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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...
Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett gives a press conference at the Knesset, May 30, 2021.

Coalition agreements revealed as Israel prepares for new government

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Just days before Israel’s 36th government is expected to be sworn in, the coalition agreements signed by its constituent parties were revealed on Monday night by Channel 12. The documents include proposed changes to the country’s...
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 head Naftali Bennett gives a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 30, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

What can a skeptical world expect from Naftali Bennett?

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This isn’t the way he planned on becoming prime minister of Israel. When Naftali Bennett left the world of high-tech to enter Israeli politics, the idea that he might achieve the top spot by...
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...
Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid (left) with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin after receiving a mandate to form the next government, May 5, 2021. Source: Yair Lapid/Facebook.

Israel’s president taps Yair Lapid, already promising unity, to form next government

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Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has announced that Yair Lapid will now receive the mandate to form the country’s next government. Rivlin made the announcement in a televised statement from his official residence, saying that his “main consideration”...
The Plenary Hall during the swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL.

Knesset sets up three temporary committees as it awaits new government

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The Knesset’s Arrangements Committee met on Monday and approved the establishment of three temporary committees, Channel 12 reported on Monday. The committee is responsible for setting up the Israeli parliament’s various committees and determining their composition. The...