Why Netanyahu is not planning to resign

December 4, 2019 by  

While Israel’s government remains in a period of unprecedented paralysis, embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains entrenched in his position, despite being handed a series of criminal indictments that have been followed by calls from political opponents as well as longtime supporters for him to step aside and allow someone else to take over, either from the opposition or from his own ruling Likud Party. Read more

Gantz’s ‘internal war’ rhetoric is insulting and dangerous

November 28, 2019 by  

Blue and White Party chairman and former Israel Defence Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has insulted the decency and morality of Israel’s public, drawing false and dangerous comparisons between Israel’s current political dysfunction and the contentious period during which Israel entered into the highly controversial Oslo Accords in the early 1990s. Read more

Attorney for Netanyahu: What if the prime minister never received a bribe?

October 30, 2019 by  

This week, a recording of a conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the owner of Israel’s Yediot Achronot newspaper, Arnon Mozes, was released to the press. Read more

Gantz’s empty mandate may lead back to Bibi

October 25, 2019 by  

History has been made in Israel as, for the first time in a decade, someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu will be tasked with forming a government. Sort of. Read more

Joint Arab List’s ‘historic’ recommendation of Gantz likely to land in history’s dust bin

September 24, 2019 by  

Israeli and international media have been making a lead story out of the Joint Arab List’s recommendation of Benny Gantz for prime minister, calling the recommendation “historic.” In regard to Israel’s current election deadlock, the announcement isn’t historic, influential or practical. And while the recommendation is important on some levels, it is so for reasons other than coalition-building. Read more

A ‘unity government’ cannot exclude religious parties

September 23, 2019 by  

Try as some politicians might to make the current election about rifts between secular and religious Israelis, both the April and September polls were about a single issue: whether or not Benjamin Netanyahu will continue to serve as Israel’s prime minister. Read more

The political downfall of Israel’s right-wing

September 20, 2019 by  

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political career as he continues to get battered by a complicated parliamentary system that he has led for the past 10 years—13 years in total. Read more

The results are in: Who will emerge from Israel’s election deadlock?

September 19, 2019 by  

Israel’s hyper-democratic parliamentary system is being put to the test once again as the second round of elections in six months has yielded no clear winner. Read more

Tlaib two-step quickly validates Bibi ban

August 19, 2019 by  

When Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri informed U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) they would not be receiving entry visas for their “trip to Palestine” as they described it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately followed with a lengthy statement in support of Deri’s action. Read more

The case for enlisting ‘haredi’ men into the Israeli military

Among key issues that have collapsed the 21st Knesset before its ministers have even been sworn into their positions is the enlistment, or lack of, Haredim serving in the military. Read more

As coalition negotiations stall, judicial reform hangs in the balance

Attempts by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a governing coalition of the 65 right-wing and religious Knesset members that have recommended him as the next premier have been proving difficult. Read more

March of the Living transcends distinctions to provide a deeply meaningful Jewish experience

There are no words for the experience of commemorating the horrific death, together with Holocaust survivors, on the sacred grounds of the Birkenau extermination camp, where more than 1 million Jews were sent to the gas chambers and crematoriums just 75 years ago. Read more

How an electoral tie represents a landslide victory for Israel’s right

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a decisive electoral victory at the polls despite tying with main rival Benny Gantz, former chief of staff in the Israel Defense Forces. Read more

Ahead in polls, Netanyahu’s legal troubles provide main electoral challenge

January 8, 2019 by  

Israel’s Channel 10 News reports that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is likely to announce his intention to proceed with a pre-indictment hearing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of the April 9 elections…writes Alex Traiman. Read more

2019 Israeli elections, ‘Case 4775’: The public trial of Netanyahu

December 26, 2018 by  

Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek to win a record-tying fifth election on April 9, which would put him in position to become the longest-serving premier in Israeli history—longer even than founding Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion…writes Alex Traiman/JNS. Read more

For Knesset caucus, declaring an end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the first step towards peace

