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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,...
Israel's opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu leads a meeting of the right-wing parties in the Knesset, June 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Netanyahu vows to topple Israel’s ‘dangerous’ new government

Israel’s opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday vowed to topple Israel’s new government “at the first opportunity.” “We have a very strong opposition—53 MKs, united and steadfast to bring down this dangerous left-wing government, the...
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot speaks at a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya on Jan. 2, 2018. Credit: Flash90.

Former IDF chief Eizenkot to sit out Israel’s 2021 election

Former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot announced on Wednesday that he has decided not to enter politics at this time. Eizenkot was a much sought-after candidate by parties ranging from Gideon Sa’ar’s...
Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz visits the Jerusalem Municipality on Nov. 10, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel ‘on verge of elections’ over budget issue, warns Gantz

As Israel’s coalition partners continue to wrangle over the matter of the state budget, Blue and White leader Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned on Tuesday that time is running out to resolve the issue...

COVID-19 impacts health, politics in U.S., Israel

My last column, about Israel’s perils of September, brought forth several comments about similarities elsewhere. No surprise, except for a friend’s note about the correspondence between disease and populism, often distorted with wild claims as...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

If AIPAC isn’t supporting Israel’s government, what is its purpose?

Some 25 years ago, I sat in on a briefing of some pro-Israel activists conducted by Steve Rosen, who was then AIPAC’s director of foreign-policy issues. It was the heyday of the Oslo Accords,...
Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett attends the launch of the Yamina Party campaign, on Feb. 12, 2020. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

‘If Yamina wants to join the government, it has to be flexible’

Likud Party officials said over the weekend that while they’d like to see the Yamina in the government, the right-wing party would have to be flexible. A senior Likud official told Israel Hayom that the “portfolio...
Yesh Atid leader MK Yair Lapid speaks during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on April 19, 2020. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Lapid: Blue and White perpetrated ‘greatest deception in Israeli history’

Yesh Atid Party head Yair Lapid on Tuesday blasted his former political partner Blue and White leader Benny Gantz for agreeing to a power-sharing agreement with incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing Gantz...
Speaker of the Israeli parliament Yuli Edelstein gives a press statement in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on January 12, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

‘Israel’s High Court has long ago taken over the discretion of the executive power’

Last Wednesday morning, then-Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein knew he was about to do something unprecedented. Not only in Israeli terms but also internationally, there aren’t many instances of the head of a country’s legislature resigning in...
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein seen during a vote on a bill to dissolve the parliament, on Dec. 11, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Right fumes as High Court orders Knesset to name new speaker

Right-wing politicians were outraged with Israel’s High Court of Justice on Thursday after it ordered the Knesset to go ahead with the necessary vote to replace Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who dropped a political...