1st Edition

The Elections in Israel 2006

By Michal Shamir Copyright 2008
    337 Pages
    by Routledge

    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    Several dramatic events preceded the elections to the Seventeenth Knesset on March 28, 2006, beginning with the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in August 2005 and its attendant and unprecedented removal of Jewish settlements and settlers, followed by major shifts among and within the various political parties. Most dramatic was the split in Likud when Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to form a new party, Kadima, leading to the breakup of the Likud party that Sharon had formed in 1973. This volume charts the 2006 elections.

    Introduction Part 1: Voting Behavior. Kadima—Forward in a Dealigned Party System. Coalition Considerations and the Vote Part 2: Parties and Groups. Shas’ Transformation to “Likud with Kippa?” A Comparative Assessment of the Moderation of Religious Parties. The Immigration from the Former Soviet Union and the Elections in Israel, 1992–2006: Is a “Third Israel” Being Created? 1990s Immigrants from the FSU in Israeli Elections 2006: The Fulfillment of the Political Dreams of Post-Soviet Man? The Arab Minority in Israel and the Seventeenth Knesset Elections: The Beginning of a New Era? Philosophical Dimensions of Public Policy Part 3: The Politics of the Elections. Candidate Selection in Israel: Between the One, the Few, and the Many Party Strategy in the 2006 Elections: Kadima, Likud, and Labor Patronage and the 2006 Elections Part 4: Political Communication. Media Coverage of the 2006 Campaign: The Needs and Attitudes of the Public vis-à-vis the Functioning of the News Media The Internet Race: Parties and the Online Campaign in the 2006 Elections


    Michal Shamir