Israeli government

Intrigue worthy of Shakespeare

By Jonathan Freedland, December 24, 2012

Some people love politics the way others love soap opera. They follow the plots and intrigue not out of a worthy interest in this or that policy but for the sheer human spectacle. For those so inclined, I often recommend an obsessive interest in the US: the outsized egos, the extravagant characters, the perennial culture wars are all reliably gripping.


Not the most wanted award

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2012

Ha’aretz journalist Gideon Levy has a new title to add to his CV after he was named Dishonest Reporter of the Year.

The “award” was bestowed by Israeli media monitoring organisation Honest Reporting, which accused Mr Levy of “misrepresenting an Israeli opinion poll to conclude that the Israeli public supports apartheid”.


Lieberman is down — but never say out

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 20, 2012

Attorney-general Yehuda Weinstein’s announcement last week that the state prosecution was dropping the main charges against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, indicting him on only one minor charge of breach of trust, opened up yet another chapter in the never-ending legal saga.


Israel-diaspora ties get boost in UK conference

By Stephen Pollard, December 20, 2012

Some ideas are so obvious you wonder why no one thought of them before. The annual Australia Israel UK Leadership Dialogue is one of them.

Originally a meeting of Australian and Israeli leaders — defined as politicians, thinkers and journalists — the addition of UK delegates has lifted the two-day forum into a sort of Israeli Königswinter Conference.


‘Jewish lobby’ Hagel may be defence chief

By Jonathan Cummings, December 20, 2012

Depending on who you ask, former Senator Chuck Hagel, the front-runner for Secretary of Defence in Barack Obama’s second administration, is “hardly Israel’s first choice”, an “outspoken critic of Israel” and just plain “anti-Israel”.


Security Council members blast Israel on settlement plan

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

Four Security Council members, including the United Kingdom, issued a joint statement on Wednesday attacking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to proceed with the E1 settlement plan.

The UK, France, Germany and Portugal said they “strongly oppose” the decision to build 2,612 housing units in East Jerusalem.


Former IDF Chief Amnon Lipkin-Shahak dies aged 68

By Anna Sheinman, December 19, 2012

Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, a former chief of staff of the Israeli army and a leading member of Knesset, has died aged 68.

Mr Lipkin-Shahak joined the IDF in 1962, served in the Six Day War and succeeded Ehud Barak as the 15th Chief of the General Staff in 1995.


Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to resign

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has announced his resignation after being indicted for breach of trust.

In an statement he said: "Though I know I committed no crime ... I have decided to resign my post as foreign minister and deputy prime minister," Reuters reported.


Avigdor Lieberman: ‘I do not have to resign’

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said there is no need for him to resign over his indictment for breach of trust.

Most of the charges made against the foreign minister have been dropped by the attorney general. Mr Lieberman was accused of money laundering, fraud and breach of trust, in incidents alleged to have involved hundreds of millions of dollars.


Olmert out as Kadima falls apart

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 13, 2012

The Israeli general elections began in earnest last weekend as the parties filed their final candidate lists.