Web sites help Israelis choose in the 2009 election


Everyone, it seems, wants to help Israelis – especially English-speaking ones – decide how to vote in the February election.


  • Israel Votes 2009, a Web site designed to educate visitors about Israel’s democracy, says participating in virtual elections on its site "is an affirmation of the democratic values upon which the State of Israel was founded."
  • Israelis can find out which party they are most likely to identify with by answering a plethora of questions from Election Compass, a Ynet-Israel Democracy Institute project to help guide Israelis’ ballot decisions. 
  • The Jerusalem Post’s Election 2009 section has links to its daily election coverage, as well as biographies of the candidates, an election survey, information on the parties and a Q&A section. 
  • The Green Movement-Meimad Web site has been translated into English, Russian and Arabic. Smaller parties have to reach out to everyone.
  • Menassat, a Web site focusing on news, trends and events concerning the media in the 22-member states of the Arab League, says that the Gaza operation was the "Israeli political parties’ attempt at imposing their own political vision on the ground."
  • Three left-wing Zionist parties — Labor, Hatnua Hahadasha-Meretz and Yisrael Hazaka — restarted their election campaigns with new slogans, ad campaigns and public meetings, the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday. 
  • Kadima ministers and lawmakers are already lamenting in private that they would have had a much better chance of winning if Tzipi Livni had not won the race for party leader, the Post reports, as the gap between the Likud and Kadima parties continues to grow.  
  • A Channel 2 election poll, reported in Ha’aretz, finds that the Likud has opened an eight-seat lead over Kadima.