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Israeli presidential candidate Reuven Rivlin speaks with the press as the parliament votes for the next Israeli president. June 10, 2014. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel gets ready for presidential elections

The Knesset has begun preparations to elect President Reuven Rivlin’s successor. Rivlin’s term as president is slated to end on July 9, and according to law, elections for the next president must be held...
The swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL.

Israel’s 24th Knesset sworn in under cloud of coalition crisis

Israel’s 24th Knesset was sworn in on Tuesday with less than the customary fanfare due to coronavirus restrictions on the number of attendees and the political crisis that is threatening to lead to a fifth round...

Let Israelis overseas vote

Hordes of Israelis showed up at voting stations across the country on Tuesday to determine the future of the state. Yet the number of people who voted could have and should have been far...
Vials of Pfizer's BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centerl in Tzfat, on Feb. 14, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Knesset Finance Committee approves $600 million more to battle pandemic

The Knesset Finance Committee has approved the allocation of 2 billion shekels ($600 million) to Israel’s Health Ministry to help it deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee announced on Tuesday. The money is to...
Israelis cast their ballots at a voting station in Jerusalem during the third round of elections on March 2, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israeli diplomats abroad kick off voting for 24th Knesset

Voting for the 24th Knesset begins on Wednesday night as 104 polling stations in 99 Israeli embassies and consulates across the globe open their doors to some 4,000 diplomats and representatives stationed abroad. The Israeli...
Knesset member Michal Cotler-Wunsh (second from left) leading the Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee hearing addressing online anti-Semitism on Feb. 10, 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

Knesset presses social-media companies to combat online anti-Semitism

Representatives from top social medial companies participated in a special Knesset hearing on Wednesday to address the growing problem of online anti-Semitic hate speech. The hearing, in which representatives from Twitter, Facebook, Google and TikTok...
Blue and White Party Knesset member Michal Cotler-Wunsh. Credit: Courtesy.

MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh: Prompting a paradigm shift between Israel and the Diaspora

Michal Cotler-Wunsh is an Israeli-Canadian member of Knesset currently serving within the Blue and White Party, though just announced that she will not run with Blue and White in the upcoming elections—Israel’s fourth round...
Israeli Member of Knesset Sharren Haskel (Likud) addresses the StandWithUs International Conference. Credit: Christina Mia Morales

Yet another Likud MK bolts party to join Sa’ar’s New Hope movement

Likud Knesset member Sharren Haskel resigned from the Knesset on Wednesday and announced that she would be joining former Likud lawmaker Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope Party. “This past year has made it clear how big...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement to the media concerning new elections from the Knesset in Jerusalem, Dec. 22, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel’s government collapses, forcing fourth elections in two years

Israel’s government collapsed on Tuesday, forcing the Jewish state into yet another election—the fourth in the last two years. The government automatically dissolved on Tuesday at midnight after it failed to pass a budget for...
Deputy Knesset Speaker and Ra'am Party leader Mansour Abbas. April 16, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

What’s behind an Israeli Islamist politician’s budding relationship with Netanyahu?

Joint Arab List Knesset member Mansour Abbas raised eyebrows and angered some of his fellow Arab lawmakers after seeking to improve ties with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Party, yet the...