Thursday August 24th 2017

‘Politics’ Archives

Outrage over US Spying Reignites calls for Pollard’s Freedom

Outrage over US Spying Reignites calls for Pollard’s Freedom

by Avi Yellin The revelations of the United States spying on Israeli leaders has evoked angry reactions from top political figures who are now seizing on the moment to demand that Washington release "Prisoner of Zion" Jonathan Pollard, the former US Naval intelligence analyst currently serving a life sentence for passing classified information [...]

Beiteinu to Split from Likud Before Elections

Beiteinu to Split from Likud Before Elections

by Sagit Levi The rightwing Yisrael Beiteinu party has decided to run independently in the next national elections, despite having merged with Likud in the last elections, Voice of Israel public radio reported Thursday. In a closed meeting of the Yisrael Beiteinu leadership on Sunday, party secretary-general Faina Kirshenbaum said that [...]

Bennett Rejects US Pressure & Security Arrangements

Bennett Rejects US Pressure & Security Arrangements

by Eitam Abadi Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) released a statement on his Facebook page Friday, discussing United States pressure to resume negotiations between Israel and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. Bennett explained in his statement the extent of American Secretary of State John Kerry's involvement [...]

MKs Resist Kerry Proposal on Jordan Valley

MKs Resist Kerry Proposal on Jordan Valley

by Sagit Levi Coalition head Yariv Levin (Likud) expressed concern Sunday over the extent of United States pressure on Israel to cede land to the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. In particular, Levin expressed worry over US Secretary of State John Kerry’s offers to the PA regarding "security arrangements" in the Jordan [...]

Feiglin: Marijuana Bill Harms Patients

Feiglin: Marijuana Bill Harms Patients

by Eitam Abadi Deputy Knesset Speaker Moshe Feiglin (Likud) sent out a letter to government ministers Friday morning condemning the advancement of his medical marijuana bill under the supervision of Health Minister Yael German (Yesh Atid), claiming the move would "invite corruption" and ultimately harm patients. The bill is expected to be [...]

Bennett Responds to American Threats

Bennett Responds to American Threats

by Naama Ben-Yaakov Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) reacted late Thursday to American Secretary of State John Kerry's threat that Israel will face “chaos” and “isolation” if negotiations with the Western-backed Palestinian Authority fail. "A united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty is a safeguard for [...]

MK Calls for Two-State Alternatives

MK Calls for Two-State Alternatives

by Eitam Abadi Member of Knesset Yoni Shetboun (Jewish Home), speaking in Jerusalem before a visiting delegation from the European Parliament, said the time has come to find alternatives to the "two state solution." Shetboun, who currently sits on the Knesset's foreign affairs and defense committee, told the delegation "it is time to break [...]

Lapid Preventing Heartland Building Projects

Lapid Preventing Heartland Building Projects

by Eitam Abadi Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) is personally intervening to prevent the approval and advancement of building projects for Jews in Israel's disputed heartland, the chairman of the Binyamin Regional Council, Avi Ro'eh, said Monday. Among the projects Lapid is preventing from moving forward is one designed to ease [...]

Jewish Home Takes on Supreme Court

Jewish Home Takes on Supreme Court

by Naama Ben-Yaakov Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) accused the Israeli court system on Monday of straying from its proper role and interfering in matters not under its purview. "We need to strengthen the trust in the court system, to make it balanced, and to select the judges in a more proper way,” he said at a [...]

Lawmakers Spar over Medicinal Marijuana

Lawmakers Spar over Medicinal Marijuana

by Eitam Abadi A proposed bill by lawmaker Moshe Feiglin (Likud) that would make it much easier for Israeli citizens to obtain medicinal marijuana “would turn doctors into dealers,” Health Minister Yael German (Yesh Atid) claimed Thursday. German harshly criticized Feiglin's legislation that would empower any doctor to prescribe [...]

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