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  • Israeli lawmaker: Switch settlement freeze for prisoner release

    March 31, 2014 | 11:54 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    In order to jumpstart John Kerry’s peace mission last July, Israel agreed to release 104 security prisoners in four stages during the course of the allotted nine month period, a gesture vehemently opposed by Israelis across the...

  • 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...

  • The politician who can save Israel’s Labor Party

    May 28, 2013 | 9:44 am

    It's still too early to celebrate, but – at the moment – it seems that Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett are changing the rules of the game, and that their parties are about to plant their stakes deep into the heart of Israeli politics. It seems that Lapid's Yesh Atid and Bennett's...
  • Q&A with Israeli MK Stav Shaffir

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 23, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    On March 12, Stav Shaffir, a first-time Knesset Member from the Labor Party, joined Women of the Wall in prayer at the Western Wall. Despite threats from several Orthodox groups and attempted arrests by police, the group prayed. 

    Shaffir, 27, also led the national struggle for...

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  • State, Religion, and Women of the Wall- an Interview with MK Stav Shaffir

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    On March 11, first time MK (Member of the Knesset,) Stav Shaffir (27) from Ha'Avoda (labor) party, joined the Women of the Wall in prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. With threats from several Orthodox groups, and attempts for arrests by the police, they welcomed the new "Rosh...

  • British lawmaker sorry for blaming legal troubles on Jewish conspiracy

    April 1, 2013 | 8:04 am

    A British lawmaker who blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his conviction in connection with a fatal car crash apologized for his statements.

    Lord Nazir Ahmed of the Labor party in an interview last week with the Huffington Post UK "completely and unreservedly" apologized to "the...

  • Report: British lawmaker blames legal troubles on Jewish conspiracy

    March 14, 2013 | 8:22 am

    A British lawmaker has blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his conviction in connection with a fatal car crash.

    Lord Nazir Ahmed of the Labor party claimed that his legal problems following the 2007 crash resulted from pressure placed on the courts by Jews “who own newspapers and TV...

  • Knesset members join Women of the Wall at rosh chodesh services

    March 12, 2013 | 7:54 am

    Three female members of Knesset joined the Women of the Wall for their monthly prayer service at the Western Wall.

    No arrests were made during the prayer service Tuesday morning marking the new Jewish month of Nissan, the first time in at least a year that no arrests were made...

  • Members of the 19th Knesset sworn in at inaugural session

    February 5, 2013 | 11:02 am

    The first session of the newly elected 19th Knesset opened in Jerusalem.

    The 120 members of the Knesset, including 48 new members, were sworn in on Tuesday as part of the celebratory opening.

    The session was presided over by the Labor Party's Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, the...

  • Voters to Netanyahu: Get new friends

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 22, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    These were the most interesting-boring elections one could ever hope for. Boring – as the top job was secured early on by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fascinating – as the parties, unburdened of having to compete for the top job, were free to combat one another for votes....

  • The no-alternative Israeli elections

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 16, 2013 | 11:09 am

    The story of the upcoming Israeli elections, which will take place on Jan. 22, can be written in many different ways. 

    One is with an eye to the small numbers, a story of preserving the political status quo: Back in 2009, the Kadima Party got 28 mandates. In 2013, if polls are to...

  • Israeli left seeks to regain appeal with focus on economy

    January 16, 2013 | 8:31 am

    In decline since the peace it sought with the Palestinians unraveled into violence, Israel's Labor Party looks set to regain some lost ground in next week's election after waging an economy-focused campaign.

    Opinion polls forecast an easy victory for conservative Prime Minister...

  • Netanyahu maintains comfortable lead in pre-election polls

    January 11, 2013 | 9:52 am

    Three Israeli election polls predicted victory by a comfortable margin for Israel’s HaLikud Beiteinu party in the country’s general elections on Jan. 22.

    A Ma’agar Mohot survey published in Ma’ariv has the list led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinching 38 seats,...

  • Social protest leaders hope to shake up Israel ballot

    January 3, 2013 | 9:48 am

    They are young and they are driven. They got half a million Israelis out on the streets demanding social justice. Now they want their votes.

    The leaders of a grassroots social protest movement that swept Israel in 2011 have shot to the top of a rejuvenated Labor party that polls...

  • December 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 24, 2012 | 12:29 am

    In-depth

    Hagel and Israel

    Despite the claims of his detractors, former senator Chuck Hagel is neither anti-Israel nor anti-Semitic, writes Alon Pinkas in Al-Monitor

    ...many of these same critics are those who consider Obama as fundamentally anti-Israel. They believe that...

  • Labor Party members go to polls for primary

    November 29, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Members of Israel's Labor Party are going to the polls to elect a party Knesset list.

