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Former Israeli minister of Health Yuli Edelstein attends a ceremony for the newly appointed head of the Ministry of Health in Jerusalem, July 13, 2021. Flash90

Edelstein declares intention to challenge Netanyahu for Likud leadership

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Former Knesset speaker and Likud Party No. 2 Yuli Edelstein announced on Monday that he will challenge Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu for leadership of the party. “We have held elections four times. The Likud is...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addresses the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City, Sept. 27, 2021. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO.

Israel’s opposition blasts Bennett’s ‘hollow, cliché-filled’ UNGA address

The Likud Party criticized Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday, saying he had squandered an opportunity to make Israel’s case during his address to the United Nations General Assembly earlier in the day. Bennett’s...
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin delivers an address at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland upon his arrival in the United States for a state visit, Jan. 1, 1978. Credit: USAF

The inspirational life of Menachem Begin

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Winston Churchill once wrote, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to go.” I thought of those words recently after watching “Upheaval,” a new documentary film produced by the Hidden...
Gideon Sa'ar gives a press conference on January 19, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

‘Loyal student of Herzl and Jabotinsky,’ Sa’ar hopes to become Israel’s next premier

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For the fourth time in two years, Israel will go to elections on March 23 to elect its 24th Knesset. While early polling points to a similar inconclusive fate with the previous three, there...
Gideon Sa'ar at the Hadassah Ein Kerem medical center in Jerusalem on Dec. 16, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Netanyahu challenger Sa’ar hires Lincoln Project founders as campaign advisers

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New Hope Party leader Gideon Sa’ar has hired four of the founders of the Lincoln Project to serve as his advisers ahead of Israel’s March 23 elections, a campaign official confirmed on Sunday. The Lincoln...
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

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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...
Blue and White Party lawmakers leave the Knesset plenum hall, Feb. 10, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Elections loom as Likud, Blue and White talks collapse, bill to delay budget vote...

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Israel’s government on Monday night failed to pass a bill allowing it to postpone a vote on the state budget, effectively signaling the demise of the 23rd Knesset. The coalition had to push the state...
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?

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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...
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (right) visits Bnei Brak, Sept. 06, 2020. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Gantz’s ultimatum: ‘Pass a 2021 budget by November or we’ll go to elections’

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Monday vowed to dissolve the government if a state budget for 2021 isn’t passed by the end of October. “If there is no budget, we’ll go to elections,” Gantz...
Yamina leader Naftali Bennett speaks during a Knesset plenary session at the Knesset in Jerusalem on August 24, 2020. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon.

Is a ‘New Right’ ascending in Israel?

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A constant stream of political polls gives clues to the stability of Israel’s current unity government anchored by Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and challenger Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party. The two opposing parties...