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Haredi Draft Law to be promoted – Edelstein plans changes

After approving the application of the sequence to the draft bill, the committee holds its first discussion with the heads of the opposition and coalition.

Haredi Draft Law to be promoted – Edelstein plans changes

Hostage's father to Lapid:

'Shoulder the burden and join the government'

Eli Shtivi, the father of hostage Idan Shtivi who was taken to Gaza, attended the Yesh Atid party meeting and called on Lapid to immediately join the government in a move of unity.

'Shoulder the burden and join the government'

Blinken meets opposition MKs, Pres. Herzog

US Sec. of State Antony Blinken meets with Pres. Herzog and MKs Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid. Gantz: 'I emphasized US role in preventing escalation on northern border.'

Blinken meets opposition MKs, Pres. Herzog

Liberman's plan: Create an alternate government

Opposition planning to accelerate attempts to bring down Israel's democratically-elected government.

Liberman's plan: Create an alternate government

Because of Otzma Yehudit MK

Yesh Atid refuses to sign October 7-related legislation

Lapid refuses to sign proposed bill to commemorate victims of Hamas attack because it was initiated by Otzma Yehudit MK Yitzhak Kroizer.

Yesh Atid refuses to sign October 7-related legislation

Yesh Atid voters reject Lapid's condemnation of blocking trucks

A new survey shows that among soldiers who voted for Yesh Atid, a significant percentage do not approve of party leader Yair Lapid's stance on the delivery of humanitarian supplies to Gaza.

Yesh Atid voters reject Lapid's condemnation of blocking trucks

Yair Lapid:

'Our life is not the massacre, but our response to it'

Opposition leader speaks at Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Yad Mordechai: The survivors taught us that you can always start over.

'Our life is not the massacre, but our response to it'

'You aren't influencing anything'

Yair Lapid slams Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot

Opposition leader Yair Lapid claims National Unity MKs are 'keeping an illegitimate and failing government alive - go home.'

Yair Lapid slams Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot

Lapid demands Netanyahu follow intelligence chief and resign

Opposition leader reacts to resignation of Major General Aharon Haliva in wake of October 7 by calling on PM to step down as well.

Lapid demands Netanyahu follow intelligence chief and resign

Lapid:

'Sanctions against the IDF are the result of government failures'

Opposition leader Yair Lapid claims the sanctions against the Netzach Yehuda battalion are a political failure, not a military one.

'Sanctions against the IDF are the result of government failures'

Opposition leader:

'Philadelphi Corridor first, 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.'

'Philadelphi Corridor first, then Rafah'

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

Lapid at anti-government protest:

'How has Netanyahu not disappeared from our lives forever?'

Anti-government demonstrators gather outside the Knesset building in Jerusalem, demand early elections.

'How has Netanyahu not disappeared from our lives forever?'

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.

Lapid re-elected as chairman, but not by a wide margin

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

'Wrong, harmful and dangerous'

Lapid slams Canada's suspension of arms to Israel

Opposition leader Yair Lapid also blames the Israeli government’s conduct for Canada's decision to stop arms exports to Israel.

Lapid slams Canada's suspension of arms to Israel

Ben Gvir mocks Lapid:

'To which Lapid am I responding?'

Minister Ben Gvir dedicates an entire speech in the Knesset plenum to opposition leader Yair Lapid, mocks the fact that he makes contradictory statements.

'To which Lapid am I responding?'

Knesset approves 2024 budget

62 MKs voted for the budget while 55 objected. Yair Lapid: 'The most sectarian, disconnected, and careless budget in the history of the state.'

Knesset approves 2024 budget

Likud MK:

'Why do we not talk about drafting Arabs?'

MK Amit Halevi points out 'the elephant in the room' regarding calls for haredim to enlist.

'Why do we not talk about drafting Arabs?'

PM and wife went to vote; Opposition head rebuked

Opposition leader Lapid rebuked Prime Minister Netanyahu after he went to vote together with his wife Sara, "They believe that there is no problem holding elections even in these times."

PM and wife went to vote; Opposition head rebuked

Lapid:

We'll provide a security net for a hostage deal

Opposition leader MK Yair Lapid says Yesh Atid won't join emergency government, but may provide government with security net for hostage deal - under certain conditions.

