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  • Does Netanyahu want an earlier than expected election?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    If you google Israel's coalition, you'll easily discover that the most common word associated with it these days is "shaky". Israel has a large yet shaky coalition. And today, as the Knesset begins a day of important discussions and votes over budgetary issues, it will look even...

  • Israel plans road construction in West Bank

    2 weeks ago

    The Israeli government has drawn up plans for some 185 miles of roads in the West Bank, largely for the benefit of Jewish settlers.

    The 44 proposed roads would connect Jewish settlements to each other and nearby Israeli cities, and their construction would require expropriating...

  • Why Israel must negotiate with Hamas

    August 6, 2014 | 9:48 am

    The following article appeared in the Italian and Israeli press, and is offered here for the first time in English.  Its author is the distinguished Novelist, Alef Bet Yehoshua, well known as well for his advocacy of peace initiatives and his argument that Israel constitutes a kind...

  • Israel’s electoral vote revision got boost from Los Angeles philanthropist

    By Tom Tugend

    March 14, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Israel’s legislators voted last week to streamline the country’s electoral and governing systems – and no one was more gratified by the news than Los Angeles entrepreneur Izak Parviz Nazarian.

    For all of Israel’s amazing achievements since independence, its citizens live within a...

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  • March 19, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 19, 2013 | 3:07 am

    The US

    Headline:  Syrian Rebels Pick U.S. Citizen to Lead Interim Government

    To Read: According to David Rothkopf, Obama's advisors are far too confident about- and therefore far too focused on- their empty symbolism and photo ops:

    The president is seen too often by those...

  • Netanyahu introduces new government during Knesset session

    March 18, 2013 | 8:48 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu introduced his new government during a Knesset plenum session.

    In presenting Israel's 33rd government, Netanyahu on Monday afternoon called on the new government to work together with the same spirit of cooperation as the last government, which...

  • Netanyahu brings new gov’t to Peres, taps Ya’alon for defense

    March 18, 2013 | 4:44 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Shimon Peres that he formed a government coalition.

    The leaders met Saturday night at the president's residence in Jerusalem, one day after Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett -- leaders of the Yesh Atid and Jewish Home parties,...

  • March 18, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 18, 2013 | 3:40 am

    The US

    Headline: '69% of Americans against US leading peace push'

    To Read:  According to Eli Lake, while Obama is going to face a lot of angry people, he does have a surprising beacon of hope in Netanyahu:

    Settlers say they will protest Obama’s address to university...

  • Mazal Tov to Lapid and Bennett and Goodbye to the Ganavim Haredim!

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    March 15, 2013 | 10:57 am

    A new Israeli Government has now been formed and this will be the first time that the religious Haredi parties will be sitting out on the sidelines and not in the Government.  No more fat men in their black coats - there are no fat lady Knesset Members in their parties because they...

  • 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...

  • Yair Lapid named as Israeli finance minister

    March 15, 2013 | 7:01 am

    A former TV anchor whose upstart political party was the biggest surprise in Israel's January election was named finance minister on Friday as a coalition deal was signed, his spokesman said.

    Yair Lapid's centrist Yesh Atid party, which champions bread-and-butter issues of the...

  • What Conclusions Might We Draw Concerning the New Israeli Government

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 14, 2013 | 8:25 am

    Days before President Obama’s visit, PM Netanyahu has managed to form a new Israeli government with 68 seats (out of 120) for a ruling majority. What does it all mean? That is the question of the hour.

    I offer a few observations and Israeli press sites that, hopefully, will not...

  • ‘Rivals’? Certainly. A ‘Team’? That’s Yet to be Determined: Notes on a New Israeli Government

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2013 | 6:47 am

    1.

    The "team of rivals" cliché is becoming common as writers around the world struggle to explain the new Israeli government, a coalition made of five parts: Likud (Netanyahu), Israel Beiteinu (Liberman), Yesh Atid (Lapid), Habait Hayehudi (Bennet), and Hatnua (Livni). The fact...

  • March 14, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 14, 2013 | 3:46 am

    The US

    Headline:  Shapiro: Obama unlikely to set Iran deadline

    To Read:  Abbas Milani criticizes some experts' tendency to over-legitimize the Iranian government and to over-emphasize its rationality:

    Two follies have long haunted American policy on Iran. Some critics and...

