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Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party, seen leaving his home on election day, January 22, 2013.
 

Polls Show No Chance for Obama to Wreck Netanyahu Coalition

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014

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Two new polls show that Israel is marching rightward and that the nationalist and religious parties would even be stronger than in the current coalition if elections were held today, mostly at the expense of Yair Lapid The Likud Beitenu party, which reflects the merger of Likud and Yisrael Beitenu that still may be dissolved, […]

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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper shakes hands with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Knesset Monday.
 

Arab MKs Heckle Harper in Knesset (Video)

Posted on: January 21st, 2014

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Like him or not, Netanyahu is a master of making mincemeat of Arabs MKs who heckled Prime Minister Harper.

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Jonathan (Jonny) Daniels
 

Almost Half the Knesset Going to Auschwitz

Posted on: January 20th, 2014

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The event is organized by 27-year-old maverick PR man Jonathan (Jonny) Daniels.

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It isn't clear why TheMarker, owned by Haaretz, is so upset with the special treatment awarded these rabbis, other than the fact that, in Israel's secular media market, mentioning a special treatment to religious leaders is like throwing a slab of red meat to a pack of dogs.
 

Israeli Press Protesting VIP Treatment of Major Rabbis

Posted on: January 20th, 2014

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The website concludes that this must be part of a quid pro quo between the airport and the Haredi parties.

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Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (L) with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Baruch Lau during the Swearing-in ceremony of the Rabbinate Council at the president's residence in Jerusalem, in 2013. Does anyone in America feel the need for a chief rabbi? Then why should Israelis have to endure two, or even just one of them?
 

Knesset Bill to Cut Number of Chief Rabbis by 50%

Posted on: January 20th, 2014

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It's a step in the right direction. Now let's take the next, obvious step and eliminate it altogether.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he's ready to dismantle settlements, he just wants the process to take longer and for someone else to do the final deed. His dad must be so proud…
 

US Source: Bibi For Settlement Deportations ‘But Not on his Watch’

Posted on: January 19th, 2014

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Jewish Home must never leave the coalition government, regardless of the upcoming deal.

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Israeli singer Dana International won the 1998 Eurovision, giving the folks at home the feeling that they're part of the civilized, cultured Europe, even while living in the Levant, surrounded by hostile Arabs. The left has been pushing the button of Isolation threats on account of settlement construction, and secular Israelis are buying it.
 

Labor: Netanyahu Declared War on the World

Posted on: January 17th, 2014

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Those warnings are not trivial. They're also not all that real.

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More than 200 people attended the first-ever Tu B'Shavt Seder in the Knesset on Thursday.
 

Tzohar Rabbis Help Lead Knesset’s First Ever Tu B’Shvat Seder

Posted on: January 16th, 2014

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The Tu B’Shvat holiday Thursday literally has roots in the Land of Israel

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Lapid Says He Doesn’t Trust the Palestinian Authority

Posted on: January 15th, 2014

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Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid, Israel’s favorite chameleon, declared on Wednesday that he does not trust the Palestinian Authority and would not depend on it to keep Israel safe while having full control of the Jordan Valley. He took what he said is a centrist view – against annexing Jewish communities in Judea and […]

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Knesset Bill Proposed to Outlaw Nazi Slogans

Posted on: January 15th, 2014

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The Knesset easily passed on preliminary reading on Wednesday a bill that would make it illegal to use the word Nazi and Nazi symbols, but Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said the measure violates freedom of speech. Only 19 Knesset Members voted against the bill, sponsored by Likud Knesset Member Shimon Ohayon, with 44 in favor, […]

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Kerry Has a ‘Messiah Complex’ Says Defense Minister Ya’alon

Posted on: January 14th, 2014

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Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in private that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acts out of “misplaced obsession and messianic fervor [and] cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.” Ya’alon, whose remarks were quoted by the Yediot Acharonot newspaper, also commented, The only thing that can ‘save us’ is for John […]

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Arab MKs: ‘Put War Criminal Sharon on Trial, Even if He is Dead’

Posted on: January 14th, 2014

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Upon the news of the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon the Arab world expressed glee, as he is perceived by them as the great Israeli butcher of the Arabs. Palestinian Media Watch exposed that Sharon was also attacked and scorned by Arab members of Knesset, who joined the Arab world in their […]

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Labor Chairman Yitzhak "Buji" Herzog (L) meeting with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the the Muqata in Ramallah. Herzog's ally in the party, MK Eitan Cabel, told Israel Radio neither the PLO nor Israel have been negotiating in good faith.
 

Jeopardizing Deal, Palestinians to Approach UN for Statehood

Posted on: January 14th, 2014

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The PLO blamed Israel's government for the difficulties in the political process.

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Rabbi Shay Peron (L) and Yair Lapid. How do you tell your boss when he's just made a complete idiot of himself? Very carefully…
 

Yesh Atid Education Minister’s Ruling Challenging Lapid on Draft

Posted on: January 13th, 2014

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Israeli politicians make total fools of themselves occasionally.

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Israelis light candles near the coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon outside the Knesset.
 

Sharon Eulogized as Some Show Up to Pay Respects

Posted on: January 12th, 2014

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Sharon’s coffin was placed in the Knesset Plaza on Sunday.

The late Arik Sharon as I would like to remember him, leading the brigade that crossed over to the Egyptian side of the Suez Canal during the 1973 Yom Kippur War (here with  Defense Minister Dayan).
 

Arik Is Dead

Posted on: January 11th, 2014

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Ariel Sharon, aka Arik, was Israel's 11th Prime Minister and perhaps its most heroic and controversial leader.

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Sudanese and Eritrean illegal migrants hanging on the streets of South Tel Aviv, looking for day work. Murder rates among the illegal migrants are 9 times higher than in the population at large in Israel.
 

Government Failure, NGO Support, Fan Illegal Migrant Flame

Posted on: January 8th, 2014

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Saudi Arabia has been forcibly deporting more than half a million legal migrants, against their will.

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Coalition Whip MK Yariv Levin (Likud) plans to support an already existing attitude with the Israeli Christian community, to distinguish themselves from Israeli Muslims. This, in turn, could start a positive trend among Muslims as well, who prefer life as Israeli citizens to the horror of life under Palestinian rule.
 

Coalition Whip Legislation to Favor Israeli Christians over Muslims

Posted on: January 8th, 2014

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"They're not really Arab, let's turn them into our allies."

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Kerry's main point in his meeting with Israel's opposition leader Herzog was to find out how many hands would be raised in the Knesset in support of the Netanyahu concessions. Everything else is just show business.
 

Kerry to Labor Party Leader: If No Deal by March, US Pulls Out

Posted on: January 7th, 2014

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No one beats the State Department in smoke and mirror acts (Defense concentrates more on dog and pony).

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Haredi IDF soldiers of the IDF Nahal Haredi battalion in the mess hall of their base, in the northern Jordan valley. The IDF is planning two new Haredi battalions and men only recruitment center and boot camp.
 

IDF Creates 2 Haredi Battalions Ahead of New Draft Law

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014

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The IDF is not waiting for 2017

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