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Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Yair Lapid with Prime Minister Naftali Bennet (center) at the Knesset in Jerusalem on June 21, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel’s new leadership likely to advance Abraham Accords, put Palestinian issue on backburner

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is scheduled to travel to the United Arab Emirates next week, marking his first visit there since he became the country’s top diplomat. The visit comes as Israel and the Biden administration...
Ben Gurion International Airport, June 20, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

Wary of new outbreak, Israel to increase COVID screening at Ben-Gurion Airport

Israel will significantly increase COVID-19 screening at Ben-Gurion International Airport amid fears of the highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, first detected in India. An Israeli Health Ministry committee has warned the government...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett delivers an address at a memorial ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem for the IDF soldiers who fell in 2014's "Operation Protective Edge," June 20, 2021. Photo by Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO.

Bennett to Hamas: ‘Our patience has run out’

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Hamas on Sunday that Israel will not tolerate a “trickle” of attacks from the Gaza Strip. Speaking at a memorial service at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem for the soldiers...
Ebrahim Raisi. Credit: Mohammad Hossein Taaghi via Wikimedia Commons.

Iran elects Khamenei protege Ebrahim Raisi to the presidency

Khamenei loyalist Ebrahim Raisi won a landslide victory in Iran’s June 18 presidential election, Iranian media reported. Raisi garnered 61.9 percent (17.9 million) of the votes versus his next-closest challenger, Mohsen Rezaei, a former Islamic...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel, the head of Egypt's General Intelligence Directorate, at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, May 30, 2021. Credit: Prime Minister's Office.

Netanyahu to leave Prime Minister’s Residence by July 10

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu reached an agreement on Sunday regarding a handover date for the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem. Netanyahu and his family will vacate the residence by...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with Minister of Justice Gideon Saar during a swearing in ceremony of new Israeli parliament members at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, June 16, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Will the Bennett-Lapid government have the political power to address Israel’s most contentious issues?

Yamina Party head Naftali Bennett was sworn in as Israel’s 13th prime minister on Sunday evening with a razor-thin 60 Knesset member majority. At the same time, Yesh Atid Party head Yair Lapid was...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken participates in a video teleconference with the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 22, 2021. Credit: State Department. Photo by Ron Przysucha/Public Domain.

Blinken, Lapid discuss US-Israel ties, efforts to expand normalization agreements

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with his new Israeli counterpart Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday, discussing a range of issues from the U.S.-Israel relationship, Iran and a push for more normalization...

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...
Israelis celebrate the swearing-in of the new government at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, June 13, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Comic relief from a serious Israeli drama

The sight on Sunday night of the trendy Tel Aviv set celebrating the new Israeli government with great fanfare—flags and all—was nothing short of hilarious. After all, one would have been hard-pressed to locate a single...
Shimrit Meir when she was editor-in-chief of “Al-Masdar” (“The Source”), an online Arabic-language newspaper, in Tel Aviv, on March 2, 2105. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Bennett picks new political adviser, spokesperson and bureau chief of staff

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced appointments on Tuesday for his bureau chief of staff, spokesperson and political adviser. Tal Gan-Zvi, who has been accompanying Bennett since his entry into national politics in 2012, is...