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Akunis praises NYC mayor:

Courageous leadership in wake of campus violence

Ofir Akunis, Consul General in New York, meets NYC Mayor Eric Adams, thanks him for his support of Israel and Jewish communities.

Courageous leadership in wake of campus violence

Amb. Ofir Akunis takes position of NY Consul General

Ambassador Ofir Akunis arrives in New York to take position of Consul General, will meet Israeli, Jewish, student leaders studying on campus to hear firsthand their views on current events on campus.

Amb. Ofir Akunis takes position of NY Consul General

Minister Akunis to be appointed Consul in New York

The purpose of the move, among other things, is to reduce the number of ministers in the government. Gila Gamliel expected to take over Ministry of Science.

Minister Akunis to be appointed Consul in New York

Danon to Netanyahu:

'Withdrawal of forces sends bad message to Sinwar'

At Likud faction meeting, MK Danon says Israel risks undoing gains in war by bowing to US pressure, Minister Akunis says PA won't rule Gaza.

'Withdrawal of forces sends bad message to Sinwar'

Innovation Minister:

'The day after must be decided by the full Cabinet'

Minister Ofir Akunis says that all decisions on the future of Gaza must be made by the full Cabinet, not by the more limited War Cabinet.

'The day after must be decided by the full Cabinet'

National Unity votes against

Government approves revised state budget for 2023

Government approves revised budget for 2023, which is adjusted for the war. Akunis abstains in vote on reallocation of coalition funds.

Government approves revised state budget for 2023

Minister Akunis:

Hostage deal was 'deal with the devil' but had to be done

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis tells Arutz Sheva the hostage deal is not the end of the war but the beginning.

Hostage deal was 'deal with the devil' but had to be done

Minister Ofir Akunis:

If your entire family was burned alive, what would you do?

Israel's Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology publishes a video message for the global audience

If your entire family was burned alive, what would you do?

Senior Likud sources:

We mustn't allow Justice Min. to continue unilateral legislation

'No reason Judicial Selection Committee can't meet to make decisions regarding the Magistrates, District, courts,' Science Min. Akunis says.

We mustn't allow Justice Min. to continue unilateral legislation

Watch:

Leftist protester harasses Minister Akunis in New York

Protester follows Akunis and shouts at him: You are setting up a dictatorship.

Leftist protester harasses Minister Akunis in New York

Minister Akunis:

'There is no danger to Israeli democracy'

Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology: PM's policy is to bring the judicial reform to the Knesset with overwhelming agreement.

'There is no danger to Israeli democracy'

Watch:

Israeli Minister attacked in Los Angeles

An angry protester trespassed on the pool where Ofir Akunis was sitting and began harassing the minister

Israeli Minister attacked in Los Angeles

Israeli minister cancels LA speech due to protests & ‘bad vibes’

Anti-government protests lead MK Ofir Akunis to cancel Los Angeles speech. 'Nonviolent arguments about Israel's affairs - only in Israel.'

Israeli minister cancels LA speech due to protests & ‘bad vibes’

Judicial reforms:

Ofir Akunis: Democracy not in danger, keep investing in Israel

Leading Israeli lawmakers pushing back on wide-scale protests against judicial reforms.

Ofir Akunis: Democracy not in danger, keep investing in Israel

Akunis blasts Gafni:

'UTJ's behavior is impudence and insolence'

MK Ofir Akunis responds to calls among UTJ members for a formation of a government not headed by Netanyahu.

'UTJ's behavior is impudence and insolence'

Likud MK:

'Shaked's people are talking to senior Likud members'

MK Ofir Akunis hopes Shaked will leave the coalition: There is always a kind of informal negotiation between Ayelet Shaked and the Likud.

'Shaked's people are talking to senior Likud members'

Likud MK:

‘This is the last day of the current coalition’

Likud MK Ofir Akunis explains that with the gov losing its slim majority, its days are numbered and Israel may be headed to new elections.

‘This is the last day of the current coalition’

US lawmaker:

'Israel won't be able to defend itself without Judea, Samaria'

About 150 participate in Judea and Samaria Virtual Mega Event. MK Akunis: Ministers in this government push a two-state solution.

