Israeli elections

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.


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.


Revival tough with old failures in mix

By Uri Dromi, September 15, 2011

I served under Rabin and Peres when Labour was in power, between 1992-96, still mustering more than 40 seats in the Knesset.

Then the long decline started. The party lost its direction, its soul, its constituency. Rabin, who believed that the ideological settlements in Judea and Samaria were a danger to Israel, was assassinated. Ehud Barak was kicked out of power in record time.


Fiery election hints at a new beginning

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 15, 2011

Labour party members will go back to the polls next Wednesday after none of the four leadership candidates gained the 40 per cent of votes necessary to win Monday's primaries.

For the party that founded Israel and governed it for its first three decades, the choice will be between two avowed social-democrats, Shelly Yachimovich and Amir Peretz, who emerged from this week's vote almost on level


Labour leader vote goes to second round

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

A run-off will be held after no candidate won sufficient votes in Israel's Labour party leadership elections.

The votes are still being counted but according to a party official no candidate reached the required 40 per cent mark,

The two leading candidates will compete in another round of voting by party members on September 21.


Netanyahu pledges reform as house rallies multiply

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 28, 2011

The housing protests in Israel intensified this week with hundreds more tents popping up around the country, a mass rally in Tel Aviv and protestors blocking main roads.

The protests are worrying the Likud.


On this day: Barak beats Bibi

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

Twelve years later, two of Israel's longest-serving statesmen are still at it, with Binyamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister and Ehud Barak his coalition partner and Defence Minister, now of the new Independence Party.


On this day: Israel goes to the polls

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

Israel’s voting system is prone to inconclusive outcomes – unsurprising in a country brimming with different opinions and outlooks.

The 2009 vote was already beset by controversy, called as it was after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was forced to step down because of a criminal investigation.

The Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, who took over from his as party leader after winning primary elections, but announced in October that she had been unable to form a coalition, prompting President Shimon Peres to call the election.


Lieberman's success horrifies UK leaders

By Simon Rocker, February 12, 2009

The electoral success of Avigdor Lieberman’s right-wing party, Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel, Our Home) in Tuesday’s Israeli elections has caused consternation among British Jews.

The party emerged as Israel’s third most popular, winning a projected 15 seats. It wants a compulsory oath of loyalty by all Israeli citizens and the transfer of heavily populated Arab areas of Israel to the Palestinian Authority in return for the annexation of West Bank settlements.


Analysis: A glimmer of hope amid the political paralysis

By Lawrence Freedman, February 12, 2009

Israeli elections often seem to achieve little more than to set the terms for the next one, and the election of February 2009 is no exception.

The most likely prospect is of paralysis followed by instability. Whether the eventual coalition is narrowly rightist, a grand affair of the leading parties, or an arrangement of disparate parties across the spectrum, it will be a matter of time before some hard choice has to be faced and the act of choosing will cause the coalition to split.