Clock Ticking on Coalition Talks

As deadline looms, Likud's major problem is finding a solution to Religious Affairs debate as well as keeping Yisrael Beytenu in line.Shimon Cohen, 5/3/2015, 9:24 AM

Histadrut Chairman Demands Unity Government

Head of Israel's workers' union argues unity government is only way to deal with challenges facing and division within Jewish state.Cynthia Blank, 4/26/2015, 8:47 AM

With Shas, UTJ, and Kulanu On Board, How Can PM Finalize Gov't?

Shas, UTJ, and Kulanu all close to a final deal with Likud - leaving Netanyahu with two main options to concretize his fourth government.Cynthia Blank, 4/13/2015, 10:32 PM

Shalom Stresses: Likud Will Form a Government on Time

With pressure mounting for a coalition, Likud minister Silvan Shalom says unity government is on table if Labor agrees to basic guidelines.Cynthia Blank, 4/12/2015, 11:00 AM

Liberman: Bibi Biding His Time to Form Unity Government

Yisrael Beytenu chair accuses Netanyahu of biding time during coalition talks to then later go and form unity government with the Left.Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank, 4/12/2015, 9:29 AM

Scrambling Likud Resumes Coalition Talks

18 days after receiving the mandate to form a government, Likud hopes to finally concretize deals with both United Torah Judaism and Shas.Cynthia Blank, 4/12/2015, 8:36 AM

Likud: We Will Take 12 Portfolios in Next Government

If next government has only 18 ministers, Likud warns Jewish Home and Yisrael Beytenu, Ayelet Shaked and Sofa Lanver will not be ministers.Cynthia Blank, 3/30/2015, 10:56 PM

Catfight Over Knesset Law Likely to be Canceled

MKs Yael German (Yesh Atid) and Gila Gamliel (Likud) go head to head on repercussions of haredi draft law likely to be repealed.Cynthia Blank, 3/30/2015, 7:52 PM

Likud and UTJ May Have Coalition Deal Before Passover

With several positions secured, and Likud likely to agree to UTJ's demands, haredi party looks poised to be first to finalize deal.Haim Lev, Cynthia Blan, 3/29/2015, 2:51 PM

Magal: PM Stopped Being 'Heroic' When Elections Ended

Jewish Home MK-elect Yinon Magal continues to assert Netanyahu offered his party nothing in the forthcoming government.Cynthia Blank, 3/29/2015, 7:56 AM

Herzog Vehemently Denies Unity Government Rumors

Calling Bennett 'whiny,' Zionist Union head Herzog says no truth to comments Netanyahu will pass Jewish Home over for unity government.Cynthia Blank, 3/26/2015, 12:31 PM

Bennett: We Will Sit in Opposition If We Have To

Bennett tells supporters that if Netanyahu forms unity government with Zionist Union, Jewish Home will work hard from the opposition.Shlomo Pitrikovsky, Cynthia Blank, 3/26/2015, 10:52 AM

Education Portfolio Sparks Latest Pre-Coalition Battle

In-fighting in Likud between MKs Gamliel and Hotovely for position of Education Minister, while Jewish Home's Shaked also joining the mix.Hezki Baruch, Cynthia Blank, 3/23/2015, 5:18 PM

Rivlin All But Announces Labor Will Be in Opposition

During consultation with Zionist Union, Rivlin hints that should the party choose to serve in opposition, it'll be a 'complex challenge.'Hezki Baruch, Cynthia Blank, 3/22/2015, 2:16 PM

Likud Unequivocally Recommends Netanyahu for Prime Minister

As consultations with President Rivlin begin, MK Zeev Elkin, speaking for Likud, recommends Binyamin Netanyahu form the next government.Hezki Baruch, Cynthia Blank, 3/22/2015, 11:57 AM

Likud Angered by Other Parties' Demands

Minister Silvan Shalom argues Sunday senior portfolios should remain with Likud, says potential coalition partners need to be more modest.Ido Ben Porat, Cynthia Blank, 3/22/2015, 10:17 AM

