Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the new government coalition including the Kadima Party as the "broadest unity government in Israeli history."
At a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce Kadima's agreement to join the coalition government, Netanyahu said the new government would "benefit Israel" and is a way "to restore stability without elections."
Francoise Hollande, who was elected president of France yesterday, has been saying all the right things about issues of concern to Jews. He is against anti-Semitism, opposes boycotts of Israel, and talks tough on preventing Iran from building a nuclear bomb. He has never been to Israel, but says he hopes to visit soon.
PM seeks to move election up a year; analysts speculate his next coalition would be more dovish.
Tel Aviv — With polls giving him a big lead over a fractured opposition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the odds-on favorite in Israel to win re-election if the Knesset decides to hold elections a year ahead of schedule at the end of the summer.
After months of denying speculation that he was mulling moving up a vote from October 2013, Netanyahu said early this week he would be discussing possible dates with party leaders.
Former opposition leader Tzipi Livni resigned from Israel's Knesset.
Livni delivered a prepared statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing her departure from the legislature prior to a meeting with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin at which she submitted her letter of resignation. She did not take any questions from reporters.
"I shall continue to work for a different Israel; our children deserve no less," she told Rivlin upon submitting her resignation.
Former prime minister calls for caution on Iran and more respect for Obama at Jerusalem Post conference here.
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There was a time when “Israeli politics stopped at the Mediterranean,” Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, told the large crowd Sunday morning at the first annual Jerusalem Post conference in New York.
The Tal Law, which enables full-time yeshiva students to be exempted from mandatory army service, will be replaced with "a more egalitarian and just law," Israel's Prime Minister promised activists.
"The division of the burden must be changed. What has been is not what will be," Benjamin Netanyahu told representatives of reservist activists protesting as part of what is called the "suckers' encampment."
A long-range Grad rocket fired from Egypt hit near a residential area in Eilat.
The rocket fired from the Sinai Peninsula exploded in the resort town in southern Israel early Thursday morning. No injuries were reported. The rocket landed in a construction site, according to reports.
Three explosions were heard in the city, but the other two rockets have not been located, according to reports. Eilat residents and tourists flooded the police and other emergency numbers with concerned calls.