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  • Herzog accuses Netanyahu of interfering in U.S. election

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    November 7, 2016 | 10:42 am

    Israel’s opposition leader, Knesset Member Isaac Herzog, on Monday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to disavow his wealthy allies who are supporting Donald Trump for president if he claims impartiality.

    “Recently there have again been reports of Israeli leaders...

  • Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog freezes unity government talks

    May 18, 2016 | 2:27 pm

    The opposition leader in Israel said he has frozen talks about joining the government coalition.

    Isaac Herzog, who heads the left-wing Zionist Union party, said Wednesday he would halt the talks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set up a meeting with Avigdor Lieberman, head...

  • The most controversial appointment of a minister in Israel’s history

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 18, 2016 | 12:14 pm


    Much is still in flux in Israel, as the political system is going through an earthquake.  After several days in which Israel was waiting to see if the Labor Party, headed by Isaac Herzog, is serious about joining the right wing coalition of Benjamin Netanyahu – the tables were...

  • Opposition leader Isaac Herzog questioned by police fraud unit

    April 18, 2016 | 9:39 am

    Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog was questioned for six hours on Sunday by investigators from the police fraud unit.

    Herzog, who heads the Zionist Union camp, was questioned over suspicions that he received illegal contributions and failed to report donations during his...

  • Charedi Knesset member’s slandering of Reform Jews ignites backlash from fellow members

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 24, 2016 | 1:45 pm

    Charedi MK Israel Eichler’s comparison on Feb. 23 of Reform Jews to mentally ill patients diminishes not only Reform Judaism, but all who suffer mental illness and who struggle with disabilities of all kinds.

    The best response is to quote from the Knesset members representing...

  • Netanyahu, Herzog present divergent views of Israeli-Palestinian future

    February 18, 2016 | 8:33 am

    Speaking to a delegation of American Jewish leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset opposition leader Isaac Herzog struck divergent tones on the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations.

    Netanyahu suggested that a resolution to the conflict may come only...

  • Labor Party approves Isaac Herzog’s plan for West Bank withdrawal

    February 8, 2016 | 10:16 am

    Israel’s Labor Party unanimously approved a plan presented by its leader, Isaac Herzog, that would promote a two-state solution through unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank.

    The plan was approved on Sunday during a party convention. Party members also voted to postpone until...

  • Israel’s opposition leader presents West Bank pullout plan to Kerry

    February 4, 2016 | 2:47 pm

    Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog presented U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with a plan for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank.

    “Israels are killed in the streets and the world advances surreal initiatives and boycotts,” Herzog said in a statement Wednesday....

  • Israel’s opposition leader presents West Bank pullout plan to Kerry

    February 3, 2016 | 1:22 pm

    Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog presented U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with a plan for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank.

    “Israels are killed in the streets and the world advances surreal initiatives and boycotts,” Herzog said in a statement Wednesday....

  • Is any leader good enough for Israel’s center-left?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 21, 2016 | 4:57 am

    Last week I asked here Where is the Next Netanyahu?

    It appears that the opposition will have a tough time beating Netanyahu. Maybe it lacks the right candidate, but it is more likely that it lacks the right worldview. Netanyahu keeps winning, among other things, because the...

  • Isaac Herzog wants ‘NATO-like’ alliance of Israel and moderate Arab states

    November 12, 2015 | 3:58 pm

    In the mind of Israel’s opposition leader, Labor Party chief Isaac Herzog, the array of threats in the Middle East these days present Israel with a historic opportunity.

    Yes, Palestinians are stabbing Israelis daily. Yes, Israel arguably has its most right-wing government since...

  • Israeli opposition chief to US Jewish leaders: ‘Open and frank partnership’ vital

    November 10, 2015 | 10:20 am

    Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog told a gathering of North American Jewish leaders that his vision of Israel includes a place where all Jews can pursue and practice Judaism the way they want.

    Speaking Monday night at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of...

  • Israel’s opposition leader: Unity against terrorism no reason to join gov’t

    October 12, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    The leader of the opposition in Israel said that it will not join the government to show unity during the current security crisis.

    “We are all united in the fight against terrorism, but that is not a reason to join a failing government,” Zionist Union head Isaac Herzog said...

  • Kerry meets Israeli opposition leader Herzog in London

    September 18, 2015 | 10:47 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry met briefly with Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog in London on Friday where they discussed crises in the Middle East, the Iran nuclear agreement, and current tensions in Jerusalem.

    Kerry is in London for talks with British and other officials...

  • Chessmasters: Israel and the Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    July 22, 2015 | 10:39 am

    Critics of the Iran deal unfailingly say that the American negotiators, including President Barack Obama, were no match for their wily Iranian counterparts.

