Israeli Political System
(New York Times, Rula Jebreal, Op-Ed, 10/27/14): Religious Zionist and ultra-Orthodox parties occupy 30 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, and are part of the coalition government.
(Online as of 10/27/14): An earlier version of this article misstated the composition of Israels coalition government. It includes religious Zionist and right-wing nationalist parties, but not ultra-Orthodox parties.
(Haaretz, headline, 5/5/14): Netanyahu: Israel is home of one people -- the Jewish people
(5/8/14): The headline of an article by Barak Ravid ("Netanyahu: Israel is home to one people -- Jewish," [sic] May 5), incorrectly translated the prime minister's comments at the weekly cabinet meeting. Netanyahu said that Israel "is the nation-state of one people -- the Jewish people," as the body of the article accurately reported.
(Wall Street Journal, Charles Levinson, 2/6/09): Ms. Livni said in December that if elected she would tell Israel's Arab citizens "your national aspirations lie elsewhere," comments widely interpreted as an endorsement of Mr. Lieberman's plan to transfer Israel's Arabs to Palestinian control.
(2/27/09): Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said she didn't support forcing Israel Arabs to be transferred to Palestinian control when she said in December that their "national aspirations lie elsewhere." A Feb. 6 World News article said the comment was widely interpreted as endorsing such a policy, but didn't include Ms. Livni's subsequent clarification.
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Craig Nelson, 11/22/05): ... the Labor Party's platform flatly rejects "the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan River."
(12/2/05): A Nov. 22 front-page article about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to form a new political movement contained an incorrect reference to Sharon's current party, Likud. It should have said the Likud Party's platform flatly rejects "the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan River."
(Chicago Tribune, graphic in the opinions section, 4/20/03): ISRAEL: Constitutional monarchy
(4/22/03): There were also several mistakes in a graphic on Page 3 of Perspective. Israel was mistakenly referred to as a "constitutional monarchy"; it is a parliamentary democracy.
(Boston Globe, Patrick Healy, 1/29/03): With Sharon’s Likud party coasting to victory, several Palestinians living in Jerusalem–and barred from voting because of citizenship laws–said that the only assured result of yesterday’s election would be more bloodshed.
(2/4/03): Clarification: A Jan. 29 story on the World pages about the Israeli elections was unclear on the voting rights of Palestinians living in Jerusalem. Palestinians living there can seek Israeli citizenship and, if they obtain it, can vote in Israeli elections. If they do not become citizens, they can still vote in municipal elections.
(New York Times, John Burns, 8/25/00): The surprise, and uncertainty about Barak’s motives, were all the greater for the fact that it was only 15 months ago that he won a landslide victory in Israel’s first direct election contest for the post of prime minister.
(8/26/00): A front-page article yesterday about a coalition proposal by Prime Minister Ehud Barak of Israel referred incorrectly to the history of direct elections for his office. The 1996 election, won by Benjamin Netanyahu, was the first in which Israelis voted directly for prime minister. The election won by Mr. Barak last year was the second.
(Boston Globe, Lee Hockstader, 6/8/00): But yesterday’s vote sets the stage for political jockeying that could reshape the government or permanently deprive Barak of his parliamentary majority. Barak himself would not face the voters.
(6/10/00): Because of an editing error, a story Thursday on Israeli politics incorrectly described the impact on Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s status if Parliament passes legislation mandating early elections. Barak would have to run for reelection because the prime minister’s term corresponds to the Parliament’s.