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Rabbi Dow Marmur

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Rabbi Marmur is spiritual leader emeritus of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. Now a resident of Israel, he may be contacted via [email protected]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a Likud party meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem on July 10, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Blue and White coalition with Likud would be best

Had the leaders of Israel’s political parties with seats in the next Knesset been committed to the good of the country and all its citizens – rather than their own interests and the advancement of their...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote at a polling station in Jerusalem on March 17, 2015, in the Israeli general elections for the 20th parliament. Photo by Marc israel Sellem/POOL/FLASH90

Election season wrapping up in Israel

It’s Election Day in Israel on Tuesday. After a long campaign – not devoid of recriminations, fake news and accusations of real or imagined misdemeanors – we’ll finally be able to cast our votes....
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Foreign countries influencing Israeli election

In our cyber age we cannot be surprised when we hear that foreigners are interfering in election campaigns; we’re still waiting to learn about Putin’s role in the US presidential elections. Therefore, on the...
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Haredim may be ‘winners’ of Israel’s next election

Though the elections in Israel are still some four weeks away, we already know the undisputed winners: the ultra-Orthodox (haredi) parties. Neither side will be able to form a government without them. Though they...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly government conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Oct. 7, 2018. Credit: Alex Kolomoisky/POOL/Yediot Achronot.

Charges against Netanyahu upend his plans

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to have elections next April and not in the Fall, when they were due, was an imaginative way of delaying, perhaps even evading, being indicted for bribery and related charges....
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Dec. 4, 2018. Credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO.

Charges against Netanyahu upend his plans

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to have elections next April and not in the Fall, when they were due, was an imaginative way of delaying, perhaps even evading, being indicted for bribery and related charges....

Bibi, Benny and Bogie

Israelis now have an alternative to Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu: Benny Gantz, a former chief of staff and the founder of a new political party. In his efforts to create a broad front...
Vladimir Putin discussed with Prime Minister of the State of Israel

Russians may play role in Israeli elections

A cartoon in Ha’aretz (January 14) shows Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, in a room with his cyber hackers. One of them asks his president something to the effect: “Are we on the side of...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv on March 18, 2015, after general elections with Netanyahu claiming victory. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

Will Israel’s new election tie attorney general’s hands?

Mordechai Kremnitzer, professor emeritus of law at the Hebrew University, cites in his Ha’aretz column of January 10 the old story about the man who murdered his parents and then claimed clemency in court because he...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. Credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO.

Who will oppose Netanyahu in April 9 election?

The day after it was announced that Israelis will go to the polls on April 9, a headline in the Times of Israel read: “Early election timing likely more to do with graft-dodging than draft-dodging.” Though...

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