Michael Oren enters politics with Koolanu
Herzog: Israel faces 'economic kassams'
Liberman: North Korea’s cyber attacks underscore its threat to peace
AG’s office to rule on funding new settler visitor center during elections
Former health minister: Israel should follow FDA in allowing blood donations from homosexuals
Psoriasis patients march in Tel Aviv to stress that it is not infectious
Chronic exposure to terror threat increases risk of natural death, says Hebrew U study
Energy Ministry slams Antitrust Commissioner for delaying Leviathan development
Environment Ministry to submit NIS 17m. plan for Arava oil spill rehabilitation
Tech Talk: Technology and health
David's Sling 'can intercept warheads over enemy territory,' Rafael official tells 'Post'
From the BBC with love
Conversion law implementation delayed
Antiquities Authority finds 1,600-year-old glass bracelet with menorah inscription
Theater Review: Gorodish
Hapoel Beersheba has top two in sights
Cup win comes in timely manner for Hapoel Jerusalem
Sports: Blatt landslide choice as top Israeli in 2014
Maccabi and Hapoel to meet in TA Cup derby
In pictures: American astronaut photographs Israel from space on Christmas
IDF deploys Iron Dome near Netivot, Beersheba in wake of rising Gaza tensions
Two police officers stabbed in Jerusalem's Old City
Gantz dismisses Givati commander accused of sexual harassment against female soldiers
Lapid: Jerusalem will not be divided 'no matter what happens' with the Palestinians
Liberman: No election goes by without an investigation against Yisrael Beytenu
Don't believe the hype - Israel's elections neither 'historic' nor 'a battle for its soul'
Should the next crop of Hatnua MKs watch their backs?
Bennett endorses US-born primary candidate Uri Bank
Report: Nasrallah is pushing for Hamas reconciliation with Syria and Iran
Erekat: UNSC to vote Monday on draft demanding Israeli withdrawal from West Bank
Two arrested in connection with Thursday's firebomb attack
IDF fires, injures Palestinian man attempting to cross Gaza border
Girl hurt in firebomb attack improves slightly, but life remains in danger
French police arrest fourth suspect in Creteil rape and robbery
Bullet holes discovered at Jewish storefront in Paris
Juden, SS and six million more spray-painted at Jewish cemetery in Greece
United Synagogue Youth drops ban on interdating
Assad expresses interest in Moscow consultations on Syria peace
Iranian Army affiliated twitter account: Our soldiers are on Israel's borders
Egypt bans the movie 'Exodus'
Assad orders Christmas Day strike on Islamic State territory
Erdogan to Europe: Eradicate anti-Muslim racism before daring to criticize Turkey
Were the Temples built on the summit of Mount Moriah?
Into the fray: Israel’s only option
The POSTman Knocks Twice: Menachem Begin’s black dog
What happened to Steven Salaita?
My word: The non-picture-perfect year
The last war but one
Why Fitch’s A+ gets a D
Book Review: Challenging the past
Embracing the complex
A taste of Spain’s Hanukka 2014 celebrations
A personal mission
Grapevine: Support for survivors
How Coca-Cola became kosher
Wading Through Widowhood: Another election
Grapevine: Replenishing ‘good deeds’
Bat Yam, a city by the sea
The non-Arab Middle East: Iran, Turkey and Israel
Campaign jockeying reveals growing cracks in haredi walls
Turkey and the Islamic State
Abandoning the diplomatic battlefield to our enemies
A song for Kislev: 'Sea of Sheaves'
שְתִיקָתוֹ שֶל בָּרוּך
שָרִים מִקוֹל הַלֵב
Enjoying the desert, in the respite of winter
Here to stay
Learning to cope
Barkat : nous ne laisserons pas la violence nous décourager
La droite s'effrite
L'union fait la force
Un autre regard sur l’Ethiopie
Dany Boon, un humoriste humaniste
Tel père, tel fils
L'Andalousie séfarade, sur le chemin du retour
Loin de la campagne
1.6 million d'Israéliens sous le seuil de pauvreté
Recrutement sous haute surveillance
Retour à un monde perdu
Comment Abbas tire avantage de la mort d’Abou Ein
Frappes en Syrie, Damas accuse Tsahal
Al-Sissi n’est pas Moubarak
Le temps joue en faveur de Téhéran
Ce que veut Kerry, ce que veut Abbas
Ciblés parce que juifs
Procès Lee Zeitouni : suite et fin
Peu d’espoir pour Pollard
Le prochain bras de fer entre Israël et les Etats-Unis
A journey of faith: Pilgrims celebrate Christmas in the Holy Land
PHOTOS: A look inside Christmas Eve in Bethlehem
Netanyahu on Christmas: Middle East Christians subject to violence, persecution and fear
A snapshot of Christmas in Iran
Holiday lights and holy sites: Christians head to Jerusalem on Christmas Eve
Holiday Cheer as KKL-JNF Distributes Christmas Trees
The Moshav Movement Honors KKL-JNF
KKL-JNF at the Diplomatic Conference
New Bike Single in Lahav Forest in the Negev
Serbian PM Plants a Tree in the Grove of Nations
Sharing and Learning - German Forestry Students Intern with KKL-JNF
Israel and Finland Connect through the Environment
KKL-JNF Experts Visit China for Future Environmental Collaborations
The Shamir Drilling Project
Graduation Ceremony for Rosh HaAyin’s Volunteer Firefighters
Nigerian Forestry Delegation Sees KKL-JNF Desert Afforestation First-hand
In his Footsteps: Heritage Excursions in Memory of Yitzhak Rabin
JNF USA Doctors Mission Connects to a Healthy Israel
KKL Brazil Holds Annual Gala Dinner in São Paulo
JNF Toronto Negev Dinner 2014 Honors Dr. Max Glassman
Israel Today and Tomorrow: KKL France Mission Visits Israel
Living Green in Israel: the Contest and the Winners
Addressing Climate Change Conference
Nurturing the Foresters of the Future
Saving the Sabras
12.27.2014 | 5 Tevet, 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
Father remains in serious condition after attempting to save son’s life; mother and 2 siblings sustain light injuries.
By DANIEL K. EISENBUD
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."
Haredi extremists riot in Beit Shemesh against the erection of housing units on land they claim contains Jewish graves.
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
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
Bayit Yehudi candidate says party went "behind her back" to court Cohen, withdraws to prevent "dividing Zionist camp."
Allowed her 8-year-old daughter to tell an Israeli reporter how religious men had spit on her as she walked to school.
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