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  • Netanyahu's Congress speech: An election stunt, after all

    Netanyahu didn't offer any new thinking on Iran, but he might have succeeded in regaining control over elections that were slipping away from him Ever since Speaker of the House John Boehner revealed his invitation to the Israeli prime minister to speak before a joint session of Congress, people have been wondering who exactly is playing who here. Is Bibi risking Israeli-American relations in order to help the GOP score points against President Obama, or did Boehner break protocol — by not informing the White House of the invitation — in order to help Netanyahu in the coming elections? Tonight…

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  • Does Herzog have a chance at unseating Netanyahu?

    While Herzog’s chances appear to be higher than they have been for most of the campaign season, he still faces an uphill battle to unseat Netanyahu in an election almost entirely devoid of debate on the issues. For one of the first times in the current election campaign, the centrist "Zionist Camp" actually has a chance of ousting incumbent prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. In Israel’s parliamentary system, the premiership is held by the Knesset member who is able to form a coalition around him or herself. Almost no single party has been able to form a government without a coalition…

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  • A glimmer of hope against incitement and racism

    Jamal Zahalka promises that the Joint List will remain together for a long time, Dov Khenin tugs at our heart strings, the head of the Islamic Movement speaks of the men and women who make history, and Ayman Odeh, who heads the slate, calls on Arabs members of the Zionist parties to come back home. By Samah Salaime Egbariya (translated by Sol Salbe) Holding the Joint List’s Arabic-language campaign launch after sundown on a Saturday evening made it seem as if the Arabs were observing the Jewish Shabbat. The location was Nazareth, which once again earned the title of being the…

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  • The casualties of the next Gaza war

    The awful experience of the past few years suggests that in about two years time will be ripe for yet another war with predictable outcomes: thousands of dead, each and every one of them a person who meant the world to their families and loved ones. By Hagai El-Ad One month after the end of the war in Gaza – was it the second Gaza war? The third? – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood in front of the UN General Assembly and declared that, “no other country and no other army in history have gone to greater lengths to avoid casualties…

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  • The road to a fourth Netanyahu gov’t runs through Haneen Zoabi

    The 'Zionist Camp' needs the Arab parties in order to form a government. Its decision to vote for disqualifying Zoabi makes that support less and less likely. The Central Elections Commission on Thursday disqualified MK Haneen Zoabi and candidate Baruch Marzel from running in Israel’s upcoming elections. The decision is not final without the approval of the Supreme Court, which is not expected to uphold the disqualification. The Zionist Camp, comprised of the Labor Party and Tzipi Livni’s party, reversed its already-reversed position and joined the majority in voting to disqualify Zoabi. Only six votes were cast against disqualifying the…

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  • Joint Arab List launches Hebrew campaign: 'My answer to racism'

    Jewish Israelis who value equality and want a 'sane' country should support the Arab-dominated list, says member Masud Ganaim at Tel Aviv launch event. The Arab Joint List launched its Hebrew-language campaign in central Tel Aviv Wednesday evening and unveiled its slogan: "My answer to racism." Displayed behind the chairmen of the four parties on the list, the phrase was set against a photo of graffiti reading, "Arabs out," the scene of one of many anti-Arab hate crimes that have become commonplace in recent years. Ayman Odeh, chairman of the Arab-Jewish Hadash party and the head of the joint slate, comprised of three…

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  • Why I'm 'giving' my vote to a Palestinian in Israel's elections

    'I very much want to vote for the party that best represents my ideological leanings; I’m waiving that right in these elections because so many others living under this government’s control can’t vote at all.' By A. Daniel Roth Millions of people will go to the polls on March 17th to decide who will represent them in the next Knesset. Millions more are not able to. Among them are approximately 4.5 million Palestinians who live under occupation and siege in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Those millions of people do not have the right to vote for the…

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  • Netanyahu is losing it

    From his growing conflict with the White House to frantic attacks on the media, there's something off with Israel's prime minister. Election season is a time when politicians say things they generally don't mean, make promises they generally won't keep and kiss babies they generally wouldn't otherwise kiss. But if you have been tuned into the Israeli election cycle, you'll notice that one politician in particular has shunned the campaign beat typical of most would-be Israeli leaders. In fact, if you've been paying attention, you'd have noticed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is officially losing it. The downward spiral began…

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  • Can a feminist Mizrahi woman find her political home in Shas?

    Although it is run by ultra-Orthodox men and its path for social mobility is anchored in religion, Shas remains the only truly socially minded political party and is certainly the only Mizrahi party. One voter's search for answers. By Efrat Shani-Shitrit A few weeks ago, flyers targeting the women of north Tel Aviv were posted around the suburban streets of one of its better-known neighborhoods, Ramat Aviv: "If you live in Ramat Aviv, don't vote for us. If you work for someone who lives in Ramat Aviv: Only Shas." Aryeh Deri, who until the most recent Knesset had not led the…

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  • Perfecting the art of predicting the future — Israeli elections

    Pre-election polls are a national sport in Israel, but they're not very accurate. Now there's a new player on the field, running a new polling project that claims to to have found the system's flaws — and fixed them. A look at how polls affect voting patterns, which populations are traditionally under-represented and the mistakes that must continue to be made if 'Project 61' is to succeed. By Angela Gruber Predicting the future can be tricky business, especially for those trying to figure out how Israelis will vote in next month’s elections. Previous elections have proven that the big polling…

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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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  • [Vid] Street Talk: Things are bad, but still voting Bibi

    Why do people continue to vote for parties that work against their interests and persistently disappoint? What are the voting patterns in the Israeli public? A street survey of voters and a conversation with sociologist Jessica Nevo. Related: What do you call a politician who promises more war? Don't call her the 'Russian candidate': Meet Ksenia Svetlova Why Mizrahim don't vote for the Left

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  • What do you call a politician who promises more war?

    Election season is a time when most people expect to be presented with a hopeful vision for the future. In Israel, every single leading political figure is promising more of the same. Israel’s election season officially went into full swing over the weekend as lists of candidates were finalized and the deadline for parties to merge came and went without any last-minute surprises. While very few of the major parties have published official platforms for the upcoming elections, their leaders and senior officials are beginning to shape what voters can expect from them. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, head of the…

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