Examining Israel's 35th government

Examining Israel's 35th government

Israel has a government after three elections and more than a year, but it is cumbersome and far from unified. Nor is the Opposition. Op-ed.Frank Mecklenburg, 5/31/2020, 10:24 AM
MK Zohar warns: 'MKs who don't attend votes will be punished'

MK Zohar warns: 'MKs who don't attend votes will be punished'

MK Miki Zohar warns coalition MKs to attend votes, vote with coalition.Hezki Baruch, 5/25/2020, 4:47 PM
Levy-Abekasis to serve as Minister for Community Strengthening

Levy-Abekasis to serve as Minister for Community Strengthening

Gesher chairwoman to head newly formed ministry called the Ministry for Community Strengthening and Promotion.Hezki Baruch, 5/14/2020, 2:03 AM
Thinking out of the box - Naftali Bennett for Health Minister

Thinking out of the box - Naftali Bennett for Health Minister

Success requires a leader to think out of the box, pick the best man for the job, and not be influenced by personal issues. Opinion.Dr. Aaron Lerner, 5/8/2020, 3:06 PM
Israel's Defense Minister Bennett takes the bull by the horns

Israel's Defense Minister Bennett takes the bull by the horns

Naftali Bennett (Yamina) won't be the defense minister for much longer, according to the coalition agreement, but he is using the time he has left to attain the maximum for the Israeli public. Sheri Oz, 4/24/2020, 11:29 AM
Israel's Government - important developments

Israel's Government - important developments

It is complicated, but the description below explains what is happening in the seemingly endless efforts to form a government in Israel. Frank Mecklenburg, 4/16/2020, 8:18 AM
Yamina: Netanyahu dismantled the right-wing bloc, used it and tossed it aside

Yamina: Netanyahu dismantled the right-wing bloc, used it and tossed it aside

Officials in Yamina blast PM over his meeting with Gantz.Hezki Baruch, 4/13/2020, 11:53 PM
Netanyahu and the 'art of the possible'

Netanyahu and the 'art of the possible'

if Netanyahu decides to go for sovereignty and refuses to hand over major ministries to Gantz as the Blue & White head demands, hs other options may actually be better.Dr. Martin Sherman, 4/5/2020, 9:27 PM
Gantz: I won't badmouth Bogie and Yair despite what I know

Gantz: I won't badmouth Bogie and Yair despite what I know

Blue and White chairman explains why he went for unity government: Minority government wasn't an option; I didn't want a fourth election.Ben Ariel, 4/2/2020, 5:57 AM
Gantz Trojan Horse threatens Israel as the Jewish National Home

Gantz Trojan Horse threatens Israel as the Jewish National Home

Netanyahu must make sure the Jewish National Home, Israel, does not regret Gantz receiving the reins of the country in a year and a half. David Singer, 3/31/2020, 3:39 PM
INTO THE FRAY: Back from the brink!

INTO THE FRAY: Back from the brink!

The false façade of the Blue & White party was even more friable and fragile than anyone imagined; under the assault of recalcitrant reality, even the fast-drying Bibiphobic glue proved unable to hold things together.Dr. Martin Sherman, 3/29/2020, 12:26 AM
Stop this insanity before it's too late

Stop this insanity before it's too late

It is not the Coronavirus that we have to fear, but a left-wing government supported by our enemies!Rabbi Abraham Lewin, 3/25/2020, 2:30 PM
Chaos on the political front

Chaos on the political front

The chaos we are witnessing in the Israeli government may be the price of democracy, but that, too, must have its limits. People are furiious. Leonie Ben-Simon, 3/22/2020, 12:50 AM
Corona and Israeli politics

Corona and Israeli politics

Incredibly in Israel, there is a group of people for whom the very idea of introspection and soul searching is the farthest thought from their minds. Shalom Pollack, 3/19/2020, 3:30 PM
Who will be the prime minister of Israel?

Who will be the prime minister of Israel?

The Israeli election conundrum is confusing, but here is a brief and succinct explanation. No solution is offered. Frank Mecklenburg, 3/12/2020, 6:00 PM
A minority, non Zionist government  in Israel

A minority, non Zionist government  in Israel

Certain political groups want to throw basic, consensual assumptions about Israel's government into the fire. I fear that in the process, they will create a new fire.Dr. Chaim Charles Cohen, 3/10/2020, 5:00 AM
Beware the dangerous Left Syndrome, aka Smolonivirus

Beware the dangerous Left Syndrome, aka Smolonivirus

Voting right is the only way we can save Israel from the Smolonivirus that is eating away at our beloved Holy Land, and at all the values we cherish.  Tzvi Fishman, 3/1/2020, 9:16 AM
Netanyahu: Make a deal with Likud rivals, not Gantz

Netanyahu: Make a deal with Likud rivals, not Gantz

Instead of passing the mantle to Gantz after 4-6 months, why not do the same with his potential rivals within the Likud? Why not agree to a similar deal, but internally? David Rubin, 12/9/2019, 6:29 AM
Common sense dictates that Liberman and Netanyahu cut a deal