Meetings with Party Leaders Begin Sunday

Parties will begin meeting Sunday with President Reuven Rivlin to recommend their choice of Israel's next prime minister.Cynthia Blank, 3/22/2015, 7:57 AM

Litzman: UTJ Not Necessarily Committed to Right-Wing Government

MK Yaakov Litzman claims United Torah Judaism would join government led by Herzog, and will sit with any party - except Yesh Atid.Shimon Cohen, Cynthia Blank, 3/15/2015, 8:35 AM

Deri: 'Arrogant' Lapid Wants to Rehabilitate Me?

Shas Chairman says he prefers to recommend Netanyahu for prime minister, and will not sit in coalition with Yesh Atid and Joint Arab List.Cynthia Blank, 3/8/2015, 10:02 AM

Israelis Believe Netanyahu Will Form Next Government

New survey finds that 52% of respondents believe PM will also form next government, compared to 25% who think Herzog will be given the task.Cynthia Blank, 3/8/2015, 8:35 AM

Bennett Claims: Likud Wants Herzog in Coalition, Not Us

After Ya'alon claims unity government possible, Bennett warns right-wing voters Likud is planning an about-face - Likud issues a rebuttal.Hezki Baruch, Cynthia Blank, 3/5/2015, 1:22 PM

Lapid 'Doesn't Regret' Attacking Deri During Debate

Yair Lapid talks about Yesh Atid's campaign as well as his controversial remarks to Deri during elections debate.Cynthia Blank, 3/5/2015, 10:06 AM

Lapid: I Won't Sit in Coalition that Repeals Haredi Draft Law

Yesh Atid head comes out swinging against PM Netanyahu and Labor head Herzog, accusing them of trying to win favor with haredi parties.Hezki Baruch, Cynthia Blank, 3/1/2015, 3:16 PM

Deri: We Have a Preference for Netanyahu

Shas Chairman acknowledges his public wants Netanyahu as PM, but said he will only join coalition that agrees to Shas' social demands.Cynthia Blank, 2/23/2015, 11:00 PM

Lapid 'Won't Play' Coalition Game Before Elections

Yesh Atid Chairman doesn't want Netanyahu as Prime Minister, but won't rule out sitting in a second coalition with Likud.Cynthia Blank, 2/23/2015, 4:45 PM

Bennett: Without 16 Mandates We Will Be in Opposition

Jewish Home chair warns without 15 or 16 mandates, his party may not be in the coalition and a Palestinian state will be established.Cynthia Blank, 2/22/2015, 7:48 AM

Herzog: Netanyahu is Breaking Israel Apart

Labor-Hatnua head accuses PM of diverting attention from main issues, says he will be the one to form a coalition after elections.Cynthia Blank, 2/16/2015, 4:31 PM

Survey: PM Shouldn't Have Interfered in Israel Prize

New survey shows public thinks Netanyahu should have stayed out of Israel Prize selection process, but will likely form the next gov't.Cynthia Blank, 2/15/2015, 11:45 AM

Ex-Labor Head Doubts Elections Are Coming Soon

MK Yechimovich says only Jewish Home is getting stronger in the polls, so no one else wants elections.Uzi Baruch, Gil Ronen, 11/15/2014, 6:21 PM

Israeli Democracy

It is no wonder that so many citizens feel powerless to affect government actions, such as preventing the freeing terrorists or capitulation to Obama-Abbas.Prof. Paul Eidelberg, 8/15/2013, 2:08 PM

Yesh Atid to Receive Education Ministry – Report

According to latest updates, Netanyahu has agreed to appoint Rabbi Shai Piron Education MinisterGil Ronen, 3/13/2013, 7:14 PM

Bennett Off to Meet Netanyahu after Meeting Lapid

"All hell is breaking loose – Lapid's game of chicken has gone wrong," says Bayit Yehudi source.Gil Ronen, 3/13/2013, 5:13 PM