Rafi Peretz’s admission that he has practiced conversion therapy on gay youths came days after his comments calling intermarriage a “Holocaust.”
Generosity in victory might have been an option, and the past 50 years might have looked different.
Israel pledged allegiance on Wednesday to its special relationship with the United States, now tested by pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, after Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman appeared to question the strength of the tie.
The case against Avigdor Lieberman was supposed to prove that Israel will not tolerate corruption. But the kingmaker’s acquittal leaves Israelis more cynical than ever.
A surprise alliance between far-right and centrist Israeli political stars who reject privileges for ultra-orthodox Jews is frustrating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to form a new government.
Tzipi Livni has accepted a job from Benjamin Netanyahu. But will she be able to work in good faith toward a two-state solution as long as she is working for him?
Tzipi Livni, the incumbent Kadima chair who lost Tuesday’s party primary to former Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, is not your typical Israeli politician. She’s just not slimy enough. When she speaks, she seems to be telling you what she actually believes. In a profile of her in Yediot Aharonot last year, the worst thing people said about her was that she wasn’t friendly enough and sometimes closed her door so as not to be interrupted. So either she is too aloof or too protective of her privacy. Either way, she didn’t play the game right. Actually, that’s probably why she lost. She does not have the callousness required to win in Israeli politics.
TV host Yair Lapid is the self-styled voice of what he calls Israel’s secular ‘42%.’ The handsome celebrity is entering politics and it’s not clear who will win and who will lose.
In 1983, when news of the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps became known, about 300,000 Israelis jammed the streets of Tel Aviv to protest their government’s involvement. It was a very big deal, thought to be one of the largest demonstrations of its kind in Israel’s history.