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  • Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid says settlement freeze preferable to prisoner release

    April 8, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he supports freezing settlement growth to help jump-start peace negotiations and vowed that his centrist Yesh Atid party would leave Israel’s governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were responsible for the collapse of the...

  • 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...

  • Google, Israeli government to cooperate on technology

    January 2, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    Google and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding in which the tech giant agreed to provide technological services to the Israeli government.

    Under the agreement signed Tuesday by Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Google Israel CEO Meir Brand, Google will help improve...

  • Lapid urges Netanyahu to take a more cautious tone with U.S.

    December 3, 2013 | 9:26 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should take the heat out of his dispute with U.S. President Barack Obama, his top coalition partner said on Tuesday, warning that the spat over Iran was not helping Israel.

    Relations between Israel and Washington, traditionally the...

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  • Leaving Israel is becoming a trend, so why do I choose to stay?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 23, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    After spending Friday nights in Tel-Aviv and calling each other “brother” or “sister,” comes the most recent Israeli trend: leaving Israel.

    It is now THE Israeli thing to do: pack, fly, start anew abroad. This phenomenon is not new, but it has recently become impossible to...

  • Lapid: It’s safer for Jews in N.Y. than Israel

    October 9, 2013 | 10:57 am

    It is safer to be a Jew in New York than in Israel, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid told an audience in New York.

    “Israel was founded as a refuge for the Jewish people, but today it isn’t a safe place. It is safer to be Jew in New York,” Lapid told PBS host Charlie Rose...

  • Charedi soldier attacked by haredim in Mea Shearim

    July 9, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    A Charedi Orthodox soldier was attacked by dozens of haredi rioters in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim.

    The soldier, a resident of central Israel who was visiting the haredi Orthodox enclave to visit relatives, hid in a nearby building where he changed into civilian...

  • Lapid: Netanyahu should be more proactive in peace talks

    June 21, 2013 | 10:36 am

    Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he was pressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be more proactive in talks with the Palestinians.

    “The most important thing is to go back to the negotiating table and talk until the white smoke comes out,” Lapid said in an interview...

  • Israel’s austerity budget advances in Knesset

    June 18, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Israel’s Knesset approved the first reading of the 2013-14 state budget, which has been touted as closing socio-economic gaps in the country.

    The budget, which cuts millions of dollars from the defense department, child benefits and transportation projects, was approved early...

  • Israel, P.A. to renew economic cooperation, finance ministers agree

    June 17, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Israel and the Palestinian Authority will resume economic cooperation, their finance ministers said.

    Israel’s Yair Lapid and the P.A.’s newly appointed finance chief, Shukri Bishara, at a meeting Sunday in Jerusalem agreed to the resumption of economic ties, according to reports....

  • Israel seals deal ending military exemptions for ultra-Orthodox

    May 29, 2013 | 7:34 am

    Israel clinched a deal on Wednesday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military service for Jewish seminary students, ended a brief crisis that divided the ruling coalition parties.

    The issue of "sharing the national burden" is at the heart of heated debate over privileges the...

  • The politician who can save Israel’s Labor Party

    May 28, 2013 | 9:44 am

    It's still too early to celebrate, but – at the moment – it seems that Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett are changing the rules of the game, and that their parties are about to plant their stakes deep into the heart of Israeli politics. It seems that Lapid's Yesh Atid and Bennett's...
  • Israel’s Cabinet approves reduced defense cuts

    May 13, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Israel’s Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to moderate cuts to the defense budget as part of sweeping austerity measures.

    The Cabinet opened its 2013-14 budget talks on Monday with discussions on defense.

    Following a meeting of the security Cabinet that lasted much of...

  • Lapid knocks Netanyahu off Time 100 list

    April 18, 2013 | 10:22 am

    Israeli political newcomer Yair Lapid knocked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the Time 100 list of most influential people.

    The magazine's list was released Thursday and will appear in its print issue dated April 22. The articles about the individuals listed were written by...

