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Rivlin Turns to Bible for Lesson on Democracy, Political Culture

“There is nothing more Jewish than pointed disagreement. And there is nothing more democratic than pointed disagreement. It is possible, important and perhaps even crucial to discuss and to insist on a culture of disagreement."

Smotrich: Time Running Out, Union with Habayit Hayehudi Must Take Place ASAP

Smotrich sees a significant dispute between the two parties concerning inviting Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel of the Jewish Power party into the partnership.

Former Labor Knesset Speaker: Let Labor Die in Peace

"Labor is like a pet that was run over on the highway."
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IDF Pushing Plea Deals for 5 Haredi Soldiers Charged with Abusing Cuffed Arab Detainees

The military pressure to avoid a trial should boost the five defendants' bargaining position.

Israeli Media Redefine Hate Crimes

This kind of ease of naming something hateful which it is not leads to the banalization of hatred, and once hatred becomes banal, it is arguably easier to use.

Habayit Hayehudi Picks former IDF Chief Rabbi as New Leader

During his military service, Rabbi Peretz criticized the expulsion of thousands of Jewish homesteaders from the Gaza Strip.

Report: Bibi Weighing Union with Bennett, Shaked

Bennett, along with Ayelet Shaked, were among those Bibi threw to the dogs, after they had run the campaign that brought him back to power after 10 years in exile.

Report: Habayit Hayehudi Contemplated Suicide

Party CEO Nir Auerbach became Persona non grata to some members when it turned out he had been in on the Bennett-Shaked parlor trick.

The Children of Two Religious IDF Outsiders Engaged

The match unites two of the most outstanding religious IDF commander who have been under the thumb of the outgoing Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot.

Amos Oz We Knew and Didn’t Love At All, Not Even A Tiny Bit

Amos Oz was genetically incapable of striving for peace – with fellow Jews who challenged his views. With Arabs and folks who worshiped him he got along just fine.

Report: Netanyahu Fears Losing Religious Zionist Voters

On the question of who should lead the New Right party, 57% said they wanted Ayelet Shaked, compared with 43% who chose Naftali Bennett.

Haredi Parties Could Pay a High Price for Failure to Cooperate on IDF Draft...

Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid said on Monday: "After the elections, a government headed by myself will pass the draft law without tricky combinations."

Survey: More Israelis Light Hanukkah Candles, But More Americans Think It’s an Important Holiday

Most Israeli Jews partake in several Hanukkah activities, such as eating sufganiyot (doughnuts) and latkes (79%) and giving Hanukkah gelt (64%).

Former Peace Now Secretary Oppenheimer Married by Religious Zionist Rabbi

Oppenheimer's activities in Peace Now include advocating for a Palestinian state and for freezing construction in the Jewish settlements.

El Al Gives 400 NY Haredi Passengers Free Roundtrip Tickets to… Europe

"El Al does not take note of its customers' affiliation to any sector, gender or nationality."

Yeshiva Dean Demands El Al Apologize or Face Haredi Boycott

"To my chagrin, it has been a week since the event in which the entire Torah observant public was soiled for all to see for things that never happened."

Haredi Passengers: El Al Lost Our Shtreimlach

Once again, El Al's Haredi passengers are furious at Israel's national carrier, this time also about ruining their Shabbat, but in a new way: According...

Children 40% of Jerusalem, Only 21% of Tel Aviv

The city with the highest percentage of children is Modiin Ilit – 64.4%.

Extreme Left Pushing Retake of Israel’s Government Using US Democrats’ Model

"Voters are receptive to progressive agendas, even if they don’t identify as such."

Pig’s Head Posted on Israeli Synagogue Gate

The incumbent mayor has often been charged with discrimination against the city's religious population.

Knesset Speaker: Rabin’s Assassination Had No Historical Effect

Edelstein said that if the murder "achieved any goals, then those goals were the opposite of what the despicable murderer had aimed to achieve."

Report: Bennett to Support Secular Mayoral Candidate Against Liberman’s Pick

The split within the Haredi factions in last Tuesday's vote also makes it possible for several Haredi city council-members elect to endorse Berkovitch next round.

Haaretz Uses Pittsburgh Tragedy to Stick a Knife in Chief Rabbi’s Back

Like any journalist, I enjoy a good gotcha (although I work hard not to do it myself), but this gotcha, Judy Maltz, is dripping the blood of murder victims.

You Thought Tel Aviv Was Israel’s Most Non-Religious City? Nope. It’s Modi’in

If you view freedom as driving on Shabbat while devouring a ham sandwich on a date with a gentile to purchase a Christmas tree – this is the index for you.

The Atlantic Wants Ayelet Shaked to Replace Bibi

Shaked is a ball of contradictions, which gives her power and makes her uniquely pan-Israeli.

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