The 2006 elections constitute a major redrawing of the political map in Israel due to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's exit from the Likud party and his creation of a new centre party, Kadima. Following Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, Sharon formed Kadima taking many former Likud MKs, and prominent members of the Labour party with him.
Focusing particularly on the various political parties, the election campaign in the media and the main issues at stake in the election including: foreign and defence policies, social and economic issues, as well as, the issue of corruption, this book examines the impact of this reorganization of the political map. The impact of events in the Palestinian Authority and other external factors are also discussed, as well as the challenges for the new government, in the wake of the election results.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Israel Affairs.
Bar-Ilan University, Israel Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Israel
Introductory Essay 1. A Pre-Campaign Survey Participants/Actors 2. Kadima and the Centre 3. The Likud 4. Labour and the Left 5. NRP & Religious Zionism 6. The Russian Olim 7. The Arab Sector 8. The Far Right & SHAS The External Dimension 9. Peace & Security 10. External Powers Influence 11. The Diaspora Issues 12. Economic & Social Issues 13. The Media 14. Corruption 15. Electoral Reform