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  • Israel’s Knesset approves new government

    March 18, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Israel's Knesset approved the country's 33rd government.

    The lawmakers approved the new government by a vote of 68 to 48, with four absent.

    Following the vote, the government ministers were sworn in individually, each making a declaration promising to be faithful to the state...

  • Netanyahu clinches coalition deals

    March 14, 2013 | 7:01 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched deals for a coalition government on Thursday reflecting a shift to the center in Israel and a domestic agenda that has shunted peacemaking with Palestinians to the sidelines.

    In control of 68 of parliament's 120 seats, the right-wing...

  • On Election Day, Israel’s undecided voters face moment of truth

    January 22, 2013 | 8:36 am

    Israelis are almost never shy about offering their opinions, especially when it comes to politics.

    The problem is that this year, many of them aren’t sure what their opinions are.

    As Election Day approached, a large proportion of voters – 15 percent – remained undecided,...

  • The problem with Israel’s electoral system

    By Gidi Grinstein

    January 16, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Israel’s electoral system is the root cause of the disheartening polarization and superficiality on display in Israel’s current election season. Many wrongly point to the egos of our politicians as the underlying reason. In reality, powerful constitutional disincentives for...

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  • 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...

  • German Parliament passes law guaranteeing legality of ritual circumcision

    December 12, 2012 | 10:58 am

    The German Parliament passed a law protecting the right of Jewish and Muslim parents to choose a ritual circumcision for their sons, after months of heated debate over efforts to ban the practice.

    In all, 434 legislators voted Wednesday for the new law proposed by the federal...

  • Hungarian lawmaker proposes ‘registering’ Jewish lawmakers

    November 27, 2012 | 10:10 am

    A far-right Hungarian lawmaker suggested that members of the Hungarian Parliament who are Jewish or of Jewish origin be counted and registered.

    Marton Gyongyosi of the ultranationalist Jobbik party made the suggestion Monday in a Parliament session during a discussion of the...

  • 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...

  • Computer woes force Likud to extend hours in primary vote

    November 25, 2012 | 11:22 am

    Polls will remain open past midnight in Likud Party primary voting following computer malfunctions at several polling stations.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chairman of the ruling Likud, made the announcement Sunday of the longer voting hours following malfunctions at...

  • Netanyahu announces early Israeli election

    October 9, 2012 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early national elections.

    In a news conference on Oct. 9, Netanyahu announced that elections for the 19th Knesset will be held a year early. Although a date has not yet been announced, it is expected the vote will be held in...

  • Netanyahu may dissolve parliament in mid-October, official says

    October 5, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will decide before parliament reconvenes on October 15 on whether to seek a snap election, a government official said on Friday.

    Citing growing friction among Netanyahu's allies, including disputes with Defence Minister Ehud Barak,...

  • Anti-Semitic Polish priest invited to speak at European parliament

    June 12, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    Conservative Polish lawmaker Miroslaw Piotrowski’s invitation to a controversial priest to speak in Brussels has led to a split among the European Conservatives and Reformists group, or ECR.

    Tadeusz Rydzyk’s anti-Semitic views voiced on his Radio Maryja and TV Trwam stations have...

  • Knesset committee rejects law to annex settlements

    May 14, 2012 | 12:41 am

    A bill aimed at applying Israeli law on West Bank settlements was rejected by a Knesset committee.

    The bill proposed to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation by Likud lawmaker Miri Regev would have removed Israeli settlements from military rule and effectively annexed them.

    In...

  • Likud moves to dissolve Knesset, eyes Sept. 4 election

    May 3, 2012 | 9:15 am

    The Likud Party, which leads the ruling coalition, has submitted a bill to dissolve the current Knesset and is pushing for new elections on Sept. 4.

    The bill joins motions by the opposition Meretz and Labor parties. Kadima said in a statement that it will support any bill to move up...

  • Tzipi Livni resigns from Knesset

    May 1, 2012 | 8:48 am

    Former opposition leader Tzipi Livni resigned from Israel’s Knesset.

    Livni delivered a prepared statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing her departure from the legislature prior to a meeting with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin at which she submitted her letter of resignation. She...

  • Iran parliament vote seen bolstering Supreme Leader

    March 2, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s power over rival hardliners led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Iranian leaders were looking for a high turnout to ease an acute crisis of legitimacy caused by...

  • 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...

  • Israelis advised to ‘be alert’ in Britain

    August 11, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Israel’s Foreign Ministry issued a travel advisory for citizens visiting Britain.

    The advisory issued Wednesday because of rioting in the London area recommends that Israelis “be alert, avoid gatherings of groups of youths and areas of unrest, and obey police and other local...

  • Reject unilateral Palestinian statehood, European Parliament members urge EU

    July 11, 2011 | 12:54 pm

    More than 100 members of the European Parliament signed a letter urging the European Union to reject the unilateral Palestinian bid for statehood.

    The letter, sent Monday by 106 members of the pan-European governing body, to Lady Catherine Ashton, the head of foreign affairs and...

  • Rabbi elected to Buenos Aires parliament

    July 11, 2011 | 10:06 am

    Argentine Rabbi Sergio Bergman handily won a seat on the Buenos Aires municipal legislature.

    Bergman led with 45 percent of the vote, more than tripling second-place finisher Juan Cabandie of the Victory Front Party,  who had 14 percent.

    Bergman, the senior rabbi of the traditional...

  • Lithuanian parliament approves compensation for confiscated property

    June 21, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    Lithuania’s parliament has agreed to pay $52 million over 10 years in compensation for properties confiscated from the country’s Jewish community by the Nazis and by Soviet authorities.

    The bill was passed by the parliament on Tuesday and still must be signed into law by the...

  • Warrior mom

    By David Suissa

    November 12, 2008 | 10:50 pm

    Like any parent, Esther Kandel is crazy about her kids. For years, she has led the typical Jewish parenting life: PTA meetings, carpooling, after-school activities, nightly homework and dinner with the kids, preparing for Shabbat and holidays, and so on.

    But behind this normal life,...

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