Israeli elections

If Bibi could unite the centre…

By Richard Pater, January 17, 2013

With days to go before the election, Benjamin Netanyahu seems the most likely candidate to form the next Israeli government, but his Likud-Yisrael Beitenu will still face the complex task of building a coalition majority around a shared set of policies.


Israel, don't lose hope

By Joseph Moses, January 16, 2013

The hopes and dreams of the Israeli people have been crucial to the development of the state. Indeed hope has been a defining characteristic throughout its history. Israelis should hold onto it dearly.


Israeli elections: Charedi women refuse to vote

By Nathan Jeffay, January 10, 2013

A group of Charedi women has started a rebellion, declaring that they will not support their usual parties in the January 22 election because of their male-only candidate lists.

Israel’s two main Charedi parties, the Ashkenazi-run United Torah Judaism and the Sephardi-run Shas, both have a strict policy of not fielding women, claiming that doing so would flout religious teachings.


Israeli elections: Left proves to be cardboard opposition

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 10, 2013

A week and a half before Israelis go to the polls, the main opposition parties are still squabbling between themselves.

Labour, Kadima and Yesh Atid are proving themselves incapable of capitalising on the travails of Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu which, while remaining on track to form the next government, continues to lose seats to its right-wing rival.


Israel begins voting

By Sarah Pilchick, January 10, 2013

Israel’s ambassador to the UK was among the first of its citizens to cast a vote in the presidential elections.

Ambassador Daniel Taub cast his vote at the embassy this morning as part of the overseas voting process. New Zealand was the first country in the world to open the polls at 4 am GMT today. Overseas voting will conclude early Friday morning in Los Angeles.


Labour leader attacks 'radical' Netanyahu

By Sandy Rashty, January 4, 2013

Israel’s Labour party leader said she would not form a coalition with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to the “radicalisation” of his Likud party.

During a meeting that took place with Labour leaders and members of the Knesset yesterday, Shelly Yachimovich said: "I aspire to be elected prime minister, but if I'm not, I will head the opposition.


Feiglin: pay Palestinian West Bank families to emigrate

By Anna Sheinman, January 2, 2013

Right-wing Likud Knesset candidate Moshe Feiglin outlined a plan on Tuesday to pay families in the West Bank $500,000 each to emigrate.


Naftali Bennett is reshaping Israeli politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2012

In what was seen originally as a predictable election campaign, the surprise development so far is being supplied by a party that was written off not long ago.


UK Labour Party gets closer to its Israeli counterpart

By Martin Bright, December 27, 2012

As the year draws to a close, there is really only one event in the forthcoming few weeks. The Israeli elections on January 22 have the capacity to define the geopolitics of the region. They will also define the relationship between Israel and the British political class.


Labour glammed-up but not hot for power

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 7, 2012

V This could have been Shelly Yachimovich’s week. With a fresh and attractive list emerging from the Labour primaries and the launch of her new economic plan, probably the most comprehensive social and fiscal manifesto ever published by an Israeli party, she should have been well on her way to setting the election’s agenda and re-establishing Labour as a viable political force.