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Cabinet Passes ‘Austerity Budget’

The Cabinet Monday evening passed a two-year budget, nearly five months late, with tax hikes and across-the-board cuts in spending, Only one minister voted...

Obama Golfs and Bibi Eats Ice Cream – How Much to Indulge Leaders?

Obama has been cited for expensive golf outings. Now it’s Netanyahu’s turn: $2,700 for ice cream and $125,000 for an airplane bed. Indulgence or the price of public office?

Lapid’s Marie Antoinette-Style Budget

The proposed budget harms the poor more than the rich.

ObamaCare: Don’t Believe Gov’t Projections

Predicting the future of huge laws is next to impossible, except, in this case, to say that it will either fail or cost taxpayers a lot of money, or both.

Report: Kerry Won Five-Week Unofficial Building Freeze from Bibi

Netanyahu again plays chess, or poker, with the United States. Kerry wants a building freeze to satisfy Abbas’ conditions for resuming talks. Netanyahu reportedly agreed – but for only five weeks.

Lapid is Still on a Roll, Poll Says

In actuality, Lapid as Finance Minister, isn't doing all that well.

The UN: When is Enough Enough?

The United States pays about 22% of the UN’s budget, which amounted to almost than $8 billion in 2010.

Deputy Minister Calls Haredim ‘Parasites’ on Radio

If Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid has any hopes of gaining one or even two Haredim as his fans, his deputy Finance Minister blew it “on air” when he called Haredim “parasites” on a Haredi radio program.

Sequester Cuts Military Aid to Israel by Small Amount

The United States told Israel the sequester axe fell lightly on Israel and that the cut in military aid will amount to $144 million...

Israel, the Republicans and Obama’s PR Strategy

There is a foreign-policy aspect of 'perception benefits' Obama hopes to garner from a photo-op tour of Israel.

Memo to the President: Compromise on the Budget

The fault lies with both the executive and legislative branches of government. Neither wants to budge from their ideological positions.

US Budget Cuts May Axe Funds for Israel’s Anti-Missile Systems

The “Unbreakable Alliance” motto for President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel next month may be undermined by massive budget cuts in US aid for Israel’ anti-terrorist missile programs.

Where’s the Money?

Once Knesset Members have made cuts to their own salaries, it will be much easier to cut away at the fat that is choking the budget.

Sderot Mayor Goes on Hunger Strike

Sderot Mayor David Buskila has announced that he will not eat again until the government increased the budget of the beleaguered town, well-known landing site of many of Hamas’s rockets launched on civilians from sites in Gaza.

January Elections Budget Approved in Israel

The Central Elections Commission approved a budget for the upcoming elections on Sunday.

Netanyahu Dissolves the Knesset, Announces Early Elections

The prime minister announced his intention to hold elections in early 2013, after concluding that he could not pass a "responsible budget." He told the nation on Tuesday night: "I decided the good of the State of Israel requires elections now, and as soon as possible."

Netanyahu May Announce Early Elections Tonight

Following meetings with the heads of the parties in the coalition, Prime Minister Netanyahu will be holding a press conference at 8 PM in...

Bibi May Call For Early Elections In February

JERUSALEM – Faced with the prospect of not having enough votes within his own coalition to ensure passage of the 2013 national budget, as well as a growing political rift with his defense minister, Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly considering moving up next year’s parliamentary elections from October to February.

Speculations: Israeli Elections Moved Up to February

The Israeli press has been featuring several leaks from Netanyahu's inner circle on Tuesday and Wednesday regarding the approaching declaration of a February vote, although an official declaration is yet to made. "We will make a decision by the opening of the winter session" of the Knesset, Netanyahu said on Tuesday. The winter session will start in two weeks.

Universal Education or Universal Competence?

Politicians take for granted that education is the road to empowerment and equality. Obama has read poems off his teleprompter about the wonders of education as the only means of ensuring "our" children's future. There is nothing revolutionary about that. Every politician takes it for granted that education means empowerment. But does it really?

How to Retire When You Don’t Have Enough Money

Whatever the reason, if you reach retirement age and you see that you are not going to have enough money for your anticipated needs, what should you do?

Box Of Chocolates

The other night, after having a truly bad day where nothing seemed to go right, I jokingly changed my Facebook status to “I have had one of those awful, miserable, terrible days! And there is NO chocolate in the house!”

Jewish Reaction To Romney VP Pick Divides Along Ideological Lines

WASHINGTON – Anointing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney attached a name and face to his fiscal policy.

Is Ryan Good for the Jews? Make that ‘Are the Jews Good for Ryan’

The selection of Paul Ryan, with his proposals for a trimmed-down federal budget, may not bode well for the Republican ticket among Jewish voters. And since Florida is the largest of the swing states, its Jewish voters will have a huge impact on the presidential election. On the other hand, the "Israel first" Jewish voters, after three years of constant conflict between Obama and Netanyahu, are not likely to stick with the president. Finally, what does it mean when Romney concedes the independents at the center and pick a VP to the right of him politically?

Special Report: Bibi Outmaneuvered Obama, Funded Settlements After Freeze

Though the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instituted an unprecedented 10 month building freeze in Judea and Samaria due to pressure by the US beginning in November 2009, an Israeli business newspaper report shows that financial support for Jewish communities leaped a whopping 38% the following year.

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