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Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Saar speaks during a memorial ceremony marking 26 years since the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, at the Knesset, Oct. 18, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israeli right blasts ‘anti-Netanyahu’ bill

Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar on Tuesday released details of a bill that would ban anyone accused of crimes punishable by over three years in prison from forming a government. If passed, the proposed legislation,...
Jared Kushner, who served as senior adviser to his father-in-law, former U.S. President Donald Trump, and was a key negotiator in helping to make the accords a reality, and his wife, Ivanka Trump, with Israeli politicians in the Knesset as part of the newly formed Abraham Accords Caucus in the Knesset on Oct. 11, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Knesset launches Abraham Accords Caucus on anniversary of normalization agreements

Several hundred dignitaries and guests, including Israeli government ministers, Knesset members, foreign ambassadors and mayors gathered in the Knesset auditorium on Monday afternoon for the launch of the Knesset’s “Abraham Accords Caucus,” whose mission...
Itamar Ben-Gvir, head of the Otzma Yehudit Party, demonstrates outside the Facebook branch in Tel Aviv on July 15, 2021. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Far-right MK ejected from Knesset plenum after calling Arab lawmaker ‘terrorist’

Itamar Ben-Gvir, head of Israel’s far-right Otzma Yehudit Party, was forcibly removed from the Knesset plenum on Monday after locking horns with Joint Arab List Knesset member Ahmad Tibi. Ben-Gvir, whose faction is part of...
Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked (center), Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (bottom right) and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (second from right) at the Knesset,. July 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Knesset rejects bill to strip terrorists of citizenship

A bill to revoke the citizenship and residency of terrorists receiving stipends from the Palestinian Authority failed to pass a preliminary reading in the Knesset on Wednesday. The bill, which was introduced by Religious Zionist...
(L-R) Israeli minister of Defense Benny Gantz, minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Minister of Justice Gideon Saar during a discussion on the "family reunification law", during a plenum session in the assembly hall of the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem, on July 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

A flood of Palestinians into Israel? Citizenship law fails to pass, despite security issues

Politics makes strange bedfellows. In the predawn hours of Tuesday morning, the Likud Party celebrated alongside the anti-Zionist Joint Arab List, as the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, meant to bolster Israel’s security...
A plenum session in the Knesset on July 6, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

In a blow to Israel’s coalition, Knesset fails to pass citizenship bill

A bill seeking to extend a law regulating the status and residency of Palestinian spouses of Arab Israelis failed to pass a Knesset vote early Tuesday morning. The “family reunification law,” first passed as a...
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

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...
Shirly Pinto, July 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

First deaf member of Knesset joins new Israeli government

Yamina Party’s Shirley Pinto will become Israel’s first deaf Knesset member after Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana announced on Sunday that he will leave parliament under the so-called Norwegian Law. Pinto, 32, is a former...
Israeli Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett at the swearing in of the new Israeli government, at the Knesset, June 13, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Naftali Bennett’s Knesset address

H.E. President Reuven Rivlin; President-elect Isaac Herzog; Mr. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; President of the Supreme Court, Justice Esther Hayut; Speaker of the Knesset Yariv Levin; my partner in forming the unity government, member...
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

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...