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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, June 14, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

New government, new threats

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The day after Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett formed their government, Biden administration officials threw a diplomatic grenade at them. Last Monday, administration officials told reporters “unofficially” that U.S. President Joe Biden intends to...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel, the head of Egypt's General Intelligence Directorate, at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, May 30, 2021. Credit: Prime Minister's Office.

Netanyahu to leave Prime Minister’s Residence by July 10

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu reached an agreement on Sunday regarding a handover date for the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem. Netanyahu and his family will vacate the residence by...
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...
Shimrit Meir when she was editor-in-chief of “Al-Masdar” (“The Source”), an online Arabic-language newspaper, in Tel Aviv, on March 2, 2105. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Bennett picks new political adviser, spokesperson and bureau chief of staff

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced appointments on Tuesday for his bureau chief of staff, spokesperson and political adviser. Tal Gan-Zvi, who has been accompanying Bennett since his entry into national politics in 2012, is...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (front row, left), Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (front row, right) and Israeli ministers pose for a group photo of the newly sworn-in Israeli government, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on June 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Recovery from Netanyahu withdrawal won’t be easy

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If the tone of discourse in the Knesset during the session in which Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his “government of change” were legally confirmed seemed intemperate and unnecessarily hysterical, it’s hardly surprising. The culture...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett seen after a group photo of the newly sworn-in Israeli government, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on June 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Jewish, pro-Israel organizations welcome Israeli government, offer words of support

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Following a vote of confidence in the Knesset on Sunday, leaders from organizations with an interest in Israel from the United States and around the world sent congratulations to the new democratically elected Israeli...
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....
Hundreds of haredi Jews, led by prominent Religious Zionist rabbis, pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City that Israel's new government not harm the country's Jewish character, June 13, 2021. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Rabbis lead prayers against new Israeli government at Western Wall

Following the swearing-in of Israel’s 36th government on Sunday, rabbis aligned with the Religious Zionism movement gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City to “pray and cry out, out of fear the government will harm...
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...
Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid and Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett, Feb. 26, 2014. Photo by Yossi Zeliger/Flash90.

Can the Biden administration capitalize on an inexperienced Bennett-Lapid government?

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With the likelihood that new leadership will be sworn in next week in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s departure from the role he has held for almost two decades has some worried about how...