Israeli elections

Livni gathers old faces to her new party Hatnua

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

In a mad scramble to hand in their candidate lists for the Knesset elections by the deadline on Thursday night, the Israeli political parties engaged in a last round of horse-trading this week, with veteran MKs and aspiring parliamentarians jockeying for “safe” spots.

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Why was Ayalon dumped from Yisrael Beiteinu?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s decision to his drop is deputy, Danny Ayalon, from the list of Yisrael Beiteinu candidates was expected by no-one, including Mr Ayalon himself.

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If only we could elect a leader who does not need a coalition

By Diana Bletter, December 6, 2012

During the recent Gaza conflict, the sky above our village in northern Israel was eerily quiet. But, immediately after the ceasefire, Israeli fighter jets began passing overhead several times a day. You don’t hear them coming until suddenly they are slashing the sky, low and fast, like a new kind of thunder.

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Peretz exits Labour to join Livni’s new party

By Anna Sheinman, December 6, 2012

The former leader of Israel’s Labour party Amir Peretz has left Labour and joined Tzipi Livni’s new centre-left Hatnuah party, just hours before the deadline for registering candidates for January’s elections.

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Israeli Labour party leader: we have ‘dream’ list for the election

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

The Israeli Labour Party released its list of members running for the 19th Knesset on Friday morning following its party primary.

Labour leader Shelly Yacimovich expressed her delight at the outcome of the votes of 35,000 party members across Israel.

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Barak leaves the election race, but is by no means gone

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Defence Minister Ehud Barak surprised both the political and security establishments when he announced on Monday that he would not run in the forthcoming elections. And, once a new government is formed, he says, he will vacate his office “to allow other people to come in.”

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Meridor and Begin off the Likud list but Feiglin is on

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 29, 2012

Likud took a sharp turn to the right this week as the party members elected the Knesset candidates list for the elections on January 22.

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Lieberman may surprise you

By David Landau, November 29, 2012

Is Avigdor Lieberman’s pencil-bearded, steely-grey-eyed visage Israel’s new face of moderation? Is the ex-Soviet immigrant leader with prime ministerial pretensions the next chain in Zionism’s long story of pragmatism triumphing — sometimes — over destructive dogmatism.

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Begin and Meridor fail in Likud primaries

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

The results of the Likud primary elections demonstrate a clear lean to the right ahead of Israel’s elections in January.

More moderate ministers Benny Begin and Dan Meridor did not make the list, whilst extreme right-wing politician Moshe Feiglin was placed in a solid middle spot.

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Livni announces the formation of new party named Hatnua

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livini announced today that she will be forming a new political party called Hatnua, meaning “The Movement”.

Ms Livni said at a press conference today: “"I have come to fight for peace, and I will not give my hand to those who try to turn the word peace into a dirty one."

“If we don’t make a change now, we won’t be able to make it in the future.”

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