Boehner denies 'blindsiding' White House with Netanyahu invite
18 recommendations that could determine Israel’s fate before the ICC
Israeli ambassador to US calls Netanyahu address a 'sacred duty'
Scheduling, not Netanyahu, prohibits Obama-Rivlin meeting
Baby miracle for 56-year-old Ethiopian immigrant
More chickens with bird flu culled at north-central kibbutz
Hebrew U. scientists map brains of the blind
‘Policing children’s Web surfing may backfire’
The new advertising world
Israel seeks solutions for 20 million tons of salt set to pile up annually
Israeli innovators receive grants to aid developing world
Tel Aviv-bound United Airlines passengers demand NIS 1.2m. for consecutive canceled flights
Theater Review: Absurd.dot.com
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Nir Bergman’s journey to bring ‘Yona’ to the screen
Emma Watson launches second phase of famous gender equality campaign in Davos
A number of intriguing duels on tap in State Cup last-16
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Kiryat Shmona held by Sakhnin, remains in 2nd place
Hap Jerusalem back to rampant form against Herzliya
IDF unveils new drone unit in Artillery Corps
Top aid to Azerbaijan president: Israel important strategic partner
Tensions spike in new Arab alliance over divisions on sale of Charlie Hebdo
No surprises as Lapid reveals list
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Likud list to go to Supreme Court
Quartet envoys urge action on humanitarian situation in Gaza
Abbas' decision to cut salaries of Dahlan supporters causes revolt within Fatah
Hamas operatives in Gaza test-fire several rockets into Mediterranean
Hezbollah in first response since Syria strike: Zionists will fail in attempts to set new rules
Rivlin blasts attack against Druse guard who served in President’s Residence
Study: Most Germans want to leave Holocaust in past
World marks 70 years since Auschwitz’s liberation
Torah scroll held captive by Iraqi secret police restored for use in Foreign Ministry
Netanyahu presented with emergency plan to absorb 120,000 French Jews
Ukrainian Jews look to evacuate city as Jewish woman reportedly killed by shelling
Israeli election not a factor in Netanyahu invitation, Boehner team tells 'JPost'
Iran nuclear debate takes partisan shape, as Democrats resist
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Kurds drive ISIS out of Kobani after 4-month struggle
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Anti-Semitism and the battle against Jihad
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The Shamir Drilling Project
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01.27.2015 | 7 Shevat, 5775
Cohen accuses Abutbul of dividing the city; spokesman for mayor says supporters to be given senior roles in the city administration.
By JEREMY SHARON
Efforts to divide the city in two will only intensify.
By GIL HOFFMAN
The tone of the rhetoric coming from haredi and non-haredi voters alike reflected the divisions and the arguments that have taken hold of Beit Shemesh.
Incumbent reelected by margin of 758 votes • Cohen: ‘Beit Shemesh is our home and we have to protect it’
By JEREMY SHARON,Ariel Ben Solomon
Leading haredi rabbi calls on anti-Zionist haredi factions to vote; hundreds of police to be deployed around city and voting booths.
MKs and ministers from Labor, Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid throw their support behind Cohen.
Ahead of the revote on Tuesday, controversial Mayor Moshe Abutbul weighs in
on the city’s future.
Incumbent mayor Abutbul and Haredi parties blast Weinstein; contender Cohen praises AG for defending democracy.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB AND JEREMY SHARON
Knesset interior committee chair MK Miri Regev: we will have hearing on Beit Shemesh elections next week.
Deputy Minister for Transport MK Tzipi Hotovelly calls on Interior Minister Gidon Saar to examine the possibility of holding new elections.
Hardline Bnei Torah Party, led by Rabbi Auerbach, makes political strides in Bnei Brak and Modi’in Illit.
Ron Huldai retains seat in Tel Aviv; Haifa incumbent Yona Yahav wins; Jerusalem's Nir Barkat returns for another term.
By LAHAV HARKOV
By 8:30 p.m. 42 percent had voted, down from last elections; party leaders urge voters to cast a ballot; Tel Aviv's Huldai and Jerusalem's Barkat fighting to keep their jobs; polls closed at 10 p.m.
Mayor Moshe Abutbol has called for a moratorium on “negative tactics” in the city’s mayoral race following accusations of violence.
By SAM SOKOL
The ultra-orthodox Tov Movement’s Beit Shemesh branch holds a vote to determine its slate of candidates.
Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbol accuses Bennett of attempting to "foment unrest."
Environmentalist says although a third of the springs are dried up, they are important to showing the area's 3,000-year-old history.
