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  • A year on, Israeli team of rivals rules Netanyahu’s coalition

    3 weeks ago

    In the lead-up to last year’s Knesset elections, the pro-settlement Jewish Home party released a controversial ad showing party chairman Naftali Bennett smiling alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The message was clear: Netanyahu will be prime minister, but a...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Charedi media personalities call for settlement boycott

    March 6, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    Israeli Charedi Orthodox media personalities are calling for a boycott of West Bank settlement products in response to the Jewish Home party's position on drafting yeshiva students.

    The leader of Jewish Home, Naftali Bennett, is a staunch advocate of West Bank settlements and is...

  • Netanyahu, Home Party’s Bennett meet for first time in five years

    February 11, 2013 | 10:12 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett for the first time in five years.

    The two political rivals reportedly talked Monday about forming a government coalition.

    Bennett had served as a Netanyahu aide but quit about five years...

  • Jewish Home sets PACE for senior care

    January 30, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    Before she was CEO and president of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, Molly Forrest regularly flew between Southern California and Oregon to care for her mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and was not able to participate in local in-home service programs that targeted the...

  • Final Israeli vote: Jewish Home gains a seat to give right wing a majority

    January 24, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    The Jewish Home party gained one seat in the final results of Israeli voting, pushing the right-wing bloc to a majority in the 19th Knesset.

    Israel's Central Elections Committee released the final tally on Thursday for the elections held two days earlier after counting 217,000...

  • Are Israelis already thinking about the next round? 11 short notes, 2 great graphs

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 6, 2013 | 8:49 am

    This is going to be short, as I'm sure you have no time for long election coverage, especially as we all know who's going to be the next PM.

    1.

    Don't waste too much of your time paying attention to a possible "united bloc" of the center-left. A. Because this is mostly spin...

  • Counting mandates, counting Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 27, 2012 | 7:38 am

    1.

    We've updated our Israel Poll Trend tracker, and guess what? Netanyahu is still going to be Israel's next prime minister. While political campaigns and battles are what Israelis are now busy with and talking about, the graph of the political blocs is resistant to change....

  • Three notes on Israel’s themeless, excitement-free elections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 18, 2012 | 6:40 am

    We must apologize for bombarding you with election-related news and views. Back in September-October it was all about the U.S. election, and now it's all about Israel's. Back to post-election normality around March.


    1. What are the elections about?

    Note this: We've had three...

  • ‘American Jews are much more than an ATM to Israel’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 16, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Naftali Bennett is the newly elected leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party. He was Benjamin Netanyahu's chief of staff between 2006-2008, and ran Netanyahu's successful 2007 campaign to lead the Likud party. He also served as as Director General of the Yesha Council of...

  • Jewish Home to expand to West L.A.

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    Challenged by an 18-month waiting list numbering 400 people, the Jewish Home of Los Angeles has announced that it will add another campus — this time on the west side of Los Angeles. On Sept. 7, the Jewish Home closed escrow on a 2.5-acre site in Playa Vista.

    The Gonda Healthy...

  • NEW: Tracking the trends in Israeli elections season

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 3, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    I’ll start with the following three facts:

    1. Israel’s election is four months away. It is almost certainly to be held on September 4.

    2. Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the Likud Party, will almost certainly be the next Israeli Prime Minister. That is, if the polls are...

  • Letters to the Editor: UN-Vote, Bimah, Los Angeles Jewish Home, Rick Perry

    September 28, 2011 | 12:25 pm

    The UN-Vote

    When my husband slapped the paper down on the table and said, “Cancel our subscription, I cannot read the rest of Rob Eshman’s editorial” (“UN-Vote,” Sept. 16), I picked up the paper expecting to see a refutation of President Obama labeled as “that well-known...

  • Briefs

    By Community Briefs

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    ADL Assists in OC White Supremacists Arrest

    Orange County authorities arrested two white supremacist leaders this week, and charged them with having bomb-making materials in 1999, including enough gasoline – 50 gallons worth – to blow up the Anaheim apartment building in...

  • Finding Independence

    By Kerri Zerlin

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For the first time in Los Angeles history, a Jewish home for the developmentally disabled is opening. Situated in North Hollywood, the home, under the supervision of the Etta Israel Center, will house six males in their mid-20s.

    The Etta Israel Center, founded in 1992 to provide a...

  • Seders Offered for Hearing Impaired

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Sharon Ann Dror, born deaf, didn't enjoy seders with her hearing family while growing up in a traditional Jewish home in Santa Monica. She could read lips, but she couldn't see peoples' faces as they read from behind their Haggadot.

    "I felt frustrated and bored," recalls the...

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