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Israel inherited the British Mandate of Palestine code of law, which included the death penalty for several offenses, but in 1954 Israel abolished the death penalty for murder.
It's definitely pre-elections season in Israel, as yet another new poll has come out over the weekend with devastating predictions for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Lowering the threshold would thus could give the rightwing block as many as 70 seats in the next Knesset—it now hovers around 65, and clip one or two Arab seats that would travel back to the Zionist leftwing parties.
He called Bennett's idea of severing all contacts with the PA and canceling all agreements reached with it an "election slogan."
Disagreement over a rotation agreement is threatening to dismantle the Joint Arab List, which to date has been a monumental success story in Israeli politics.
'What's outrageous is Abbas's refusal to condemn the heinous murder.'
'These are the sticks and carrots. The housing units are already being marketed, there is no room for debate.'
One major event could sweep any of the four center-field players into or away from leading or becoming a major partner in a ruling coalition. The battle will be joined at the center, while the right and the left will see only minute changes.
In the 1990s, European countries complained about Israeli citizens with Israeli passports who were engaged in criminal activity, which affected Israel's visa agreements.
Prime Minister Netanyahu suggested that 'the activism of the American Jewry does not always help.'
Druze members of Knesset also responded angrily to the report.
Alon Friedman of the Hillel organization waxed philosophical: 'A Jew is not someone whose grandfather was a Jew but someone whose grandson would be a Jew.'
The pressure to go ahead with the bill came from rightwing Likud members, as well as from Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu).
University President Carmi rejected the accusation that the University was trying to silence a member of its Board of Governors.
North Korea called Israel the 'only illegal possessor of nukes in the Middle East under the patronage of the US.'
'Hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens in Galilee, the Negev, Jerusalem, and other areas in the center of the country routinely and daily suffer from the noise of the Meuzzin cries in the mosques.'
Liberman also said it would be unrealistic and impossible to reach a permanent arrangement between Israel and the Arabs in Judea and Samaria, especially in light of the extremist positions of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Shaked is spearheading several concurrent moves, all of which have provided the context for a proposed bill to deprive the Supreme Court members of the Judicial Appointments Commission of their veto power over candidates.
Justice Na'or's rage was outright Chekhovian.
Why would Israel be so invested in taking money away from the only PA Arabs who still have something good to say about it, and give it to the PLO?
The rightwing parties could possibly combine their numbers to boycott either Kahlon or Lapid, or both, from the future coalition government.
In terms of political affiliation, the Knesset factions would have experienced a serious tilt to the right were the elections held this week.