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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.

Labor Party Chief: the Left Forgot What It Means to Be Jews

"We are Jews, living in a Jewish state," Gabai said, adding, "I think one of the Labor Party's problems is that it has distanced itself from that."

Israel’s Anti-Plastic Bag Law Increased the Sale of Plastic Bags

There's nothing quite like the law of unintended consequences, which will trump social engineering legislation any day of the week.

Knesset Debates Complaints that Restaurants Employing Olim Lose Kosher Certification

'According to the Halacha, only the person who cooks the food must be Jewish; the other workers do not have to be Jewish.'

Knesset Rejects Bill Outlawing Second Chances to Disgraced Officials

'Today, a convicted person cannot serve as the minister's chauffeur, but he could serve as the minister.'

New Law Will Take War on BDS to Next Level

According to the Boycott Law, a person or group harmed by a boycott may seek compensation from the individual or group that had harmed him.

Israeli, Cypriot, Greek Parliaments Sign Trilateral Cooperation Agreement

Israel, Cyprus and Greece are three democratic countries in a "challenging and complex region."

‘Balfour at 100’ Exhibition Showing at the Knesset

The Jerusalem Biennale exhibition entitled Balfour at 100, featuring the artwork of three British artists, will be temporarily re-sited from its location in the Museum of Underground Prisoners into the Knesset.

Netanyahu Leaving for London to Mark Balfour Declaration Centennial

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening, following the special Knesset session in memory of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, will leave for London to attend an event marking 100 years...

Haredi Parties Demand New Military Draft Law Praise Torah Study, Likud Agrees

Last summer, the High Court of Justice revoked an earlier version of the draft law which granted yeshiva students an exemption from military service through 2023.

Edelstein Urging Poles Not to Nationalize Holocaust Survivors’ Property

"In light of the warm and special relation between Poland and Israel, and specifically between our parliaments, I would urge you to consider amending the proposed legislation."

Sharansky to Jewish Agency Board of Governors at ‘Egalitarian’ Kotel: We’re Stuck

We have seen no progress on any of these issues since the government’s regrettable decision in June.

Netanyahu Won’t Support Law Curbing Police Probing of Sitting Prime Minister

Both Kulanu and Habayit Hayehudi expressed their fierce objections to the bill, as did Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who warned that the new legislation would rattle Israel's already frail constitutional standards.

Survey: 59% of Israelis Agree with President’s Support of High Court Against Netanyahu

59% said they agree or quite agree with the president, while only 26% say they do not agree or quite disagree. 15% said they did not know.

UTJ to Kill Greater Jerusalem Law Fearing Influx of Non-Haredi Voters

The Greater Jerusalem Law calls for applying Israeli sovereignty over all the towns and villages in the vicinity of Jerusalem, including the Gush Etzion communities, Ma'aleh Adumim, Givat Ze'ev and Beitar Illit.

MKs Begin Work Amid Investigations, Controversy, Criminal Investigations

MKs will debate laws to legalize the Jewish character of the state, and to limit the power of the Supreme Court.

Rivlin, Netanyahu Call for Bipartisan Teamwork, Netanyahu Attacked at Opening of Knesset Winter Session

"You ... turned the word ‘leftist’ to a synonym for ‘enemy,'” Zionist Camp MK Isaac Herzog accused the prime minister.

Knesset Committee Assigns Full IDF Reserves Status to Local Rapid Response Teams

The change would also allow members of local counter-terrorist rapid response teams to enjoy the rights of regular reservists in terms of wages, benefits, and recognition as disabled or fallen IDF soldiers.

Netanyahu Plans Lowering Vote Threshold to Bolster Rightwing Parties, Rightwing Parties Enraged

Lowering the threshold would thus could give the rightwing block as many as 70 seats in the next Knesset—it now hovers around 65, and clip one or two Arab seats that would travel back to the Zionist leftwing parties.

Knesset Committee Pushes Off Debate on Proposal to Limit Investigations of Sitting PM

All pending legislation have been pushed off for a week after the coalition partners couldn't agree on MK Dudi Amsalem’s initiative.

Watch: Hundreds Participate in Hareidi ‘Day of Rage’

The demonstrations were sparked by the arrest of two yeshiva students who refused to appear at the IDF enlistment office.

Knesset Legal Adviser Warns Govt Can’t Probe Foreign Funding Behind NGOs

PM Netanyahu vowed in an address to establish a parliamentary committee to investigate NGOs "that operate against Israeli soldiers."

Leftwing Party Chief Zahava Gal-On Leaves Knesset

Last month, Gal-On, the first director general of anti-Zionist NGO B'Tselem, was spared a vote to oust her from the chairmanship in her party's national convention.

Labor Knesset Leader Condemned for her Anti-Family Stance on Australian TV

"This is a tool that was made to dominate women for the sake of reproduction."

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