October 2012 Archives
Communists, Kahanists, annexationists, Hasidic rabbis and the social protest movement -- the race for seats in the next parliament features colorful figures from across the ideological spectrum
More than a dozen different factions sat in the 18th Knesset, which dissolved itself early Tuesday morning, and a few new parties are expected to join the 19th Knesset, which the Israeli people will elect on January 22, 2013. America somehow gets by with two political parties for its 300 million-strong population. We fewer than eight million Israelites, with our over-abundance of political democracy, evidently need dozens of choices.
It's been nearly four years since the last elections (which took place on February 10, 2009), when dozens of parties competed for the 120 seats -- including rank no-hopers like the taxi drivers' party, the battered husbands' party, and the combined legalize marijuana/Holocaust survivors' party (really). This time, one or more convicted criminals are planning comebacks, established parties are coping with new challenges (Labor after Ehud Barak's breakaway, Kadima after its voters' breakaway...), several new parties have been founded, and more are doubtless on the way.
If the center and the left together could garner 61 seats, it would deprive Netanyahu of the ability to form a majority government.
A new centrist party formed by Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid would win more seats in the next Knesset than the Likud, according to a new Haaretz poll. Were such a party to be formed, it would grab 25 seats, compared to Likud's 24. However, the survey also indicates that, whatever its composition, a right-wing bloc would not lose its Knesset majority.
Washington, DC - Americans for Peace Now (APN) joins its Israeli sister organization, Peace Now, in condemning two recent moves by the Israeli government in East Jerusalem that could severely complicate efforts to reach a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. APN's President and CEO Debra DeLee called the moves "provocative and irresponsible."
First, on Monday, November 12, 2012, at Noon at The Standard Club in Chicago, Illinois, Hagit will receive the Ethel and Philip Klutznick Prophet of Peace Award.
Then on Thursday, November 15, 2012, she will be the speaker at the APN's Professor Gerald B. Bubis Lecture at Valley Beth Shalom Congregation in Encino, California.