05.27.2016 | 19 Iyar, 5776
Hezbollah is broke thanks to US sanctions, says White House official
'World Health Organization condemnation of Israel is anti-Semitism,' says Lapid
Salafi group in Gaza claims overnight rocket launching at Israel
Knesset warns Arab MKs against Temple Mount visits during Ramadan
Resigning minister: Liberman defense appointment ‘extraordinarily cynical’
Environment minister resigns in protest of Liberman's entry into coalition
Rocket Man rocks Tel Aviv
20 Israeli academics encourage BDS, Im Tirtzu says
In huge blow to Israel, Netherlands declares BDS ‘free speech’
Majority of Israelis don't trust Netanyahu on security, believe government won't pursue peace
Tel Aviv documentary festival announces film winners
Palestine Literature Festival highlights local and international writers
Taking it all off
Mac TA, Eilat into Final Four; Jerusalem closing in
Morocco refuse to play Israel in wheelchair tennis World Cup
Disappointing denouement for Mac TA
Jerusalem, Hap Tel Aviv resume captivating quarterfinal
My Word: Taiwan revisited
As I See It: Democracy in turmoil
The unlikely likelihood of a centrist bloc
Israel’s spectacular champions
Egyptian Muslims attack Christians, strip woman naked over rumored affair
Male doctor helps Saudi woman deliver baby - and is then shot by husband
Iran has limited, indirect access to US dollars, Treasury official says
US pro-gun lobby to 'Ayatollahs of Iran': You haven't met alligator wrestlers, cowboys of America
Senior Iranian official: Secret, second wife of Iran's FM 'spied for the West'
Too hot for Tehran: Glam couple flee Iran after model photos deemed 'un-Islamic'
Escape to victory: 'Anti-Iranian occupation' team wins soccer cup
ISIS plans to ignite ethnic war in Fallujah upon leaving the city, document allegedly reveals
Analysis: Islamic State may be down, but it's far from out
US prosecutors move to unseal case of Ivy League student who defected from ISIS
Australia holds five suspected of plotting sailing trip to join ISIS
Forging links with the Diaspora through dialogue
Self-described anti-Semitic German pastor resigns from interfaith position
German police investigate Britons' Nazi salute at death camp
Neo-Nazis salute ‘Aryan goddess’ Taylor Swift
Surprise! Anti-BDS gift box coming straight to your front door
'Smart car' tech to get boost from US-Israel collaboration
Research shows exposure to dirty air may raise risk of heart disease
Most medical marijuana users benefit from treatment, finds Ben-Gurion University study
Rx for Readers: Stresses over sleep lines
Litzman blasts Palestinian ‘political attack’ on Israel at WHO’s yearly assembly
‘Smart park’ coming to capital’s Sacher Park
Analysis stage begins at latest Golan drilling site
Green tech at the forefront of talks on US-Israel collaboration
Israel faces lack of enforcement of environmental policies, says report
Tech Talk: Student hackathons are the new rage
Tech Talk: CES Asia 2016
Tech can’t thrive without women, says Israeli-born Oracle CEO
NY Times editor calls out Trump for ignoring supporters’ anti-Semitic tweets
Who needs Hillary? Trump, Sanders mull televised debate
Sanders' pro-Palestine backers could spark uproar at Dem convention
Jewish leaders push to get two-state solution proposal on next president's desk
VIDEO: Is this the most racist ad you have ever seen?
Grapevine: Born in Jerusalem
Podcast: The mystery of Tel Aviv’s Jane Doe alleys
This week in 60 seconds: The Green Prince takes New York
Briefing: Liberman, Trump and fascism
Podcast: A stable Israeli government? Fat chance
Grapevine: Animal husbandry
Employees send their boss on a special vacation
WATCH: Kittens are the best audience
WATCH: 6ft Balloon Bursts in Slow Motion
22 Photographs where time really stood still
'In the navy'
On the 50th anniversary of Agnon’s Nobel Prize
Books: Blood diamonds
The forgotten casualties
Whose land is it?
A Jew in ancient Rome
The Russian Underground
SpaceIL: To the moon!
Veterans: Reaching one’s full potential
Books: Unlikely characters
Books: Totally certifiable
Books: Beauty and boredom of war
Pavements for pedestrians? Not in Jerusalem
Inside Gilo: Who pays for that?
