Just two days after Israel election season officially opened, campaigns are already getting dirty. J.J. Goldberg breaks down the latest polls — and scandals.
The final deadline passed this afternoon for Israel’s political parties to register for the March 17 Knesset elections. Several last-minute decisions will substantially affect the map in the weeks ahead:
Looking for salvation? A new Israeli service allows you to order it by phone, in the form of a prayer said at the grave of mass murderer Baruch Goldstein.
The race for chief rabbi of Israel has been getting ugly since the collapse of a proposed deal between Shas and Jewish Home to elect their respective favorites. The deal would have amended the Chief Rabbinate laws to permit a second term for the incumbent Sephardic chief rabbi, a Shas favorite, and eliminated the age limit to permit the election of a favorite of the hardline, pro-settler of Jewish Home. The deal collapsed over liberal support for a more moderate Ashkenazi contender, as well as opposition to anything that benefits Shas.
Today, a man named Baruch Marzel was due to supervise polling in the Islamist stronghold of Umm al-Fahm in Northern Israel. This is because every party is entitled to supervise every polling station.