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The Elections in Israel 2009

By Michal Shamir Copyright 2011
    315 Pages
    by Routledge

    316 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The elections to the 18th Knesset (legislature of Israel) were held on February 10, 2009, almost three years after the elections to the 17th Knesset and approximately twenty months before the original date set for them to be held. The elections are best understood in the context of the wars that were at each end of Ehud Olmert's government tenure, corruption scandals involving the prime minister, and the failure of Tzipi Livni, the newly elected head of the ruling center party, Kadima to form a new coalition following Olmert's resignation.

    The election campaign of 2009 began with the resignation of Ehud Olmert in the shadow of his corruption scandals and issues of integrity and clean government. This was followed by the world financial crisis, which directed attention towards the economic dimension and performance of the candidates. On the face of it, the campaign was cut short when military action began in Gaza. Still, the election was on the minds of candidates, and the question of who can best ensure security prevailed in the campaign. It becamepersonalized and focused on the candidates: the two candidates who had once headed the government and aspired to return, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, and the chairperson of Kadima, Tzipi Livni, who was running for the first time as head of a party.

    The Elections in Israel 2009 will be of particular interest to those concerned with comparative politics and elections in an open society. This volume is the latest in the series begun in 1969.

    Introduction; 1: Shifts in the Political Map: Who Won, Who Lost?; The Price of Fear: Israel Beiteinu in 2009; ‘All That Is Left’: The Demise of the Zionist Left Parties, 1992–2009; The Splintered Camp: Religious Zionist Parties in the 2009 Elections; Turning Points in Palestinian Politics in Israel: The 2009 Elections; The Losers: Who Didn’t Make It into the Knesset?; 2: Candidates; Chronicles of the Comeback that Was and the One that Almost Was; Tzip(p)ing through the Elections: Gender in the 2009 Elections; The Political Consequences of Candidate Selection to the 18th Knesset; 3: Political Communication; War on the Agenda: The Gaza Conflict and Communication in the 2009 Elections; Just Like in America: New Media in the 18th Knesset Election Campaign 1; The Election Compass: Party Profiling and Voter Attitudes


    Michal Shamir