Forget the pre-election spin from enthusiastic Israeli lefties and despondent righties. At the voting booths, it’s still anybody’s game — and a surprisingly low turnout could be the real story.
The Israeli government continues to enjoy a measure of deniability in settlement activity, thanks to a postponed vote on the bill that would force transparency, writes J.J. Goldberg.
A space center that opened in the Arab-Israeli city of Taybeh was not named for the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon following opposition from city residents.
In 1988, Israel’s Central Election Commission banned the extremist lawmaker Rabbi Meir Kahane from running again for Knesset, on the grounds that his party was racist and undemocratic. Since then, he’s never been seen at the Knesset podium… apart from yesterday.
Ahmad Tibi, one of the liveliest, not to mention most controversial, lawmakers in the Knesset, is squaring up to Israel’s ambassador to the US, Michael Oren.
Right-wing Israelis accuse Knesset member Ahmad Tibi of glorifying suicide bombers. He insists he praises civilians killed by Israeli forces.
What to do when a Knesset colleague tosses water in your face? You write a poem, slyly referencing her private parts. Philologos gets to the bottom (oh, dear!) of the debate.
Outrageous and, yes, hilarious: Knesset member (and onetime Arafat adviser) Dr. Ahmad Tibi got himself suspended for one week from Knesset debates (though not from votes) for reading an outrageous little poem he had made up in honor of fellow lawmaker Anastasia Michaeli. Michaeli, a member of Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party, was herself suspended for a month on January 9 after pouring a glass of water on fellow lawmaker Ghaleb Majadleh of Labor. Tibi immortalizes the incident by stringing together a bunch of word-plays and insults, ending with:
Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party, flush from its victory in the boycott law debate, plans to bring another gag-rule bill to the Knesset floor for final vote next week, Ynet reports. The bill would create a Knesset investigative committee to examine the funding of “leftist” NGOs that “delegitimize” the Israeli army. Members of the Likud are trying to convince the party to hold off to let the passions over the boycott law cool down, but so far Yisrael Beiteinu is adamant, Ynet reports.