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  • Probing Netanyahu, or overthrowing him by undemocratic means?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 11, 2016 | 3:42 am

    What does “preliminary examination” mean? The many reporters, politicians, pundits, and activists that are trying to uncover the truth and separate fact from fiction are mostly in the dark. What they know for certain is only this: Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, a...

  • Yes, Netanyahu’s days are ‘numbered’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2016 | 4:04 am

    I would not take former Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s recent promise that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s days in office “are numbered” too seriously. Barak himself does not take it quite seriously: “If it takes months or years, they are numbered,” he said. Well – isn’t that obvious?...

  • Bibi’s week: Between peace and the police

    June 7, 2016 | 9:39 am

    In the winter of 2004, the Israeli Knesset witnessed the birth of one of Israeli politics’ most notorious catchphrases. Then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had just announced his “disengagement plan,” which included dismantling settlements in the Gaza Strip, and the Deputy Minister of...

  • Is this really ‘the most right-wing Israeli coalition ever?’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 30, 2016 | 4:10 am

    Claiming that the new Israeli coalition is the “most right-wing ever” – as many people and institutions and media outlets did last week – is, by and large, the result of three things:

    1. Ignorance and herd mentality.

    2. Wanting to make it look bad – that is, if you believe that...

  • How bad is Israel’s coalition shakeup?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 23, 2016 | 4:16 am

    The bottom line is simple and undeniable: An honorable public servant, a fine defense minister, went home yesterday to recalculate his political route.

    His main sin: he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. His seat was needed to serve a political cause.

    If anyone in Israel...

  • 3 short notes on Israeli politics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 24, 2016 | 5:06 am

    Back in Israel after a week of attending to American politics, I will turn my attention today to Israeli politics.


    It's been a little more than a year since the last elections in Israel, and a little less than a year since Netanyahu formed his fourth, unappealing coalition –...

  • Letters to the editor: Donald Trump, Women of the Wall and more

    March 16, 2016 | 9:02 am

    Israel Has Always Bled Red

    Shmuel Rosner, who I greatly admire, apparently tried to excuse Israeli support for Donald Trump by writing that “Israel tilts rightward when it considers American politics” (“Like It or Not, Israelis Think Trump is Better for Them Than Clinton,” March...

  • The Netanyahu coalition and its fight against the remaining citadels of the leftist elites

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 22, 2016 | 4:00 am

    Take these two unconnected events, and then connect the dots to understand something about Israel:

    Event number one – Six members of the Council for Higher Education resigned on Sunday morning. The resigned members of the council argue in their public letter of resignation that...

  • Incitement and hate – The loss of civil public discourse

    January 29, 2016 | 2:12 pm

    Recently, Israelis have witnessed the exchange of ever more serious accusations between left wing and right wing NGOs (non-governmental organizations). This mutual name-calling has poisoned public discourse in Israel by diverting public discussion away from reasoned analysis of key...

  • Ezra Nawi’s arrest after undercover sting enrages right and left alike

    January 25, 2016 | 1:16 pm

    The footage, aired on a respected Israeli news show, appeared damning: a left-wing activist, driving through the West Bank, casually describing how he has turned Palestinian real estate brokers over to Palestinian authorities, subjecting them to a possible death sentence.


  • 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...

  • Where is the next Netanyahu? (or: Do you really want him until 2023?)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 14, 2016 | 4:22 am

    One can marvel at Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ability to skillfully maneuver his party. A couple of weeks ago, he convinced his party to have a primary election in February – thus making any prospect of real competition unrealistic. And indeed, no one wanted to run against him next...

  • In Interview, Jeb touts brother’s legacy as guidance on Israel, peace talks

    January 7, 2016 | 2:36 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would not pursue the two-state solution or ask Israel to take additional steps to renew peace negotiations with the Palestinians, if elected as president in the fall.

    In a wide-ranging interview on the campaign trail Thursday, Jeb told ...

