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Israeli Knesset Focuses on Unity in Opening Session

Anav Silverman | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

The Knesset opening session was buzzing with new faces, as 39 new Members of Knesset joined their veteran colleagues in the swearing in ceremony that took place in the Israeli parliament on Tuesday, March 31.

Israel's Arab Minority Integrating Politically, Economically

Anav Silverman | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

A little over 20 percent Israel's eight million citizens are Arabs. According to the Israeli Democracy Index, a public opinion survey project conducted by the Israeli Democratic Institute and the Guttman Center for Surveys found last year that 65 percent of Israeli-Arabs are proud to be Israeli.

The Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel: Pointing the Way Forward

James Zogby | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

That the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel have fought for their rights for 67 years and continue to advance in their struggle gives me hope. As we approach this years' "Land Day," keep your eyes on this remarkable community. They do, indeed, point the way forward.

Tea Party and Likud East and West: A Symbiosis of Fear and Division

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The Tea Partyers and members of Likud, including Benjamin Netanyahu, give no real alternatives to negotiated settlements other than war.

How Not to Destroy Israel's Future

Ksenia Svetlova | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Ksenia Svetlova

History teaches us that the window of opportunity can be closed at any moment. It's important that Israel not lose its chance for a decent future.

Why Netanyahu Will Lose to Herzog

Erel Margalit | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
Erel Margalit

We cannot afford another nine years of more of the same. Economic growth cannot be separated from social growth any longer. Israel's opportunities should be available to everyone and under Isaac Herzog's leadership, we will ensure that strong economic growth benefits ordinary people.

Netanyahu's Legacy: A Fractured Israel and a Divided America

James Zogby | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

In a few days, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will mount the podium of the U.S. Congress to speak before a joint session of the House and Senate. He will use the occasion to blast Iran and issue dire warnings about the current US-led negotiations designed to limit Iran's nuclear program.

Obama Surprise Visit to the Knesset

Gerald Sindell | Posted 03.30.2015 | Comedy
Gerald Sindell

Although he didn't have a formal invitation to address the Israeli Parliament, when the motorcade whipped through Jerusalem and pulled up at the Knesset, President Obama was greeted by a huge crowd of both citizens and legislators from the full spectrum of parties, and the President was whisked inside.

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Women Face Fierce Backlash For Demanding A Political Voice

Haaretz | Allison Kaplan Sommer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

The backlash against ultra-Orthodox women who are daring to demand a public voice in government didn’t come as a big surprise, but it did come swift...

Israeli Lawmakers Dissolve Parliament, Kick Off Election Campaign For March 17 Vote

AP | Posted 02.07.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers unanimously voted Monday to dissolve parliament, officially ending the legislature's term two years ahead of sche...

Samantha Lachman

Controversial Israeli Bill Met With Weak Opposition From American Jewish Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A contentious bill that would prioritize Israel’s identity as a Jewish state over its democratic character has been met with limited o...

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 ...

Palestinians, Blacks, and Jews Living in a World of Trauma

David A. Love | Posted 10.08.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

All three groups have been dehumanized as the "other," the bogeymen that will destroy if they are not destroyed. And all of us know what it is like to be trapped in the ghetto and have the walls close in on them, and all know how it feels when the lynch mob comes.

How Israel Targets Its Palestinian Christian Citizens

Nadim Nashif | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Nadim Nashif

Palestinian citizens do not want separate representation: We want equal representation and equal rights as well as recognition of our rights as an indigenous part of the Palestinian people as a whole.

New Israeli Law Legally Divides Christian And Muslim Arab Population

Haaretz | Jonathan Lis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

The Knesset on Monday approved a controversial law, whose ultimate aim, according to its sponsor, is to distinguish between Muslim and Christian Arab ...

Shulamit Aloni -- I Cannot Imagine Israel Without Her Meretz

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel

The word 'Meretz' means energy in Hebrew, and Aloni's unique energy mobilized change in Israel on all human dimensions since its founding more than half a century ago.

How to Begin After Prawer-Begin

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

Now that the Prawer-Begin Plan is dead, it's time to look at how we got here. Why are there so many unrecognized Bedouin villages? Did they spring up not only carelessly but nefariously, as many supporters of the Prawer-Begin Plan maintained?

'The Jewish State of Israel'

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

What will it take to ensure that Israel maintains its Jewish national identity while still preserving its democratic nature, given the gloomy demographic picture?

Israel's New Generation of Leaders Begins to Speak Up

Alan Elsner | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

One of the unexpected results of last January's Israeli election was the emergence of 47 new members of parliament, 13 of them under the age of 40, who have taken their places among the 120 Knesset members.

Resisting Racism And Keeping The Light Of Hope Alive

Ron Kronish | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Almost every week there is a hate crime perpetrated by Jewish nationalists against Arabs or Arab institutions in Israel. This must stop. Our law enforcement authorities must arrest the perpetrators.

In Search Of A Common Denominator

Yuli Edelstein | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Yuli Edelstein

Armed with our faith on the one hand, and technological advancement on the other, we know that there is a common denominator shared by Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel: contribution to humanity. The Genesis Prize will epitomize this common denominator.

Israel's Novice Lawmakers Feel Their Way

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 04.22.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein/The Media Line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his most recent copy of Time magazine, with its list of the 100 most inf...

Bibi Needs More Time To Form Coalition

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2013 | World

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, March 1 (Reuters) - Deadlocked talks with potential coalition partners have forced Israeli Prime Minister ...

Why It Is Taking Israel So Long To Form A Gov't

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 02.21.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein/The Media Line It is now a full month since the Israeli public went to the polls, but the winner, Prime Minister Binyamin Netany...

Inside the Israeli Elections

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 01.24.2013 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

What comes next in the political horse-trading necessary to create a governing coalition will be interesting and Netanyahu has many possibilities.