'Israel won't be able to defend itself without Judea, Samaria'

US and Israeli caucuses will promote Abraham Accords

Knesset Abraham Accords Caucus congratulates its American counterparts on formation of the Abraham Accords Caucus in the US Congress

US and Israeli caucuses will promote Abraham Accords

Organizers of right-wing protest rename Rabin Square

Flyers call for protest in 'Kings of Israel Square.' Likud MK: 'Rabin's murder isn't a matter for partisan dispute.'

Organizers of right-wing protest rename Rabin Square

Likud MK's tweet angers PA

PA news agency includes Likud MK's condemnation of shooting of Border Police officer in its report on incitement and racism in Israel.

Likud MK's tweet angers PA

Akunis: My ministry was born in sin

Outgoing Regional Cooperation Minister says his ministry was created as 'prostitution price' for Shimon Peres, attacks Bennett 'vote theft.'

Akunis: My ministry was born in sin

Supreme Court blocks Akunis Justice Minister appointment

Court upholds A-G's opinion vote to appoint Ofir Akunis as Justice Minister was illegal.

Supreme Court blocks Akunis Justice Minister appointment

'PA are experts at missing opportunities'

Regional Cooperation Minister Akinus attends ceremony to mark launch of Efrat industrial center, laments PA refusal of economic cooperation.

'PA are experts at missing opportunities'

'Our internal polls show the Likud at around 30 seats'

'Blue and White is leading us to new elections,' says Likud minister, claiming Likud's drop in the polls is due to the lockdown.

'Our internal polls show the Likud at around 30 seats'

'I will never allow Palestinian State in Israel's heartland'

Minister Ofir Akunis: Israeli sovereignty in Jordan Valley necessary both from a security and religious point of view.

'I will never allow Palestinian State in Israel's heartland'

Minister Akunis in Samaria:

'I'll advance sovereignty with all my might'

Samaria Council opens year with 22,000 students. Mayor Yossi Dagan: 'Government headed by Netanyahu deserves right to apply sovereignty.'

'I'll advance sovereignty with all my might'

'Chance of elections is 50/50'

Likud minister Ofir Akunis says final deal with UAE may be signed in September, no one can know whether there will be new elections.

'Chance of elections is 50/50'

'We will form an alternative government without Blue and White'

Minister Ofir Akunis: If Blue and White thwarts the passing of the budget, an alternative government will be formed.

'We will form an alternative government without Blue and White'

Likud minister: Sovereignty will 'certainly happen in July'

Minister Akunis says Israel waiting for Trump to make a "declaration" before applying sovereignty.

Likud minister: Sovereignty will 'certainly happen in July'

Ofir Akunis to Arutz Sheva:

'Between sea and Jordan there's no place for Palestinian state'

Minister Ofir Akunis argues Israel must not agree to Palestinian state.

'Between sea and Jordan there's no place for Palestinian state'

Another disagreement between Likud and Blue and White

Blue and White's Science Minister will not prevent appointment of researcher who signed petition calling on soldiers to disobey orders.

Another disagreement between Likud and Blue and White

'Blue and White's behavior is wrong and destructive'

Likud Minister wonders why Blue and White is behaving irresponsibly and refusing to join a unity government.

'Blue and White's behavior is wrong and destructive'

'Closure of borders will have a dramatic significance'

Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services Minister says closure of Israel's borders will have long-term effects.

'Closure of borders will have a dramatic significance'

Guatemala President: We will keep embassy in Jerusalem

Alejandro Giammattei meets Israeli Minister Akunis prior to his swearing-in ceremony, says will recognize Hezbollah as a terror group.

Guatemala President: We will keep embassy in Jerusalem

'Tel Aviv mayor avoiding responsibility: This is not leadership'

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis slams Blue and White party for hypocrisy on democracy, Tel Aviv mayor for ducking blame.

'Tel Aviv mayor avoiding responsibility: This is not leadership'

Likud primaries:

Likud Minister: Netanyahu's victory is not guaranteed

'It's not enough to click 'like' on Facebook or attend conferences,' Science Minister Akunis says. 'You have to go out and vote.'

Likud Minister: Netanyahu's victory is not guaranteed

Minister Akunis:

'Gaza military operation sooner or later'

Science Minister estimates Israel will not be able to continue absorbing Gaza escalations: 'Talk to terror organizations in their language.'

'Gaza military operation sooner or later'

'Decisive days for the Land of Israel'

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis visits Ofra, warns against leftist government supported by the Arab parties.

