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Gantz’s party threatens to veto bill allowing Ben Gvir to censor foreign media

Newly revised legislation would grant far-right National Security Minister Ben Gvir the power to define networks as security threats as a precondition...

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Bid to oust MK Ofer Cassif over backing for ICJ genocide case falls short in Knesset

Parties trade barbs after centrists from Yesh Atid, National Unity and Labor sit out impeachment motion, leaving it five votes short of 90 needed to...

yesterday 30

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Lapid advances bill to enlist ultra-Orthodox, demanding they share IDF burden

Opposition leader demands Gallant withdraw bill lengthening enlistment period to make up for manpower shortages, saying IDF should be ‘real...

previous day 7

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Gantz: Israel will launch Rafah offensive if hostages not returned by Ramadan

War cabinet minister says ‘to those saying the price is too high, Hamas has a choice — they can surrender’; warns Israel ready...

sunday 20

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Nationalist lawmaker’s proposed incitement legislation could incriminate hard right

New rules may be trouble for MKs who expressed support for Israeli who burned Palestinian family in West Bank. Bill ‘undergoing changes’...

16.02.2024 30

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Ahead of vote, Gallant denies claim he opposes impeachment of far-left MK

Knesset slated to decide on Ofer Cassif’s political future on Monday after he accused Israeli leaders of advocating for genocide against...

14.02.2024 10

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Declaring blanket exemption ‘needs to end,’ Lapid demands ultra-Orthodox enlistment

‘We need a lot more soldiers. The army is too small for all its challenges,’ opposition leader says of government’s recently...

13.02.2024 10

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As Israelis negotiate in Cairo, far-right presses PM to reject ‘irresponsible deal’

Ben Gvir says he trusts Netanyahu to halt negotiations after medicines not delivered to hostages; Smotrich suggests Mossad’s time better spent...

13.02.2024 20

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Reservist group pushes for unity government, new elections after 2023 divisions

Signed by over 1,300 demobilized reservists, Tikkun 2024 manifesto insists only a government of all the Zionist factions ‘will be able to...

12.02.2024 8

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Plan to extend soldiers’ stints sparks calls to end ultra-Orthodox draft exemptions

Coalition lawmakers join opposition in pushing for Haredi community to share burden of military service rather than continuing to give them a pass;...

08.02.2024 20

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PM: Absolute victory within reach; surrender to Hamas demands would bring disaster

Netanyahu downplays disagreements in cabinet over ‘day after’ plans, says he is trying to recruit regional players to help with future...

07.02.2024 10

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Knesset passes preliminary reading of bill banning denial of October 7 massacre

Denial ‘damages the memory of the victims,’ says MK Oded Forer, while Association of Civil Rights in Israel says it creates...

07.02.2024 10

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Inside the government-funded group arranging IDF exemptions for yeshiva students

Israel’s wartime budget includes millions of shekels for the Vaad HaYeshivot, despite a manpower shortage forcing the army to extend...

07.02.2024 30

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Slim majority believes return of hostages should be primary war aim in Gaza — poll

While 47% of Jewish Israelis support prioritizing the return of the hostages, 60% say a deal must not come at the cost of halting the war against...

06.02.2024 20

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Netanyahu pressured on hostage deal, as Ben Gvir, Smotrich lash out at US

Lapid reiterates offer to back government instead of far-right factions, warns of fresh violence if national security minister’s powers not...

06.02.2024 30

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Attacking Biden, Ben Gvir says Trump would have been more supportive of Israel

US president ‘busy with giving humanitarian aid and fuel, which goes to Hamas,’ far right minister tells Wall Street Journal; PM...

04.02.2024 50

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Iran girds for US attack over troop deaths in Jordan but sees war as unlikely

Biden blames deaths of three American soldiers in Jordan on ‘radical Iran-backed militant groups’

30.01.2024 8

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Panel votes 14-2 to expel MK Cassif for Gaza genocide claims; now Knesset will vote

House Committee vote a ‘black day for Knesset,’ says Hadash-Ta’al chairman Tibi; ‘This is not freedom of speech, it is the...

30.01.2024 8

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Two new no-confidence measures against Netanyahu fail in Knesset

Unsuccessful attempts to unseat prime minister come as opposition lawmakers slam ‘messianic’ ministers’ call to resettle Gaza,...

30.01.2024 30

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Wave of bills defining antisemitism in US state houses spark free speech debate

Supporters of bills codifying IHRA definition say it’s crucial to determine when criticism of Israel crosses line to Jew hatred, while critics...

29.01.2024 10

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As MKs debate Cassif’s expulsion, he rails against ‘Kahanist’ attempt to silence him

Far-left legislator’s actions in support of genocide accusations at Hague may not cross ‘criminal threshold,’ legal adviser says;...

29.01.2024 10

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An MK accused Israel of ‘genocide.’ Now he may be expelled from the Knesset

Knesset House Committee set to hear arguments in ‘unprecedented’ effort to remove far-left lawmaker Ofer Cassif, who claims the move is...

29.01.2024 20

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Damning Tel Aviv University report calls to shutter Diaspora Ministry

Ministry ‘lacks vision and substance,’ according to report from Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry; ex-minister says...

25.01.2024 20

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Far-right member of Netanyahu’s coalition accuses him of being ‘part of the problem’

Both coalition and opposition chiefs are responsible for ‘the biggest failure in Israel’s history,’ says Religious Zionism MK Ohad Tal,...

25.01.2024 20

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Lapid assails government during celebration of Knesset’s 75th anniversary

Israel has ‘never been sadder,’ opposition leader says, citing war with Hamas; Herzog: ‘We must not return to the discourse of...

