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  • Illegal buildings in West Bank settlement razed, new construction approved

    July 29, 2015 | 10:06 am

    Two illegal buildings in a West Bank settlement were demolished amid violent protests, but the Israeli government authorized new housing for the Beit El community.

    The buildings were razed on Wednesday afternoon after Israel’s Supreme Court that morning upheld earlier rulings to...

  • On Reform Judaism in Israel, don’t hate the minister, hate the ministry

    July 10, 2015 | 9:36 am

    Israeli Religious Services Minister David Azoulay — from the haredi Shas Party — drew a wave of backlash earlier this week when he said that Reform Jews aren’t Jews. Among those who spoke out against the minister was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    “A Reform Jew, from the...

  • The beast speech and the fight for control of Israel’s culture

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 15, 2015 | 4:05 am

    It is well known that anger is a bad adviser. And some of Israel’s artists and creators are very angry. It is well known that bitterness is counterproductive. And some of Israel’s artists and creators are very bitter.

    Thus, on the evening of June 14, a protest of cultured people...

  • Netanyahu clinches deal to form new Israeli government

    May 6, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    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 concession to key party could push coalition over the top

    May 6, 2015 | 8:52 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly agreed to concessions that would bring in a key party and allow him to form a new government.

    The Israeli media reported Wednesday morning that Netanyahu had agreed to make Naftali Bennett, who heads Jewish Home, either the...

  • Who’s who? Main candidates in Israel’s election

    March 9, 2015 | 8:36 am

    Following is a list of the leading candidates in Israel's March 17 parliamentary election, their main policies and where they stand on participation in a governing coalition.

    Currently, polls show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and the center-left Zionist Union...

  • Israel to cover burial costs of Paris victims in Jerusalem

    January 14, 2015 | 10:21 am

    Israel’s Ministry of Religious Services said it will cover the costs of the burial and funeral for the Paris kosher supermarket victims.

    The announcement late Tuesday night followed reports that the families had been asked to pay some $13,000 for the plots and funeral.

    Israeli...

  • Israeli nationalist leader in spotlight over 1996 Lebanon attack

    January 6, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Naftali Bennett, leader of an ultra-nationalist Israeli party and a potential future defense minister, is in the spotlight over his indirect role in an army shelling attack that killed more than 100 Lebanese civilians nearly two decades ago.

    Bennett, whose Jewish Home party is in...

  • Punishing Bennett won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    December 17, 2014 | 5:20 pm

    People do crazy things when they get desperate and run out of ideas. That’s the first thought that came to mind after I read that a group of pro-Israel academics have decided that the best way to help the comatose Israeli-Palestinian peace process is to stop people like Naftali...

  • Israel’s proposed Jewish nation-state law hits hurdle

    November 17, 2014 | 10:31 am

    Divisions within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing coalition delayed on Sunday a preliminary vote on a proposed law to declare Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people.

    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who heads a centrist party, has expressed concern that...

  • New Israeli law limits Palestinian prisoner releases

    November 4, 2014 | 10:19 am

    Israel's parliament has passed a law aimed at limiting the practice employed in the past of releasing Palestinians convicted of killing Israelis to promote peace efforts.

    "Terrorists should die in jail," Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, from the far-right Jewish Home...

  • Do Israelis think Netanyahu is ‘chickenshit’? Maybe, but they like him that way

    October 31, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    An anonymous White House staffer apparently isn’t the only one who thinks Benjamin Netanyahu is shy about taking chances.

    A piece this week in  The Atlantic magazine by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg ignited a firestorm with its revelation that an Obama administration official had...

  • IDF reserve officer disciplined for passing info to Bennett during Gaza op

    September 16, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces took disciplinary action against a senior reserves officer who reportedly passed classified information to a government minister during Operation Protective Edge.

    Israeli media on Tuesday identified the officer as former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky,...

  • Gaza fighting surges with no firm sign cease-fire near

    July 17, 2014 | 10:03 am

    Israeli leaders on Thursday played down prospects of a permanent Gaza cease-fire and fighting returned to a familiar pattern of Palestinian rocket salvoes and Israeli bombing after a five-hour humanitarian truce.

    An Israeli official said earlier that senior Israeli negotiators in...

  • Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett punched at conference on peace

    July 8, 2014 | 9:43 am

    Israel’s economy minister, Naftali Bennett, was punched following his speech at a peace conference in Tel Aviv.

    Some audience members rushed Bennett, who heads the right-wing Jewish Home party, after he finished speaking on Tuesday afternoon; he was punched in the back by one....

