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  • Netanyahu era ‘coming to an end,’ says former ally Lapid

    2 weeks ago

    The era of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ending, with Israeli voters clearly more concerned about economic and social issues than about security or fears over Iran, a leading election candidate said on Monday.

    The centre-left opposition is poised for a surprise victory...

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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Centrist candidate Yair Lapid hopes for staying power

    March 4, 2015 | 11:23 am

    The key word in Yair Lapid’s political vocabulary might be “but.”

    His Yesh Atid Party is not right wing, he says, but it isn’t left wing either. He wants to withdraw from the West Bank, but disavows both a unilateral pullout and bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. He...

  • In Tel Aviv, it’s Super Bowl Early Monday Morning

    February 2, 2015 | 11:57 am

    There were wings, beers, giant TV screens, and football fans wearing New England Patriots sweatshirts and Seattle Seahawks jerseys. If not for the fact that it was 1 a.m. and former Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid stood in the center of the bar, it could have been mistaken for...

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  • Lapid: Israel must attend Arab League meeting, push for regional accord

    January 14, 2015 | 10:39 am

    Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid promised on Facebook to advance civil unions and push for a regional peace accord should he serve in Israel’s next government.

    Answering questions from English speakers, Lapid on Tuesday called for an Israeli delegation to attend the Arab League summit...

  • 19th Knesset’s dying wish: Drive Africans from Israel

    By Simone Wilson

    December 11, 2014 | 6:34 pm

    One hour before the 19th Israeli Knesset, or parliament, dissolved forever on Dec. 8, its members made a last-ditch effort to save Holot, the “open” desert prison they created one year prior to detain undocumented Eritrean and Sudanese immigrants.

    On the table was a fifth...

  • 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...

  • Yaalon denied meetings with senior U.S. officials

    October 27, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was denied meetings with senior Obama administration officials during his U.S. visit, according to media reports citing senior U.S. officials.

    While in Washington last week Yaalon requested and was denied meetings with  Vice President Joe...

  • Israel’s political mini-drama: a short guide for the (justifiably) perplexed

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 16, 2014 | 3:57 am

    Is Israel going to have another election much sooner than expected, much sooner than needed, and much sooner than what most of its parties want? There is still a good chance that the coalition is going to survive, but also signs that it might not. Too many people are climbing too...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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