Israeli elections

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”