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20th Knesset

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Herzog Accuses Netanyahu of 'Buying' Last Election

Calling new elections imminent, Herzog says he has no need to make use Netanyahu's 'deceitful' tactics when they come.

Herzog Accuses Netanyahu of 'Buying' Last Election

Hanegbi: This Government Can't Last Four Years

Likud MK Tzahi Hangebi calls on Liberman to return to coalition, says government can only last if it is broadened in next two months.

Hanegbi: This Government Can't Last Four Years

Yachimovich Offers Praise for the New Government

MK Shelly Yachimovich is optimistic: "As far a social and economic priorities, it is a much better government than the previous one."

Yachimovich Offers Praise for the New Government

Lieberman Airs His Views on the New Government

Former FM Avigdor Lieberman addressed the new government and whether there is still a chance to return to the Foreign Ministry

Lieberman Airs His Views on the New Government

'Hotovely Not Minister is a Spit in the Face'

Likud's national-religious public and Hotovely associates vent frustrations over Netanyahu's intentions not to give her a ministry.

'If Hotovely Not Minister, it Would Be a Spit in the Face'

Likud Appointments Start to Shape Up

Despite threats from Erdan, Netanyahu has so far made deals Thursday with ministers Katz, Ya'alon, Steinitz, and Akunis.

Likud Appointments Start to Shape Up

Will the Government be Sworn In Thursday?

After Sunday cabinet meeting canceled, analysts speculate Netanyahu may postpone presentation of his fourth government until Monday.

Will the Government be Sworn In Thursday?

Elkin: Don't Expect Much Judicial Reform This Term

Without necessary majority, thanks to Kulanu's opposition, major judicial reforms unlikely to pass through Knesset readings.

Elkin: Don't Expect Major Judicial Reform This Knesset

Report: Erdan Threatening to Leave Government

PM's unwillingness to grant Erdan's request for interior and public security portfolios may see Likud #2 leave the government.

Report: Erdan Threatening to Leave Government

Knesset Approves Bill to Expand Government

Second and third readings of Netanyahu proposal pass with slim majority.

Knesset Approves Bill to Expand Government

Netanyahu's Coalition Says it Wants Peace

Coalition guidelines states Jewish people have indisputable right to Israel, and that gov't will strive for peace with all neighbors.

Netanyahu's Coalition Says it Wants Peace with Palestinians

Last Minute Opposition Jabs Before Expansion Vote

Both Herzog and Liberman accuse Netanyahu's coalition members of putting their own egos before needs of Israeli people.

Last Minute Opposition Jabs Before Expansion Vote

Likud In-Fighting Looms with Expansion on Horizon

With cabinet expansion expected to be approved Wednesday, Netanyahu must then find way to keep his party members satisfied.

Likud In-Fighting Looms with Gov't Expansion on the Horizon

Stormy Debate Over Cabinet Expansion

MKs exchange proposals, sarcasm in overnight debate; bill to expand government passes for second and third readings.

Stormy Debate Over Cabinet Expansion Ends in Passing Vote

Government Expansion Bill Passes First Reading

Despite delay in swearing-in government, Netanyahu achieves victory in first reading of bill to expand number of cabinet ministers.

Government Expansion Bill Passes First Reading

Left Lashes Out at PM over Expanding Government

Herzog claims battle between Netanyahu and Israel has begun, while Lapid stresses Yesh Atid will fight new measure any way it can.

Left Lashes Out at Netanyahu over Expanding Government

Ministers Approve Motion to Expand Government

After receiving governmental approval, Netanyahu's bill to expand government will move to Knesset for approval on Monday.

Ministers Approve Motion to Expand Government

Bennett: Tzohar Law Will Not be Repealed

Amid rumors of repeal, Bennett assures constituents that law allowing couples to register for license where they wish will remain in place.

Bennett Vows: Tzohar Law Will Not be Repealed

MK Ayoub Kara Takes Threats Down a Notch

After angry threats against Netanyahu last Thursday, MK Ayoub Kara (Likud) appeared more moderate in interview on Sunday.

MK Ayoub Kara Takes Threats Down a Notch

MK Hazan: Left Hasn't Digested Right's Victory

Brushing aside criticism of him in the press, new Likud MK Oren Hazan asserts attacks stem from Left's inability to accept Likud's victory.

MK Hazan: Left Hasn't Digested Right's Victory

Netanyahu's Government Shapes Up

With Likud-led 61-MK coalition of Shas, UTJ, Kulanu, and Jewish Home finalized, it's Likud's turn to battle for coveted ministerial posts.

