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  • Israel OKs call-up of additional 40,000 combat reservists

    July 8, 2014 | 8:37 am

    Israel’s Cabinet approved the call-up of as many as 40,000 additional combat reservists.

    The approval came Tuesday afternoon, hours after army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz requested the added troops with the start of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in an effort to stop a...

  • Israel’s Cabinet OKs $124 million plan to deal with illegal migrants

    November 25, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Israel’s Cabinet allocated nearly $124 million to a plan designed to have illegal African migrants return to their countries of origin.

    Most of the money allocated from the plan approved unanimously on Sunday will go toward building a new migrant detention center in southern...

  • Yachimovich ousted as head of Israeli Labor, Isaac Herzog wins

    November 22, 2013 | 10:17 am

    Israeli Labor party leader Shelly Yachimovich lost primary elections for the party leadership to Isaac Herzog.

    The 53-year-old Herzog, a veteran lawmaker, is a former Cabinet minister and high-profile lawyer, and the son of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog.

    He won 58...

  • Netanyahu offers inquiring U.N. interpreter a job in Israel

    November 18, 2013 | 10:59 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there will always be a job waiting in Israel for a U.N. interpreter caught wondering aloud at the excessive number of anti-Israel resolutions.

    Netanyahu played a video recording of the incident during Sunday’s regular Cabinet meeting and...

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  • Violence overshadows new Egyptian cabinet; seven killed

    July 16, 2013 | 7:11 am

    Seven people were killed and more than 260 wounded when Islamist supporters of Mohamed Morsi fought opponents of the deposed Egyptian president and security forces, marking a return of violence that overshadowed the naming of an interim cabinet.

    Egyptian authorities rounded up...

  • Israel’s Cabinet approves reduced defense cuts

    May 13, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Israel’s Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to moderate cuts to the defense budget as part of sweeping austerity measures.

    The Cabinet opened its 2013-14 budget talks on Monday with discussions on defense.

    Following a meeting of the security Cabinet that lasted much of...

  • Following extension to form government, Netanyahu calls for parties to unite

    March 3, 2013 | 7:12 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Israeli political parties to "come together and unite our forces," hours after being granted an extension to form a new government.

    He used the threat of Iranian nuclear weapons to illustrate why the country's politicians must...

  • Senate approves Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary

    February 28, 2013 | 5:13 am

    With a strong bipartisan majority, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jack Lew, President Obama's nominee to be Treasury Secretary.

    Lew, formerly Obama's chief of staff, was confirmed late Wednesday in a 71-26 vote, with 20 Republicans voting for him.

    Lew, an observant Jew from New...

  • Knesset approves plan to recognize Bedouin settlement

    January 28, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    Israel's Cabinet approved a plan to formalize the status of Bedouin settlement in the Negev.

    The plan recommended by outgoing Likud Minister Benny Begin would officially recognize most Bedouin settlements in southern Israel and offer compensation to those Bedouin required to move...

  • As it pummels Gaza, Israel faces a Hamas with stronger missiles and closer allies

    November 19, 2012 | 10:50 am

    In some ways, Israel’s latest confrontation with Hamas looks like past conflicts in the Gaza Strip. Operation Pillar of Defense has left some key Hamas leaders dead, depleted weapons supplies and hit more than 1,000 targets in Gaza.

    “We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and...

  • Israeli cabinet authorizes mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists

    November 16, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists late on Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time in decades.

    Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial centre, also came under rocket...

  • Report: Netanyahu to ask Cabinet to approve panel’s findings on legality of settlements

    October 17, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will ask his Cabinet to approve some of the conclusions of a report that says that West Bank settlements are legal under international law.

    A resolution to adopt some of the findings of the Levy Committee's report could come in the next...

  • German Cabinet schedules circumcision amendment

    October 5, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Germany's Cabinet has scheduled a discussion on an amendment that would formally legalize ritual circumcision but place some restrictions on who could circumcise and how.

    The discussion was set for Oct. 10, the German paper Die Welt reported. To become law, the amendment needs to...

  • Citing leak, Netanyahu disbands security cabinet meeting

    September 5, 2012 | 8:58 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disbanded a meeting of his security cabinet after information from the previous cabinet meeting was leaked to the press.

    Netanyahu ended Wednesday’s meeting early, citing a leak that led to a report in the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot...

  • Israel’s Knesset dissolved, new elections called for Sept. 4

    May 7, 2012 | 10:01 am

    Israel’s Cabinet agreed to hold early elections for the 19th Knesset on Sept. 4.

    The Cabinet on Sunday authorized the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to submit a law for Knesset approval to hold the vote on that day.

    New elections did not need to occur before October 2013, the...

  • Israel’s Cabinet approves plan to empower women

    March 12, 2012 | 12:53 am

    Israel’s Cabinet approved a plan to increase the participation of women in municipal government.