  • New Politics, Old Politics: Has Lapid Lost his Magic Touch?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 12, 2013 | 5:59 am

    This article was published two days ago, in a slightly different (and shorter) version, by the IHT-NYT. You can see it here. You might also want to get an update on Israel's budgetary wars.

    Her name is Riki Cohen. She is 37 and lives in Hadera, a small city on the road from Tel...

  • Lapid orders $13 million transferred to Holocaust survivors fund

    March 21, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid ordered the transfer of more than $13 million to a foundation to assist Holocaust survivors.

    Lapid in his first official order in his new position had the funds transferred to the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims. The money will...

  • 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 introduces new government during Knesset session

    March 18, 2013 | 8:48 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu introduced his new government during a Knesset plenum session.

    In presenting Israel's 33rd government, Netanyahu on Monday afternoon called on the new government to work together with the same spirit of cooperation as the last government, which...

  • Netanyahu brings new gov’t to Peres, taps Ya’alon for defense

    March 18, 2013 | 4:44 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Shimon Peres that he formed a government coalition.

    The leaders met Saturday night at the president's residence in Jerusalem, one day after Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett -- leaders of the Yesh Atid and Jewish Home parties,...

  • Reports: Netanyahu to present new government on Sunday

    March 15, 2013 | 8:21 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and potential coalition partners Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett successfully crossed the last hurdle in talks on forming a new government, which may be presented on Sunday, Israeli media reported. 

    The breakthrough in the talks, which...

  • Yair Lapid named as Israeli finance minister

    March 15, 2013 | 7:01 am

    A former TV anchor whose upstart political party was the biggest surprise in Israel's January election was named finance minister on Friday as a coalition deal was signed, his spokesman said.

    Yair Lapid's centrist Yesh Atid party, which champions bread-and-butter issues of the...

  • What Conclusions Might We Draw Concerning the New Israeli Government

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 14, 2013 | 8:25 am

    Days before President Obama’s visit, PM Netanyahu has managed to form a new Israeli government with 68 seats (out of 120) for a ruling majority. What does it all mean? That is the question of the hour.

    I offer a few observations and Israeli press sites that, hopefully, will not...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu, with team of rivals, puts together a government

    March 11, 2013 | 8:26 am

    He’s had to bite a few bullets to get there, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead Israel’s next government.

    Barring a last-minute surprise, Israel’s new governing coalition will be sworn in this week: a center-right grouping of Netanyahu’s right-wing...

  • With time running out to form a government, Netanyahu facing tough choices

    March 5, 2013 | 9:02 am

    When he emerged bruised but unbeaten following the Jan. 22 elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced some tough choices.

    Should he aim for a narrow, right-wing governing coalition comprised of haredi Orthodox, nationalist and religious Zionist parties that would...

  • Israeli Political Maneuvering - My Two Cents

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 3, 2013 | 7:36 am

    Everyone is prognosticating whether Israel will be able to form a government. Allow me from abroad to add my two cents.

    Point #1 – The election was not about foreign policy or security, though those remain important. Rather, it was about internal Israeli policy, the economy and...

  • Following extension to form government, Netanyahu calls for parties to unite

    March 3, 2013 | 7:12 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Israeli political parties to "come together and unite our forces," hours after being granted an extension to form a new government.

    He used the threat of Iranian nuclear weapons to illustrate why the country's politicians must...

  • Netanyahu sets meeting to request extension in forming government

    February 28, 2013 | 8:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Shimon Peres to request an extension in forming a government.

    Their meeting was scheduled for Saturday night at the end of Shabbat, which is the deadline for forming a government.

    Under law, Netanyahu can...

  • Q&A:  ‘Israel is also the country of the Jewish people, not only of the Israeli people’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 26, 2013 | 8:21 am

    Dr. Ruth Calderon is an Israeli politician and Talmud scholar who was recently sworn into the Israeli parliament as a member of Yair Lapid's 'Yesh Atid' party. Prior to her election, Calderon was a very public figure in the Israeli Jewish education scene, founding the Elul Beit...

  • Yair Lapid: The Israeli middle

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 13, 2013 | 2:35 pm

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