Israeli government

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.

The Jewish Leadership Council and the B

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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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Israeli Ambassador meets the Queen

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub was formally welcomed to the UK by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

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Netanyahu against vetting of Supreme Court judges

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 17, 2011

The political battle over new laws aimed at limiting foreign funding of human rights organisations and changing Israel's Supreme Court continued to rage this week, with no clear winner emerging.

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Battle on for control of Israel's Supreme Court

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 10, 2011

Left and right are fighting it out in the Knesset over the future composition of the senior bench of Israel's judiciary.

Next week, the Judiciary Appointments Committee will select three new judges for the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and the politicians are trying to influence its decisions.

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Israel's social justice rally fails to make waves

November 3, 2011

The social protest movement that swept Israel during the summer tried to revive itself last weekend in Tel Aviv, but despite a star-studded line-up of supporters, it was a far smaller affair.

According to police estimates, the rally drew around 20,000 and much smaller numbers at simultaneous protests in Jerusalem and Haifa.

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