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The Israeli President's Residence in Jerusalem, May 19, 2017. Source: Facebook.

Israel’s presidential election set for June 2

Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin on Monday set June 2 as the date for Israel’s presidential election. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s term expires in July, and by law, the vote must take place no later than...
Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid (left) with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin after receiving a mandate to form the next government, May 5, 2021. Source: Yair Lapid/Facebook.

Israel’s president taps Yair Lapid, already promising unity, to form next government

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has announced that Yair Lapid will now receive the mandate to form the country’s next government. Rivlin made the announcement in a televised statement from his official residence, saying that his “main consideration”...
The Plenary Hall during the swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset, at the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL

Amid ongoing political deadlock, is it time for Israel to consider electoral reform?

Israel held its fourth legislative election in the past two years on March 23, voting 120 members of Knesset (Parliament) into power as representatives of the 24th Knesset since the establishment of the State. According...
Khaled Mashaal. Credit: Trango via Wikimedia Commons.

Khaled Mashaal elected as overseas head of Hamas

Internal Hamas elections have resulted in Khaled Mashaal being elected as head of the organization’s overseas leader, reports said on Monday. He will replace incumbent Maher Salah. Mashaal previously served as head of Hamas’s overall...
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Munich Security Conference in 2019. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Balk/MSC.

Iran warns time is running out to revive nuclear deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that the United States must quickly work to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, due to Iran’s presidential elections scheduled...
A Palestinian boy holds a poster in support of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank town of Tubas on Sept. 27, 2020. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.

Will a Palestinian election matter?

This once would have been the sort of gesture that would have inspired hope for peace in the Middle East, as well as gestures of support and friendship from the U.S. government. But no...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 27, 2018. Photo: Alaa Badarneh/AP.

Palestinian Authority, Hamas agree on election timetable

Palestinian factions agreed on Tuesday after a two-day meeting in Cairo to “respect and accept” the results of their upcoming elections, reported Reuters. Palestinian parliamentary elections are scheduled for May 22, with a presidential vote set...
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, where some smashed windows and entered the building while protesting the results of the November elections, on Jan. 6, 2020. Source: YouTube Screenshot.

When the rule of law breaks down, no one is safe

What happened at the Capitol on the day both Houses of Congress assembled in a joint session to certify the votes of the Electoral College in the 2020 presidential election was a disgrace. In...
President-elect Joe Biden on Dec. 19, 2020. Source: Facebook/Joe Biden.

After Congress affirmation, RJC congratulates Biden on winning presidency

The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday, issuing a statement just hours after Congress affirmed Biden’s Electoral College victory following a tumultuous day that saw a mob attack on Capitol Hill. “The...

Yiddish Words of The Week: Elections

Elections // די װאַלן // DI VALN absentee ballot: דער פֿאַרפֿע֜ל־צעטל, ־ען ballot: דער שטי֜מצעטל, ־ען; די שטים, ־ען board of elections: דער שטי֜מאַמט campaign (v.): קאַמפּאַ֜ניעװע|ן; קאַנדידי֜רן candidate (m./unsp.): דער קאַנדידאַ֜ט, ־ן candidate (f.): די קאַנדידאַ֜טקע, ־ס certify election results:...