Israeli government

Israel's education minister cracks-up during Knesset speech

By Zoe Winograd, June 4, 2013
Education Minister Shai Piron suffered an uncontrollable laughing fit at the Knesset plenum while trying to deliver a speech explaining the penalties for the "penetration of" cell phones in jails.

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Report is too little, too late

By Melanie Phillips, May 26, 2013

The reported "killing" of Mohammed al Dura in a hail of Israeli bullets was nothing of the kind and was instead a modern-day blood libel. So said the state of Israel this week.

What kept it?

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Expense probe won’t let Bibi sleep easily

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 23, 2013

The Israeli State Comptroller is investigating the sharp rise in the taxpayer-funded expenses of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family.

The investigation was prompted by the emergence of new details on the costs of maintaining the Prime Minister’s family.

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Charedi school budget cuts on hold

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 23, 2013

Some of the more drastic cuts in the budgets of strictly Orthodox education have been dropped at the last moment from the new Israeli state budget.

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Israel plans to restrict gun ownership

By Zoe Winograd, May 22, 2013

The Israeli Public Security Ministry has announced new regulations to limit the number of guns in the country.

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Hague and Kerry due in Israel for peace talks

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2013

Foreign Secretary William Hague is due to visit Israel this week during a short tour of the Middle East.

He is expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks on the peace process.

The trip has been planned for some time and is being made in an effort to support US Secretary of State John Kerry's work to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to return to negotiations.

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I’ll make Tel Aviv greener (and pinker)

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2013

If Nitzan Horowitz wins Tel Aviv’s municipal election in October, the city will be able to mark a double first.

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Students tell Israel to stop Bedouin ‘eviction’

By Simon Rocker, May 9, 2013

Jewish youth and students in Britain have protested to Israeli leaders over a proposed Knesset bill to relocate Bedouin families who live in the Negev desert.

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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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