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Israel Elections

News Analysis: The consequences of Israel’s vote


JTA) — A few observations about the Israeli election results:

Right-left split changes, but not a game changer: From an outsider’s perspective, Israel would seem to a very politically unstable place. The biggest party in the previous Knesset, Kadima, crashed from 28 seats to two. The No. 3 party, Yisrael Beiteinu, hitched its wagon to the ruling party, Likud, but their combined list lost about a quarter of...

U.S. officials praise Israel democracy

( – Reacting to news of Israel’s election results, American officials praised Israeli democracy and promised to work with the new government, the Jerusalem Post reported.  In a tweet, U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro congratulated Israelis on a successful election day.  “Mazal tov to the Israeli people on their just completed elections! Always inspiring to see democracy in action!” he wrote.

While the U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the ranking member of the...

Israeli undecided voters will be heard


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis are rarely shy about offering their opinions, especially on politics. This year, however, a good number of them aren’t sure what their opinions are.

As Election Day approached, a large proportion of voters — 15 percent — were still undecided, according to polls. Some remained unsure even as they headed for the polls on Jan. 22.

Undecided or not, Israelis came out to...

Israelis vote in large numbers

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis went to the polls to elect the 19th Knesset. More than one-quarter of eligible Israeli voters had exercised their civic right and duty as of noon on Tuesday, reportedly the highest voter turnout since 1999. Most polls will remain open until 10 p.m.

There are 5,656,705 eligible voters and some 10,132 ballot boxes set up across the country.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Western Wall Tuesday...

Israeli election coverage all day long

Israeli polls opened early this morning to the largest voter turnout since 1999. According to estimates from the Central Elections Committee, at least 11.4% of voters had cast ballots as of 1 a.m. CST. That represents a one percent rise in voters from the last four national election campaigns. It is hoped by some that this year’s election may prove to have the most populous turnout in the nation’s history....

Jewish Home’s Bennett attacked by haredi at Kotel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Haredi Orthodox Jews reportedly pushed and verbally attacked Naftali Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home party, at the Western Wall. The attack occurred as Bennett began praying in front of the Wall yesterday, the day before Election Day. He was protected by a security detail.

Jerusalem Police reportedly detained a haredi Orthodox youth who called on Bennett to take off his kippah. The youth reportedly shouted “You...

Hatnua asks Jewish Home candidate be disqualified

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Hatnua party asked Israel’s Central Elections Committee to disqualify Jewish Home candidate Jeremy Gimpel over a remark he made about the Dome of the Rock. Gimpel, who is 14th on the candidate’s list and could be voted into the Knesset in the Jan. 22 elections, was shown Jan. 18 on Channel 2’s nightly newscast in a video of a speech before a Christian group speculating on...

Poll: Center left bloc could tie Netanyahu-led bloc at 48

(JTA) — Israel could see a left-wing coalition to match the right-wing bloc’s 46  projected seats, according to the last poll before Jan. 22 elections. The poll, based on a survey of 1,000 adults, predicts 32 seats for the united Likud-Beiteinu ticket, 14 seats for Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party, and two seats for Otzma Le’Israel, an ultrarightist party.

This constellation could be matched by the left wing’s predicted 46...

Netanyahu appointment seen as political ploy

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tapped a popular outgoing government minister to head the Israel Land Administration in what some called an election tactic. Netanyahu announced the appointment of Moshe Kahlon, who gained popularity as communications minister for cutting the prices on cellular phone services, in a news conference on Jan. 20. Both are members of the Likud Party headed by Netanyahu.

The head of the Central Elections...

Knesset Elections: A reader’s guide


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Remember the second U.S. presidential debate in October, when the incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney stood about six inches from each other, with one interrupting the other at every turn?

Add about a dozen candidates, take away the formal rules of debate, switch to Hebrew and you’ve got a fairly good approximation of the tenor of Israel’s current election campaign.