Plans underway to build 2,610 Jewish homes in east Jerusalem
Abbas: If Security Council bid fails, we will join ICC, may end security cooperation with Israel
PM to Ban: Absurd UN Human Rights Council will not investigate Hamas war crimes
Steinitz: Abu Mazen more of an enemy than Arafat
Fatah official: Palestinians who sold homes to Jews in east Jerusalem should die
US says east Jerusalem housing plan 'calls into question Israel's commitment to peace'
Netanyahu's right-wing coalition partners slam premier for backing two-state solution
Netanyahu arrives at White House for meeting with Obama
Knesset speaker Edelstein: Israel will defend itself if West makes bad deal with Iran
Rambam surgeons save life of preschool Syrian boy hit in his country’s crossfire
Electric bikes pose danger on near-empty streets during Yom Kippur
New voluntary organization aims to promote information about cleft palate, lip
Health Ministry refutes claim gov't hospitals can’t pay for lifesaving drugs
Hapoalim launches BankApp competition
Eilat Eilot Off Grid Hub to open in the Arava
Cabinet approves NIS 1.5 billion ‘Gateway to Jerusalem’
Arab Israeli high-tech incubator raises $4.5 million
Economics and waste
More than kid’s play
Internet artist Kutiman keeps turning home videos into global YouTube hits
From Chicago to Herzliya
Running down a dream in Tel Aviv
Confidence abounds as Gutman gets ready
Is soccer legend Diego Maradona in line to become coach of Palestinian national team?
Barda’s spectacular one-man show puts Beersheba back in spotlight
'When you say Chich, you say Tel Aviv'
German politician posts video of Rothschilds controlling the world
Report: Netanyahu blocks Lapid’s Birthright cut
Dutch teen claiming to be part of ISIS threatens to behead Jews
MKs to Netanyahu: Bring Pollard home
In Vienna, Edelstein warns: Indifference to anti-Semitism is not an option
Iranian proxy behind attacks on Israeli delegations gains influence in Turkey
Khorasan Group targeted by US in Syria a special unit of al-Qaida
Monitor: Islamic State beheads seven men, three women in Syria
170 million jobs needed in region by 2020 or ‘youths will join extremists’
British jets launch their first attacks against Islamic State targets in Iraq
In the eastern Mediterranean, energy alone cannot improve security relationships
Washington watch: Slamming the door to peace
The Torah’s doctrine for peace and security
For Zion's sake: Netanyahu’s right, but wrong to think anyone’s listening
Encountering peace: If it doesn’t get better, it will get worse
Rabbis and the rain
A stomach churning novel
Striking a cord
The battle of the budget
Grumpy Old Man: Objecting conscientiously
Veterans: The man behind the curtain
This Week in History: Violence in the Old City as new tunnel opens
The High Holy Days, 1966
Grapevine: The ambassador’s ambucycle
Five notable new developments in Jerusalem over the past year
Pride in the streets
Wading Through Widowhood: Magic in a microphone
Sounds of the forest
A season up in the air
Grapevine: Hello, Aliza
It’s time to revive Netanyahu’s ‘economic peace’
The world needs to listen to Sisi on IS
Voting blindly on war and peace in Gaza
Still strange bedfellows: Human evil and human progress
A song for TISHREI: 'A good word'
סִימָנִים עַל הַחוֹל
פֶסְטִיבַל שֶקְסְפִּיר הַבֵּינְלְאוּמִי
Natan Sharansky on Jewish Peoplehood: 'The family has become tighter'
Apple pastries for the holidays
The war against the Islamic State
Gazan lions misplaced by war make trip across Israel to new home in Jordan
Muslim NFL player penalized for praying after touchdown
New Year greeting: Growing up
Israeli makes it to US ‘Big Brother’ finale
Bringing a Spanish-Israeli flair for flamenco to Suzanne Dellal
L’aliya de France a son mentor
« J’assiste personnellement à la Résurrection des morts ! »
L’incendiaire de la mosquée al-Aqsa
L’homme de l’année : un guerrier malgré lui
Gil Shohat : portrait d’un artiste atypique
Oh les filles, oh les filles…
Revisiter le sionisme
Préserver l’héritage des Juifs de Tunisie
Israël au pied du mur
Retour sur l’opération Bordure protectrice : décryptage de la situation moyen-orientale
Les petites phrases d’Yigal Palmor
Malgré quelques revers, l’Etat islamique se porte bien
David Azrieli, 1922-2014
Dimanche 13 juillet
Deux familles, une histoire
Il était une fois en Israël
Et tu choisiras la vie
Les rêves déçus de Gabi
Coup de théâtre de fin d’année