A caucus of 26 Knesset members, spanning from left to right on the Israeli political spectrum, is promoting the idea that the only way to reach peace with the Palestinians is for both Israelis and Palestinians to recognise that Israel has clearly emerged victorious in the decades-old conflict between the two populations…writes Alex Traiman/JNS. Read more

Jewish home demolitions won’t bring peace

Amid all the challenges Israel is facing—the Iran nuclear threat; the presence of Iranian-backed forces and Hezbollah troops along Israel’s northern border; rioters and arsonists along the Gaza border; and Palestinians in the West Bank constantly inciting against Israel and paying terrorists millions of dollars each to kill Jews in a sophisticated “pay-to-slay” stipend scheme—the last thing Israel needs is to pour fuel on the fire of an international community that questions Jews’ rights to live in the only region of the world named Judea. Read more

Ambassador Friedman: Hamas breaching the Gaza border a ‘suicide bomb on a large scale’

May 16, 2018 by  

Speaking to a group of evangelical faith leaders that serve as informal advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is part of a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make the world a better place”…writes Alex Traiman/JNS. Read more

Exiting Iran deal, Trump signals: ‘America resumes regional leadership’

In announcing on May 8 that the United States would be immediately withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal—also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA—U.S. President Donald Trump made an about-face on the deal negotiated barely three years by his immediate predecessor, President Barack Obama…writes Alex Traiman/JNS. Read more

And the award for best performance goes to . . . Natalie Portman

April 24, 2018 by  

And the award for best performance by a non-supporting actor goes to . . . Natalie Portman. Read more

‘Ideological’ Jewish visitation to Temple Mount could be pretext for more terror attacks

The Temple Mount—a site of significance to the world’s three major monotheistic religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity—remains in the middle of a geopolitical standoff as Jews described as “ideological” are visiting the Muslim-controlled prayer compound in greater numbers…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

UNESCO’s Cave of the Patriarchs measure is latest ‘narrative warfare’ against Israel

July 4, 2017 by  

An upcoming vote by the United Nations cultural body UNESCO on whether to declare Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs as an endangered Palestinian heritage site is the latest example of “narrative warfare” against Israel and Jews, legal experts say…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Will twin terror attacks on symbols of Islamic Republic threaten stability in Iran?

The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism got a taste of its own medicine June 7, as twin terror attacks struck prominent Iranian institutions…writes Alex Traiman/JNS. Read more

In Jerusalem, now reunified for 50 years, ‘conflict is not a bug, it is a feature’

For Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat—who has navigated numerous conflicts, while simultaneously supervising the rapid growth of residential neighbourhoods, commercial centres, parks and transportation infrastructure during nearly nine years in office—conflict is part of his city’s DNA…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Israeli Knesset enters recess amid new questions on government’s stability

Israel’s 20th Knesset entered a six-week parliamentary recess Sunday with serious questions emerging as to whether the current 67-member governing coalition can stay the course and avoid early elections…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Netanyahu underscores Israeli security control as two-state solution loses steam

March 1, 2017 by  

For the second time in a month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has informed the leader of a major Western power that Israel will retain full security control over all of the disputed territories in any future arrangement with Palestinians…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Understanding the implications of new Jewish construction in ‘east’ Jerusalem

February 1, 2017 by  

Following the Israeli government’s announcement of plans to approve nearly 800 apartments in Jewish communities located in contested eastern sections of Jerusalem, residents, experts and government officials say the new housing projects will not hinder Israel’s ability to resolve the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

U.K.’s historic ‘Brexit’ vote leaves Israel pondering policy and trade implications

In a historic referendum, the United Kingdom voted to leave the 28-nation European Union (EU), sending shockwaves throughout Europe and the international community…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Orlando and Tel Aviv shootings highlight American-Israeli dichotomy on guns

June 21, 2016 by  

In a span of less than a week, deadly shooting sprees at the hands of gunmen affiliated with Islamic terror movements rocked Orlando and Tel Aviv…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Success of Israel’s new natural gas deals hinges on fluctuating regional conditions

In early 2014, the partners controlling the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas fields off the northern coast of Israel have signed supply contracts with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, establishing the Jewish state as a formidable regional energy supplier in the Middle East. Read more