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  • Much political ado about a conversion bill

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Governability for Whom?: Arab Parties and the Knessett

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 24, 2014 | 5:30 am

    Prior to the close of the Knesset's winter session, three amendments to the Basic Laws of Israel were passed by the coalition that cast doubt on the democratic functioning of the state. Each bills represented one demand from each of the three major coalition partners and were...

  • White House slams Israeli defense chief’s disparaging remarks

    March 19, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said he supports unilateral Israeli action against Iran and that the United States is weak, prompting condemnation from the Obama administration.

    “We had thought the ones who should lead the campaign against Iran is the United States,” Yaalon...

  • Reading the fine print of the “Haredi draft” bill reveals an unpleasant surprise

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Yesterday, Israel’s Knesset passed a law requiring Haredi, Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. This so called "revolutionary" bill was  supposed to be a step forward for the Israeli society. Instead, the bill, also known as the "Equal service...

  • Solidarity in Israel Between the Left and the Ultra-Orthodox

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 13, 2014 | 7:00 am

    Alongside of hundreds of thousands of Haredim, who demonstrated earlier this week (2/3/2014) against forced military recruitment, dozens of activists joined a demonstration in Tel Aviv in solidarity with the ultra-Orthodox. The question is, what drives leftist activists to...

  • The Charedi protests: A response to David Suissa

    March 12, 2014 | 9:39 am

    [David Suissa: Charedim should start with ‘thank you’  /
    Knesset passes Charedi draft law / Community response]

    I consider myself a friend of David Suissa. I like what he is about, trying to bring disparate segments of our Jewish community together. That is precisely why I feel...

  • Israel ups threshold for Knesset seats despite opposition boycott

    March 11, 2014 | 11:10 am

    Israel approved a change to electoral law on Tuesday that raises the percentage of votes needed for seats in parliament, an amendment that critics said targets Arab and ultra-Orthodox Jewish minorities.

    The opposition in the Knesset, or parliament, boycotted the 67-0 vote which...

  • Amendment allowing Israeli gays, singles to use surrogate mothers advances

    March 3, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    An Israeli government committee approved an amendment that would allow same-sex couples and singles to use surrogate mothers in Israel.

    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the amendment to the surrogacy law on Sunday by a vote of 7 to 5. Under the current law, only...

  • Knesset panel agrees to extend stays of young Diaspora Jews

    February 25, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Participants in programs that bring young Diaspora Jews to visit Israel should be allowed to extend their stay without proving they are Jewish enough to make aliyah, a Knesset committee recommended.

    The Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee agreed unanimously on...

  • Settlement freeze letter equals tough math for Bibi

    February 25, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Sometimes, it seems like the political survival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu all comes down to math. 

    In 2011, he subtracted eight coalition members to keep his government stable. In 2012, he added Yisrael Beiteinu’s 15 Knesset members to his Likud to win an...
  • Netanyahu’s allies say settlement freeze would be ‘breaking point’

    February 21, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    A number of Israeli deputy ministers and coalition lawmakers signed a letter urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to refrain from freezing settlement construction.

    The letter sent Thursday included the signatures of seven deputy ministers and 14 coalition lawmakers....

  • Lawmakers walk out on European Parliament president Knesset address

    February 12, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Right-wing lawmakers walked out of an address by the European Parliament president at the Knesset after he criticized Israel using incorrect facts.

    Members of the Jewish Home Party led by Naftali Bennett left the Knesset chamber after Martin Schultz accused Israel of allowing its...

  • Israeli lawmakers, Holocaust survivors tour Auschwitz

    January 27, 2014 | 10:47 am

    More than 50 members of the Israeli parliament toured the prisoner blocks at Auschwitz on Monday to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp.

    The delegation was the biggest ever from the Knesset, the 120-seat Israeli parliament, to come to the...

  • Stop Prawer-Begin plan for Bedouin resettlement

    December 14, 2013 | 10:26 am

    The Negev Bedouin village of Umm el-Hiran is where I first learned about what it means to be rooted, to be devoted to something with steadfastness. It is here that I learned the true impact of Jewish National Fund (JNF) afforestation on the Bedouin, which is far from JNF’s...

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