By SHARON UDASIN
With the divided city’s new election rapidly approaching, mayoral candidate Eli Cohen vows to put the city back together.
"The new Zechariya single is not far from Beit Shemesh, a city with very different sorts of people.
By KKL-JNF STAFF
The Beit Shemesh elections promise to be one of the most closely watched municipal contests.
By ATARA BECK
Judge: Behavior of municipality and mayor created sections of the city which were not subject to the rule of law.
Sprawling, state-of-the-art national training facility took three years to construct, cost NIS 2 billion.
By DANIEL K. EISENBUD
Father remains in serious condition after attempting to save son’s life; mother and 2 siblings sustain light injuries.
The park's site is identified by researchers as Sha'arayim, mentioned in the story of David and Goliath.
Cooperation between haredim and non-haredim ‘hasn’t happened,’ says former mayoral candidate Eli Cohen.
The Beit Shemesh municipal authority cordoned off one of the school’s two floors in order to accommodate over 100 girls of the haredi Mishekenot Daat school who were without classrooms.
The exact location is still being kept a secret to prevent intruders.
By MICHELLE MALKA GROSSMAN
The school made headlines earlier this month when on the first day of school, secular pupils and their parents discovered a separation wall had been erected within the school.
By LIDAR GRAVE-LAZI
Archaeologists said that the compound is divided into an industrial area and a residential area, leading them to believe that it may have been a monastery.
Judge Arnon Darel finds that the Safot VeTarbuyot school in the city has large premises which is not fully utilized.
Mayor takes down schoolyard wall, but separation remains.
City suffers from severe shortage of classroom space, critics mayor and his administration have frequently claimed that large sums of state money remain unused by the municipal.
Barriers must not be built between Jews, MK Lipman says of 2.5-meter-high gender-separation wall.
Ministry of Education labels municipality’s actions illegal and says closure order against division will shortly be issued.
President says differences over commencement of new school year should be settled as quickly as possible to ensure children get back to school on time.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
Opposing narratives separate ultra-Orthodox and secular in the rapidly expanding former development town.
By ANDREW FRIEDMAN
The Wonderful Women NGO aims to build bridges between the haredi and secular communities.
By ELI MANDELBAUM/TAMARA ZIEVE
DC Jewish Federation heads express outrage after Moshe Abutbul says gays should be "taken care of" by Health Ministry.
By MICHAEL WILNER, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
Haredi mayor Moshe Abutbul, who has been endorsed by Shteinman, is facing a tough challenge from independent candidate Eli Cohen.
Two leaders of warring factions within the radical ultra-Orthodox Eda Haredit communal movement have agreed on a compromise.
Rabbis publicly defend Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch in letter posted in haredi areas, saying building presents "no halachic problem."
Despite the religious tensions in the news from Beit Shemesh, Rosenblatt says it’s a great community.
By ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN
The gentile son of a British sea captain came to Israel, converted to become an Orthodox Jew and calls Beit Shemesh home.
By GLORIA DEUTSCH
The Rakefet Child Development Center, which treats more children than the equivalent municipal facility, is in danger of closure.
By BARRY DAVIS
Bringing the animals of the Torah to life in Beit Shemesh.
Déjà vu in Beit Shemesh as a battle over a school highlights tension between haredi and
This suburban city’s woes are a microcosm of the country’s social issues.
Resident of Netivot came from Gaza to visit his children staying with grandparents; ‘Hands raised against soldiers must be cut off. ’
Critics decry campaign, calling it ‘political tool to keep haredi community in ghetto.’
Transportation Ministry says public transportation operates according to demand, needs of each community.
Soldiers in uniform are often subject to harassment and verbal abuse by anti-Zionist extremists in some ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.
The incident occurred during the daylight hours of last Wednesday, when the man called the victim a prostitute because he said her skirt was too short.
The king has not left the building! Music icon shows up safe and sound in the holy land.
By PAM POKOL
Record numbers of people turned out for one of the most fiercely and bitterly contested municipal elections ever experienced.
After fraud mars first election's results, incumbent Mayor Abutbul calls for clean election; opponent Eli Cohen says Beit Shemesh microcosm of country.
Yesh Atid brought the claims after haredi activists posted signs around the city showing an image of Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid.
Haredi MKs and Beit Shemesh mayoral candidate Eli Cohen exchange fierce words over elections set to take place next month at 89 polling stations.
Mayoral candidate Eli Cohen accuses haredim of incitement, prompting haredi MK to accuse him of being a provocateur.
Municipal elections of October were invalid due to evidence of systematic fraud.