This week in Jerusalem
Here and now at the Israel Festival
An oddly individual thing – handwriting
Agriculture is having a (vertical) field day
Walking the food trail in Haifa
אַלְמָז פּוֹסַעַת בִּשְבִילֵי יַלְדוּתָה
סְטֶנְד-אַפּ שֶל רוֹתֶם אַבּוּהָב
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Christian leaders seek insight into Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Protectors of the Holy Land
Digging with the Bible
Green Journey – Cycling on the Trails of the Living
Remembering Isaac Ochberg
Czech prime minister plants tree in Jerusalem grove of nations
Dado Scenic Lookout Dedicated on Israel's Northern Border
Golani Soldiers Clean up the Forests of Northern Israel
Greek President Plants Olive Tree in Jerusalem Grove of Nations
Italian Environment Minister Discovers Negev Agriculture
Kenyan President Plants an Olive Tree in Jerusalem
Hugging a Tree? Beware of the Pine Processionary Caterpillar!
UN World Water Day 2016: Better Water, Better Jobs
International Forest Day 2016: Saying Thank You to the Trees
US Forestry Service Shares Remote Sensing Tech with Israel
KKL-JNF and The Italian State Forestry Corps Sign a Memorandum
JNF USA & Alexander Muss High School in Israel
Both Receive Charity Navigator's Highest Rating
First-Ever Birthright Israel Trip for Jewish Law Enforcement Announced
90 Year-old Giuditta Matalon Embraces the Children of Israel
Peonies and Pineapples in the Negev Desert
An Interview with Israel Prize Winner Prof. Yossi Katz
Arava Open Day 2016
The Acacia Tree Stars in the Arava Ecosystem
Naming Sheba Medical Center, an Oasis of Healing, Hope and Peace
Living with Doubt
This Week in Israeli History: IAF Established, 14,500 Ethiopian Jews Airlifted to Israel and Latrun
By GIL HOFFMAN
Knesset Chief Security Officer Yosef Griff underlines that Knesset members are barred from visiting Jerusalem's contested holy site.
By LAHAV HARKOV,JULIE STEIGERWALD
Arabic is an official language should not be ignored in Israeli society, Knesset speaker says.
By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
New party members come from the academic ‘hard core’ of the Islamic Movement at the Center for Contemporary Studies in Umm el-Fahm, expert tells 'Post.'
All Fools’ Day O judgement, thou art fled to brutish beasts And men have lost their reason – Julius Caesar, Act Three, Scene Two
By PINCHAS LANDAU
Law passes almost two years after initiative introduced
By MICHELLE MALKA GROSSMAN
Move brings the bill closer to becoming a law, almost two years after former Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz first introduced the initiative.
The fluoridation policy, especially beneficial to the dental health of children, is endorsed by public health experts and dentists.
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
Doing Business rank has fallen 23 places during PM’s tenure.
By NIV ELIS
The program, according to Gabbay, will focus on lowering air pollution caused by factors such as factories and transportation.
“You can see here works that reference the ancient world, but there are also things that very much feed off the here and now, in modern-day Israel.”
By BARRY DAVIS
Likud MK went straight to work in his first days as coalition chairman, sending a letter Tuesday telling MKs truancy will not be tolerated.
By LAHAV HARKOV
The bill, which passed 31-2, prohibits any technology by which a human can be cloned, instead of specifying cloning methods.
By LAHAV HARKOV,JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
"There is no global economic crisis, we are not in an election year and we cannot claim that it's a pilot, because we've already tried this a few times," says Knesset Legal Adviser Eyal Yinon.
Some of the coalition’s most controversial proposals will have an easier time passing now that the coalition has been expanded to 66 seats.
Glick, who advocates for allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, survived an assassination attempt in 2014 after being shot four times.
Move allows former MK Yaakov Asher of Degel Hatorah faction to return to Knesset.
By JEREMY SHARON
UTJ insisted in its coalition agreement with the Likud that the law be repealed, owing to the possible future threat that the law could be enforced.
The renowned activist hopes to turn the Temple Mount into “a world center for peace,” promote settlers’ rights and bring “light and love” to the world.
“We in Yisrael Beytenu are against a haredi state,” said Liberman during the Knesset debate over the conversion law, which was defeated.