Common sense dictates that Liberman and Netanyahu cut a deal

Both sides can find a way to compromise and prevent a government backed by anti-Zionist Arab parties. Ted Belman, 11/19/2019, 10:30 AM
Liberman responds to Netanyahu

Liberman responds to Netanyahu

"Pledge to the people of Israel that you will not take the State of Israel to a third election campaign," says Yisrael Beytenu chairman.Elad Benari, 11/14/2019, 11:31 PM
Rabin’s policies can help break Gantz-Netanyahu deadlock

Rabin’s policies can help break Gantz-Netanyahu deadlock

If Gantz would only adopt Rabin's clear policy negating a Palestinian Arab state in Judea and Samaria, Israel could have a real unity government. David Singer, 11/8/2019, 3:55 PM
Vote recount could possibly end Israel’s electoral morass

Vote recount could possibly end Israel’s electoral morass

Could the bug in April have happened again in September and not have been rectified? David Singer, 10/20/2019, 1:48 PM
Netanyahu and Liberman must stop Israel’s third election in a year

Netanyahu and Liberman must stop Israel’s third election in a year

Liberman has publicly and arrogantly laid out his demands for joining  the Right-Wing bloc headed by Netanyahu. It is his and the prime minister's responsiblity to reach an agreement. David Singer, 10/5/2019, 9:18 PM
This, too, shall pass

This, too, shall pass

High Holy Days and a pause for the big picture. Jack Engelhard, 10/2/2019, 1:25 PM
Gantz continues to boycott Smotrich and Litzman

Gantz continues to boycott Smotrich and Litzman

Blue and White official: Netanyahu knows we will not sit down with Litzman and Smotrich, and certainly not with him as prime minister.Elad Benari, 9/24/2019, 12:04 AM
Netanyahu's end? A Shakespearian tragedy

Netanyahu's end? A Shakespearian tragedy

Do we have the makings of a Shakespearian tragedy or will there be a twist in the tale? Barry Shaw, 9/21/2019, 10:48 PM
Let Liberman be Deputy Prime Minister and call it a day

Let Liberman be Deputy Prime Minister and call it a day

Jaws might drop over this suggestion, and Trump haters might even go so far as to suggest an investigation as to Russia’s possible ties to the ‘mad’ Russian Avigdor, but there is nothing wrong with being mad like a fox. Gerald McGlothlin, 9/19/2019, 4:02 PM
Liberman: We will not sit with the Arab parties

Liberman: We will not sit with the Arab parties

Yisrael Beytenu chairman calls on Netanyahu and Gantz to focus on a unity government. "For us, there is no other option."Elad Benari, 9/19/2019, 5:12 AM
The Israeli election and Liberman’s conditions.

The Israeli election and Liberman’s conditions.

Heavy Russian Liberman is the pivotal figure today, but he is also the problem. Barry Shaw, 9/18/2019, 3:14 PM
The Israeli electoral system:and its history, explained

The Israeli electoral system:and its history, explained

Did you know that the First Knesset included 117 Jews and 3 Arabs, 108 men and 12 women, while the 21st (recent) Knesset included 12 Arabs and 29 women. Daniel Pinner, 9/17/2019, 9:00 AM
Liberman zigzagging: What did he say just two months ago?

Liberman zigzagging: What did he say just two months ago?

In April, Liberman rejected the possibility of establishing a unity government and promised to recommend only Netanyahu.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/16/2019, 6:13 AM
MK Kisch: I hope to be Minister of Communications

MK Kisch: I hope to be Minister of Communications

Likud MK says Netanyahu planning further changes in the transitional government and will probably dismiss Uri Ariel and Yifat Shasha-Biton.Elad Benari, 6/12/2019, 5:37 AM
PM: 'Heart-rending' to see people left homeless by firestorm

PM: 'Heart-rending' to see people left homeless by firestorm

Netanyahu offers thanks to foreign countries which aided Israel during firestorm, says he's tracking rebuilding of homes destroyed in fires.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/26/2019, 2:05 PM
Attorney General warns new coalition

Attorney General warns new coalition

Mandelblit says he will not hesitate to voice his position on initiatives to weaken the judicial system.Hezki Baruch, 5/24/2019, 3:32 AM
'Religious Zionism won't be a punching bag in politics'

'Religious Zionism won't be a punching bag in politics'

Smotrich: 'I am not frustrating the formation of the government - but Religious Zionism won't be a punching bag and a fifth wheel.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/23/2019, 11:31 AM
'The parties still have their heads in the clouds'

'The parties still have their heads in the clouds'

PM opens cabinet meeting by addressing Eurovision and coalition talks. 'I hope we can bring the parties back to the ground.'Hezki Baruch, 5/19/2019, 11:48 AM
'Without education, justice portfolios, there is no government'

'Without education, justice portfolios, there is no government'

National Union chairman: 'Without me there's no coalition. I am not returning to a government in which we are hanged in the Supreme Court.'Hezki Baruch, 4/30/2019, 2:41 PM
'If I was in Netanyahu's place, I would be nervous'

