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Biden and Bennett have never met, in contrast to Netanyahu, who has known the US president for 40 years, but Biden waited almost a month to call Netanyahu, and rushed to call Bennett within 2 hours.
Deaf MK Shirley Pinto, an advocate for empowering people with disabilities, has cultivated a successful career supporting those in need.
"It is an honor to serve the third Jewish commonwealth and take part in the celebration of democracy."
“I’m happy to send you warm blessings and a wish of good luck in honor of your election as prime minister of the State of Israel,” the king wrote.
One was filed by Likud faction chairman Miki Zohar, another was filed by Shas and United Torah Judaism.
Incoming minister Nachman Shai says that Israel must provide assistance to the Diaspora and its help, saying that Israel can provide help on ‘education, Jewish identity, and attachment to Israel.’
Haredi MKs pledge not to work with ultra-Orthodox advisers who work with new government.
Naftali Bennett is under fire as misquoted comments about the Prime Ministers' intentions to kill Palestinians have been shared by Bella Hadid and Al Jazeera publication, AJ+.
Rabbi Shalom Cohen calls on MKs, Shas officials and heads of institutions to refrain from any contact with the new ‘wicked government,’ says God will provide.
She grew up secular, yet married the observant Naftali Bennett at 22. She is a right-wing ideologue, but clashed with Sarah Netanyahu. Everything you need to know about the new PM's wife
Michaeli: "I would rather stop thinking about Netanyahu and focus on helping the citizens of this country."
Likud MKs fight over sparse posts in Knesset available for them: faction chairman and Knesset State Control Committee chairman.
A domino effect is expected among Yamina candidates as Naftali Bennett works to ensure that MKs remain loyal.
Netanyahu declined to take part in the traditional transition ceremony, and the brief meeting took place behind closed doors.
New religious services minister has set a goal of decentralizing conversion, reforming kashrut supervision and changing the electoral body for chief rabbis to ensure religious-Zionist rabbi is elected.
Alternate prime minister lays out foreign policy agenda, improving relations with Jordan and the US Democratic Party.
"This is a basic ethical imperative as far as the families are concerned, and no less important, there is need for an investigation to prevent future tragedies of this nature."
The new Bennett-Lapid administration must abandon Netanyahu's brand of one-man diplomacy.
The first priority is to pass a "responsible" two-year budget for 2021-2022 with "no games," Liberman said.
No, a lovefest was not expected, but neither was a food fight this ugly
How did Naftali Bennett go from New York City businessman to Israel's choice for Prime Minister-designate in under two decades?
The 36th government will serve under Naftali Bennett * Yair Lapid is expected to take over as prime minister in August 27, 2023
The Israeli union, a delicate embroidery of ethnicities, faiths, tribes and ideas, is even more complex than what the American nation nearly tore apart 160 years ago
Gantz: No political move justifies taking fight public; Bennett thanks Biden for supporting Israel in last Gaza war
In the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap report of 2021, Israel was ranked in the low 60th spot in the world in advancing gender equality.
As long as he was prime minister, he could negotiate with the president for a pardon
Sources indicate that the children of a prime minister usually get protection from the special "Magen" unit of the PMO, which gets directives from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
Liberman's approach would help push more people to rejoin the workforce but could spell disaster for thousands of breadwinners that are still legitimately struggling to find work.
In 2012 Bennett won the primary to head Bayit Yehudi, and Lapid formed his Yesh Atid party. Both parties did well in the 2013 election. That was just the beginning for them both.
Chinese company banned in US competing for Tel Aviv light rail tender to be decided in coming days.
Whether the “Balfour” title will apply indefinitely to the Prime Minister’s Residence, or whether it will be packed in one of Netanyahu’s suitcases if and when he leaves, is anyone’s guess.
MIDDLE ISRAEL: Like Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, the new government will have to do several things quickly and flawlessly.
The unnamed man was the third associate of Litzman's to be arrested within three days as part of an investigation into a wide-ranging fraud scheme in the health sector.
The signing of these agreements, brings to an end two and a half years of political crisis," said incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
So far, the only agreement signed has been between Yesh Atid and Meretz.
Ultra-Orthodox parties have wielded heavy influence over matters of religion and state under Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister.
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: As he prepares to leave office next week, we look at Israel’s longest-standing prime minister and the indelible mark that he’s leaving on the country.
DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: With international pressure around Jerusalem, Iran nuclear talks gaining momentum and shaky bipartisan support in the US, the new government will have to hit the ground running.
ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Here’s a look at some of the most pressing challenges facing incoming prime minister Naftali Bennett and incoming finance minister Avigdor Liberman.
Barkat, who is the richest politician in Israel, funded free dinner and parking for the attendees. There were hamburgers, arais, asado, chicken, rice, noodles, fish and chips, desserts and wine.
The outpost was built last month by the Nahala movement near the Tapuach junction in the aftermath of the shooting death of Yehuda Guetta.
The leak of the coalition deals was proof of sabotage attempts from within the coalition, knowledgeable sources said.
The concern is less that the Jewish character of the state will disappear, and more the impact of being in the opposition will have on the budget going to the haredi community.
The disputes include who will oversee efforts to prevent Palestinian construction in Area C and how roads between settlements would be funded.
Barkat will support - not challenge - Netanyahu and will criticize Bennett and Sa'ar for not joining a Netanyahu-led government.
Ohana has been caught on tape threatening police officials regarding their handling of protests for and against Netanyahu.
Bennett warned ultra-Orthodox MKs if their outburst is an attempt to deter the inquiry into the Meron disaster, it won't work.
