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Can Israel’s new government make up with Democrats?

Like a student on the first day of a new school semester, the slate is clean for new governments seeking to improve relations with other countries. In such circumstances, hope and optimism are the...

Israel unveils composition of new diplomatic-security cabinet

Three days after its inauguration, Israel’s new government on Wednesday approved the composition of its diplomatic-security cabinet. The government also approved the establishment of a ministerial committee on foreign service appointments. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett...
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Knesset, on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Lapid vows Israel will counter Iran’s nuclear ambitions ‘with every available option’

Israel will work relentlessly to ensure Iran’s nuclear ambitions are frustrated, incoming Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday. Lapid, who was sworn both as foreign minister and alternate prime minister on Sunday, echoed...
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?

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 (left) and Yair Lapid, head of Yesh Atid in the Knesset, June 2, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

What sort of government are Lapid and Bennett forming?

The storm of controversy now engulfing Israel revolves around one question. What sort of government do Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett intend to swear in? According to Lapid, Bennett and their media chorus, Israel is...
Likud Party lawmaker May Golan speaks for the first time at the Plenary Hall at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 14, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Likud MK compares Bennett, Sa’ar to ‘suicide bombers’

A Likud lawmaker on Sunday compared the leaders of Israel’s Yamina and New Hope parties to suicide bombers, saying that the fact they had burned their political bridges in the effort to oust Israeli...
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?

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...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the plenum hall of the Israeli parliament during the voting in the presidential elections, Jerusalem, June 2, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Netanyahu calls emergency meeting of right-wing bloc

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called an emergency meeting of the right-wing bloc, after Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid informed President Reuven Rivlin late on Wednesday night that he had managed to form a...
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu attends a swearing-in ceremony for the Rabbinate Council at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, on Oct. 24, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Leading Religious Zionist figure threatens to sever ties with Bennett, Shaked for siding with...

Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, one of the most prominent figures in Israel’s religious Zionist movement, threatened on Sunday to sever ties with Yamina politicians Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked if the two form...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on May 30, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Netanyahu slams Bennett for joining opposition: ‘Scam of the century’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharply attacked Yamina Party chairman Naftali Bennett on Sunday, condemning the right-wing leader’s decision to join with opposition parties in forming a government. Speaking at a Knesset press conference, Netanyahu accused Bennett...