The reason she was leaving, she says, is because the talks did not include a commitment to the social causes she has fought for in her seven years as an MK.
Star-crossed lovers or mortal enemies?
Fourteen months ago, his Yisrael Beytenu party nearly failed to pass the electoral threshold that was raised at Liberman’s initiative in order to block Arab parties from entering the Knesset.
In a meeting that lasted less than an hour Wednesday afternoon, Liberman accepted Netanyahu’s offer of the defense and immigration and absorption portfolios.
The documents feature drawings of the flag and state symbol, and the flag declaration includes a detailed description of its appearance, size and measurements of the stripes and star.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein met with the university presidents to discuss pressing issues relating to education and democracy.
By LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI
The Likud’s coalition partners had mixed feelings about the coalition talks.
The Age of Marriage Law in Israel stipulates that any child, male or female, under the age of 18 may not marry without special permission that is granted by family court in exceptional cases.
By RO YEGER
Likudniks call for expanding coalition
By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN
Zehava Gal-On endorsed Anat Berko for the chairmanship of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
“Go out and tour our beautiful, developing country during Hol Hamoed,” the prime minister encouraged Israelis.
In an interview with the Post, Gamliel reveals how the country intends to use its status and know-how as the “startup nation” to harness digital technology to reduce socio-economic gaps.
Joint List MK Zahalka shoots back at the prime minister saying his call is "baseless."
Poll: 83% of Israelis believe their politicians are corrupt
By BEN HARTMAN,Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN
Zahalka calls for more "effective struggle" to keep Jews off Temple Mount "in any way possible."
Barkat: "The Knesset doesn't interest me."
Shmuly: America more committed to two-state solution than some Israelis; Zionist Union MK intrigued by US election issues that are "obvious" in Israel.
The NUIS issued an inaugural Student MK Index, ranking MKs by the extent of their engagement and activities in promoting issues most pertaining to youth and students.
“Young Palestinians are victims of the occupation whose basic rights are negated and whose lives have been made miserable for five decades,” said Joint List MK Yussef Jabareen, defending Bahloul.
MKs call for action as Israeli-Arab lawmaker doubles down on refusal to call Hebron stabber a terrorist.
Herzog: A terrorist is a terrorist, no matter who he kills; Netanyahu writes that MK's statement is “shameful.”
I expect a heavy objection from the coalition. But this could be a test to Israel's declared commitment to international law, MK tells Post.
By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON,YONAH JEREMY BOB
The legislature closed out its winter session with a sleepy atmosphere.
The bill would institute a three-year trial run, after which the Knesset would consider expanding Sundays off to all year round.
When the Knesset returns from its extended recess on May 23, at least its MKs will be well-rested.
There are currently tens of thousands of volunteers serving in the Civil Guard, far more than the 28,000 officers in the Israel Police.
By BEN HARTMAN
The initiative proposed by Zionist Union MKs Eyal Ben-Reuven and Tzipi Livni would apply to investigations of possible crimes committed while the soldier is on duty.
Criticism of database mentions exposing citizens to a new level of invasion of their privacy rights.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
The UTJ MK’s remarks came after the government voted to create an egalitarian prayer section at the southern end of the Western Wall.
Final regulations exempting experienced immigrant dentists from an exam approved.
The ban will last for three years, at which point the Knesset will have to vote whether to renew it or not.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his support for the bill saying it is “meant to remove MKs who stand against Israel and for terrorism.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his support for the bill, which was his brainchild.
The Tzohar law was designed to guarantee in law the ability of a rabbinical association of national-religious rabbis to maintain its marriage registration program.
"Today, half of the calls to emergency hotlines are false alarms, and since the start of the security escalation, I say we have to bring calm," says Zionist Union MK.
PMO Director General Eli Groner said that discussions of sending the bill back to committee that surfaced were misconstrued, and that Netanyahu simply wanted to understand the bill's contents.
International Agunah Day is a day of solidarity with agunot, ‘chained women’ whose husbands refused them a divorce document required by Jewish law.
The Knesset passed a bill to change the way maternity leave is calculated for self-employed women, such that it can be based on a quarter in the year before the birth in which she earned the most.
Though the Ethics Committee has a policy of not punishing lawmakers for speech, it decided to make an exception for personal accusations.
The law will only go into effect six months after the Knesset passes it in its second and third readings. During that window, evaders will have an opportunity to come clean and avoid prosecution.
