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Likud Set to Approve Primary Elections Scheme, Barak Excluded

The method of the primaries for the Likud's Knesset list was drafted by the Likud's Constitutional Committee last night and is set to be approved by the party's Central Committee this evening in Ganei HaTa'aruchah in Tel Aviv. The scheme does not include the reserving of secure spots on the list - spots within the number of seats Likud is certain to win - for candidates chosen by Prime Minister and Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu. It was rumored that Netanyahu wanted such spots for Defense Minister Ehud Barak and possibly other members of Barak's Independence faction which broke off from Labor.

Israel’s State Prosecutor to Appeal Olmert Acquittals

Israel's state prosecutor will appeal the acquittals of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in two of three cases decided earlier this year.

Election Date Set in Israel

Israeli elections will take place on January 22, 2013, according to an announcement made by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday.

Two Rivals Unite to Push Likud MK List to the Right of Netanyahu (updated)

At an election event held in the backyard of Moshe Feiglin in Karnei Shomron, a new alliance has been announced.

Right-Wing National Union Facing Disintegration While NRP Is Thriving in Polls

Ben Ari attacked his current party, noting that "they know that the brand 'Ben Ari' is worth more than the two or three votes that each one of them would bring."

Israeli Elections Set for January 22nd

After consulting with the various party leaders, the Prime Minister has set January 22nd as the date for elections, Yediot Aharonot and the Jerusalem...

Likud Lawmaker Aims to Block Rumored Comeback by Olmert

Likud Party lawmaker Tzipi Hotovely reportedly petitioned Israel's Central Elections Committee to prevent former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert from running for office.

In Latest Poll Runners-Up Pose Little Threat to Netanyahu

The poll predicted that in its present condition, with Shaul Mofaz at the helm, the Kadima party would net only a measly 3 Knesset seats.

Polls Indicate Netanyahu Will Score in New Elections

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s call to disband the government and call for new elections may serve him well, if two public opinion polls published Thursday pan out.

Who’s Running, Who’s Winning, Who’s Losing, in the 2013 Knesset Elections?

We owe Bibi a debt of gratitude, regardless of the final results: at least it will be over quickly.

Netanyahu Dissolves the Knesset, Announces Early Elections

The prime minister announced his intention to hold elections in early 2013, after concluding that he could not pass a "responsible budget." He told the nation on Tuesday night: "I decided the good of the State of Israel requires elections now, and as soon as possible."

Speculations: Israeli Elections Moved Up to February

The Israeli press has been featuring several leaks from Netanyahu's inner circle on Tuesday and Wednesday regarding the approaching declaration of a February vote, although an official declaration is yet to made. "We will make a decision by the opening of the winter session" of the Knesset, Netanyahu said on Tuesday. The winter session will start in two weeks.

Bayit Yehudi Membership Drive Results Surprises

Following a short but intense membership drive, the Bayit Yehudi party announced that over 53,000 members have signed up. This number is expected to...

New Campaign Aims to Find Rightful Heirs in North America Of 60,000 Unclaimed Holocaust...

The Hashava Company, established by the Israeli Knesset to locate heirs of Holocaust victims entitled to assets currently held in Israel, is set to embark on a campaign in the United States and Canada to find rightful heirs of more than 60,000 unclaimed Holocaust assets.

Knesset Speaker Rivlin: Must Attack Iran, Can’t Keep Bluffing

Rivlin said, “If we don’t attack [Iran], we will lose our deterrence with our enemies. If Israel keeps threatening and threatening, but in the end doesn’t act, it will place us in a bad strategic position. Israel’s deterrence capabilities are a strategic asset that has no equivalent.” Rivlin then went on to attack specific individuals, such as Kadima head Shaul Mofaz, and the various former intelligence chiefs, condemnibg what he believes is their need to comment in real-time on the Iran situation, because otherwise they won’t be considered “in.”

Mk’s Proposal for Equal Access to Temple Mount Is Met with Hysterical Muslim Resistance

All he wants is to extend the modus vivendi which is in place at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron to Temple Mount, which is also sacred to both faiths.

“We’re Not in Lodz Ghetto Anymore” – Temple Mount Activists Fight for Jewish Rights...

A renewed outcry for “Temple consciousness” has arisen with a flurry of political, religious, and social activity.

The ‘Fleas’ Are Hopping off Kadima’s Carcass in Search of Better Fur

In quick succession, Sharon's first replacement, Ehud Olmert, got into criminal trouble and resigned in disgrace; his second replacement, Tzipi Livni, managed to yank defeat from the jaws of victory after her party became the first in Israel's history to win the largest number of seats in the Knesset and end up in the opposition; and, finally, the third Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz maneuvered his party into a 70-day session in Netanyahu's government, where the latter taught him how winning is done: up close and brutally.

Despite Declarations for Equality – Knesset Shoots Down Universal Service Bill

Despite demands for fairness and equality, the Knesset overwhelmingly voted down Yisrael Beytenu's bill for Universal Service.

Israeli Political Constellation Realigns As Kadima Quits Government

For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition.

Liberman Buys Time for Coalition, Hareidim Not Buying Idea of Service in Jewish Army

Avigdor Liberman says he will continue to pursue the drafting of all Israelis at the age of 18, but will uphold the current coalition.

Despite Fervent Objections by All Seven ‘Green Line’ Universities, Ariel U. Becomes a Reality

The 11-2 vote came despite vehement opposition from the country's other seven universities.

Ahead of Vote, Liberman Video Touts Importance of Equal Service Law

On Monday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's party Yisrael Beytenu released a video stressing the importance of passing a law mandating equal service for all Israelis. The video shows, through dramatic graphics, how by 2020 a majority of Israelis will not be serving. Titled “One Citizenship. One Obligation. One Opportunity. One Vote,” the clip was released ahead of the planned vote on Yisrael Beytenu’s IDF, National, or Civilian Service Law Proposal this Wednesday in the Knesset.

New Bill Envisions Large Scale Settlement Uprooting, Attempts to Protect Victims

The new bill not only forces government to live up to 100 percent of its promises to future evacuees, but anticipates a reality in which evacuations are commonplace.

Special Committee: Judea and Samaria Communities Legal, Let Construction Resume

The “outposts committee” recommended legalizing and expanding the outposts. Leaders in the region are urging immediate implementation.

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