Israel News

BY JTA
May 22, 2014

TEL AVIV— The Knesset will vote for Israel’s next president on June 10. The winner will succeed Shimon Peres, whose seven-year term ends July 27. Israel’s president, a largely ceremonial post, serves as the nation’s official head of state. Israeli citizens do not cast ballots for president. Reports emerged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted CONTINUE »

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Bill to ban free Israeli newspapers sparks outcry
BY Josh Hasten/JNS.org
May 22, 2014

With the Summer Assembly of Israel’s 19th Knesset now in session, a highly controversial bill has drawn the ire of many from a wide range of professional fields and political backgrounds, including Members of Knesset (MKs), legal experts, media watchdog organizations, free speech activists and journalists. A measure describing itself as the “bill for the CONTINUE »

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After collapse of peace talks, will Israel be forced to take unilateral steps?
BY Sean Savage/JNS.org
May 15, 2014

With the recent collapse of the U.S.-brokered peace negotiations, the Palestinian leadership has embarked on a broad plan of unilateral action to gain recognition of a Palestinian state and to isolate Israel internationally. Couple those developments with the Palestinian Fatah movement’s unity pact with the terrorist group Hamas, and Israel is facing a complex new CONTINUE »

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Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid says settlement freeze preferable to prisoner release
BY By Ben Sales/JTA
April 24, 2014

TEL AVIV — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he supports freezing settlement growth to help jumpstart peace negotiations and vowed that his centrist Yesh Atid party would leave Israel’s governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were responsible for the collapse of the peace process. In an interview this week, his first with an CONTINUE »

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Israel Sci-Tech schools cross religious, ethnic divides
BY Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org
March 13, 2014

In Israel, high school education is mandated by law, and the government grants each student an equal financial allocation for education. But a town such as Afula, with fewer residents than Tel Aviv, gets less government funding overall. This is also true for small villages of concentrated minorities. With the backdrop of that challenge of CONTINUE »