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Israel election 2006

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-03-28

Israel election 2005

Israel election 2005

As Israel goes to the ballot box to vote for its next government, there is a wealth of information and resources available on the web.

From in-depth analysis of the candidates and political parties to comlive streaming of election day itself, SomethingJewish takes a look at what is available online in English from the leading Israeli media.

Ynetnews
The English language online version of Israel’s popular Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Ynetnews offers comprehensive coverage of the election including news, what each party stands for and reader feedback to comment. Well designed and easy to find what you are looking for.

Jerusalem Post
This English language newspaper offers a section on its website devoted to the election with a focus on news and analysis. Not as neatly designed as the Ynetnews coverage, so needs some time to find what you are looking for. But does offer some additional information on parties that some other sites do not cover.

Haaretz
Another Israeli-based site in English offering the usual mix of news, parties and candidates. A simple guide to the election which doesn't look as comprehensive as that being offered by Jerusalem Post or Ynetnews.  Haaretz site seems to have left out some of the parties standing for election including Green.

If you are looking to get the election results direct from Israel, then the online Israeli media should offer the best coverage of the day. But there are some downsides to the current coverage.

One annoying common feature all the above have is that they don't provide any direct links to each party after you read about them. What would have been useful is seeing a link to the party that is written about.

Official Knesset site
But while the media sites may not offer the links to the party sites, Israel's own Knesset website offers links, though to not all parties.  Its site can be found here.