    The Persians, they remind us, excel at the culture of the bazaar. The Persians, they point out, invented the game of chess....

  • Netanyahu receives two-week extension to form government

    April 20, 2015 | 11:45 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have two more weeks to form a new government after he asked Israel's president on Monday to extend a 28-day period to form a coalition following his election victory.

    Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party came out on top in the March 17...

  • Netanyahu, Herzog hold secret meeting over unity government

    April 14, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly with opposition leader Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union, according to an Israeli news report.

    The meeting took place a few days ago, Israeli journalist Ayala Hasson of Israel’s Channel 1 reported Monday. No official coalition talks...

  • Israel’s Arab Spring

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2015 | 2:49 pm

    What made this election different from all other elections? The Arab vote.

    As the polls closed Tuesday on Israel’s national election, one of the most striking stories was how Israeli Arabs broke a pattern of disengagement from the electoral process and voted en masse.


  • U.S. rebukes Israel’s victorious Netanyahu on Mideast policy

    March 18, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    The White House on Wednesday scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his re-election victory for abandoning his commitment to negotiate for a Palestinian state and for what it called "divisive" campaign rhetoric toward Israel’s minority Arab voters.

    Even as...

  • Polls get it wrong as Netanyahu wins big

    March 18, 2015 | 10:19 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Israelis went to sleep believing that the two largest parties – the Likud of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Zionist Union headed by Isaac Herzog – had each received 27 seats in the Israeli Knesset, and Israel’s...

  • The morning after the elections: Things that I need to take back

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 17, 2015 | 9:48 pm

    1. Unity? I don’t think so

    Yesterday evening, when the exit polls showed a tie (or a near tie) and a possible Netanyahu coalition of 63 or 64 seats – that is to say, a very narrow coalition – one could still see a path to a unity coalition. Today, with the results showing a much...

  • 5 notable takeways from the Israeli election

    March 17, 2015 | 6:12 pm

    In the United States, the magic number on Election Day is 270, the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. In Israel, it’s 61, the number of seats needed to capture a majority in the 120-seat Knesset — and with it, the premiership.

    With Prime Minister...

  • Netanyahu calls for forming rightist government without delay

    March 17, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming victory for his Likud party in a close-call election on Tuesday, said he had invited other rightist politicians to join him in a coalition government "without delay."

    "Reality does not take a break," Netanyahu said in a speech to supporters after two television exit polls gave Likud a narrow lead over his centre-left challenger in the ballot.

  • Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election after hard right shift

    March 17, 2015 | 3:34 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's election on Tuesday after exit polls showed he had erased his centre-left rivals' lead with a hard rightward shift that saw him disavow a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state.

    Difficult coalition talks still lie...

  • A day at the polls in Tel Aviv

    By Simone Wilson

    March 17, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    Election Day is always a national holiday in Israel. School and work are canceled; cafes, sidewalks and shopping centers bust at the seams. But this year, unlike most years, there was something extra to celebrate: The election results expected to stream in between 10 p.m. and...

  • Election 2015: Winners, losers and Israel’s next coalition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 17, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    Note to readers: The following post is based on Israel’s exit polls. The final outcome is different. So we advise you to also read my later post: The morning after the elections: Things that I need to take back.

    Election night is not a night for great themes, it is a night for a...

  • Netanyahu and center-left opposition virtually tied in exit polls

    March 17, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed a gap with center-left rival Isaac Herzog in a hard-fought Israeli election on Tuesday, exit polls showed, leaving both men with a chance to rule but Netanyahu with the clearer path to forming a coalition.

    A new centrist party, Kulanu, led...

  • L.A.’s financial support of Israel’s election

    By Jared Sichel

    March 16, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    The Los Angeles dollars—or shekels—spent may not have approached the amount Hollywood throws around for U.S. elections, but Jews in Los Angeles nevertheless managed to funnel about $175,000 into Israel’s party primaries this election cycle.

    Israel’s primaries ended in January...

  • Livni says she’ll forgo being prime minister should Zionist Union win

    March 16, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    Israeli politician Tzipi Livni said she will forgo the opportunity to take the prime minister position in two years should her Zionist Union slate prevail in the elections.

    Livni made the announcement on Monday night, less than a day before Israelis vote for a new national...

  • Netanyahu vows to stop ‘Palestinian continuity’ toward Jerusalem

    March 16, 2015 | 12:27 pm

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Har Homa, Jerusalem – Standing on an apartment balcony beneath an olive tree overlooking the green hills between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a hastily convened news conference in this...

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