Israeli Politics

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Reality stronger than any coalition deal - analysis

If violence breaks out after the government is formed, Ra'am (United Arab List) head Mansour Abbas will not only be able to scream about it like every other MK.

09/05/2021

Likud rebellions against Netanyahu ignored

"With all due respect to all of Netanyahu's accomplishments, enough already!"

09/05/2021

Jerusalem violence puts Lapid-Bennett gov't in jeopardy amid Arab anger

"Al-Aqsa is a red line," Abbas warned on Saturday. "The aggression toward the holy site and its worshipers is unacceptable and offensive."

09/05/2021
A fake moving truck titled "Crime Minister Movers" on Balfour comes to "Take Bibi home"

Anti-Netanyahu protesters bring boxes to Balfour to 'help Bibi pack'

Protesting organizations urge the "Bloc of Hope" to complete negotiations, form gov't

08/05/2021

Top 10 challenges Lapid, Bennett face on the way to change

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

06/05/2021

Yamina MKs vow not to rebel against Bennett after Chikli defection

After Lapid receives mandate, Netanyahu warns of "shameful attempt to build a left-wing government with votes of the Right."

06/05/2021
Head of New Right party Naftali Bennett [L] and MK Ayelet Shaked [R]

Ayelet Shaked supports Naftali Bennett in face of attacks by Netanyahu

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.

Karin Elharrar, MK with muscular dystrophy, to head powerful committee

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.

05/05/2021
Moshe Gafni

UTJ insists it won’t join national unity government

UTJ chairman MK Moshe Gafni tells Bennett ‘no thanks’ in response to Yamina leader’s offer to join ‘broad emergency government’

Amir Peretz not running for president

Economy Minister Amir Peretz announced on Wednesday that he will not be a candidate in the race for president

05/05/2021
Lapid and Bennett

Who is Chikli? New MK to oppose Bennett-Lapid government

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.

05/05/2021

Kariv condemns Orthodox monopoly over religious life in maiden speech

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.

Likud pushes last-minute bills before Netanyahu's mandate expires

If the bills pass - and most of them have a majority - they would be brought to a vote in the Knesset plenum on Wednesday.

Will Netanyahu dominate Israeli politics outside the gov't? - analysis

Netanyahu could follow Trump model of maintaining influence over his party

04/05/2021
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press conference with Health minister Yuli Edelste

Lessons learned since Israel's last elections - analysis

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.

04/05/2021
Spiritual leader of the Shas party Rabbi Shalom Cohen (center), flanked by Shas party chairman and I

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's son forced to quit post for political comments

Rabbi David Yosef, a member of the Shas Council of Torah Sages and a state-paid rabbi, violated regulations for public servants.

YORAM COHEN (second from right) sits down with (from right) former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo

Court rejects Netanyahu's request for ex-Mossad chief's police testimony

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.

Netanyahu vows Meron incident will be probed, but not yet

Meretz leader Nitzan Horowitz told his faction that Meretz would demand a commission of inquiry and not let Netanyahu get away without taking blame.

03/05/2021
Former Mayor of Raanana & Israel’s first openly gay mayor

Eitan Ginzburg to become Israel's third gay cabinet minister on Monday

New ministerial appointments to fill vacant cabinet slots made shortly before expiry of court-imposed deadline.

03/05/2021
Yamina MK Bezalel Smotrich discusses the Law of Return

Rabbi Druckman: Gov't should be based on Jews, not others, no Ra'am

The decision comes following public backing by ultra-conservative religious-Zionist Rabbi Tzvi Tau supporting minority govt backed externally by Raam Islamist party

Gantz asks A-G to support prompt state investigation

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

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yair Lapid

Due to Meron tragedy, time is running out for Netanyahu to form gov't

Lapid will have to tread carefully when it comes to the blame game for Meron

02/05/2021

Netanyahu declines to offer Bennett rotation in secret meeting

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.

02/05/2021

Netanyahu's successors must fix political value that he ruined

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.

Bennett, Lapid, Sa'ar hold marathon talks to build gov't when mandate ends

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to double the Shin Bet security on former prime ministers.

29/04/2021

What will the cabinet of an anti-Netanyahu government look like?

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.

29/04/2021

Chaos is Netanyahu's ladder, Bennett can pull it out from under him

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.

Michael Bar-Zohar, Ben-Gurion’s biographer, is running for president

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.

29/04/2021
Naftali Bennett, head of Yamina party and party members seen with Yamina supporters at the party hea

Bennett ready to rely on Abbas to form government

An MK in New Hope told The Jerusalem Post firmly that there no longer remains any chance for Netanyahu to form a government.

28/04/2021

What was behind Netanyahu's failed justice minister power play? - analysis

Netanyahu proved he could fight the legal establishment one last time, which looks good to his political base.

