Majority of Gulf Arabs support two-state solution, US think tank says
Watch: East Jerusalem terrorist who killed infant girl hails Palestinian kidnappers of Jewish teens
Right-wing minister mulls relocating to sensitive east Jerusalem neighborhood
IDF kills Palestinian who hurled firebomb at motorists on West Bank highway
Erekat: Resolution to be put to Security Council calling for Palestinian state by 2017
Ya'alon says international calls for Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria are 'irrational'
Israel-US ties have reached 'crisis' point, Lapid says
Israeli firm beats out US in winning lucrative arms deal with India
Ya'alon snub 'should come as no surprise,' US official says
*National photonics and electro-optics center for Negev*
*Yearning to breathe free*
Rates of bariatric surgery have doubled since 2012
Doctors remove pen cap from boy's lung, warn of dangers of sucking on pen caps
Five scientific balloons to launch simultaneously Wednesday in Israel, Europe
Tel Aviv U. launches fuel substitutes accelerator
US agency gives $1 million to boost Israeli Arabs in hi-tech
Israeli gas firm signs bid to sell natural gas to Egypt
Israel surely in 'front line' for climate refugees, says expert
South Africa’s funniest Jew to bring laughs to Israel
At home with Martha
Renée Zellweger responds to Twitter’s shock at her current appearance
Lord of the dance to play ‘Dangerous Games’ in Israel
Mac Haifa hosts Ra’anana hoping to get campaign on track
Maccabi TA yet again outplayed in Moscow
IFA punishes Sakhnin with NIS 15K slap on wrist for honoring Bishara
Maccabi Tel Aviv poised for first real test at old nemesis CSKA
Poland bids to reclaim forgotten past as haven for Jews
Pro-Israel German-language Jewish magazine launches
Jewish leaders alarmed by UKIP’s new European ally
Jewish leader compares eastern Ukraine to Gaza
Israeli youth now eligible for work permits in Australia
Sisi responds to Sinai terror attacks: Egypt to establish buffer zone on Gaza border
Is Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas channeling his inner Richard Nixon?
Jordan's Arab Bank starts appeal against Hamas finance ruling
Iran accuses Israel of benefiting from strife in Egypt, following attacks in jihadist-ridden Sinai
Egypt declares emergency in Sinai after attacks kills 33 security personnel
Am I a Zionist?
Lateral thinking about Hamas and the Gaza Strip
The border with Egypt
For Zion's Sake: Embracing Jabotinsky and Begin, but with a condition
October 26: Time has come
Guarantor of the natural world
The fierce estuary of memory
Crossroad to nowhere
What happened to Renée Zellweger?
Staying honest in the ‘Wild East’
Book Review: Expectations and reality
Book Review: Dancing with the Iranian devil
Grapevine: Synagogue spirit
A very ‘Jerusalem’ chief rabbi race
Grapevine: A worthy ‘Hatan Torah’
City Notes: Haifa holds viewing event in response to soccer ticket protest
A long way from the countryside
Is Israel safer Than America?
Sacrificing for a dignified life on Earth: Israel, justice and human redemption
Shirt-fronting Putin can help eradicate Islamic State crisis
How the media helps perpetuate a high cost of living
A song for TISHREI: 'A good word'
סִימָנִים עַל הַחוֹל
פֶסְטִיבַל שֶקְסְפִּיר הַבֵּינְלְאוּמִי
‘Russia’s goal is to destabilize the EU and NATO’
The way we were?
Speaking the same language
Work and play
‘On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue’
Country living in Jerusalem
The newest frontier in Judaica: 3D printing kippot
Grapevine: Music as a bridge
Un pied dans le monde du travail israélien
L’incendiaire de la mosquée al-Aqsa
« Tsahal sait très bien s’occuper de ses soldats »
« Avraham ouvrait sa porte à tous »
1909-1942 : onze femmes, un destin
Depuis 30 ans, Haïfa fait son cinéma
La fabuleuse histoire de Pitigliano
Ein Mata, l’un des secrets les mieux gardés de la vallée d’Eila
Netanyahou sort les griffes pour Jérusalem
Coalition américaine contre l’Etat islamique : quel rôle pour les pays arabes ?
Israël au pied du mur
Retour sur l’opération Bordure protectrice : décryptage de la situation moyen-orientale
Il est temps de changer de partenaire
David Azrieli, 1922-2014
Dimanche 13 juillet
Deux familles, une histoire
Une gauche en perte de repères
Bennett : le vent en poupe
Et tu choisiras la vie
Les rêves déçus de Gabi
Pope Paul VI, first pontiff to visit Israel, moves closer to sainthood
Dutch Christians boycott church over exhibit on Palestinian children
Christian Pastor warns Ebola is God's Punishment for Obama dividing Jerusalem
Evangelical support for Israel? Look to the east
Vatican promotes military force in to protect Christians from Islamic Extremism
Free Schach Distribution in Honor of Sukkot
Covenant of Brothers, Covenant of Life
Celebrating the New Year in KKL-JNF Parks and Forests
International Cleanup Day in Ashkelon
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
Cleanup Day Activities in Central Israel
International Cleanup Day: Cleaning Together in Northern Israel
Care of the Forests Continues Even in a Sabbatical Year
Nevatim Celebrates 60 Years and Dedicates a New Reservoir
A Successful Annual Fundraising Event for KKL Milan
Der Wienerwald in Israel - The Vienna Woods in Israel
AFTER DAYS OF WAR, GIVING KIDS A CHANCE TO BE KIDS
European Leadership Conference 2014 - Brussels, Belgium
Living Green in Israel: the Contest and the Winners
Addressing Climate Change Conference
Nurturing the Foresters of the Future
Saving the Sabras
10.25.2014 | 1 Heshvan, 5775
Ministers call for negotiations, diplomatic process, say unilateral steps are not the path to achieve lasting agreement.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Chief economist at IBI Investment House says budget was unlikely to hit its 3.4% deficit target.
By NIV ELIS
Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s greatest challenge is answering the question he himself posed in his campaign.
2% cuts to pay for Protective Edge built in; NIS 2b. marked for 0% VAT.
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.
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.
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
Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Health Minister Yael German announced their decision during a tour of Barzilai Medical Center.
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
The latest sign of tension was evident this past week during Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon's trip to the US, during which he was categorically snubbed by the Obama administration.
Opposition's budget would fund public housing, environmental projects, aid Arab industry; Finance Committee chairman Slomiansky demands government present plan to lower cost of living.
Netanyahu angered Lapid last month when he froze the legislation in order to pass it along with other bills related to the 2015 state budget.
Peretz sole dissenting vote, calling it a plan born from political deals; Treasury promises significant increase to Health Ministry
By NIV ELIS,JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
After a marathon meeting, ministers overwhelmingly vote to approve budget; Peretz was only minister to oppose.
By JPOST.COM STAFF,NIV ELIS
The Shabbat press conference was condemned by religious and secular MKs from across the political spectrum.
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.
Anonymous Israeli ex-pat living in Germany tells the 'Post' why he is leading a campaign to help young Israelis 'make aliya' away from Israel.
By TAMARA ZIEVE
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.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
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.
"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.