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Protesting organizations urge the "Bloc of Hope" to complete negotiations, form gov't
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett crossed a hurdle when the Yesh Atid leader inherited Netanyahu’s mandate, but there are still obstacles ahead
After Lapid receives mandate, Netanyahu warns of "shameful attempt to build a left-wing government with votes of the Right."
The Yamina MK reiterated her support for her party's leader, following numerous attacks by the prime minister and right-wing MKs who blame him for preventing a right-wing government.
MK Karin Elharrar uses a wheelchair due to her muscular dystrophy, which has not prevented her from breaking down barriers since getting elected to the Knesset for the first time eight years ago.
UTJ chairman MK Moshe Gafni tells Bennett ‘no thanks’ in response to Yamina leader’s offer to join ‘broad emergency government’
Economy Minister Amir Peretz announced on Wednesday that he will not be a candidate in the race for president
Chikli is potentially doing to Bennett what Religious Zionist party head Bezalel Smotrich did to Netanyahu: deprive him of becoming prime minister by adhering to an ideological position.
First Reform rabbi to serve as MK says rights of ‘millions of Israelis’ violated by monopoly of Chief Rabbinate, says he will speak for Diaspora Jews in Knesset.
If the bills pass - and most of them have a majority - they would be brought to a vote in the Knesset plenum on Wednesday.
Netanyahu could follow Trump model of maintaining influence over his party
No one expected Netanyahu, with the cards he was dealt, to be able to put together a winning hand, and – after 28 days of trying – he was unable to do so.
Rabbi David Yosef, a member of the Shas Council of Torah Sages and a state-paid rabbi, violated regulations for public servants.
Pardo came to testify to police about an unrelated case and happened to unexpectedly make some comments relevant to the Netanyahu case during that session.
Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz told his faction that Meretz would demand a commission of inquiry and not let Netanyahu get away without taking blame.
New ministerial appointments to fill vacant cabinet slots made shortly before expiry of court-imposed deadline.
The decision comes following public backing by ultra-conservative religious-Zionist Rabbi Tzvi Tau supporting minority govt backed externally by Raam Islamist party
Gantz made it clear that he believed only a state inquiry could fully get to the bottom of the tragedy and ensure there would be no repetition
Lapid will have to tread carefully when it comes to the blame game for Meron
The leak that the meeting took place was seen as an attempt by Bennett to pressure Lapid to accept his demand that ideological portfolios go to MKs from Yamina and New Hope and not Labor or Meretz.
MIDDLE ISRAEL: the victims of Netanyahu’s many betrayals have come home to roost, and while at it are avenging his demolition of the concept of alliance.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to double the Shin Bet security on former prime ministers.
It is possible to provide educated guesses about which portfolio will go to whom in the government that is expected to have 24 ministers, including the prime minister.
POLITICS: There’s a famous line from the TV show Game of Thrones that “chaos is a ladder.” The chaos of a four-election cycle has kept Netanyahu in office for an additional two years.
He vowed to continue the efforts of Peres as president to open Israel to the leaders of the world and the efforts of current President Reuven Rivlin to reach out to ordinary Israelis.
An MK in New Hope told The Jerusalem Post firmly that there no longer remains any chance for Netanyahu to form a government.
Netanyahu proved he could fight the legal establishment one last time, which looks good to his political base.
Sa'ar: Govt must be replaced; Bennett: Israel "on edge of anarchy"
The campaign is funded by Australian mining magnate Rabbi Joseph Gutnick, whose "Netanyahu is good for the Jews" campaign helped him win the 1996 election.
There was frequent shouting, accusations of conflicts of interest, violating the law and a general feel that the Likud and Blue and White could barely even sit in the same room.
Netanyahu has offered a rotation as prime minister to Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin (Likud), Shas leader Arye Deri and Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz, but none of the offers were taken seriously.
In recent days, it has looked like Netanyahu has learned too much from the Mahane Yehuda vendors, who compete with each other in lowering the prices for staples like cucumbers and tomatoes.
If he wills it, Abbas could break from the patterns of many Israeli Arab politicians who have come before and use a moment of tension to try to douse flames, urge reconciliation, humanize Israel.
The committee approved 3 deputy Knesset speakers: Abbas, Matan Kahana (Yamina) and Yaakov Margi (Shas). No deputies from Center or Left unless the anti-Netanyahu bloc forms the government.
The situation is so serious that the High Court may actually step in and order the government to appoint a justice minister or even delegate the authority directly to Gantz.
The MK praised his Otzma allies banned from Knesset as "lovers of Israel," lamented that Arab MKs Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi were allowed to enter Israel's parliament.
Anti-Netanyahu bloc has majority on committee to approve her, the first woman ever to head the sensitive committee • Levin rejects PM rotation offer • Labor MK says Michaeli should get top portfolio
As long as Netanyahu remains an actor in Israeli politics, no one can form a government without some form of Arab support.
Smotrich's comments follow the barrage of rockets launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip last Saturday night, as well the ongoing violent riots in Jerusalem.
MIDDLE ISRAEL: The crisis has produced one winner and one gospel: The winner is Mansour Abbas, and the gospel is that Israel’s Arabs are finally joining its political game.
"Bennett will not accept a boycott of haredim or any other group in Israel," a Yamina spokesperson said.
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The only way for Netanyahu to remain prime minister is to successfully sabotage the coalition talks between Bennett and Lapid.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Had Netanyahu not alienated right-wing allies such as Bennett, Sa’ar and Liberman, he would not be in this predicament.
