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News and updates about Rabbi Rafi Peretz

Over 3,000 visit Joseph's Tomb

In largest visit since start of coronavirus pandemic, over 3,000 Jews visit Joseph's Tomb to mark anniversary of his passing.

Over 3,000 visit Joseph's Tomb

Will Rabbi Peretz return to Yamina?

Jerusalem Affairs Minister expects Netanyahu to keep agreement with Blue and White and adds: An alliance with Yamina is possible.

Will Rabbi Peretz return to Yamina?

'It's not about me, it's about religious Zionism'

Rabbi Rafi Peretz speaks with Jewish Home activists, says he is willing to step aside if that will help the party.

'It's not about me, it's about religious Zionism'

'Little Western Wall' thoroughly cleaned for first time

Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz orders cleaning of the Kotel Ha-Katan after years of neglect at prayer site.

'Little Western Wall' thoroughly cleaned for first time

Rabbi Rafi Peretz blasts Yamina

Jerusalem Affairs Minister blasts the Yamina party after it voted in favor of a non-confidence motion against the government.

Rabbi Rafi Peretz blasts Yamina

Rafi Peretz wants to resume cooperation with Bennett and Shaked

'We need to put things behind us, hold primaries,' Jewish Home's Rabbi Rafi Peretz says. 'I'm sure they'll understand.'

Rafi Peretz wants to resume cooperation with Bennett and Shaked

3 ministers enter isolation

Zeev Elkin, Yaakov Avitan, Orly Levy-Abekasis to self-isolate for a week after meeting Rafi Peretz, who tested positive for coronavirus.

3 ministers enter isolation

Jerusalem Minister tests positive for coronavirus

Rabbi Rafi Peretz, former Education Minister, confirms positive coronavirus test. 'I feel good right now.'

Jerusalem Minister tests positive for coronavirus

Rabbi Peretz: This is our answer to Jordan

Jerusalem Affairs Minister visits Mount of Olives, responds to Jordanian demands Israel stop work at the Western Wall.

Rabbi Peretz: This is our answer to Jordan

'I'll demand yeshivas implement capsule method'

Former Education Min. Rafi Peretz says he'll insist schools use 'capsule' method or close. 'Guidelines protected students from infection.'

'I'll demand yeshivas implement capsule method'

'We will not give up sovereignty because of an Arab state'

Jerusalem Affairs Minister says he would support sovereignty even if it means negotiating on establishment of a Palestinian state.

'We will not give up sovereignty because of an Arab state'

'I will oppose recognition of Palestinian state'

Minister of Jerusalem Affairs: Deal of the Century is a great opportunity but there are clauses in the plan that we cannot accept.

'I will oppose recognition of Palestinian state'

Rafi Peretz: No one is perfect, we were all wrong

Jewish Home chairman says all sides are to blame for the divisions which have wracked the country for the last year and a half.

Rafi Peretz: No one is perfect, we were all wrong

What was Rabbi Rafi Peretz surprised by?

Ze'ev Elkin tells his replacement that the Jerusalem Ministry has authority over the entire city, except for two places.

What was Rabbi Rafi Peretz surprised by?

Jerusalem Minister: They will not stop us from celebrating

Jerusalem Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz and Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Hagit Moshe wish celebrants a happy Jerusalem Day,

Jerusalem Minister: They will not stop us from celebrating

Jewish Home approves coalition agreement

Religious Zionist party approves deal to enter unity government with Likud, Blue and White.

Jewish Home approves coalition agreement

Rabbi Rafi Peretz signs coalition agreement with the Likud

Rabbi Rafi Peretz leaves Yamina, will be appointed Jerusalem and Heritage Minister. Netanyahu: Peretz will be a central partner.

Rabbi Rafi Peretz signs coalition agreement with the Likud

Rabbi Rafi Peretz may retire from politics

Jewish Home leader reportedly considering retiring if he does not receive influential role in new government.

Rabbi Rafi Peretz may retire from politics

The plot thickens: Peretz may remain in opposition after all

PM Netanyahu reportedly decides not to give Jewish Home leader Jerusalem Ministry after he bolted the Yamina party.

The plot thickens: Peretz may remain in opposition after all

Netanyahu to Rabbi Peretz: Take the 'Settlement portfolio'

PM pressing Rabbi Peretz after J'lem Affairs apparently already promised to Likud minister. Still unclear what the portfolio includes.

