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Split: Dissenting Labor Party Knesset members could make life difficult for Ehud Barak, above, who will stay on as defense minister.

Rump Group of Labor Lawmakers Buck Barak on Joining New Government

Dissenters may have been unable to block the Labor Party’s recent decision to join the otherwise right-wing government coalition headed by Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu. But with seven of the party’s 13 Knesset members among those who opposed the move, they are well positioned to make life very difficult for Labor leader Ehud Barak, who spearheaded the drive.

Visitors to Yemen Report That Jews Are Reluctant To Be Rescued

In recent weeks, Jewish organizations have insisted that Yemen’s tiny Jewish population is in grave danger and that a secret evacuation is necessary to bring the people to safety. But a new report written by on-the-ground observers suggests that one of the primary barriers to the Jews’ departure is the resistance of the Jews themselves.

Are Religious Soldiers To Blame for Alleged Abuse?

Two months after the cease-fire that ended the recent fighting in Gaza, Israel finds itself bombarded with war crimes accusations. They come from a wide spectrum of critics, but none has drawn a more emotional reaction in Israel than the graphic descriptions by a group of Israeli combat troops of abuses they saw during the war.

New Beginning? Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses thousands of Iranians a day after President Obama issued a call for engagement with the long-time adversary.

Israel, U.S. Pursue Divergent Path on Iran

As the Obama administration’s policy toward Iran begins to take shape, fault lines between the American approach and that of Israel are becoming apparent.

Assemblyman Hikind: Changing tactics.

Hikind Retreating On Tough Tactics Against Molesters

Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn, a leading voice in the fight to end child sexual abuse in Orthodox communities, is backing down from some of his previous claims and backing away from one of his most confrontational stands against an alleged pedophile.