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  • Governability for Whom?: Arab Parties and the Knessett

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 24, 2014 | 5:30 am

    Prior to the close of the Knesset's winter session, three amendments to the Basic Laws of Israel were passed by the coalition that cast doubt on the democratic functioning of the state. Each bills represented one demand from each of the three major coalition partners and were...

  • Netanyahu, coalition partner Bennett at odds over peace talks

    June 25, 2013 | 7:16 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was ready to enter serious peace negotiations with the Palestinians, while his coalition partner Naftali Bennett said a pact would lead to more violence.

    “Our fervent hope is for peace, a genuine peace that can be achieved only...

  • Reports: Netanyahu to present new government on Sunday

    March 15, 2013 | 8:21 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and potential coalition partners Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett successfully crossed the last hurdle in talks on forming a new government, which may be presented on Sunday, Israeli media reported. 

    The breakthrough in the talks, which...

  • Netanyahu threatens to turn to Charedi Orthodox parties for coalition

    March 13, 2013 | 11:12 am

    The Likud party, citing what it called "excessive demands" from Yesh Atid, threatened to launch government coalition negotiations with the Charedi Orthodox parties.

    The impasse with the Yesh Atid party prevented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from introducing his new...

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  • With time running out to form a government, Netanyahu facing tough choices

    March 5, 2013 | 9:02 am

    When he emerged bruised but unbeaten following the Jan. 22 elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced some tough choices.

    Should he aim for a narrow, right-wing governing coalition comprised of haredi Orthodox, nationalist and religious Zionist parties that would...

  • 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...

  • Analysis: Tzipi Livni faces rough road in peace push with Palestinians

    February 20, 2013 | 5:26 am

    Tzipi Livni's coalition pact with right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu speaks volumes about the obstacles ahead for the moderate former Israeli foreign minister in her new task of pursuing peace with the Palestinians.

    Expectations of a new peacemaking initiative have been raised by a...

  • Netanyahu reaches first deal on new Israel government, political source says

    February 19, 2013 | 10:48 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his first step in forming a new government on Tuesday by reaching a coalition deal with former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a political source said.

    A draft copy of a five-page coalition deal, obtained by Reuters, said the centrist...

  • Netanyahu tackles tricky coalition-building

    February 7, 2013 | 5:46 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Yair Lapid, the surprise runner-up in an election last month, to try to draw him into a broad government that could bridge Israel's religious divide.

    In the January 22 ballot, centrist candidate Lapid's rallying cry, "equal...

  • Obama’s planned visit to Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 5, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    As you’ve probably heard, President Obama will visit Israel next month, his first time as president. And for those people still upset with him for not visiting during his first term, here’s the good news: Obama’s visit is still much earlier in his second term than when George W....

  • Israeli voters force Netanyahu to seek centrist partner

    January 24, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Israel's next government must heed voters and devote itself to bread-and-butter issues, not thorny foreign policy problems such as Iran's nuclear plans and the Palestinian conflict, senior politicians said on Thursday.

    Israelis worried about housing, prices and taxes have...

  • Netanyahu announces early Israeli election

    October 9, 2012 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early national elections.

    In a news conference on Oct. 9, Netanyahu announced that elections for the 19th Knesset will be held a year early. Although a date has not yet been announced, it is expected the vote will be held in...

  • Netanyahu may dissolve parliament in mid-October, official says

    October 5, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will decide before parliament reconvenes on October 15 on whether to seek a snap election, a government official said on Friday.

    Citing growing friction among Netanyahu's allies, including disputes with Defence Minister Ehud Barak,...

  • Romney names ‘Jewish Americans’ campaign group

    August 1, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Mitt Romney launched the “Jewish Americans for Romney” coalition and continued to defend his citation of culture to explain the economic disparity between Israelis and Palestinians.

    “The Jewish community has made contributions to American society that stand in amazing disproportion...

  • Israel accuses Syria of genocide, urges intervention

    June 10, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    A senior Israeli minister on Sunday made the Jewish state’s most explicit call yet for military intervention to topple President Bashar al-Assad and accused him of committing genocide to suppress the 15-month-old uprising against his rule.

    Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz urged world...

  • Team of Rivals

    May 9, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    Stability and order, those are the pillars that enable a democratically elected politician to successfully pursue their agenda. And stability and order are exactly what Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, has guaranteed for himself and for his party by creating a new...

  • For new Israeli coalition, haredi army exemptions issue is front and center

    May 9, 2012 | 10:03 am

    Israel’s new unity government may not alter Jerusalem’s strategy for curbing Iran’s nuclear weapons program or do much to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    But it could dramatically change something at home about which a huge number of Israelis care deeply: haredi...

  • No change in White House approach to Israel following new coalition

    May 9, 2012 | 9:35 am

    The Obama administration will not change its policy approach toward Israel in light of the new government coalition, a White House spokesman said.

    “[A] new coalition government in Israel certainly will not affect our policy approach, and we continue to have very good relations with...

  • Hundreds of Israelis take to the streets to protest unity deal between Netanyahu and Mofaz

    May 8, 2012 | 6:28 pm

    Over 1,000 people demonstrated on Tuesday night near the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv against the deal struck between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz.

    The protest, which took place near where the 2011 summer protest began on Rothschild Boulevard,...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu to seek early election in 4 months

    May 6, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he supported an early general election in four months’ time, a ballot polls say could strengthen his hand as Israel confronts Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    “It is preferable to have a short election campaign of four months that will...

  • Likud moves to dissolve Knesset, eyes Sept. 4 election

    May 3, 2012 | 9:15 am

    The Likud Party, which leads the ruling coalition, has submitted a bill to dissolve the current Knesset and is pushing for new elections on Sept. 4.

    The bill joins motions by the opposition Meretz and Labor parties. Kadima said in a statement that it will support any bill to move up...

  • MK Einat Wilf outlines new Israeli contract with the Jewish world

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 12, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    Talking to a journalist before an event on Sept. 6, Einat Wilf, a Member of Knesset in Ehud Barak’s Independence Faction, trotted out an old Israeli joke.

    In Israel, Wilf said, “A third of Israelis serve in the army, a third of Israelis work, and a third of Israelis pay taxes...

  • New round of coalition strikes in Tripoli, Libya state TV says

    March 21, 2011 | 6:28 pm

    Libya state TV said a new round of strikes had begun in the capital, Tripoli, marking the third night of bombardment by the Western coalition.

    Libya’s rebels scrambled to try to exploit international strikes on Muammar Gadhafi’s forces and go on the offensive, as some of the...

  • Netanyahu Made an Offer Barak Couldn’t Refuse

    March 24, 2009 | 9:25 pm

    From Haaretz.com

    There is no debate over two of the achievements of the Labor-Likud coalition agreement that was initialed on Tuesday morning: It was reached after negotiations unprecedented in their brevity - taking less than 24 hours - and it grants Labor a scandalous package of...

  • Israel’s Labor Party Votes to Join Government Coalition

    March 24, 2009 | 5:33 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Labor Party voted to join the Likud-led coalition government, virtually guaranteeing that Benjamin Netanyahu will be Israel’s next prime minister.

    Labor chief Ehud Barak’s bid to join Netanyahu’s coalition came down to a contentious vote Tuesday night by the...

  • 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...

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