Netanyahu to Rabbi Peretz: Take the 'Settlement portfolio'

Yamina to break up? Peretz meets Netanyahu again

Rabbi Rafi Peretz reportedly considering leaving Yamina to join unity government in exchange for Jerusalem Ministry.

Yamina to break up? Peretz meets Netanyahu again

Jewish Home leader Rafi Peretz meets with Netanyahu

Jewish Home leader meets PM in last-ditch effort to bring Yamina into the unity government.

Jewish Home leader Rafi Peretz meets with Netanyahu

The Likud's proposal to Rabbi Rafi Peretz

Netanyahu reportedly proposed to Rabbi Peretz that he split Yamina and be appointed a Deputy Minister. Rabbi Peretz refused.

The Likud's proposal to Rabbi Rafi Peretz

Education Min.: Preschools and daycares to open on Sunday

If number of coronavirus cases continues to drop, all schools will reopen by June, Education Min. Peretz says.

Education Min.: Preschools and daycares to open on Sunday

Rabbi Peretz: I decide on education, not the Health Ministry

Education Minister says decision to reopen schools rests with him, Health Ministry should not publicly discuss issue.

Rabbi Peretz: I decide on education, not the Health Ministry

Watch: Yamina activists celebrate with Smotrich and Rabbi Peretz

Yamina ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Rabbi Rafi Peretz were greeted by party activists singing and dancing.

Watch: Yamina activists celebrate with Smotrich and Rabbi Peretz

Yamina blasts Lapid: The man and the gel went back to lying

Yamina party fires back after Lapid lashes out at Education Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz.

Yamina blasts Lapid: The man and the gel went back to lying

Jewish Home rabbi: It is permitted to violate this agreement

Rabbi Eitan Eisman recounts meeting between Rabbi Rafi Peretz and PM Netanyahu over violating agreement with Itamar Ben Gvir.

Jewish Home rabbi: It is permitted to violate this agreement

Rabbi Rafi Peretz: Our list will save the entire camp

Jewish Home chairman explains his decision to unite with the New Right and National Union.

Rabbi Rafi Peretz: Our list will save the entire camp

Motti Yogev steps down: Rabbi Peretz stole the party

MK Yogev leaves politics, attacks Jewish Home chairman: "Rafi Peretz does not deserve to be a public envoy."

Motti Yogev steps down: Rabbi Peretz stole the party

Netanyahu holds emergency meeting with Bennett, Peretz

PM meets leaders of right-wing parties in last-ditch attempt to unify right-wing list.

Netanyahu holds emergency meeting with Bennett, Peretz

Smotrich and Peretz meet: Strive for a broad unity

Leaders of Jewish Home and the National Union meet and agree to continue the dialogue in the coming days.

Smotrich and Peretz meet: Strive for a broad unity

Rabbi Peretz: Nahariya drowning victim was a hero

Education Minister eulogizes Moti Ben Shabbat who drowned as he tried to rescue residents of Nahariya from floods.

Rabbi Peretz: Nahariya drowning victim was a hero

Rabbi Peretz pressured to hold primaries in wake of polls

Pressure increases on Jewish Home leader to allow primaries after TV polls predict bleak outlook for religious Zionism.

Rabbi Peretz pressured to hold primaries in wake of polls

Peretz: Even in America Jews can't walk with a kippah

Education Minister at WZO conference: Images from Monsey remind us of our long and bloody history.

Peretz: Even in America Jews can't walk with a kippah

Rabbi Peretz refused to relinquish ministerial post to Smotrich

PM Netanyahu spoke with Jewish Home chairman and asked him to work towards an alliance with the National Union.

Rabbi Peretz refused to relinquish ministerial post to Smotrich

Yogev: The first step toward unity is to meet

Jewish Home activists invite MK Motti Yogev to attend a meeting of Jewish Home members with Minister Bezalel Smotrich.

Yogev: The first step toward unity is to meet

Yogev: Agreement was signed without my knowledge or consent

Jewish Home MK Motti Yogev responds to agreement with Otzma Yehudit.

Yogev: Agreement was signed without my knowledge or consent

Jewish Home members to Peretz: Cancel agreement with Ben-Gvir

Dozens of Jewish Home members protest Jewish Home's merger with Otzma Yehudit. Read the full letter.

