Israeli Politics

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Gabi Ashkenazi at the Foreign Ministry, May 2020.
Gabi Ashkenazi has just 18 months to make his mark at the Foreign Ministry

Diplomatic Affairs: Gabi Ashkenazi dives into post-corona diplomacy – from the Trump plan to the Iranian threat.

Amir Ohana at a special cabinet meeting in the Golan Heights
Ohana needs to stop being a Netanyahu puppet

Israel's new public security minister Amir Ohana's most urgent challenge is to appoint a new police commissioner.

Reports claim Yisrael Beytenu, Yamina join forces, Yamina denies

Yamina was quick to issue a response to the report, claiming that no alliance was made between their party and Yisrael Beytenu.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
21/05/2020
Israel’s new gov’t: More female ministers, post quality stagnant

Women head a record eight of a possible 36 ministries but lead less important departments

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
20/05/2020
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid participates in a discussion on the government formation bill, 2020.
Yair Lapid vows to unite diverse opposition

New government's first bill would bring Diaspora advocates to Knesset, set to pass Wednesday

18/05/2020
Gantz pledges release of Israelis in Gaza in first defense minister call

Gantz spoke with the families of Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Oren Shaul, as well as the families of Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed.

MK Nir Barkat
Nir Barkat: From finance minister in-waiting to reject – analysis

Sources close to Netanyahu gave mixed messages for why Barkat was rejected. One source said it was because Barkat did not pose a threat to Netanyahu. Another said it was because he did.

17/05/2020
Future US, UN ambassador Erdan is ready to defend annexation to the world

The minister, who has held multiple cabinet posts at once, says he is up for the job of shuttling between New York and Washington to represent Israel.

Made-up ministries help Netanyahu form government

Netanyahu helped solve the problem by persuading Erdan to become ambassador to the United States and United Nations, but other solutions ended up having to be more creative.

18/05/2020
YARIV LEVIN: Judaizing the Galilee isn’t discrimination; it’s Zionism, it’s what we’re abour
Yariv Levin sworn in as new Knesset speaker

Levin, who is close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will replace Benny Gantz, who held the post for a month

17/05/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at the swearing in of the Knesset
How much will Israel's new government cost?

The new government will cost a total of NIS 238.5m., or an annual increase of NIS 79m.

17/05/2020
MK Elazar Stern
Stern: Blue and White ‘totally betrayed’ promises on religion and state

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz made these issues a central part of his maiden political speech before the April 2019 election, and repeated his promise on the Western Wall at the AIPAC conference

Netanyahu: Settlement annexation will bring peace

The prime minister argued that the settlements and their residents would remain part of Israel in any scenario.

Benjamin Netanyahu leaves Nir Barkat out of government

Among the high profile Likud figures left without a portfolio are Gideon Sa'ar and Avi Dichter.

17/05/2020
Benjamin Netanyahu
Hangebi, Sa'ar, Dichter still without ministries

Likud rebels held up Thursday's swearing in ceremony; Netanyahu seeking to placate the three senior Likud MKs.

Miri Regev, first female transport minister, fires D-G on maternity leave

Israel's first female transportation minister, Likud MK Miri Regev, garnered criticism early Friday morning for firing director-general Keren Turner-Eyal while on maternity leave.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/05/2020
BENNY GANTZ meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem earlier this week.
Gantz, don’t surrender your principles to Bibi

THE IDEA that Netanyahu and Gantz would sit down and shake hands just weeks after vicious attacks by members of Likud was beyond the imagination.

15/05/2020
CAN GILAD ERDAN be in two places at once?
Can Gilad Erdan stay on top of two top diplomatic positions at once?

Diplomatic Affairs: Former ambassadors think that while it creates some unnecessary challenges, it’s still possible to do the job effectively.

Israeli children watch as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a live press conference on
Israel may soon have a government. Let's hope it does the right thing

Let’s hope that once the new ministers get to work, they will put their personal ambitions on the back burner and devote all of their focus to the issues at hand.

Benjamin Netanyahu
What Netanyahu does in the next few months will seal his legacy

Political Affairs: What the PM decides to do in Judea and Samaria will determine how he will be remembered.

14/05/2020
MK Rafi Peretz, 2019.
Peretz entering government as minister of Jerusalem affairs and heritage

With Peretz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition will have 73 MKs.

Likud: The Bennett era is over

Bennett said Netanyahu "only spoke with us through tweets and videos where he said incorrect things."

