Israeli government

Street wars as pro-Palestinians take anti-Lieberman rage to Hendon

By Bernard Josephs, May 24, 2012

Pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian demonstrators came eyeball to eyeball on Tuesday as they staged rival rallies in Anglo-Jewry’s heartland where Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was addressing a JNF meeting.

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Rabin's killer's brother released to mass outrage

By Jessica Elgot, May 4, 2012

The brother of the assassin who shot Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was greeted with furious demonstrations after his release from prison this week.

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Livni concedes after Mofaz wins landslide in Kadima primary

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

Tzipi Livni has lost her party's primary race and will be replaced by Shaul Mofaz as Kadima leader.

Mr Mofaz, a former army chief, won 62 per cent of the votes and will be in place to contest the Israeli general election in October 2013.

Ms Livni's defeat comes after she faced heavy criticism for her record as Opposition leader, despite Kadima's large proportion of Knesset seats.

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Key outpost decision due

March 22, 2012

A confrontation between the Israeli government and the Supreme Court over the West Bank settlement of Migron was due to come to a head on Thursday, when the court was set to decide on whether it would stick to a previous order for the outpost to be evacuated by March 31.

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Knesset raises marriage age

March 8, 2012

This week, the Knesset approved in a preliminary vote a new law raising the minimum marriage age from 17 to 18, despite the opposition of the strictly Orthodox community.

An estimated 4,500 minors get married every year in Israel, 90 per cent of them teenage girls. Most of those are in the Israeli-Arab and strictly Orthodox communities.

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Journalist arrested for Delhi bomb attack on Israeli diplomat

By Jessica Elgot, March 7, 2012

A New Delhi journalist has been arrested by police, linking him to a bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat’s wife in the city.

Syed Mohammed Kazmi was described in local media as working freelance for an Iranian news agency. Police have searched his property over the last two days, but would not identify any evidence found.

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Netanyahu awaits victory in Likud primary

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Likud members are voting in the primary elections for the party's leadership today.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to win the vote by a majority, although he faces a challenge from Moshe Feiglin, head of the ultra-right wing Likud faction, "Jewish Leadership".

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UK set to talk tough to Israel as Abbas visits

By Martin Bright, January 12, 2012

The British government has stepped up its war of words with Israel over settlement building in advance of an official visit next week by Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Ministers have grown increasingly frustrated by what they see as Benjamin Netanyahu's intransigent position on the issue, which is seen as a serious hurdle to peace in the region.

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Israel's social justice dream 'laid to rest'?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 29, 2011

The Knesset this week authorised additional funding for the Defence Ministry in Israel's state budget.

The decision to reverse plans to cut military spending calls into question the implementation of the recommendations of the Trachtenberg Commission, which advised increased spending on social programmes.

The joint finance and defence sub-committee voted in favour of the government's request

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Is democracy in Israel really under assault?

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 1, 2011

Almost three years ago, when Benjamin Netanyahu was forming his new government, the leader of the second largest party in his coalition, Avigdor Lieberman, demanded Yisrael Beiteinu receive the justice portfolio.

It was a red-herring.

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