PA calls for international coalition 'to end Israeli occupation'
First projectile fired from Gaza since end of Operation Protective Edge
Hamas cooperating with global jihadi elements who rocketed Israel from Sinai
Police arrest 26 Palestinians over 48 hours for east Jerusalem rioting
UN says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction
PM boycotts Likud convention
Israel to appoint first female ambassador to Arab country
Bennett denies accusations of illegally receiving information during Operation Protective Edge
Likud's Elkin hopes to bring US-style parliamentary oversight of intel agencies
Yad Sarah saved public purse NIS 1.5 billion by lending out medical equipment in past year
Forget the vinegar to treat jellyfish stings; Haifa lab says it can even make it worse
Professors getting close to the people on Thursday’s Night of Scientists around the country
Prostate cancer kills over 430 Israeli men annually, but survival rates are rising
Environment Ministry calls upon towns to empty drainage pipes before rainy season
Israel’s first English travel-planning app launched for holidays
'Beersheba is the new cyber Silicon Valley'
BGU first Israeli university to become member of US National Academy of Inventors
Tony Bennett leaves his heart (briefly) in Tel Aviv
Delving into Delft
Paul Anka reschedules war-canceled shows
Lady Gaga's manic sci-fi artRAVE wakes Tel Aviv from its war-induced slumber
An honorable, if not ideal, denouement to Andy Ram’s on-court career
Hapoel Jerusalem, Maccabi Tel Aviv set for classic showdown
Despite failing to medal, Israeli flag football teams turn heads at Worlds
Israeli tennis with more questions than answers
8-year-old boy killed in South after being struck by school bus
French society seemingly apathetic to anti-Semitism, says chief rabbi
3 injured in suspected arson attack on Brussels Synagogue
British chain apologizes for not letting Jewish kids in store
FM brushes off hecklers at JNF parley in LA
The Shabbos Project in Latin America
Gaza closer to splitting from West Bank, says PLO official
Mideast Christians urge Arabs to lead fight against Islamic State
Islamic State post threatens to target 'the American depth'
Watch: Bosnian children attend 'ISIS summer camp' in Syria
Erdogan offers to host Muslim Brotherhood leaders ousted from Qatar
Center field: Don’t just dismiss the protesting military intelligence reservists
Arab Knesset members’ anti-Israel rhetoric
Better energy: A missed opportunity for Israel at the UN Climate Summit
In my own write: Garden of Eden
The GUNS OF AUGUST
ISRAEL'S LONG ARM
A house divided against itself
Hot off the Arab press
Chicken BBQ, American style
Matrimony made easier
As sweet as honey
Grapevine: Brain-drain warning
Painted street dividers get failing grade
This week in Jerusalem
The ambassadorial treatment
Someck so good
CITY NOTES: Australian street artist showcases work at Haifa art festival
Ramallah’s own ‘Krabby patty’
Sino-Indian ties: Need for patience
Some good news from the Gaza front
Does moderate Islam exist?
Will the minority Pundits return home?
A song for ELUL: 'The song of the land
סִדְרַת סְטֶנְד-אַפְּ חֲדָשָה: קוֹמֶדִי בִּיט
גִיבּוֹרֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מְקַבְּלֵי עִיטוּר הַגְבוּרָה
For the love of debauchery
Paris in Jerusalem
Love in the time of plenty
Religious strife … AGAIN?
Classical review: 24 Hours Pianos
Festival review: Sacred Music Festival
Cooking with Jpost: Scrumptious shakshuka
Cooking with JPost: Tantalizing tomato and mozzarella salad
Grapevine: Love conquers all
Le stade flambant neuf de la capitale, nouveau fief de l’Hapoel Jerusalem
Quand Roméo et Juliette s’appellent Reouven et Djamila
Jeunes, braves et valeureux : la nouvelle génération des soldats de Tsahal
Tout un programme…
Oh les filles, oh les filles…
Revisiter le sionisme
Préserver l’héritage des Juifs de Tunisie
Ton peuple sera mon peuple
Malgré quelques revers, l’Etat islamique se porte bien
Israël et la « coalition virtuelle » contre le Hamas
Sous la coupe de l’Etat islamique en Syrie
Les ,ésaventures de Sainsbury
Le problème avec l’UNRWA
David Azrieli, 1922-2014
Dimanche 13 juillet
Deux familles, une histoire
L’épreuve de la dissuasion
Sale temps sur les routes israéliennes
Après Goldstone, un certain « Rapport Schabas »
Boucler la boucle
Les Juifs aux USA
Canadian Young Leadership Solidarity Mission to Israel
JNF USA Solidarity Mission Visits Southern Israel
Turning Tanks into Pine Cones
Under Hamas Fire, KKL-JNF Paves a Security Road for Kibbutz Sufa
KKL-JNF Helps Chile Deal with the Gall Wasp Pest
KKL-JNF and Fair Planet in Ethiopia–Seeds of Hope
KKL-JNF at United Nations Committee of Forestry Conference
Argentine Province of Misiones Minister for Agriculture Visits the Negev with KKL-JNF
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
Addressing Climate Change Conference
Nurturing the Foresters of the Future
Saving the Sabras
Ma’alot 360 Scholarship Recipients from Australia Tour Israel
09.17.2014 | 22 Elul, 5774
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."
Bayit Yehudi, Yesh Atid form joint list in municipal elections.
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 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.
Posters call haredim to go to "war" over graves; MK Lipman calls for action against “rabbis who incite to violence.”
By SAM SOKOL, JEREMY SHARON
Deputy Mayor Shmuel Greenberg demands apology from company over arrest of couple that attempted to gender-segregate bus.
"Enough bullying!" posters hung in city after haredi violence in attempt to impose gender segregation on buses.
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
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.
Bennet calls upcoming elections “last opportunity” to return the city to “Zionist hands, moderation and sanity.”
By SAM SOKOL AND GIL HOFFMAN
Child welfare organization in city says reporting of abuse from the ultra-Orthodox community is on the rise.
By MEGAN SEHR
Beit Shemesh police called in after row spirals on Egged bus.
Family of eight return to Israel after illegally crossing into Jordan as part of plan to join extremist cult.
By BEN HARTMAN
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
Even the minimally fair-minded agree that the cold-blooded shooting of Israeli schoolgirls is as heinous a crime of hate as imaginable.