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  • Embattled from the outset, new Netanyahu government sworn in

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Will the real Netanyahu please stand up?

    March 20, 2015 | 9:33 am

    There are two Benjamin Netanyahus.

    To his detractors, Netanyahu is arrogant, a dissembler and a racist. To his defenders, he is intrepid, politically astute and singularly devoted to Israel’s security.

    Netanyahu’s critics blame him for alienating Israel’s closest ally...

  • Netanyahu poised for governing coalition after final vote tally

    March 19, 2015 | 9:56 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to lead a heavily right-leaning coalition government with control of 67 of parliament's 120 seats, according to final election results released on Thursday.

    Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party won 30 seats, compared with 24 for...

  • Rivlin invites parties to meet

    March 19, 2015 | 9:07 am

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will meet with representatives of each of the parties elected to serve in the 20th Knesset.

    Through the meetings, which will begin on Sunday, Rivlin will determine which party head will be tasked with forming a new government.

    Rivlin’s office on...

  • Knesset by the numbers

    March 19, 2015 | 9:01 am

    We all know Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won another term. The shape of his next coalition seems pretty clear.

    But what happened in the rest of the Knesset? What does the full, 120-seat picture look like? And is it actually that different from last time?

    Here are...

  • 5 notable takeways from the Israeli election

    March 17, 2015 | 6:12 pm

    In the United States, the magic number on Election Day is 270, the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency. In Israel, it’s 61, the number of seats needed to capture a majority in the 120-seat Knesset — and with it, the premiership.

    With Prime Minister...

  • Bibi’s fate hangs in the balance as Israel votes

    March 17, 2015 | 9:04 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a fight for his political survival on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election that opinion polls predict the center-left opposition could win.

    After a bitterly contested campaign, the election has turned into a referendum on "Bibi"...

  • Five things you need to know about tomorrow’s Israeli election

    March 16, 2015 | 10:18 am

    1. It’s too close to call

    With Israelis headed to the polls tomorrow, the race remains tight. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is trailing Isaac Herzog’s center-left Zionist Union by a few percentage points and is expected to come in second. Five of six...

  • Israel’s coming Arab surge

    March 12, 2015 | 3:12 pm

    Between now and March 17, the day of the Knesset election, followers of Israeli politics will hotly debate which party and prime minister should and will guide Israel’s next phase. But another elections story, less discussed so far, may have just as far-reaching implications for...

  • Women gain influence in Israeli politics after long gap

    March 12, 2015 | 10:30 am

    For decades, the identikit for a top Israeli politician has been a tough-talking man with a decorated military past who's big on security. The exceptions have been rare, but now women are filling senior positions in parties across the spectrum.

    Whether on the left, in the center...

  • Israel’s game of thrones: First the vote, then the kingmaking

    March 9, 2015 | 8:29 am

    Israelis will vote in a parliamentary election on March 17, choosing among party lists of candidates to serve in the 120-seat Knesset.

    No party has won a majority of seats since Israel's first election in 1949. Following are questions and answers about the vote and what sort of...

  • United Arab party a surprise new force in Israeli election

    March 9, 2015 | 8:21 am

    A political sideshow for much of the past six decades, Israel's Arab minority is hoping to gain much-needed muscle after next week's parliamentary election, with four Arab parties uniting under one banner for the first time.

    Surveys show the Joint Arab List could even finish...

  • 3,000 women hold peace demonstration outside Knesset

    March 5, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Three thousand women protested outside the Israeli Knesset calling for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.

    The protest Wednesday was held by Women Wage Peace, an Israeli organization founded after last summer’s war in Gaza that supports a peace agreement. According to the Times...

  • Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

    January 26, 2015 | 11:31 am

    Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is...

  • Likud Party holds primaries

    December 31, 2014 | 11:34 am

    The Likud Party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to the polls for party primaries to determine its candidates’ list for the upcoming national elections.

    The list determines the order in which Likud lawmaker hopefuls will enter the 120-seat Knesset, following the March 17...

  • Ex-envoy Michael Oren announces Knesset run

    December 25, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    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

    December 15, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    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

    December 11, 2014 | 6:34 pm

    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

    December 8, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    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...

  • 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...

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