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

First deaf member of Knesset joins new Israeli government

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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

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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

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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...
Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett (seated) and Yesh Atid Party chairman Yair Lapid in the Knesset in Jerusalem during the election for the next Israeli president, June 2, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel’s ‘change’ bloc attempts hasty move to replace Knesset speaker

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Israel’s “change” bloc, headed by Yesh Atid Party chairman Yair Lapid, initiated a move to replace Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday. The move followed Lapid’s announcement to Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin on...
Israelis light candles for the 45 victims who were killed in a stampede at Mount Meron during the Lag B'Omer celebrations, at Rabin Squarein Tel Aviv. May 2, 2021. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

National Insurance Institute proposes compensation for families of Meron victims

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Israel’s National Insurance Institute (NII) is proposing compensation in the amount of 100,000 shekels ($30,800) for each of the families who lost loved ones in the Lag B’Omer stampede at Mount Meron. A total of 45...
United Hatzalah emergency-service workers attempt to evacuate the injured in Meron in northern Israel after Jewish worshippers were crushed during Lag B’Omer festivities, April 30, 2021. Credit: United Hatzalah.

Knesset approves legislation for government probe into Meron disaster

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Israeli lawmakers on Monday approved a bill to establish a governmental commission of inquiry into the deadly Lag B’Omer stampede last month at Mount Meron. The bill, sponsored by Knesset member Mickey Levy of the Yesh Atid...
The Israeli President's Residence in Jerusalem, May 19, 2017. Source: Facebook.

Israel’s presidential election set for June 2

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Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin on Monday set June 2 as the date for Israel’s presidential election. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s term expires in July, and by law, the vote must take place no later than...
Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am Party, meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on April 5, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Will an Arab political party prove ‘kingmaker’ in Israeli elections?

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Israel remains in a political deadlock as both right-wing and left-wing blocs remain unable to form parliamentary majorities, and similarly cannot find formulas to create a unity government. The situation is creating an opportunity...
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...