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Knesset Corner
 

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

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Unless new elections are called, this year's Summer Session will last less than three months, ending on July 25, 2012.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
 

Posted on: April 19th, 2012

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PM Netanyahu explained that lowering taxes means shrinking the government, and, this time, cutting taxes means cutting public sector jobs. He emphasized that no one needs to be fired if enough workers embrace early retirement or quit, but conceded that this means the ministries will not be hiring for a long time.

Knesset member Yitzhak Vaknin of Shas party speaks at the Finance committee in the Knesset in Jerusalem.
 

Posted on: April 18th, 2012

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Vaknin has been a Knesset member representing the ultra-orthodox Shas party since the beginning of Prime Minister Netanyahu's first term in 1996. Considered a maverick, he distinguished himself in his party by holding that the thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews who don't learn in Yeshiva but are registered as such should be forced to serve in the military.

MK Aryeh Eldad talking to activists and supporters of the Hatikva Party at its Tel Aviv headquarters
 

Posted on: April 18th, 2012

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MK Aryeh Eldad held a meeting with dozens of activists and supporters of the Hatikva Party at its Tel Aviv headquarters on Monday night. MK Eldad represents Hatikva in the National Union Faction.

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National Union faction members on a tour of Rawabi
 

Posted on: April 18th, 2012

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The National Union went on the road this week, despite the Knesset's recess. Faction members visited Naot Kedumim and pledged to increase awareness of the Biblical landscape reserve. They also visited Ateret, where they were shocked to see a new access road being built by Arabs in Area C, an area under Israeli civilian and military control.

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Posted on: April 17th, 2012

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Two bills that were shelved back in January will be discussed following Likud MK Danny Danon's success in attaining 25 MKs' signatures to call a special session during the Knesset's 39-day spring recess.

Nahal Haredi
 

Posted on: April 16th, 2012

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An officer close to the issue told the Jewish Press: "It is not that we turned away 100 soldiers - had they come to us we would have taken them anyway. But we were told to stop our Haredi outreach efforts which would have netted more recruits. The Tal Law is the big story though. If a new law does not pass we will be in a position to draft 60,000 Haredi soldiers in August."

Shaul Mofaz emerges as Kadima leader, winning over 60% of the primary vote.
 

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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Tzipi Livni must decide on her first step. If she comes up short on the number of MKs needed to break away or if she decides against a split, she will most likely resign rather than stay on under Mofaz’s leadership. Whether or not Livni leaves, Kadima will break into two camps- those who will support Mofaz and those who will try to find another political home.

Kadima MK Otniel Schneller, co-sponsor of newly-passed "Sanctions Law"
 

Posted on: March 21st, 2012

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The law states that the Rabbinical Court must determine a court date for a Get within 45 days of a divorce sentence. If the Get is not given within that time, the court will issue a restriction order and hold another hearing within the following 45 days. The court will meet within 90 days of giving a restriction order to discuss it and decide if it must be extended. The court will be able to use these extensions as they see fit.

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Noam Shalit
 

Posted on: March 19th, 2012

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Shalit announced that he would talk with them if they agreed to it, and he would even shake the hands of Gilad's kidnappers, also saying he would kidnap Israeli soldiers if he was a Palestinian. He insisted that PM Binyamin Netanyahu was not solely responsible for the release of Gilad, and charged that the PM only released his son because the polls showed that 70-80% of the public supported the deal.

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MK Yaakov Katz, chairman of the 'Ichud HaLeumi' party
 

Posted on: March 12th, 2012

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The Knesset's Jewish Home faction is in danger of splitting, following the internal political maneuvering that has taken place in the National Union.

Israeli citizen casting a vote
 

Posted on: March 12th, 2012

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Two polls - one commissioned by Maariv, the other by Haaretz - paint drastically different pictures of the current political frontrunners, leading to heated debate in the halls of the Knesset

Knesset in session
 

Posted on: March 8th, 2012

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The winter session, which started October 31, 2011, will end on March 21, 2012. The summer session will begin April 30, 2012, and end July 25, 2012. The fifth sitting of the 18th Knesset will start on October 15, 2012. * The May 28th session will be cancelled because of Shavuot. The Spring/Passover Break/Recess will […]

National Union MK Uri Ariel
 

Posted on: March 1st, 2012

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Ariel said five Israeli Prime Ministers have tried to pursue a land for peace approach, and each have failed. He declared that it was time to present the alternative to the two-state solution - annexing 100% of Judea and Samaria.

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Yemenite Jews on their way to Aden
 

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

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The Knesset conference on Compensation for Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries, hosted by MK Nissim Zeev (Shas), raised the profile of his cause and will lead to the creation of a Knesset caucus. Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Vice Prime Minister Benny Begin, Israeli MKs, foreign leaders, and diaspora groups of Arab-country origins filled the Knesset’s Jerusalem […]

Yair Lapid
 

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

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Lapid proclaimed that the country belongs not to interest groups, lobbyists, business tycoons, ultra-orthodox parties, stone throwers, or those who threaten army officers, but to law-abiding middle class army-serving citizens. He unabashedly identified the three main problems with politics: the current electoral system, the ultra-orthodox parties and corruption.

Elections in Abu Gosh
 

Posted on: February 19th, 2012

InDepthKnessetKnesset Corner

According to the poll, PM Netanyahu could form a coalition of 62 seats with Yisrael Beitenu, National Union and Jewish Home without the need for any ultra-orthodox or center-left parties.

Israeli election workers count remaining ballots from soldiers and absentees at the Knesset in Jerusalem
 

Posted on: February 14th, 2012

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Dahaf conducted two telephone polls for newspaper Yediot Ahronot on 10 February 2012 with a sample of 500 respondents and a sampling error of 4.5%.

Livni v. Mofaz
 

Posted on: January 29th, 2012

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The battle lines in the Kadima primaries in March have been drawn: Livni-Mofaz, Round II

Netanyahu in the Knesset
 

Posted on: January 26th, 2012

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The Jewish Press' Knesset Insider discusses the potential for electoral reform in Israel.

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