28/04/2021

Netanyahu gives leverage to those trying to unseat him

Sa'ar: Govt must be replaced; Bennett: Israel "on edge of anarchy"

27/04/2021

New Bennett shaming campaign aims to build Netanyahu coalition

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.

27/04/2021
Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Net

Likud tries to tap Akunis as justice minister, A-G rules vote illegal

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.

Gideon Sa'ar, Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett: Potential candidates for prime minister, 2021

Netanyahu set to offer Bennett, Sa'ar PM rotation today

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.

27/04/2021
Mahane Yehuda

Netanyahu is selling the premiership like cucumbers at the shuk - analysis

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.

26/04/2021

Is the violence in Jerusalem, Gaza, Mansour Abbas's moment? - comment

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.

26/04/2021

Mansour Abbas helps Likud score victory in Knesset Arrangements Committee

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.

26/04/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (R)

Major showdown builds on justice minister issue - analysis

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.

Ben-Gvir praises Kahane, hilltop settlers in maiden Knesset speech

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.

Barbivai to be first female head of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee

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

25/04/2021

Netanyahu's dream of right-wing government may not happen - opinion

As long as Netanyahu remains an actor in Israeli politics, no one can form a government without some form of Arab support.

Smotrich slams Netanyahu for Gaza rockets: 'Maybe time to replace him'

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.

25/04/2021

The political mayhem's good news: Arabs joining the government

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.

Naftali Bennett, head of Yamina party and party members seen with Yamina supporters at the party hea

Naftali Bennett to Liberman: No deal on ultra-Orthodox

"Bennett will not accept a boycott of haredim or any other group in Israel," a Yamina spokesperson said.

23/04/2021

Netanyahu's only way to survive is to take Bennett down with him

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The only way for Netanyahu to remain prime minister is to successfully sabotage the coalition talks between Bennett and Lapid.

22/04/2021

Is this the end of the road for Benjamin Netanyahu?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Had Netanyahu not alienated right-wing allies such as Bennett, Sa’ar and Liberman, he would not be in this predicament.

22/04/2021

Israeli-American solar energy pioneer Yosef Abramowitz runs for president

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.

22/04/2021

Israel's Knesset remains paralyzed for another week

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.

21/04/2021

Religious Zionist Party posts videos against Ra'am leader Abbas

"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.

Netanyahu can lose power in the blink of an eye - analysis

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.

20/04/2021
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit talk at the Prime Minister

The impact of not having a justice minister - analysis

No major laws can be passed without a justice minister since such a minister runs the ministerial legislative committee.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem's Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, April 7, 2021.

Likud must oust Netanyahu to save right-wing coalition - settler chief

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.

Netanyahu gives up on forming a government

He said he would instead seek a direct election for prime minister, which he said would pass if Yamina supported it.

20/04/2021

Moshe Gafni: If Likud becomes the opposition, UTJ will follow

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.

In blow to Netanyahu, Arab MKs help anti-Bibi bloc win control of Knesset

Anti-Bibi bloc aims to replace his ally, speaker Levin * PM says Bennett replacing him would be "absurd."

19/04/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (R)

Netanyahu to A-G: I will appoint justice minister by May

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Attorney-General he will advance the appointment of a justice minister by May.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu corruption trial

A-G to High Court: Netanyahu close to being unfit to serve as PM

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.

Netanyahu

Netanyahu: Naftali Bennett as Israel's prime minister is 'absurd'

Abbas ready to join Bennett-led government • Sa'ar: New Hope's view has not changed • Lapid blasts direct PM election bill

19/04/2021

Presidential candidate hints Netanyahu can no longer run

Shimon Shetreet aims to limit key power of president.

18/04/2021

Israel's kings: How the coalition crisis is reshaping political norms

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The ongoing political crisis is creating a new normal in which anyone can reach the top.

15/04/2021

'Leave the politics out' of Mt. Herzl Remembrance Day ceremony, Netanyahu!

The prime minister received backlash from someone in the crowd for his promise to establish a Memorial Hall for Martyrs there.

Netanyahu, Bennett finish 4th meeting in coalition talks

Bennett said the blocs in Israel are no longer Right and Left or for or against Netanyahu remaining in power.

13/04/2021

Yesh Atid, Joint List, Meretz MKs exit Knesset plenum for Ben-Gvir speech

"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."

Reuven Rivlin given farewells ahead of Independence Day

Rivlin will host members of the foreign diplomatic corps for farewells on Independence Day.

Ofer Cassif

Joint List MKs sworn in on Monday

Also swearing in were three MKs from UTJ and one MK from Shas.

12/04/2021
Aryeh Deri during Shas Conference on February 10th, 2019

Shas leader demands term as prime minister

Netanyahu puts Deri in charge of wooing Sa’ar.

