Sunday, Feb. 8 update: This race is so tight, most observers think it is too close to call, although predictions are that nationalist party, Israel Beitenu (“Israel Is Our Home”), led by Avigdor Lieberman, will be the surprise of the elections and might even finish second in the polling.
Israel elects a new national government on Tuesday, March 10. It’s the first election since 2006, in the weeks after the shock of the debilitating stroke of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (refua shlaima). At the moment – and both polls and facts change rapidly here – Benjamin Netanyahu seems poised to return to the Prime Minister’s office after an absence of nearly a decade.
Donniel Hartman is traveling in America, but he plans to send us a new blog commentary on the elections shortly after the voting concludes. Also new on Sunday: Rabbi Dr. Ariel Picard, director of the Hartman Institute’s Center for Education, and a prime mover in the new Green Movement-Meimad Party, also promises to give us some exclusive commentary, win, lose, or draw. I’ll let you all know when it comes online.