Netanyahu’s latest electoral gamble may backfire

By:Jonathan Eyal The date has been set for Israel’s fourth general election in a decade: March 17, 2015. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims the ballot will be about principles, about the “very survival of Israel in its current shape”; in fact, the upcoming election is merely a referendum on his continued rule. And while all […]

Israeli coalition collapses as Netanyahu fires key ministers

Less than two years into office, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government collapsed Tuesday as he fired two ministers who lead key parties in his ruling coalition. Ending a protracted political crisis and speculation about early elections, Netanyahu dismissed Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid, who have repeatedly challenged his leadership. “I will […]

Egypt: Opposition warns elections may fuel tensions

An Egyptian opposition leader is warning the president’s call for parliamentary elections in April will only inflame the country’s political tensions. Mohamed ElBaradei, who leads the main opposition National Salvation Front, wrote on his Twitter account Friday that President Mohammed Morsi’s “decision to go for parliamentary elections amidst severe societal polarization and eroding state authority […]

Anastasiades wins Cyprus presidential vote

Right-wing leader Nicos Anastasiades has won the presidential election in Cyprus with 51 per cent of the vote, exit polls show. The polls gave 66-year-old Disy party leader Anastasiades 51.1 per cent, well ahead of main challenger Stavros Malas, 45, a British-educated independent backed by the AKEL communist party, who won 27.3  %.

Israeli exit polls: Netanyahu did far worse than expected

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu performed far worse than expected in Israel’s national elections on Tuesday, according to exit polls, and while he remained likely to serve a third term, a surprise surge by a new centrist party indicated that he would be under pressure to form a more moderate governing coalition.