January 23, 2013

Likud Backers Not Comforted by Bibi Win

Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel

AP Photo

The disappointment was already palpable long before they announced the disheartening results. At the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, in the hall where Likud and Yisrael Beytenu supporters had gathered to celebrate what was to be a grand election victory, young party members were beating on drums and singing that “the most important thing” was not to be afraid. But after several exit polls that were leaked in the course of the evening predicted a bitterly disappointing result for the joint list of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ex-foreign minister Avigdor Liberman, no one in the nearly empty hall could really hide their frustration. They tried, but fared fairly poorly.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Likud


January 19, 2013
Hard Right Is Israel's New Normal
Paddy Smyth, Irish Times
There seems little doubt that prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu will win Tuesday’s Israeli general election comfortably, a prospect that bodes ill for the resumption of any peace process. Polls suggest his party,... more ››
January 21, 2013
Did Likud Get Lost in Its Own Fog?
Ed Rettig, Times of Israel
Though it is poised to remain the largest party in the Knesset and Benjamin Netanyahu will almost certainly have the first crack at forming the next coalition, this election season has been unkind to the Likud party. more ››
January 22, 2013
Will Shimon Peres Play Kingmaker?
Haviv Rettig Gur, Times of Israel
It’s not clear that the “rightward surge” predicted in many media outlets is actually taking place. Rather, the new Knesset indicated by polls may resemble the classic Israeli right-left divide before the political upset of... more ››
January 22, 2013
Finally, an Israeli Vote on Domestic Issues
Amotz Asa-El, J'lem Post
Today's election is historic. Not because of the winner's identity, where no one expects surprises, and not because of a new idea, which no candidate has introduced, and not even because of the many new faces -- an unprecedented... more ››
January 21, 2013
Israel's 2 Tribes: Which Will Bibi Choose?
Alan Johnson, New Statesman
Could the Israeli prime minister be tempted to turn away from the far right and look left? Unlikely but not impossible. more ››