In brief: Pull out of race or you’ll help Bibi, ex-army commanders urge Gantz

A group of 130 former army commanders and senior officials in the secret services and intelligence community publicly called for Benny Gantz to pull out of next month’s general election – or risk helping Benjamin Netanyahu remain in power. Gantz, a former IDF commander, currently serves as defence minister in a unity government formed with[…]

In Brief: Public approval of covid response rises but anti-Bibi bloc ekes out majority

A left-right coalition of parties opposed to Benjamin Netanyahu remaining as prime minister has eked out a narrow one-seat majority in the latest Channel 12 poll. The survey also showed voter approval of the government’s handling of the covid pandemic rising as over four million Israelis received at least one shot of the vaccine. The poll indicated that Netanyahu’s Likud party will take first[…]

Upcoming Webinar – Israel’s fourth election in two years: A discussion with David Horovitz

  Labour Friends of Israel are delighted to be hosting a webinar on the upcoming Israeli election with David Horovitz, founding editor of the Times of Israel, on Wednesday 10 March 7:00-8:00pm. On March 23 Israelis will head to the polls for their fourth general election in less than two years. With big issues from the[…]

In Brief: Netanyahu enters not guilty plea as corruption case resumes

Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in Jerusalem’s District Court to formally enter a plea of not guilty as his trial on corruption charges resumed this week. The prime minister is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases. He is the first serving Israeli prime minister to go on trial. Netanyahu, who was greeted[…]

In brief: Labor climbs in polls as members pick party slate for March elections

The Labor party, which appeared to be facing electoral catastrophe just weeks ago, is rising sharply in the polls in a boost to new leader Merav Michaeli. A Channel 13 survey released yesterday showed the party winning eight seats in March’s general election, with Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents ekeing out a Knesset majority. It is the latest survey to show Labor, which polls over the[…]

In Brief: Israeli-Arab Joint List close to collapse as talks falter ahead of deadline

The future of the Joint List – an alliance of Israeli-Arab parties which emerged as the third strongest force in the Knesset at last year’s general election – appears to be in increasing jeopardy as talks aimed at preventing its collapse faltered on Sunday. The dispute within the alliance – which includes communists, Islamists and Arab nationalists – revolves around relations[…]

In Brief: Outgoing Labor leader Amir Peretz won’t stand in new Israeli elections

The outgoing Labor leader Amir Peretz announced today that he won’t stand in the Israeli general election scheduled for 23 March. Peretz announced he was quitting as Labor leader shortly after new Knesset elections were triggered last month following the government’s failure to pass an annual budget. Peretz controversially broke a pledge last spring not[…]