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The head of Israel's Religious Zionist Party Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a conference in Jerusalem, on Aug. 2, 2021. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Gantz-Abbas meeting irks Israeli right and Hamas alike

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Right-wing Israeli officials and Gaza’s Hamas rulers alike expressed outrage on Monday over news that Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met in Ramallah on Sunday. Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office...
Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on May 27, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Supreme Court president blasts critics for ‘undermining’ rule of law

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Israeli Supreme Court President Esther Hayut blasted critics of the court at the annual Israel Bar Association conference in Eilat on Monday. “The undermining of the legitimacy of the courts and their judgements in effect...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at a Likud Party meeting at the Knesset on April 19, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Likud loses key Knesset vote, as opponents seek to replace Netanyahu

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Israel’s ruling Likud Party lost a key Knesset vote on Monday, giving opponents of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a narrow majority in a newly formed Arrangements Committee. The committee sets the parliamentary agenda...
Tkuma Party head Bezalel Smotrich gives a press statement in the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on Apri 4, 2021. Photo by Olivier FItoussi/Flash90.

Lapid steps up coalition-building efforts as Smotrich digs in heels

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Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Blue and White chief Benny Gantz met on Saturday evening for talks on forming a potential coalition in the event that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unable...
Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a meeting of Israel's right-wing bloc at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Nov. 20, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Religious Zionist Party officially endorses Netanyahu for prime minister

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Israel’s Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich announced on Tuesday that he plans to recommend that Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin task Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming the next government. “Based on the prime minister’s commitment that...
Head of the Religious Zionist Party Bezalel Smotrich and activists celebrate at party headquarters in Modi’in on election night, March 23, 2021. Photo by Sraya Diamant/Flash90.

Religious Zionist Party celebrates Israeli exit polls

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The Religious Zionist Party’s strong showing in the Israeli elections drew spontaneous celebrations and dancing at party headquarters in Modi’in, as soon as the exit polls came in on Tuesday night. The party is projected...
Former Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett attends the launch of the Yamina Party campaign, on Feb. 12, 2020. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Bennett nixes joining coalition led by Netanyahu or Lapid

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Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett on Wednesday reiterated that he will not back Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or join the center-left bloc of Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid after the March 23 elections. With...
Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a meeting of Israel's right-wing bloc at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Nov. 20, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Move to legalize 65 Samaria outposts passes preliminary Knesset vote

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A bill seeking to legalize 65 outposts in Judea and Samaria passed its preliminary Knesset reading on Wednesday, with a vote of 60 to 40. Neither Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or Defense Minister...
Joint Party Knesset members Jamal Zahalka (center) and Ahmad Tibi (right) attend a plenum session in the assembly hall of the Israeli parliament on Dec. 5, 2016. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Former Balad MK calls for ‘revolt against Israeli occupation’

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Yamina Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich called on Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Wednesday to investigate a former Balad Party lawmaker for incitement over remarks calling on Arab Israelis to “revolt.” Former Balad Knesset member Jamal...
Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich at a conference in Lod on July 22, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

MK pushes Netanyahu to apply sovereignty before new US president sworn in

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Yamina Party Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to apply sovereignty to Judea and Samaria before the next U.S. president is sworn in, in case former U.S. Vice President...