14/05/2020
Orly Levy-Abecassis at The Jerusalem Post elections conference, April 3rd, 2019
Levy-Abekasis appointed to Communal Strengthening, Development Minister

Levy-Abekasis will also serve as a member of the newly-formed government's Socio-Economic Committee as well as the Reconciliation Committee.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/05/2020
Boaz Harpaz
Why is the Harpaz Affair resurfacing now? - analysis

That’s right, the Harpaz Affair, that dizzying, confusing convoluted affair that began with a conflict between then defense minister Ehud Barak and the IDF chief-of-staff at the time, Gabi Ashkenazi.

10/05/2020
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the opening of the UNGA
Who will be Israel’s next ambassador to the UN? - analysis

Likud had 15 portfolios in the departing government, but it will only have 10 in the incoming one, which means that some of the current cabinet members are vying for non-ministerial roles.

NGO to A-G: Block Netanyahu from appointing public security minister

Debate about if his trial creates conflict of interest

Protesters sue Yair Netanyahu for half a million NIS after Nazi comparison

The court filing quotes a tweet published by Yair in which he says "they remind me of the brown shirt thugs," referencing the Nazi Storm Trooper (SA) militia which helped Hitler rise to power.

Likud set for 'world war' over portfolios

Dermer set to stay in Washington til US election, taking away plum post in crowded Likud

09/05/2020
Gantz: The political crisis is over

Gantz wrote that the government that is set to be sworn in next Wednesday has the right checks and balances and would safeguard Israeli democracy and protect the rule of law.

08/05/2020
PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN gestures to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the President’s Residence o
How will Netanyahu get the mandate to form a government?

Thursday night at midnight is the deadline for a request to be given to the president for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next government.

07/05/2020
Benjamin Netanyahu gets mandate from Rivlin to form 5th government

New court challenges to wait until after government formed

07/05/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz sign a unity government agre
Netanyahu, Gantz agree to swear in government next Wednesday

In their meeting, they also discussed changes in the coalition agreement, including extend the government’s term from three years to four and a half.

07/05/2020
Opposition pulls 1,000 amendments in marathon Knesset session

“We are finally ending the political dead end,” said Blue and White MK Eitan Ginzburg.

07/05/2020
Blue and White considering Nahariya Hospital head for health minister

Masad Barhoum would be first Christian Arab minister

05/05/2020
The High Court of Justice during a hearing
Kahana: The people of Israel vote Right and get a Left Supreme Court

“The Knesset attempted to pass a law defending the residents of south Tel Aviv three times already and the Supreme Court is trampling the will of the people,” Kahan said.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/05/2020
High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
Will High Court endorse or nix coalition deal?

Hayut: Voters didn’t vote for form of gov’t, voted for parties

Israeli High Court hearing on whether Netanyahu can form next government despite indictment he faces
Netanyahu's High Court hearing: Polite and ready to fight – analysis

The judges and lawyers called each other sir and madame and addressed each other respectfully and politely. Knesset members are more likely to call each other names that cannot be published.

03/05/2020
The High Court of Justice during a hearing
Netanyahu's High Court hearing: Important... but dry - analysis

Along with being important, the 7-hour proceedings on Sunday were tedious, highly technical and full of references to clauses and sub clauses of laws and court decisions.

03/05/2020
Israeli Supreme Court President Esther Hayut and Supreme court Justices arrive to a court session on
A ruling not just on Netanyahu, but on the court’s role in democracy

There’s something ironic about a law passed to defend democracy now being attacked by people who argue they’re the ones defending democracy.

Sunday's meeting of the Knesset committee legislating the bills required to form next government.
Opposition files 9,000 amendments to prevent gov't forming

If the bill is not passed by Thursday at midnight, Israel is expected to go to a fourth election in August.

03/05/2020
High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
Chief justice Hayut: The fortress of justice will not fall if Bibi is PM

On Thursday, Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit green-lighted Netanyahu despite significant misgivings regarding the bribery indictment pending against him.

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid participates in a discussion on the government formation bill, 2020.
Yair Lapid to 'Post': It's not personal

Opposition leader on his fight for Israel's democracy and bringing the voice of ordinary Israelis to the Knesset

30/04/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet to discuss possible pol
What are the burning issues awaiting the Netanyahu-Gantz?

In Context: Hell hath no fury like Yair Lapid scorned

02/05/2020
MANDELBLIT
A-G: I will give view on whether Bibi can form gov't after parties respond

Both Mandelblit and the High Court have already rejected several petitions seeking to fire Netanyahu on a variety of grounds dating back to the indictment being issued on November 21, 2019.