Boucler la boucle
Celebrating the New Year in KKL-JNF Parks and Forests
International Cleanup Day in Ashkelon
New Mental Health Center for Jerusalem’s Herzog Hospital
Remembering Those who Perished in the 9/11 Terror Attacks
Central America Celebrates Independence at the Rabin Center
European Parliament Member Bastiaan Belder Tours the Negev
KKL-JNF Helps Chile Deal with the Gall Wasp Pest
KKL-JNF and Fair Planet in Ethiopia–Seeds of Hope
Care of the Forests Continues Even in a Sabbatical Year
Nevatim Celebrates 60 Years and Dedicates a New Reservoir
Mexican Parliamentarians Visit the Biofilter for Urban Runoff in Kfar Saba
European Leadership Conference 2014 - Brussels, Belgium
The KKL-JNF Europe Young Leadership Conference
KKL-JNF Office Opens in New Zealand
KKL-JNF Leaders at ELC meet with the EU Parliament
Living Green in Israel: the Contest and the Winners
Addressing Climate Change Conference
Nurturing the Foresters of the Future
Saving the Sabras
KKL-JNF's Eyes in the Forest - The Horshim Forest Green Patrol
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Ministers call for negotiations, diplomatic process, say unilateral steps are not the path to achieve lasting agreement.
By LAHAV HARKOV
2% cuts to pay for Protective Edge built in; NIS 2b. marked for 0% VAT.
By NIV ELIS
Though they agreed the deficit could increase from the planned 2.5% to 3%, Lapid argued that higher deficits were preferable to further cuts and to tax increases.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid said it was the nation's duty to help reservists to give back to them for their "wonderful mobilization."
Finance minister says important to move ahead with financial help instead of waiting for end of Gaza operation.
Bill would have absolved some first-time home-buyers from paying 18% tax; Flug: Discount will go to construction companies, prices to stay neutral.
The government will back NIS 100 million in new loans to small businesses in the 40 km radius around Gaza.
Though the AG has given the bill the go ahead, the Knesset Legal advisor has warned that the bill may not pass muster at the Supreme Court.
Opposition MKs call on minister to reconsider "discriminating" housing benefit.
Flug said that Lapid’s plan would not only fail but possibly make the situation worse.
Finance minister will reportedly not have 1st draft of budget ready by start of July, as is customary, over disagreements with top ministry officials.
Finance minister reduces limitations for people who have not served in the Israel Defense Forces or National Service.
Report cites 2013-2014 deficit drop for restoring country’s fiscal credibility.
Lapid unveiled a proposal last week to limit executive pay at financial institutions and institutions that manage public money.
Proposal aims to cap tax status for executives at financial institutions, bodies managing public funds at NIS 3.5 million.
These institutions play a decisive role in shaping the Israeli economy, both by setting benchmarks for executive pay elsewhere and by imposing commissions and fees on average households, ministry says.
The recommendations that came out of the study included setting hard deadlines for making payments.
An Economy Ministry study released Monday found that 37% of employees preferred not to hire haredi workers.
Despite AG's warning that service requirement is discriminatory, finance minister says ultra-Orthodox can take full advantage of benefit by enlisting.
Bank of Israel Governor Flug lays out laundry list of "shortcomings" in Lapid's plan to drop housing prices.
Michael Sarel says Lapid's plan to eliminate Value Added Tax from sector is wrong "from every perspective."
Lapid and Netanyahu agreed on an outline for the 2015 budget before Rosh Hashanah.
By SAM SOKOL
Gilat Bennett criticizes Lapid for having "extra left-wing views" and for taking credit for the successes of her husband; Lapid doesn't take the bait.
By GIL HOFFMAN
Herzog says Netanyahu's policies are endangering Israel, calls on Livni and Lapid to back him as prime minister.
Netanyahu quotes speech Lapid made during election campaign which seemingly contradicts his newfound diplomatic moderation.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
Former Labor leader says she has had ideological differences with Likud MK, but he is an "exemplary democrat"; Lapid insists he's not endorsing anyone.
