Bennett, with six seats in Knesset, calls to limit ultra-orthodox political power

October 13, 2021 by  
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has generated a political storm in Israel calling to “limit the political sway” of the ultra-Orthodox in Israel. Read more

PM Bennett: world powers should not be fooled by Iran on nuclear weapons

September 13, 2021 by  
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made a number of remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday. Read more

The budget of Israel Ministry of Religious Affairs increased by 100 million shekels

August 9, 2021 by  
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An additional 100 million Shekels (A$42 million) have been allocated to the budget for Israel’s Ministry of Religious Affairs. Read more

Religious politics

June 18, 2021 by  
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The personal attacks on Naftali Bennet coming from the Charedi parties in Israel because he has been instrumental in excluding them from power and has stood up to their blackmail are disgusting. Read more

Female politicians agree much work remains in gender equality fight

October 19, 2020 by  
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Australian federal Labor shadow minister for education and training Tanya Plibersek agreed with former Meretz chairwoman Zehava Galon that despite both Israel and Australia having had female prime ministers the political glass ceiling remains firmly in place in both countries. Read more

NZ heads to the polls

October 13, 2020 by  
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When New Zealand entered its second lockdown in August it led to the election being postponed for nearly a month – from the original date of September 19 till October 17. Read more

When rabbis should not keep quiet

September 11, 2020 by  
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The former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, Jonathan Sacks, has come in for some stick over remarks he recently made about religion and politics. Read more

Media polls show Yamina to grow; Likud and Blue and White to slip

August 9, 2020 by  
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Media polls released on Thursday show that if Israeli elections were held today, Yamina would grow, while the Likud and the Blue and White parties would slip. Read more

Netanyahu’s five-point battleground to stay in power

July 31, 2020 by  
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Since fortifying Israel’s frayed political system with a victory over his political rivals and the formation of a unity coalition in April, governance for Israel’s embattled prime minister has been anything but simple. Read more

Over and out

July 31, 2020 by  
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“There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.” Read more

Ashkenazi: Trump Middle East peace plan a ‘historic opportunity’ for Israel

May 19, 2020 by  
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Newly-appointed Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan a “historic opportunity.” Read more

After delay, Israel’s 35th government sworn in

May 18, 2020 by  
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Israel’s 35th government, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was sworn in on Sunday, as 18 months of political turmoil seemingly came to an end and after last-minute complications delayed the ceremony that was slated for Thursday night. Read more

Stop the madness! National Unity Government Now!

March 24, 2020 by  
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We are experiencing a global nightmare that could result in millions of deaths. Read more

President Truman, George Marshal and Israel

September 6, 2019 by  
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American Jewry is split over whether Donald Trump is the most pro-Israel or pro-Jewish president in the history of the USA. It illustrates how divided and antagonistic the different parts of the so-called United States and the Jewish community are. Read more

Knesset is projected to have smallest number of parties ever to be elected – is the electoral threshold improving governance?

August 4, 2019 by  
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The upcoming Knesset is projected to have the smallest number of parties ever to be elected to the Israeli parliament, the latest polls show. Read more

On July 20, Netanyahu to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister

July 19, 2019 by  
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When the clock strikes midnight on Saturday, July 20, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make history as the State of Israel’s longest-serving premier, surpassing the previous record-holder, David Ben-Gurion. Read more

What to do about the ‘fangs’ of anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour?

In recent days, plotting within the British Labour Party to get rid of its far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn has moved up a gear as deep concern over the party’s precipitous plunge in the opinion polls has burst into the open. Read more

For everything there is a season

July 12, 2019 by  
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There are certain times in our lives when momentous events are destined to occur. Read more

Two new Israeli contenders enter political fray before fall elections

June 25, 2019 by  
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Israel’s repeat election on Sept. 17 might not be a literal do-over of April 9, as two new parties may be entering the fray. Read more

Repeats, reruns and recycled

May 31, 2019 by  
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History repeats itself in almost every generation. The same endless assertions and accusations are rerun and recycled by politicians and media alike. Read more

What’s in it for us?

May 24, 2019 by  
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Anyone who has shopped at or toured around the famous Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem, commonly known as the “shuk”, will recall the cacophony of noise which accompanies the frenetic effort of shopkeepers as they try to attract customers to their stall. Read more

The Prime Minister is treating us as morons

November 29, 2018 by  
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed his political savvy by avoiding an election as he outmanoeuvred Naftali Bennett and his Bayit Yehudi party, forcing them to blink after Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned. Read more


August 7, 2018 by  
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This week’s cartoon – As the Riel reels Read more

What’s all the fuss about?

July 27, 2018 by  
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This past week has witnessed a volcanic eruption of hypocrisy, falsehoods and double standards on a massive scale…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Tzipi Livni named opposition leader

July 24, 2018 by  
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Former Foreign Minister and current Chairwoman of the Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni has been named chairwoman of the opposition following the departure of Isaac Herzog, who was named as the new Chairman of the Jewish Agency last month. Read more

The weakening of the Israeli ‘right’

In the day-to-day political discourse, the current Netanyahu-led coalition is frequently referred to as the “most right-wing” ever in Israel’s political history…writes Martin Sherman/JNS. Read more

A special man, a special chumash

September 21, 2015 by  
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Wearing a yarmulke and holding a Chumash given to him by the late Sir Zelman Cowen, Josh Frydenberg was sworn in this morning as Australia’s Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia. Read more

Should rabbis keep out of politics?…ask the Rabbi

June 23, 2015 by  
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Rabbi Raymond Apple served for 32 years as the chief minister of the Great Synagogue, Sydney, Australia’s oldest and most prestigious congregation. He was Australia’s highest profile rabbi and held many public roles. He is now retired and lives in Jerusalem. Read more