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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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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 Nationalist MK

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

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

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?

The Jewish Press' Knesset Insider discusses the potential for electoral reform in Israel.

Tal Law Will Not be Brought to Cabinet Vote

PM Netanyahu recently said that the law would be extended another five years.

Another Woman Attacked in Beit Shemesh

Dozens of haredim stoned the car of a woman as she hung posters for a lottery; similar incidents have sparked debate over the treatment of women in haredi society

Annexing Area C – Israel’s Turn For Unilateral Move?

The new initiatives come on the heels of the European Union's plan to invest in infrastructure in the Arab areas of Area C. According to the E.U.'s numbers only 5.8% of Judea and Samaria's Arabs live in Area C, which comprises 62% of Judea and Samaria.

Inter-Parliamentary Union Apologizes for Hamas Invitation, Participation

Knesset Speaker Rivlin had sent letter expressing displeasure at participation of Hamas.

Ahmad Tibi Suspended From Knesset

Tibi's rhyming rebuke included a not-so-veiled derogatory reference to fellow MK’s mother

MK Tibi Suspended from Knesset Week For Profanity-Laced Poem

Ahmad Tibi recited poem about MK Michaeli before the Knesset.

Knesset Plenum Votes Down Proposed Bills by MK Ahmad Tibi

Tibi proposes bill recognizing Jerusalem as Palestinian capital.

Knesset Speaker: If the Government Does Not Legalize Migron, the Knesset Will

Comments come a day after Habayit Hayehudi threatens to leave coalition over the issue.

Immigrant Absorption Minister: ‘Ethiopian Immigrants Should Be Grateful To Israel’

MK Sofa Landver responds to claims of racism against Ethiopian Israelis.

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