

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

Three months before Israel’s general elections, all the polls had the Likud becoming the largest party in the next Knesset and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a clear course to form the next coalition.

So why did Mr Netanyahu surprise even his closest cabinet colleagues last week by announcing that Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu would be running on a joint candidates’ list?

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A chink of light

By Orlando Radice, October 26, 2012

Here’s another crazy dream: Israel gets a stable two-party system.

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Netanyahu and Lieberman join forces for Israeli election

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman are to contest nest year's Israeli election on the same ticket.

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Olmert — Israel's 'if-only' man

By Orlando Radice, October 25, 2012

It is the crazy dream of the Israeli peace camp. A perma-tanned, cigar-smoking Ehud Olmert rises from his political grave to unite Israel's centre-left, beats Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming elections and signs a peace deal with the Palestinians.

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Blackadder and Israeli elections

By Sahar Zivan, October 19, 2012

In an episode of 1980's British comedy Blackadder, while discussing Baldrick's lack of a criminal record, Edmund Blackadder exclaims: "Come on Baldrick, you're going to be an MP! I'll just write fraud and sexual deviance."

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