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Effi Eitam speaks during the Gush Katif conference at the Tel Aviv Museum on March 23, 2017. Photo by Yossi Zeliger/Flash90.

‘Allowing Arab Israelis into the government is equivalent to losing a war’

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Effi Eitam cannot seem to stop fighting. At 69, the retired brigadier general says he is now waging war to save his home or, as he puts it, “A war against the mighty forces...
A construction site of new residential buildings in the costal city of Netanya on March 26, 2020. Photo by Gili Yaari/Flash90.

Another government, another attempt to bring Israel’s housing prices down

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Don’t bet on a continued rise in housing prices, Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Zeev Elkin warned speculators on Aug. 4. “We are launching a massive move to moderate housing prices and eventually to...
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...
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations and outgoing envoy to Washington Gilad Erdan. Source: Twitter.

Erdan resigns as Israel’s US ambassador, retains role as UN envoy

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Israel’s envoy to the United Nations announced on Sunday that he would be resigning from his simultaneous post as ambassador to the United States, pending the appointment of a replacement. “It was a true honor to represent...
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...