Israeli government

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.

‘Not The Time For New Elections’

On the Israeli street, fed-up potential voters see a dysfunctional government.

12/09/2014 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Every Monday Avinoam Ventura, 71, and a half dozen friends gather at the Neeman coffee shop in the Ramot mall in north Jerusalem, where, over coffee and cake, they share the latest gossip and discuss the latest news.

Poll released this week found that 65 percent of Israelis do not want Bibi Netanyahu as the next prime minister. Getty Images

Kadima Set To Leave Gov't After Breakdown In Draft-Law Talks

07/16/2012 - 20:00

The Kadima party will likely leave Israel's government coalition after negotiations with Likud over a universal draft bill broke down.

With the talks reportedly ending Tuesday morning, Kadima scheduled a faction meeting for the evening to discuss its future in the government coalition, according to  Israeli media reports. It appears likely that Kadima will pull out of the coalition some 70 days after joining it.

Israeli Government Stops Its J Street Boycott

After the pro-peace lobby distances itself from Beinart, Jerusalem sends an ambassador.
03/26/2012 - 20:00

Washington — The first Israeli government official to ever appear before J Street received a rousing, whistling, foot-stomping reception.

And that was it, as far as the welcome went.

Stav Shaffir, center, a founder of Israel’s social protest movement, was an opening speaker at J Street’s annual conference.

Israel’s Legitimacy: A Prophetic Strategy

01/31/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Even as many sectors of the American Jewish community struggle to return to pre-crash contribution levels, the Israel advocacy sector is booming once again. With challenges to Israel’s legitimacy coming from both outside and inside the Jewish community, significant new resources are flowing to those organizations that are seen as defending Israel from its detractors.

But more effective than all of the defense and advocacy strategies would be an effort to strengthen the fabric of Israel’s democracy. The threats abound.

Boost For Birthright Funding; Tipping Point Seen

More than half of all 18- to 26-year-old diaspora Jews expected to have a free Israel trip by 2013.
01/17/2011 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

A new landmark in the effort to strengthen Jewish identity and positive connection to Israel among diaspora youth was reached with the announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that his government has approved $100 million in funding for Birthright Israel over the next three years.

Avigdor Lieberman and "unattainable" peace

Why, exactly, hasn't prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman?

Aren't major ministers in a governing coalition supposed to work together, at least nominally, and not undercut each other?

But that seems to be exactly what Lieberman is doing.

According to JTA, Lieberman, speaking at a Yisrael Beiteinu event, said a comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians is "an unattainable goal.”

After Flotilla Debacle, Will Netanyahu Change Course?

Analysts disagree on whether he will reach out to Kadima and how he will handle inquiry demands.
06/07/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Depending on whom you ask, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is either on the verge of reshuffling his cabinet or is digging in his heels following last week’s Gaza flotilla debacle.

“I don’t see any sign of it,” Yossi Alpher, an Israeli political analyst, said of a possible government shake-up. “Netanyahu continues to rely on a cabinet of seven for key policy decisions.”

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni of the Kadima party, above, called Monday for a no-confidence vote in Benjamin Netanyahu’s gov't
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