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Thirty-sixth government of Israel at Beit HaNassi to photograph the traditional picture headed by the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin. Monday, 14 June 2021. Photo credit: Haim Tzach / GPO.

Cracks in Israel’s Government Coalition, Opposition

Some instances from the beginning of Israel’s new government: Likud has picked on a law of family reunification in order to embarrass, and perhaps defeat the Bennett-Lapid government. It’s a law that prevents Palestinians, who...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, President Reuven Rivlin and ministers pose for a group photo of the country's 36th government, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, June 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Nine ‘firsts’ you should know about Israel’s new government

For the first time in 12 years, Israel’s Likud Party and its head, Benjamin Netanyahu, have moved from the prime minister’s seat to the opposition in the Knesset. The new government, sworn in Sunday night,...
President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, shake hands at the memorial ceremony for the late President Shimon Peres, at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem, on September 19, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Ending a year of political paralysis, Gantz and Netanyahu poised to form unity government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin and his main challenger, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, moved toward establishing a unity government on Thursday after agreeing that the latter would serve as the new Knesset speaker. If...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a Likud Party event in Lod, on Feb. 11, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Why Netanyahu must not step down

“ … indictment is not evidence of guilt and does not detract from the presumption that the accused is innocent.” — Nathan Lewin, a leading U.S. attorney with more than 55 years of experience in trial and appellate...
Blue and White Party chairman Benny Gantz attends a faction meeting in Tel Aviv on Dec. 12, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Gantz has no government, and he knows it

Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz doesn’t need the bills his faction presented on Monday to render Benjamin Netanyahu ineligible to continue to serve as Israel’s prime minister. Having received the mandate to form a government from...
Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz speaks at the annual Jewish Agency Board of Governors' meeting in Jerusalem, on Oct. 28, 2019. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

If Israeli prime minister, Gantz promises to ‘embrace all streams of Judaism’

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz said on Tuesday that if he succeeds in becoming Israeli’s next premier, he will “embrace all streams of Judaism.” Addressing Jewish leaders from around the world at the Jewish...
Blue and White Party head Benny Gantz attends a faction meeting at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on Oct. 28, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

With ball in Gantz’s court, he’s shooting for support wherever he can find it

Benny Gantz and the Blue and White Party are hard at work trying to find other parties to join his coalition to give him the 61 mandates needed to form a government. Much talk...
Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin of the Likud Party arrives at a meeting with the Blue and White Party for negotiations after Blue and White leader Benny Gantz was given the mandate to form a government, at the Kfar Maccabiah Hotel in Ramat Gan, on Oct. 27, 2019. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Likud, Blue and White negotiators meet for coalition talks

Negotiators from the Likud and Blue and White parties met on Sunday for the first time since Blue and White leader Benny Gantz was given the mandate by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to form...
Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz speaks during an election campaign event in Tel Aviv held by the Blue and White Party on April 8, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

A unity government in Israel?

There are signs that Israel will be spared the nightmare of a third election. The politicians of the two major parties may be coming to their senses. Prime Minister Netanyahu, who engineered the second...
Israeli lawmakers stand during the inauguration of the 21st Knesset. Photo: Haim Zach/GPO.

Knesset approves first reading of bill to dissolve government

In a vote of 64-44, the Israeli Knesset on Monday night approved in its first reading a bill to disband the legislature. Second and third readings will likely be held Wednesday night if Israeli Prime...