24.01.2024 30

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Netanyahu promises billions in government aid to battered north

‘This is the opportunity to prove to us that the country has not lost the north,’ chief of Forum of Front-Line Communities tells PM during...

23.01.2024 10

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‘Right now someone is being raped in a tunnel’: Knesset hears of Hamas sex crimes

Captors treating hostages like sex dolls, former hostage says; another survivor notes some female hostages no longer getting periods, prays they...

23.01.2024 80

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No-confidence motion against Netanyahu fails in Knesset, with only 18 votes in favor

Vote was boycotted by the coalition; opposition’s Liberman: It’s impractical to hold elections during wartime

22.01.2024 30

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Relatives of hostages burst into Knesset Finance Committee, demand government action

Protesters say they have been ‘forgotten’ as Netanyahu touts mysterious ‘initiative’ to free hostages held in Gaza but...

22.01.2024 50

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Ministers approve letting Norway hold tax money earmarked for Palestinian Authority

In apparent compromise following prolonged division on matter, cabinet okays arrangement that will see Oslo transfer funds to PA only with...

21.01.2024 10

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‘I don’t have the answer’ on how to rebuild party, says outgoing Labor head Michaeli

Exiting party chief tells ToI that Yesh Atid, National Unity cannot serve same role as old Labor party in countering Likud, blasts Netanyahu as being...

19.01.2024 30

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Yesh Atid lawmaker: Party could sit in a coalition with Smotrich, but not Ben Gvir

Far-right leader ‘is far from my cup of tea, we have major differences, but I could see us working with him,’ Moshe Tur-Paz says

19.01.2024 10

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Police probe far-right MK Almog Cohen on suspicion of decade-old police brutality

Party leader Ben Gvir decries AG’s authorization of investigation as ‘political persecution’; MK’s office says he ‘does...

18.01.2024 20

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Wartime budget slashes education funds, but not for the ultra-Orthodox, complain MKs

Amended 2024 budget leaves intact NIS 2 billion of special funds promised by government during coalition talks, though Haredi lawmakers claim they are...

18.01.2024 40

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Lapid accuses PM of playing politics with budget while ‘businesses are collapsing’

Government ‘does not know how to manage the war,’ opposition leader declares ahead of controversial state budget passing....

15.01.2024 10

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Cabinet approves budget, making cuts to offset massive wartime defense boost

One Likud and five National Unity ministers vote against wartime budget to protest across-the-board reductions and failure to curb extraneous...

15.01.2024 20

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Minister storms out of cabinet as Netanyahu attempts to push through wartime budget

‘I am not interested in hearing from either you or your people,’ Yoav Kisch tells Smotrich as PM calls on skeptical ministers to...

15.01.2024 10

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On eve of 100 days of war, PM pledges ‘complete victory,’ dismisses genocide claims

‘Notice the depth of the absurdity and hypocrisy — the supporters of the new Nazis dare to accuse us of genocide,’ Netanyahu says of...

14.01.2024 30

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Taliban official says women detained for improper dress amid crackdown in Kabul

Afghan security official claims detainees were only advised ‘to have greater respect and dignity’ and were not ‘disrespected or...

11.01.2024 20

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Netanyahu: Let me be clear — Israel has no intention of displacing Gaza’s population

PM says IDF will also not permanently occupy the Strip; Likud MK: Netanyahu told me he’d like Gaza voluntary migration but is under US pressure

11.01.2024 60

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Parents, MKs call for probe into IDF refusal to heed surveillance troops’ warnings

A investigation is needed ‘to bring the truth to light because nothing else can give us all rest,’ Eyal Eshel, whose daughter Sgt. Roni...

09.01.2024 30

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Lapid urges Gantz to bolt war coalition, says he’d join a government led by Edelstein

‘Netanyahu is not fit to lead the country,’ opposition leader asserts, expressing willingness to serve in ‘replacement...

08.01.2024 10

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Police disperse protesters blocking Knesset entrance in demand for ‘elections now’

Demonstration includes relatives of Israelis held hostage in Gaza; ‘my brother was murdered because’ of Netanyahu, one protester charges

08.01.2024 30

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Lawmaker pushing to expel colleague who accused Israel of ‘genocide’

MK Oded Forer assails Ofer Cassif for his ‘treasonous’ support of South Africa’s motion in the Hague; expulsion would need support...

08.01.2024 20

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Cabinet approves NIS 9 billion in wartime grants to support IDF reservists

Those called up need ‘to get the money without delay,’ PM says following complaints of financial hardship by Israelis mobilized to fight...

07.01.2024 10

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Railing against cabinet leaks, Netanyahu calls to subject ministers to polygraph tests

‘I am not prepared to continue like this,’ PM declares after detailed reports emerge from of dustup between cabinet members and the IDF...

07.01.2024 20

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As cracks widen in coalition, National Unity members skip cabinet meeting

Ministers’ absence from meeting linked to recent ‘clashes in the cabinet,’ says Chili Tropper, whose party leader, Benny Gantz,...

07.01.2024 30

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Cartoon of ex-chief justice Hayut stabbing IDF soldier in back sparks outrage

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid condemns ‘sickening and dangerous incitement;’ Bar Association head calls on attorney general to investigate...

04.01.2024 20

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Likud minister slams Smotrich, Ben Gvir’s ‘unrealistic’ call for Gazan emigration

‘It’s clear that the international community won’t accept it,’ argues Miki Zohar in response to calls for ‘voluntary’...

04.01.2024 60

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Ministers dismiss High Court ruling delaying recusal law as ‘null and void’

Decision to push off implementation of bill shielding PM from being ordered to recuse himself from office highlights ‘urgent need’ for...

04.01.2024 10

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