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The hostage dilemma

Religious Israelis’ opposition to the hostage deal with Hamas was based on a differing view of nationalism. Opinion.

The hostage dilemma

Dr. Jesse Berkowitz:z"l Family, chessed and Eretz Yisrael

Memorializing someone who was never in the public eye, but who symbolizes ethical and idealistic, yet practical, religious Zionism.

Dr. Jesse Berkowitz:z"l Family, chessed and Eretz Yisrael

'Hostages deal - achievement for IDF commanders and soldiers'

Minister Orit Strock explains why the Religious Zionist party members changed their mind and decided to vote in favor of the hostages deal.

'Hostages deal - achievement for IDF commanders and soldiers'

Israel - birth pangs of a new reality

Let's not beat around the bush. This war will be in vain if it does not usher in a new reality, a new vision for Israel.Opinion.

Israel - birth pangs of a new reality

'This is a false claim and our job as a state is to refute it'

Religious Zionism MK Tzvi Sucot demands that Israeli officials push back on claims of settler violence.

'This is a false claim and our job as a state is to refute it'

Petah Tikvah employee tears down election signs on Rosh Hashanah

A city employee was caught on camera tearing down Religious Zionism election signs during Rosh Hashanah.

Petah Tikvah employee tears down election signs on Rosh Hashanah

'I want compromise but insist on change in judicial selection'

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich told a party meeting that he will demand a change in the judicial appointments committee.

'I want compromise but insist on change in judicial selection'

Senior Israeli ministers not invited to embassy New Year toast

Invitations to the event were withheld from Ministers from Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudit, including Smotrich and Ben-Gvir.

Senior Israeli ministers not invited to embassy New Year toast

Leftists set up mock graves outside Religious Zionism offices

Several left-wing groups protest what they call the party's support of 'terror incidents against Palestinians.'

Leftists set up mock graves outside Religious Zionism offices

Anti-reform protesters attack parliamentary advisor

A parliamentary advisor to a Religious Zionism MK claims anti-reform protesters ran her over with a bicycle and spat at her.

Anti-reform protesters attack parliamentary advisor

Officers' course compares Religious Zionism to Hamas

An IDF officers' course at Haifa University included a slide comparing the Hamas terror organization to Religious Zionism.

Officers' course compares Religious Zionism to Hamas

Religious Zionism and Jewish Home parties merge

Bezalel Smotrich will lead the party, which will be officially called: 'the National Religious - Religious Zionism Party.'

Religious Zionism and Jewish Home parties merge

Biden admin July 4th snub of Rel. Zionist Ministers condemned

Large rabbinic public policy forum strongly condemns Biden admin for not inviting Min. Smotrich and Ben Gvir to July 4th fete at US Embassy.

Biden admin July 4th snub of Rel. Zionist Ministers condemned

'The public needs a more diverse Rabbinate'

Ethics expert Rabbi Yuval Cherlow explains why more Sephardic Jews need to be included in public positions.

'The public needs a more diverse Rabbinate'

Optimism for Israel in troubled times

For us proud religious Zionists, seeing such internal disputes inside the Jewish state need not be a cause of despair.Op-ed.

Optimism for Israel in troubled times

This is the Day - Lazman Hazeh!

A newly translated book clarifies the ideas behind Religious Zionism through the Yom HaAtzma'ut talks given by Rabbi Z. Melamed. Review.

This is the Day - Lazman Hazeh!

'The president is part of the problem, not part of the solution'

Religious Zionism party director admits need for discussion, but wants to 'keep the president out. He's not objective.'

'The president is part of the problem, not part of the solution'

'Dedicated to the saying 'through your blood will come life''

Religious Zionism held a special session to commemorate party activist Hallel Yaniv and his brother Yagel, who were murdered last week.

'Dedicated to the saying 'through your blood will come life''

Yitzhar activist to enter Knesset under 'Norwegian Law'

The right-wing activist will become the Knesset's newest member this week after Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich resigned from the Knesset.

Yitzhar activist to enter Knesset under 'Norwegian Law'

'The Palestinian Authority is directing the attacks'

Minister Orit Strock at Religious Zionist conference: The PA's law book contains things that were also written in the days of Nazi Germany.

