Israeli government

Olmert to run for Knesset in next election

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 25, 2013

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert announced in a meeting in London two weeks ago that he is aiming to secure the top job in Israeli politics once again.

At a charity fundraising dinner held at the Goldman Sachs offices in Canary Wharf, Mr Olmert welcomed the success of Yesh Atid and other new political forces in January’s Knesset election.

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Charedi fury over Knesset's plan to make cuts

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 25, 2013

The 2013 state budget belatedly brought to the Knesset by Finance Minister Yair Lapid included, as expected, deep cuts in social spending and a tax rise.

According to Treasury officials, both are needed to shrink a deficit of NIS 34 billion (£6bn), but the most eye-catching details so far have been the cuts in funding for Charedi education.

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Mira Bar-Hillel: 'agents of Israel' attacked me for criticisms of the government

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2013

A leading property journalist has defended remarks made during a Twitter row in which she admitted being prejudiced towards Jews.

Mira Bar-Hillel, the property and planning correspondent at London’s Evening Standard newspaper, said she believed attacks on her were being co-ordinated by “agents of Israel” and the Jewish community in response to her criticisms of the Israeli government.

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Panic and anger over ‘anti-Charedi’ coalition

By Nathan Jeffay, March 28, 2013

Even for Jerusalem, where Jew-against-Jew tensions often get bitter, this attack is harsh. On unsigned posters across the city’s religious neighbourhoods, posters draw a parallel between one of Israel’s political parties and the ancient enemy of the Jews, Amalek.

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In full: President Obama’s speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2013

Transcript of President Barack Obama's speech to Israeli students in Jerusalem - March 21 2013

“Well, it is a great honor to be with you here in Jerusalem, and I’m so grateful for the welcome that I’ve received from the people of Israel. Thank you. I bring with me the support of the American people - and the friendship that binds us together.

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US is taking a carrot and stick approach to Israel

By Amir Mizroch, March 21, 2013

At the exact moment that US President Barack Obama landed in Israel on Wednesday, both Palestinians and Israelis announced that they were establishing new outposts.

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Obama visits Jerusalem as Israel tour continues

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2013

Israel President Shimon Peres has welcomed his American counterpart to Jerusalem on the first day of Barack Obama's trip to Israel.

The two heads of state planted a magnolia tree in the gardens of the presidential residence.

Schoolchildren sang Tomorrow from the musical Annie in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

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Israeli coalition deal signed

By Anna Sheinman, March 15, 2013

Yesh Atid and Jewish Home have now both signed up to the Israeli coalition after last-minute wrangling over the title of deputy prime minister.

Neither Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid nor Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett will take the ceremonial title.

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Hizbollah row may lead to Irish cabinet split

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2013

The Irish Defence Minister may have created a potential domestic dispute with government colleagues after suggesting it was “not valid” to differentiate between Hizbollah’s political and military wings.

Alan Shatter appeared to depart from government policy by questioning the separation of the Iranian-backed terror group’s wings by a number of European governments

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Lapid and Bennett give up on deputy prime minister role

By Anna Sheinman, March 15, 2013

The final touches have been put to the new Israeli coalition as Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid have agreed that neither will take the ceremonial title of deputy prime minister, Israel Radio has reported.

Negotiations continued throughout Thursday night after Jewish Home and Yesh Atid clashed over the role.

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