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  • As chapter closes, Shimon Peres hailed by normally divided Knesset

    3 days ago

    In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman.

    Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and...

  • Peres steps down as Israeli president, sees peace ‘one day’

    6 days ago

    Israel's elder statesman Shimon Peres bowed out of active political life on Thursday with an ardent defence of the war in Gaza against Hamas militants and a defiant prediction that peace will "one day" come to the Middle East.

    At a ceremony overshadowed by the 17-day Gaza...

  • Peres finishes six-decade political career as Reuven Rivlin inaugurated president

    1 week ago

    Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as new President Reuven Rivlin was sworn in.

    The inauguration ceremony at Israel’s Knesset Thursday evening was low-key owing to Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza. Knesset...

  • Letters to the editor: Father’s Day, Theodore Bikel, the ethics of keeping kosher and more

    June 18, 2014 | 9:01 am

    You Can’t Spell ‘Father’ Without ‘Her’

    This is one of the most thoughtful and touching columns to appear in recent memory (“From Dad’s Art Studio to the Rabbi’s Bimah,” June 13). How lucky for Rabbi Zoe Klein to be his daughter, and how lucky for him to be her father. And thank...

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  • Obama congratulates Israel’s President-elect Reuven Rivlin

    June 11, 2014 | 10:44 am

    President Obama congratulated Reuven Rivlin on his election as president of Israel.

    “Over more than six decades, the United States and Israel have developed a unique relationship based on shared democratic values, our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our...

  • Likud’s Reuven Rivlin is elected president of Israel

    June 10, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal.

    Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, defeating Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua party in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker...

  • Record six candidates vying for Israeli presidency

    May 27, 2014 | 8:36 am

    At least six candidates will run for president of Israel, setting a new record.

    In another first, at least two of the candidates in the June 10 election by the Knesset are women.

    Reuven Rivlin, a Likud party member of the Knesset,  is considered the front-runner in the race....

  • Race to succeed Peres as Israel’s president begins

    May 19, 2014 | 10:03 am

    The race to succeed Shimon Peres as Israel's president began officially on Monday, after what was widely seen as a bid by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to abolish the post and its king-making potential.

    Legislators will elect a new president on June 10, Speaker of Parliament...

  • Knesset dissolution bill passes first reading

    October 15, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Legislation to dissolve the Israeli Knesset and go to national elections was approved unanimously on first reading.

    Israeli lawmakers voted 99-0, with one voting "present," on Monday night to dissolve the 18th Knesset and hold elections for a new government on Jan. 22. The...

  • Rivlin: Early elections likely in February

    October 5, 2012 | 9:25 am

    Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has called on the Israeli parliament to disband itself and begin preparing for early elections.

    “There can be no doubt that the decision to go to early election has been made and all the parties are preparing for elections,” Army Radio and other...

  • Speaking of elections, how’s Bibi doing?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 2, 2012 | 11:53 am

    While Americans are worrying about the November election, Israelis might need to start worrying about their own February one: "If Benjamin Netanyahu is unable to convince members of his coalition to back his budget for the coming year, he will be forced to bring elections currently...

  • Dichter quits Knesset to take home front defense ministerial position

    August 14, 2012 | 10:25 am

    Israeli lawmaker Avi Dichter resigned from the Kadima Party and the Knesset in order to join the government as minister of home front defense.

    Dichter reportedly sent Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin his resignation on Tuesday after being offered the position Monday night during a...

  • Extremist haredi Orthodox protest universal conscription

    July 16, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    Thousands of members of a haredi Orthodox sect protested in Jerusalem against a planned universal military service law.

    The members of the extremist Eda Haredit sect, which does not recognize secular law, protested Monday evening.

    The protest reportedly began with prayer and...

  • Israeli Speaker Reuven Rivlin visits Tonga

    April 11, 2011 | 10:10 am

    The speaker of Israel’s Knesset, Reuven Rivlin made a historic visit to the island of Tonga in the South Pacific.

    Rivlin became the first Knesset speaker to travel to the kingdom, spending three days on an official visit accompanied by Israel’s non-resident ambassador, Shemi Tzur....

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