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Voting in US Elections and Knesset Update

25 Tammuz 5772 – July 15, 2012
Jewish Press Columnist, Yishai Fleisher, is joined by Knesset insider Jeremy Man Saltan to discuss the current situation in the Knesset along with a discussion talking about Jewish Americans living in Israel voting in US elections.

Use Every Political Tool Hashem Has Given You

14 Tammuz 5772 – July 4, 2012
I don't need to tell you how important the upcoming US presidential elections are, and you can be a part of that! Don't look at the numbers. Don’t ask: "Will my vote really matter??" Simply register, with no cost involved, and let the powers in America see how many expats voted.

Yitzhak Shamir, 96

11 Tammuz 5772 – June 30, 2012
Former Prime Minister Yithak Shamir passed away on Saturday night at age 96. As member of the Mossad Shamir directed the assassinations of former Nazi rocket scientists working on the Egyptian missile program.He served several terms as prime minister throughout the 1980s. He maintained a hard political line, which strained his relations with the U.S.

Talking to a (Man on a) Horse

17 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
   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...

17 Sivan 5772 – June 6, 2012
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.

Blind Day

Israeli Knesset members cover their eyes and play Goalball (a team sport designed for blind athletes) with blind people at the Knesset. June 05 is...

The Man Behind the Curtain

8 Sivan 5772 – May 29, 2012
Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook used to refer to Rabbi Yehuda Hazani affectionately as "the assembler of great assemblies." Hazani was one of the people who nurtured Gush Emunim, the grassroots movement that worked to resettle Jews in the territories liberated from Arab occupation in 1967, but always behind the curtain. He was an unknown figure to most of the public, a person who took care to be known only by those who had to know him.

Jewish Press Radio with Yishai Fleisher: From the Knesset

7 Sivan 5772 – May 28, 2012
An inspiring talk by Yishai Fleisher at the Knesset for AmShalem, an organization dedicated to restoring a moderate and Zionistic view to Judaism. Yishai talks about his move to Jerusalem from Beit El, the significance of his Jerusalem apartment, and the importance of Jerusalem to the Jewish People.

Coalition Grumblings: Political Posturing or First Signs of Splintering?

23 Iyyar 5772 – May 14, 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 Wins, Knesset Dissolved

15 Iyyar 5772 – May 7, 2012
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.

Religious Zionists Seeking Reunification Amid Pressures of Blitz Elections

11 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
National Union Chairman MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) says the Jewish Home and National Union factions will announce, officially and together, "that we'll be running jointly in the next election." At a time when polls are showing the Religious Zionist camp losing at least one seat in the coming election, reunification couldn't come too soon. But the road back may not be simple.

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.

Knesset Calls Special Session; Migron Bills on Agenda

25 Nisan 5772 – April 17, 2012
Two bills that were shelved back in January will be discussed following Likud MK Danny Danon's success in attaining 25 MKs' signatures to call a special session during the Knesset's 39-day spring recess.

Brandeis Students Disrupt Meeting with Israeli Lawmakers

5 Nisan 5772 – March 28, 2012
Brandeis University students disrupted a panel discussion at a Boston-area synagogue featuring Israeli lawmakers and Jewish community leaders. The students, members of the Brandeis Students...

How America Facilitated the Yom Kippur War

2 Nisan 5772 – March 25, 2012
There is certainly much to be learned from the events of 1970 and the nightmare that followed in 1973. Much that is extremely relevant to our own times. Israel paid dearly in 1973 for accepting the Egyptian violation of the 1970 agreement. And the Jewish State may yet again pay dearly if it continues to accept the ongoing security violations of Oslo in the Gaza Strip.

Knesset Speaker Cancels Knesset Delegation to US Over Visa Denial to...

20 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin announced that he has canceled a Knesset delegation's trip to the US after MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) was denied...

Likud Elections Exposed

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
A few weeks ago I was asked by a friend in Likud to offer my services as a non-partisan ballot member for the upcoming Likud elections. I was a perfect fit since I have never been a Likud member and have never endorsed a candidate in any Likud primary election. So I stepped up and got the job.

MK Tibi Banned From Giving One-Minute Plenum Speeches

15 Shevat 5772 – February 7, 2012
The ban will last a month and is in response to his defiance of an earlier Knesset Ethics Committee decision to suspend him from the Knesset for a week.

Are Small Parties Good for Democracy?

3 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
The Jewish Press' Knesset Insider discusses the potential for electoral reform in Israel.

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