  • Netanyahu, Rivlin meet after more than 2-month hiatus

    September 28, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin met in Jerusalem for the first time in more than two months.

    The meeting on Friday, which was reported two days later, was considered routine, and covered the regional diplomatic situation, recent news...

  • Israel’s Basic Law: Political Survival

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 12, 2015 | 4:02 am

    The 2015 Israeli political circus – also known as the new Israeli coalition – has passed its first test by passing new legislation. If you want to understand why Israel should make no attempt at drafting a constitution, here it is: less than two years ago the Knesset voted for a...

  • The politics of fear threatens Israel from without and within

    February 26, 2015 | 3:07 pm

    There was something surreal about visiting Israel last week. I had come to learn about Israel’s independent sector, and it was inspiring to see how nonprofits were taking up the task of shaping Israel’s future, regardless of who forms the next government.

    Partisan politics still...

  • Meet the voters transforming Israel’s political landscape

    February 19, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    Chani Lerner-Mor’s political activism began on a street corner here in Raanana, Israel, in 1993.

    The landmark Oslo Accords had recently been signed, ceding parts of the West Bank to Yassir Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization. The daughter of a Likud Party activist,...

  • American Historical Association rejects vote on anti-Israel resolutions

    January 5, 2015 | 10:24 am

    Anti-Israel resolutions presented at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association did not come up for a vote after members rejected a vote to suspend the group’s by-laws.

    The resolutions were submitted to the AHA by the independent group Historians Against the War....

  • In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore

    December 4, 2014 | 9:36 am

    This government was supposed to be different.

    During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Barely anyone talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Long-simmering social tensions over...

  • Jerusalem neighborhoods are irreversible

    October 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    The "gotcha" approach has become a staple in the impassioned world of Israeli politics. This week, combatants in the latest debate over construction in Jerusalem are pointing at the revelation that a Peace Now anti-settlement activist is privately invested in some of the very...

  • Israel’s austerity budget advances in Knesset

    June 18, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Israel’s Knesset approved the first reading of the 2013-14 state budget, which has been touted as closing socio-economic gaps in the country.

    The budget, which cuts millions of dollars from the defense department, child benefits and transportation projects, was approved early...

  • New Politics, Old Politics: Has Lapid Lost his Magic Touch?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 12, 2013 | 5:59 am

    This article was published two days ago, in a slightly different (and shorter) version, by the IHT-NYT. You can see it here. You might also want to get an update on Israel's budgetary wars.

    Her name is Riki Cohen. She is 37 and lives in Hadera, a small city on the road from Tel...

  • Israel’s Knesset approves new government

    March 18, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Israel's Knesset approved the country's 33rd government.

    The lawmakers approved the new government by a vote of 68 to 48, with four absent.

    Following the vote, the government ministers were sworn in individually, each making a declaration promising to be faithful to the state...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu clinches coalition deals

    March 14, 2013 | 7:01 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched deals for a coalition government on Thursday reflecting a shift to the center in Israel and a domestic agenda that has shunted peacemaking with Palestinians to the sidelines.

    In control of 68 of parliament's 120 seats, the right-wing...

  • Notes from the Herzliya Conference

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 13, 2013 | 7:33 am

    Do you really want to go inside?” a friend asked me at the entrance to the main hall of the Herzliya Conference, a global policy conference. “You know,” he said, “it’s Tzipi Livni speaking” — implying that there’s no point in wasting one’s time on her.

    Four years ago, Livni was a...

  • 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...

  • Yair Lapid: The Israeli middle

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 13, 2013 | 2:35 pm

  • Israeli left seeks to regain appeal with focus on economy

    January 16, 2013 | 8:31 am

    In decline since the peace it sought with the Palestinians unraveled into violence, Israel's Labor Party looks set to regain some lost ground in next week's election after waging an economy-focused campaign.

    Opinion polls forecast an easy victory for conservative Prime Minister...

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