  • WATCH: Israel Social TV on the Kidnapping, Gender in Israel, “Airing Dirty Laundry”, and more

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 23, 2014 | 7:15 am

    In this edition of the English Language Social Order, we discuss:

    - The recent kidnapping of three yeshiva youths

    - Critique gender imbalance in the Israeli media

    - Attend Breaking the Silence's 10 year anniversary and ask, "What do you think about the criticism of "airing dirty laundry" in public?

    - March in the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv

    - Investigate the new "Jewish Identity Administration" that is run by Naftali Bennett's Right Wing National Religious Jewish Home Party and responsible for strengthing the Jewish Identity of Israelis.

  • Israel ramps up pressure on Hamas in hunt for missing teens

    June 17, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Israel decided on Tuesday to widen a crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank after troops detained more than 40 members of the Palestinian Islamist group in sweeps conducted in tandem with a search for three missing Jewish teenagers.

    The Jewish state accuses Hamas of kidnapping the...

  • Herzliya reveals split on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    June 11, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Naftali Bennett and Tzipi Livni don’t agree on much.

    Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, sees the West Bank as an inseparable part of the Jewish state and wants Israel to annex its settlements there. Livni, the justice minister, says Israel can remain a Jewish democracy only by...

  • Israel vows big investment in world Jewry project, though details remain fuzzy

    June 3, 2014 | 8:47 am

    Its leaders call it a “historic development,” a “paradigm shift” and a “change in the relationship” between Israel and Diaspora Jewry.

    But when it comes to the details of the Joint Initiative of the Government of Israel and World Jewry, key questions have yet to be answered —...

  • Cruz in Israel blames Palestinians for failed peace talks

    May 27, 2014 | 10:34 am

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in Israel said the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state caused the latest round of peace negotiations to fail.

    On a two-day visit, Cruz (R-Texas) said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post that the United States should not...

  • A year on, Israeli team of rivals rules Netanyahu’s coalition

    March 26, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    In the lead-up to last year’s Knesset elections, the pro-settlement Jewish Home party released a controversial ad showing party chairman Naftali Bennett smiling alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The message was clear: Netanyahu will be prime minister, but a...

  • 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...

  • Bennett’s job may be on line without apology, Prime Minister’s Office intimates

    January 29, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett must apologize for remarks contradicting Benjamin Netanyahu or face the consequences, the Prime Minister’s Office told Israeli news outlets.

    “Bennett was given a message that he has to apologize clearly and unequivocally or there will be a...

  • Israel’s Bennett: No agreement based on ’67 lines

    January 10, 2014 | 1:39 pm

    Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said his Jewish Home Party will not accept an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on the 1967 lines.

    “No more word games: The 1967 lines mean dividing Jerusalem and giving up the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and the Old City. In...

  • Livni vs. Bennett: Israel’s acrimonious coalition

    January 8, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Judging by the words of Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza could lead to the destruction of the state of Israel.

    Judging by the words of Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, establishing a Palestinian state is the best way to...

  • Bennett urges patience on Western Wall plan

    August 30, 2013 | 9:02 am

    Israel’s minister of religious services, Naftali Bennett, acknowledged flaws in his plan for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

    “I know that the temporary platform is not perfect,” Bennett wrote in a letter reported by Haaretz Thursday. “But, in the spirit of Rosh Hashana, I...

  • Women of the Wall call alternative site a ‘wall of misfits’

    August 27, 2013 | 10:45 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    About a dozen women sit underneath a large Israeli flag at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall. They’ve been here close to 24 hours, and are getting tired. They are members of Women of the Wall (WOW), a 25-year-old group of...

  • Most Israelis support peace deal; Bennett vows settlement expansion

    July 24, 2013 | 7:42 am

    With Israeli-Palestinian talks set to begin, a poll has shown that a majority of Israelis would support a final-status agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

    Conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Dialog Institute, the poll showed that 39 percent of Israelis would vote for a...

  • Netanyahu, coalition partner Bennett at odds over peace talks

    June 25, 2013 | 7:16 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was ready to enter serious peace negotiations with the Palestinians, while his coalition partner Naftali Bennett said a pact would lead to more violence.

    “Our fervent hope is for peace, a genuine peace that can be achieved only...

  • Bill Clinton to Israelis: Share future with a Palestinian state

    June 17, 2013 | 5:18 pm

    There is no alternative to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Bill Clinton said at an event to honor Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Clinton was speaking Monday night at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot in honor of Peres’ 90th birthday.

    “Your neighbors...

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