Hezki Baruch

Hezki Baruch

Arutz Sheva political correspondent

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Huge victory for Ad Kan:

Huge victory for "Ad Kan": Igatha 48 to be shut down due to suspicion of financing terror

Igatha 48 was notified and given an opportunity to respond to concern of its collaboration with terrorist organizations. Minister Bezalel Smotrich: We warned of UAL’s connection to the nonprofit.

Huge victory for "Ad Kan": Igatha 48 to be shut down due to suspicion of financing terror

Survivor claims: Nearly 50 survivors of Nova massacre have committed suicide

Many survivors of the Nova music festival massacre are forcibly admitted to psychiatric wards; other survivors demand: 'Why do we need to prove and explain more in order to receive help?'

Survivor claims: Nearly 50 survivors of Nova massacre have committed suicide

Opposition leader:

Opposition leader: "First Philadelphi Corridor and agreement with Egyptians – then Rafah"

Asked by Arutz Sheva whether Israel should enter Rafah, opposition leader Yair Lapid replied, 'Four of the weakest Hamas battalions are in Rafah and we will have to deal with them, but it is a long process.'

Opposition leader: "First Philadelphi Corridor and agreement with Egyptians – then Rafah"

Ministers Smotrich and Ben Gvir demand retaliation against Iran

Minister Ben Gvir called for a strong response to Iran’s attack: 'The concept of proportionality passed from the world on October 7th. In order to create deterrence in the Middle East – we must initiate a full-blown response.'

Ministers Smotrich and Ben Gvir demand retaliation against Iran

PM Netanyahu: We're prepared for every scenario

'Our defensive systems are deployed; we are ready for any scenario, both defensively and offensively,' PM Netanyahu says.

PM Netanyahu: We're prepared for every scenario

President Macron:

President Macron: 'We warned Iran not to attack Israel'

Knesset Speaker Ohana told President Macron: 'There is no scenario in which Israel will not deal with the Hamas brigades in Rafah, the proposals to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state are a victory for terror.'

President Macron:  'We warned Iran not to attack Israel'

Dozens of haredim trained to protect Judea and Samaria towns

The group completed Rifleman 03-level basic training and will join emergency security squads and partake in the security in haredi towns in Judea and Samaria.

Dozens of haredim trained to protect Judea and Samaria towns

MK Rothman:

MK Rothman: 'No connection between the reform and the massacre'

MK Simcha Rotman talked in an interview about his shock from October 7th, the assistance he provided in identifying the deceased, and the claims that the divide around the reform led to the massacre.

MK Rothman: 'No connection between the reform and the massacre'

Min. Smotrich preventing uprooting of trees in Jewish town

Regulation Administration, founded by Min. Smotrich, preventing trees in Nokdim from being uprooted; IDF Chief of Staff orders project to wait.

Min. Smotrich preventing uprooting of trees in Jewish town

Minister Gantz:

Minister Gantz: 'Youth in middle school will one day fight in the Gaza Strip'

Minister Benny Gantz addressed the media and said that Israel will continue to fight in Gaza: 'We will go into Rafah, we will return to Khan Yunis, and we will operate in Gaza.'

Minister Gantz: 'Youth in middle school will one day fight in the Gaza Strip'

Author Douglas Murray honored by Israeli President

Douglas Murray, author and journalist, receives special award from Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Diaspora Minister Amichai Chikli, for his efforts to support Israel following the outbreak of the war against Hamas in Gaza.

Author Douglas Murray honored by Israeli President

Minister Strock:

Minister Strock: ‘Now is the time for us all to pray for the return of the hostages’

A prayer for the return of the hostages was held at Rachel's Tomb. Shai Wenkert, father of Omer, who was taken hostage in Gaza: "Together we win, together we return the hostages."

Minister Strock: ‘Now is the time for us all to pray for the return of the hostages’

Terrorist

Terrorist? Amnesty calls terrorist who kidnapped, murdered soldier an 'author'

A demand to speed up the process of denying government funding to Amnesty International, that tweeted about the death of terrorist Walid Deka without mentioning that he was a terrorist.

