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Defense Minister Calls Emerging Draft Compromise ‘Capitulation to Haredi Blackmail’

"Anyone who wants to surrender to blackmail, let them surrender surrender, Yisrael Beiteinu will support only a bill drafted by the defense establishment and the IDF," Liberman declared.

Yair Lapid Uses Fake Haredi Supporter to Drive Home Anti-Haredi Message

The Yesh Atid leader was quick to take advantage of the coalition crisis and arrived with signs and activists at the Tel Aviv train station, where became apparent that one of them, who looked spot-on Haredi, wasn't.

Israelis Take Purim Celebrations Seriously

WAFA reports: Hundreds of fanatic Jewish settlers walked around the old town of Hebron, where they are concentrated, banging drums and shouting anti-Palestinian slogans.

Religious MK Elazar Stern: Mixed-Sex Combat Service ‘Wonderful’

Does Stern honestly believe that sitting in a college lecture hall next to members of the opposite sex imposes the same degree of unwanted intimacy, often the revolting kind – as the reality of the inside of a combat tank?

Poll: Israelis Want Haredim Out of Govt, Illegal Africans Out of Country

A majority of the respondents prefers six out of the seven business categories be kept open on Shabbat.

Rabbi Riskin Calls for Public Transportation on Shabbat

"Public transportation can be operated on Shabbat with non-Jewish drivers."

Poll: National Religious Voters Prefer Shaked over Bennett

It should be noted that Bennett has already been elected chairman until 2020, so he has nothing to worry about regarding his position.

Haredi Parties, Liberman, on Coalition Toppling War Path over Shabbat Laws

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) on Saturday slammed the Yisrael Beiteinu chairman over his show of solidarity with law breakers, and told reporters, "I am done with Avigdor Liberman."

Rabbi Eliyahu: Defense Minister Must Apologize or I’ll Sue

Unhindered by things like irony, Liberman, a government minister who was there to support breaking a state Shabbat law, said the rabbis are civil servants, who must represent the positions of the state and not be against the state.

Rabbi Calling to Oust IDF Chief over Mixed-Sex Agenda

Naturally, a slew of politicians took a ride on Rabbis Eliyahu and Aviner's statements, eager to score points with their supporters.

The Forward Misinforms Readers to Promote Anti-Circumcision Agenda

The Forward says circumcision rates in Israel are dropping, with no data to support their claim, but two surveys prove the rates are actually rising.

Shabbat Supermarket Law Squeaks Through by 58 to 57

MK Yulia Malinovsky, whose coalition party Yisrael Beiteinu broke rank and voted against the bill, asked the Likud members from the podium Monday night when did they become a Haredi party.

IDF Soldier Injured as his Car Hit by Stones in Ramat Beit Shemesh

The driver was lightly injured and evacuated by Magen David Adom (MDA).

Survey Shows More Haredi Women Hold Driver’s License as Social Integration Booms

The poverty rate among Haredi Israelis fell to 45% in 2016, its lowest level in more than a decade.

Poll: Most Jewish Israelis Admit Jerusalem Is Divided, But Vast Majority Won’t Hear of...

Almost three out of every four Israeli Jews (72%) think that even with a stable peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Jerusalem should remain united as the capital of Israel.

Report: Religious Jews’ Ascent to Temple Mount Up 75%

Today a Jew who goes up to the mountain feels that he is welcome."

Knesset Committee Survey of Street Modesty Signs Cut Short over Security Concerns

Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) compared the women's committee's visit to Beit Shemesh to a visit by supporters of Rabbi Meir Kahane to Umm al-Fahm.

Pro-BDS Flags, Guillotine, Featured in Left’s Anti-Netanyahu Rally

Roaming in the crowd on Rothschild Boulevard, Amit Brin, a designer, was so good at diverting attention from the serious issues at hand – a prime minister at war with police investigators – he might as well have been on the Likud payroll.

Petach Tikvah Chief Rabbi Launches Kashrut Revolution with Independent Supervisors

"As consumers, the strict adherence of everyone to a valid kashrut certificate will help this important move take place."

Gaza Border Kibbutz to Admit Orthodox Members

The kibbutz, which on the eve of Passover, 2008, suffered the worst bombardment by mortar shells since the Israeli disengagement from Gaza (they insisted on celebrating the seder at the kibbutz dining hall), is expecting that "turning into a mixed kibbutz will facilitate growth and development."

Survey: 55% of Israelis Reject US Jews’ Involvement in their State’s Affairs

The Arab sector was almost evenly divided on the subject, with a slight advantage for those who believed that Israel should take into account the positions of American Jews: 48% were in favor of such consideration and 46% opposed it.

Birthright Drops Reform Program, Claims Kids Prefer Orthodox Tours

Birthright brought 48,000 Jewish kids ages 18 to 26 to Israel in 2017, but not through the Reform movement, apparently.

Knesset Gives Preliminary Approval to Arab MK’s Bill Reversing Talmudic Sages on Goats

MK Zahalka argued that goats are actually good for the environment, as they thin out the forests, making them easier to control in case of a fire.

Reform Riot at Kotel, Condemn Netanyahu

For people who become mortally hurt when this or that Orthodox politician tells them they're not really Jewish, heaping on their heads advice as to how they should improve – US Jews are surprisingly unrestrained when it comes to meddling in the coalition politics of a foreign country.

Knesset Gives Preliminary Approval to Turning to Halacha in Absence of Clear Laws

The notion presented by the authors of the bill that Jewish halacha is a well-defined body of law, a streamlined set of answers to judicial questions, if you will, is absurd.

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