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Model of the Temple on top of the Aish Yeshiva with Temple Mount in Background
 

“We’re Not in Lodz Ghetto Anymore” – Temple Mount Activists Fight for Jewish Rights in Knesset and Beyond

Posted on: July 26th, 2012

News & ViewsArchaeology

A renewed outcry for “Temple consciousness” has arisen with a flurry of political, religious, and social activity.

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Kadima MK Tzahi Hanegbi is looking to come home to the Likud he abandoned a few years ago.
 

The ‘Fleas’ Are Hopping off Kadima’s Carcass in Search of Better Fur

Posted on: July 23rd, 2012

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In quick succession, Sharon's first replacement, Ehud Olmert, got into criminal trouble and resigned in disgrace; his second replacement, Tzipi Livni, managed to yank defeat from the jaws of victory after her party became the first in Israel's history to win the largest number of seats in the Knesset and end up in the opposition; and, finally, the third Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz maneuvered his party into a 70-day session in Netanyahu's government, where the latter taught him how winning is done: up close and brutally.

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After Liberman Draft Bill Failed
 

Despite Declarations for Equality – Knesset Shoots Down Universal Service Bill

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelThe Knesset

Despite demands for fairness and equality, the Knesset overwhelmingly voted down Yisrael Beytenu's bill for Universal Service.

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Shaul Mofaz (left) and Benjamin Netanyahu
 

Israeli Political Constellation Realigns As Kadima Quits Government

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelThe Knesset

For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition.

Nahal Hareidi Abir Sultan Flash90
 

Liberman Buys Time for Coalition, Hareidim Not Buying Idea of Service in Jewish Army

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

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Avigdor Liberman says he will continue to pursue the drafting of all Israelis at the age of 18, but will uphold the current coalition.

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Left-wing activists protest a decision by the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria to grant full university status to the Ariel University Center.
 

Despite Fervent Objections by All Seven ‘Green Line’ Universities, Ariel U. Becomes a Reality

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

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The 11-2 vote came despite vehement opposition from the country's other seven universities.

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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (R) with Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
 

Ahead of Vote, Liberman Video Touts Importance of Equal Service Law

Posted on: July 17th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

On Monday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's party Yisrael Beytenu released a video stressing the importance of passing a law mandating equal service for all Israelis. The video shows, through dramatic graphics, how by 2020 a majority of Israelis will not be serving. Titled “One Citizenship. One Obligation. One Opportunity. One Vote,” the clip was released ahead of the planned vote on Yisrael Beytenu’s IDF, National, or Civilian Service Law Proposal this Wednesday in the Knesset.

National Union chairman Yaacov Katz (Ketzaleh).
 

New Bill Envisions Large Scale Settlement Uprooting, Attempts to Protect Victims

Posted on: July 10th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

The new bill not only forces government to live up to 100 percent of its promises to future evacuees, but anticipates a reality in which evacuations are commonplace.

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Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives the report on the legal status of Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria from judge Edmond Levy. July 9 2012.
 

Special Committee: Judea and Samaria Communities Legal, Let Construction Resume

Posted on: July 9th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The “outposts committee” recommended legalizing and expanding the outposts. Leaders in the region are urging immediate implementation.

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Netzah Yehuda battalion IDF
 

PM Rallies Likud MKs to Find Haredi Army Service Solution

Posted on: July 8th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

As the deadline for the renewal of the Tal Law approaches and tens of thousands of people rallied to demand that all citizens of Israel perform national service, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting of the Likud Knesset faction to discuss ways to include Hareidim in national and military service. With his party in agreement, the prime minister is on his way to drafting new legislation.

Prime Minister Netanyahu
 

Bibi Dissolves Tal Law Committee, Setting Up Potential Government Rift

Posted on: July 4th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelThe Knesset

A government coalition effort to craft a revised version of the Tal Law, whereby a sizeable number of draft eligible haredi yeshiva students would be forced to choose between joining the Israel Defense Forces or partake in Sherut Leumi (alternative national service), could become a political quagmire for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as Kadima Party leader Shaul Mofaz is threatening to bolt the unity government over a lack of progress toward finding a solution.

