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Talking to a (Man on a) Horse

   יְהִי-דָן נָחָשׁ עֲלֵי-דֶרֶךְ שְׁפִיפֹן עֲלֵי אֹרַח הַנּשֵׁךְ עִקְּבֵי-סוּס וַיִּפֹּל רֹכְבוֹ אָחוֹר Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path,...

How the Right Snatched Defeat from the Jaws of Victory on Ulpana

Let's face it: Netanyahu took the National-Zionist MKs' lunch money and then dumped them upside down in a trash can. They lost because they played naively and poorly. It was 'amateur hour' out there.

Bill to Save Ulpanah Hill Defeated

The Knesset on Wednesday rejected the proposed bill to save the Ulpanah Hill neighborhood, which was ordered by the High Court to be demolished at the end of this month. In a preliminary reading, the Knesset voted the bill down by 69 to 22.

Netanyahu’s Cabinet to Legalize Ulpana Hill Neighborhood

Israel's Cabinet will meet in a special session to discuss legalizing the Ulpana Hill Neighborhood in Judea and Samaria, in response to a Supreme...

Michigan Congress Members Urge Stopping Iran’s Nukes at JCPA Plenum

Two Congress members from Michigan at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs annual plenum stressed the importance of stopping a nuclear Iran and passing...

Netanyahu Wins, Knesset Dissolved

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government on Monday submitted a bill to dissolve the 18th Knesset and call for early elections, which was passed by the House Committee vote of 13 to 4. The move was designed to undermine Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's attempt to promote his bill calling for drafting Haredi citizens.

Netanyahu Calls for New Election, Lieberman Wants Delay

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Likud Party convention called for a four-month election campaign. Meanwhile, coalition partner Yisrael Beiteinu called for a delay of the Knesset dissolution to allow the government to pass its bill ordering mandatory enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces for all Israeli citizens.

Likud Moves to Dissolve Knesset, Eyes Sept. 4 Election

The Likud Party, which leads the ruling coalition, has submitted a bill to dissolve the current Knesset and is pushing for new elections on Sept. 4.

Yair Lapid’s ‘Future’ Problem

Former journalist and rookie politician Yair Lapid's new party is off to a problematic start. Lapid's choice of the name 'Atid' for his new political party has created yet another controversy for the political neophyte; it is similar enough to Atid Echad - an immigrant party with mostly Ethiopian support - to cause confusion to voters, and possible legal action by its chair Yechezkel Stelzer.

Knesset Speaker: Elections in September; New Law Will Reduce Power of High Court; Pollard...

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin says elections for Israel's next government will be held this coming September. There's one major reason why Rivlin is interested in going to the voter soon: he hopes that the in the next Knesset he'll get the votes to pass his new bill, seeking to level the playing field between the High Court and the Knesset. He also believes Peres will bring Pollard home.

New Knesset Law Gets Tough on ‘Get’ Refusers

The law states that the Rabbinical Court must determine a court date for a Get within 45 days of a divorce sentence. If the Get is not given within that time, the court will issue a restriction order and hold another hearing within the following 45 days. The court will meet within 90 days of giving a restriction order to discuss it and decide if it must be extended. The court will be able to use these extensions as they see fit.

New Hampshire House Squashes Bill Allowing Vendors to Refuse Serving Gay Weddings

The New Hampshire House of Representative Wednesday defeated by a 246-85 vote a bill that would have allowed photographers, caterers and others to turn away wedding gigs if they had a religious objection to the marriage. "As New Hampshire goes, so goes the nation," and political trends have a way of trickling down to the more populated states.

Jewish Composer of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Dies at 86

Robert Bernard Sherman, who died in London this week at age 86, composed, with his brother Richard, the scores for films including "The Jungle...

Florida House Passes Religious Law Bill

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Florida House of Representatives passed legislation opposed by Jewish and Muslim groups that would ban the application of religious or...

‘Anorexic Model’ Bill to Ban Images of Dangerously Underweight People in Public Media

MK Dannon’s Senior Advisor Jonathan Daniels told the Jewish Press the bill was conceived after a group of legislators visited a clinic for critically underweight patients and met with anorectic patients. “It was horrific,” Daniels said. “And we didn’t see just 15-year-old anorexic girls, there were men, and older women. It was incredibly distressful to see them. They were close to death.”

Florida School Prayer Bill to Become Law

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Florida House voted 88-27 Thursday to give final approval to a bill that allows school boards to set...

Confronting the Knesset’s Anti-Israel Caucus

More than anything else, the likes of Arab MKs Hanin Zoabi and Ahmed Tibi frame the tension of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state in stark terms, and reveal what is in store for the country should it shift more towards modern liberal democracy and away from a state that reflects a Jewish character culturally and politically.

Livni Stakes Political Future on Yeshiva Students’ IDF Service

The first Israeli pol to be taking a ride on the back of the Supreme Court's decision to kill the Tal Law is stating her motivation bluntly: "I'm sick and tired of hearing that it's impossible to implement the law, because the Haredim or the Arabs don't want to join." Being sick and tired can be a recipe for political success in Israel – provided you don't face a field of multiple opponents who are all equally disgruntled.

Galileo and the Likud

PM Netanyahu's recent opposition to two Knesset bills underscores a worrying drift in Israeli political culture from the most basic democratic governing principles like separation of powers, and checks and balances.

French Parliament Passes Bill Outlawing Denial of Armenian Genocide; Erdogan Furious

Turkish PM responded to the bill with threats of additional sanctions on France.

IDF Discusses Ways to Deal with Electronically-Amplified Muezzin Calls

Discussions follow recent legislation seeking to ban electronically-amplified muezzin calls entirely.

Knesset Plenum Votes Down Proposed Bills by MK Ahmad Tibi

Tibi proposes bill recognizing Jerusalem as Palestinian capital.

3 Likud Ministers Oppose Likud Bill Authorizing Migron Outpost Community

MKs Begin, Eitan, and Meridor implore PM Netanyahu to enforce High Court decision.

Yisrael Beiteinu Introduces Bill To Restrict Knesset Membership To IDF Veterans

The bill would have the greatest impact on the Arab and ultra-Orthodox communities.

Knesset Passes New Bill to Prevent Infiltration

Measures include longer prison terms and the power to detain migrants for longer periods without charge.

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