We'll provide a security net for a hostage deal

Yair Lapid:

'Path to victory starts with commitment to hostages'

MK Yair Lapid, opposition leader, addresses Jewish group, says, 'Path to victory starts with our commitment to the hostages, anyone who thinks that commitment is a weakness, doesn't understand Jewish principle of mutual responsibility.'

'Path to victory starts with commitment to hostages'

'He's harming the talks'

Lapid criticizes government, Likud fires back

Opposition leader Yair Lapid blasts government following reports that Israel did not present a proposal for release of the hostages in Cairo.

Lapid criticizes government, Likud fires back

Gantz, Lapid respond:

'Ben-Gvir harms Israel's foreign relations'

National Unity, Yesh Atid leaders condemn National Security Minister for WSJ interview claiming that the US would be more supportive of Israel if Trump is reelected.

'Ben-Gvir harms Israel's foreign relations'

Report:

Deri pressured Lapid confidante to join government

Claims have been made that Arye Deri is increasing pressure on Yesh Atid chairman and is also trying to encourage Avigdor Liberman to join the emergency government. Deri denies all accusations.

Deri pressured Lapid confidante to join government

Likud's tempting offer for Yesh Atid

A senior Likud minister offered to give up the Ministry of Justice to enable Yair Lapid to join the coalition. Chairman of Yesh Atid: 'I will join if Smotrich and Ben Gvir are out.'

Likud's tempting offer for Yesh Atid

Minister Kisch:

'No intention to add Lapid to the government'

Education Minister on reports that there were plans to expand the government: Lapid is not a party to the discourse. Liberman can join, but not at anyone's expense.

'No intention to add Lapid to the government'

Lapid:

'We'll write a constitution, we won't continue to be divided'

MK Yair Lapid, head of Knesset opposition, speaks about 'the day after' the war in Gaza, promises to ensure Israel has a constitution.

'We'll write a constitution, we won't continue to be divided'

Lapid responds to Arutz Sheva:

'I do not trust the government or its leader'

During press conference, opposition leader responds to question from Arutz Sheva, says he does not trust the government

'I do not trust the government or its leader'

Lapid: 'Hamas leaders must know they are dead men walking'

Yair Lapid calls for increased pressure to free the hostages, saying that the Hamas leadership is doomed regardless.

Lapid: 'Hamas leaders must know they are dead men walking'

Poll:

Lapid collapses, Gantz gains strength

New poll finds the Yesh Atid Party is falling to 10 seats. A party led by Naftali Bennett wins 12 seats.

Lapid collapses, Gantz gains strength

Lapid blasts Netanyahu:

'Get rid of the coalition funds'

Opposition leader criticizes the government over its to pass the revised budget for 2023.

'Get rid of the coalition funds'

Otzma Yehudit MK:

'Lapid is a petty and irresponsible politician'

MK Almog Cohen blasts opposition leader for calling for the removal of the Prime Minister in the midst of a war.

'Lapid is a petty and irresponsible politician'

Lapid proposes:

Government led by the Likud, but without Netanyahu

Opposition leader calls for different government to be established and for Netanyahu to be ousted in the middle of the war.

Government led by the Likud, but without Netanyahu

Lapid:

'We won't take morality lessons from Erdogan'

Opposition leader responds to Turkish President's calling Israel a "terrorist state."

'We won't take morality lessons from Erdogan'

No budget?

Yair Lapid to Foreign Ministry: "Stop whining"

Min. of Foreign Affairs announced that due to lack of budget they stopped PR work. Opp.leader suggests "things that don't cost a dime".

Yair Lapid to Foreign Ministry: "Stop whining"

Lapid: These 6 Hamas leaders must die

Opposition leader says he will support any step the government takes to return Hamas' hostages.

Lapid: These 6 Hamas leaders must die

Lapid:

'The war must end with a change in reality'

Opposition leader calls on the government to define the goals of the "Swords of Iron" war.

'The war must end with a change in reality'

Lapid: Yahya Sinwar is the new face of evil

'Yahya Sinwar is the new face of evil, he is the current day's bin Laden and he is a dead man walking,' former PM Yair Lapid says.

Lapid: Yahya Sinwar is the new face of evil

Nothing wrong with a Lapidectomy

The first three months after the extermination may see huge shifts in public support for Gantz and National Union, but not for Lapid. Op-ed.