'The Palestinian Authority is directing the attacks'

Survey reveals divide within Religious-Zionist community

Most mainstream Religious-Zionists would accept those identifying as LGBT into schools and synagogues, haredi-Zionists would not.

Survey reveals divide within Religious-Zionist community

MK Ohad Tal injured in Samaria car accident

MK Tal was lightly injured in an accident after an Arab driver made an illegal U-turn.

MK Ohad Tal injured in Samaria car accident

Religious Zionism ministers to boycott cabinet meeting

The party stated: 'We do not intend on letting this pass, and we are considering additional steps in the future.'

Religious Zionism ministers to boycott cabinet meeting

Government to expand the Jewish presence in Hebron

The Likud and Religious Zionism have agreed to work to expand and strengthen the Jewish presence in Hebron as an answer to the left.

Government to expand the Jewish presence in Hebron

Budgets for state-religious education, Jewish settlement

National-Religious Chief Rabbi to be appointed, programs to enhance Jewish identity promoted.

Budgets for state-religious education, Jewish settlement

Netanyahu commits to amending Law of Return by April

Less than a third of recent immigrants from Eastern Europe are Jewish, many of the non-Jews take their benefits and leave.

Netanyahu commits to amending Law of Return by April

Lapid: Netanyahu sold out the country to the 'hardalim'

Outgoing PM fumes at coalition accord between Religious Zionism and Likud.

Lapid: Netanyahu sold out the country to the 'hardalim'

Coalition agreement with Religious Zionism published in full

All government responses to High Court on settlements to require Smotrich's approval.

Coalition agreement with Religious Zionism published in full

Smotrich will appoint COGAT and Civil Administration chief

According to the deal signed between Religious Zionism and Likud, the former will appoint the two most powerful men in Judea and Samaria.

Smotrich will appoint COGAT and Civil Administration chief

This is the main disagreement between Religious Zionism & Likud

While Smotrich demands control of Civil Administration, Netanyahu worries policies will cause diplomatic conflicts with US, EU, report says.

This is the main disagreement between Religious Zionism & Likud

'Negev and Galilee Ministry can't help the young settlements'

According to Strock, 'The residents of the young settlements are worried that this is just a car without a motor'

'Negev and Galilee Ministry can't help the young settlements'

Report: Netanyahu attempted to split Religious Zionism

Adviser to PM-designate Netanyahu offered Religious Zionism MK to serve as minister - in exchange for breaking off from party, report says.

Report: Netanyahu attempted to split Religious Zionism

'Smotrich's demands are exaggerated, he only has 7 seats'

MK David Bitan does not expect new government to live out its term in office.

'Smotrich's demands are exaggerated, he only has 7 seats'

'You raged about giving electricity to Bedouins, what happened?'

MK Kahana questions lack of demand to annul Electricity Law in coalition agreements. "Maybe it wasn't as bad as you said?"

'You raged about giving electricity to Bedouins, what happened?'

'Netanyahu is delegitimizing us'

"Prior to elections, Netanyahu said nothing about not wanting Smotrich in Defense Ministry."

'Netanyahu is delegitimizing us'

Anchor gender-based separation in law as not discriminatory

Demand follows years of attempts by judiciary, feminist groups to ban such separation even at cultural events for religious audiences.

Anchor gender-based separation in law as not discriminatory

Netanyahu offers compensation package to Smotrich

Netanyahu sends Religious Zionism's Smotrich offer of 'compensation package' in exchange for agreement to forgo Finance, Defense ministries.

Netanyahu offers compensation package to Smotrich

Interior and Religious Affairs to Deri; Finance to Smotrich

Shas is expected to give up its hold on Finance Ministry, but in return, Religious Zionism will have to give up Religious Affairs Ministry.

Interior and Religious Affairs to Deri; Finance to Smotrich

Netanyahu sets deadline for forming government

Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu sets middle of next week as deadline for swearing in new government.

Netanyahu sets deadline for forming government

Haredi MK: If Religious Zionism isn't in - neither is UTJ

Senior source in United Torah Judaism clarifies: If MK Smotrich isn't in the coalition, neither are we; victory belongs to the entire bloc.

