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  • Herzog accuses Netanyahu of interfering in U.S. election

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    November 7, 2016 | 10:42 am

    Israel’s opposition leader, Knesset Member Isaac Herzog, on Monday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to disavow his wealthy allies who are supporting Donald Trump for president if he claims impartiality.

    “Recently there have again been reports of Israeli leaders...

  • Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, ex-defense minister and longtime Knesset member, dies at 80

    August 29, 2016 | 10:00 am

    Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, a former Labor Party leader and defense minister who served in the Knesset for 30 years, has died.

    Ben Eliezer, who withdrew from the country’s presidential election in 2014 over corruption charges, died Sunday in a Tel Aviv hospital. He was 80.

    Known by...

  • The missing children: Yemenites who found their way to L.A. carry family wounds from Israel’s past

    By Eitan Arom

    August 24, 2016 | 2:43 pm

    On a recent Sunday morning, Meir Cohen switched off the Israeli news playing on the television in his Encino home. He poured himself a glass of tea with hawaij, a cardamom-scented mix popular among Yemenite Jews such as himself. Then he reclined into a leather armchair.

    Cohen had...

  • Knesset passes law blocking mikvah access for non-Orthodox conversions

    July 26, 2016 | 10:28 am

    The Knesset passed a controversial bill that allows local Orthodox rabbinates to bar non-Orthodox Jewish conversion ceremonies in publicly funded mikvahs.

    The bill, which was introduced by the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party and opposed by many North American Jewish...

  • Knesset passes controversial ‘transparency’ law on NGO funding

    July 12, 2016 | 9:52 am

    The Knesset passed controversial legislation that requires nongovernmental organizations to publicly declare their foreign government funding.

    The so-called NGO transparency bill, which was proposed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home party, passed its second and...

  • Arab-Israeli lawmaker calls Israeli soldiers ‘murderers,’ spurring impeachment inquiry

    June 29, 2016 | 2:07 pm

    An Arab-Israeli lawmaker called Israeli soldiers “murderers” on the floor of the Knesset, spurring talk of impeachment by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The lawmaker, Hanin Zoabi, also demanded in her remarks Wednesday afternoon that the Knesset apologize for the 2010 Mavi...

  • Israelis would get 6 Sundays off under bill to create ‘Western’ weekend

    June 27, 2016 | 10:15 am

    A Knesset committee has approved legislation that will mandate six long weekends each year — a step toward a possible Monday-to-Friday work week.

    Providing the six Sundays off each year beginning in 2017 will start to transition the Israeli work week to that of most of the...

  • Wide-ranging terror law passes Knesset in aftermath of Tel Aviv attack

    June 15, 2016 | 2:34 pm

    A week after Palestinian terrorists killed four Israelis in an upscale Tel Aviv food court, the Knesset on Wednesday passed wide-ranging new anti-terrorism legislation to replace all previous anti-terror laws and regulations.

    The bill, which Haaretz said was supported by all the...

  • 65 Israeli lawmakers sign letter requesting pardon of Ethiopian who killed his alleged abuser

    June 15, 2016 | 12:30 pm

    More than half the members of the Knesset want Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to pardon an Ethiopian man who murdered his alleged rapist and abuser.

    In 2010 Yonatan Heilo, now 29, killed Yaron Eilin, a powerful member of the Ethiopian community in Netanya who allegedly had...

  • Bill limiting non-Orthodox mikvah use in Israel advances to full Knesset

    June 14, 2016 | 2:27 pm

    A bill that would bar non-Orthodox conversions at public ritual baths in Israel is headed to the full Knesset.

    On Monday, the Knesset’s Internal Affairs and Environment Committee advanced the legislation for a first reading in the parliament.

    The bill, which was introduced by...

  • Arab and Jew – activist friends in Israel

    June 9, 2016 | 1:13 pm

    Zouheir Bahloul, an Israeli-Arab (and well-known sports announcer and recently, Knesset member) and Moshe Chertoff (a technical writer, and long-ago immigrant from Los Angeles) are friends and almost neighbors. Zouheir lives in the city of Akko, on the Israeli coast in the...

  • Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick moves to Knesset

    May 25, 2016 | 11:06 am

    A year and a half ago, Yehuda Glick was a fringe Temple Mount activist expected to die, the victim of a point-blank assassination attempt.

    This week, he was sworn into the Knesset as the ruling Likud Party’s replacement legislator for outgoing Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

  • ‘Attack a civilian and you’re a terrorist; Attack a soldier and you’re an adversary’

    April 12, 2016 | 9:52 am

    An Israeli member of parliament (MK) triggered a torrent of criticism from fellow politicians in recent days when he refused to label a Palestinian who had stabbed an Israeli soldier as a terrorist. Palestinians could be expected to violently resist foreign military rule just as...

  • Knesset Members stand up in solidarity with Reform Jews

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 4, 2016 | 8:56 am

    Charedi Member of the Knesset Israel Eichler’s comparison on Feb. 23 of Reform Jews to mentally ill patients diminishes not only Reform Judaism, but all who suffer mental illness and who struggle with disabilities of all kinds. 

    The best response is to quote from the Knesset...

  • Israel NGO bill, seen as targeting left-wing groups, crosses first hurdle

    February 8, 2016 | 2:50 pm

    A bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians won initial approval in parliament on Monday with the support of right-wing parties.