Netanyahu Government Shapes Up as Likud MKs Scramble for Posts

Likud: National Government Rests on Jewish Home

Moments after signing coalition deal with Shas, Likud moves to next target to complete gov't: Jewish Home and chairman Naftali Bennett.

Likud: National Government Rests on Jewish Home

New MK Attacks Tibi: Don't Preach Morality to Us

Yisrael Beytenu's newest MK, Sharon Gal, wasted no time in first Knesset speech on Monday attacking Joint Arab List for 'hypocrisy.'

New MK Sharon Gal Attacks Tibi: Don't Preach Morality to Us

Edelstein: We Are On the Brink of Civil War

Knesset Speaker warns of imminent social crisis at opening summer session as Ethiopian protests against discrimination set to continue.

Edelstein: We Are On the Brink of Civil War

Arab Joint List Chairman Meets with Arch-Terrorist

MK Ayman Odeh meets with Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti in prison to 'discuss politics.'

Arab Joint List Chairman Meets with Arch-Terrorist Barghouti

UTJ, Left United Over Child Allowance Increase

Prof. Yossi Yonah of Labor praises child allowance raise, says it will lift Israel higher on OECD list.

Haredi Party, Left United Over Child Allowance Increase

Child Allowances to Increase As Part of UTJ Deal

Cash-strapped parents to receive nearly double the current monthly child allowance rate in 2016. UTJ: It's a good deal.

Child Allowances to Increase As Part of UTJ Deal

Netanyahu Faces Uphill Battle to Form Coalition

Likud presents two initiatives Kulanu opposes and conflict continues over religious affairs post, leaving Netanyahu with mess on his hands.

Netanyahu Faces Uphill Battle to Form Coalition

Regev Laments 'Blackmail' From Small Parties

MK Miri Regev claims small, medium parties are holding up talks, calls to change the electoral system to ensure majority is in power.

Regev Laments 'Blackmail' From Small Parties in Coalition Talks

Scrambling Likud Resumes Coalition Talks

18 days after receiving the mandate to form a government, Likud hopes to finally concretize deals with both United Torah Judaism and Shas.

Scrambling Likud Resumes Coalition Talks

Jewish Home Presents List of Demands to Likud

Jewish Home demands ability to restructure judges nominating committee and limit power of liberal-leaning High Court.

Jewish Home Presents List of Demands to Enter Government

Edelstein to Continue as Knesset Speaker

An overwhelming majority of 103 MKs choose Yuli Edelstein to continue in his role as Knesset Speaker in the 20th Knesset as well.

Edelstein to Continue as Knesset Speaker

20th Knesset Sworn In; Bibi's Most Hawkish Gov't?

Analysis: The next coalition will face an existential threat from Day One. Is it tough enough to 'go rogue' on Iran?

20th Knesset Being Sworn In; Bibi's Most Hawkish Coalition Yet?

MKs Learn 'There is No Substitute for Hard Work'

Incoming MKs meet with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and veteran MK Amir Peretz for seminar on legislation and law-making.

MKs Learn: 'There is No Substitute for Hard Work'

Report: Yaakov Perry to Resign from Knesset

Perry allegedly to resign over Yesh Atid's place in the Opposition, allowing Elazar Stern to step in.

Report: Former Minister Yaakov Perry to Resign from Knesset

Joint Arab List: Netanyahu is Illegitimate Leader

Blasting Netanyahu's remarks about Arab voters to the President, Joint Arab List alleges his next government will be 'racist and dangerous.'

Joint Arab List: Netanyahu is an Illegitimate Leader

Rivlin All But Announces Labor to Go to Opposition

During consultation with Zionist Union, Rivlin hints that should the party choose to serve in opposition, it'll be a 'complex challenge.'

Rivlin All But Announces Labor Will Be in Opposition

Is Netanyahu Trying to Form a Unity Government?

Likud adamantly rejects Channel Ten report that Netanyahu sent associate Natan Eshel to prod Herzog about possibility of unity government.

Is Netanyahu Trying to Form Unity Government Behind the Scenes?

Likud Unequivocally Recommends Netanyahu for PM

As consultations with President Rivlin begin, MK Zeev Elkin, speaking for Likud, recommends Binyamin Netanyahu form the next government.

Likud Unequivocally Recommends Netanyahu for Prime Ministerplayer

Druze Leaders Demand Non-Jewish Minister

Druze leaders will petition PM Netanyahu to appoint non-Jew, such as Ayoub Kara or Hamad Amar, to minister of minorities.

Druze Leaders Demand Non-Jewish Minister in Next Government