Abramowitz, who has met with a dozen MKs, will join a field that is set to include former Labor leaders Herzog and Peretz, former Labor Party minister Shetreet and former Likud MK Glick.
Until the committee appoints chairmen and members of temporary Knesset Finance and Foreign Affairs and Defense committees, there is no parliamentary oversight over the government on those key issues.
"Mansour Abbas is anti-Zionist and supports terrorists. One sweet-mouthed speech and you already want to make a government with him? Have you gone mad?" The Religious Zionist Party exclaimed.
There were two messages from the wink: That the effort to end Netanyahu's career has many co-conspirators and that Netanyahu can no longer afford to waste any time.
No major laws can be passed without a justice minister since such a minister runs the ministerial legislative committee.
Both MK Gideon Sa'ar who heads New Hope and MK Bezalel Smotrich who heads RZP are under pressure to join a Netanyahu led coalition or risk imperiling a right-wing government.
He said he would instead seek a direct election for prime minister, which he said would pass if Yamina supported it.
The UTJ leader said his party was “ideological” and could not be bought by various promises and deals, and added that he would “flourish” in opposition.
Anti-Bibi bloc aims to replace his ally, speaker Levin * PM says Bennett replacing him would be "absurd."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Attorney-General he will advance the appointment of a justice minister by May.
The attorney-general said that the intensity of the prime minister's attacks on law enforcement had crossed lines that could serve as a basis for declaring him unfit if such deterioration continued.
Abbas ready to join Bennett-led government • Sa'ar: New Hope's view has not changed • Lapid blasts direct PM election bill
Shimon Shetreet aims to limit key power of president.
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The ongoing political crisis is creating a new normal in which anyone can reach the top.
The prime minister received backlash from someone in the crowd for his promise to establish a Memorial Hall for Martyrs there.
Bennett said the blocs in Israel are no longer Right and Left or for or against Netanyahu remaining in power.
"This is the moment I've been waiting for," Ben-Gvir said. "The moment where I get up to speak and they, the supporters of terror, [Joint List MK] Ahmad Tibi, are exiting."
Rivlin will host members of the foreign diplomatic corps for farewells on Independence Day.
Also swearing in were three MKs from UTJ and one MK from Shas.
Netanyahu puts Deri in charge of wooing Sa’ar.
"They are not real," the spokesman said of the two options reported. "We have denied the report."
POLITICAL AFFAIRS: There remain at least six options for preventing additional elections and stopping influencers around the world from pitying our political quagmire.
DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: These are just some of the prime minister's problems.
MIDDLE ISRAEL: A post-Netanyahu coalition’s main task will be to restore the consensus he set out to destroy.
The political crisis that has been cooking for two and a half years is still far from finished.
President Reuven Rivlin didn’t do either man any favors when he gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the first option to form a government.
It is unlikely that Rivlin’s words, or decision, will do anything to – as Lincoln put it – “bind up the nation’s wounds.”
The traditional meeting of president, PM, Knesset speaker and chief justice was boycotted by Rivlin.
None of the sides reached an agreement on how to share power and form a government in initial talks.
Yamina, Yesh Atid banking on PM not building coalition
What Israel witnessed on Monday was the equivalent of an ant crawling across a watch on one of Salvador Dali’s canvases.
Sderot mayor turns down seat in parliament.
Netanyahu's trial, as well as a recent proposal to nominate him for President, have left many Likud voters to wonder what will be of the Likud if he leaves.
At one venue Netanyahu will appear as a defendant, at the other, his party will recommend that he be given the mandate to form the next government.
This includes prosecutors, judges, and defense lawyers.
“Israel has not taken an official stance on the matter… but at the moment, Israel is not doing anything to prevent the election.”
PM’s departure could allow new party leader to build stable 73-MK coalition.
Here are 10 candidates to take that mantle and serve as the Congressman in the Knesset of Jerusalem Post readers
Netanyahu’s trial hears witnesses, and the public will hear what the cases are about.
In addition, the party said it would also demand to establish a headquarters to track and "neutralize" what they deem to be foreign interests, in accordance with the controversial Nation State Law.
"The stage for concessions is now. Afterward could end up being too late."
With just two days before the elections, the Blue and White leader tweets that his party can thwart the PM’s design only if it passes the electoral threshold.
We may have made strides on the sociopolitical-human front over the past half century, but there is still plenty left to be done.
Yisrael Beytenu leader warns Israel likely to turn into ‘Iranian, Khomenei-style state’ of religious law if Netanyahu-led right-wing, religious bloc wins the election.
‘Bibi and Haredim are on a wheelbarrow to the dump,’ says Yisrael Beytenu leader.
Rivlin cited the ability of different sectors of the public to serve together in civilian national service, including Arabs and secular, religious, and Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews.
The Prime Minister was speaking to The Jerusalem Post's Lahav Harkov.
“If we are not careful, we will not be celebrating Leil Haseder [Passover night] together.”
Religious Zionist Party leader praises Anglo immigrants to Israel for "knowing what it means to pay a price for their values"
The decision to charge him was made after the prime minister's son did not file a letter of defense and also did not accept the lawsuit - claiming that it is "ridiculous and delusional."
The initial witness list and evidentiary documents in the trial of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were finalized on Monday when the prosecution filed them with the Jerusalem District Court.
There was no need for the court to rebuke Mandelblit other than to appear balanced and supportive of some of the Netanyahu narrative as it rejected his core arguments.