Minister Smotrich's brother arrested in the middle of the night

Brother suspected of violating Disengagement Law by staying in destroyed community of Homesh. Smotrich decries "police state."Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/20/2020, 11:01 AM

New polls show Smotrich/New Right list makes giant leap

Joining Smotrich's National Union together with New Right headed by Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked would draw many voters, poll showsMordechai Sones, 1/9/2020, 2:07 PM

Smotrich refuses meeting with Netanyahu

National Union Chairman Betzalel Smotrich refuses meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu: 'Let him not interfere with religious Zionism.'Mordechai Sones, 1/7/2020, 7:54 PM

Smotrich sends bus to rescue stranded haredi

Bnei Brak haredi working in Netanya fails to reach home after bus skips station; towards midnight he messages Smotrich who sends him bus.Mordechai Sones, 11/7/2019, 10:05 AM

Samaria bypass road budgets approved

Samaria Council head: 'Judea and Samaria being 2nd class in infrastructure and security compared to everyplace else in Israel must end.'Mordechai Sones, 11/4/2019, 4:22 PM

Smotrich: Dismantling bloc - 'irresponsible folly'

"Barrier to unity gov't is Gantz’s insistence on disqualifying Netanyahu rather than unity on the Right,” Smotrich responds to Bennett.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/3/2019, 10:32 AM

My dear confused soldier

IDF has very simple role: Destroy the enemy, that's it. No painting benches, road construction, or even promoting women. OpinionItamar Segal, 8/22/2019, 12:47 PM

'Come to negotiations without preconditions'

Minister Smotrich calls on Shaked to come to open negotiations, not via media: 'We can make decision about joint run.'Yoni Kempinski, 7/22/2019, 10:51 PM

'Now is time to unite; we'll argue later'

National Union re-approves Knesset candidate list and agreements with Jewish Home; Yehuda Wald appointed Party Director General.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/24/2019, 10:34 PM

'Why were the late Rabbi Eliyahu's words censored?'

Transportation Minister demands explanation for decision to disqualify broadcast with recording of words by former Chief Rabbi.Mordechai Sones, 6/20/2019, 1:09 PM

'In Smotrich's Land of Israel I won't stay a minute'

Shabtai Shavit: Netanyahu voters are people without knowledge, without understanding - people whose normative threshold is grass-high.Mordechai Sones, 6/20/2019, 9:57 AM

Netanyahu summons Peretz and Smotrich to meeting

Meeting expected to deal with PM's intention to offer two Right Parties Union heads education and transportation in transitional government.Mordechai Sones, 6/11/2019, 8:33 PM

Netanyahu associate breaks news to Smotrich: 'No chance'

Close Netanyahu associate Natan Eshel reportedly clarifies to MK Betzalel Smotrich that he will not be Justice Minister.Mordechai Sones, 6/10/2019, 8:35 PM

PM approves public gender separation in coalition agreements

Before Knesset disbanded, haredi demand was accepted to abolish prohibition on segregation between women and men in public places.Mordechai Sones, 6/3/2019, 9:06 PM

Parties on the Right, put your egos aside and unite!

The goal is to ensure that all parties to the right of Netanyahu pass the electoral threshold. David Rubin, 6/3/2019, 1:00 PM

Could new rightist alliance unite Bennett, Feiglin, and Peretz?

New Right chief Naftali Bennett reportedly making overtures to Zehut, Jewish Home, National Union, Otzma Yehudit for rightist alliance.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/31/2019, 8:00 AM

Smotrich: If not Justice Minister, I'll be Education Minister

Ben Caspit and Roni Bar-On speak with MK Bezalel Smotrich on Radio 103FM.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/18/2019, 8:23 PM

'Nothing will deter me from changing legal system'

Next coalition partners need to show flexibility and responsibility in negotiations; option of unity government nonexistent.Shimon Cohen, 4/16/2019, 7:18 PM

'They won't threaten us' with trumped-up charges

MK Smotrich unafraid of State Prosecutor and police, liable to subject him to disproportionate scrutiny if appointed Justice Minister.Hezki Baruch, 4/16/2019, 4:35 PM

Smotrich: 'They're trying to divide the pioneers'

