Israeli government

Diaspora rattled as Israel's 'Jewish-state' crisis grows

November 27, 2014

Israel's planned "Jewish-state law" has pushed its governing coalition to the edge of collapse and prompted unprecedented criticism from President Reuven Rivlin, the US administration and major Jewish organisations around the world.

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Does Israel need the nation state law? No

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

There has been a lot of wailing and hand-wringing over the "nation-state" bill which the Knesset may or may not be voting on next week.

At the heart of the furore is the claim that if the bill becomes law, it will transform Israeli Arabs into "second-class citizens".

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Does Israel need the nation state law? Yes

By Gerald Steinberg, November 27, 2014

Like many other aspects of Israeli politics, public debate on the proposed law - which has different forms - to re-emphasise the Jewish dimension of the country's democratic framework is often highly distorted, and stripped of both complexity and context.

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Clash over anti-terror measures

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

Israel's political and security establishments are at loggerheads over the best way to confront the recent wave of terror attacks.

As ministers and right-wing politicians have called for more severe measures, the security chiefs have warned that "collective punishment" will not deter further attacks and only serve to further alienate the Palestinian population.

So far, the demands of some po

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ANALYSIS: Hagel disproved doubters on Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 26, 2014

In the brief period in which Chuck Hagel served as the United States Secretary of Defence before being forced to resign this week he hardly left his mark on the Pentagon, America's armed services or the regions in which they operate.

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Nationality Law 'may stain Israel in eyes of free world'

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

The British Reform movement has criticised a controversial bill before the Knesset which seeks to reinforce Israel's Jewish character.

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed the planned Nationality Law, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has forced a postponement of the vote due to have taken place on Sunday.

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Coalition fails to unite in face of terror attack

November 20, 2014

The terror attack on Tuesday morning in a Jerusalem synagogue pushed party politics aside for a while but the tensions in the coalition are still simmering.

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed senior members of Likud to "prepare for early elections." While most of the coalition's party leaders, including Mr Netanyahu are not in favour of going to the polls after only

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Cracks deepening in Israeli coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Less than two years old, the ruling coalition in Israel already looks as if it is on its last legs.

Riven by personal rivalries and ideological divides, the glue holding it together is a collective fear of early elections, which most coalition parties fear could lead to them losing Knesset seats.

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Israel-US ties in crisis

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2014

US-Israel diplomatic relations have hit a new low as government members on both sides have traded harsh insults and criticisms in recent days.

This week, senior US government officials called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "chickenshit", and a "coward" in interviews with the Atlantic.

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Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’, says top US official

By Josh Jackman, October 29, 2014

A senior US government official has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit”, while another has accused him of being a “coward.”

In an interview with The Atlantic, unnamed figures in the Obama administration said that fear and political self-interest was preventing the prime minister from making peace.

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