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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Kadima Party leader Shaul Mofaz speaking at a news conference in Petach Tikvah about Kadimas reasons for leaving the Israeli government coalition, July 17, 2012.

Israeli political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished July 17, 2012

For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition. Kadima's departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s...

Benjamin Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz.

Netanyahu promises ‘historical law’ for equal sharing of national service burden

By Israel Hayom, Exclusive to JNS.orgPublished July 12, 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Vice Prime Minister and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz have agreed to establish a team to hash out the new law for equality of the national burden, the replacement to the Tal Law, a statement from the Prime Minister’s...

President Obama drops by a meeting between National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz of Israel, third from left, in the White House, June 21, 2012.

Mofaz grabs attention in U.S. with hopes of peace talks

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — With his recent return to the top ranks of Israel’s government, Shaul Mofaz is receiving plenty of attention in high places for emphasizing renewed talk of peace with the Palestinians. It’s yet another high point in a relatively short...

Editorial: Cedes of Change

Published June 6, 2012

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has come forward with a bold proposal to “jump start” the all-but-moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process: unilateral Israeli withdrawal from parts of the West Bank (see related news story, p.1).Whether bold...

A haredi Orthodox man watching Israeli soldiers at an army ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Feb. 22, 2012.

For new Israeli coalition, haredi army exemptions issue is front and center

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished May 9, 2012

Israel’s new unity government may not alter Jerusalem’s strategy for curbing Iran’s nuclear weapons program or do much to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But it could dramatically change something at home about which a huge number...

Editorial: Man in the Mirror

Published May 9, 2012

What will the surprising and sudden deal struck between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Kadima Party to expand the ruling coalition mean for the coming months? According to Netanyahu, it will help him focus on successfully executing...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Kadima Party chairman Shaul Mofaz at a joint news conference in the Knesset announcing that Kadima has joined the coalition government, May 8, 2012.

Likud-Kadima coalition nixes early elections

By Mati Wagner, JTAPublished May 8, 2012

JERUSALEM—Israelis went to sleep Monday night expecting early elections in September for the 19th Knesset. They woke up to the news that elections would take place as planned in October 2013. A behind-the-scenes deal clinched overnight between Prime...

Gil Hoffman talks with guests during an informal meeting held by the Jewish Light and Anti-Defamation League.

‘J Post’ analyst discusses Israel politics

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished April 25, 2012

The recent political defeat of Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni could be a “positive development” for a possible new unity government in Israel and for the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, according to Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent...

Tzipi Livni, the outgoing leader of Israel’s main opposition Kadima Party, speaking to the media after losing to Shaul Mofaz in the primaries, March 27, 2012.

Livni’s fall followed meteoric political rise

By Mati Wagner, JTAPublished April 4, 2012

JERUSALEM—Tzipi Livni’s resounding fall in the leadership vote for Kadima, Israel’s largest political party, was as dramatic as her rise to political power. Ahead of last week’s vote, most polls were predicting that Livni would defeat Shaul Mofaz,...

New law clamps down on Jewish divorce

JTAPublished March 21, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A new law passed by Israel's Knesset requires rabbinical courts to follow up on its divorce cases to ensure that the husband gives his wife a Jewish writ of divorce. According to the law passed Monday, a husband must give his wife a get,...

Knesset passes law banning underweight models

JTAPublished March 20, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israel's Knesset approved a new law that would ban the use of underweight models in advertising. The law passed Monday night also requires that any ad digitally altered to make a model look thinner must say so in the advertisement. Kadima...

Bills to relax marriage registration rules pass Knesset committee

JTAPublished March 19, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Two bills that would allow Jewish couples in Israel to be married by national-religious rabbis in the city of their choice were approved by a Knesset committee. The so-called "Tzohar laws," named after the organization of Modern Orthodox...

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