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

Camel Law passes Knesset Finance Committee

Requires identification and registration of camels by subcutaneous microchip, establishes criminal responsibility for camel owners.Mordechai Sones, 5/22/2018, 6:42 PM

Jewish Home MK: Shin Bet is instigating 'price tag' incidents

MK Smotrich asserts that the Shin Bet is seeking to frame 'hilltop youth' to legitimize the torture experienced by Duma murder suspects.Hezki Baruch, 4/26/2018, 8:41 AM

Civil Administration set for demolitions in 'Mevo'ot Yericho'

Knesset Land of Israel lobby turns to cabinet ministers, calling on them to stop demolitions tomorrow in Jordan Valley community.Hezki Baruch, 4/25/2018, 7:35 PM

Smotrich: IDF educational document is 'Holocaust denial'

Jewish Home MK slams Education Corps document, according to which loss of 'checks and balances' in rule of law caused Holocaust.Ido Ben Porat, 4/12/2018, 10:07 AM

'A small, noisy, and extremist secular faction'

'Secular Forum' claims soldiers forced to eat unhealthy food after IDF kitchens prepared for Passover.Mordechai Sones, 3/29/2018, 1:11 PM

'No shortcuts to leadership'

MK Smotrich at National Union conference sends message to Jewish Home Chair: 'If Bennett wants to, he can solve the crisis in ten minutes.'Eliran Aharon-Mordechai Sones, 3/7/2018, 4:27 PM

'Two-state solution dangerous and irrelevant'

'Creating groundwork for a terrorist, fundamentalist, Muslim state in heart of Israel is dangerous and lethal to security of Israel.'Mordechai Sones, 3/5/2018, 8:03 PM

'Camel Law' passes first reading in Knesset

Law to combat accidents caused by free-roaming Bedouin-owned camels passes 1st reading. 'The sooner it passes the more lives will be saved.'Mordechai Sones, 2/20/2018, 7:34 PM

Smotrich returns fire

Left furious at MK opposed to campaign encouraging female combat enlistment; MK Smotrich: 'IDF must win wars, not promote liberal values.'Mordechai Sones, 1/17/2018, 1:14 PM

'The opposition is lying - it's good to live in Israel'

On Recommendations Law: 'Police shouldn't decide one's fate.' On Tel Aviv protests: 'We didn't see them demonstrating against Olmert.'Eliran Aharon, 12/27/2017, 5:35 PM

Smotrich vs. 'Just Shafir'

'Zionist Union' MK calls MK Smotrich and Minister Ariel 'criminals', Smotrich retorts: 'Politician who's done nothing in her life.'Mordechai Sones, 11/22/2017, 2:09 PM

'No funding for Yesha security? Then no budget payments'

Jewish Home MK blocks money transfers to Knesset Finance Committee until funds provided to protect Judea and Samaria buses.Mordechai Sones, 11/20/2017, 7:17 PM

Coalition chair tries to oust MK Smotrich from Finance Committee

Zionist Union and Jewish Home struggle against government intention to empty JNF coffers and force it to transfer funds to State.Mordechai Sones, 11/7/2017, 4:40 PM

'Judea and Samaria construction practices must change'

MK Smotrich calls to change Judea and Samaria building permit methods saying his party must demand this immediately after holidays.Betzalel Smotrich, 10/10/2017, 10:34 PM

Knesset Land of Israel Lobby against BDS

MK Smotrich praises organization sending thousands of packages to Israel supporters worldwide to advance Judea and Samaria products.Mordechai Sones, 10/4/2017, 9:15 AM

Netanyahu vetoes 'Beit El Law'

PM removes from agenda law to require him to fulfill promises he made repeatedly but never kept to build 300 homes in Beit El.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/5/2017, 7:15 PM

Smotrich catches Amnesty red-handed

MK Bezalel Smotrich calls for depriving organization status after it called for economic boycott of Israel, violating Boycott Law.Mordechai Sones, 6/15/2017, 6:30 PM

Smotrich warns against renewal of negotiations with PA

MK Betzalel Smotrich(Jewish Home) referred in an Arutz Sheva interview to the Trump-Abbas meeting and to the building freeze.Hezki Baruch, 5/3/2017, 9:16 PM

'We can't let Netanyahu let building plans fade away'

Smotrich on Security Cabinet decision: 'Experience has shown that Netanyahu gets bad marks on results. Why should this time be different?'Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/31/2017, 12:47 PM

Resist all construction restrictions

Israel Lobby chiefs appeal to PM, ministers ahead of cabinet meeting this evening, demanding they not agree to restrict building to blocs.Mordechai Sones, 3/30/2017, 11:09 AM

'Emerging structure of broadcasting corporation is a monster'

MK Smotrich warns Netanyahu on replacing Kahlon, Bennett with Herzog, 'Right will be out and we will return bigger in the next elections.'Mordechai Sones, 3/29/2017, 11:29 PM

Rabbi Shmuel Tal publishes support for MK Smotrich

Rabbi Shmuel Tal sends letter of support for MK Smotrich after MK was criticized for suggesting Religious Zionists delay enlistment.Yoel Domb, 3/27/2017, 9:30 PM

MK Smotrich sets sights on Supreme Court

Anticipating High Court rejection of Regulation Law, Jewish Home MK plans enabling bill to reinstate laws struck down by Court.Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/7/2017, 1:32 PM

People of Amona, your struggle was not in vain

MK Smotrich hopes sanity prevails and court approves Amona draft plan. 'We are mobilized to move caravans within 48 hours'Eliran Aharon, 1/31/2017, 5:44 PM

Smotrich to PM: Shabbat commerce violates coalition agreement

MK Betzalel Smotrich(Jewish Home) tells PM that government approval of Shabbat commerce would violate coalition agreement.Haim Lev, 1/5/2017, 7:47 PM

MK Smotrich: Amona ought to have decided differently

MK Smotrich comments on Amona's decision not to accept the government's relocation proposal for the community.Hezki Baruch, 12/15/2016, 11:07 AM

MK Glick: My relative committed suicide due to his divorce

Likud MK calls attention to plight of divorced fathers, notes high rate of suicide.Gil Ronen, 11/22/2016, 10:40 AM

Smotrich: High Court's Amona decision "cold and callous"

MK Betzalel Smotrich(Jewish Home) described the High Court's decision to reject postponement of Amona evacuation as "cold and callous".Yoel Domb, 11/14/2016, 3:30 PM