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Plots, Schemes And Coalitions

Ariel Harkham
Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Last month we saw something historic in Israeli politics – the largest unity government ever formed. Unlike most unity governments, this one was born neither from a sense of national emergency nor from an era of national euphoria, where political differences fade. Instead, this coalition was induced by the threat of the ballot box and is a result of Israeli politicians’ strategic dedication to either keeping their seats or scoring the slot above them in the next coalition jig.

Plots, Schemes, and Coalitions

Ariel Harkham
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

For many, the “surprise” which greeted Israelis on May 8th was yet another political dance in which the citizen is a spectator left to watch, wonder, and wait for another year and half to be heard from again. This scenario begs the question: when it comes to the state of Israel’s representative governance, is the tail wagging the dog? Put simply, is Israeli citizenry merely an accessory to the political decision-making of the day?

The Book And The Sword

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The forthcoming debate over an updated Tal Law – the parameters for service by haredim in the Israel Defense Forces – is liable to become heated and nasty. Mutual accusations will be hurled, with one group asserting that mandatory military service is part of an ill-disguised war against Torah and the other side seeking an equal sharing of the defense burdens that fall on most other Israelis.

Letters To The Editor

Our Readers
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

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Whither Israel’s New Government?

Editorial Board
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to form a coalition government with Kadima and cancel planned early elections has inspired endless speculation as to his motives. Some maintain he was seeking a unity government in order to bolster his position with regard to Iran. Others point to his desire to be better able to deal with certain domestic issues such as election reform and changes to the Tal Law.

New Poll Shows Ultra-Orthodox Increasingly Interested in Integrating

Jewish Press Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

On the issue of ultra-Orthodox military service, 41% of those surveyed said they would be moderately or very interested in joining the Haredi IDF program, while 59% said they had either little or no interest. Still, the percentage of interest is substantially higher than the current annual rate of Haredi enlistment in the IDF.

Coalition Grumblings: Political Posturing or First Signs of Splintering?

Solomon Burke
Monday, May 14th, 2012

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’

Jewish Press Staff Writer
Sunday, May 13th, 2012

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.”

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