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Government will not consider bill handing justice minister control of cop-probing unit

Seemingly shelved bill ‘a serious violation of the independence of the Department of Internal Police Investigations,’ says Israel Bar...

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Ben Gvir visits Temple Mount, says recognizing Palestinian state is reward for Hamas

In 1st visit to flashpoint Jerusalem holy site since October 7, national security minister slams Norway, Spain, Ireland, insists on ‘root...

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Reviving judicial overhaul fears, bill would hand minister control of cop-probing unit

Likud MK Dan Illouz claims his legislation is intended to strengthen independence of Police Internal Investigations Department

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Backing settlement, Ben Gvir says he’d be ‘very happy to live in Gaza’ after the war

If ‘hundreds of thousands’ of Palestinians leave the Strip, ‘we will be able to bring in more and more people,’ minister says

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‘A colossal failure’: Likud MKs tear into Gallant during heated faction meeting

At first faction meetings following recess, lawmakers focus on criticism of the government’s management of the Gaza War and efforts to prosecute...

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Hostage families butt heads with MKs at raucous Knesset committee debates

Likud firebrand Gotliv says rallies ‘destroying Israel’ after hostage’s mother slams her for vilifying them; Otzma Yehudit lawmaker...

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Coalition tensions, enlistment bill loom large as Knesset set to reconvene Monday

New legislative session will focus on war-related legislation as arguments over ultra-Orthodox service, postwar order in Gaza threaten future of...

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At Knesset, GOP lawmaker warns Oct. 7 ‘could happen in US’ if Israel not victorious

Addressing MKs, Elise Stefanik slams Biden’s decision to pause arms shipment over Rafah op, praises Donald Trump’s ‘historic...

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Far-right politicians demand Gallant be fired over challenging PM on Gaza’s future

Defense Minister tells Netanyahu he won’t allow Israeli rule in postwar Gaza Strip; Ben Gvir says Gallant sees no difference between IDF or Hamas...

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Netanyahu says he’ll advance Haredi IDF enlistment bill that lowers exemption age

Gantz, who initially proposed the legislation 2 years ago, slams PM’s move: ‘Israel needs soldiers, not political tricks’

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Ministerial pushback may have nixed cabinet discussion on Haredi enlistment bill

Bill would set hard targets for recruitment, impose penalties for failing to meet goals, ultra-Orthodox media report; prominent yeshiva dean rails...

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With subdued state ceremony, Israel begins marking a somber 76th Independence Day

Torch-lighting pre-recorded for the first time amid speculation that government organizers wanted to avoid the heckling seen at Memorial Day...

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‘I’m a Kahanist’: Police volunteer shouts at elderly protester on Memorial Day

Incident occurs when supporters of far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and their opponents clash at Ashdod military cemetery

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Violence and protests mar wartime Memorial Day ceremonies

Bereaved families clash at Ashdod military cemetery during Ben Gvir visit as angry Israelis heckle government ministers at official events across the...

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‘A tear in the heart of Israel’: Nation marks a visceral post-October 7 Memorial Day

IDF chief says he feels ‘the weight on my shoulders’ of the military’s losses and failures; Knesset speaker: Attack was ‘one...

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Israel to mark Memorial Day, muted Independence Day in shadow of Oct. 7, ongoing war

On first national festival since trauma of devastating Hamas attacks, traditional fireworks displays and Air Force flyovers will be replaced by somber...

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Gantz warns Netanyahu not to advance law that would continue Haredi draft exemptions

National Unity leader says Netanyahu’s bill would ‘not promote fair service’ and that it would ‘severely damage Israeli...

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Government may submit Haredi draft proposal to cabinet next week

Liberman calls on Gantz and Eisenkot to withdraw from coalition if government promotes legislation intended to prevent enlistment of ultra-Orthodox...

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‘Dangerous for Israel’: Critics slam government’s handling of US ties amid arms row

The growing rift between Jerusalem and Washington over how to manage the war in Gaza has led to grumbling among both opponents and members of the...

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In Bnei Brak, Haredim host EU diplomats at an unusual Holocaust memorial

At the ultra-Orthodox Ganzach archive, ultra-Orthodox Jews learn about the Holocaust from a Haredi perspective, both historical and theological

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Poll: Majority of Israelis support prioritizing hostage deal over Rafah operation

56 percent of Jewish Israelis would prefer an agreement over invading Hamas’s final remaining stronghold in Gaza, Israel Democracy Institute...

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Labor party announces final list of candidates ahead of leadership primary

A former senior IDF commander, an internet billionaire, an anti-corruption crusader and a longtime party activist are set to run to replace outgoing...

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Poll: Over half of Israeli Jews see comparison between Holocaust and October 7

Israeli leaders have repeatedly sought to liken Hamas to the Nazis, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arguing that Hamas has the same...

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Netanyahu heckled at Yad Vashem wreath-laying ceremony

During annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration, protester demands PM’s resignation, says he ‘failed in a very serious way to...

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Netanyahu at Yad Vashem ceremony: The Jewish people will never again be ‘defenseless’

Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Isaac Herzog says the Hamas massacre of October 7 ‘echoed the horrors’ of the Holocaust, but...