11/04/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem's Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, April 7, 2021.

Netanyahu denies rumors he will give PM job to Bennett

"They are not real," the spokesman said of the two options reported. "We have denied the report."

11/04/2021

Israel's coalition snafu: 6 ways to end the ongoing political impasse

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: There remain at least six options for preventing additional elections and stopping influencers around the world from pitying our political quagmire.

09/04/2021

Iran, trial, coalition: The triple winds buffeting Netanyahu

DIPLOMATIC AFFAIRS: These are just some of the prime minister's problems.

08/04/2021

The onus is on Bennett to undo the divisions Netanyahu caused

MIDDLE ISRAEL: A post-Netanyahu coalition’s main task will be to restore the consensus he set out to destroy.

President Reuven Rivlin casts his ballot at a voting station in Jerusalem, during the Knesset Electi

At the Knesset, Israel's political crisis boiled over - analysis

The political crisis that has been cooking for two and a half years is still far from finished.

06/04/2021

Are Bennett, Sa'ar right-wing heroes or traitors? - analysis

President Reuven Rivlin didn’t do either man any favors when he gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the first option to form a government.

Israel is far from a civil war, and Rivlin is no Lincoln - analysis

It is unlikely that Rivlin’s words, or decision, will do anything to – as Lincoln put it – “bind up the nation’s wounds.”

06/04/2021

Israel's 24th Knesset sworn in amid looming threat of fifth election

The traditional meeting of president, PM, Knesset speaker and chief justice was boycotted by Rivlin.

06/04/2021

Israel left in limbo as political deadlock left unresolved - analysis

None of the sides reached an agreement on how to share power and form a government in initial talks.

06/04/2021

Netanyahu gets most support after Lapid, Bennett fail to close deal

Yamina, Yesh Atid banking on PM not building coalition

05/04/2021

Israeli politics are as bizarre as a surrealistic painting - analysis

What Israel witnessed on Monday was the equivalent of an ant crawling across a watch on one of Salvador Dali’s canvases.

05/04/2021

Israel's new Knesset to be sworn in Tuesday

Sderot mayor turns down seat in parliament.

05/04/2021
BARKAT TAKES an election-night photo with a Bibi-masked man at Likud Party headquarters in Tel Aviv

Who would replace Netanyahu as Likud chairman if he leaves? - poll

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.

By MAARIV ONLINE
05/04/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his trial, President Reuven Rivlin at Knesset recommendations

Netanyahu's split-screen moment: Trial begins as coalition talks continue

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.

05/04/2021

Who are the cast of key characters in Netanyahu’s trial?

This includes prosecutors, judges, and defense lawyers.

Israel adopting hands-off approach to Palestinian elections

“Israel has not taken an official stance on the matter… but at the moment, Israel is not doing anything to prevent the election.”

Netanyahu as president supported by Knesset majority - Likud source

PM’s departure could allow new party leader to build stable 73-MK coalition.

04/04/2021

Who will represent Anglos, Diaspora Jewry in the new Knesset?

Here are 10 candidates to take that mantle and serve as the Congressman in the Knesset of Jerusalem Post readers

02/04/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement before entering the district courtroom where

Hundreds of new witnesses to testify at Netanyahu's trial

Netanyahu’s trial hears witnesses, and the public will hear what the cases are about.

LGBTQ youth protest against far right Noam party at Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem

Extremist Noam Party demands to 'amend' gov't protections for women

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.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennet

Sa'ar tells Yair Lapid to let Naftali Bennett be prime minister

"The stage for concessions is now. Afterward could end up being too late."

31/03/2021

Gantz: Netanyahu will replace the A-G to halt his trial; I can stop him

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.

Israel's Black Panthers: 3 new exhibits show their impact 50 years later

We may have made strides on the sociopolitical-human front over the past half century, but there is still plenty left to be done.

19/03/2021

Liberman: Vision, values gap with haredim ‘existential threat’ to Israel

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.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman visits the Jordan Valley.

Calls for incitement investigation against Liberman gather steam

‘Bibi and Haredim are on a wheelbarrow to the dump,’ says Yisrael Beytenu leader.

Rivlin bemoans Israel’s ‘crisis of democracy’

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.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein seen during the vaccination of

Iran, conversion, Biden, Lapid - Netanyahu's full 'Post' interview

The Prime Minister was speaking to The Jerusalem Post's Lahav Harkov.

Coronavirus: Despite reopening, Gantz says pandemic 'far from over'

“If we are not careful, we will not be celebrating Leil Haseder [Passover night] together.”

09/03/2021

Bezalel Smotrich calls Reform, Conservative Jews 'brothers'

Religious Zionist Party leader praises Anglo immigrants to Israel for "knowing what it means to pay a price for their values"

03/03/2021
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