National Union Chairman attacked at Agriculture Conference for supporting Judea and Samaria; replies: 'Ignorance, wickedness, hypocrisy.'Mordechai Sones, 3/26/2019, 10:38 PM

'Crush Gaza from the air - we must not accept ceasefire'

National Union Chairman Smotrich slams 'ceasefire' option: For every rocket shot, we must take down 40 buildings.'Hezki Baruch, 3/26/2019, 5:36 PM

MK Smotrich rebukes Chief Justice: 'Don't belittle legislature'

Sharp confrontation develops between MK Betzalel Smotrich and Chief Justice Esther Hayut during hearing on Ben-Ari and Ben-Gvir appeal.Hezki Baruch, 3/14/2019, 3:27 PM

Feiglin has already won in the 2019 elections

Either by accident or as the result of a political acumen we didn’t know he possessed, Feiglin has managed to inject his ideas into the mainstream of Israeli politics. Tzvi Lev, 3/13/2019, 5:57 PM

Smotrich: 'Running after false messiah Feiglin'

National Union Chair: 'Collection of invertebrate creatures lining up with any populist fashion now chasing after false messiah Feiglin.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/12/2019, 7:10 PM

Widow of Ari Fuld accompanies daughter to her wedding

Terror victim's daughter marries tonight as National Union and Jewish Home heads attend and rejoice with couple.Yoni Kempinski, 3/3/2019, 11:00 PM

Netanyahu speaks with Betzalel Smotrich's father

Netanyahu telephones Rabbi Chaim Smotrich, father of MK Betzalel Smotrich, asks him to persuade son to unite with Otzmah Yehudit.Mordechai Sones, 2/18/2019, 9:03 PM

'We respect Netanyahu; he doesn't run us'

Jewish Home and National Union leaders respond to Likud claims they did not agree to hold meeting with Prime Minister.Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/18/2019, 8:14 PM

Rabbis press Jewish Home, National Union to reach election deal

After talks between the parties break down a second time in a week, senior national-religious rabbis intervene in hopes of brokering deal.Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/14/2019, 3:58 PM

Negotiations between Jewish Home, National Union reach impasse

Despite marathon talks between Jewish Home and National Union parties, no progress made towards joint run.Uzi Baruch, 2/13/2019, 9:21 AM

No unity: Rabbis to gather in Jerusalem for emergency meeting

Religious Zionism rabbis invited to emergency conference tomorrow in Jerusalem, in light of Jewish Home refusal to negotiate.Mordechai Sones, 2/10/2019, 7:22 PM

Our soldiers are not human sacrifices

Opinion: Soldiers risk their lives protecting Jewish civilians. If mission is protecting themselves, many feel they'd be better off at home.Mordechai Sones, 1/31/2019, 8:33 PM

National Union Chair: 'Military Prosecutor lacks common sense'

MK Betzalel Smotrich responds harshly to indictment against Netzach Yehuda fighters who struck Arab detainees.MK Betzalel Smotrich, 1/31/2019, 1:05 PM

Chairman Smotrich's next goal

New National Union Chairman Betzalel Smotrich wants comprehensive union to prevent vote wastage: 'It'll be difficult, but it's necessary'.'Shimon Cohen, 1/15/2019, 8:50 PM

National Union Knesset list chosen

Elections in National Union end with Smotrich as head, Ofir Sofer in 2nd place on list followed by former MK Orit Struck.Mordechai Sones, 1/14/2019, 9:54 PM

National Union Chairman: Betzalel Smotrich

Members of party's Central Committee choose MK Smotrich as party leader over Uri Ariel.Hezki Baruch, 1/14/2019, 7:55 PM

Poll reveals Smotrich preferred candidate to lead

Basheva survey gives slight advantage to HaYamin HeHadash over Jewish Home, but respondent confidence in choice very low.Mordechai Sones, 1/3/2019, 10:24 AM

'Netanyahu's election campaign starts with evacuation of Jews'

National Union party attacks PM over evacuation in Amona. Smotrich: I hope Bennett and Shaked will condemn Netanyahu.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/3/2019, 8:51 AM

The Bennett-Shaked bombshell

Bennett’s goal is to reach the top. No matter how many secular candidates Bennett packed the Jewish Home with, he was never going to rise above 12 Knesset seats while heading a party associated with Religious Zionism. Tzvi Lev, 12/29/2018, 8:59 PM

Millions earmarked for security in Judea and Samaria

Final budget transfer to strengthen security in Judea and Samaria communities approved by Knesset Finance Committee.Hezki Baruch, 12/27/2018, 1:20 PM

'Regulation Law 2' approved in preliminary reading

Knesset approves in preliminary reading bill anchoring in law special status of young settlements that have not been officially normalized.Hezki Baruch, 12/19/2018, 5:24 PM

Smotrich: What do you want from the IDF?