Yamina MK Nir Orbach announces he will vote in favor of change government, guaranteeing majority in crucial Knesset vote.
Why Netanyahu is still trying to block Bennett but not to trump Trump * Nevertheless, Netanyahu is still trying to prevent Incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett from forming a government.
What has riled these leaders is the modest proposals to reform religious life in Israel proposed by Yamina, as well as the more far-reaching plans of Yisrael Beytenu.
All the component parts of this coalition are aware that it is a unique construction, born of unique circumstances.
Yamina’s coalition agreement with Yesh Atid mentions reforms to the system for Jewish conversion, the provision of kashrut services, and the method of electing the chief rabbis.
Many of the eight parties that are slated to be part of Israel's 36th Knesset have demanded expensive conditions in exchange for their endorsement.
Norwegian Law would bring Anglos into Knesset * The coalition agreement reached by Yamina and Yesh Atid gives significant powers to party leaders.
Yair Lapid won't petition Supreme Court * Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin bucked expectations by not announcing the swearing-in date for government
Shin Bet Director Argaman who raised the issue didn’t attend because the hearing was public.
Incitement talks expand following Shin Bet head's concern over potential loss of life.
Within that archetypal dichotomy, Netanyahu has a right-wing government almost in his grasp, if only Bennett and Sa'ar would agree to sit in his government.
Lapid’s years as a writer and a TV presenter have made him an excellent communicator and one of the Knesset’s best orators, traits that will serve him well as Israel’s chief diplomat.
How does one select a director-general, cabinet secretary, national security adviser and top foreign policy and economic advisers not knowing if one will indeed become the prime minister?
The Knesset vote establishing the new government under Bennett’s leadership is expected to take place on Wednesday.
He warned against empowering Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, Labor head Merav Michaeli and Meretz chairman to make decisions about Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retweeted statements made by MK Avichai Chikli shortly after Likud's Twitter account accused social media sites of "political censorship."
Yamina leader Naftali Bennett: No apologies for forming this coalition
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The Yamina leader got only seven seats when Israelis voted, but he turned that into victory in the contest that really counted
Naftali Bennett quells rebellion in Yamina, vows to honor deal with Yair Lapid * Mickey Levy tapped to replace Yariv Levin as Knesset speaker.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS: A country that has had the same prime minister for over 12 years, the same president for 7, and the same head of the Mossad for the last 5-and-a-half now has a new roster.
MIDDLE ISRAEL: Historians will agree that Netanyahu's downfall was caused not by any event, idea or trend, but by his character.
If the rotation-unity setup between Netanyahu and Gantz is any indication, it would be Bennett until the switch in August 2023.
Economists are also optimistic about Avigdor Liberman as potential finance minister. The Yisrael Beytenu leader has previously served as defense minister and foreign minister
“I am confident that under his presidency, the partnership between Israel and the United States will continue to grow.”
Ya'alon says gov't will get country back on track; Ben-Gvir warns of blood on new members' hands.
Bennett, Abbas finalize coalition deal * New governing coalition has been formed and is prepared to replace Netanyahu
It seems like an eternity instead of only a month since Yair Lapid received the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin to form a coalition after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to do so.
"It's all on Ayelet Shaked now. She's the only real issue left."
Israel needs a government that functions, not just a replacement for Netanyahu.
If elected, Peretz would be Israel's first woman president. If he wins, Herzog would be the first president whose father had been president before.
Deri describes Bennett as ‘little boy' with 6 seats who wants to be prime minister
Likud sources: “Levin has the legal right to delay it by a week. It’s not playing a game with the law."
Protesters held up signs that said "hope," "Love thy neighbor like thyself," and "We are the women we've been waiting for."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Miriam Peretz's opponent, Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog.
The Bennett-Lapid government may not be replete with the right-wingers we have come to know in the past 12 years, but this does not mean that Israel’s enemies will be emboldened, either.
It would fittingly close a circle if Netanyahu reached the pinnacle and ended up leaving it in just as surprising fashion.
They agreed that Bennett would serve first as prime minister until September 2023, after which Lapid would take over until the term ends in November 2025.
Michaeli is expected to be appointed transportation minister and MK Omer Bar-Lev will be public security minister, a post once held by his father, Haim Bar-Lev.
MIDDLE ISRAEL: The next president must be not only socially relevant, but also politically effective, legally informed, and historically inspired. Miriam Peretz will not be as good at this.
"A unity government is doable," a source in the change camp said. "If Bennett wants, it will happen. Portfolios, principles or proposed laws will not prevent it."
Amit Aisman has served as acting state attorney since January 13, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing bloc have prevented him from being granted a full term.
Why the beginning of next week is when Yamina leader Naftali Bennett will take his long-awaited steps to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Smotrich claims that Bennet and Shaked misled right-wing voters when they said a government with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid was off the table.
The prime minister will decide after the meetings whether to endorse one of the candidates or remain neutral. Voting for president is conducted by secret ballot among the 120 MKs.
Yesh Atid is continuing its efforts to finalize coalition agreements with all the parties in the bloc by the end of the week and then present Bennett with a ready government on a silver platter.
Yesh Atid is angry at Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin for blocking votes on bills aimed at harming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Canceling the president vote is the only way to force his hand.
If the Knesset or the government ceases to heed rulings of the High Court or gains enough support to neuter the court, what will the justices have achieved?
MKs are also meeting to discuss a bill that would form a commission of inquiry to investigate the disaster at Mt. Meron on Lag Ba'omer.