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  • Ex-envoy Michael Oren announces Knesset run

    4 days ago

    Michael Oren, the former Israeli envoy to the United States, will run in Israel’s upcoming elections.

    Oren was presented Wednesday as a candidate for the new political party Kulanu, headed by former Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, who left the Likud Party in 2013. Kahlon...

  • The Knesset dissolves, but the battle for religious reform continues

    2 weeks ago

    When the 19th Knesset was sworn in on March 18, 2013, it marked only the second time in 29 years that a new coalition was formed without any of the Haredi parties. A record 48 new members of the Knesset were sworn in that day, vowing to revolutionize the system including the...

  • 19th Knesset’s dying wish: Drive Africans from Israel

    By Simone Wilson

    3 weeks ago

    One hour before the 19th Israeli Knesset, or parliament, dissolved forever on Dec. 8, its members made a last-ditch effort to save Holot, the “open” desert prison they created one year prior to detain undocumented Eritrean and Sudanese immigrants.

    On the table was a fifth...

  • Israel's Knesset votes to dissolve

    3 weeks ago

    Israel's parliament voted on Monday to dissolve itself in preparation for an early general election on March 17, after a crisis set in motion by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's dismissal of two ministers.

    The parliament's vote of 93 to 0 formalized a decision to move forward...

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  • Israel’s elections Q&A, week 1: Can anyone replace Netanyahu?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 4, 2014 | 3:52 am

    In the next three months – until March 17, the day of Israel's election – I will try to answer the many questions I receive by mail and on social media in an orderly fashion. Here's the first batch of questions I collected in the last couple of days and my short answers. You can...

  • Israel goes to new elections

    December 3, 2014 | 9:53 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Just 20 months after the current government was sworn in, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two of his top cabinet ministers, leading their parties to pull out of the government and the Knesset, or parliament, to vote to...

  • Hundreds protest in Jerusalem against nation-state bill

    December 1, 2014 | 10:36 am

    Hundreds of Israelis protested in Jerusalem against the nation-state bill enshrining Israel’s status as a Jewish state.

    The protesters gathered Saturday night in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a softened version...

  • Israel, unions to start minimum wage talks as national strike looms

    November 24, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    Israel's finance minister will start negotiations with the country's main labour union on Monday in a bid to avert a national strike over demands to sharply raise the minimum wage, the ministry said.

    Israel's minimum wage stands at 4,300 shekels ($1,116) a month and the Histadrut...

  • Making Israel’s Jewish status the law: Does it matter?

    November 21, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    On Sunday, Israel’s Cabinet is set to advance a controversial bill that if passed by the Knesset would enshrine into law Israel’s status as a Jewish state. The nation-state law, as it is being called, has support from much of Israel’s governing coalition but has faced opposition...

  • Horrorism in the Middle East

    By Rob Eshman

    November 19, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    “…there are only wrong choices, and it’s like I’m … I’m finally seeing it now for the first time: Nothing good can happen in this f----d-up world we’ve made for ourselves.”

    — Carrie Mathison, “Homeland,” Season 4, Episode 8, Nov. 16, 2014


     

    You know who agrees with Carrie...

  • Conversion reform passes Cabinet vote

    November 3, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Israel’s Cabinet approved a government regulation that will reform the conversion process.

    The regulation, which echoes the controversial conversion bill that for the second time passed the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, was approved on Sunday at the weekly Cabinet...

  • Knesset committee approves conversion bill for final plenum readings

    October 27, 2014 | 10:31 am

    A Knesset committee for the second time has approved a bill allowing local rabbis to oversee conversions to Judaism in Israel.

    The Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday advanced the measure by a vote of 6 to 5. It is scheduled to be returned to the full Knesset for...

  • The end of Israeli democracy is (not) coming this winter to the Knesset

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 27, 2014 | 4:07 am

    The Israeli Knesset is opening its winter session today, and it is already clear that this winter will be a stormy one. Early signs of possible elections quickly proved to be false alarms, yet the legislature is already gearing itself toward the next electoral test, possibly in...

  • Much political ado about a conversion bill

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 21, 2014 | 4:25 am

    Israel's official religious life is the ultimate show-about-nothing. There is anger and maneuvering, there is money and jobs, there is politics and betrayal, there is pomp and rhetoric – but all of this has little relevance to the lives of Israelis. This makes many of the fierce...