Terrorist? Amnesty calls terrorist who kidnapped, murdered soldier an 'author'

Ahead of hostage release deal

Likud members demand Netanyahu hold a discussion ahead of hostage release deal

Seven members of Knesset from the Likud write letter to Netanyahu in which they demand that he hold a discussion in preparation for a hostage release deal.

Likud members demand Netanyahu hold a discussion ahead of hostage release deal

'Prime Minister, don't stop'

Sderot Mayor opposes end of military maneuver: Prime Minister, don't stop

Alon Davidi, the mayor of Sderot, criticizes end of the maneuver phase in the Gaza Strip: Have the goals of the war been achieved?

Sderot Mayor opposes end of military maneuver: Prime Minister, don't stop

Regev decides:

Regev decides: Torch lighting ceremony will be pre-recorded

The Minister of Transportation, who is in charge of the torch lighting ceremony at the conclusion of Memorial Day, decided it will take place without an audience and will be recorded in advance.

Regev decides: Torch lighting ceremony will be pre-recorded

Smotrich to Netanyahu:

Smotrich to Netanyahu: 'Only the cabinet has the authority to make decisions in war'

Finance Minister sent a letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to meet with the expanded Security Cabinet to discuss the current situation of the war.

Smotrich to Netanyahu: 'Only the cabinet has the authority to make decisions in war'

Following troop withdrawal

Government's right flank threatens Netanyahu following troop withdrawal

National Security Minister Ben-Gvir says the Prime Minister would lose his mandate to rule if he did not attack Rafah. Minister Smotrich calls urgent party meeting to show displeasure with troop withdrawal and ceasefire proposal.

Government's right flank threatens Netanyahu following troop withdrawal

UN reveals:

UN reveals: Netanyahu’s list of promises to increase aid to Gaza

Among other areas of humanitarian aid, Israel’s approves the establishment of 20 bakeries in Gaza and the reactivation of the Nahal Oz water line in northern Gaza.

UN reveals: Netanyahu’s list of promises to increase aid to Gaza

Hostages' families:

Hostage families on IDF forces leaving Gaza: 'Government has not kept its word'

The Tikva Forum, representing the hostages’ families, criticized the decision to withdraw the maneuvering forces from the Gaza Strip, "all negotiations with Hamas may collapse."

Hostage families on IDF forces leaving Gaza: 'Government has not kept its word'

Netanyahu:

Netanyahu: 'A step away from victory. Israel will not surrender’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the Cabinet meeting and spoke of the achievements so far in the Gaza War: 'Surrendering to Hamas' demands will allow the terrorist organization to repeat the crimes of October 7th again and again, as they have promised to do.'

Netanyahu: 'A step away from victory. Israel will not surrender’

Kallner to Arbel:

Kallner to Arbel: Stop the destruction of Jewish settlement in Galilee

MK Ariel Kallner called for the Interior Minister to recognize a series of dangers posed by the proposed plan for new construction in the Galilee region.

Kallner to Arbel: Stop the destruction of Jewish settlement in Galilee

MK Succot: 'Erase Ahmad Tibi's smile'

MK Tzvi Succot presents Arab MK Ahmad Tibi's double-speak and support for Hamas, Hezbollah, and acts of terror. 'Anyone who speaks or laughs with Tibi is spitting in the faces of IDF soldiers.'

MK Succot: 'Erase Ahmad Tibi's smile'

'The Shin Bet turns a blind eye'

'The Shin Bet turns a blind eye': Politicians respond to violent protest in Jerusalem

Politicians from both the coalition and the opposition respond to the violent protest near the Prime Minister's Residence. Elkin: There is no place for harming police officers. Minister Eliyahu: The protesters are interested in persecuting Netanyahu.

'The Shin Bet turns a blind eye': Politicians respond to violent protest in Jerusalem

Police considering investigation against MK Lazimi for blocking road and lighting bonfire

The police plans to open criminal investigation against MK Lazimi, following her participation in disturbances during the demonstration in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.