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid faces tough challenges to restore the great promise he held out after the January 2013 election.
By LESLIE SUSSER
According to the proposal, Holocaust survivors have the right to food, housing, health and social services as well as other benefits.
Move seen as revenge against PM for blocking Yesh Atid's candidate from becoming chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
When Abbas reaches deadline to form unity gov’t, it will become clear if peace will happen, says Yesh Atid head.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Finance minister blames failure of talks on Bennett, Bayit Yehudi; Erdan calls for Israel to annex Area C in response to unity pact.
Bennett says unity deal has turned PA into "largest terrorist organization in the world, 20 minutes from Tel Aviv.”
By LAHAV HARKOV,SAM SOKOL,GIL HOFFMAN
Yesh Atid confirms that Lapid's past commitments to remove party from coalition if talks end apply to the situation that could arise in upcoming days.
Yesh Atid leader vows that party will leave government if Netanyahu is responsible for collapse of peace process.
Lapid will need to create funds and make budget cuts in order to meet the country's fiscal targets.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced at the same media conference that he had come to "sign the death notice".
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
Pour restaurer l’engouement qu’il suscitait au lendemain de l’élection de janvier 2013, Yair Lapid a du pain sur la planche.
L’annexion des implantations au cœur des débats. Partisans et détracteurs s’affrontent
The prime minister may think the housing crisis is Finance Minister
Yair Lapid’s problem, but ultimately Binyamin Netanyahu will have to deliver
the land reform which his allies once torpedoed, but in which he still believes.
By AMOTZ ASA-EL
Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Health Minister Yael German announced their decision during a tour of Barzilai Medical Center.
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
Pensioner's Union calls on Lapid to remember elderly in Israel, resolve problems of collective nursing care insurance.
By Lidar Gravé-Lazi
Beilin: Livni should question remaining in cabinet.
Lapid promises that the budget will tackle the high cost of living, says electricity prices will come down by double-digits in 2015.
By NIV ELIS,LAHAV HARKOV
Defense establishment to receive NIS 6 billion in supplementary funds, with an additional NIS 7-8 billion to be earmarked for covering the costs of Operation Protective Edge.
Bayit Yehudi MK says party can't sit in coalition with those who desecrate Shabbat for political gain; Shas, UTJ MKs: Lapid violating basic values of Jewish People.
“The goal is to submit the budget to the government as soon as possible in order to move forward and improve the Israeli economy and the lot of Israel’s citizens,” Lapid said.
By NIV ELIS,ARIEL ZILBER
The Finance Minister's comments came a day after his ministry rejected a tax, reportedly proposed by Netanyahu's office, on those who own multiple homes.
Lapid himself continued talking tough publicly, telling reporters in Ashkelon that he would leave his post if asked to raise taxes.
By GIL HOFFMAN,LAHAV HARKOV
Turbulence between Likud and Yesh Atid will continue, but the coalition will go on.
“In the coming years we plan to build 400 additional day care centers for 30,000 children that will allow thousands of women to join the workforce,” said Bennett at the conference.
By LIDAR GRAVE-LAZI
Netanyahu stopped the legislative process in its track, refusing to advance it until disagreements over the 2015 budget are resolved.
NIS 1.3b for the South not finalized, as ministerial meetings canceled while Netanyahu, Lapid cannot agree on the 2015 budget.
Netanyahu: Any responsible leader would increase defense spending; coalition sources say PM, Lapid done politicking, ready to seriously outline budget.
Both Likud and Yesh Atid leaders say they don’t want election or compromise.
Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah told a town hall gathering in Tel Aviv that the premier “was using the issue of the state budget to go head-to-head with the finance minister."
By LAHAV HARKOV,GIL HOFFMAN,ARIEL ZILBER
Zero VAT proposal moves forward in stormy session; MKs accuse Slomiansky of conflict of interest on WZO Settlement Division.
Lapid has issued threats over the past two weeks to quit the coalition if taxes are raised, if he does not get his way on the 2015 state budget, or if his 0% VAT housing plan does not pass into law.
Kahlon blasts finance minister for "increasing demand without expanding supply;" Haredi MKs say PM opposed to housing plan.
