Israeli government

Israeli diplomats regret loss of UK influence on EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

Israel had no public or official position on last Thursday's referendum.

The consensus within the diplomatic service was that Britain's exit from the European Union would be disadvantageous for Israel, which has often relied on British backing in European forums.


New party could yet rise up from anti-Bibi cauldron

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2016

The two last men to serve as Benjamin Netanyahu's defence ministers, Ehud Barak and Moshe Yaalon, have delivered a series of stinging speeches and interviews in which they attack the prime minister's leadership and the extreme direction in which they claim he has taken Likud.


Bennett attack on Bibi may herald coalition changes

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2016

The ink on the new coalition agreement appointing Avigdor Lieberman as defence minister and bringing his party into government had barely dried last week when a new row began brewing.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home Party, launched a series of attacks on the new diplomatic initiative being talked up by the Prime Minister and Mr Lieberman.


Israeli cabinet votes in Avigdor Lieberman as new defence minister

By JC Reporter, May 30, 2016

Avigdor Lieberman has been officially approved as Israel’s new defence minister.

The appointment was confirmed following a telephone vote by government ministers this morning.

The decision followed protracted negotiations between Mr Netanyahu's Likud party and Mr Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu grouping.


Yaalon may return, but Herzog's sinking

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

When Ariel Sharon was forced to resign from the Defence Ministry in February 1983, his friend Uri Dan memorably said: "They didn't want him as defence minister. They'll get him as prime minister." It took 18 years for that prophecy to be fulfilled.


Lieberman's entry is a new dawn - of uncertainty

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The military guard of honour that received Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday at the Defence Ministry's headquarters in Tel Aviv took place according to protocol.

However, it lacked the warmth with which the same soldiers and officers had bid farewell to the departing minister, Moshe Yaalon.


Diplomacy weakened by rivalries

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2016

The State Comptroller's report published on Tuesday reveals that ministerial rivalries have impeded Israel's attempts to counter the BDS campaign abroad and boost diplomacy.

Yosef Shapira, the Comptroller, found a steady erosion of the Foreign Ministry's role since Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power in 2009.


Likud-Zionist Union unity deal back on the cards

By Nathan Jeffay, May 5, 2016

A deal to bring Israel's main opposition party into the government is back on the cards, as the cloud of scandal starts to lift from opposition leader Isaac Herzog.

The unity agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and the main opposition party, Zionist Union, was put on ice in March when Mr Herzog was named as a suspect in a corruption investigation.


Police advise closure of Herzog case

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 27, 2016

The leader of Israel's opposition, Isaac Herzog, was questioned last week by police as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations that he committed fraud during his 2013 leadership campaign.

Other members of his campaign team have also been questioned under suspicion that services rendered during his successful bid for the Labour Party leadership were not documented or paid for.


Herzog, Deri face corruption investigations

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 31, 2016

Police probes into corruption allegations against two senior Israeli politicians were revealed this week.

Gag-orders have prevented the Israeli press from publishing full details of the investigations but, on Wednesday, two names were released following a flurry of rumours.