Knesset

As Israel Prepares To Vote ...

12/14/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Those of us living in America- particularly residents of the so-called “swing states” so desperately coveted by presidential candidates- might still fairly be classified as “recovering” from the recent November election.  After all, it’s been only a relatively few weeks since the election itself, and the weeks and months leading up to Election Day were nothing short of brutal.  Relentless commercials, coupled with endless debates, countless talking heads, and a twenty-four hour news cycle, combined to make us all want to scream “please stop!”

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Witness: What Do You Do When The War Comes to Jerusalem?

A reporter and her family head for the bomb shelter, shattering their notion that rockets fall only in the south.
11/19/2012
Israel Correspondent

In the past, every time Israel fought a war, we Jerusalemites took comfort in the belief that no Arab leader in his right mind would risk hitting Al Aqsa mosque with a rocket.

That’s how we interpreted the fact that Saddam Hussein, who pummeled Tel Aviv with Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War, seemed to deliberately steer clear of the Holy City.

How naïve we were.

The Klein family in Beersheva sleep in their home's reinforced room every night. Michele Chabin

Israeli Knesset Approves New Elections

Law dissolves 18th Knesset, sets polling date for Jan. 22.
10/16/2012

Legislation to dissolve the Israeli Knesset and go to national elections was approved unanimously.

Israeli lawmakers voted unanimously early Tuesday morning on the bill's final reading to dissolve the 18th Knesset and hold elections for a new government on Jan. 22.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces upcoming elections. Getty Images

Knesset Bill Calls For Jan. 22 Elections

10/11/2012

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that national elections will be held on Jan. 22.

The date was released Thursday by the Prime Minister's Office, as it appears on the draft of the bill that would dissolve the current Knesset.

The elections for the 19th Knesset will be held about one year earlier than they were scheduled and four years since the last election.

Shamir And The Kohanim

07/03/2012

The death of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir over the weekend and the government’s decision to have his body lie in state inside the Knesset building presented a religious problem for the country’s kohanim. 

Generally, deceased Israeli leaders lie in state in the Knesset’s courtyard, but the summer heat necessitated that Shamir’s body be placed indoors, officials said. 

Yitzchak Shamir’s body lying in state in the Knesset. Miriam Alster/FLASH 90/JTA

Israel Scraps Early Elections As Kadima Joins Unity Government

05/08/2012

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."

Israel Expands Smoking Ban

05/03/2012

 

Smoking was snuffed out at public events and outdoor sites, including the Western Wall, under an expanded anti-smoking measure passed by Israel's Knesset.

The legislation passed Wednesday, which will take effect next month, also includes a ban on smoking at bus stops and outdoor concert venues. Smokers also will not be able to light up within 10 yards of a medical clinic and a hospital entrance.

Smoking at stadiums will be allowed to continue.

Vote Early, Vote Bibi?

PM seeks to move election up a year; analysts speculate his next coalition would be more dovish.
05/01/2012
Israel Correspondent

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.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Tzipi Livni Resigns From Knesset

05/01/2012

 

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.

Knesset Member Suspended Over Crude Poem

01/17/2012

The Knesset Ethics Committee suspended Israeli-Arab lawmaker Ahmed Tibi after he attacked a fellow lawmaker with an insulting poem.

On Tuesday, the committee suspended Tibi for a week for reciting an original poem using dirty and hurtful language in an attack on Anastasia Michaeli, a lawmaker from the Yisrael Beiteinu Party, after she flung a glass of water on Israeli-Arab lawmaker Raleb Majadele.

Michaeli was suspended from the Knesset for a month for her actions.

Tibi can still participate in Knesset voting during his suspension.

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