Police considering investigation against MK Lazimi for blocking road and lighting bonfire

Gallant abandons meeting with Foreign Affairs Comittee

The Defense Minister left a meeting with the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, who supervise the Defense Ministry, after disagreeing with their demands.

Gallant abandons meeting with Foreign Affairs Comittee

Smotrich:

Smotrich: 'Invade Rafah with or without American consent'

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich claims that invading Rafah must be done regardless of US support.

Smotrich: 'Invade Rafah with or without American consent'

Sa'ar proposes: Elections in January 2025

MK Gideon Sa'ar explained the importance of going to elections against the background of the ongoing war: "Israel needs not only a soul-searching but also repair, rejuvenation, and hope."

Sa'ar proposes: Elections in January 2025

Yair Lapid opposes Knesset recess - but is almost never present

MK Yair Lapid, head of the Knesset's opposition, is demanding that the Knesset not break for spring recess - but he himself is one of the most absent members of the parliament.

Yair Lapid opposes Knesset recess - but is almost never present

UNRWA Jerusalem offices

Outside UNRWA's Jerusalem offices: 'UNRWA's school of abduction and incitement'

The Im Tirtzu movement set up a display depicting Israeli hostages in a classroom in front of a UNRWA teacher.

Outside UNRWA's Jerusalem offices: 'UNRWA's school of abduction and incitement'

Right-wing MK to far-left activists: 'You just don’t get it!'

Tzvi Succot confronted extreme left-wing activists who were touring the Jordan Valley. "An absurd event, anarchists harassing those who saved them.”

Right-wing MK to far-left activists: 'You just don’t get it!'

Ramadan:

Ramadan: Temple Mount closed to Jews

For the third consecutive year, no Jews at all will be allowed to visit the Temple Mount during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Ramadan: Temple Mount closed to Jews

Closed to Jews:

Closed to Jews: Netanyahu, Ben-Gvir clash over Temple Mount policy

The Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben-Gvir, expressed sharp criticism of the closure of the Temple Mount to Jews during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Closed to Jews:  Netanyahu, Ben-Gvir clash over Temple Mount policy

Parents of kidnapped soldiers:

Parents of kidnapped soldiers: Netanyahu didn't tell us anything new

Parents of kidnapped soldiers after their first meeting with the Prime Minister: Netanyahu is preoccupied with military security - not with civil security.

Parents of kidnapped soldiers: Netanyahu didn't tell us anything new

Yesh Atid primaries:

Yesh Atid primaries: Lapid re-elected as chairman, but not by a wide margin

Lapid wins the support of 52.5% of those with the right to vote in the primaries for the party leadership, but his opponent, MK Ram Ben Barak, scores significant achievement by garnering 47.5% of the votes.

Yesh Atid primaries: Lapid re-elected as chairman, but not by a wide margin

Interim order:

Interim order: Supreme Court freezes funds to haredim eligible for enlistment

Supreme Court freezes support for yeshiva students eligible for enlistment, claims it issued order 'in light of Attorney General's position.'

Interim order: Supreme Court freezes funds to haredim eligible for enlistment

A-G to Supreme Court:

Dramatic response | A-G to Supreme Court: Yeshiva students should be drafted to the army

Attorney General provides response to Supreme Court contrary to the government's position, says preparations must be made immediately to draft yeshiva students and end the funding for those who do not enlist.

Dramatic response | A-G to Supreme Court: Yeshiva students should be drafted to the army

Opposition leader Yair Lapid becomes a grandfather

Daughter born to eldest son of former PM, Yesh Atid leader.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid becomes a grandfather

Hostage family members block entrance to UNRWA offices in Jerusalem

Hostage family members and activists block entrance to UNRWA offices in Jerusalem, claiming: 'You know where they are, bring them home.'

Hostage family members block entrance to UNRWA offices in Jerusalem

Protest in Tel Aviv:

Protest in Tel Aviv: Four protesters arrested on Ayalon Highway

Protesters, including relatives of hostages, block traffic on Ayalon Highway as they call for the release of the hostages. Police open the road and arrested four protesters.

Protest in Tel Aviv: Four protesters arrested on Ayalon Highway