Haredi draft issue figures prominently in new agenda.
More parties are expected to join the third government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in coming days after former opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday became his first coalition partner.
President Barack Obama will visit Israel for the first time as president this spring, reports on Monday said.
Obama visited Israel last as a senator seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2008. The New York Times quoted White House Spokesman Jay Carney saying that the president accepted an invitation to visit Israel during a Jan. 28 conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that the trip will be a chance to “discuss the way forward” on problems in the region, including the civil war in Syria and Iran's production of nuclear materials.
The illustrator of an editorial cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall on the bodies of Palestinians and using their blood as cement apologized for the timing of its publication.
A group of Israeli scholars and political activists who are living in the United States formed this week – in the wake of Israel’s deadlocked national elections – “a political movement” that is designed to recast relations between their homeland and the American Jewish community.
The final results of Tuesday's vote in Israel show that the big losers are not (as some would have it) the pollsters who had expected 32 seats to Likud-Beitenu, but Binyamin Netanyahu - the apparent winner and natural candidate for prime minister - and his team that gleaned 31 seats. Bibi's fall from 42 to 31 seats amazed almost as much as the dazzling rise of Yair Lapid from none to 19.
When Bill Clinton was President of the United States, many in Israel thought he would most fit to be their Prime Minister. In 2012 we watched the high involvement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Republican presidential campaign, and for a moment it looked like he would be a more suitable candidate than Mitt Romney.
Underscoring the notion that all politics is local, Prime Minister Netanyahu has made building in Israel, and some key areas over the Green Line, his campaign theme in advance of the Jan. 22 national elections, despite the almost universal outcry against such a move.
He seems to have read the mood of the electorate in calling for a strengthened Israel, more committed to solidifying its homeland than extending an olive branch to the Palestinians.