Israeli government

Israel elections: Bibi’s right hook alliance with Lieberman

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 1, 2012

Three months before Israel’s general elections, all the polls had the Likud becoming the largest party in the next Knesset and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a clear course to form the next coalition.

So why did Mr Netanyahu surprise even his closest cabinet colleagues last week by announcing that Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu would be running on a joint candidates’ list?


Yasir Arafat's remains to be exhumed next month

By Hadas Haimov, October 30, 2012

Criminal investigators from France will exhume Yasir Arafat's remains next month in order to examine the cause of his death.

The move to re-examine the circumstances surrounding the Palestinian leader’s death comes after a Swiss lab discovered traces of a deadly radioactive isotope on his clothes.


British Gas in Hamas project

By JCReporter, October 26, 2012

The Israeli government may allow a British Gas project in the Mediterranean Sea off the shores of Gaza to proceed — despite the involvement of the Hamas government.


Israel's big investment in Arab education

By Ben Hartman, October 25, 2012

Israel is preparing a NIS 300 million investment into higher education for its minorities.

Under the programme, institutions will have to offer remedial Hebrew courses, translate their websites into Arabic and make special counselling available to Arab students, or risk losing funds.


Tzipi Livni to challenge Bibi in her return to politics

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 25, 2012

Former deputy prime minister Tzipi Livni is planning a return to the political arena at the head of a new centrist party, challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and her former party, Kadima, in the upcoming elections.


Peres tells Ashton: Stopping bloodshed here is greatest call of our time

By Sahar Zivan, October 25, 2012

President Shimon Peres told Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on Wednesday: “To stop the bloodshed here and to stop the danger in Iran are the two main calls of our time, for the sake of their people and of ours.”


Israel asks citizens to boost tourism as patriotic duty

By Anthea Gerrie, October 19, 2012

Israelis are being pressed to entice more tourists to the Jewish state as their patriotic duty — with the incentive of winning a holiday at home for themselves.

The Ministry of Tourism is launching a new website this month containing postcards and video clips visitors can use to introduce overseas friends, family and colleagues to the country.


Netanyahu calls early elections for Israel

By Anna Sheinman, October 10, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu last night called for elections to take place eight months earlier than scheduled, after his coalition failed to agree on the 2013 budget.


Israeli tourism minister spent Shalit meeting ‘drinking’

By Ben Hartman, September 13, 2012

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov regularly escapes the watchful eye of his security detail and goes out partying until he is completely intoxicated, according to several of his security guards.


Netanyahu considers lie detector tests for his cabinet

By Anna Sheinman, September 5, 2012

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering lie detector tests for his security cabinet after leaks of sensitive information from a meeting on Tuesday.