Haredi MK: If Religious Zionism isn't in - neither is UTJ

Smotrich may have found an alternative for his demands

Sources involved in the negotiations say that the Religious Zionism chair may give up on his demands in exchange for the Lands Authority.

Smotrich may have found an alternative for his demands

Smotrich meets with rabbis to get support for coalition demands

The Religious Zionism chair is seeking to receive the Defense, Education, and Religious Affairs portfolios.

Smotrich meets with rabbis to get support for coalition demands

Netanyahu leaving negotiations with Religious Zionism for last

PM-elect Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to avoid giving Defense Ministry to Religious Zionism's MK Bezalel Smotrich, report says.

Netanyahu leaving negotiations with Religious Zionism for last

Journalist claims Religious Zionism are 'Jewish supremacists'

Journalist Barak Ravid calls Religious Zionism party 'Jewish supremacists' - but only in English report.

Journalist claims Religious Zionism are 'Jewish supremacists'

Religious Zionism recommends Netanyahu to form next government

The party headed by Smotrich and Ben-Gvir will likely advocate for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount and annexation of Judea and Samaria.

Religious Zionism recommends Netanyahu to form next government

Smotrich inclined to take defense portfolio

According to reports, the Religious Zionism chair is currently leaning towards choosing position of Defense Minister over Finance Minister.

Smotrich inclined to take defense portfolio

Making Israel Great Again

Enough of progressive Israeli and anti-Zionist Arab parties supported by a biased progressive media and a politicized judicial system.Op-ed.

Making Israel Great Again

Finance or Defense and expanded override clause

The Religious Zionism chair met with Benjamin Netanyahu and laid out his demands in the first round of coalition negotiations.

Finance or Defense and expanded override clause

'I feel that we missed the Ethiopian community a bit'

The incoming Religious Zionism MK talks about his Aliyah from Ethiopia, the Ethiopian community in Israel, and his excitement to be sworn in

'I feel that we missed the Ethiopian community a bit'

Religious Zionists voted Religious Zionism, not National Unity

Amit Segal analyzes religious kibbutz votes, finds majority did not support National Unity - despite its Religious Zionist candidates.

Religious Zionists voted Religious Zionism, not National Unity

Religious Zionism source denies his party made a deal with Shas

Reports allege Deri and Smotrich have agreed to share control of the Religious Affairs Ministry, see eye-to-eye on state-religion issues.

Religious Zionism source denies his party made a deal with Shas

'Today Religious Zionism made history'

Religious Zionism chair celebrates party's achievement

'Today Religious Zionism made history'

'Ben-Gvir's rise is one of the better things to happen'

The Religious Zionism chair speaks with INN about his party's chances, his running mate, opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu, and more.

'Ben-Gvir's rise is one of the better things to happen'

President Herzog calms US fears over upcoming Israeli elections

Israeli President Isaac Herzog met with US officials to address concerns about an extremist government forming from the upcoming elections.

President Herzog calms US fears over upcoming Israeli elections

What kind of voter are YOU?

There are several factors behind our voting decisions A psychologist analyzes them. Op-ed/

What kind of voter are YOU?

Historian urges: 'We have to vote for Torah-observant Jews'

World-renowed historian Rabbi Aharon Rakeffet is 'the happiest person alive to vote for the Religious Zionism Party.'

Historian urges: 'We have to vote for Torah-observant Jews'

'It's us or Gantz'

Smotrich's party warns that if they do not win more seats than Gantz's party, Netanyahu will prefer Gantz and leave them on the outside.

'It's us or Gantz'

Religious Zionism gets high score on Knesset achievement report

NGO's parliamentary report card gives high score to Religious Zionism, with Likud in second and Shas in third.

Religious Zionism gets high score on Knesset achievement report

Who leaked the Smotrich recording? Does it matter?

Are there honest politics? Religious Zionism/Otzma Yehudit's rise was achieved, not by dirty politics, but by principled positions. Op-ed.

Who leaked the Smotrich recording? Does it matter?

Smotrich blasts Netanyahu in tape-recorded comments

In a recording released Sunday the Religious Zionism chair sheds light on the former prime minister's attempt to form government with Arabs

Smotrich blasts Netanyahu in tape-recorded comments