Israeli elections

Netanyahu and truth about an early election

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement on Tuesday that there would be elections in three months, nearly a year before the final date on which he would have to go to the country, was motivated by the government’s inability to pass a “responsible” budget for 2013. But that was only one factor.

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Netanyahu sets date for Israeli elections - January 22

By Anna Sheinman, October 11, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has chosen the date 22 January 2013 for Israel’s next general election. The date, circulated on an internal memo, follows yesterday’s announcemen t that the elections are to be held early.

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Netanyahu calls early elections for Israel

By Anna Sheinman, October 10, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu last night called for elections to take place eight months earlier than scheduled, after his coalition failed to agree on the 2013 budget.

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Speculation grows about Israeli elections date

By JC Reporter, October 4, 2012

Speculation is rife in Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is close to announcing that general elections will be held in about four months.

Although senior ministers are saying that the government must first pass the budget, most insiders acknowledge that there is little chance of proposed cuts being approved by the coalition.

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Tributes paid to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir

July 5, 2012

Yitzhak Shamir, Israel’s seventh prime minister, was laid to rest on Monday evening on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Mr Shamir passed away on Shabbat in Tel Aviv after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a decade.

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Kadima joins Netanyahu's Likud in Israeli government

By Jennifer Lipman, May 8, 2012

Plans for early elections to Israel's Knesset have been cancelled after the Prime Minister announced that his Likud Party had formed a coalition with its main opposition party.

It was revealed early on Tuesday morning that Likud would bring the Kadima Party into government.

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Israeli general election set for September

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

Israeli is to go the polls for a national election in September, more than a year before a vote was due to take place.

Following speculation earlier this week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to announce an earlier date, the election has now been scheduled for September 4.

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Livni concedes after Mofaz wins landslide in Kadima primary

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

Tzipi Livni has lost her party's primary race and will be replaced by Shaul Mofaz as Kadima leader.

Mr Mofaz, a former army chief, won 62 per cent of the votes and will be in place to contest the Israeli general election in October 2013.

Ms Livni's defeat comes after she faced heavy criticism for her record as Opposition leader, despite Kadima's large proportion of Knesset seats.

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Israeli journalist Yair Lapid planning political run

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

A prominent Israeli journalist and broadcaster has decided to enter the political fray.

Yair Lapid, whose political aspirations have long been the subject of speculation, announced on Sunday that he was planning to embark "on a new path".

The 48-year-old told his Facebook fans that he was "doing something that he believed in.

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Female journalist elected as new leader of Israel's Labour party

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

A former journalist and television presenter has been chosen as the next leader of Israel's Labour party.

Shelly Yachimovich triumphed over former Defence Minister Amir Peretz on Wednesday with 54 percent of the vote.

Ms Yachimovich, 51, has been in politics for just six years and before that hosted various current affairs programmes.

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