With two months to go before Israelis go to the polls, the Labor Party opened a statistically significant lead over Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud for the first time since its mid-December alliance with Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah.
Yair Lapid is so 2013. For the 2015 elections, Israelis think they’ve found a new and improved version in Moshe Kahlon. But how closely are they looking at his record?
A major Israeli corruption scandal has struck right-winger Avigdor Lieberman. J.J. Goldberg explains why it could prove a huge — and unexpected — blow to the resurgent Labor Party.
Hours before Israel’s Knesset voted Monday evening to disperse and head to elections, Prime Minister Netanyahu asked the finance committee to approve an “emergency” $40M grant to settlements.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday fired the heads of the two center-left parties in his coalition, finance minister Yair Lapid and justice minister Tzipi Livni. He’s expected to address the media at 10:10 p.m. Israel time (3:10 Eastern) to discuss the political situation.
The Netanyahu government’s most left-wing member, environmental defense minister Amir Peretz, quit the cabinet on Sunday and declared war on the prime minister, vowing to work for a new government committed to peace and economic justice. Peretz, a onetime Labor Party chairman and defense minister, is a member of Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah party.
In a scarcely noticed series of political maneuvers, Bibi Netanyahu’s Likud party lost its primacy as the largest party in the Knesset last Wednesday. It’s now equal in size to Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party at 19 seats each. Moreover, don’t be surprised if the prime minister finds himself dropping to 18 in the fall. I don’t know how, but I’ll bet Avigdor Liberman does.
Avigdor Liberman, Bibi Netanyahu’s foreign minister and perennial rival, has ended his alliance with the Likud over his spurned demands for harsher strikes on Hamas.
Israel gave the world an unusually raw look at its internal divisions this week as a high-profile security conference turned into a pitched battle over the most basic of issues.
Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said his Yesh Atid party will topple Israel’s governing coalition should it move to annex any Israeli West Bank settlements.