Jewish Home members to Peretz: Cancel agreement with Ben-Gvir

Peretz: I gave in to Shaked, and now she's undermining me

Rabbi Peretz, Jewish Home chairman, criticizes MK Shaked, claims she 'failed,' 'nearly destroyed Religious Zionism.'

Peretz: I gave in to Shaked, and now she's undermining me

Israeli schools to become smartphone-free?

Education Minister promises to work to clear schools of distractions, raise teachers' salaries.

Israeli schools to become smartphone-free?

'Don't listen to those who advise you to be stubborn'

Education Minister: We are not the United Kingdom or Italy. We don't have the privilege of a third election.

'Don't listen to those who advise you to be stubborn'

'The residents' resilience gives us maneuverability'

Education Minister Rabbi Rafi Peretz visits Ashkelon’s situation room amid rocket fire on the city.

'The residents' resilience gives us maneuverability'

Rabbi Peretz: Respond to the rocket fire more aggressively

Education Minister visits Sderot, meets with residents whose home was hit by a rocket.

Rabbi Peretz: Respond to the rocket fire more aggressively

Gantz calls, encounters the right-wing bloc

Blue and White chairman speaks to leaders of right-wing parties, who tell him he should speak with the Likud negotiating team.

Gantz calls, encounters the right-wing bloc

Education Minister: 'She criticized me, but we've never met'

Min. Rafi Peretz says he's 'very disappointed' predecessor criticized him personally despite never meeting him.

Education Minister: 'She criticized me, but we've never met'

Rabbi Peretz: No place for anti-IDF groups in education system

Education minister promises to act against schools which do not act in accordance with the law.

Rabbi Peretz: No place for anti-IDF groups in education system

Rabbi Peretz: We are coordinated with Netanyahu

Jewish Home-National Union chairman: We are one people, it's time to unite.

Rabbi Peretz: We are coordinated with Netanyahu

Rabbi Peretz: I'm very worried about the Trump plan

Education Minister concerned about concessions that might be in the US peace plan: This is a death sentence for settlement.

Rabbi Peretz: I'm very worried about the Trump plan

Rabbi Peretz supports camera law

Education Minister says he supports measures to ensure 'purity' of elections.'

Rabbi Peretz supports camera law

Netanyahu: We will apply sovereignty to all settlements

PM Netanyahu, Education Minister Peretz visit Elkana school on first day of new school year. 'There will be no more Gush Katifs.'

Netanyahu: We will apply sovereignty to all settlements

Rabbi Peretz slams 'incitement campaign' following news report

Education Minister Peretz responds to attack: 'We're under vicious attack on our values; well-timed campaign against Judaism and heritage.'

Rabbi Peretz slams 'incitement campaign' following news report

Education Minister: 'We won't allow Hezbollah to gain power'

Rabbi Rafi Peretz meets with school principals in northern Israel, says Israel will not allow harm to its sovereignty.

Education Minister: 'We won't allow Hezbollah to gain power'

Yamina to Netanyahu: 'Jewish blood has become worthless'

Right-wing Knesset members slam Israel's policies for handling terror, demand creation of checkpoints, worse treatment for terrorists.

Yamina to Netanyahu: 'Jewish blood has become worthless'

Education Min.: Nazis also persecuted North African Jews

Persecution of North African Jewry under Nazi occupation now part of Israeli schools’ mandatory curriculum.

Education Min.: Nazis also persecuted North African Jews

Democratic Union attacks education minister for teaching Judaism

Democratic Union party says Education Minister Peretz attempting to 'brainwash' children by expanding teaching of Jewish texts in schools.

Democratic Union attacks education minister for teaching Judaism

Nationality Law to be taught in schools starting this year

Education Minister Rabbi Raffi Peretz says high school students to learn content of Nationality Law, debate which accompanied its passage.

Nationality Law to be taught in schools starting this year

School year may not start at special-ed schools

Budget deficit may prevent special education schools from opening on time, Education Min. Peretz warns.

School year may not start at special-ed schools

'Our enemy needs to know the IDF will reach them'

Rabbi Rafi Peretz speaks: 'Our continued building and work in settlement will end Palestinians hope to try hurting us.'

'Our enemy needs to know the IDF will reach them'

'It was difficult to give up the top spot'

Jewish Home chairman says technical union with Shaked and Bennett will only last until the election.

'It was difficult to give up the top spot'