Jewish Home MK responds to Channel 20 commentator who criticized IDF for weak response. 'One man is responsible for loss of deterrence.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/13/2018, 2:56 PM

Stop the 'Jerusalem governor' immediately

Recently, the name of the PA's 'Jerusalem governor' has come up repeatedly in connection to the kidnapping of a J'lem resident by the PA.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/1/2018, 11:08 AM

Further progress to appoint Chief of Staff, Police Commissioner

Public reps added to committee to appoint senior officials, allowing committee to discuss replacements of Chief of Staff and Commissioner.Mordechai Sones, 10/2/2018, 4:14 PM

Chief Medical Officer absent from vital Knesset hearing by order

Chief of Staff forbids Chief Medical Officer to attend Knesset session. Smotrich: 'Army sends reps to Knesset only for left-wing causes.'Hezki Baruch, 9/5/2018, 2:04 PM

'Trump internalized what Netanyahu didn't get'

MK Betzalel Smotrich pleased with Trump decision to eliminate UNRWA. In A7 interview he explains concern over too-powerful Likud.Hezki Baruch, 9/3/2018, 7:46 PM

MK Smotrich and Tzohar clash over kashrut bill

Jewish Home MK responds to Tzohar kashrut initiative head after his kashrut bill blocked. 'Not everything is kosher in war on rabbinate.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/29/2018, 5:36 PM

Judea and Samaria residents excluded from Rabbinate elections

Religious Services Ministry determines representatives from Judea and Samaria not be members of assembly to elect Chief Rabbinate Council.Mordechai Sones, 8/6/2018, 8:24 PM

Police ordered to explain Enforcement Operations discrepancies

Knesset discussion reveals unexplained gaps in police reports on assistance it gives authorities enforcing planning, building laws.Mordechai Sones, 7/25/2018, 4:30 PM

Smotrich: 'Artificial equality is bypassing democracy'

MK informs AG if he does not allow Interior Minister to present position regarding adoption by same-gender couples correctly, he will do so.Mordechai Sones, 7/22/2018, 3:40 PM

Smotrich: Nationality Law will backfire

Jewish Home MK to Arutz Sheva: In the end, Nationality Law will be exploited by Supreme Court at the expense of Jewish values.Benny Tocker, 7/17/2018, 9:22 AM

Smotrich decries 'State Prosecutor's Office ego war'

'The Court begins to correct the severe injustice, among the most severe in Israel's history - what State did to this minor and his family.'Mordechai Sones, 7/12/2018, 1:38 PM

'Is Rivlin the president - or a politician?'

Amid president's criticism of clause allowing for Jewish-only communities, special committee convenes over Nationality Law.Hezki Baruch, 7/10/2018, 1:12 PM

'Regulation Law 2' launched

MKs Kish, Smotrich bring bill to authorize status of neighborhoods and communities established in Judea and Samaria in past 20 years.Hezki Baruch, 7/8/2018, 10:16 AM

'Attorney General is afraid of women's groups'

MK Smotrich blasts AG's support for Tel Aviv municipality's ban on gender-separated Chabad event.Tal Polon, 6/21/2018, 1:10 PM

Crossing Sea of Galilee for hesder yeshivas

Early morning Kinneret crossing by Bnei Akiva Yeshivot Center and students; 12-year-old takes first place.Mordechai Sones, 6/17/2018, 11:29 AM

Smotrich's small request from Bibi

After exposé reveals PMs office ordered new furniture although old was sent for renovation, MK Smotrich sends open letter to Netanyahu.Betzalel Smotrich, 6/14/2018, 4:58 PM

Finance minister declares war on national service

Minister Kahlon files appeal against MK Smotrich's bill on national service. Now the ball is in PM Netanyahu's court.Hezki Baruch, 6/13/2018, 6:26 PM