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.

Poll: Many Who Stayed Home in 2009 Will Vote Left

The reluctance is most prevalent among those who voted Likud, Israel Beitenu, and Shas.

The Dani Dayan Pro-Likud Clip

Yesha Council Chairman Dani Dayan appears in a pro-Likud video clip.

Mud Flies As Israeli Election Nears

JERUSALEM – With one month to go before Israelis cast their ballots, religious and nationalist parties have engaged in highly negative campaigns against each other, claiming that only their party will be able to pressure the next prime minister into promoting their domestic, economic and religious agendas. According to all polls, those parties are likely to be the basis of the next governing coalition – expected to be led by incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rivlin: Knesset Must Regulate Politicians’ Ability to Switch Parties

Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin (Likud) criticized the practice of switching between parties by various Members of Knesset and Knesset candidates , calling...

Weekly Israeli Poll Avg: Likud on Top with 28 Seats

Jeremy Saltan's combined weekly poll average from Oct 14-20 shows the Likud with 28 seats, down from the prior week's average of 29 seats, Kadima remains at 6, and Yisrael Beitenu is down to just about 13 seats.

The Muqata’s Guide to Navigating Israel’s 2013 Election.

Left, Right or Center Jameel advises you on which party to vote for.

Lapid on Jerusalem and the Palestinians

Yesh Atid perceives a possible peace process as a response to an ensemble of threats looming over the State of Israel.

Activists Left Oz Etzion after the Shabbat Clashes

Yesterday the activists clashed with security forces and prevented the evacuation of the Oz Zion residents.

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Amir Peretz, Formerly of Labor, Embraces Tzipi

Amir Peretz, former Histadrut union chief and former Defense Minister, is now a former member of the Avoda (Labor) party. He is moving over...

Likud’s First Lady: Adopt Levy Report, Expand Construction

Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely celebrated her victory in the Likud primaries.

Likud Beitenu’s Political Juggernaut

TEL AVIV – Political pundits have long debated who is the real Benjamin Netanyahu. Is he a pragmatist handcuffed by his right-wing support base and fealty to his late father’s nationalist vision? Is he a true right-wing ideologue whose apparent concessions to Israeli-Palestinian peace are but feints?

Understanding Israel’s ‘Deal System’

While the Israeli media wrongly claimed that the Likud had made an extreme shift to the right in recent primaries, some commentators were correcting in observing the existence of a deal-system. (Part IV in a series about the Likud primaries).

Weekly Polls: Pre-Gaza Polls Give Right 66.5 Knesset Seats

The average of 2 polls published last week, Channel 2 and Jerusalem Post. The Post poll was conducted November 12-13 and the Channel 2 poll was published November 14.

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Rumors are flying in the Israeli media today that the other possible reason between the acrimonious relationship between Bibi and Bennett is the anonymous...

Yesha Chairman to Campaign for Netanyahu

'This was an excellent government for the settlements,' Dani Dayan said.

Insiders: Amir Peretz Is Taking Over Tzipi Livni’s Movement

Couldn't happen to a nicer gal – forced to betray her loyalists, Livni will have to live with the king of intrigues.

What to Do when your Partner Is under Indictment and It’s 3 Weeks before...

Liberman came to his police interrogation directly from the National Hall in Jerusalem, where Likud-Beiteinu launched their the Knesset elections campaign.

Likud’s Pro-Settlements Shooting Star Hints He Wants Housing Ministry

Danon came fifth in the primaries, which often means a ministerial position.

Jewish Press Interviews with Tomorrow’s Knesset Candidates!

Still deciding who will get your vote? The Jewish Press team has interviewed several of this election's most newsworthy candidates - hear what they have to say about the issues affecting you most, and cast your ballot on January 22.

Likud-Beteinu Closes First Partner (updated)

It only took a month, but Likud-Beteinu finally managed to close a deal with its first coalition partner, Tzipi Livni's HaTnua party. Livni will reportedly...

What Will the Chareidim Do?

In the past, Chareidi (Ultra-Orthodox) participation in election voting has never topped more than around a third of their potential voters. Chareidim have avoided voting...

Bennett Joking at Bibi’s Wife’s Expense (Video)

During the interview Bennett refused to answer what ministry he would like to head.

Leave Room for Power to Israel

Moshko, the Holocaust-survivor-turned-legendary-builder-of-Gush-Etzion, once asked why Rabbi Moshe Levinger was shoving his way into Hevron and Kiryat Arba. “Here we work in consensus with...

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Nasty threats, mistreatment, rumors, and a general lack of trust define this government's coalition building attempts.

Jewish Home Primaries Today, Vote for the Anglo

We may be in different parties, but Jeremy Gimpel is representative of the English-speaking community in Israel. His message represents the selfless Zionist commitment of the community in the political sphere. My hope is that all Anglos who are members of the Jewish Home should make sure they turn up at the polling station and support Jeremy Gimpel and help him get into the Knesset.

Netanyahu Finally Called Bennett

Two days after the elections ended, PM Netanyahu finally decided to call HaBayit HaYehudi (Jewish Home) head Naftali Bennett. The two did not set a...

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