Multiple flaws in the public broadcasting bill, the preliminary reading of which was passed last week by the Knesset, are preventing the IBC from getting off the ground.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
Current penalty is a 300 lira fine, an old Israeli currency no longer in circulation.
The Ministerial Committee on legislation advanced the so-called V15 Bill, named after an organization that campaigned against him in last year’s election.
Executive director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism Rabbi Gilad Kariv denounced the approval of the bill, saying it put the religious establishment and the Israeli public.
“The prime minister is obligated to find a solution to [preserve] the status quo. He is signed on to this and therefore I demand that he fixes this,” says Litzman.
A delegation from Likud met with ECR parliament members last week at the European Parliament.
Shaked’s office said she is not dealing with the issue, as no request for a pardon was submitted, and that the parole board will discuss Katsav’s sentence.
The bill makes the penalty for inciting not to volunteer in the IDF equal to that of someone who incites or lobbies against doing mandatory IDF service, five years.
“Even if we rescue 50% of the potential, we will still be rescuing five times more food that we are today.”
Netanyahu: Women in Israel are leaders in every area; Touma-Sliman: We are celebrating, but struggling for equality.
“Instead of the Knesset being a light of proper governance, it is divvying out scandalous bonuses to staff members who earn much more than MKs.”
The chairman of the committee, Renato Soru, an Italian member of the European Parliament and an entrepreneur, decided to take Margalit’s initiative forward.
Knesset speaker visits London amid protests by Palestinian envoy; MKs fight calls
for boycott in Parliamentary Assembly Union for the Mediterranean in Brussels.
Israeli Arab MK accuses former Shin Bet head of orchestrating murders of Arab leaders.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
“The grim results of the survey should set of an alarm among the Israeli leadership."
Controversial MK suspension bill heads to first vote.
Until the ruling, the local religious councils which operate the public mikvaot within their regional jurisdictions would not allow non-Orthodox converts to use them.
“We will leave the coalition if court decision allowing the Reform to use mikvaot for their ceremonies is not overturned by Passover,” MK Yisrael Eichler said.
The controversial MK He told Channel 2 that he no longer considers himself obligated to coalition discipline in the Knesset plenum.
By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN,LAHAV HARKOV
Opposition calls out coalition politicians who spoke in favor of gay rights but voted against them.
The grounds for suspension would be those listed in Basic Law: Knesset for banning a party or person from running: Incitement to violence or racism, support for armed conflict against Israel.
"After two extended periods in which the state was operating with an approved budget, we are obligated to give our opinion regarding public supervision on the work of the Finance Ministry."
On Monday night, Hazan left the Knesset without finding someone to offset his absence.
Slomiansky changed the new proposal so that it does not require judges to refer to Jewish civil law before international precedents.
"It cannot be that women are being excluded from Israeli democracy," MK Svetlova says.
The suspension bill is only considered non-democratic now that Israel wants to implement the legislation, prime minister claims.
The Palestinian envoy attacked Knesset Speaker's upcoming visit.
The Knesset committee's special session comes two days after a deadly bus crash killed 6 people.
Smotrich proposed similar legislation, which the Knesset approved in a preliminary reading last week, and will be combined with the government bill in committee.
Netanyahu called Slomiansky from Berlin after the latter canceled a committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday to work on the bill the prime minister initiated last week.
“Holding bodies is a custom that Israel started in the 1970s and harms the religious sensitivities and shows disrespect for the life of Palestinians, even after their death,” the bill said.
The proposal to suspend MKs via a parliamentary majority will intensify political witch-hunting and widen the Jewish-Arab divide.
By AMIR FUCHS
Belz institutions are flourishing, as are the numbers of the rebbe’s disciples.
By SUSAN HATTIS ROLEF
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has found himself in the right flank crosshairs of the Likud after taking a moral stand on the Hebron shooting.
The belief was that cronyism and corruption were the cause of inflated executive pay. And if stockholders were empowered to stop it that’s what they would do.
By JPOST EDITORIAL
The law would give a special majority of 90 out of 120 lawmakers the ability to suspend a fellow member of Knesset for incitement to violence or racism.
Erdan has thrown his support behind the Knesset Caucus on Firearm Policy and its goal of boosting the numbers of armed private citizens.