Yaakov Litzman at the weekly cabinet meeting, March 2020.
Why Litzman’s tenure in the Health Ministry came to an end

This last Friday, the grand rabbi summoned Litzman to his residence and told him that he should step down from his beloved Health Ministry and move over to the Housing Ministry instead.

UTJ leader Ya'aov Litzman attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.
Ya'acov Litzman requests position of Housing and Construction Minister

Litzman has come under fire over his handling of the coronavirus epidemic, including his initial disinclination to force ultra-Orthodox institutions to shutter.

Miri Regev, 2019.
Miri Regev expected to nominate Yoram Halevi as police commissioner

Other police officials have dismissed the expected appointments, stressing that "it's too early to speculate on the matter."

By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
26/04/2020
Yaakov Litzman at the weekly cabinet meeting, March 2020.
Ya'acov Litzman leaving Health Ministry

Blue and White wants post for doctor

25/04/2020
Labor Party leader Peretz secretly signs coalition agreement

The agreement calls for Peretz to become economy minister and Labor MK Itzik Shmuli to become welfare minister.

25/04/2020
Hauser and Hendel: The matchmakers behind the Netanyahu-Gantz unity deal

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: How two neophyte MKs punched far above their weight and played a key role in bringing the unity government together.

Why the coalition deal will lead to Likud's downfall

MIDDLE ISRAEL: The coalition agreement epitomizes a decaying political establishment’s loss of touch with morality, solidarity and reality.

MANDELBLIT
A-G rips apart coalition deal on keeping Ohana’s state attorney

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit's statement was in a letter to Daniel Hershkovitz who had asked his legal view about whether Eldad could remain in office for six months.

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid participates in a discussion on the government formation bill, 2020.
First government formation bill passes first Knesset vote

Lapid challenges coalition to limit itself to 18 ministers

23/04/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UTJ leader Yaakov Litzman attend the weekly cabinet meeting.
Likud, UTJ coalition deal to freeze status quo on religion and state

The basis of the coalition agreement is very similar to those which were drafted after the April and September elections.

Panel in Labor approves joining government

Labor set to battle over coalition

22/04/2020
AVI NISSENKORN
Who is the new Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn?

Much of the discussion has revolved around what kinds of High Court justices Nissenkorn will appoint, with implications for who may hear appeals by Netanyahu if he is convicted in the bribery trial.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at the United Nations i
Palestinians decry Netanyahu-Gantz gov't, warn annexation ends peace deal

Some Palestinian officials and factions called on the Palestinian leadership to immediately halt all forms of cooperation with Israel.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet to discuss possible pol
Why is the new coalition deal so controversial?

Many of the most scandalous parts of the agreement require special bills to pass before the government will even be formed.

21/04/2020
Bennett: Exit strategy faulty, there are not enough coronavirus tests

Bennett supported an aggressive reopening policy in order to mitigate the economic damage of the lockdown.

Naftali Bennett and Rafi Peretz – allies in the right-wing party Yamina
Yamina threatens to stay out of coalition

The source also said that Naftali Bennett did not see the coalition agreement before it was signed, but that it seems Ya'acov Litzman and Arye Deri did.

Coalition deal between Likud and Blue and White ‘imminent’

Negotiations have been stuck over Netanyahu’s demands for legislation to preserve him in office.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and MK Yair Lapid
Israel's forgotten disease

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Israeli politics, once a celebration of councils, secretariats, party centers and ideological conventions, has become a collection of one-man shows.

President Reuven Rivlin voting for the 23rd Knesset on Monday
Rivlin sets August 4 as date for fourth elections if unity govt not formed

Blue and White threatens to pass anti-Netanyahu legislation if no agreement by Monday

President Rivlin meets with Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz about forming a government
Likud, Blue and White resume talks with deadline Monday night

High Court rejects petition to disqualify Netanyahu to form government.

President Rivlin meets with Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz about forming a government
Likud, Blue and White pressuring each other ahead of Monday deadline

Gantz submits request for two week extension to his mandate to form gov't

Netanyahu’s son says former MK Stav Shaffir should become a Muslim

Yair Netanyahu calls Shaffir 'ugly outside and inside'

11/04/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he delivers a speech at his Jerusalem office,
Benjamin Netanyahu’s successful stalling strategy – analysis

Once Gantz is at the end of his mandate, he will have no leverage left, and he will have to make more concessions to Netanyahu.

07/04/2020
Post poll shows Labor dead, Netanyahu soar

Asked whether they were satisfied with Netanyahu’s handling of the crisis over the coronavirus, 68% said yes, and only 30% said no. Among Likud voters, 95% said they were satisfied.