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Independence Day preparations disrupted by clash between minister, Knesset speaker

Amir Ohana cancels participation of Knesset Guard in annual torch-lighting ceremony after Miri Regev reportedly informs him he will not be giving...

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‘Nobody needs to tell me what to do’: PM pushes back on far-right pressure over Rafah

Netanyahu says Israel will not agree to ‘surrender’; Gallant says operation in south Gazan city could happen ‘very soon’; Ben...

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‘Disgrace to diplomacy’: Bosnia accuses Israeli diplomat of genocide denial

Envoy to Serbia draws intense criticism for telling Russian media that calling 1995 Srebrenica massacre a genocide ‘diminishes the importance of...

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Bereaved families irked by far-right ministers’ planned role in Memorial Day events

Government decisions seem calculated ‘to provoke, to ignite fires,’ says head of bereaved families’ organization; Kfar Saba mayor...

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Smotrich lauds Trump for ‘courage and integrity’ in rejection of two-state solution

‘A Palestinian state would be a terrorist state,’ far-right minister says after former US president tells Time magazine he thinks...

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Far-right minister claims hostage deal throws war goals in ‘trash’ to save hostages

In response, Lapid says Orit Strock’s ‘extremist’ government has ‘no right to exist’; Movement for Quality Government...

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IAEA chief to visit Iran next week as anxiety grows over nuclear program

Rafael Grossi to meet senior Iranian officials, attend ‘first International Nuclear Energy Conference’ in Isfahan weeks after Islamic...

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Smotrich threatens to quit gov’t over hostage deal; Eisenkot slams far-right ‘blackmail’

Finance minister says he’s ‘ready to pay the political price’ to prevent ‘existential threat’ to Israel; Ben Gvir says...

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Ministers Gantz, Ben Gvir accuse each other of harming national security

War cabinet minister spars with far-right police minister, following reports Washington may sanction the IDF’s Netzah Yehuda battalion

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Netanyahu vows imminent ‘painful blows’ on Hamas, more pressure to free hostages

Pre-Passover video message from PM says terror group has rejected all offers, ‘draws encouragement from the pressures directed at the Israeli...

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New regulations would expand Haredi control over municipal rabbis, sideline women

After Knesset bill nixed, Religious Services Ministry pushes similar changes that critics say would ’emasculate local authorities and completely...

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Two nonprofits linked to Arab Ra’am party to be shuttered over alleged terror ties

The party and the organizations dismiss allegations as political persecution, while far-right parties claim vindication for previously accusing...

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Ben Gvir says no longer bound by coalition discipline, in spat with Haredi factions

Far-right minister’s party accuses ultra-Orthodox parties of tanking deal granting him more power, after reportedly opposing Haredi legislation...

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Lapid calls Netanyahu ‘existential threat’ as they spar over national security

‘All that is left of Mr. Security’ are ‘ruins from Be’eri to Kiryat Shmona,’ says Lapid. Opposition leader ‘preferred...

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Should Israel launch an immediate retaliatory attack on Iran? Lawmakers are divided

Some hard-right members of the government call for harsh retaliation, while war cabinet members Gantz and Gallant issue more measured statements,...

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Ultra-Orthodox minister breaks ranks, says some Haredi youth must be drafted

Shas distances itself from Interior Minister Moshe Arbel’s call, says only rabbis of the Council of Torah Sages can decide policy on the thorny...

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With Knesset in wartime recess, attendance becomes a political weapon

Despite mutual recriminations over attendance, MK Evgeny Sova says ‘in practice there isn’t that much of a recess,’ noting daily...

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Everybody dies. But what if that person happens to be a sitting prime minister?

After a couple of sudden surgeries, health concerns over Israel’s 74-year-old leader have risen. Unlike the US’s smooth succession,...

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Gantz calls for early elections in September to ‘renew trust’ in government

Netanyahu dismisses coalition partner’s appeal as ‘petty politics,’ claiming elections would harm the war effort, while opposition...

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Demanding action, relatives of hostages smear yellow paint on Knesset gallery windows

Protesters removed from visitors’ area after sparking tumult in plenum to mark 180 days of loved ones’ captivity, with several opposition...

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UTJ’s Roth: ‘No actual benefit’ to Haredim in toppling government over yeshiva funds

MK says ultra-Orthodox parties hope Netanyahu can find ‘creative’ solution to Haredi enlistment in IDF before the High Court of Justice...

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Russia says 4 arrested for funding, arming Moscow concert attackers

FSB says it foiled additional plot by suspects in ISIS shooting at Crocus City Hall, which killed over 140 people

01.04.2024 20

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The High Court’s yeshiva funding ruling goes into effect today. What does it mean?

Starting this week, hundreds of yeshivas will see their budgets slashed, prompting leading rabbis to look abroad to raise the funds needed to continue...

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Lapid demands defense minister show ‘political courage’ and start drafting Haredim

Opposition leader accuses Netanyahu of ‘fraud’ over his reported initiative to establish a panel on enlistment legislation without Gallant...

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Netanyahu urges Knesset to pass law allowing shuttering of Al Jazeera

If passed, the bill would give PM and communications minister the power to shut down foreign news networks deemed threatening to national security

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