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  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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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  • 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...

  • Knesset passes migrant detention amendment

    December 10, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Israel’s Knesset passed legislation that will allow the state to detain illegal migrants without trial for one year.

    The legislation, an amendment to the Anti-Infiltration Law, passed its final readings in the Israeli parliament late Monday night by a vote of 30-15 following a...

  • Lieberman returns as Israeli foreign minister

    November 11, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman returned to his post a week after being acquitted on a charge of fraud and breach of trust.

    Lieberman took the oath in the Knesset on Monday night after his reappointment was approved by the legislative body. On Sunday, the Cabinet...

  • Bill changing Israeli adoption law moves to full Knesset

    November 4, 2013 | 10:03 am

    A bill that would allow non-Orthodox Israeli parents to adopt non-Jewish children was sent to the Knesset.

    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bill on Sunday. The measure, which would amend the adoption law, must undergo a preliminary reading in the Knesset and...

  • Release of Palestinian prisoners no threat, says former Shin Bet head

    By Jared Sichel

    October 29, 2013 | 1:47 pm

    Ami Ayalon, the former head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, says he’s not concerned, from a security perspective, about Israel’s scheduled Oct. 30 release of 26 Palestinian prisoners who had been involved in terror attacks.

    In an Oct. 27 interview with the Journal in...

  • In Israel’s local (re)elections, implications for the national scene

    October 23, 2013 | 9:56 am

    The international press may have paid less attention this time around, but Israel held its second set of elections within one year yesterday – this time voting for mayors and city councils.

    Israelis, for their part, seemed to share the rest of the world’s apathy for this ballot....

  • At J Street, giving Iran the benefit of the doubt

    September 30, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Amid the dramatic shift in tone in the U.S.-Iran relationship following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit last week to the United Nations, Israeli officials are broadcasting a clear message: Be skeptical.

    But at the J Street conference in Washington this week, which drew...

  • Transgender Israeli mother recognized as ‘father’

    September 16, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Israel’s Interior Ministry has for the first time recognized two biological fathers of the same baby.

    The baby was born to Yuval Topper-Erez, the first Israeli transgender man to get pregnant, and Matan Topper-Erez. Yuval Topper-Erez in December 2011. After Interior Minister...

  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • August 1, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 1, 2013 | 3:35 am

    Headline: U.S. House passes Iran sanctions bill to slash oil exports

    To Read: Dana Milbank writes about Rand Pauls bitter defeat against the GOP's interventionalists in the recent vote on Egypt-

    Paul responded to all this with rambling speeches and wild gestures, refusing to...

  • Charedim need more Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 24, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    I saw two opposite ends of Jewish tolerance last Friday night in Jerusalem’s Old City. As I walked through the Jaffa Gate on my way to a Shabbat dinner, I noticed some black-hatted Charedim kicking a taxicab while yelling, “Shabbos, Shabbos!”

    A little while later, at the home of...

  • Israel (64) to the Haredis (21): Time for Change

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 23, 2013 | 7:05 am

    1.

    The fact that the law has finally passed in the Knesset is no great achievement. This was only the vote on the first reading of the bill and changes are to be expected. Some of them can be significant – and annoying.

    2.

    The Haredi legislators' theatrical protest in the...

  • Charedi soldier attacked by haredim in Mea Shearim

    July 9, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    A Charedi Orthodox soldier was attacked by dozens of haredi rioters in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim.

    The soldier, a resident of central Israel who was visiting the haredi Orthodox enclave to visit relatives, hid in a nearby building where he changed into civilian...

  • Study: Ethiopian women in Israel have fewer children

    July 2, 2013 | 2:08 pm

    A Knesset study commissioned after accusations that Ethiopian women waiting to come to Israel were given contraceptive injections against their will shows they had far fewer children than the country’s average.

    The study conducted by the Knesset Research and Information Center...

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