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New Poll: Aryeh Deri Delivers Three Extra Seats for Shas, Weakening Likud

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 18, 2012
The poll also shows that the Likud-Liberman-Haredi bloc would maintain its majority in any possible scenario, no matter what combinations of left and center parties it faces.

Olmert and Livni Hold Elections Pow Wow

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni may be throwing their hats into the political arena once more, teaming up to attempt to defeat the nationalist camp headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Likud Lawmaker Aims to Block Rumored Comeback by Olmert

25 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
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.

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

24 Tishri 5773 – October 10, 2012
We owe Bibi a debt of gratitude, regardless of the final results: at least it will be over quickly.

Former GSS Chief Dichter to Lead Home Front Office

27 Av 5772 – August 14, 2012
After feverish searches by the prime minister's office for some former senior IDF official to be appointed as Minister for the Defense of the Home Front, late Monday on night, following all-night meetings with the prime minister and the minister of defense, the appointment of MK Avi Dichter was finalized.

Barak Orders Haredi Conscription

14 Av 5772 – August 1, 2012
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft Haredi men as it does other Jewish Israelis. The order came as the...

Understanding Real Israeli Politics

12 Av 5772 – July 30, 2012
To a remarkable extent—and this has nothing to do with his views or policies—Bibi Netanyahu is the only functioning politician in Israel today. No wonder he is prime minister, will finish his current term, and will almost certainly be reelected in 2013. Consider the alternatives.

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

4 Av 5772 – July 23, 2012
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.

Israeli Political Constellation Realigns As Kadima Quits Government

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
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.

70 days Later – Mofaz, Kadima, Quit Netanyahu’s Government over Haredi Draft

28 Tammuz 5772 – July 17, 2012
Following the collapse of negotiations over a new conscription law, Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz decided to quit Netanyahu's coalition, leaving the premier once again with only 66 MKs. Mofaz told a Kadima faction emergency session: "It is with great sorrow that I say that there is no escape from taking a decision on quitting the government." Mofaz explained: "I went in on a principle, and when that failed, we must quit."

The Draft Controversy In Israel

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
A comment by Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz the other day set us thinking about an element in the draft debate that could only manifest itself in an Israeli context.

Thousands of Reservists Rally for Equal Share of Military Burden

18 Tammuz 5772 – July 8, 2012
Keynote speaker former GSS chief Yuval Diskin said: "I served this country for thirty-seven years with love and with hope, and throughout these long years I did not even once, even for one moment, feel that I was a sucker. When I joined, almost everyone enlisted, but when I got out I discovered that we are close to the point where almost no one is enlisting. And that's the whole story."

Mofaz to Netanyahu: You Must Accept Haredi Conscription

14 Tammuz 5772 – July 4, 2012
A few hours after a report by MK Plesner's committee on "equal share in burden" was made public Wednesday morning, coalition partner Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz convened members of his faction to say that he expects Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the committee's recommendations within a few days days. "The decision before us is a crucial decision for Israel," he stressed.

Israeli Vice PM: Syrian Assault is Genocide

20 Sivan 5772 – June 10, 2012
Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz, is calling Syrian President Bashar Assad’s war against opposition a “genocide”, and said Israeli support is behind efforts to overthrow him.

Political Party Or Empty Shell?

3 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s politically “brilliant move” just the opening shot? Will his next move be an attempt to inject the Kadima Knesset members into the Likud? Or is the prime minister planning another Sharon-style bombshell, such as enticing Likud MKs to join him, Kadima and Ehud Barak’s party in forming a new balloon party?

Gideon Ezra, Former Deputy Head of Shin Bet, Cabinet Minister, and MK, Dies at...

26 Iyyar 5772 – May 17, 2012
Ezra, who was serving as a Kadima MK at the time of his death, was born in Jerusalem in 1937. He served in the IDF's Nahal Paratrooper brigade, and joined the Shin Bet in 1962. Over a career that spanned 33 years, he rose to become the Deputy head of Israel's domestic intelligence organization. Throughout his political career he variously served as Minister without Portfolio, Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Environmental Protection.

The New Challenge

25 Iyyar 5772 – May 16, 2012
Two weeks ago, in my weekly column on the NRG website, I wrote, “Nobody really understands why Israel is going to early elections.” So when I heard that the election merry-go-round had been cancelled, I was pleased.

Whither Israel’s New Government?

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to form a coalition government with Kadima and cancel planned early elections has inspired endless speculation as to his motives. Some maintain he was seeking a unity government in order to bolster his position with regard to Iran. Others point to his desire to be better able to deal with certain domestic issues such as election reform and changes to the Tal Law.

Coalition Grumblings: Political Posturing or First Signs of Splintering?

23 Iyyar 5772 – May 14, 2012
The intensifying focus on legislating an alternative to the Tal Law has the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Likud-led coalition defensive yet intractable. Shas and UTJ - representing 15 seats in the government - have declared that they will not participate in the coalition committee on finding an alternative.

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