The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
As a parliamentary democracy, Israel is slated to have elections every four years, but they can be held earlier if the governing coalition dissolves. Few governing coalitions last the full four years, but even so, it was a bit of a surprise when Prime Minister Netanyahu called for elections last month, less than two years after the last election. Elections will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, and with such little time between now and then, it seems like every day is chock full of new developments that will shape the elections.
Amongst the most important ones:
It’s a dizzying array of stories and events, but the gist of the election is simple enough: the election will likely produce either a right-wing government, headed again by current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, or a center-left government headed by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni. Some are viewing the elections as a stark choice between on the one hand an Israeli government that will be hostile to Palestinian interests and supportive of annexing parts of the West Bank, and on the other a government willing to engage in meaningful peace negotiations with Palestinians. Yet others doubt that much will change either way.
Only time will tell who will win the election, but in the mean time you can read about new developments that ARZA is following. And if you’re more of a Nate Silver-type interested in polling analysis, you can also check out J Street’s new election information website and the blog of one of Israel’s leading political analysts.