Nothing wrong with a Lapidectomy

Lapid tells why he did not join the emergency unity government

Opposition leader says "there is no atonement" for allowing the Hamas massacre, he still will not join a govt. with Smotrich and Ben-Gvir.

Lapid tells why he did not join the emergency unity government

Lapid to CNN:

'Not since Holocaust have so many Jews been killed in 1 day'

Opposition leader speaks to CNN about Hamas massacre of 800 people in sneak attack on Israel.

'Not since Holocaust have so many Jews been killed in 1 day'

Lapid offers emergency unity government

Opposition leader Yair Lapid told Prime Minister Netanyahu he is ready to make an emergency government with the coalition parties.

Lapid offers emergency unity government

Lapid: Primaries for my position, not for party list

Yesh Atid's leader declares that there will be primaries only for leading the party, not to replace MKs.

Lapid: Primaries for my position, not for party list

'A trailblazing leader':

Lapid pays tribute to Senator Feinstein

Opposition leader pays tribute to Senator Feinstein, who passed away at 90: She was a model for how to serve the public with dignity.

Lapid pays tribute to Senator Feinstein

Lapid:

'Don’t blow up prayers; some women prefer separation'

Opposition leader says 'you can't defeat hate with hate' after protestors disrupt Yom Kippur prayers in Tel Aviv.

'Don’t blow up prayers; some women prefer separation'

Likud tribunal allows controversial activist to return to party

The Likud party tribunal has announced that party activist Itzik Zarka, who was expelled or controversial remarks, will be reinstated.

Likud tribunal allows controversial activist to return to party

Lilud MK: 'The opposition had no problem saying these things'

MK Nissim Vaturi reminds Israel's opposition of some of the comments made against Netanyahu in the wake of remarks by the Prime Minister.

Lilud MK: 'The opposition had no problem saying these things'

Senior Balad official:

'Racist Lapid mobilizing Arabs to protest against gov't'

Balad representatives refuse to attend meeting in Umm al-Fahm with the chairman of the opposition.

'Racist Lapid mobilizing Arabs to protest against gov't'

Full Supreme Court to hear petition on reasonableness standard

All fifteen members of Israel's Supreme Court will hear petitions for and against the reasonableness standard law.

Full Supreme Court to hear petition on reasonableness standard

Yair Lapid:

'The compromise proposal is too good to be true'

Opposition leader claims Netanyahu's compromise proposal on the judicial reform is intended to get him a meeting with US President.

'The compromise proposal is too good to be true'

Lapid criticizes govt. during US visit

Opposition leader says following meetings with US officials; 'strong democracies don't jeopardize security to solve political problems.'

Lapid criticizes govt. during US visit

Lapid slams Draft Law: 'End of the people's army'

Opposition leader accuses Foreign Minister Cohen of irresponsibility in Libya meeting, says new elections necessary as soon as possible.

Lapid slams Draft Law: 'End of the people's army'

Lapid favors gradual Draft Law and a unity government

Opposition leader speaks with activists on Zoom: The goal is to topple this terrible government.

Lapid favors gradual Draft Law and a unity government

Lapid on Yesh Atid's polls: 'I need to do better'

Opposition leader claims National Security Minister is 'part of the problem' as State grapples with crime rate in Arab sector.

Lapid on Yesh Atid's polls: 'I need to do better'

Judicial reform:

Pres. Herzog suggested a return to negotiations. Lapid refused.

MK Benny Gantz supports return to negotiations on judicial reform, while MK Yair Lapid refuses.

Pres. Herzog suggested a return to negotiations. Lapid refused.

Anti-reform protest:

Protesters with torches block Ayalon Highway

Lapid at protest near Haifa: This is a dysfunctional government and it needs to go home.

Protesters with torches block Ayalon Highway

Former Netanyahu advisor:

'Israel cannot afford one more day of this narrow government'

Klugeft called on Lapid and Gantz to: 'stand up and announce that they are ready to enter a national emergency government.'

'Israel cannot afford one more day of this narrow government'

Lapid: Experiment of 'fully right-wing government' has failed

Opposition leader slams government, says its days are numbered. 'We can look to the next year and see the next government in it.'

Lapid: Experiment of 'fully right-wing government' has failed

Yesh Atid MK: I support unity government with Netanyahu

MK Elazar Stern says option of unity government will be considered if Netanyahu suggests it - despite MK Lapid's statements to the contrary.

Yesh Atid MK: I support unity government with Netanyahu