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  • 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...

  • Judge loses Netanyahu support for Likud post after rape comment

    June 5, 2013 | 10:31 am

    A judge in the running for the presidency of the Likud Party’s court has lost the support of the prime minister after saying at a court hearing that “some girls like to be raped.”

    Judge Emeritus Nissim Yeshaya made the statement on Monday during a hearing in Tel Aviv District...

  • Rules of engagement to remain in effect in West Bank, Gantz says

    May 28, 2013 | 10:17 am

    A limit on the use of live fire by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank will remain in place, despite requests by settlers and politicians to ease the restrictions, Israel’s military chief said.

    “We won’t ease the rules of engagement,” Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, the Israel Defense...

  • Primaries vs. Backroom Deals and the Declining State of the Likud Party

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 15, 2013 | 6:17 am

    At the moment, most of the political attention in Israel is rightly focused on the new coalition and on the new government (my comments on the matter are all here and the bottom line is hardly positive as far as PM Netanyahu is concerned). However, I wrote another article this week...

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  • Netanyahu claims election win despite party losses

    January 22, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent center-left challengers.

    Exit polls showed the Israeli leader's Likud party, yoked with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu...

  • Feiglin plan would pay Palestinians to leave West Bank

    January 2, 2013 | 9:19 am

    Moshe Feiglin of the Likud Party offered a plan to pay Palestinian families to emigrate from the West Bank.

    The plan offered Tuesday evening came during a conference in Jerusalem on ways to make a one-state solution work. Earlier in the day, Feiglin was detained by Israel Police...

  • Polls: Netanyahu set to win Israel election but rightists gain

    December 28, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is set to win a parliamentary election on January 22 although the popularity of a far-right party opposed to Palestinian statehood is growing, polls showed on Friday.

    Two out of three surveys showed the right-wing Likud...

  • Lieberman questioned again in ambassador affair

    December 26, 2012 | 9:39 am

    Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman was questioned again regarding allegations that he advanced an envoy's position in exchange for information on an investigation against him.

    Lieberman was questioned under caution late on Tuesday night, hours after launching his...

  • 2013 election: The shameless vote

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 8:18 am

    No one ever accused former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni of any hint of corruption. She is a woman with as untainted a record for a politician as one can have. Nonetheless, you’d have to really stretch those muscles of ethical behavior to keep calling Livni a principled...

  • Israel’s crazy election cycle

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 28, 2012 | 11:33 am

    This might be the craziest election cycle in the history of Israel. It is short, but not a week passes without shifts and changes in the political landscape: On Nov. 26, it was Defense Minister Ehud Barak resigning from his post to pursue new horizons. Barak is the cat with nine...

  • Likud Party primary yields more right-wing Knesset list

    November 27, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Members of the Likud Party voted out moderate party stalwarts and elected more right-wing candidates to fill the realistic spots on its Knesset list.

    The primary election results were announced late Monday night after two days of voting marred by malfunctions at computerized...

  • Likud Party approves election list merger with Yisrael Beiteinu

    October 29, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The Likud Party reportedly voted overwhelmingly to approve merging its candidates list with the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party.

    Likud members gathered Monday at a party convention in Tel Aviv to vote on the proposal floated last week by the Likud chairman, Prime Minister...

  • By merging with Liberman, Netanyahu knocks out the left and casts his lot with the right

    October 25, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Political pundits long have debated who is the real Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Is he a pragmatist handcuffed by his right-wing support base and, until his father’s recent death, fealty to his father’s nationalist vision?

    Or is he a true right-wing ideologue whose apparent concessions,...

  • Yitzhak Shamir remembered

    July 2, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel’s prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received when he retired as director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.

    It was a depiction of the famed three monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

    “He...

  • Lesbian couple can both be child’s mother, Israeli court rules

    March 5, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Both members of a lesbian couple who had a child together can be recognized as the child’s mother, an Israeli court ruled.

    The egg of one of the women was fertilized with donated sperm and implanted in the second woman’s uterus. Only the woman who gave birth to the baby boy was...

  • Running off the rails

    By Stuart Schoffman

    February 29, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    On the 4th day of Adar, on the front page of Haaretz, there appeared a most curious story. Its headline read: “Israel Railways planning to build 475-kilometer rail network in West Bank.” The artwork consisted of a photo of Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz of the Likud party,...