    The plan, part of the Knesset’s marking of International Women’s Day, is meant to increase the representation of women on local councils from its current 12 percent.

    The Cabinet also...

  • Bibi bypassing Cabinet on extending yeshiva students’ military service law

    January 26, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will bring a vote on extending a law that allows yeshiva students to delay their military service directly to the Knesset floor, bypassing his Cabinet.

    Netanyahu’s office said Thursday that the Cabinet will not vote on extending the Tal Law at its...

  • Israel, Hamas agree on Gilad Shalit prisoner swap

    October 11, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    Israel and Gaza’s Hamas Islamist rulers agreed on Tuesday to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who won overwhelming...

  • Our Government Is A Big Fat Waste-Monger

    By Annie Korzen

    September 28, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    I would like to suggest a new cabinet post: Secretary of Frugality. Please note that I am available for the job. Here are a few items I would deal with.

    • I volunteered to be a polls worker on Election Day, and was obliged to take a. two-hour training class.  We were each handed...

  • Argentinian Cabinet head expresses Israel support

    May 4, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    The head of the Argentina cabinet expressed support for Israel during a Holocaust Memorial Day program.

    Anibal Fernandez, one of the main spokesmen for President Cristina Fernandez, spoke Monday before a crowd of nearly 2,000 at an event in Buenos Aires organized by DAIA, the umbrella organization for Argentinian Jewish institutions.

    Fernandez cited the anthem of Jewish partisans from the Vilna ghetto during World War II in expressing his support for Israel and its right to exist.

  • Raze illegal outposts, Israeli Cabinet orders

    March 8, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Israel’s Cabinet has ordered the demolition of all illegal West Bank outposts built on private Palestinian land by the end of the year.

    Monday’s decision, echoing one announced earlier this month, comes in response to a petition submitted by Peace Now to the Supreme Court calling...

  • Senate confirms Jack Lew to OMB Cabinet post

    November 19, 2010 | 9:47 am

    The U.S. Senate confirmed Jack Lew, an Orthodox Jew, to the Cabinet level position of the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    The confirmation Thursday night means Lew will reprise the job he held late in the Clinton administration, and elevates him from his current job...

  • Jewish organizations mostly at ease with Obama appointees

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 24, 2008 | 7:49 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Barack Obama's "team of rivals" is turning into a collection well known to the Jewish community, which should comfort those who expressed apprehension about who the president-elect would appoint to his Cabinet.

    Obama is fulfilling pledges he made during a grueling...

  • ANALYSIS: Livni’s failure to build coalition could help or hurt in new elections

    By Leslie Susser

    October 27, 2008 | 5:38 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—With Israel now headed for new general elections probably some time early next year, supporters and opponents of Tzipi Livni are putting a very different gloss on her failure to form a governing coalition.

    Opponents say Livni’s inability shows she is not yet...

  • Tzipi Livni to seek new elections as coalition effort fails

    October 26, 2008 | 7:36 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Tzipi Livni has called for new general elections in Israel, saying she failed to form a coalition government.

    Livni, the foreign minister and prime minister-designate, won the Kadima Party primary in September following Ehud Olmert’s resignation. But she was unable...

  • Briefs: Kadima sends coalition plan to Labor, budget woes close colleges

    October 16, 2008 | 12:53 am

    Kadima Sends Draft Coalition Pact to Labor

    Labor would be the senior partner in a new government, according to a draft coalition agreement reportedly sent on by Kadima. Associates of Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni reportedly passed the draft agreement Sunday to the Labor Party....

  • Briefs: Peace process proceeeds, says Livni; Bush waives Palestinian aid rules

    October 10, 2008 | 12:49 am

    Livni Says Peace Process Will Move Forward

    Tzipi Livni said the peace process will move forward and that Israel will be able to face challenges better with a stable government.

    The Israeli prime minister-designate, who is working to form a new government coalition, made her first...

  • Olmert submits resignation, promises to help Livni

    September 21, 2008 | 6:48 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has submitted his letter of resignation to President Shimon Peres

    Olmert visited the president’s official residence in Jerusalem Sunday evening to deliver the letter.

    “This is not an easy decision, and I am convinced that this is a...

  • Tzipi Livni wins Kadima contest—now the real work begins

    By Leslie Susser

    September 17, 2008 | 7:35 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) - With her decisive win in the Kadima party primary on Wednesday, Tzipi Livni's next major task will be assembling a coalition government so she can become prime minister.

    Then all she'll have on her plate is figuring out how to arrest the threat to Israel from Iran,...

  • Briefs: Hamas kills off faux Mickey Mouse; Rabbi named to new British cabinet

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Click for Hamas TV
    Hamas Kills Off Its 'Mickey Mouse'

    Hamas plans to replace the Mickey Mouse look-alike that was killed off in its controversial children's program.

    Reuters this week quoted producers at Hamas' Al-Aqsa Television as saying that Farfur, which drew international...
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