Analysis: Impact of Israel’s proportional representation system on the election result

With the dust settling on Israel’s fractious and tumultuous election for the 21st Knesset, albeit with the horse-trading of coalition building still in progress, it is valuable to examine the structure of the election and see how it influenced the result. The Israeli electorate are given the choice of a political party to vote for[…]

Analysis: Netanyahu on brink of fifth term

Benjamin Netanyahu’s hopes of entering the history books and becoming Israel’s longest serving prime minister appear close to realisation after yesterday’s general election. Netanyahu’s Likud party and Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White alliance each emerged from the closely fought contest with 35 seats. But, with counting almost complete, the prime minister looks set to[…]

Analysis: After Israel votes, will Trump finally launch his “peace plan”?

Shortly before he was inaugurated as president in January 2017, Donald Trump said of Jared Kushner: “If you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can.” Pulling off the “deal of the century” – peace between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab world – would have been a large task for anybody. But the president’s son-in-law,[…]