Ahead of holiday, finance minister helps Israeli families celebrate the holidays without extra financial worries.
By SHARON UDASIN
Bill seeks to lop off the 18% value-added tax on new apartment purchases from eligible young couples; Lapid says debate on law has become "circus."
"This was a grab that was not brought before the cabinet and at this time simply causes damage to the State of Israel," finance minister says.
Lapid said he had also discussed the idea with German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier and that he would raise it in a meeting next week with Norwegian foreign minister Borge Brende.
Regev: People in line of fire should not have to pay VAT to build safe rooms; Shai: Damages should be paid beyond 40km from Gaza border.
Finance minister to present a budget proposal to the cabinet Sunday.
"I think the government will lengthen its days," Lapid said. "I don't see any reason to break up the government."
Israel can begin counting down to next round of violence if it does not work with Gulf countries, US, EU, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, minister says.
Right-wing politicians express dismay at reported US decision to halt weapons' shipment.
By GIL HOFFMAN,JPOST.COM STAFF
The finance minister for the most part stayed out of the fray while the operation was taking place, but has since been unrestrained.
Diplomatic spouses, (in most cases, wives) must give up their careers and identities for the sake of their husbands.
By MARGAUX CHETRIT
Housing Minister Ariel suggests special Knesset recess session will take up 0 VAT law.
World Bank ranks Israel 140th out of 189 countries in building and construction bureaucracy index; new measure aims to bring down overinflated price of housing.
Bill to close down the Israel Broadcasting Authority and establish another public broadcasting service in its place put forward in Knesset.
CBS report finds housing prices up 95% since 2007; prices rose 8.2% over past year, since Lapid became finance minister.
United Torah Judaism MK criticized finance minister for blocking bill which would grant positive discrimination for haredim in the Civil Service.
By JEREMY SHARON
Finance minister says current tone of dialogue is distracting Israel from focusing on remaining strong and secure.
In compromise reached between Lapid and Netanyahu, Likud legislators to chair c'tee in a rotation; Yesh Atid's Shelah to be made deputy minister.
Finance minister defends plan to give those who performed IDF, national service exemption from Value Added Tax on purchase of home.
Finance minister urges Israel to do more to help European Jewish community fight organizations that support boycotts.
Monday’s housing cabinet to consider competing plans for how to reduce real estate prices.
"This bill symbolizes once again the depths of friendship and strategic relations between our two countries," Lapid said.
Tax hikes possible, Tax Authority official says; tourism has been one of hardest-hit industries, losing an estimated $350 million.
Rivlin calls on Israelis to visit and support Sderot; Hotovely: Cut off power, water to Gaza; Gal-On to PM: Don't listen to warmongers.
Israel pays an astronomical amount every year on interest payments to finance its growing debt.
By JPost Editorial
Lapid has no intention of making enemies. He also wants to be seen in the eyes of his perspective constituents as someone who took steps to lower housing prices.
The IDF and Obama are mainly to blame for the military-diplomatic impasse with Hamas, not Netanyahu. But the PM must snap the army into order, and resist Obama’s pressures.
By DAVID M. WEINBERG
It has been noted that the murder of a person is the murder of a person, but the murder of a child is the end of civilization – the murder of the world.
By AVI WEISS
The general public isn’t an aggregate of fools. We all read Lapid’s lips. The fact that he might not raise income tax is no consolation.
Top economists have strongly opposed Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s plan to lower housing prices, warning that it could ultimately cause more harm than good.
Haredim – get trained and go sustain your families with dignity. Secular Israel – hire haredim and forget the old stereotypes.
By DOV LIPMAN
In a paradoxical fashion, Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid has just saved Arye Deri’s political career.
By DAN ILLOUZ
The odds indisputably are that while Lapid’s quick-fix will markedly jack up housing demand, it won’t increase supply.
Lapid’s plan to eliminate the value added tax on a small subgroup of buyers will likely not effect the market as a whole, and the Ariel plan might encourage shoddy construction.
By Jerusalem Post Readers
Anyone watching portions of the PM’s AIPAC address might have been excused
for thinking Bibi had morphed into Peres. But worse, much worse, was still to come.
By MARTIN SHERMAN
Hiddush’s 2013 Religion and State Index found that while 82 percent of Israelis want the haredi population to serve.
By URI REGEV