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Jan 24, 2013

Ultra-Orthodox parties in tight spot after Israel election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Powerful political players for years, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties must now reckon with a new force ushered in by voters bent on stripping them of perks they have relied on for decades.

Centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party came a surprise second in Tuesday’s parliamentary election, usurping ultra-Orthodox groups Shas and United Torah Judaism from their long-standing role of kingmakers in coalition negotiations.

Jan 23, 2013

Israeli voters give ex-TV star dazzling political role

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A former television news anchor whose new centrist party stormed to second place in Israel’s election may well be the kingmaker holding the keys to the next coalition government.

The Yesh Atid (There’s a Future) party led by Yair Lapid, 49, landed 19 seats in parliament in Tuesday’s vote, second only to the bruised victor, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose right-wing Likud-Beitenu party plummeted to 31 seats from 42.

Jan 23, 2013

From high hopes to “disaster” for new star of Israeli far-right

RAMAT GAN, Israel (Reuters) – Young religious Israelis danced under showers of confetti after exit polls showed the far-right Jewish Home party winning more seats in parliament, but their leader, high-tech millionaire Naftali Bennett, had little to smile about.

“This is a disaster,” one party activist told another as they gathered on the sidelines of the celebrations to reflect on a disappointing outcome to an election campaign in which the charismatic Bennet and his calls to annex West Bank land had generated worldwide headlines and hopes of greater power.

Jan 19, 2013

Netanyahu says Israel needs strong ruling party

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday a country with as many enemies as Israel cannot afford a weak ruling party, after polls ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary election showed a slide in his support.

Two polls on Friday showed Israel’s right-wing and religious bloc winning a slim parliamentary majority of 63 out of 120 seats, with Netanyahu’s Likud-Beitenu group on course to be the largest party in the Knesset, albeit with eroding support.

Jan 18, 2013

Netanyahu set to win Israel vote, but losing steam

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Four days before Israel’s parliamentary election, opinion polls published on Friday showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still set to win, although his support had slipped to its lowest point in the campaign so far.

Two polls showed Israel’s right-wing and religious bloc winning a slim parliamentary majority of 63 out of 120 seats, with Netanyahu’s Likud-Beitenu group on course to be the largest party in the Knesset, albeit with eroding support.

Jan 14, 2013

Settlers confident Israel will lurch rightwards in election

HEBRON, West Bank (Reuters) – Entrenched in what they view as their Biblical heartland, the hard-line Jewish settlers of Hebron look forward with delight to next week’s Israeli election.

Opinion polls forecast Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, already at odds with the world over Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, will easily win a third term in office, with coalition partners who could push him further to the right.

Jan 9, 2013

Right-wing millionaire is Israel campaign’s surprise star

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A right-wing millionaire who says a Palestinian state would be suicide for Israel has emerged as the surprise success story of the country’s election campaign.

So much so that Naftali Bennett, a former aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is said to have fallen out with his old boss, is now expected to face the Israeli leader across the cabinet table after the January 22 election.

Jan 3, 2013

Social protest leaders hope to shake up Israel ballot

TEL AVIV, Jan 3 (Reuters) – They are young and they are
driven. They got half a million Israelis out on the streets
demanding social justice. Now they want their votes.

The leaders of a grassroots social protest movement that
swept Israel in 2011 have shot to the top of a rejuvenated
Labour party that polls say will at least double its power in a
Jan. 22 general election that Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud is forecast to win.

Dec 19, 2012

Israeli PM vows to build in Jerusalem despite criticism

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday his government would press ahead with expanding Jewish settlements around Jerusalem despite Western criticism of its plan to build 6,000 more homes in territory Palestinians seek for a state.

In addition to several thousand housing units approved earlier this month, Israeli media reported that initial approval was granted on Wednesday for construction of another 3,400 units in Jerusalem and in the West Bank.

Dec 14, 2012

Israeli foreign minister quits after indictment

JERUSALEM, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Israeli Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman resigned on Friday after being charged with
fraud and breach of trust, a move that could impact on January’s
election which his party, merged with Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s Likud, was tipped to win.

Israel’s Justice Ministry said on Thursday it would charge
Lieberman over alleged irregularities tied to the promotion of
an Israeli diplomat who had leaked him privileged information
about a police probe into his activities.