Knesset

'The Heritage Of All Israel'

Founder of Tel Aviv's secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel's parliament in study and prayer.
02/13/2013 - 19:00

Editor’s Note: Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently, teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset this week as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.

Ruth Calderone

Incitement Works Both Ways

Palestinians keep accusing Israel of planning to alter the status quo on the Temple Mount by tearing down the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock to make way for a Third Temple.

Preposterous, says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  He insists repeatedly and loudly that Israel always has and will continue to respect and protect the status quo on Mt. Moriah, including banning Jewish prayer.

So where do Palestinians get such dangerous ideas? 

Israel’s Religion Minister: Reform Remarks Taken Out Of Context

07/08/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Israel’s religious services minister said that his remarks about Reform Jews were taken out of context, but he did not apologize for their nature.

The Painful Saga Of Michael Oren

His tell-all book about the Obama White House has been trashed and lauded, but is anyone really reading it?

07/01/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Michael Oren, the highly respected historian and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., has become the latest lightning rod in the bitter struggle among those who profess to know what’s best for Israel. And like the Jewish state he served as diplomat, and now as Knesset member, Oren has gone from chief unifier to deep divider for many American Jews.

'Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide'

Proposal To Add Gov’t Ministers Narrowly Advances In Israel’s Knesset

05/11/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — A proposal to expand the number of Israeli government members from the current 18 passed a first reading in the Knesset after a five-hour filibuster.

Jewish Home Party Wins Major Posts In Netanyahu’s Coalition

05/05/2015 - 20:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a coalition government after making concessions to the right-wing Jewish Home party.

Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home Party. Via wikipedia.org

Netanyahu’s Concession To Key Party Could Push Coalition Over The Top

05/05/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly agreed to concessions that would bring in a key party and allow him to form a new government.

DC Branch of Knesset

The U.S. Congress sounds increasing like the Washington branch of the Knesset.  I'm just waiting for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to show up on the Senate floor wearing yarmulkes.

Senators debating the Iran bill this week have been busy trying to out-Israel each other.

Among the most ardent are Presidential hopefuls and senators facing tough reelection campaigns.  A number of them were in Las Vegas last weekend kissing the ring of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who they hope will dip into his billions to fund their campaigns.

Can Arab Parties Be Part Of The System?

With electoral showing, they’re now in position to constructively solve problems.

04/06/2015 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

Opportunity knocks in Israel’s parliament, where an Arab alliance is now the third biggest faction. But only if Arab and Jewish lawmakers can each adopt some fresh thinking.

Nathan Jeffay

Members of Israel’s 20th Knesset sworn in

03/31/2015 - 20:00

A record 28 women and 39 first-time lawmakers were among the 120 members of Israel’s 20th Knesset sworn in.

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