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Sep 25, 2019, 7:31 AM
How Bibi Survives
As results of last week’s election came in, analysts across the political spectrum were quick to eulogize prime minister Netanyahu. A week later, it appears reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. Netanyahu remains a shrewd politician. He will try...
Sep 23, 2019, 6:32 AM
If Gantz wants to be Prime Minister, Bibi must try first
After a fraught election campaign, President Rivlin is meeting party leaders to consult on who should form a government. The Arab-majority Joint List made history today by recommending Gantz to form the government. This is the first time since 1992...
Feb 19, 2019, 12:56 PM
A Eulogy to Livni and Idealist Politics
One of my positions in the 2008 Kadima leadership elections was leading the ‘Undecided Voters Division’ for Tzipi Livni. I oversaw 200 volunteers who manned phone banks to map out the party electorate. We would note who the undecided...
Mar 17, 2015, 10:06 AM
How the Israeli Elections Work (in excruciating detail)
Welcome to Election Day 2015! As you’re reading this, the 5,881,696 eligible voters in Israel are enjoying the beautiful weather on their free day and wondering whether there’s a point in dragging themselves to stand in line for one...
Mar 16, 2015, 9:51 PM
The Right Can’t Keep its Promises on Palestine
Prime Minister Netanyahu was very clear today: “If I’m elected there will be no Palestinian state”. This bold claim should be seen in context of the last few days: trailing to Isaac Herzog in the polls for tomorrow’s election,...
Mar 15, 2015, 12:57 PM
The Arabs are voting! This is… bad?
According to Prime Minister Netanyahu, I’m a member of the extreme left in Israel. You can imagine this comes as a bit of a shock to someone whose economics are largely inspired by Friedman and Thatcher. As someone who...
Alon van Dam is a Dutch-Israeli political analyst and journalist featured in Haaretz, Metro, NRC and other leading newspapers. A seasoned political campaigner, Alon was Head of Online Strategy for Kadima during the 2009 national elections.