'If I was in Netanyahu's place, I would be nervous'

Could Avidgor Liberman's demands torpedo efforts to build a right-wing - religious coalition government? Raviv Drucker weighs in.103FM, 4/28/2019, 9:25 PM
No agreement on haredi draft

No agreement on haredi draft

First round of coalition talks between Likud and Yisrael Beytenu conclude this morning. No agreements reached regarding draft of haredim.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/21/2019, 2:48 PM
Netanyahu tasked with forming government

Netanyahu tasked with forming government

President Rivlin chooses Netanyahu to establish next coalition. 'For the fifth time, you have secured the support of this dear people.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/17/2019, 8:34 PM
  The implications of Netanyahu’s re-election

The implications of Netanyahu’s re-election

The Leftist version of Israeli society has been effectively ended with the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu to a fifth term. Ron Jager, 4/10/2019, 6:59 PM
"Our Union Saved the Right Bloc

"Our Union Saved the Right Bloc

MK Slomianski, who managed the union's contacts with the prime minister, is convinced that the agreement was the right oneArutz Sheva Staff, 2/25/2019, 4:54 PM
Opposition brings down coalition's bill

Opposition brings down coalition's bill

For the second time since Yisrael Beytenu left, the opposition is able to bring down one of the coalition's bills.Hezki Baruch, 12/18/2018, 5:34 AM
New law would ban sitting MKs from defecting to the coalition

New law would ban sitting MKs from defecting to the coalition

Amid efforts by rebel Zionist Union MK Robert Tivaev to join coalition, new law would ban lawmakers from 'crossing the lines'.Tzvi Lev, 11/29/2018, 3:42 PM
Kahlon, Bennett, Be Courageous!

Kahlon, Bennett, Be Courageous!

Zionist Union Chairman encourages ministers to leave coalition and the PM.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/26/2018, 4:39 PM
Jewish Home MK: We showed national responsibility

Jewish Home MK: We showed national responsibility

MK Yogev says party's decision to remain in coalition was made for the good of the nation, and believes Jewish Home voters appreciate this.Hezki Baruch, 11/20/2018, 9:15 AM
Netanyahu scrambles to prop up coalition

Netanyahu scrambles to prop up coalition

After Jewish Home to leave coalition if Bennett not appointed defense minister, PM says Kahlon holds the key to prevent elections.Tzvi Lev, 11/17/2018, 5:44 PM
Amsalem: I recommend not giving Bennett defense portfolio

Amsalem: I recommend not giving Bennett defense portfolio

Chairman of the coalition accuses Bennett of making too bold a demand to take over defense ministry.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/15/2018, 12:21 PM
The goal: To stabilize the coalition

The goal: To stabilize the coalition

Prime minister holds consultations with coalition leaders and senior Likud officials in attempt to maintain coalition post-Yisrael Beytenu.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/14/2018, 5:03 PM
Begin rips 'Death Penalty for Terrorists' bill

Begin rips 'Death Penalty for Terrorists' bill

Likud MK and son of former Prime Minister calls death penalty bill 'harmful and foolish proposal', vows to vote against it.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/14/2018, 3:08 PM
'The way the funds were transferred was like protection money'

'The way the funds were transferred was like protection money'

Bennett attacks transfer of Qatari funds to Hamas in Gaza, explains why Jewish Home requested another hearing on the 'Sa'ar Law.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/11/2018, 1:02 PM
Lapid: 'There's an attempt to undermine rule of law

Lapid: 'There's an attempt to undermine rule of law

'There are two Netanyahu's: Statesman who brought embassy to Jerusalem, and haunted man sitting at night writing articles.'Rafael Levi, 5/28/2018, 7:17 PM
'The preferred goal is solving the coalition crisis'

'The preferred goal is solving the coalition crisis'

Prime Minister Netanyahu stresses that he is not interested in dismantling the coalition.Nitsan Keidar, 3/5/2018, 11:38 PM
Due to security situation: Sovereignty bill postponed

Due to security situation: Sovereignty bill postponed

Coalition heads unanimously decide to postpone vote on bill seeking to apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, due to situation in North.Hezki Baruch, 2/11/2018, 2:23 PM
Coalition to advance Muezzin Law

Coalition to advance Muezzin Law

Coalition working to advance the Muezzin Law, which seeks to limit the use of loudspeakers in mosques.Ben Ariel, 1/24/2018, 5:12 AM
'We are only gaining in the polls'

'We are only gaining in the polls'

Jewish Home chairman says his party will support the haredi Supermarket Law in order to preserve the status quo.Chaim Lev, 12/11/2017, 1:04 AM
MKs: Promises not kept? We'll be absent from Knesset votes

MKs: Promises not kept? We'll be absent from Knesset votes

Coalition MKs threaten to be absent from important Knesset votes unless Netanyahu approves budget for Judea and Samaria bypass roads.Eliran Aharon, 10/26/2017, 4:15 AM