  • Netanyahu wins new party mandate

    January 31, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a new mandate to head his right-wing Likud party, defeating an ultranationalist challenger opposed to any land-for-peace deal with Palestinians.

    Initial results published on Wednesday after voting held a day earlier showed Netanyahu...

  • Likud voters electing party chairman

    January 31, 2012 | 8:44 am

    Members of Israel’s Likud Party went to the polls to elect a party chairman and a new Central Committee, more than a year before scheduled national elections.

    Prime Minister Netanyahu on Tuesday is expected to be elected party chairman for the fifth time in 18 years.

    He is being...

  • Netanyahu shores up his power at home

    December 13, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    He may be a lightning rod for criticism abroad, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is consolidating power at home.

    On Dec. 5, Netanyahu announced that elections for leadership of his Likud Party would be held Jan. 31, 2012. The decision came as something of a surprise;...

  • With pressure mounting, will Bibi go left or right?

    March 14, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    Israel is staring at a fork in the road, with potential disaster along either path.

    On the path to the left lies a major Israeli peace initiative that deals with all the core issues under dispute with the Palestinians. On the path to the right lies more waiting, possibly with some...

  • Letter from Paris: Israel and France are back to normal

    By Shirli Sitbon

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres has seen it all.

    Almost any man would have been confused by the series of unbelievable mishaps that erupted out of nowhere during his visit in France, from anti-Israeli rallies and boycotts to a sabotage of his speech by right-wing Jews, to the...

  • Graybeards Pull Off Israel Election Upset

    By Helen Schary Motro

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Just as the polls closed in Israel last month, I was finishing up listening to BBC Radio, planning to switch the dial to hear the first exit poll predictions on a local station.

    But exactly as the clock struck 10, I was amazed to hear the BBC itself switching to Tel Aviv for live...

  • Bibi Up,  Sharon Down —for Now

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Former prime minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is back in control of Israel's Conservative Likud Party as his onetime ally and current rival, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, recovers from a mild stroke.

    Exit polls showed Netanyahu winning Monday's Likud Party leadership primary with 47...

  • In Political Tsunami, Sharon Bolts Likud

    By Dan Baron

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli politics usually make for fine drama -- and 2006 is shaping up to be no exception to that rule.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon quit the Likud Party this week to form a new centrist party to compete in early elections expected to take place in March.

    Sharon's new party, to be...

  • Army Chief Doubts Survival of Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's not every day that Israel's No. 1 soldier expresses doubts about the country's long-term survival. But that was part of a bleak message from Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon that has shaken the country's political establishment.

    In a wide-reaching, early June interview in the daily...

  • Fate of Sharon, Gaza May Hang on Vote

    By Leslie Susser

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With opposition mounting among settlers and in his own Likud Party, Ariel Sharon's political future and the fate of his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank may be decided in the Knesset next week.

    The Israeli prime minister hopes to win a decisive majority in...

  • Backlash Bolsters Sharon’s Gaza Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Likud Party vote earlier this month against Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan may have been a defining moment in Israeli politics -- but not in the way the ostensible winners, Likud hawks and the Israeli settler movement, had hoped.

    Paradoxically, the Likud's rejection of the...

  • Gaza Withdrawal a Risk for Sharon

    By Leslie Susser

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In announcing a plan to evacuate nearly all of the Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is signaling that he's serious about creating large blocs of Palestinian territory free of Israelis -- and that he is willing to gamble with his political...

  • Will Sharon Weather Israel ‘Watergate’?

    By Leslie Susser

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As with President Richard Nixon in the Watergate affair, tapes and an attempted cover-up could be the undoing of Israel's scandal-haunted leader.

    After audiotapes and videotapes that aired on prime-time television last week suggested that Ariel Sharon knew more than he has admitted...

  • Sharon’s Plans for Peace Draw Fire

    By Leslie Susser

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After several years in office that have been characterized by ongoing violence and diplomatic stalemate, Ariel Sharon says he is determined to press ahead with new peace moves that could include "painful concessions" to the Palestinians.

    The prime minister's remarks last week...

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