07/04/2020
Day passes with no coalition talks

Blue and White said agreements were reached on every dispute, including portfolios, the judicial selection committee and how to implement US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan.

07/04/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses the impact of coronavirus with representatives from the
Finance Committee approves amendment to increase budget for 2020

"350,000 disadvantaged senior citizens in the state of Israel, whom Netanyahu announced would be receiving a grant of NIS 500, will receive an additional NIS 450 to their grants," MK Shmuli said.

Gantz annexation veto turns him into possible peacemaker – analysis

Unlike Netanyahu, Gantz fears the instability that would follow, particularly with neighboring Jordan.

Likud, Blue and White nearing deal after threat

Earlier, Benny Gantz, who is also Knesset speaker, warned Netanyahu that if he would not make concessions leading to signing of an agreement, then he would enable anti-Netanyahu legislation.

06/04/2020
Gantz asks Rivlin for more coalition-forming time

Gantz's mandate from Rivlin is set to end on April 13 at 11:5pm, but by law, Rivlin can extend it for two weeks.

05/04/2020
No government expected by Passover

Gantz informed the public on Friday that "essential and critical issues remain to be decided in coalition talks."

05/04/2020
Benny Gantz betrayed no one

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Somebody had to cut the Gordian knot, and how good it is that somebody did

President Rivlin meets with Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz about forming a government
Likud, Blue and White in marathon talks to reach deal on Friday

Netanyahu wants Edelstein as foreign minister

02/04/2020
How does Israel's NIS 80b. stimulus package compare to global efforts?

For many in the business sector there is little appetite to celebrate at all. Others, looking at measures implemented by other governments, are green with envy.

01/04/2020
Mossad Director Yossi Cohen
Is Mossad’s Yossi Cohen the future after Bibi-Gantz? - analysis

The spy chief has racked up major wins against Iran and the coronavirus, is scandal-free, has charisma and leans to the Right.

Merav Michaeli.
MK Michaeli calls for Labor Party members not to enter government

"Amir Peretz shaved his mustache and said "read my lips, I will not sit with Netanyahu." We still believe Amir, I still believe Amir," Michaeli said of the Labor leader's promise before the elections

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/03/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the nation on the coronavirus outbreak, March 19, 2020
Government likely postponed to next week due to ongoing disputes

Netanyahu, Gantz meet all night then fight all day.

29/03/2020
Druze MK becomes first Gantz ally to rebel

Gantz: Lapid, Ya'alon wanted elections; Lapid: Gantz didn't join because of the coronavirus

27/03/2020
Protesters to Chief Justice: Hands off our democracy

The protest was held against the Supreme Court's decision to force Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to hold a plenary vote, over which he has resigned.

Edelstein to 'Post': I am fighting for the Knesset's 'future independence'

POLITICAL AFFAIRS: The former speaker doubles down on his decision to resign and to buck the High Court

27/03/2020
The High Court v the Knesset: A constitutional crisis years in the making

IN CONTEXT: This week witnessed a constitutional crisis decades in the making.

The plot against Zion

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Cold War hero Yuli Edelstein became cannon fodder in his master’s war on the judiciary.

Blue and White splits as unity deal with Likud approaches

Gantz reportedly to be defense minister under Netanyahu, Gabi Ashkenazi to serve as foreign minister

02/04/2020
Yuli Edelstein
How did the High Court replace Edelstein? 2 Knesset Speakers! - Analysis

Yuli Edelstein's decision to resign on Wednesday created an unprecedentedly awkward position.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein announces that he will leave the role, March 25, 2020
Vote for Knesset Speaker to be held on Thursday, High Court decides

‘We must ensure the rules of democracy, without which we are destroyed’

welfare
Knesset speaker in-waiting: Moroccan immigrant who studied pluralism

Cohen, 64, was born in the Moroccan town of Essaouira and moved to Israel when he was seven years old. His family was one of the founding families of Dimona, the city he became mayor of in 2003.

24/03/2020
PM Benjamin Netanyahu with leaders of the right-wing bloc, Nov. 2019
Right-wing bloc says Edelstein ousting is a 'red line' for unity gov't

The pledge claimed that Yair Lapid's true intent in wanting a new speaker was "to thwart the unity government and to pass on Iran-style anti-democratic laws."

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz (L) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) sit in front of Pres
Due to coronavirus, Blue and White vows distance voting

If a permanent solution is found for distance voting, it could also solve the problem that MKs are not given maternity or paternity leave.

22/03/2020
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