  • March 13, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 13, 2013 | 3:31 am

    The US

    Headline: US Arabs: Obama Blames Israeli Govt, US Congress for Lack of Peace Progress

    To Read:  Former senior military advisor Sarah Chayes qualifies Vali Nasr's high-profile provocative account of the White House foreign policy mechanism:

    Nasr is correct that...

  • Netanyahu, with team of rivals, puts together a government

    March 11, 2013 | 8:26 am

    He’s had to bite a few bullets to get there, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead Israel’s next government.

    Barring a last-minute surprise, Israel’s new governing coalition will be sworn in this week: a center-right grouping of Netanyahu’s right-wing...

  • Netanyahu sets meeting to request extension in forming government

    February 28, 2013 | 8:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Shimon Peres to request an extension in forming a government.

    Their meeting was scheduled for Saturday night at the end of Shabbat, which is the deadline for forming a government.

    Under law, Netanyahu can...

  • 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...

  • Beinart’s Crisis

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    March 23, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    Peter Beinart’s new book showcases its deepest flaw on the very first page, courtesy of his grandmother. From her home in South Africa, she says to her American grandson who is boasting about his country, “Don’t get too attached. The Jews are like rats. We leave the sinking...

  • Israel government, security services websites down in suspected cyber-attack [VIDEO]

    November 6, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Several Israeli government websites crashed on Sunday in what appeared to be a cyber-attack by hackers. The websites of the IDF, Mossad and the Shin Bet security services were among the sites that went down, as well as several government portals and ministries.

    The apparent attack...

  • Netanyahu opposes inquiry into left-wing groups

    July 15, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu said he opposes a proposal for parliamentary investigations of Israeli groups critical of the country’s policies toward the Palestinians.

    “We don’t need investigations in the Knesset,” the Israeli prime minister said Thursday night, speaking in Tel Aviv at a...

  • Israel needs regime change to insure stability

    By Parviz Nazarian

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Last month, Avigdor Liberman, Israel's minister of strategic affairs, resigned from office.

    Though this is just one news fact, it resonates with much larger implications in Israel's political, economic and security arenas, such as possibly affecting the peace process or the...

  • Barak stays after Winograd Report, Olmert survives

    By Leslie Susser

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    After the long-awaited final report of the Winograd Commission of inquiry into the Second Lebanon War was published last week, all eyes turned toward Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

    Barak, the Labor Party leader, was the one man whose withdrawal of his party from the governing...

  • Olmert won’t take the American approach to prop up Israeli governmental structure

    By Leslie Susser

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Under pressure from a key coalition partner, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has promised to pass legislation for a stronger and more stable government. But Israel will remain a parliamentary democracy and will not adopt the American-style presidential system some reformers have been...
  • New Pope Visits German Synagogue

    By Toby Axelrod

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI's visit to a German synagogue was replete with symbolism: most notably, the potential for positive relations between the country's Jewish community and a pope who served in the German army during World War II.

    For Germany's Jewish community, which has tripled to...

  • Letters

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Wrong Time

    In the middle of last Wednesday's Yom HaShoah commemoration at Pan Pacific Park, politics intruded in a place where they don't belong ("Rites Mark Shoah Camp Liberators," May 13). Mayor Jim Hahn had just finished, giving a respectful and scheduled speech to the...

  • Letters to the Editor

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Darfur Crisis

    Thank you for your coverage of the peace deal between the Sudanese government and the people of southern Sudan ("The Graves of Sudan," Nov. 26). It is a relief to finally see a possible end to Africa's longest-running civil war.

    While the signing of this peace...

  • Just One Voice

    By Rob Eshman

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's nice to honor Righteous Gentiles when they're dead. It's even nicer to acknowledge them while they're still alive.

    Which brings me to the Rev. Doug Huneke, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon, Calif.

    Over the summer, the Presbyterian Church (USA) passed a...

  • Pressuring Israel on Ethiopian Aliyah

    By Julie G Fax

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Twelve Jews died in Ethiopia this summer -- two of famine, 10 of mostly treatable medical conditions -- and Dick Giesberg wants to know what it says about the Zionist imperative when the Israeli government refuses to expedite the immigration of a suffering Jewish community.

    "I'm not...

  • Pay Attention

    By Amy Klein

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Yasser Arafat exiled. Tel Aviv striking back forcefully at Iraq against America's wishes. The expansion of settlements. The permanent reoccupation of Palestinian territories.

    If you find yourself caught unaware by any of the above scenarios occurring in the coming months, perhaps...

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