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Understanding Israel’s Upcoming Election

Netanyahu’s impending victory is due to the fact that the prime minister has done a reasonably good job, the economy is okay, terrorism is low, he’s kept out of trouble.

Maverick Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak Gets 4 Seats in New Poll

The Sephardi Haredi party Shas, who had reached as many as 12 seats, are down to 9 in this survey.

Jewish Home Maintaining its Power after Bennett’s ‘Refusal’ Comment, But Coalition Spot Not Likely

Among the voters at large, 23% said their respect for Bennett went down, 17% said it went up, 50% said it didn't change, and 10% were not sure.

National Union: Obama Vote Boosting Israeli Left

The National Union (HaIchud HaLeumi) released the following short statement following President Barack Obama's reelection: "Obama's re-election gives a tailwind boost to the Israeli...

Likud-Beiteinu Worrying Left

The merger of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Yisrael Beiteinu party of Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Thursday has left-wing parties scrambling for a solution to the sudden show of solidarity on the part of the pro-nationalist camp.

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.

Winners and Losers: Israel’s Historic Unity Government

A joint JoeSettler-Jameel post.  Left behind in the wake of Netanyahu’s surprise unity maneuver are some serious winners and loser. There is no doubt that...

The Morning After: Israel’s Political System Shaken, Stirred, Realigned

The stealth move by Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Shaul Mofaz was a reunification of the 2005 Likud. Joining forces, they are close to realizing the dream of every Israeli premier, to rule without partners. But the new coalition deal means decidedly sobering news for Israel's two major religious camps - the Haredim and the settlement movement.

Newest Israeli Party Includes Chairman’s Makeup Artist, Karate Trainer

Journalist and Television host turned premier wannabe Yair Lapid's party's name, "Yesh Atid" ("There's a Future"), was a last minute fix. It turned out its original name had already been taken, several times, actually. At least one man's future will be secure in the new Yesh Atid movement: Founder Yair Lapid. The new party rules clearly state that he may not be removed from office until 2020.

Yair Lapid’s ‘Future’ Problem

Former journalist and rookie politician Yair Lapid's new party is off to a problematic start. Lapid's choice of the name 'Atid' for his new political party has created yet another controversy for the political neophyte; it is similar enough to Atid Echad - an immigrant party with mostly Ethiopian support - to cause confusion to voters, and possible legal action by its chair Yechezkel Stelzer.

Shas Leader: Lapid will Do T’shuvah and Join the Haredim

Speaking to a conference of Israeli mayors in Jerusalem, Interior Minister Eli Yishai referred to attacks on Haredim by newcomer to national politics, TV...

Yair Lapid: Israel ‘Belongs to The People of Israel And Not to Anyone Else’

Lapid continues to use Facebook as the main medium for his political proclamations.

Yair Lapid Blasts Kadima, Labor

Former media personality dispels any notion that he would join Kadima, Labor

Jewish Press Radio: Lapid, Hebron, and Cranberries

Yishai uncovers vastly different tastes in everything from Jewish comfort food (with help from Malkah) to Knesset candidates to peace policy in this episode. Colorful culture, deep ideas, and a few tempers running high are all part of the mix as we search for new solutions to age old problems and end with inspiration from the Torah.

Longtime Journalist Yair Lapid, Bolstered by Polls, Shakes Up Israeli Politics

In the past few years, Lapid had talked of wanting to eventually enter politics, and his newspaper columns increasingly resembled a political platform.

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