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  • No Voice: Hopes for Israeli elections from those who cannot vote

    Over 200,000 people with no legal status live in Israel today. There are another 4 million in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. All of these people are directly affected by Israeli elections but they have not right to vote. This is what they have to say — about the Right and the Left, the ‘demographic threat,’ peace, war, democracy and dictatorship.   ‘Occupied people cannot vote for their occupier’ By Bassam Almohor The argument heats up at one of the tables in this men-only café in a Palestinian city. Israeli elections are a hot topic of discussion for the…

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  • Don't call her the 'Russian candidate': Meet Ksenia Svetlova

    An interview with the latest addition to Tzipi Livni's 'Zionist Camp,' on the heavy price Israel will pay if it can't solve the Palestinian conflict, how much Russian and Mizrahi immigrants have in common, and whether the Labor/Livni list will consider forming a new government with Netanyahu. In the Israeli electoral system, party heads often times reserve spots on their parliamentary slates for candidates of their choosing — usually representing geographic regions, people of certain ethnic origins or for women. It would be a big mistake to reduce Ksenia Svetlova to the “Russian candidate” of the Zionist Camp, the joint list comprised…

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  • Devoid of issues, elections devolve into clash of personalities

    Instead of discussing increasing violence against civilians, border skirmishes and the assassination of an Iranian general, Israeli politicians are busy putting out tasteless and tactless campaign videos attacking each other with name-calling. It's not just the occupation and Israel's violation of basic rights that are missing from this election season, but any reference at all to the daily violence that has become such a routine feature in the country. In the last 10 days alone, two Israeli citizens from the Bedouin city of Rahat were killed by police, 77 Palestinians from East Jerusalem and the West Bank - many of…

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  • The 'anti-Zionist' camp goes mainstream in Israeli elections

    Both Netanyahu and Livni are leveraging their international influence for electoral gain: Netanyahu in Congress and Livni at the United Nations. And, will the real Zionist camp please stand up? Elections are almost always referendums on the incumbent, and an incumbent always has an advantage against any challengers. One of those advantages is the ability to demonstrate leadership and to exploit platforms unavailable to his or her challengers, i.e. speaking before a joint session of Congress. Such advantages tend not to be fair, or even legal in some cases. In Israel, for instance, there are laws that prevent public servants…

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  • WATCH: What do Israelis think being a Zionist means?

    In the run-up to general elections, the Labor party and Tzipi Livni's 'Hatnuah' united to run on a joint list called 'The Zionist Camp.' But what does being a Zionist mean in today's Israel? Social TV took to the streets to ask regular Israelis just what it means to them. Related: Election analysis: A shared Netanyahu-Herzog government? Who says Palestinians don’t have a vote in Israeli elections?

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  • Should a joint Arab list trump Jewish-Arab unity? Not so fast

    The temptation of the Arab parties to unite in order to form a stronger political bloc is great. Everyone wants to give Liberman the election surprise of a lifetime. But what is the cost? By Sinai Peter Israel's upcoming elections came out of nowhere. Despite the early warnings and the raising of the electoral threshold many months ago, no significant steps have been taken toward ensuring the parliamentary future of some parts of the Left and the Arab parties. As a result, attempts to form a joint Arab list with Ra'am, Ta'al, Balad and Hadash only recently began, and any…

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  • WATCH: Rightists campaign on hate, incitement and arrogance

    Two different election campaign videos released by major right-wing candidates have one major thing in common: they are very clear about what and who they are against, yet indicate next to nothing about what they stand for. In a highly incendiary video, Likud Knesset member Danny Danon, who was fired from his position as deputy defense minister for publicly slamming Netanyahu's "restraint" during this past summer's assault on Gaza, has released a campaign video in which he brands himself as "the real Likud." Post by ‎Danny Danon - דני דנון‎.   In the video Danon fashions himself as a no-nonsense sheriff…

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  • +972 poll: Joint Arab list would raise voter participation

    The three Arab lists in the Knesset are expected to run together in response to a raised election threshold. Asked about self-identity, the majority consider themselves Arab, but a growing and significant minority call themselves Palestinian. Nearly 70 percent of Arabs citizens of Israel intend to vote if the three existing Arab parties run on a joint list, compared to 56 percent who voted in the 2013 elections, a new +972 poll found. But the call to boycott the elections holds powerful sway. A majority of 54 percent says that if there are such calls to boycott the elections, they…

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  • Asylum seekers to stay in prison while Israelis hit the polls

    Human rights organizations pledge to challenge the latest iteration of the Prevention of Infiltration Law; new poll gives Livni and Labor a chance; Arab parties agree in principle to a joint list; High Court to hear Zoabi's challenge to Knesset suspension. Before disbanding itself ahead of elections, the Knesset on Monday passed its third try at a law that would keep open Israel’s detention center for African asylum seekers. The High Court of Justice struck down two previous versions of the law as unconstitutional and ordered the Holot open prison closed nearly three months ago. The law's fate fell into the…

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  • The diplomatic process is not real until this government falls

    If Netanyahu was serious about talks, he would have used the first opportunity to rid the government of the settlers, before moving on to isolate the radicals in his own party. Until we see such a change, the peace process will remain mostly fake. Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth's released a poll on Passover evening examining the option that former Likud Minister Moshe Kahlon run on his own ticket in the coming elections. According to the poll results, Kahlon could win up to 10 seats, most of them from voters of Yesh Atid and Likud. This is the second election poll published…

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  • To fight anti-democratic legislation, Palestinian citizens must unite

    As Israel's right wing escalates its attempts at silencing Israel's Palestinian minority, Ran Greenstein offers the Arab street an alternative approach at fighting back.  By Ran Greenstein “At the end of every sentence you say in Hebrew there's an Arab with a hookah” (Meir Ariel, a Song of Pain) There is no Israeli politician, past or present, for whom this phrase is more applicable than Avigdor Liberman. His brainchild, the Governance Law, which was adopted by the Knesset earlier this week, raises the electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%. This may not seem a lot, but had it been in…

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  • Knesset raises threshold to four seats, putting Arab parties at risk of not entering parliament

    The new legislation will benefit medium-sized parties like the settlers’ Jewish Home and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, while increasing the influence of big money on politics. The Knesset approved today (Tuesday) several changes in its elections and governance laws. Among other things, the changes will make it more difficult to challenge the government in a vote of non-confidence, and set the threshold for entering the Knesset at 3.25 percent, or roughly four Knesset seats. The legislation is a joint initiative by Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party and Avigdor Liberman’s Israel Beitenu (which united with Netanyahu’s Likud party prior to the…

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  • The secret to Netanyahu’s success

    A few days ago, Haaretz’s West Bank correspondence Chaim Levinson used his Facebook page to ask about the reasons for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s success. Here is an excerpt from Levinson's post: What is in this man that Israelis cannot imagine life without him? […] In my opinion, [Netanyahu] does nothing. A coward pretending to be a leader […] he isn’t even trying to turn Israel into a better place. He doesn’t want to change a thing. He is the middle class of politics: trying to survive, day by day. If we can divide leaders into activists and those who refrain from action,…

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