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  • Livni says she’ll forgo being prime minister should Zionist Union win

    March 16, 2015 | 12:46 pm

    Israeli politician Tzipi Livni said she will forgo the opportunity to take the prime minister position in two years should her Zionist Union slate prevail in the elections.

    Livni made the announcement on Monday night, less than a day before Israelis vote for a new national...

  • Netanyahu vows to stop ‘Palestinian continuity’ toward Jerusalem

    March 16, 2015 | 12:27 pm

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Har Homa, Jerusalem – Standing on an apartment balcony beneath an olive tree overlooking the green hills between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a hastily convened news conference in this...

  • Women gain influence in Israeli politics after long gap

    March 12, 2015 | 10:30 am

    For decades, the identikit for a top Israeli politician has been a tough-talking man with a decorated military past who's big on security. The exceptions have been rare, but now women are filling senior positions in parties across the spectrum.

    Whether on the left, in the center...

  • The 2015 Israeli election: Stuck in an elevator

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 11, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Two weeks before Election Day, a somewhat strange group of Israelis gathered to celebrate in a rented hall at Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. In attendance were scholars, advertising professionals, journalists and publishing industry editors. And politicians, many politicians....

  • Whether ‘Bibi’ or ‘Bougie,’ Israelis demand living costs relief

    March 10, 2015 | 11:41 am

    Whoever wins Israel's election next week must answer demands for relief from soaring housing prices and a high cost of living, but the days of big state spending on social programs are unlikely to return.

    Opinion polls show that more than half of Israelis believe social issues...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu’s main challenger to focus on his own security credentials

    February 24, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Battling Benjamin Netanyahu's accusations that he is soft on national security, the Israeli prime minister's main election rival said on Tuesday he would boost efforts to focus voters on his own military and strategic credentials.

    Isaac Herzog, who heads the center-left Zionist...

  • Is Livni’s move to team with Labor one of principle or opportunism?

    December 16, 2014 | 9:45 am

    In the latest episode of the satirical show “State of the Nation,” the zingers aimed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu weren’t coming from the comedians.

    Tzipi Livni, who until last month was Netanyahu’s justice minister, called the prime minister a “zero” on the...

  • What Israelis think about Herzog-Livni, Obama, US Jews, Netanyahu, Jewish-state law

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 11, 2014 | 3:58 am

    Israelis and Herzog

    The big political news coming out of Israel's interesting election cycle is the official announcement that Labor's Herzog and Hatnuah's Livni will be running together. It was expected, it makes sense, and it was nevertheless surprising. Why? Because of...

  • Israel’s Livni joins opposition head to challenge PM

    December 10, 2014 | 9:01 am

    Former Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni and the center-left parliamentary opposition leader will jointly challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a March election, political sources said on Wednesday.

    They said Livni, whom Netanyahu fired last week as coalition rifts...

  • Israel's Knesset votes to dissolve

    December 8, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    Israel's parliament voted on Monday to dissolve itself in preparation for an early general election on March 17, after a crisis set in motion by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's dismissal of two ministers.

    The parliament's vote of 93 to 0 formalized a decision to move forward...

  • Israel’s ‘Jewish state’ proposal is cheap political posturing

    December 3, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    In recent days, Israel’s Cabinet has engaged in an unedifying debate over proposed legislation for a new “Basic Law” that aims to enshrine Israel’s character as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The discussion has little to do with Israel’s essence and much to do with cheap...

  • Israel goes to new elections

    December 3, 2014 | 9:53 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Just 20 months after the current government was sworn in, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two of his top cabinet ministers, leading their parties to pull out of the government and the Knesset, or parliament, to vote to...

  • Netanyahu seeks early election – fires Lapid, Livni

    December 2, 2014 | 10:15 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his finance and justice ministers on Tuesday, signaling the break up of his bickering coalition and opening the way for early national elections in Israel.

    Netanyahu's government, which only took office last year, has been...

  • Israeli mayor imposes partial ban on Arab workers

    November 20, 2014 | 9:44 am

    An Israeli mayor has imposed a partial ban on employing Arab workers in his city in a sign of mounting security concerns after a surge in deadly Palestinian attacks.

    Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni announced on Facebook that he was stopping "until further notice" the work of Arab...

  • 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...

  • Is Israel’s longest, bloodiest Gaza war over?

    August 26, 2014 | 3:17 pm

    A rocket barrage fell on Israel, a boom sounded over Tel Aviv and then it was over — at least for now.

    After 50 days of missiles, airstrikes, ground operations, tunnel incursions, truce talks, cease-fire proposals, death and destruction, Israel and Hamas agreed to an open-ended...

  • No sign of Gaza talks breakthrough as cease-fire nears end

    August 18, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Talks in Cairo on ending the Gaza war showed no signs of a breakthrough on Monday, with Israel and the Palestinians entrenched in their demands hours before the expiry of a five-day cease-fire.

    The truce is due to run out at 5.00 p.m. EDT. A Palestinian source quoted by Egypt's...

  • The view from Israel: Pondering the chances of a long-term solution

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 14, 2014 | 5:03 pm

    Just after the start of the initial 72-hour cease fire last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) encouraged residents of communities near its southern border who had left during the war to return to their homes. They did — and then quickly discovered that the belief in the advent...

  • Livni: Fanatics in Gaza, Iraq need dealing with

    August 8, 2014 | 9:50 am

    Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said the world must respond to jihadists in Gaza and Iraq.

    Livni made the statement in a Facebook post on Friday morning. Her post came as Israeli jets struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire and hours after President Barack...

  • French senator sorry for posting Israelis murdering Disney characters

    August 7, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    A French senator apologized for any misunderstandings connected to her praise for a campaign featuring fake pictures of Israeli leaders murdering Disney cartoon characters.

    Nathalie Goulet of the Union of Democrats and Independents party made the endorsement on Twitter earlier...

  • IDF soldiers’ anthem: ‘We will yet return to Gush Katif’

    July 17, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    Some of the Israeli soldiers stationed on the Gaza border are calling for Israel to resettle the Gaza Strip — in song.

    In a video posted yesterday, a group of soldiers recorded “The Protective Edge Anthem,” named after Israel’s 10-day-old operation in Gaza, which has so far...

  • 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...

  • Danny Danon’s warning to Bibi

    April 8, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    As the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks deteriorates, several Israeli government ministers are asking whether the Palestinian Authority is interested in an agreement.

    Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon is asking a different question: Is Prime Minister...

  • 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...

  • Israel says it might not carry out Palestinian prisoner release

    March 18, 2014 | 10:40 am

    Israel told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday it might not carry out a final stage of a Palestinian prisoner release unless he commits to prolonging peace talks beyond an April deadline for a deal.

    A senior Palestinian official said there would be "big...

  • Netanyahu, Kerry talk after public criticism

    February 3, 2014 | 11:38 am

    Benjamin Netanyahu and John Kerry discussed the developing framework agreement hours after the Israeli prime minister accused the U.S. secretary of state of promoting a boycott in a speech.

    Citing unnamed senior U.S. officials, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said their telephone...

  • 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...

  • Israeli ministers endorse legislation to annex part of West Bank

    December 30, 2013 | 10:13 am

    A panel of Israeli cabinet ministers endorsed proposed legislation on Sunday to annex an area of the West Bank likely to be the eastern border of a future Palestinian state.

    The move, pushed by far-right members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, could weigh on...

  • Netanyahu to skip Mandela memorial due to high travel, security costs

    December 9, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not attend a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela due to the high cost of transportation and security.

    The decision was announced late Sunday, hours before Netanyahu’s scheduled departure the following day for the...

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