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Israel’s Puff of White Smoke

Israel’s Puff of White Smoke

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL April 2, 2020

When the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church meets for the solemn task of selecting a new pope, much of the world looks toward an ancient Vatican chimney. If black or gray smoke emerges, no candidate has been chosen to lead the world’s...

Israel Elections Demonstrate A Robust Democracy

Israel Elections Demonstrate A Robust Democracy

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL October 3, 2019

Even after its second election in six months, Israel’s political picture remains muddled. And yet, the very messiness and apparent chaos and drama after its complicated parliamentary elections are strong proof that its system remains robust and its...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and then-Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speak to the media, Jan. 10, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Netanyahu and Liberman will meet to discuss unity government

Marcy Oster October 2, 2019

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman, who prevented Netanyahu from forming a coalition government following elections in April, will meet to discuss a unity government.The meeting, confirmed by Liberman in a social...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Benny Gantz flank Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the presidents residence in Jerusalem, Sept. 23, 2019, They met to discuss forming a unity government. Photo: Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office

Netanyahu and Gantz cancel meeting on unity government as each side says the other refused to compromise

Marcy Oster October 2, 2019

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A scheduled meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz was canceled as their parties accused each other of being unwilling to compromise in efforts to form a unity government in...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Benny Gantz flank Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the presidents residence in Jerusalem, Sept. 23, 2019, They met to discuss forming a unity government. Photo: Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office

Unity talks between Likud Party and Blue and White end with no progress on erev Rosh Hashana

Marcy Oster September 29, 2019

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Talks between the Likud party and Blue and White toward forming a unity government ended hours before the start of Rosh Hashanah with no progress.Following the talks on Sunday morning, both sides blamed the other for intransigence.Netanyahu...

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin addresses staff and students at the the Robert M. Beren Machanaim Hesder Yeshiva, Sept. 1, 2019. (Gershon Ellinson)

Netanyahu didn’t win Israel’s election. So why is he getting the chance to form a government?

Josefin Dolsten September 26, 2019

(JTA) — As votes were counted following last week’s election in Israel, many saw the results as a loss for longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.After all, Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party won fewer seats than the Blue and White party of...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, is presented with the mandate to form a new government by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, at the Presidents Residence in Jerusalem Sept/ 25, 2019. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Netanyahu nominated to form Israel’s government

By Sam Sokol, JTA September 25, 2019

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will get his second try this year to form Israel’s government after talks aimed at creating a unity government broke down.President Reuven Rivlin tasked Netanyahu with forming a government on Wednesday...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Benny Gantz flank Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the presidents residence in Jerusalem, Sept. 23, 2019, They met to discuss forming a unity government. Photo: Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office

Netanyahu and Gantz agree to hold negotiations for a unity government

Marcy Oster September 23, 2019

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz have agreed to hold negotiations to form a unity government.The heads, respectively, of the Likud and Blue and White parties announced the negotiations late Monday night following a...

Arab Joint List recommends that Benny Gantz form the next government

Marcy Oster September 22, 2019

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Arab Joint List recommended to President Reuven Rivlin that Blue and White head Benny Gantz be tapped to form the next government in order to end the political career of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Joint List head Ayman Odeh...

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What Israel still needs to learn from Ariel Sharon

By Dennis Ross & David Makovsky September 12, 2019

With Israelis heading to the polls on Sept. 17, it is worth reflecting on the last Likud leader, Ariel Sharon, and the decisions he made on the Palestinian issue. Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel, was a large man who did not think small. As...

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, and his wife, Sara, greet Likud party supporters in Tel Aviv, April 10, 2019. (Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Bibi’s Next Act

Jewish Light Editorial April 17, 2019

He faced the biggest political and legal challenges in his long career and endured an election that was too close to call most of the day and night. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eventually won enough seats to form a right-far right coalition...

Amnon Lord

Election timing is a smart choice by Netanyahu

By Amnon Lord/JNS January 3, 2019

“We’ve had four good years, but all good things must come to an end.” This statement from Habayit Hayehudi Party chief and Education Minister Naftali Bennett may be the most poignant assessment of last week’s decision to hold elections in April.Set...

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