Israeli government

Yishai tops Shas list, Deri comes second

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

Shas, Israel’s religious Sephardi party, has announced its official list for the upcoming Knesset elections.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai was awarded top spot by the party’s Council of Torah Sages.

Aryeh Deri came second and Ariel Attias won third place.

In an interview with Ynet on Wednesday, Mr Deri denied that he was running for the top position.


Danny Ayalon dropped from Knesset list

By Sandy Rashty, December 4, 2012

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon is the latest victim of the Yisrael Beitenu political reshuffle.

Party chairman Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's foreign minister, announced that Mr Ayalon would not form part of the next Knesset list for the January election.

The decision comes after two controversial party figures announced that they would also leave politics.


US urges Israel to reconsider settlement plan

By Anna Sheinman, December 4, 2012

The US State Department has called Israeli plans to build further settlements in East Jerusalem “especially damaging”, and the White House has urged Israel to “reconsider”.


Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak quits politics

By Marcus Dysch, November 26, 2012

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has announced he is quitting politics and will not stand in January’s elections.

The former prime minister said he was “exhausted” after decades as a senior official and wanted to spend more time with his family.

The 70-year-old will stay in his post at the defence ministry until the new government is formed after the election.


Israel tourism chief vows to cut hotel costs

By Sharron Livingston, November 15, 2012

There were record numbers of visitors to Israel in 2011 yet Israel’s tourism minister, Stas Misezhnikov, has an audacious plan to increase visitors by another 40 per cent, by making it cheaper to visit.


Israeli government to invest in promoting the country to the world

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 9, 2012

The Israeli government is planning a major investment to promote Jewish and Israeli culture around the world as part of a strategic shift in its relationship with the Jewish diaspora.

One of the details of the plan is the establishment of cultural centres — based on the British Council model — in conurbations where there are large Jewish communities.


National Religious Party to cause a headache for Bibi

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

The leadership primaries of the National Religious Party, Habayit Hayehudi, are likely to cause headaches for Benjamin Netanyahu as his former chief of staff, Naftali Bennett, was elected as the new party leader.


Lord Janner honoured by Israel

November 8, 2012

A jubilant Lord Janner raises a woven artwork made for him by the children of the Ma’alot Tarshiha kindergarten in the Galileee.

The nursery, attended by Jewish and Arab children, has been named in Lord Janner’s honour by the state of Israel, to mark his service to the Jewish community and the state.


Britain lashes out at Israel on settlements

By Martin Bright, November 8, 2012

Middle East minister Alistair Burt this week condemned Israel’s latest plans to extend settlement building in East Jerusalem and Ariel.

Mr Burt was reacting to the publication by the Israeli Housing Ministry of plans for nearly 1,300 new units.


Fourth UK-Israel strategic dialogue held in UK

By Anna Sheinman, November 5, 2012

The fourth UK-Israel strategic dialogue was held in the UK on Thursday. Foreign Office Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service Simon Fraser led the team of UK government officials, while the Israeli team was headed by Rafi Barak, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General.