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Benjamin Netanyahu Hires Top Defense Attorney For Possible Corruption Case

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.22.2015 | World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hired a well-known lawyer described in the Israeli press as a "specialist in white-collar crime" to repr...

Women Shaking Up Elections in Israel

Elana Maryles Sztokman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Elana Maryles Sztokman

It's still too soon to know what the final Knesset will look like. But what is for sure is that calls for gender change are echoing everywhere and are getting harder for the male establishment to ignore. Regardless of the final tally, the fact that feminists are having such a presence is nothing short of exciting.

Samantha Lachman

Benjamin Netanyahu's Re-election No Sure Thing In A Volatile Israel | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.11.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- Three-term Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the power of incumbency as Israel heads to the polls in mid-March. But politica...

How Buji Beats Bibi

Gil Troy | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Gil Troy

This election is Herzog's big chance. To win, he must run a vigorous, visionary, campaign, emerging as a muscular moderate ready to lead.

Israeli President Criticizes Controversial Jewish Nation-State Bill

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

* Critics say new bill is racist, anti-democratic * President has rocky relationship with PM Netanyahu * Bill coincides ...

The Real Bibi

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Jonathan Adelman

Bibi is many things, not all positive by any means. But, to demonize so accomplished a man leading a democratic state in a region teeming with radical terrorist and fundamentalist groups is much worse than merely attempting to discredit him by making all these ad hominem attacks.

American-Born Member Of Israeli Parliament On U.S. Speaking Tour

Beth Kissileff | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Beth Kissileff

Though Lipman no longer holds an American passport, he says the values he learned in the U.S., such as "tolerance" and being able to "live at peace even if we disagree," have contributed to who he is today.

Israeli Elections and Foreign Investors

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Efraim Chalamish

As analysts and investors look carefully at the result of recent Israeli elections , they should not get distracted by endless discussions about Middle East politics and military draft. They may want to hone on the government's annual returns. The devil is in the details.

Obama's Victory and the American Social Contract: Lessons for Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.13.2013 | World
Carlo Strenger

We in Israel have no choice but to move towards a social contract of mutual respect and equal rights for all, and we should take America's reelection of President Barack Hussein Obama as an inspiration.

Who Is the Client State?

Stanley Kutler | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Stanley Kutler

Exactly which regime change does Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have in mind -- Iran's or that of the United States, specifically with the ascent of his old/new pal Mitt Romney to the White House?

Israel Debating Iran and Its Own Soul

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Peres' appearance may indicate, that the opponents of an Israeli military strike have become so desperate in their bid to prevent it, that they are ready to go to the last resort and appeal directly to the public.

Palestinian Attitudes Toward Israel

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 07.24.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

A third intifada could have disastrous consequences for all parties involved. Yet it remains unclear if a new uprising would be directed against Palestinian leaders for failing to deliver realistic change and reform or against Israel -- or both.

Ingenious Political Coup Or Insidious Political Scheme

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.14.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

By expanding the coalition, Netanyahu has provided himself with the ideal political environment to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians and bridge the social gap domestically.

Israel's Dysfunctional Political System

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 07.08.2012 | World
Brent E. Sasley

In some ways, it's a bit of a surprise that Israel's political system hasn't collapsed of its own weight. Here are four major issues that weaken the system.

Let's Have An Honest Debate: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Mitchell Cohen | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Mitchell Cohen

Hard though it may be, I think it is better to struggle constantly between particularism and universalism -- to struggle between the demands of actual, complex situations and circumstances and the horizons or principles that let us project better ones.

The Abandoned Middle Road: Liberal Zionists Speak Out

Anita Shapira | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Anita Shapira

Sometimes I feel that I am the last of a vanishing species of people who had deep convictions about taking responsibility for the destiny of the Jews and about mending themselves as part of a universal movement aimed at making the world a better place.

Will Israel Survive?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 06.19.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Being pro-Israel means caring about Israel. It does not mean using it as an excuse for power brokering and suppressing dissident voices.

Who Dares Wins

Samuel M. Katz | Posted 04.28.2012 | World
Samuel M. Katz

How many world leaders can say that they have killed terrorist masterminds at point-blank range on a mission inside an enemy's capital? Barak has. How many world leaders have stormed a hijacked aircraft to rescue terrified passengers? Netanyahu has.

Lucas Kavner

The One Forum Iran And Israel Can Play Nice In | Lucas Kavner | Posted 02.23.2012 | Home

On Sunday, the films "A Separation" and "Footnote" will compete against one another in the Best Foreign Film category at the Academy Awards. Though th...

Joshua Hersh

The Hardline Pro-Israel Views That Helped Earn Gingrich A Billionaire's Windfall | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

JERUSALEM -- When Newt Gingrich told an interviewer last month that the Palestinians were an "invented people," his remark drew almost universal rebuk...

Israeli News Channel Faces Closure Amidst Political Tensions | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 02.26.2012 | Media

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli television station reported last spring on numerous trips Benjamin Netanyahu had taken as an elected official to Paris, London...

Rejecting 'Modesty' For Women's Rights In Jerusalem

Posted 11.21.2011 | Arts

Jerusalem is home to great tension between the traditional and the liberal, the religious and the secular, the ancient word and ideals of Western civi...

Israel Revokes Anglican Bishop's Residency Permit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Judith Sudilovsky Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Israel has declined to renew a residency permit for Anglican Bishop Suheil Dawani ...

Why Do U.S. Officials Boycott Bethlehem's Mayor?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Why does the US boycott one of its own citizens who happens to be the Christian mayor of Bethlehem? This has been the case regarding Victor Batarse.

Friends of Israel: Bear With Us Until the Right's Frenzy Will Wear Out

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Nothing seems to penetrate the minds of Israel's right-wing politicians. It's as if they live in a bunker where the simplest of truths -- that most of the word wants a Palestinian state along 1967 lines -- doesn't reach them.