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Israeli Prime Minister and head of the Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote in the fourth elections in two years, together with his wife, Sara Netanyahu, at a voting station in Jerusalem, on March 23, 2021. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Initial Israeli exit polls shows Netanyahu has path to sixth term as prime minister

Initial exit polls from Israel’s national election on Tuesday indicate that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with support from his right-wing bloc—if the Yamina Party is included—would have a narrow Knesset majority, giving...
Israel Elections 2015 Ballot Box Photo: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Israel

The people’s choice

Waking up on election day is always exciting. The site of ballot boxes carrying the state emblem reminds me of days long ago, when we were not allowed to wave the Israeli flag. I was...
Illustrative image. Credit: David Whelan via Wikimedia Commons.

Hackers unlock files from 2020 breach, exposing personal info of nearly all Israeli voters

The personal information of nearly all Israeli voters was exposed online on Monday, a day before the country’s general election, financial daily Calcalist reported Tuesday. According to the report, the leaked data, which includes registered voters’ addresses,...
A Tel Aviv polling station for Israelis in COVID-19 quarantine during the elections for the 24th Knesset, March 23, 2021. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Israel employs high-tech solutions for elections during pandemic

The election for the 24th Knesset, similar to the three before it over the past two years, poses many challenges to the Central Elections Committee, mainly due to the trauma of the coronavirus, which...
New Hope Party head Gideon Sa'ar speaks during the conference of the Israeli Television News Company in Jerusalem on March 7, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

‘I believe in our path and I’m fighting to the very end’

New Hope Party leader Gideon Sa’ar comes to Tuesday’s general election far from the position he’d hoped. He has dropped from second place in the polls at the start of the campaign, with nearly...
Yamina leader Naftali Bennett at the annual Jerusalem Conference of the 'Besheva' group in Jerusalem, on March 15, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

‘Yes, we need change. But only the public will decide on its nature.’

Naftali Bennett made a huge bet at the start of Israel’s latest election campaign: Rather than take sides in the anti- vs. pro-Netanyahu battle, he decided to adopt a posture of indifference. Bennett wholeheartedly believes...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the annual Jerusalem Conference of the 'Besheva' group in Jerusalem, on March 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

‘I’m going to turn Israel into a world superpower’

It used to be the norm for a right-wing prime minister on the campaign trail to visit settlements. Times have changed; A trip to Bedouin town of Tuba-Zangaria in northern Israel is now more...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Finance Minister Yair Lapid at a cabinet meeting on October 7, 2014. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/Flash90.

The differences between Israel’s 2020 and 2021 elections

Israelis will head to the polls next week for the fourth parliamentary elections in two years. The voters will determine which of the 13 parties polling near the electoral threshold will enter the 120-member...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a ceremony for a new neighborhood in Kfar Etzion, Gush Etzuib, on March 14, 2021. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Israeli democracy is still not in danger

As Israel heads to its fourth Knesset election in two years on March 23, polls show that the outcome is very much in doubt. Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor any of his rivals...
Photo: Israeli 2013 election ballots (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Impossible to say who’ll win Israel’s upcoming election

Where are we now? Who knows? Indications of infections are down. The parties and religious events at Purim do not seem to have produced an increase. Widespread inoculations are the explanation. They work to prevent a...