The unity government was about to form: Likud and Labor, right and left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog. Then, according to media reports, Netanyahu swung to the right and instead embraced an old partner: Avigdor Lieberman,5
As Israeli opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog deliberates over whether to join the right-wing governing coalition, he risks losing a passionate cohort of the party: the youth.
The leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements in North America are organizing a special trip to Israel later this month to notify Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in person of their strong opposition to any changes in the plan to build a new egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.8
Israeli middle school and high school students will soon learn from a new civics textbook that critics say is deeply ideological.
Bernie Sanders hasn’t provided any long-term strategy for securing a two-state solution, Jane Eisner writes. That’s not just bad for Israelis and Palestinians — it’s bad for Sanders himself.
Thousands of Arab Israelis, including several Knesset members, demonstrated in favor of the Palestinian right of return, the first time such an event took place in the Negev.23
Donald Trump said he would visit Israel soon and dodged a question about whether the United States would continue subsidizing defense assistance to the Jewish state in an interview with an Israeli newspaper.4
Tuvia Yanai Weissman, who was off-duty when he saw two Palestinian teenagers enter the store and begin to stab shoppers, left his wife and 4-month-old daughter to stop them, leading him to be killed by one of the stabbers.
Israel’s nominee as ambassador to Rome has withdrawn her candidacy, marking the second time this year a high-profile diplomatic nomination has fallen through and raising questions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choices.11
While most schools in Israel are decked out in blue and white for Israel’s Memorial and Independence days, at mixed Jewish and Arab schools this is the most challenging time of year.67
The population of Israel has grown more than tenfold since the state’s establishment in 1948.13
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