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Seven Post-election Scenarios: What Could Happen After Israel Votes?

Seven Post-election Scenarios: What Could Happen After Israel Votes?

The poll blackout since Friday evening means that for the last four days of the Israeli election polls, aside from rumors regarding the parties' own internal polling, we have little indication of the final and crucial voting trends. In the absence of information, we can only go on the current polls, which – perhaps unsurprisingly – are pretty uniform and on the kind of known unknowns that we can try to foresee based on previous elections.

As the voting ends at 10 P.M. on Tuesday, the three main television channels will broadcast their exit-polls. These are usually quite accurate, and are swiftly updated with results coming in from districts which have finished their count. The picture may be quite clear by midnight; but if the gap between the two largest parties (Likud and Zionist Union) is close, and if any of the smaller parties are hovering around the electoral threshold, it may take a couple of days before the soldiers’ votes are in before we know for certain. And then of course, there will be long weeks of meetings at the president's residence and coalition horse-trading.

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Peres: Netanyahu was never sincere about making peace

Peres: Netanyahu was never sincere about making peace

Over a seven-decade career in politics, Shimon Peres has helped guide Israel through wars and existential threats. But now, with the country embroiled in a new wave of violence, the 92-year-old elder statesman worries that if its leaders do not get serious about pursuing peace with the Palestinians, it will be in an eternal state of war and will risk losing its Jewish majority.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Peres said that Netanyahu’s peace overtures have never “escaped the domain of talking.

“A politician and a government should be judged by one way only, on the record of what you do or did, not on what you say,” he said.

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Netanyahu to receive conservative think tank’s award on day he meets Obama

Netanyahu to receive conservative think tank’s award on day he meets Obama

ed note–in the unlikely event that readers of this website were unaware, AEI is every bit as much a subversive, 5th column organization dedicated to feeding Israel’s maniacal thirst for war and power as is AIPAC, ADL, WJC, etc. During better days in America’s history, every one of the individuals associated with this ‘stinktank’ would have been brought up on charges of espionage, and upon conviction, shot for their crimes.
 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will receive an award from a conservative think tank on the same day that he meets with President Barack Obama.

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Amos Oz, BDS’s man of the year

Amos Oz, BDS's man of the year

Amos Oz will win the BDS campaign's man of the year award. It's strange, because the Israeli author is against the BDS movement. But he recently announced that he would boycott state-sponsored events around the world.

There is nothing original about this move. Oz is joining a new trend of a small and noisy minority among US Jews: We love Israel, we are Zionist, but we are basically joining the boycott against Israel. It's true that the leaders of the boycott campaign are against peace, it's true that they are against two states, it's true that they object to the actual existence of the State of Israel, it’s true that they mainly identify with Hamas - but does that really matter? Intellectuals, as much as others, must join trends. Now Oz is one of them, and it's sad.

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Desperate Irish Famine refugees caused a crime wave in New York City, stats show

Desperate Irish Famine refugees caused a crime wave in New York City, stats show

The Irish famine led to a massive influx of Irish immigrants to New York during the late 1840s and 1850s. As the downtrodden Irish escaped the famine in their home country, however, they came to a place where life was just as tough. Disembarking from coffin ships, Irish newcomers were greeted with a new life of hardship, slums and tough, endless labor.

The Irish quickly made a name for themselves and not always for the right reasons. Cash-strapped and fleeing their country after years of hunger, it appears that some of the Irish in New York turned to crime and violence while women engaged in prostitution to earn money. By the 1850s, over half of those arrested in the city were Irish-born and a staggering percentage of those arrested for being drunk and disorderly also hailed from the Emerald Isle.

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Ethiopian Israelis earn less and divorce more

Ethiopian Israelis earn less and divorce more

The divorce rate among Ethiopian-Israelis is significantly higher than among the rest of the population, according to data published on Monday by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The release of the data coincides with the Ethiopian-Jewish holiday of Sigd.

The statistics show that in 2013, 15 out of every 1,000 marriages in the Ethiopian community ended in divorce, compared to 10 out of every 1,000 among the rest of the Jewish population.

The economic sector also reveals inequalities. According to the CBS statistics, the average Ethiopian-Israeli household spends 10,075 NIS per month compared to 15,053 NIS per month among all households – an additional 33 percent.

Furthermore, the average Ethiopian-Israeli household brings in 11,496 NIS per month, substantially less than the 18,329 per month average among the rest of the population. This is despite the fact that on average, 1.8 members of an Ethiopian-Israeli household are wage-earners, compared with 1.5 per household among the rest of the population.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Has Totally Outmaneuvered President Obama: Mark Bruzonsky

Benjamin Netanyahu Has Totally Outmaneuvered President Obama: Mark Bruzonsky

To the veteran American journalist Mark Bruzonsky, the announcement by the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute that the 2015 Irving Kristol Award will be presented to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is no surprise.
    
Mr. Bruzonsky believes the AEI has made the decision to grant the important award to the Israeli PM in order to enable him to get as much as he can from the American society, including money, arms, political support and backing at the United Nations.

Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting Washington today, and after a ceremony at the American Enterprise Institute, will go to the White House to confer with President Barack Obama. This is the first encounter between the US and Israeli leaders since the comprehensive agreement over Iran’s nuclear program was concluded, a deal that embittered the relations between Washington and Tel Aviv and nearly pitted Obama and Netanyahu against each other.

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