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

    2 days ago

    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

    3 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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...

  • Israel set to approve controversial force-feeding bill

    July 6, 2015 | 1:17 pm

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The Israeli Knesset is set to approve a bill that would allow force feeding of Palestinian prisoners under certain conditions. The bill is similar to one that was about to be approved last year, before the Knesset was disbanded and...

  • $1 coffee chain taps into Israeli anger over high cost of living

    July 2, 2015 | 10:45 am

    With a $1 cup of coffee, Avi Katz is starting to do something Israelis have been demanding for years and politicians have failed to achieve – lower the cost of living.

    In 2011, hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets to protest against the high cost of essentials...

  • Knesset to vote on controversial natural gas deal

    June 29, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    The Israeli Knesset is set to vote on a recent Cabinet decision to override the Antitrust Authority and enact a controversial agreement on the development of Israel’s offshore natural gas reserves.

    On Sunday, the Cabinet voted to allow the government to override the Antitrust...

  • Knesset panel votes to discipline Arab-Israeli lawmaker for joining Gaza flotilla

    June 23, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    A Knesset committee voted to discipline an Arab-Israeli lawmaker because he is taking part in a flotilla seeking to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

    In a 10-2 vote, the House Committee voted Tuesday to suspend Basel Ghattas, a member of the Arab Joint List party, from...

  • Knesset members call for policy, diplomatic shifts in wake of Obama interview

    June 3, 2015 | 3:40 pm

    Israeli lawmakers have called for policy and diplomatic changes following a warning by President Barack Obama that Israel could lose international backing unless it supports a two-state solution.

    Michael Oren, a lawmaker with the center-right Kulanu party and Israel’s former...

  • Embattled from the outset, new Netanyahu government sworn in

    May 14, 2015 | 1:54 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new rightist coalition government, hobbled by a razor-thin parliamentary majority, was sworn in late on Thursday amid wrangling within his Likud party over cabinet posts.

    The evening ceremony in the Knesset was postponed by two hours so...

  • Israel’s vulnerable governing coalition passes first test

    May 13, 2015 | 9:24 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's emerging government scraped by its first parliamentary test on Wednesday, paving the way for the new cabinet to be sworn in after two months of difficult coalition building.

    By a narrow 61-59 vote, parliament ratified a legislative...

  • Proposal to add gov’t ministers narrowly advances in Israel’s Knesset

    May 12, 2015 | 12:26 pm

    A proposal to expand the number of Israeli government members from the current 18 passed a first reading in the Knesset after a five-hour filibuster.

    The plan passed late Monday night by a vote of 61-59, with all 61 members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition...

  • Netanyahu clinches deal to form new Israeli government

    May 6, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a deal to form a new government on Wednesday, just before a deadline was to expire, but the coalition will rule by only the slimmest of majorities in Israel's turbulent parliament.

    "Israel now has a government," Naftali Bennett, the head...

  • Netanyahu’s efforts to form Israeli government go down to wire

    May 6, 2015 | 8:42 am

    Benjamin Netanyahu, locked in down-to-the-wire coalition talks, faces a midnight deadline to form a government or risk being denied a fourth term as Israel's prime minister.

    Nearly two months after a convincing election victory, Netanyahu is struggling to build a solid...

  • Netanyahu struggling to form coalition before deadline

    May 5, 2015 | 8:55 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scrambling to form a majority coalition before a Thursday deadline after his Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced he is resigning his post immediately and his party will not be...

  • A prayer for an incoming Knesset member

    April 2, 2015 | 6:54 pm

    Bar-Or wrote this on the election to the Knesset of his friend Roy Folkman, a member of the Kulanu Party.

    Dear Roy,

    How exciting and moving to know you have become a Member of the Knesset! You’ve entered into a difficult and complex situation during complicated times. Yet I...

  • 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...

  • My prayer for an incoming Knesset member

    March 24, 2015 | 10:30 am

    Mordechai Bar-Or, founder of KOLOT, wrote this on the election to the Knesset of his friend Roy Folkman, a member of the Kulanu party.

    Dear Roy,

    How exciting and moving to know you have become a Member of the Knesset!  You've entered into a difficult and complex situation...

  • Three ways Netanyahu actually lost last week’s Israeli election

    March 23, 2015 | 10:59 am

    Today Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured backing from the required parliament members to form the next governing coalition. It was an undeniable victory for Bibi, after a nail-biter run up to last week’s legislative election. But Netanyahu’s triumph belies many shifts in...

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