Naftali Bennett

Naftali Bennett, Funny Man

Love or loathe him, Bennett gets a laugh in this election video. Sorry.

Israeli Left Resurgent As Campaign Rhetoric Escalates Ahead Of March Elections


Tel Aviv — Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is post-Zionist, her shrill rebuttal went viral.

Road To White House Goes Thru Israel

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is in Israel this week, and you know what that means:  he's thinking of running for president. 

He's billing the trip as an "economic development" mission and hosting an Invest in Indiana breakfast and meeting with the American ambassador for a briefing on the Israeli economy.  The Indiana Economic Development Foundation is footing most of the bill but, as with so many governors before him, it's more than a search for investors. It is a required campaign stop on the road to the White House. 

Bibi's Alumni Running Against Him

The 2015 Israeli election is looking like a Netanyahu alumni reunion except that these former alums are all running against the prime minister in hope of denying him a fourth term.

U.S. Calls On Israel To Reverse Land Appropriation


Jerusalem — The United States called on Israel to cancel the government appropriation of West Bank land in the Etzion bloc, while Israeli ministers praised and panned the decision.

Fear Of Status Quo Fueling Talk Of Unilateral Steps

As Netanyahu ponders his next move, pressure from right, and left, to act.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid thinks Israel should unilaterally declare a border and evacuate settlements.

The economic minister, Naftali Bennett, thinks Israel should do the opposite and annex parts of the West Bank.

Netanyahu, center, at Sunday’s cabinet meeting. Getty Images

Hardline Rabbi Named Shas Spiritual Leader


Shalom Cohen, a hardline rabbi known for his overt hostility toward modern Orthodox and secular Israeli Jews, was appointed spiritual leader of the Orthodox, Sephardi Shas Party.

Cohen, leader of the Porat Yosef religious seminary, was named president of the Shas Council of Torah Sages on Thursday at a ceremony in Bnei Brak neat Tel Aviv, Army Radio reported. He replaced Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who died last year.

Rabbinate Reverses

Rabbinate acknowledges Avi Weiss' authority; Weiss insists they recognize all American Orthodox rabbis.


The Chief Rabbinate of Israel will accept letters confirming individuals’ Judaism from Avi Weiss, a New York liberal Orthodox rabbi, but that's not quite enough for Rabbi Weiss and his colleagues, according to a statement.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, here at a vigil for victims of a train derailment, has been challenged by the rabbinate. Getty Images

Naftali Bennett, Point Man On Iran, Says He Finds Sympathetic Ear In Congress

Editor & Publisher

While the Obama administration has been “a huge friend” to Israel, with “unprecedented cooperation on security and intelligence” issues, “at the end of the day Israel can’t outsource its security,” Naftali Bennett, a key member of the Israeli cabinet, told The Jewish Week in an exclusive interview here this week.

New Plan Keeps Kotel Plaza For 'Orthodox' Services, Moves Others To Platform

Staff Writer

In an attempt to soothe tensions at the Western Wall ahead of the High Holidays over the issue of women’s right to pray there collectively, the Israeli government has built a platform for services outside the main plaza, a move denounced as “exile” by the primary group that has been pushing for change at one of Judaism’s holiest sites.

The new platform built for "non-Orthodox" services at the Kotel. Photo courtesy Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs
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