    Called a "transparency bill" by its sponsor, far-right Justice Minister Ayelet...

  • Netanyahu raps statements by gov’t ministers, lawmakers attacking liberal Jews

    February 3, 2016 | 8:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed statements by government ministers and lawmakers disparaging liberal streams of Judaism in the wake of Cabinet approval to expand the egalitarian section at the Western Wall.

    “I reject the recent disparaging and divisive remarks...

  • Israel’s Knesset passes ‘stop and frisk’ law

    February 2, 2016 | 8:37 am

    Israel’s Knesset passed a “stop and frisk” law allowing police to search individuals if there is a “reasonable suspicion” they will commit a crime or are carrying an illegal weapon.

    The law passed by a vote of 39-31 in its second and third readings on Tuesday.

    A temporary...

  • False equivalence in Israel

    January 29, 2016 | 1:59 pm

    Americans are familiar with a particular form of mudslinging employed by the right. It starts when conservatives create a political spectacle with an attack campaign. Then, when progressives respond, the public looks at the standoff and says “a plague on both your houses.” The real...

  • Obama administration rejects likening Israel’s NGO law to US lobbying registry

    January 6, 2016 | 2:12 pm

    The Obama administration has rejected the comparison between an Israeli bill requiring registration of foreign-funded NGOs and U.S. laws registering foreign interest lobbyists.

    State Department spokesman John Kirby, asked by JTA on Wednesday about Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s...

  • Advancing NGO bill, Israel’s Cabinet fires another shot at its critics

    December 29, 2015 | 10:52 am

    Its backers call it a victory for transparency. Opponents say it smacks of dictatorship.

    Either way, a new bill requiring certain Israeli nongovernmental organizations to publicly declare their foreign government funding is moving toward passage after it was approved by a Cabinet...

  • Haredi Orthodox Knesset members skip swearing-in of gay lawmaker

    December 29, 2015 | 9:02 am

    Haredi Orthodox lawmakers skipped the Knesset swearing-in of Amir Ohana, the first openly gay lawmaker from the Likud party.

    Ohana took the oath on Monday afternoon to replace Silvan Shalom, who resigned earlier this month amid accusations of sexual assault. Ohana is the fourth...

  • Proposed Israeli NGO law is hypocritical attack on left

    December 29, 2015 | 8:56 am

    Yet again the Israeli Knesset is considering legislation to single out and punish progressive nongovernmental organizations, particularly the human rights groups that are such a thorn in the side of those who favor the continued occupation of the West Bank.

    Carefully constructed...

  • Transparency bill for NGOs advances in Israel

    December 28, 2015 | 2:50 pm

    An Israeli bill requiring nongovernmental organizations to state publicly that they receive funding from foreign countries has advanced to the full Knesset.

    On Sunday, the so-called Transparency Bill unanimously passed the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation. Justice...

  • Knesset passes law opponents say will benefit illegal West Bank outposts

    December 25, 2015 | 9:20 am

    Israel’s Knesset passed a controversial law that requires greater transparency from the World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division, but which opponents claim will funnel money to illegal settlements in the West Bank.

    The bill, sponsored by Jewish Home member Bezalel...

  • Oren: Jews, Israelis must be first to condemn Trump

    December 8, 2015 | 5:33 pm

    Jews and Israelis must be the first to condemn Donald Trump’s comments against Muslims, Israeli Knesset Member and former Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren said Tuesday. 

    In an interview with i24News, an English-Israeli TV network, Oren said, “Whatever the reason, it...

  • Jewish Home lawmaker quitting Knesset over sexual assault allegations

    November 30, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    An Israeli lawmaker from the Jewish Home party will resign from the Knesset over sexual assault allegations.

    Yinon Magal informed party leader Naftali Bennett on Monday that he will step down following the accusations by two women who worked with him when he was editor of the...

  • Israel’s Christian schools reopen after month of strike

    October 7, 2015 | 4:17 pm

    On Sept. 28, one of the longest academic strikes in Israel’s history finally came to an amicable close when students enrolled in Israel’s Christian school system belatedly began their school year after 27 days of protests by teachers, administrators, parents and students.


  • Israel’s Knesset approves controversial natural gas deal

    September 8, 2015 | 10:16 am

    Israel’s Knesset voted to endorse a natural gas deal with a consortium of companies that will allow the development of several offshore natural gas fields to go forward.

    The deal was approved on Monday by a vote of 59-51.

    “This is a great day for the State of Israel,” Israeli...

  • Israeli lawmaker’s email leaked from Ashley Madison cheating site

    August 19, 2015 | 1:34 pm

    The government email address of Knesset Member Taleb Abu Arrar was one of millions leaked from AshleyMadison.com, a website for people seeking extramarital affairs.

    Abu Arrar, of the Arab Joint List party, already has two wives, according to the Jerusalem Post. Because polygamy...

  • Israeli lawmakers approve tougher law against rock throwers

    July 21, 2015 | 10:11 am

    Israeli lawmakers voted to impose longer jail terms on people caught throwing rocks at civilian cars and roads.

    The Knesset passed the bill on its second and third readings on Monday night by a vote of 69 to 17.

    Under the new law, rock throwers can be sentenced to up to 20...

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