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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (left) with Israeli Health Minister and Meretz head Nitzan Horowitz at the Muqata in Ramallah, Oct. 3, 2021. Source: Twitter.

Meretz’s pilgrimage to Ramallah

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If anything illustrates the farcical nature of the current makeup of the government in Jerusalem, it’s the parley in Ramallah on Sunday evening between Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and a delegation of Israel’s Meretz Party,...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (center) and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (left) during a Cabinet meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem on Aug. 8, 2021. Photo by Ohad Zwigenberg/POOL.

Iranian aggression and Israel’s fragile coalition

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At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the country’s security situation. Referring to the Israel Defense Forces attack on Hamas targets in Gaza following the latest wave of...
Israelis celebrate the swearing-in of the new government at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, June 13, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Comic relief from a serious Israeli drama

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The sight on Sunday night of the trendy Tel Aviv set celebrating the new Israeli government with great fanfare—flags and all—was nothing short of hilarious. After all, one would have been hard-pressed to locate a single...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid attend the first government conference, at the Israeli parliament on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Can a Bennett-Lapid government rise to the challenges facing the Jewish state?

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A nervous Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett struggled for nearly an hour to deliver what was supposed to be a 10-minute address at one of the most contentious gatherings of Israel’s Knesset in modern history....
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the swearing-in ceremony of the new government at the Knesset, June 13, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Naftali Bennett sworn in as head of 36th Israeli government

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Israel’s 36th government passed a vote of confidence at a special Knesset session on Sunday night with Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett sworn in as the country’s 13th prime minister. Bennett has replaced now-former Prime...
Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman visits at the 8th International UVID Conference at the Avenue Convention Center in Airport City, Nov. 7, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Why the Shin Bet chief isn’t so hush-hush anymore

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Enemies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were relieved, if not thrilled, when Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman broke his organization’s customary silence to bemoan the behavior of those virulently opposing the makeup of the coalition-in-formation. “We...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony honoring medical workers and hospitals for their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, in Jerusalem, June 6, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Netanyahu: New Israeli government more dangerous than Oslo, Gaza disengagement

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly criticized his political rival, Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett, on Sunday, calling him a “habitual liar” and saying that the government he is forming together with Yesh Atid...
Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett (seated) and Yesh Atid Party chairman Yair Lapid in the Knesset in Jerusalem during the election for the next Israeli president, June 2, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel’s ‘change’ bloc attempts hasty move to replace Knesset speaker

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Israel’s “change” bloc, headed by Yesh Atid Party chairman Yair Lapid, initiated a move to replace Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday. The move followed Lapid’s announcement to Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin on...
Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid in 2017. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90

What does a Bennett-Lapid government mean?

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Yesh Atid Party head Yair Lapid and Yamina Party head Naftali Bennett announced on Wednesday that they have secured an agreement to form Israel’s next government, thereby likely ending the 12-year consecutive term of...
The swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL.

Israel’s 24th Knesset sworn in under cloud of coalition crisis

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Israel’s 24th Knesset was sworn in on Tuesday with less than the customary fanfare due to coronavirus restrictions on the number of attendees and the political crisis that is threatening to lead to a fifth round...