  • Call-up of additional 10,000 Israeli reservists authorized

    August 25, 2014 | 10:11 am

    A Knesset committee authorized the call-up of an additional 10,000 Israeli reserve soldiers.

    On Sunday, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved a government request for the call-up. Nearly 100,000 Israeli reservists have been called up since the start of Operation...

  • U.S. officials: No change in procedure for arming Israel

    August 14, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    U.S. officials denied reports of a change in the procedure through which their government supplies arms to Israel.

    Speaking to reporters on Thursday, State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf said: “Let me be clear: There has been no change in policy, period.” But she also...

  • As chapter closes, Shimon Peres hailed by normally divided Knesset

    July 28, 2014 | 10:35 am

    In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman.

    Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and...

  • Peres finishes six-decade political career as Reuven Rivlin inaugurated president

    July 24, 2014 | 11:22 am

    Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as new President Reuven Rivlin was sworn in.

    The inauguration ceremony at Israel’s Knesset Thursday evening was low-key owing to Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza. Knesset...

  • Sounds of war, overhead and on my Twitter feed

    By Simone Wilson

    July 16, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    When the first air-raid siren of summer 2014 screeched through Tel Aviv, my blood turned to ash. I was sitting in a coffee shop near my apartment, typing out a news piece on the disturbing increase in anti-Arab and anti-Jewish attacks throughout Israel, when the sound came —...

  • Jerusalem targeted anew by rockets, Netanyahu hurried to safe room

    July 10, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    As rockets from the Gaza Strip targeted Jerusalem for a second straight day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was taken to a special safe room.

    Two of the rockets fired Thursday afternoon were intercepted by Iron Dome and two landed in open areas.

    The armed wings of...

  • Israel moves closer to having one chief rabbi

    June 25, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    A bill to have one chief rabbi in Israel rather than the current two passed its first reading in the Knesset.

    On June 23, the bill passed by a vote of 22-14, representing less than a third of the Israeli parliament’s 120 lawmakers. It moves to the Knesset’s Interior Committee for...

  • Israel’s budgetary transfer farce must be stopped

    June 24, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    This headline should be read very slowly. Not because it's an especially long or complex phrase, but rather because it teaches us a whole lot about the huge problem that exists because of Israel’s lack of “separation of powers.”
     
    The problem is the basic procedure of...
  • As rescue is planned, security ramps up

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 11:10 am

    Shortly after the June 12 kidnapping of three Israeli teens  — Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel — Palestinian security forces found a torched Hyundai i35 with Israeli license plates near Hebron, just a few miles south of the Highway 60 junction where the teens were...

  • Israeli president-elect Rivlin contrasts sharply with outgoing Peres

    June 17, 2014 | 10:37 am

    As a well-respected parliamentarian who has served as the government’s Minister of Communications and the speaker of the Knesset, Israeli president-elect MK Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin has the expected profile for his position. But when he takes the reins in July, Rivlin’s strong...

  • Knesset increases benefits for Holocaust survivors

    June 11, 2014 | 11:52 am

    The Knesset voted to increase benefits for Israel’s Holocaust survivors, many of whom live in poverty.

    The bill, which was passed June 9, will add $290 million a year to the allocations for survivor benefits, increase the monthly stipend received by Holocaust survivors and...

  • Likud’s Reuven Rivlin is elected president of Israel

    June 10, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal.

    Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, defeating Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua party in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker...

  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 10, 2014 | 6:00 am

    After 8 months of negotiations, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have broken down. US Secretary of State John Kerry laid most of the blame on Israel's refusal to relsease the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners and the approval of new homes in occupied...

  • Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid says settlement freeze preferable to prisoner release

    April 8, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he supports freezing settlement growth to help jump-start peace negotiations and vowed that his centrist Yesh Atid party would leave Israel’s governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were responsible for the collapse of the...

  • English Language Social Order Magazine: Democracy and the Israeli Knesset

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 30, 2014 | 6:00 am

    In this edition of the Social Order Magazine, we take you to the drama that unfolded on the Knesset floor prior to the close of the winter legislative session. Bibi's coalition government brought 3 controversial bills in a package deal for votes. The bills, in the order they were...

  • As prisoner release fell through, Danon stood front and center

    By Jared Sichel

    March 28, 2014 | 11:41 am

    In recent months in Israel, one star in Israel’s ruling Likud Party has been making headlines for his outspoken demeanor and unapologetic one-liners.

    No, it’s not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    It’s one of Netanyahu’s main political rivals — Deputy Defense Minister Danny...

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