There is no precedent in Israel for courts to order new elections in major cities; most electoral irregularity cases involve particular ballots or station.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
Abutbul: I’m surprised how easy it is to erase democracy; Justices say October’s fraud was ‘worrying and disturbing.’
New municipal elections in Nazareth following allegations of fraud and irregularities in a super close finish.
J'lem court ruled in December that Abutbul committed fraud in mayoral win; decision would pave way for new Beit Shemesh election.
Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul and challenger Eli Cohen’s styles in the Supreme Court may be as different as their worldviews.
By Yonah Jeremy Bob
Abutbol: new elections are collective punishment; Cohen: fraud was attack on our democracy; AG: uphold lower court order for new elections.
The historic decision not only potentially changes the future of Beit Shemesh, it sets the courts on a more interventionist path to defending the legitimacy of future elections regardless of the math.
Haredi politicians denounce decision, calling it undemocratic, and accusing the court of being influenced by a media campaign.
“This is not the personal struggle of Eli Cohen; this is a communal struggle for democracy, justice and the rule of law."
Judges nullify October vote due to massive fraud; Sa’ar to set date for revote, but it could be delayed by appeal.
AG Weinstein and mayoral challenge Cohen appeal election results in which Abutbul won by a mere 956 votes.
Many arguments were thrown out by some of the country’s best lawyers in Tuesday’s hearing.
Three judge panel hears appeal from Yehuda Weinstein, mayoral candidate Eli Cohen seeking new vote.
Students arrested for failing to report for military duty; members of extremist Haredi factions took to the streets Sunday.
Defeated candidate Eli Cohen and his campaign team have alleged that there was wide-scale voter fraud on election day in the city.
Nine people have been arrested, questioned and released during police investigation; dozens more have been summoned for questioning.
After losing bid to unseat haredi mayor Abutbul, Eli Cohen says legal team checking reports of fraud.
Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman accuses incumbent Mayor Moshe Abutbul for turning the elections into a “religious war.”
Eight haredim arrested in police raid as tensions flare in the city amidst tense municipal elections.
The city of Beit Shemesh has become increasingly polarized between haredim on the one hand and national religious and secular/ traditional Jews on the other.
Voters have allowed sectarian affiliations to desensitize them to humanity of their political opponents.
Students were given letters printed on school letterhead encouraging parents to vote for Mayor Moshe Abutbol.
By HENRY ROME
Any suspicion of fraud, especially when multiple people register same address, should be passed on to police, MK Miri Regev says.
Joshua Wander, a 43-year-old father of six who recently moved to Beit Shemesh, is running on the Republican ticket.
Two Abutbol workers were attacked by Cohen activists while putting up campaign posters, mayor's campaign alleges.
Mayor Moshe Abutbul announces plans to create an Anglo department; attack ad claims candidate Eli Cohen pushing for buses on Shabbat.
A party spokesman accused the “local haredi political machine” in Beit Shemesh of engaging in verbal incitement.
In upcoming city election Abutbol representing Shas is facing off against Eli Cohen a traditionalist Sephardi.
Tov Party endorses non-haredi candidate for mayor despite opposition of top rabbinic authority.
By SAM SOKOL AND JEREMY SHARON
None hurt in apparent price tag attack; assailants write "revenge" and "goyim perish" on monastery walls.
By BEN HARTMAN, JPOST.COM STAFF
Iron Dome batteries intercept a rocket over Beit Shemesh as sirens went off throughout the Jerusalem hills; 9 rockets fired at Beersheba; 2 intercepted over Tel Aviv area.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Will the person who speaks for Israel please stand up!
By Jerusalem Post Readers
Beit Shemesh is not a microcosm of Israeli society. The reality is more complex, and less polarized.
By JPost Editorial
Over and over again the margin of victory in the Beit Shemesh election is referred to as “razor-thin.”
By JERUSALEM POST READERS
At the end of the day, a court-mandated revote would help rebuild faith in Israel’s democratic institutions.
By JPOST EDITORIAL
In Beit Shemesh, incumbent mayor Moshe Abutbul won the election with 51.9 percent of the votes. Eli Cohen, the candidate chosen by most non-haredi voters, received 46.5%.
By EYTAN SAFFER
One cannot easily imagine the world returning to sanctions once Iran is even closer to breakout.
Beit Shemesh stands at a crossroads. The upcoming elections will greatly shape our city’s future.
By MOSHE ABUTBUL
I want my own children to build their home and family in Beit Shemesh, and of course housing will be available for the haredi communities as well.
By ELI COHEN