    Thursday's primary come ahead of the Jan. 22 national elections.

    The primary will not be completely computerized. Labor was supposed to employ the same format used last week by the Likud...

  • As Barak bids politics bye bye, questions remain about his legacy and future

    November 27, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Is Ehud Barak a calculating political survivor or a military man who, in his own words, “never had any special desire” for political life? Will he be remembered as a warrior or as a seeker of peace? And what will he do next?

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s announcement of...

  • Tzipi Livni to run in upcoming Israeli elections at head of new party

    November 27, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Tzipi Livni has reentered Israeli politics at the head of a new left-of-center political party.

    Livni, former head of the Kadima Party, announced Monday that she would lead a new party called Hatnua, or The Movement.

    "I'm here to fight for Israel, not against anything. I'm here...

  • Norwegian youth leader seen encouraging anti-Semitic speech

    November 26, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    Aspiring Norwegian politician Khalid Haji Ahmed said he was only joking when he wished “best of luck eight times over” to activists who wrote on Facebook that they wished Adolf Hitler could kill more Jews.

    Screen shots made by Hamar Arbeiderblad, a local newspaper, show Ahmed...

  • The meaning of Bieberman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 31, 2012 | 10:30 am

    It was another last-minute political bombshell from the Benjamin Netanyahu shock-factory. Without anyone expecting it, last Thursday the prime minister and his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, astonished Israelis with the announcement that their parties – the ruling Likud Party...

  • British politician slammed London ex-mayor for ‘rich Jews’ quote

    October 2, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    Douglas Alexander, a former British government minister, has criticized former London mayor Ken Livingstone for allegedly saying Jews won't vote for Britain's Labor Party because they are rich.

    “It’s not our politics to try and divide voters into blocs," Alexander told London's...

  • Australian court’s failure to extradite alleged ex-Nazi raises ire, questions

    August 15, 2012 | 10:25 am

    In a court ruling that is bringing new attention to Australia’s failure to prosecute alleged Nazi-era war criminals, the government will not surrender to Hungary the man believed to be the country’s last World War II war crimes suspect.

    The nation’s High Court ruled Wednesday...

  • Former neo-Nazi elected to local council in England

    May 18, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    A former neo-Nazi who once defaced buildings with swastikas reportedly has been elected to a local council in south central England.

    Margaret Burke won a seat on Milton Keynes Council earlier this month after demonstrating her remorse to local Labor Party officials and describing...

  • Livingstone trailing in London mayoral election, final poll shows

    May 4, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who stirred controversy with remarks called anti-Semitic by the city’s Jewish leaders, was trailing in a bid to reclaim his post, a final poll showed.

    As voters went to the polls on Thursday, incumbent Boris Johnson, Livingstone’s successor, had...

  • Labor elects Yachimovich as its new leader

    September 21, 2011 | 6:48 pm

    Israel’s Labor Party elected former journalist Shelly Yachimovich as its new leader.

    The 41-year-old Yachimovich, a Knesset member known for her advocacy on socioeconomic issues, won Wednesday’s runoff election against Amir Peretz, a fellow Knesset member who served a stint as...

  • Labor leadership race goes to runoff vote

    September 13, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    The race for the leadership of Israel’s Labor Party will go to a second vote after no candidate got the required 40 percent.

    Former Defense Minister Amir Peretz and former television journalist Shelly Yacimovich will vie for the chairmanship of the party in a runoff election on...

  • British Jewish lawmaker apologizes for ‘Jews again’ remark

    March 31, 2011 | 10:16 am

    A British lawmaker has apologized for insulting a fellow Jewish lawmaker and Labor Party member during a debate in the House of Commons.

    During a debate Wednesday on plans to change the law of universal jurisdiction, Gerald Kaufman turned to a lawmaker sitting next to him and said,...

  • Ireland’s Labor Party eyes Israel for economic inspiration

    February 1, 2011 | 10:06 am

    One of the parties expected to form part of Ireland’s next governing coalition is looking to Israel for economic inspiration.

    The left-leaning Labor party, which is second in the polls and expected to be the junior partner in Ireland’s government following the Feb. 25 general...

  • Ehud Barak quits Labor: Political betrayal or precursor to something bigger?

    January 18, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Was it an act of political self-preservation, a feat of political destruction or a bid to stabilize Israel’s government ahead of some dramatic move?

    And for Israel’s Labor Party, was it another sign of the once-leading party’s demise, or a precursor to a revival and the ideals...

  • Barak’s new faction receives ministerial positions

    January 18, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the four other lawmakers that split from the Labor Party will remain in the government with ministerial positions.

    The Labor lawmakers who joined Barak in forming a new faction on Monday are Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense...

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