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Head of opposition and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu walks next to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during a plenum session and a vote on the state budget at the assembly hall of the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on November 4, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Hypocritical Israeli coalition politics get ugly

For some observers of the Israeli political scene, there’s only one thing that matters. For the Biden administration, the crucial question is whether the outcome of the maneuvering in Jerusalem between the various political...
Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Saar speaks during a memorial ceremony marking 26 years since the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, at the Knesset, Oct. 18, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israeli right blasts ‘anti-Netanyahu’ bill

Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar on Tuesday released details of a bill that would ban anyone accused of crimes punishable by over three years in prison from forming a government. If passed, the proposed legislation,...
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked attends the Jerusalem Post Conference, in Jerusalem, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli interior minister opposes ‘anti-Netanyahu law’

Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked announced on Wednesday that she opposes newly proposed legislation that would prevent those under indictment from serving as prime minister. “I don’t think that the attorney-general should determine who is...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein during a Likud Party meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Feb. 9, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Poll: 86 percent of Likud voters support Netanyahu over Edelstein as party leader

Some 86 percent of Likud voters prefer to see former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the party’s leader over former Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who announced on Monday that he plans to challenge Netanyahu for...
Former Israeli minister of Health Yuli Edelstein attends a ceremony for the newly appointed head of the Ministry of Health in Jerusalem, July 13, 2021. Flash90

Edelstein declares intention to challenge Netanyahu for Likud leadership

Former Knesset speaker and Likud Party No. 2 Yuli Edelstein announced on Monday that he will challenge Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu for leadership of the party. “We have held elections four times. The Likud is...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addresses the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City, Sept. 27, 2021. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO.

Israel’s opposition blasts Bennett’s ‘hollow, cliché-filled’ UNGA address

The Likud Party criticized Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday, saying he had squandered an opportunity to make Israel’s case during his address to the United Nations General Assembly earlier in the day. Bennett’s...
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer offering a message on Israel’s 66th anniversary. Source: YouTube.

Dermer: ‘World won’t stop Iran from acquiring nuclear bomb’

Ron Dermer, who until recently was Israel’s ambassador to the United States, is warning that despite their promises, the United States and the international community will not prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. “In...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Aug. 18, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Bennett can’t have it both ways with Biden

It’s hard to figure out what Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meant when he told his Cabinet on Sunday that in his upcoming visit to the White House, he intends to present U.S. President Joe Biden...
Benzion Netanyahu, his wife, Tzila, and two of his sons, Jonathan and Benjamin, left

A Jewish Academia Novel Set in 1960 Still Resonates

I started reading academia novels in the 1960s with Edward Albee’s tempestuous boozy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, then the jocular Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, a hoot, a romp, filled with  junior faculty insecurities. My radar sought...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reviews new nuclear achievements during the country’s National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran, April 10, 2021. Credit: Iranian Presidency Office.

Rouhani: Israel ‘took Iran’s nuclear secrets and gave them to Trump’

Outgoing Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in his last speech to his cabinet ministers on Monday night that Israel did seize Iran’s nuclear archive, as former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had revealed in...