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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

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...
Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on May 27, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Supreme Court president blasts critics for ‘undermining’ rule of law

Israeli Supreme Court President Esther Hayut blasted critics of the court at the annual Israel Bar Association conference in Eilat on Monday. “The undermining of the legitimacy of the courts and their judgements in effect...
The Israeli President's Residence in Jerusalem, May 19, 2017. Source: Facebook.

Israel’s presidential election set for June 2

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...
The swearing-in ceremony of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL.

Israel’s 24th Knesset sworn in under cloud of coalition crisis

Israel’s 24th Knesset was sworn in on Tuesday with less than the customary fanfare due to coronavirus restrictions on the number of attendees and the political crisis that is threatening to lead to a fifth round...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Nov. 12, 2019. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Netanyahu calls for new way of selecting judges in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Monday for reforming the way that judges are selected with Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin of the Likud Party proposing a new way to do so. “It is necessary...
A memorial candle lit during a ceremony commemorating the 24th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, at the president's residence in Jerusalem on Nov. 10, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Israel marks 25 years since Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination

Israel on Thursday marked the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin with a series of commemorative events, including a special Knesset plenum session. Speaking at the state ceremony at the President’s...
Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin, then Israel's tourism minister, arrives at the Kfar Maccabiah Hotel in Ramat Gan for a meeting, on Oct. 27, 2019. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Ahead of Netanyahu arraignment, Knesset speaker blasts trial as judicial ‘low point’

Hours before the first day of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahy’s trial was set to begin, Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin on Sunday blasted the indictments, calling them “unprecedented in Western democracies.” “This day … will be...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks during a press conference at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on Feb. 16, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Israeli leaders bid Muslims happy Eid al-Fitr, praise joint handling of pandemic

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and other prominent figures took to social media this weekend to extend greetings to Israel’s Muslims in honor of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of the month...
Likud Knesset member Yuli Edelstein. Credit: Yuri Levin via Wikimedia Commons.

Edelstein appointed to Health Ministry, Levin tapped as new Knesset speaker

Yuli Edelstein, most recently Speaker of the Knesset, accepted an offer on Tuesday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to become the nation’s next health minister. In a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on the first night of Hanukkah, on Dec. 22, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

US-Israeli sovereignty committee ready to work as Trump appoints members

The joint U.S.-Israel committee tasked with mapping the areas to which Israel will extend its sovereignty under the Trump Mideast peace plan is ready to start working. A senior official in the U.S. administration confirmed...