'Decisive days for the Land of Israel'

Minister Ofir Akunis warns:

'In three weeks, government of withdrawals will arise'

Science Minister prepares for Left-wing minority government, argues Likud could provide strong response from opposition as well. Interview

'In three weeks, government of withdrawals will arise'

'Israel is the center of global interest'

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis inaugurates Israeli pavilion at International Astronautical Congress.

'Israel is the center of global interest'

Likud minister: 'The Left is spreading lies'

Science Min. Akunis warns: 'If Likud, right-wing voters don't wake up, we will lose elections.'

Likud minister: 'The Left is spreading lies'

'Next Gaza war will be harsher than Protective Edge'

Minister Akunis warns Hamas if it launches another conflict Israel will respond with harsher measures than 2014 war.

'Next Gaza war will be harsher than Protective Edge'

Likud minister promises: I'll never vote to give away land

Min. Ofir Akunis warns right-wing parties may be headed for an Oslo-like disaster, promises never to support giving away Israel's land.

Likud minister promises: I'll never vote to give away land

Akunis: We will never withdraw from the land of Israel

Science Minister: I will not lend a hand to the establishment of a Palestinian state in any territory of the land of Israel.

Akunis: We will never withdraw from the land of Israel

For the first time:

Israeli Science Minister invited to White House

Science Minister Akunis expected to visit White House next week, says invite proves US-Israel relationship 'excellent.'

Israeli Science Minister invited to White House

Akunis: A Palestinian state would be a 'catastrophe'

Science and Technology Minister visits Samaria: If you want to see tunnels leading to Kfar Saba and Ra'anana - support a Palestinian state.

Akunis: A Palestinian state would be a 'catastrophe'

Minister Akunis supports sovereignty in Gush Etzion

Science and Technology Minister visits Gush Etzion, says site part of 'foundations of our people dating back thousands of years.'

Minister Akunis supports sovereignty in Gush Etzion

'We remember the Philippine's 1947 vote'

At start of meeting with Philippine President, Netanyahu tells of Filipino nurse who treated his father and uncle.

'We remember the Philippine's 1947 vote'

'There will not be two states, even in the Trump era'

Science Minister Ofir Akunis says establishment of Arab state in Judea and Samaria would be suicide for Israel.

'There will not be two states, even in the Trump era'

Barak blasts Akunis: New record for stupidity

Former PM unhappy after Science Minister rejects appointment of professor who signed a letter encouraging refusal to enlist.

Barak blasts Akunis: New record for stupidity

'He should have been shot'

Likud Minister praises security forces for capturing terrorist who murdered IDF soldier, says orders should have been 'shoot to kill'.

'He should have been shot'

Likud minister: We will act as you would act

Science Minister Akunis tells counterparts that Israel will act to protect its citizens - just as their countries would.

Likud minister: We will act as you would act

'TV investigators bowed down before Ahmed Tibi'

Minister Akunis tells of event engraved in memory from time he worked at educational television when bombing attack on bus Line 5 occurred.

'TV investigators bowed down before Ahmed Tibi'

Discord in Knesset ceremony at Kastner mention

Storm surrounding mention of controversial WWII figure at Knesset ceremony; Science Minister leaves in protest as name read.

Discord in Knesset ceremony at Kastner mention

'Apply sovereignty - beginning with Area C'

Science Minister Ofir Akunis, at Jerusalem Conference, calls for expulsion of terrorist families in response to terrorist attacks.

'Apply sovereignty - beginning with Area C'

Akunis:

'One of the lowest points of the leftist protesters'

Science, Technology and Space Minister blasts leftist protesters who disrupted the Attorney General while he was reciting Kaddish.

'One of the lowest points of the leftist protesters'

Watch: Likud unanimously backs sovereignty over Judea, Samaria

Members of Likud's central committee vote on proposal to extend Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Watch: Likud unanimously backs sovereignty over Judea, Samaria

Minister Akunis welcomed at UCLA Hillel for Leonard Cohen event

A week after Princeton Hillel retracts invitation to Tzipi Hotovely, Science Minister attends event at UCLA honoring legendary singer.

Minister Akunis welcomed at UCLA Hillel for Leonard Cohen event

Likud minister: We may have to hold early elections

Likud minister Akunis says disagreements may force early elections, suggests raising threshold to enter Knesset to 10%.

Likud minister: We may have to hold early elections