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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz sucks on a lollipop while talking to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid during a plenum session and a vote on the state budget at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Nov. 3, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Eating Knesset candy and drinking the Kool-Aid

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Photos that emerged last week of Israeli lawmakers munching on candy for two white nights in a row served as a perfect metaphor for the kindergarten-like atmosphere of the Knesset as a whole and...
Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked speaks during a Yamina Party meeting at the Knesset, in Jerusalem, on July 5, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel’s Interior Minister: ‘It will be easier for our government to work with the...

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The past three months have been the stormiest of Ayelet Shaked’s political life. She broke promises, bucked norms, was protested against, shifted allegiances and sparked antagonism that only time and action might allay. At the...
Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman visits at the 8th International UVID Conference at the Avenue Convention Center in Airport City, Nov. 7, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Why the Shin Bet chief isn’t so hush-hush anymore

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Enemies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were relieved, if not thrilled, when Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman broke his organization’s customary silence to bemoan the behavior of those virulently opposing the makeup of the coalition-in-formation. “We...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony honoring medical workers and hospitals for their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, in Jerusalem, June 6, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Netanyahu: New Israeli government more dangerous than Oslo, Gaza disengagement

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly criticized his political rival, Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett, on Sunday, calling him a “habitual liar” and saying that the government he is forming together with Yesh Atid...
Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a meeting of Israel's right-wing bloc at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Nov. 20, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Religious Zionist Party officially endorses Netanyahu for prime minister

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Israel’s Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich announced on Tuesday that he plans to recommend that Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin task Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming the next government. “Based on the prime minister’s commitment that...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters on election night at Likud Party headquarters in Jerusalem, March 23, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Netanyahu, opponents have no clear path to governing majority, official election results show

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponents have no clear path towards a Knesset majority, Israeli election results show, indicating that the country’s political gridlock will continue. The results of Tuesday’s election confirm that...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters on election night at Likud Party headquarters in Jerusalem, March 23, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

In fourth consecutive campaign, Netanyahu secures largest-ever electoral lead

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The fourth attempt in two years to unseat embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have failed once again, with Netanyahu securing his largest-ever electoral victory over his rivals. Exit polls show Netanyahu’s...
Former Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett attends the launch of the Yamina Party campaign, on Feb. 12, 2020. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Bennett nixes joining coalition led by Netanyahu or Lapid

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Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett on Wednesday reiterated that he will not back Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or join the center-left bloc of Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid after the March 23 elections. With...
Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked and Bezalel Smotrich of the right-wing Yamina alliance hold a press conference in Jerusalem on May 14, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Yamina implodes as National Union, New Right officially break ties

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Israel’s New Right Party leader Naftali Bennett and National Union head Bezalel Smotrich officially parted ways on Monday, after a week of reported tensions between the two over the Yamina alliance’s direction ahead of...