The government is trying to implement a 'land freeze' to stop Jews form building in Samaria.
 

PM Establishes Special Committee for Judea and Samaria

Posted on: June 18th, 2012

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The government on Sunday voted to put a ministerial committee headed by the Prime Minister in charge of Jewish development in Judea and Samaria , the first time in 16 years that the establishment and expansion of Jewish communities in the biblical heartland will not come under the purview of the full government.

Beit El Caravilla
 

Beit El Caravillas Herald Ulpana Destruction, Massive Expansion

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

In line with the government’s plan to destroy 5 buildings in the Ulpana Hill neighborhood of Beit El, six caravilla mobile homes were delivered on Monday to house evicted families. Community leaders hope out of the ashes may come the biggest development in years.

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Police subduing a minor during a demonstration in front of the Knesset on Wednesday. The youth was detained and today was released unconditionally.
 

Jerusalem Protest Detainees Released

Posted on: June 7th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

Following a Knesset vote on the “Regulation Law” intended to prevent the evacuation of the Ulpana Neighborhood in Beit El, Ulpana residents and others supporting the law broke up in angry protest. Police, on horseback and on foot, acted brutally to subdue what was, essentially, a loud protest.

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Newlywed couple Harel and Talya David under the Chupa in Karnei Shomron in Judea and Samaria. The new "Tzohar Law" will empower couples to seek officiating by non-Haredi rabbis.
 

New Knesset ‘Tzohar Law’ to Curtail Chief Rabbinate’s Control on Weddings Passes First Reading

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

The new law will end the obligation of Jewish couples to be wedded only by the rabbi of their locale, permitting them to choose any recognized Orthodox rabbi in the country to perform their marriage.

Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz and Kadima MK Yochanan Plesner attend a discussion about the Tal Law
 

Coalition Grumblings: Political Posturing or First Signs of Splintering?

Posted on: May 14th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The intensifying focus on legislating an alternative to the Tal Law has the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Likud-led coalition defensive yet intractable. Shas and UTJ - representing 15 seats in the government - have declared that they will not participate in the coalition committee on finding an alternative.

 

Netanyahu Inaugurates Coalition with ‘Four Main Goals’

Posted on: May 13th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Netanyahu: "By the end of July, we will pass a law that will divide the burden on a more equal, more egalitarian and more just basis for all Israelis, Jewish and Arab alike, without setting public against public."

Playing nice: Prime Minister Netanyahu shaking hands with PA President Abbas, under the supervision of Secretary of State Clinton in Washington, DC, September 2010.
 

US Pressure on Building Freeze, PA State After Knesset Remix

Posted on: May 11th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

Early this week, the Obama administration was ready to give up on its "haggling" with Netanyahu's government, abandoning its effort to renew the freezing of Jewish settlement construction. Then came the Netanyahu-Mofaz deal, guaranteeing the PM the support of 94 MKs. Hours later, a call came from Secretary of State Clinton, urging Netanyahu to use his new clout to advance the two-state solution.

Avigdor Liberman leading a party meeting, May 09, 2012.
 

Avigdor Liberman: Ulpana and Tal Law Replacement ‘Two Major Tests’ for New Coalition

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Israel Beytenu Chairman: "The residents who have lived in Givat Ulpana for years are law-abiding citizens. This is not an illegal outpost. It is the state's mistake, and it must take responsibility. There are ways to regulate the matter with legislation."

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The two winners of last night's unprecedented maneuver, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his new deputy and coalition partner, former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz.
 

The Morning After: Israel’s Political System Shaken, Stirred, Realigned

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

News & ViewsPolitics

The stealth move by Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Shaul Mofaz was a reunification of the 2005 Likud. Joining forces, they are close to realizing the dream of every Israeli premier, to rule without partners. But the new coalition deal means decidedly sobering news for Israel's two major religious camps - the Haredim and the settlement movement.

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