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  • Israel’s infamously fax-heavy government to get email, join 21st century

    3 weeks ago

    Years of public complaints about the slow-moving Israeli bureaucracy seem to have finally reached someone in charge — maybe they were being sent to the wrong fax number.

    On Sunday, Israel’s Cabinet passed a measure that will require all government ministries to allow documents to...

  • Family of Israeli soldier declared dead calls on Hamas to return body

    December 14, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    The family of a soldier who Israel says was killed during the 2014 Gaza war called on Hamas to present evidence that their son is still alive, as Hamas claims.

    The parents of Oron Shaul held a news conference Sunday at their northern Israeli home after receiving a letter that...

  • 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...

  • Survey shows broad dissatisfaction with Israeli religious policy

    September 15, 2015 | 7:32 am

    Secular and haredi Orthodox Israelis differ on many things, but there’s one thing both sides agree on: When it comes to religious affairs, the government is failing.

    That’s one of the findings of an annual survey of Israeli religious identification and attitudes toward religious...

  • The culture war over Israel’s new minister of culture

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 18, 2015 | 4:03 am

    I should begin this article by admitting a certain affection for Israel’s new Minister of Culture and Sports. I should come clean and say that I worked under her command (as an IDF reservist) some years ago. I sat at meetings with her, I submitted recommendations to her, I argued...

  • Netanyahu set for go-ahead to form Israel’s next government

    March 25, 2015 | 10:31 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, grappling with fierce White House disapproval, was poised to win the nod from Israel's president on Wednesday to try to form a new coalition government.

    The surprise victor of a March 17 election, Netanyahu looks well set to assemble a heavily...

  • 30 senior Israeli officials detained in corruption sweep

    December 24, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Israeli police have detained 30 senior officials accused of corruption, including Deputy Interior Minister Faina Kirshenbaum.

    The officials, who where detained Wednesday morning after a yearlong investigation, also include a former government minister and senior officials in...

  • Does Netanyahu want an earlier than expected election?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 17, 2014 | 4:25 am

    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

    November 10, 2014 | 3:17 pm

    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...

  • 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


    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...

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