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How does the election system work, who is allowed to vote, and how is the next prime minister chosen? Everything you wanted to know about the Israeli electoral system but were afraid to ask.

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Amidst the spin, the political mergers, and the many candidates vying for a spot in the next Knesset – Israel's legislature – it's easy to get lost in the details.

The Israeli electoral system is far from simple or intuitive; its structure will dictate how the elections will play out and shape the identity of the next government.

To guide you through the political forest that is the 2015 March election, Ynet has put together a simple – but thorough – explainer.

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This is an article from the Online Jewish News, issued on November 27th.

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One of Israel's top diplomats this week issued a stinging rebuke to the United Nations, accusing it of "turning truth on its head and casting morality aside".

In a barnstorming speech, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor accused the world body of "lending legitimacy to those who seek to destroy us" while highlighting the "fog that descends to cloud all logic and moral clarity" when it comes to the conflict.

Prosor's podium address came as the UN marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and follows his condemnation of the Security Council's "vow of silence" following Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel earlier this month.

You can find Ron Prosor entire speech here: Ron Prosor entire speech
As well as the video of his intervention at the United Nations : Speech video

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A Report by The International Network Against Cyber Hate (INACH) and the Ligue Internationale contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme (LICRA)
Written & edited by Floriane Hohenberg, Ronald Eissens and Suzette Bronkhorst
November 2014

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The wish of this report was to get a broad picture on what was happening coincided with the announcement by the OSCE to organize a conference about the topic where B'nai B'rith participated in Berlin last week.


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From the Times of Israel by David J. Michaels, the Director of United Nations and Intercommunal Affairs at B'nai B'rith International, which maintains full-time, accredited representation at UN bodies worldwide.

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At the United Nations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asserted last month that Israel's efforts to protect its citizens have amounted to "genocide."
He did so, in language never remotely reciprocated by Israel, despite well knowing the nature of his current partners in Hamas, which had violently ended Abbas's rule in Gaza, tossing his loyalists off buildings there.
In 1948, three years after the end of the Holocaust, two events represented a pivotal rejoinder to that most systematic of genocides. The State of Israel was founded – stemming a 2,000-year Jewish exile pervaded by persecution. And the U.N. General Assembly adopted its Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, to help ensure that no people would again be subjected to massive violence of the most unprovoked, calculated and indiscriminate kind.

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By Dave Bender from The Algemeiner

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A three-month-old baby is dead and at least seven pedestrians are hurt in Jerusalem after an Arab driver plowed into people waiting at a Light Rail station close to the National Police headquarters on Wednesday evening, officials said.
"There was a suspect vehicle that hit and struck nine people that were waiting at the train stop. As a result the suspect tried to flee the scene and was shot by police officers in the vicinity," Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Algemeiner.
Hospital officials at Hadassah Mt. Scopus announced the death of the infant, Chayah Zissel Bron, shortly after 8 p.m., after doctors tried to stabilize the unconscious child's condition, from a severe head wound in the attack.

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By Daniel S.Mariaschi from the Algemeiner

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Will the reconstruction of Gaza also mean a serious effort to prevent the re-arming of Hamas? One without the other is folly.

And yet the international donor community seems to discount the imperative of seeking the prevention of Hamas re-arming before turning over piles of cash.

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